County Fair Time!

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Orthman's Officially Opens New Facility In Lexington

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Thursday, July 21st for Orthman Manufacturing’s new 115,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lexington. This new location, just northeast of the Lexington I-80 interchange, will increase production capacity and efficiency for Orthman products distributed world-wide.
Plans for the new site began in 2010, with a partnership between Orthman and the City of Lexington. “It’s been a journey,” said Orthman President John McCoy. “We are excited to move past the development process and start reaping the rewards of the production phase. This is a pivotal moment for us, the turning of an important page in our history books.  We continue to be devoted to providing innovations and ag technology for our customers, with the overriding ideal of keep the Industry that feeds us, efficient,” McCoy said.
This is Orthman’s first ground-up manufacturing plant. The original site, beginning in 1965, was located on founder Henry Orthman’s farmstead, and in 2001 the Company occupied an additional site east of Lex. They will maintain the original farm location for their conveying and materials handling group.
Orthman is a valuable part of the Lexington area, offering not only jobs, but assistance to area schools with technical training grants and programs, as well as benefactor of the Orthman YMCA in Lexington.
Dignitaries expected at the ceremony include Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley as well as representatives from the offices of US Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Adrian Smith.

Dawson County Treasurer Wood Submits Resignation At Commissioners Meeting

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, July 15, 2016.
Dawson County Treasurer Sharon Wood read her letter of resignation to the commissioners. The commissioners accepted her letter with appreciation expressed for her service to the county in the Dawson County Treasurer’s Office for the past 18 years and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for the 18 years prior to her stint as treasurer.
“I’m ready to retire as I’ve accomplished what I’ve wanted to do in the treasurer’s office,” Wood explained.
“The office has been renovated physically and new software has been added,” she continued.
“It’s time for a new person to take over and this way I’m giving you plenty of time to find a replacement and am willing to train them and make the transition a smooth one,” Wood continued. Woods’ resignation is effective December 31, 2016.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the June crime reports.
1,019 services were provided and 1,860 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service were received during the month of June. 165 inmates were booked into the county jail.
73 warrants were issued with 46 of these being served during June.
During the fiscal year from July 2015 – June 2016 15,379 total services were rendered, 2,279 inmates were booked and 20,803 LEC Dispatch Calls for Service were received.
Dawson County Treasurer Wood reported on the unpaid property taxes as of June 30, 2016.
$3,479,067.17 is the total amount of unpaid taxes for the past fiscal year.
Overton Golf Course board members Barry Carpenter and Jeff Tappan appeared to request a little assistance with needed repairs to the course.
The board is requesting to use $19,950 in lottery funds. The commissioners will consider this request when completing next year’s budget.
The course has 105 members and since 2010 has brought in $1,008,000 in keno funds. 
Dawson County Zoning Administrator recommended denial of the special use permit submitted by Duane Kuhnel to construct storage buildings at Johnson Lake. A public hearing has been set for the August 15, 2016 commissioners meeting to discuss the issue.
Crystal Werger, Dawson County Historical Society and Museum Director appeared with an agency update and budget request for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Museum board member accompanied Werger as she requested $70,000 that is the same amount as 2015-2016.
“We are looking to other sources to access the additional funds needed for the museum,” Batie reported.
The commissioners approved transferring around $4,700 extra operating money to capital for RYDE Transit. Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that both the Cozad and Gothenburg city councils had approved $1,000 in their budgets for next year to assist with operating expenses for this service.
Healing Hearts & Families Diversion Program specialist Miranda Stoll presented information on their diversion program process and benefits.
The agency is located in Broken Bow, NE and serves youth in Blaine, Custer, Dawson, Gosper, Greeley and Valley counties.
Under committee reports, Commissioner Dean Kugler reported that he had attended a joint meeting with the Dawson County and Frontier County Veterans Boards of Directors.
“Frontier County is pleased with the service provided by the Dawson County Veterans office,” noted Kugler.
“We are pleased with the amount of activity in our veterans office and Director Steve Zerr being available to our veterans, especially for medical reasons” Kugler continued.
“We are investigating the possibility of making Steve’s assistant full time rather than part time,” Kugler concluded.
Commissioner Dennis Rickertsen reported that he had attended a Two Rivers Health meeting in the county and that they are seeking a new representative from Dawson County since Kerry Teetor resigned from his position on the board.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
 

