AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the columns of area newspapers.
Lex Chamber banquet to celebrate successes
COZAD—Getting together to celebrate the successes will be the business communities that make up the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce at the annual banquet on Feb. 24. The event is slated to start with a social hour and the banquet will follow at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington. During the awards ceremony portion, there will be different individuals and organizations recognized as well as Farm Family of the Year, Business of the Year and more.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.Titan Machinery to close in Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW—Titan Machinery in Broken Bow, which opened in 2012 when the company took over the Case IH dealership, will close its doors March 31. The Broken Bow location is one of 12 Midwestern locations to be closed and consolidated with nearby Titan Machinery stores. The store, located at 20151 South E (Hwy. 2) in west Broken Bow, currently employees 15 people. According to Titan Machinery officials, employees are being given access to open and newly created positions with the consolidated stores and are receiving other transition support. The major changes to the company impact people’s lives, while necessary to better serve customer demands, the company remains committed.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Replica of local icon gifted to owners
OGALLALA—Although Front Street has been a landmark for more than half a century, it recently has been immortalized in a new way with the creation of a scale model. Since retirement as the chief deputy with the Keith County Sheriff’s Office, Jim Jimenez has picked up some tools, spare wood and made several miniature buildings. He delivered the finished project, which took about two and a half months, to owners Kathleen and Stacey Bauer. The replica stretches over seven feet in length with the features matching the original buildings. Cut in half like a doll house, viewers can also see inside completed with details such as a jailhouse, barber chair and hearse located in the museum portion with tiny electric lights hanging over mini tables in the restaurant.—reported in the Keith County News.
Smith honored for years of service to fair & 4-H
CURTIS—Kermit Smith of the Eustis Fair and Corn Show in Eustis was honored as a 2016 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Heritage award winner at the 126th annual convention in Las Vegas, NV. Of the 41 years, Smith has been a member of the board of the Eustis Fair and Corn Show, serving 36 of them as chair. He has attended each association meeting since 1976 and moderated table topics as well as serving as a district director. Smith is also active in his community 4-H as a leader and president, treasurer and more. His favorite part about getting to do this is getting to see the kids grow up with so much responsibility, who in turn help out the community.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold youth chosen as pageant state finalist
ARNOLD—Arianna Adesina Forrester, 13, of Arnold has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Nebraska Pageant to take place March 18-19 in Omaha. The pageant is held for girls ages 13 through 15. The newly crowned Miss Junior Teen Nebraska will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. She also has the chance to represent the State of Nebraska for the entire year as well as an opportunity to tour Hollywood. Forrester’s activities include dance and she is the daughter of Raine Pelton and Brad Forrester.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.