AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
Cozad United Way celebrates 35 years
COZAD—The Cozad United Way 2017 Drive is celebrating reaching the milestone of 35 years and looks to finish the campaign strong under the leadership of Campaign Chairman Pam Reicks with over $59,000 raised and a goal of reaching $79,450 for the drive. The mission of the Cozad United Way is to unite people and resources to build a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community. All of the money raised through the Cozad United Way stays in Cozad with 20 Partner Agencies that look to benefit greatly from the funds raised.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
New electric car chargers in Ogallala
OGALLALA—While flying cars may be a ways into the future, Ogallala is slowly becoming compatible with a relatively rare breed of vehicles—those that are fueled by electricity. Tesla Motors recently installed new charging stations near Interstate 80, allowing certain electric cars to charge up as they continue on their way to their various destinations. Tåhe addition of the new charging station adds to Ogallala’s existing options for electric-vehicle drivers. The chargers are compatible with Tesla model S and model X vehicles and offer up to 150 miles worth of travel after charging for about 30 minutes.—reported in the Keith County News.
Second whooping cough case confirmed in Nebraska
CURTIS—Southwest Nebraska Pubic Health Department has been notified that a second diagnosis of pertussis is in the health district. Pertussis is known as “whooping cough” because of the “whooping” sound that is made when gasping for air after a fit of coughing. According to Melissa Propp, RN, public health nurse, it is extremely contagious regardless of severity of symptoms. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to be up to date on shots. If you suspect you have whooping cough or have been exposed, it is important to seek treatment from your medical provider.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold community comes together for Christmas gift program
ARNOLD—This year, 685 children will be receiving a Christmas gift from the little town of Arnold in the Sandhills of Nebraska, thanks to volunteers packing shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. Students, volunteers, organizations and community members all came together recently to pack donated items into shoeboxes to be delivered to those in need. Thus far shoebox gifts have been given to 135 million boys and girls in more than 150 countries, spanning almost every nation in the developing world, and it has been a realized long-time dream for Arnold to be a part of the project.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Pheasants released at Pressey Park
CALLAWAY—Nebraska Game and Parks recently released rooster pheasants at Pressey Park Wildlife Management Area in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to increase family hunting opportunities. Pheasant season runs through Jan. 31, 2017. Permits, including the non-resident two-day hunt permit, may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org which are valid for any two consecutive days of upland game or waterfowl hunting during the calendar year. Applicable stamps must be purchased.—reported in the Callaway Courier.