Cozad Chapter Goes Back To Our Future With FCCLA

Over 1,100 students from all areas of Nebraska gathered for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference held in Lincoln, Nebraska April 3-5th. The conference took place in the Pinnacle Bank Arena and Holiday Inn-Downtown. The Cozad High School FCCLA chapter was among the students that attended the conference.
Over the three day conference, students were able to participate in competitive events such as STAR Events, and attend several sessions and workshops led by many inspiring speakers on relevant youth issues. Topics included leadership development, peer education, entrepreneurship, nutrition and wellness, healthy relationships, and much more.
The students who attended the conference got the chance to listen to the conference keynote speaker Alex Sheen. Alex is the founder of the movement because I said I would, a social movement and non-profit dedicated to betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. He has been featured on The Today Show, ABC World News, and The Los Angeles Times. He once walked over 240 miles across the state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. He has impacted millions with his message. 
This year, 10 students competed in STAR events at State Leadership Conference. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) recognizes members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. 
Results from State Leadership:
Tazah Weinmaster, Katrina German, and Kaylea Kolbo: Chapter in Review Portfolio, Gold
Rosa Rodriguez: Chapter Service in Review, Top Gold
Emily Smith: Career Investigation, Silver
Natalie Engel, Carrie Osborn, and Isabel Schaefer: National Programs in Action, Jr., Silver
Jacob Carbaugh and Karly Siemering: National Programs in Action, Sr., Silver
This year, the National Leadership Conference will be held in San Diego, California on July 3-7, 2016. FCCLA members around the country will gather in sunny San Diego to attend workshops and youth sessions, as well as to compete in national STAR Events. Students will have the opportunity to network with and learn from members all around the country. 

Cozad Shines At District Music Contests

 Instrumentalists and vocalists from Cozad High School traveled to Sutherland High School on Friday, April 22nd for district music contest. 
At district music contest entrants compete against a standard and earn a rating based on their level of mastery. Ratings are Superior (1); Excellent (2); Good (3); Average (4); and Poor (5).
Large ensembles are judged by three judges and one judge critiques solos and small groups.
The Chamber Singers Women earned a unanimous Superior (1+) plaque for their performance. 
The Chamber Singers Men received a Superior (1) rating and were one point away from a unanimous plaque.
The Bel Canto Women's Choir also received a Superior (1) rating and one point away from a unanimous plaque. This is the first superior rating this ensemble has ever received.
The Chamber Singers Mixed Ensemble and the Cozad High School Band both received Excellent (2) ratings.
Kennedy Berreckman received a perfect score on her vocal solo and earned the Outstanding Performance Award from her judge. One one award may be given by each judge.
Other solos receiving Superior ratings included Skylar Rogers, vocal solo; Sydney Lindstedt, vocal solo; Dalton Klein, tuba solo and the clarinet duet performed by Ashley Revelo and Jacqueline Martinez.
Solos and small ensembles that earned Excellent ratings were Penny Barnes, French horn solo; Israel Hermosillo, alto saxophone solo; Toby Salazar, trombone solo; Dalton Klein and Israel Hermosillo, vocal duet; Natalie Engel, vocal solo and the vocal octet performed by Dalton Klein, Rosa Rodriguez, Kathy Parson, Kolton Morse, Jasmine Mapel, Karly Siemering and Emma Armstrong.
Trevor Donahey received a Good rating on his trumpet solo.

