AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Historic coach to carry special passengers
COZAD—The Concord Touring Coach, often called a “Stagecoach” will ride again in the annual Cozad Hay Days parade. Erling German, an early settler in Cozad, located the coach and determined that it should be a part of Cozad’s history as William Howard Taft road in the coach at Yellowstone. The coach is housed at the 100th Meridian Museum, but will be highlighted at the parade with special passengers. Dodie German Sander, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, is the daughter of Erling, and she along with family members will ride on the coach wearing early pioneer garments.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Sempra thanks Bow with ‘Blade signing’
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow Wind II is underway with three turbines already in place. The company, Sempra U.S. Gas and Power, will be building 40 more with the goal of having everything in place by mid to late October. Company officials were recently in town to thank the community and land owners with a formal “Blade Signing” of one of the 50-yard long turbines. A total of seven families and 13 ranches are involved with this stage of the Wind Farm and Sempra anticipates that 300 jobs have been created by the project during the construction phase, eight of which will become permanent.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
New school with new name awaits completion
OGALLALA—With the consolidation of the elementary and middle grades from four buildings to one, perhaps it’s fitting that the Ogallala School Board approved shortening the name of the building that will house all the students from Prairie View Elementary School to Prairie View School. Board members unanimously approved renaming the building that, upon completion, will house pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Though the determination has yet to be made on when classes will begin at the new school building, work continues in earnest on completing the construction as only 22 days remained before school is scheduled to begin.—reported in the Keith County News.
Annual Eustis Fair and Corn Show at 98th year
CURTIS—The 98th Annual Eustis Fair and Corn Show will kick off Aug. 3 with a trail ride at the Eustis rodeo arena and will end with a barbecue on the fair grounds. The week will be in constant motion with fair activities including arena volleyball, 4-H exhibits, tractor driving, a wine garden, cattle penning contest, entertainment and more. Saturday afternoon in the fair building fans will cheer on their favorite amateur entertainer in the Galaxy of Stars talent search competition. Audience members will get a chance to vote on a people’s choice for their favorite entertainer to send on to the Nebraska State Fair competition.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
94-year-old brings publicity to Arnold
ARNOLD—Doris Lynch Bowers, at age 94, helped to recently put Arnold on the map by bringing publicity to herself and her town. Bowers was selected with a winning submission in GLOBE magazine’s contest “Gotta Get GLOBE!” She entered with a photo of herself holding the tabloid magazine along with a paragraph telling whey she reads/buys the GLOBE, thus bringing the spotlight to Arnold. She has been entering tabloid contests and winning for years, and this one brought her a prize of $50 as well as publicity for her town.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Callaway Post Office to see changes in service
CALLAWAY—Changes are coming to Callaway Post Office, the result of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) survey to patrons of the area. Action to reduce Callaway Post Office window hours are in the near future. A group of about 60 postal patrons attended a recent USPS town hall meeting where they heard officials will cut window hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with no Saturday hours changing at 9 to 10:15 a.m. At a 42% survey return, the changes reflect what patrons decided rather than closure.—reported in the Callaway Courier.