Area News Digest
Shortage in Cozad school funds reported
COZAD—Possible misuse of $218,000 in Cozad Public School funds is being investigated. Sgt. Lynn Williams of the Nebraska State Patrol said an audit shows the money started disappearing in 2004. No arrests have been made and school officials have not commented on the investigation. A school district employee, who has not been publicly identified, has been fired and bank records have been subpoenaed.—taken from the Tri-City Trib.
Broken Bow airport sports new name
BROKEN BOW—The Broken Bow Airport has a recent new name. As of Aug. 22, the official title was changed to Keith Glaze Field, named for longtime supporter, and Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame member Keith Glaze. Over 100 friends and neighbors were present for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Glaze was a graduate of the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program and served as a pilot in the Air Transport Command in the China, Burma and India theaters making 78 crossings over the Himalayans during World War II.—taken from the Custer County Chief.
Center project to include a pool and library
OGALLALA—Ogallala officials have proposed a community recreational center with designs of the project recently on display for the public. The proposed 92,000-square-foot facility would contain a main and upper level that would include a zero-entry swimming pool and a therapy whirlpool, locker rooms, youth areas, studio rooms and a large court area as well as a 12,000-square-foot library. Preliminary cost for the center is $11-$13 million with a goal of no bond. A committee is researching grants available as well as other ideas to help raise funds for the project.—taken from the Keith County News.
Local youth rider earns world champion title
CURTIS—Wyatt Clark of Wellfleet earned the title of World Champion Senior Boys Bareback Riding Champion at the National Little Britches Rodeo in Colorado. He also finished third in the world in tie-down roping and was the finals All-Around winner. Clark also earned scholarships, free memberships, saddles, buckles and numerous other prizes. At the National High School Finals Rodeo in New Mexico, Clark won the first go-round in bareback riding as well as several other awards.—taken from the Frontier County Enterprise.
Free tour offered to SORC volunteers
ARNOLD—The Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) is ever mindful of the support given to it by volunteers. In an effort to thank all those who have actively contributed to the success of the SORC, a private tour of the Kuck Classic Car Museum will be held Sept. 12 in Lincoln. The collection includes a genuine Batmobile, assorted celebrity cars and more. Attendees will also be treated to an afternoon pizza buffet. To obtain free tickets, contact Becky Dailey at 308-848-2522, by Sept. 4.—taken from the Arnold Sentinel.
Water samples positive for contamination
CALLAWAY—Small numbers of bacteria detected in lab samples of Callaway well water kept the alert on for residents to boil their drinking water recently. Once water test samples showed contamination, chlorination of the water system was underway when both wells went down at the same time causing the water system to lose pressure. Village residents were advised by state health officials to boil drinking water vigorously to kill any harmful bacteria that entered the system.—taken from the Callaway Courier.