Cozad School Board Approves Window Replacement Bid

The Cozad Community Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 18th.
Two bids had been submitted to replace windows in the high school building. Platte Valley Glass in Lexington’s bid was $46,000 and Tri-County Glass in Kearney’s bid was $37,000. The board accepted the bid from Tri-County Glass to replace 14 windows.
Under reports, High School Principal Bill Beckenhauer reported that the ‘Cozad Cares’ Day on April 6th was a huge success. NeSA and MAP testing will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
High School life science instructor Anthony Munter recently had his students participate in a project with the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission to radio collar prairie chickens and monitor them. They also took blood samples from some of the 50 birds they collared. 
“The students had to leave the school at 3:00 a.m. to do the project, but they were excited to be included in this endeavor,’ Beckenhauer noted. “Nebraska is the only state to do this project and our students definitely benefited from this experience,” he added.
Middle School Principal Brian Regelin noted that the sixth graders had attended the Safety Day at Monsanto’s in Gothenburg. The Quiz Bowl team placed second at the Gothenburg contest and Landry Geiger qualified for the state science fair with his entry.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson reported that they are working on Title I renewal for next year. Title I instructor Sondra Terry and Henderson are presently working on peer reviews of the program.
70 kindergarteners for the 2016-17 school year took part in the Kindergarten Health Screening held recently.
Special Education Director Jill Beckenhauer appeared with Cozad Early Education instructor Kristi Albrecht to present a report on the ‘Rooted in Relationships’ program in Dawson County and the state of Nebraska.
‘Rooted in Relationships’ is an initiative that partner with communities to implement evidence-based practices that enhance the social-emotional development of children, birth through age eight. 
One part of this initiative supports communities as they implement the Pyramid Model, a framework of evidence-based practices that promote the social, emotional and behavioral competence of young children.
Dawson County had been one of the top three Nebraska counties selected to participate in the program based on need.
Implementation of this program in Dawson County has increased participants’ parenting skills, relationships with their children and level of stress after participating in the Circle of Security TM – Parenting classes.
Technology Director Dave Evertson reported that meetings have been held with students in grades 8 – 11 to explain the options for iPad devices for next year. One parent meeting has also been conducted with another one scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th.
Leasing seems to be one of the more popular options for high school students next year, and Evertson said that middle school parents have already asked him if this might be an option for their students.
In other action the board accepted the resignation of Second Grade teacher Teresa Barnett.
Elementary Principal Dale Henderson presented his recommendation for Nolan Hammond to be hired to fill the elementary physical education position vacated by the retirement of Karen LaBrayere effective at the end of the current school year.
Hammond was a student teacher during the fall semester in 2014 with at Cozad Elementary and Middle School. He is currently teaching in Valentine.
A motion was made to hire Hammond for the position, but only board members Ann Burkholder and Jeremy Geiger voted yes to the motion. Board members John Peden, Scott Geiser, Dennis Worrell and Edd Albrecht cast votes against the motion.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16th at Noon in the Superintendent’s Office in the District Office Building.

Tri-City Tribune Captures Awards In Newspaper Contest

The Tri-City TRIBUNE collected seven awards during the Nebraska Press Association Convention held in Kearney on Saturday evening.
Publishers and newspaper representatives from the Arkansas Newspaper Association judged this year’s entries.
The Tri-City TRIBUNE took home three first place prizes. Use of Color, News; Classified Section and Sports Feature photo all finished first overall in Class D. The winning Sports Feature photo taken by Kelly Ninas was a salute by a Cozad Wrestler Jacob Hoffman and Coach Derek Hammerlun to the Cozad contingency at Sate Wrestling that was selected as the top selection in Class D, a division for the largest weekly circulated newspapers in Nebraska (2,801 and up). 
The Classified Section that was featured was from the Citywide Garage Sales that were held in Cozad. 
The TRIBUNE scored a runner-up finish in the News Photography division with the photo taken by Kelly Ninas on an Airboat being used as a drying agent for the Baseball field during the Class B State Baseball Tournament held in Cozad last summer. 
The TRIBUNE was awarded third place honors in Photo Page, Community Promotion Advertisement and Websites. The Pony Express Rodeo photo page was among the best in the division. The Community Promotion Advertisement that was awarded was from the Dawson County Fair. 
In one of the most prestigious awards of the weekend, former Gothenburg Times Publisher  and Past President of both the Nebraska Press Association and the Nebraska Press Advertising Service Greg Viergutz was honored as the Master Editor-Publisher Award. 
The Lexington Clipper-Herald was the Class ‘C’ Sweepstakes third place finisher. The Gothenburg Times and the Lexington Clipper-Herald also won several awards in Class ‘C’ a division for newspapers with circulation between 1,501 and 2,800.

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Saunders Appears In Court For Official Misconduct

The Cheri Saunders bench trial was held in Dawson County Court in Lexington on Friday. 
Saunders is facing a misdemeanor charge of Official Misconduct, stemming from a fatality accident that occurred in August. 
Acting Dawson County Judge Kent Turnbull set a hearing for July 11th on the Cheri Saunders case. 
Meanwhile, Cheri Saunders daughter Krystal Saunders entered pleas in Dawson County Court on Friday morning as well in connection with the fatality accident. 
Krystal Saunders is being charged for Misdemeanor Motor Vehicle Homicide, Careless Driving and Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana. 
Acting Dawson County Judge Kent Turnbull set a status hearing that is scheduled for May 16th at 11 a.m. 

