Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
17 hours nets Lex Foundation $230,000
COZAD—The Lexington Community Foundation staged the biggest day of charitable giving in this region on Nov. 17, in just 17 hours. The Give BIG Lexington challenge generated over $181,438 in total gifts to more than 53 non-profit organizations, from nearly 600 individual contributions. A match pool of an additional $50,000, plus $5,000 in bonus grants, was provided by the Lexington Community Foundation from key 2011 event funds, bringing the total amount raised to more than $236,438.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Farmers Coop in Merna merges with Hastings
BROKEN BOW—After eight months of countless meetings and deliberations, members of the Farmers Cooperative Grain Company in Merna voted to merge with Cooperative Producers, Inc. of Hastings. The business operations of the two cooperatives will be combined as of Jan. 1, 2012. Officials of both cooperatives, unanimously agreeing on the merger, believe both patrons and equity holders alike will benefit from the larger, stronger consolidated cooperative.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Ogallala Public Schools Foundation up and running
OGALLALA—After years of planning and several delays, the Ogallala Public Schools Foundation is up and running, and its board is beginning to plan the process of enhancing the educational opportunities for public school students. While in the final legal stages of receiving its non-profit 501C3 designation, bylaws have been established and a board has been named. Board members have already begun working with school district officials on creating a project list including being able to help fund projects in the schools that will make a difference.—reported in the Keith County News.
E/F Ag Ed program star of mini-documentary
CURTIS—A “Premiere” night was recently held at Eustis-Farnam schools with over 50 people in attendance. Highlighted during the event was a mini-documentary starring the Eustis-Farnam Agricultural Education Program. Earlier this fall, the Eustis-Farnam High School Ag Education building was a movie set, A “Nebraska Loves our Public Schools (NElovesPS)” film crew was on hand to showcase the amazing agricultural education program offered. Chad Schimmels, teacher, and many of his students are featured in the documentary which is available at www.neloveps.org.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Community and school join forces for cause
ARNOLD—Thanks to generous citizens in Arnold, 137 children will be receiving a Christmas gift through the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box project. In addition to the faithful people and organizations who participate annually, the Arnold seventh and eighth grade class students chipped in this year. Teachers Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Moninger worked together to create a truly interesting experience for their cooperative class by combining the project with a book the students were studying to help learn empathy for others. The community and the school came together for a successful project and a great cause.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Vintage CHS Bears banner to be replaced
CALLAWAY—With conference realignments and coops, Loup County Booster Club members are to auction off their Callaway High School Bears banner, and others, during half-time of upcoming boys and girls games. The purpose is to raise money to buy new banners for the Loup County gym. Loup County has cooped with Sargent and is now known as Twin Loup.—reported in the Callaway Courier.