Cozad City Council Joins Nebraska Energy Alliance

The Cozad City Council met with an abbreviated agenda on Monday, July 18, 2016.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 189 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council members discussed joining the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to building electric vehicle refueling infrastructure statewide.
Membership in the alliance has grown from nine to 24 members in two years, and Gothenburg and Lexington are both members.
NCEA requires a one-time $1000 membership fee to join. Each member contributes $5o00 toward any grant to which it is a partner in which NCEA is the primary grant sponsor.
Approval was granted to apply for membership in the NCEA.
Jill Nelsen, owner/manager of Cork & Cap Liquor in Cozad appeared to request a special designated liquor license application at Chipper Hall on Saturday, August 20th at Chipper Hall. Council members approved her request.
City Clerk Susan Kloepping reminded commissioners of the budget workshop scheduled for Monday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m.
The next regular meeting for the city council is scheduled for Monday August 8, 2016 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.
 

Bands, Brews & BBQs well attended

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Museum Wall Discussed At Cozad City Council Meeting

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
Boy Scout Kevin Cruz led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Doug Smith, Cozad United Methodist Church delivered the invocation.
A public hearing was held to consider the catering application submitted by Elks BPO Cozad 2250.
Elks Manager Lisa Bubak appeared and explained the main reason for the request was the summer volleyball league that will be held behind the Elks Lodge beginning on July 12th. The six-week league is sponsored by the Cozad Jaycees.
City Council members approved the application.
Jim Terry, representing the 100th Meridian Museum Board appeared to continue dialogue with the city concerning the west wall of the museum.
Mayor Nancy Meyer had recommended that a joint committee from the museum and council be formed to consider the proposed plans and estimates in her conversation with Terry prior to the meeting.
Charlie Block and Ron Olds agreed to represent the city council on the committee, and Terry said they would appoint two members from the museum board at their next meeting.
It was agreed that Joe Welsh from Paulsen Inc. be invited to join the committee, too, as he has prepared the plans and estimates.
Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that his department has been keeping busy repairing water leaks in the municipality.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that the library had sponsored 36 programs during the month of June. 1,192 total attendees were recorded.
  Police Chief Randy Adams reported that it was a relatively quiet 4th of July weekend, but that they were busy with fireworks clean-up and gearing up for Bands, Brews & BBQs.
 City Clerk Susan Kloepping reported that the annual budget workshop for the City of Cozad has been set for Monday, July 25, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the city council will be on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Office Building.
 

Lexington Fire Departments New Pumper Truck


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PORTABLE LIGHTS that can be used in emergencies as well as extension cords exceeding 200 feet. 

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PUMPER TRUCK control panel that has gone digital for quick reading. 

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HYDRALIC POWERED ladder storage for easier access when the ladder is needed.

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SEATING THAT allows for a firefighter to ride to the emergency with a tank strapped to his back safely. The tank and firefighter are securely strapped in.  

 

Crew For Dawson County Hero Flight Unveiled

The Dawson County Hero Flight will return to Washington D.C. this fall with the second crew of veterans. The group completed its first flight last April, taking 25 veterans to the nation’s capital.
“From the very beginning, the goal of group has been to conduct multiple flights,” explained one of the organizers Steve Zerr. “We want to recognize and show our appreciation for as many veterans as possible.”
The upcoming flight is a little different, in that veterans are not limited to just Dawson County residents. “For the first flight, we had several from outside Dawson County that applied,” Zerr explained. 
The upcoming flight will depart September 28th from Heartland Military Museum and return Oct. 1st.
Members of the second flight are:
Roger Wahlgren – Gothenburg
Jerry Hemphill – Cozad
Max Weismann – Holdrege
Reginald Yates – Ashland
Clayton Schubert – Wilcox
Melvin Abels – Kearney
Roger Koch – Cozad
Gary Hosick – Cozad
Charles Licking – Lexington
Gary Moritz – Lexington
Darrell Bliven – Lexington
Raymond Kounovsky – Lexington
Rodney Holtz – Lexington
Gary Reiber – Lexington
Gerald Lauby – Lexington
Lester Elliott – Cozad
Charles DeHarty – Eustis
David Baack – Cozad
Carroll Landstrom – Axtell
Ron Leininger – Lexington
Dale Block – Gothenburg
Richard Ostergard – Gothenburg
Winston Simon – Gothenburg
William Jensen – Lexington
Fredrick Ward – Lexington
Included in this crew are 14 Army veterans, one Air Force veteran, six Navy veterans and four Marines. Vietnam veterans make up the bulk of the crew, accounting for 15 of the 25, with seven Korean era veterans, one World War II veteran and two peacetime veterans.
 

