AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
ADM donation brings a greenhouse to school
COZAD—The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company recently donated $2,500 to Cozad Community Schools and the AfterZone program. The donation will go towards a school greenhouse. The opportunity to have a greenhouse will help to enhance the learning environment for our students, commented Joel Applegate, superintendent of Cozad Community Schools. The AfterZone program is a 21st Century community learning center and is supported in part by federal funds under Title IV as well as local organizations.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Bow economic boom continues
BROKEN BOW—Economic development has been proving it is alive and well in Broken Bow with 10 new businesses opening in the first six months of 2014. A few major economic moves include Quality Senior Villages, Inc. who recently broke ground on a new assisted living home for Broken Bow. Custer County Construction celebrated with a ribbon-cutting that christened the opening of seven new town homes in Keely Court, and the purchase of America Best Value Inn was made with plans to improve the facility and open this winter a new farm brewery called The Kinkaider.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
South Platte water helps Ogallala aquifer
OGALLALA—As part of a groundwater recharge project and in order to replenish the Ogallala aquifer with water that would otherwise continue down stream, multiple organizations are working together to divert excess flows from the South Platte River into various pits. To approve the project, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources issued permits to divert water from the river into the Western Irrigation District. It is then routed down the canal and into the approved reuse pits.—reported in the Keith County News.
Clark wins consecutive rodeo queen titles
CURTIS—Madison Clark of Wellfleet was crowned the 2014-2015 Nebraska High School Rodeo Queen June 21 at Hastings during the Nebraska High School Rodeo State Finals. Madison also served the 2013-2014 year as the association’s queen, being eligible both years. The contest consists of seven different categories including a written test, modeling, speech and interviews. She will have the opportunity to run for the title once more after placing as third attendant last year.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Residents to offer input for future of post office
ARNOLD—The Arnold Post Office is currently under a review process known as the POST Plan. A survey to solicit community input was sent out to help determine the best course of action for providing postal services to Arnold. The survey lists four alternatives for customers to select including keeping the office open with limited days and hours, conducting a discontinuance study for providing roadside mailbox delivery, a study to find a suitable alternative location, or another study for the office and P.O. Box services to be relocated.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local writer earns 3rd at state essay finals
CALLAWAY—Callaway eighth grader Mikayla McFate took her Americanism essay, “How can I show my pride in being an American?” all the way to state competition and brought home third place honors in Class III State of the Legion Auxiliary contest. The annual contest invites students to submit the essays for judging. McFate took first in Class III which was then submitted to the Department of Nebraska Americanism Chairman for judging where she finished third overall.—reported in the Callaway Courier.