Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Burkholder wins ‘40 Under 40’ award
COZAD—Anne Burkholder of Cozad was recently recognized for her trailblazing efforts in the agriculture industry with Vance Publishing “40 Under 40” award. Burkholder is the operations manager at Will Feed in Cozad and was nominated by Certified Angus Beef for the prestigious award, which recognizes young leaders in the industry under the age of 40. As an award recipient, Burkholder’s profile was published in issues of various Vance Publishing magazines and websites. Although she did not grow up in agriculture, she was the first NCBA National Beef Quality Assurance Cattle Producer of the Year in 2009, and has continued to tell the beef’s story to consumers with her online blog.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Gym clean-up project enforces life lessons
BROKEN BOW—It is easy to get caught up in the “sports” side of life, but it is also important to emphasize life lessons. That is what members of the Sandhills Lady Knights have been practicing when they began a program of cleaning up the gym after the play their games. The clean up routine began as an idea by the coach as a way to find time for a community service project. The athletes finish their game and then clean up the gym, which has shown positive effects. The team has received cards, letters, emails and handshakes of appreciation from janitors and administration staff, which confirms the life lesson of reaching out and making someone else’s day just a little better.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Ogallala man charged with attempted murder
OGALLALA—A 34-year-old Ogallala man was arrested on the charge of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man. Brian Brawley had told his parents that he was going to stab someone, but when officers were notified and arrived, both parties were gone. Eventually, a 47-year-old victim, also an Ogallala male, returned to the scene and was treated for a stab wound to his back, and was later flown to a Greeley, CO, hospital for surgery. Brawley was later located and arrested for attempted murder, terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and disturbing the peace. He is currently being held at the Keith County Jail.—reported in the Keith County News.
Couple convicted of game law violations
CURTIS—A North Carolina couple have been convicted of multiple federal game law violations in Nebraska, including at Frontier and Lincoln Counties. Jason and Britney Edney own an outfitting company that hired guides and worked for clients in Nebraska. The Edneys’ had also been part of a reality television series in which several illegal hunts were videotaped for the series with footage being posted online to promote their business. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service special agents uncovered hunting violations that included more than 25 instances over a four year period.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
New fitness equipment creates buzz in Arnold
ARNOLD—Arnold’s fitness center changed hands recently, and new owners Aaron and Shannon Olson installed state-of-the-art equipment that offers a workout regimen for everyone, from junior high to the elderly and everyone in between. The Body Shop, located downtown on Highway 40, also sports new flooring along with the new equipment that includes a Jacob’s Ladder machine, an elliptical, stationary bikes, treadmills and several weight lifting stations, nearly 40 machines in all. The Olson’s are also in the process of converting an office area into a floor exercise area.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
South Loup Bobcats earn first LVC placings
CALLAWAY—Both the boys and girls basketball teams recently made it to Saturday of the Loup Valley Conference Basketball Tournament finished out in Broken Bow. The Bobcat boys took second and the Bobcat girls were third—a first for both programs. The boys showed up to support the girls with a cheering section and so did the girls for the boys. The home team was to be in Callaway on Friday for games with Eustis-Farnam while the wrestling team vied for state berths at the district meet in Amherst.—reported in the Callaway Courier.