Rulings Made On Saunders In Dawson County Court

Court rulings have been filed in Dawson County Court pertaining to a SUV-Pedestrian accident that occured in August of 2015 in northeast Lexington. 
Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Cheri Saunders of Lexington was found not guilty of Official Misconduct in a ruling issued on Thursday by Judge Kent Turnbull. Judge Turnbull presided over the bench trial that was conducted in April. Saunders has been on administrative leave without pay since the Attorney General’s office filed the charges in March. 
In a related case, Krystal Saunders of Lexington entered a plea of no contest to Motor Vehicle Homicide as a result of the SUV-Pedestrian accident that occured in August. 
The three-count complaint was filed in April by the Nebraska Attonry General’s office.
In the plea agreement there was the dismissal of charges of careless driving and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The plea agreement also includes the recommendation for probation. 
Acting Dawson County Judge Kent Turnbull accepted her plea and set Krystal Saunders’ sentencing for September 12th. 
 

Lighting Up The Night Sky

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Guardians Of the Children - Seven Valleys Chapter To Host Fun Day On Sunday

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Cozad's Bands, Brews & BBQs Is July 9th

For the 14th straight year, Cozad will roll out the ‘red carpet’ and welcome everyone to the Bands, Brews & BBQs celebration and numerous other events that will be held throughout the day on Saturday, July 9th.
A Cozad Jaycees Motorcycle Poker Run registration will take place at 9 a.m. with departure from Collins Motor Sports on the strip at 10 a.m.
 The well-attended Triple ‘B’ Car show will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Show and Shine vehicles will be displayed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. along with the ever popular vendor and craft show. Haymaker downtown sales will take place all around the 100th Meridian City starting at 10 a.m.
There will be free kids water slides from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. along with United Way Carnival games from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all in Veteran’s Memorial Park. 
The ROCKIT Climbing Wall will test your strength and coordination from 1-3 p.m.
Looking to beat the heat will be easy during the 1:30 p.m. Water Balloon Fight on Saturday afternoon.
The All You Can Eat BBQ will begin at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Cozad.
Ashton Dugan and The Band Dave will play from 5:30-9 p.m.  Then Whiskey Bent will then take center stage performing from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 
Advance tickets are available at the Cozad Chamber of Commerce office and Sonny's Super Foods. The ticket price includes all you can eat BBQ and the musical entertainment.
The traditional Haymaker Open Golf Tournament will also be played at the Cozad Country Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Cowan Sworn In As Veterans Board Member For Dawson County

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Under committee reports Chairman Butch Hagan reported that the county roads shop building in Lexington is in need of some repairs, especially on its roof.
“We need to procure bids on the repairs and include them in the 2016-2017 budget,” Hagan noted. “We also need new pick-ups for the roads department,” he continued.
Judge John Wightman swore in new Veterans Board Member Andrew Cowan at the meeting.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber appeared with the Distress Warrant Report from November 1, 2015 to June 15, 2016.
A total of $59,823.86 in distress warrants was received. $40,906.03 was collected.
After diligent search and being unable to find property upon which to levy after several years, Reiber recommended striking $18,405.16.
Dawson County Weed Superintendent Marty Craig presented the contract between Two Rivers Public Health Department and the Dawson County Weed Department. Dawson County Deputy Attorney Kate Gatewood had wanted to make some changes in the contract and it hasn’t been returned.
June Blauvelt, Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce, was approved for reappointment to the Dawson County Visitors Committee.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting.
Following executive session, the negotiated TERC settlements for Robert Boumann and Stanley Obermiller were approved.
The board members also approved a resolution concerning the hearing policy for property value protests. 
The resolution states that protesters, their agents or representatives may no longer appear by phone in protest hearings.
The vehicle tax exemption request for the 1995 Wabash owned by the Nebraska District Council of the Assemblies of God was approved.
Tax corrections for Cornhusker Energy in Lexington were also approved.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Dawson County Board of Equalization and the Dawson County Commissioners will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE.
 

