Area News Digest
Students craft to benefit school worker
COZAD—Making Christmas crafts is an annual school tradition at Sandoz Academy in Lexington, however this is only the second year of selling the items as a fundraiser. This year’s benefit was for a former school worker with cancer, Massiel Solis. Students worked in the after school program during November to make items such as ornaments, wall decor and word art displays, to sell in December at a shop in the school lobby. The fundraiser totalled $450 to help Solis battle cancer, exceeding the previous year’s total.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Plans approved for new judicial center
BROKEN BOW—Members of the Custer County Board of Supervisors approved a plan for a new judicial center at a recent meeting. The facility will be located on Custer Campus on West Highway 2, just west of the MPCC Extended Campus. Preliminary drawings outlining a proposed addition and remodel of the existing Custer County Courthouse were presented, but commissioners chose the Highway 2 option of a new center. The new facility will house two court rooms, judges chambers, county and district clerk offices and county supervisors meeting room, but will not house a jail.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
County to stop funding SDHDC, close clinic
OGALLALA—The Sandhills District Health Department and Clinic (SDHDC) lost all county funding for its clinic during a recent meeting of the Keith County Commissioners. Funding opposition was because there had not been a professional services contract and because of the clinic’s poor financial standing. The SDHDC had been receiving $8,500/a month to support the public health services and the clinic. As a private, non-profit entity, SDHDC was established at Ogallala in 1977, and in 2006, its medical clinic opened. Not everyone agrees with the decision and questions have arisen about the timing of the closure as there is still payroll to meet.—reported in the Keith County News.
TOUCAN program targets area youth
CURTIS—Curtis-Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department recently brought their TOUCAN program to students at Medicine Valley Elementary School . TOUCAN is “Teaching Our Youth Choices: Activities and Nutrition,” with a goal to reduce childhood obesity by providing education to children at a young age. The program utilizes stories, puppets and activities specific for each grade to help students learn about MyPlate, food groups, calories and staying active. Each student also received a bag to take home containing an activities and information to share with their family.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold grad is new self-published author
ARNOLD—Arnold High School graduate Samantha Peterson recently signed copies of her debut book, “Dynam” at Nebraska Farmhouse Antiques. Peterson, daughter of Rick and Barb Peterson, graduated in 2003 and stated she feels lucky to have grown up in Arnold and have a strong network of support. Although writing a book was not her dream, she realized after some soul-searching part of her happy childhood was from reading, and began her journey. Dynam is a mystery/romance fiction novel where the idea came from one of her friends about how large organizations control much of our society. Peterson’s new self-published book has gotten great feedback and she attributes the success to many people.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.