Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Security measures increased at Lex schools
COZAD—Security will increase at Lexington High School with the addition of surveillance cameras. Board members approved a quote of $138,873 from a Lincoln firm for the installation of a 58-camera video surveillance system at the high school, and for a new keyless entry access system at the high school and middle school. Officials wanted to make sure that the safety measures they were implementing was the safest without intruding on the general public. Work on the project is to begin on Oct. 1 with minimal disruption of classes, taking a four week period to complete.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Local Bow grocery store celebrates expansion
BROKEN BOW—The local grocery store in Broken Bow recently celebrated a grand re-opening. The Grocery Kart officially opened its 6,500 foot expansion to their store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony organized by members of the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. The new addition offers a full service deli and beer and wine shop as well as additional retail space. Owners and managers of the store are Dave and Karen Green.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Fast moving storm, hail damages county
OGALLALA—A fast-moving storm passed through Keith County the afternoon of Aug. 8, and while not a drop of rain fell at Ogallala, golf ball-sized hail was reported south of Roscoe and also in the Lake McConaughy area. North Platte Weather Station senior forecaster Kenny Roberg said the storm that hit Keith County started in Arthur County and continued through Keith and Perkins, moving fast. Spotters reported hail of one and one-half inches seven miles northeast of Ogallala and ping-pong ball sized at Lake Mac. Reports of damage included downed telephone poles and trees, damage to rural roads and crops as well.—reported in the Keith County News.
Local fair, corn show also celebrates Q125
CURTIS—The Village of Eustis recently celebrated their annual fair and corn show as well as the 125th anniversary of the founding of Eustis. Members of the Eustis American Legion Honor Guard led the Q125 grand parade under the theme, “125 Years Strong” through the streets of Eustis to help kick off the celebration. Numerous activities were attended including the parade, games, food booths and a Q125 community choir.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Eyes of Texas upon Arnold and SORC
ARNOLD—The Lone Star Corvette Club of Texas brought seven Corvettes to Nebraska to race in the Shootout and Open Road Challenge. Lone Star is the largest Corvette club in the USA with over 900 members, and they are very active in the Open Road Racing (ORR) in Nevada, Texas and Nebraska. Several members make the trek to Arnold each year to not only race their cars, but to stay with host families, visit friends and make new ones. “We love the people of Arnold, always so friendly and so much fun, it’s my favorite race,” said Don Davis, club member who owns a Web site business.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Garfield mosquito tests positive for West Nile
CALLAWAY—Loup Basin Public Health Department has confirmed the district’s first positive mosquito pool in Garfield County. The insects, collected on July 25, tested positive for West Nile virus. No positive birds have been reported in the district to date. Health officials remind the public that it is important to remember the majority of human West Nile cases are usually reported in August and September, and now is the time to protect yourself and family from exposure to West Nile Virus.—reported in the Callaway Courier.