AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
Library to host Nebraska author Andrea Warren
COZAD—Cozad’s Wilson Public Library is hosting Andrea Warren, author of numerous books including Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie, on Monday April 24. A native of Newman Grove, Warren graduated from the University of Nebraska and taught English and history in Hastings. In her tenure as a writer, she has been a magazine editor, newspaper reporter and author. She has won numerous awards for her non-fiction books which are centered around children during pivotal points in history. Warren will also be presenting at the Cozad Elementary School for third and fourth graders.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
School record of 52 years finally broken
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow hosted its track invite the afternoon of April 7, and little did anyone know that history would be made. In 1965, senior Wes Province made history by setting the school long jump record with a jump of 22’5”. It was not until 52 years later that his record was broken. On Friday afternoon, Dylan Reynolds broke the record by one inch in the finals in long jump with a jump of 22’6”. Province stated that it was terrific that someone finally broke his long-standing record, though he didn’t think it would take so long. Reynolds stated that he has been chasing the record for awhile and had been working on his technique.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Ogallala native global messenger in Austria
OGALLALA—Ogallala native and Special Olympics athlete, Jason Gieschen, 32, recently returned from Austria where he’d taken part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games as a Sergeant Shriver International Global Messenger. In that role, Gieschen essentially served as an advocate for the Special Olympics organization. During his first time overseas, he was charged with delivering a handful of speeches about the need for health and wellness among athletes. He also used the opportunity to speak on behalf of the importance of Special Olympics over all.—reported in the Keith County News.
Easter City hosts 57th annual pageant
CURTIS—Nebraska’s Easter City, Curtis, hosted its 57th annual Easter pageant on Sunday, April 9, at the Medicine Valley School gymnasium. The pageant featured 17 scenes reliving the final days of Jesus Christ, from Palm Sunday to his resurrection and ascension. This year’s production was dedicated to Rod Martens for his many years of service to the pageant.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
NRA Foundation grant awarded to 4-H Club
ARNOLD—The NRA Foundation has awarded the Western Riders 4-H Club a grant totaling $2,495.49 to fund the new shooting sports shotgun project, which will expand the shooting sports shotgun program and offer an additional discipline to its members. Two adults and a junior leader participated in the Nebraska 4-H Shotgun Certification program in Broken Bow last October during an intense weekend that included classroom instruction, mock presentations and friendly competition on the shooting range. The grant process was long but worth the effort as now the gun can be acquired as well as a trap thrower and safety equipment.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Callaway Hospital to receive new CT via grant
CALLAWAY—Patients at Callaway District Hospital will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare program. The hospital was awarded $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner which provides essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. The equipment will replace a less efficient 16-slice model leased by the hospital since 2003.—reported in the Callaway Courier.