Area news digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
New Cozad business for cyclers and joggers
COZAD—Just in time for the spring and summer prime exercising seasons, there is now a great alternative to jogging and running with the opening of Good Life Cycles in downtown Cozad. The owner is Shane Bappe who was hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting on April 1. The new business offers products and accessories for bike enthusiasts as well as offering simple and complex repairs of all types of bikes. Bappe will also be stocking running accessories in the store for the jogging enthusiasts, and will feature a fruit smoothie bar.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Gateway Motors breaks ground on showroom
BROKEN BOW—Gateway Motors in Broken Bow celebrated the launch of a new showroom recently with a formal ground breaking. Officials have been collaborating with General Motors on the project for the past two years after the town rallied behind the dealership. The three-phase project is set to begin when weather allows and will include building a new service write-up area, the demolition of the existing show room, and rebuilding of the new show room with a new car delivery area as well. When finished, the building will house close to 19,000 square feet with the size of the showroom to double.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Keystone man soon to answer for his crimes
OGALLALA—A 20-year-old Keystone man, who faces six felony charges in Keith County, was apprehended while out on bond and plead guilty to an attempted aggravated robbery in Kansas for trying to steal a purse from a woman he had knocked to the ground. Jade D. Cleveland faces charges in Keith County that include sexual assault of a minor and kidnapping by knife-point. Officials in Kansas are planning to have Cleveland transported back to Keith County Jail as soon as possible to answer for the crimes in which he has been charged.—reported in the Keith County News.
Students attend NCTA Farm Safety Day events
CURTIS—Fifth and sixth grade students from Maywood, Medicine Valley and Eustis-Farnam attended the annual Farm Safety Day at the NCTA campus. There were six exhibits set up to demonstrate the need for safety including ATV safety, 911 calls, underground, weather and fire safety as well as implement safety. The final demonstration of the day showed how serious a four-wheeler accident can be by using volunteer actors portraying an actual accident.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Reed’s Food Center goes green to save green
ARNOLD—When the cost of overhead to run a small-town grocery store doesn’t pencil out, the trend is to down-size or simply shut the door and walk away. However, John and Gail Reed, owners of Reed’s Food Center in Arnold, are keeping costs down and their door open by “going green.” The store recently received all updated energy-efficient coolers and cases with the help of a low interest loan and a low energy grant through the USDA. The Reed’s have already noticed a dramatic change in energy consumption, resulting in one more business being able to maintain its services in the town.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Damaged roads to be ground back to gravel
CALLAWAY—A couple of hard winters and wet years are making many Custer County paved roads show their age and condition. Pavement breakup is especially severe this spring and getting worse by the week with large potholes making driving dangerous. One such plan for Custer County Board officials includes turning roads back to gravel. Several paved spurs and throughways will be converted back to gravel either permanently or to rebuild sub base for eventual repaving. Repairs on existing pavement breakup is to begin when the weather warms up and dries out the surfaces.—reported in the Callaway Courier.