AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
New Cozad landmark in place over Hwy. 30
COZAD—A welcome sight for many citizens of the 100th Meridian City was put into place recently. The new light-up sign that stretches across Highway 30 marking Cozad as the 100th Meridian City was welded into place by employees of Tri-City Signs on Monday, May 5. The old sign had been hanging over the highway since the mid 1980s and was in need of replacement.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
New way to shape up offered at Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce members officially welcomed a new business to town recently with a ceremonial ribbon cutting of Custer Cross Fit. The new business is owned and operated by Dusty Myers. Following his high school graduation in 2010, Myers found out college wasn’t for him, and saw a niche in Broken Bow that was not being filled, as workout places were available but not with any training. He became a trainer and acquainted with cross fit as well as certified in areas of weights and gymnastics. He opened the local business to help train others and offer support and encouragement as well.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Ogallala school first in national recycle rally
OGALLALA—The 116 students attending Progress Elementary School learned first-hand that hard work pays off. At a recent gathering, Rodney Howe, custodian and sponsor of the school’s efforts in the national Dream Machine Recycle Rally contest, informed the students that they had won the national contest. Representatives from Pepsi, the program’s major sponsor, arrived to host a community celebration and recognize the students efforts. The contest ended April 30 after eight months of focusing on recycling with a rewarding prize of $25,000 which will be used on green projects at the school site.—reported in the Keith County News.
Defense of Freedom medal to be bestowed
CURTIS—Col. Tom Brewer, Ret. of Gordon, has been awarded the Medal for the Defense of Freedom by the Secretary of Defense. On May 7, former third district congressman and Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne will present the medal to Brewer in a special awards ceremony at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland. Col. Brewer retired in January of 2014, after 36 years of decorated military service.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Information released on human remains
ARNOLD—On Oct. 13 of last year, human remains thought to be that of a Native American were found on a farm southeast of Arnold. The Nebraska State Historical Society removed the remains and objects contained in the grave, and recently released a summary of examination. The remains were found to be that of a Native American male adult over 40 years old. Among items buried with the remains was a small wooden box, two smoking pipes, a bowl dated 1820-1860, two medicine bottles dated 1820-1870, an English gunflint dated 1790-1860, and six plain brass buttons from 1750 to 1850, and a complete stone pestle made of quartzite. Since the tribal affiliation is unknown and the remains are dated after Eroamerican contact, circa 1820-1870, the society has recommended remains and objects be turned over to the Nebraska Indian Commission for reburial.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
First calf killed by mountain lion confirmed
CALLAWAY—Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a mountain lion killed a calf near Brewster in Blaine County. This is the first confirmed instance of livestock depredation in Nebraska by a mountain lion in modern times. The owner of the calf contacted the commission April 2 after finding the carcass, which had been dragged about 60 yards from a calving corral into a shelterbelt. Due to fresh scat found near the carcass, a sample was confirmed by a federal genetics laboratory that a mountain lion was involved.—reported in the Callaway Courier.