Goodwill Donation Drive Set For July 12-26th In Cozad

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is having a donation drive in Cozad beginning on Tuesday, July 12th through Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. Donations can be dropped off from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on these days. People living in Cozad and in the surrounding area can drop off their donations at the Cozad Recycling Area on Highway 30.
Virtually anything in your home or garage that you no longer use is accepted; clothing, household items, shoes, boots, purses, belts, hats, books, computers, printers, monitors and computer accessories can be placed inside the Goodwill trailer. Due to limited storage space, furniture, televisions and large appliances are not accepted. Tax donation receipts are available at the trailer.
Goodwill appreciates the generosity of the people of Cozad and surrounding area. Revenue generated through the sale of donated items at Goodwill retail stores supports services for people in greater Nebraska.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska’s mission is to help people with disabilities or barriers achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. The organization fulfills this  mission every day by supporting people to find jobs that match their talents and gifts, teaching skills leading to increased independence, helping people through the process of recovery and empowering people to focus on their strengths and abilities rather than a diagnosis or disability.

Dawson County Fair Set To Begin This Week

The Dawson County Fair is set to start on July 9th and stretch to July 17th. This year’s theme is 130 years...Growin’ and Showin’ 
Along with the always popular 4-H exhibits and the carnival will be many events that will be sure to entertain the masses in attendance on the Fairgrounds. 
The Stock Car Races are always fan favorites. During the fair, races will be held on July 10th & 17th starting at 6 p.m. 
There will be a Special Praise Concert being hosted by L2 for Kids on Wednesday, July 13th. The admission cost of the concert is $5, advance tickets are also available. 
There will be Dustin Elliott’s Extreme Bull Riding under the lights, that will be held in the Dawson County Arena on Thursday, July 15th at 7:30 p.m. 
Landslide will be performing as “Fleetwood Mac” on July 15th at 8 p.m.
 Making a return trip to the Dawson County fair is the every popular Pig Wrestling event that will be held on Saturday, July 16th at 7 p.m in the Dawson County Arena. Sign-up for the Pig Wrestling starts at 5:30 p.m. 
On Sunday, July 17th at 6 p.m. will be the Lexington Raceways featured night that includes URSS 305 Sprint Cars and IMCA Classes. Adults are $20 for admission and $10 for kids.
The Carnival will open on Wednesday, July 13th and stretch into the night of Sunday, July 17th. 
Make sure and check out the exhibits and show animals that the youth of Dawson County have worked very hard to prepare in hopes of punching their ticket to the State Fair in August and September. 

Cozad High School Alumni Functions Planned

For all of you Cozad graduates who are not Cozad Alumni members, this is a challenge to you to join our organization. There are so many opportunities in the school and community that we could donate our monies, but without new members or members who have not renewed their membership, we cannot continue to grow and give back. We have 3 memberships available:
Lifetime-$50, 5 years-$25 and a 2 year $10. Send your monies along with your name (include maiden), address, telephone number, class year and email address to Connie Hanna Gengenbach, 42181 Road 768, Cozad, NE 69130. And many of you who do not know the status of your membership can call me at (308)-784-4330 to see if you should be renewing your membership.
Yearly Scholarships: Since 2005 we have been awarding a deserving Cozad High School Senior with a college scholarship. This year’s alternate was Andrea Neill, daughter of Mike and Debra Neill. The winner was Tazah Weinmaster, daughter of Jimi and Alicia Weinmaster. Again, without your membership dues we could not award these scholarships!
Social Gathering: Don’t forget to attend yearly social gathering, Saturday night, September 10th from 7 to midnight at the Cozad Elk’s Club. The classes which end in a 6 and a 1 will be honored at 9:00 p.m. Which class will win the 2016 Haymaker Attendance Award? Snacks will be provided with a no-host bar. Let’s make this 14th social gathering the biggest and best ever!
All alumni golf outing will be Friday, September 9th, 2016. Sign up at the country club or by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is a 4 person 18 hole scramble which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30 per person and the monies after expenses will go toward giving to the schools or the community in whatever their immediate needs are. This will be another fun-filled day. Get your best 4 person team together now and get registered. And, you may also sign up without having a team of 4, you will be placed on a team.
If you are like me and receive emails from The Cozad Alumni... that is NOT us... we do not sell Cozad Haymaker attire and the memberships that they sell are not for our local Cozad Alumni Association. So be aware!
Once again, thank you to all who are CAA members for making this association the success that it has become.

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