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Dawson County Commissioners Approve Security Camera System

The Dawson County Commissioners met in regular session on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Dawson County Jail Maintenance Manager Brandon Kjar and Rick Scheer, Control Masters, Omaha, Nebraska appeared with the bid for a new Programmable Logic Controller Electronic Detention Monitoring and Control System for the jail and courthouse that had been opened on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
There are presently 73 cameras with 32 to be added in the upgrade of security in the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Dawson County Jail and the Dawson County Courthouse. Many of the cameras will feature 360 degree  viewing angles.
 “It is better to be proactive than reactive,” stated Commissioner Bill Stewart.
The board approved the expenditure in the amount of $229,656.00 for the camera system that will most likely be completed in four phases.
In other business, Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the March 2016 crime reports. 
Total services and LEC Dispatch calls for service were slightly up from February 2016. 
215 new inmates were booked in March compared to 180 in February. Average daily population was 88.6/day with 43 percent of these being Dawson County inmates. 
Contract days numbered 1,599 in March compared to 1,226 in February.
Sheriff Reiber also requested the board’s approval for Amendment #1 to the food service agreement between the Dawson County Jail and CBM Managed Services. The amendment allows for one carton of milk at the cost of 13 cents to be added at one meal/day. The commissioners approved the amendment.
Road Administrator Pat Nichols appeared to share the state sign issues and closures that were suggested to Commissioner Stewart and Bill Ross by the Union Pacific Railroad.
Seven intersections require new signage. The signs will be paid by the state if the county installs them.
The county will not proceed with closures of Roads 427 and 429 railroad crossings.
Commissioner PJ Jacobson volunteered board to explore viable options concerning the possible closure of the Paulsen East railroad crossing.
Special Designated Liquor Licenses were approved for McFarland Family Farms, LLC – Mac’s Creek, Gary Wach dba Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery, Kinkaider Brewing Co., LLC and Miretta Vineyards & winery, Inc. dba Miletta Vista Winery. These businesses will be vendors at the annual Johnson Lake Area Art & Wine Festival scheduled for June 11, 2016. 
Although all four had filled out the required paperwork for the licenses, Mac’s Creek was the lone business to write a letter requesting approval from Dawson County Sheriff Reiber. 
Approval was granted with the stipulation that from now on anyone requesting a Special Designated Liquor License receives approval from the sheriff.
Jerad Reimers, Community Liaison for Congressman Adrian Smith appeared with a report and to field questions from the board members. Discussion was held concerning requirements for rural first responders.
Prior to the Dawson County Commissioners meeting, the Dawson County Board of Equalization met. 
Tax correction requests were granted for Erron Properties, LLC. 
Approval was granted for filing deadlines to be waived for Cozad Christian Church and Living Hope Assembly Church in Cozad, and Gothenburg Evangelical Free Church for real property tax exemptions.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, NE.

Cozad Prom To Turn Back Time With 'Juke Box Saturday Night'

Attention will focus on the ‘Juke Box Saturday Night’ for the 2016 Junior-Senior Prom at Cozad High School on Saturday, April 23rd. 
There will be an open house to see the decorations from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday. 
The evening festivities will begin when photographs are taken by Katie Arndt Photography in the CHS Gymnasium from 3-5 p.m. Junior and Senior class pictures will also be taken. 
There will be a joint Punch Party for Senior and Junior class prom-goers that will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Cozad Country Club. 
The traditional ‘Red Carpet Walk’ is scheduled in the CHS Auditorium from 8-9 p.m. Students will enter from the East side of the stage. 
A dance will be held from 9 p.m. until 12 a.m. with music provided by a DJ will follow, along with coronation on a King and Queen. 
Post-Prom events will start at 12:30 a.m. Transportation via bus will be provided for the students to participate in a fun-filled evening at the Big Apple in Kearney. 
There will be Cosmic Bowling, Ballocity, mini-golf and Volleyball. Laser Tag and the game room will also be an optional entertainment avenue. There will be a hypnotist that is scheduled to put on a wonderful show.
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Students must be signed up prior to attending. There is no charge for attending. 
Juniors will re-assemble at the school on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. to clean-up from the fun-filled festivities. 

