Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Minutemen soccer are state bound

COZAD—Standing their ground and defending their home field, the Minutemen soccer team built up momentum like a steam locomotive that had assembled to power the Orange and Black back to Omaha after defeating Elkhorn in an impressive 5-0 District finals win. The Minutemen and the Antlers attempted to throw knock-out punches in the early going of the contest, however the Minutemen prevailed throughout sealing the state berth. Lexington’s goalkeeper, Edgar Vargas-Urvina, crushed the dreams of the Antlers with five saves to record the 5-0 shutout victory.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Fairgrounds ‘mobbed’ with volunteer help

BROKEN BOW—According to Trent Fecht, organizer, “We got mobbed.” That’s how Fecht described the number of people who showed up to help plant trees and shrubs at the new park area at the fairgrounds. There were 25 people on hand to help plant 13 trees and about 20 bushes. Wind Energy I Sempra donated $5,000 towards the project to help create a new park area at the grounds. Other plans include a specialty grass to be planted soon as well as an addition of light poles, camper plug-ins, a picnic shelter and splash pad.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Eagle Scout graces church with new sign

OGALLALA—Although St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Cemetery has been established for nearly 130 years, those driving by the plot of ground likely have noticed a new feature to the graveyard in recent months. Ogallala native Trevin Tuma recently completed the construction and assembly of a sign for the church cemetery for his Eagle Scout project. The project essentially brings his career with the Boy Scouts to completion. Tuma has been a part of Scouts since he was a Webelo in middle school. He used a plasma cam from the Ogallala High School to cut out the lettering to assemble on the wood sign, and with several of his fellow Scouts helping pour the concrete, the sign was erected.—reported in the Keith County News.

Vet Techs get hands-on equine care

CURTIS—First-hand experience and opportunities to see veterinary care in action are some of the best teaching tools in the stable. Recently, at a veterinary clinic which specializes in equine care, three students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis stepped into that surgical classroom. Students were given the opportunity at the Equine Veterinary Associates Clinic in Grand Island where two lameness exams, a check up on a horse and the treatment of a horse’s cornea were taking place. The students learned valuable lessons and hands-on experience.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Guitar program strikes a chord at APS

ARNOLD—During the recent Arnold Public School spring music program, family members and friends were treated to listening to a guitar band made up of seven sixth-grade students. Chrysanne Bailey, music instructor, said last year the school purchased 10 guitars and offered the junior high chorus and sixth grade class the chance to learn to play. This year, the program was offered to just the sixth grade class, and the students have really enjoyed playing and are even wanting to learn more. In fact, with only the 10 guitars, many students have to share the instruments. There are however funds from the late Marion Fuller that are marked to be used for elementary music, so the school will be planning to purchase 10 more in the near future.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Museum receives public new access

CALLAWAY—Public access to Seven Valleys Museum received a recent upgrade with a major project to replace sidewalk and curb, along with a new handicap access with a concrete ramp put in my Markham Construction. The Historical Society ordered the sidewalk replaced and the handicap access ramp with help from a Callaway Community Foundation Fund grant as well as private donations while the Village paid for the new curb and gutter as well as the alley drive ramp.—reported in the Callaway Courier.