Cozad City Council Discusses Truck Routes

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 18, 2016. 
Elks BPO Cozad Lodge 2250 was approved for a special designated liquor license for Friday, June 10, 2016 from 5 – 10 p.m. at the Cozad Municipal Airport in conjunction with the air show events that evening.
Approval was given for Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointments to the following commissions and boards:
Planning Commission: Kim Sassali will replace Heidi Bazata (June 2019); Tim Williams will replace Ron Olds (June 2017) and Garnold Kreft will renew his term (June 2019)
Board of Public Works: Alan Clark is renewing his term (June 2020)
Board of Parks Commission: Brian Regelin, Betty Proctor and Darrel Francescato all renewing their terms (June 2019
An ordinance amending and adding provisions regarding truck routes to the Municipal Code was introduced. The ordinance will include designating routes and repealing any conflicts. 
Concern has been expressed about heavy traffic from trucks traveling at inappropriate speeds through downtown Cozad on 8th Street. Not only is it hard on the street, but also it is feared that a pedestrian or someone getting into their vehicle may be struck and injured or killed.
It is proposed that Section 5-204: Truck Routes be changed to the following: It shall be unlawful to operate upon any street or alley in the City of Cozad, Nebraska, except those streets and alleys hereinafter designated as a “Truck Route”, any Semi Tract Truck with Trailer attached or unattached, Trucks with bed or boxes that exceed nine (9’) Feet in length or more, including agricultural and industrial equipment exceeding 10,000 pounds gross weight.
It shall not be unlawful for the following vehicles to operate upon any street or alley in the City of Cozad, Nebraska: emergency vehicles, vehicles being used for the purpose of delivering or collecting goods, wares, merchandise, vehicles being directly used for building, repair, service, moving operations, vehicles being used to obtain materials or making repairs while dealing with regularly established businesses or equipment related thereto, vehicles being driven directly to the residence of the owner of the same and by only the shortest route from the nearest truck route.
The following streets are hereby designated as “Truck Routes”:
a.All Federal and State Highways passing through the Corporate City Limits, including Highway #30 and Highway #21.
b.8th Street from F Street to the East City Limits.
c.Newell Street from 8th Street to 24th Street.
d.24th Street from Newell Street to 0 Street.
e.0 Street from 24th Street to 2nd Street.
f.2nd Street from 0 Street to Highway #21.
        Trucks shall not be allowed for any purposed whatsoever on 8th Street from highway #30 to F Street.
        If a revised ordinance is passed, the Nebraska Department of Roads will need to approve signage designating said streets as “Truck Routes” or restricting Truck Traffic altogether to be erected upon or at the entrances to such affected highway/street or parts thereof as affected as may be most appropriate. The city will be responsible for the cost of the signs.
The ordinance was tabled with revisions to be made prior to the next council meeting.
Approval was given to the Wilson Public Library Board for their proposed updates for job descriptions for Library Director, Assistant Library Director, Youth Director, Library Aide and Student Aide, cleaning Personnel as well as staff expectations and a list of cleaning duties.
Under reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported his department had been repairing pipes on 11th and 14th streets and that the four-inch pipes have been installed for the splash pad at Candy Cane Park.
Lights Commissioner Britt German and his crew have been keeping busy reading meters in the municipality.
Parks & Streets Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that water has been turned on in all of the parks and that his department is working on controlling the infestation of dandelions. Cozad Telephone Company will be installing electrical boxes in the picnic shelters and work on the splash pad is progressing at a good pace.
Police Chief Randy Adams is still working on the body cameras and taser training has been scheduled for his officers.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.

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Parkinson's Disease Support Group Meets In Lexington

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It occurs when the cells in the area of the brain that produce the chemical dopamine begin to malfunction and die. Dopamine is the chemical that transmits or sends information for the part of the brain that controls movement. When a person has Parkinson’s their brain is not producing enough dopamine and messages from the brain telling the body how to move are delivered more slowly. This causes an inability to initiate or control movements in a normal way. The symptons can be temporarily treated, but the cause and cure of this illness have not yet been found.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and there is a local support group that meets on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the educational room at the Community Health and Fitness Center, located at 1600 W. 13th Street in Lexington.
The meetings provide a support system for those affected by Parkinson’s. Meetings have a set program which includes information on nutrition, safety in the home, occupational therapy, mental health or other subjects that are of interest to the group. Tele-health conferences or webinars bring current information to the group. Joys and concerns are also shraed in a safe and confidential manner. Following this portion of the meeting, the group participates in a “Move It” exercise.
The Lexington area, (Lexington, Overton, Cozad, ect.), Parkinson’s Disease group is supported by and receives information from the American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter (APDA). To learn more about this disease go to Facilitators of the meeting include: Lexington Regional Health Center staff Jamie Reed-Slonecker and Ann Young. Dixie Menke and Brenda Bierman assist as care partners. For more information about the support group in Lexington contact Dixie Menke (308) 784-4022 or Brenda Bierman at (308) 324-2523.

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Cozad United Way and Cozad High School To Host Second Annaul Muscle Man Volleyball

If you are a fan of Volleyball and want to see some great entertainment, you need to check out Cozad High School on Sunday afternoon, It will be time well spent and its for a good cause. 
Cozad High School and the Cozad United Way are hosting a Muscle Man Volleyball tournament on April 17, 2016, at Cozad High School from 2-4 PM. Four teams of male students will be competing for the title of 2nd Annual Muscle Man champions. Admission is a free-will donation that will be directed to the United Way.
The United Way will also be hosting a putting competition during the break between games. The winner will receive a free entry fee to the United Way Golf Scrambler which will be held on May 22, 2016. The Scrambler is a 4 person charity event with tee off that day at 12:30. There will be door prizes, raffles, hole in one prizes, and money to the winners.
For more information about the Scrambler, please contact Bob Marshall—784-2332 at the Cozad Country Club or the United Way office—784-2804.
For more information about the Muscle Man Volleyball Tournament, please contact Jann Kloepping or Cory Spotanski at Cozad High School—784-2744.Screen_Shot_2016-04-14_at_9.28.28_AM.png


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