Light Parades Held In TRIBUNE-Area


New Owners Excited To Keep Bella Italia's Strong Tradition Going

Patrons of Cozad will continue to get the chance to eat an authentic Italian cuisine, as Victor and Mark Diaz are now the new owners of the Bella Italia Restaurant. 
Victor and Mark conversed with former owners Shadi and Becky Aboushady and knew the situation the couple were in as a result of health conditions. The Diaz brothers found the situation to be a perfect scenario to live out a dream of owning a restaurant. “I have always wanted to be a chef,” expressed Mark Diaz. 
Mark Diaz will be working in the kitchen and Victor Diaz is going to be in charge of the front end of the restaurant. 
During the process of taking over ownership, Mark has been shadowing and learning the skills it takes to cook authentic Italian food from chef Shadi Aboushady. “I can’t thank him enough for all that he (Shadi) has taught me about preparing fresh food to be served in a restaurant.” 
“All of the dishes and ingredients will continue to be made from scratch and fresh herbs, fresh vegetables, everything  fresh including meat and fish will be made fresh,” stated Mark Diaz. “There are items used in food preparation and in cooking that are imported from Italy. 
The Bella Italia Restaurant currently will continue to be open for business as usual under the leadership of Victor and Mark Diaz. 

Dawson County Commissioners Discuss Health Insurance Of Staff

The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $365,781.82 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims submitted totaling $1,078,970.30.
The commissioners approved a resolution that involves a program agreement between Dawson County and the State Department of Roads concerning Advanced Railroad Signing.
Discussion was held concerning the FSLA Overtime Rules and Injunction. The commissioners voted to keep the mandated increase in salaries per FSLA overtime rules as budgeted by a 3 – 2 vote.
A public hearing commenced at 8:30 a.m. regarding the application for the Dawson County Fairgrounds. Dawson Area Development Executive Director Jen McKeone appeared and explained that the county is just a pass-through for the $350,000 in grant application funding from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. $110,000 in funding will also come from local sources including $30,000 from local funding; $69,200 from the fairgrounds and $10,800 from the Dawson County Roads fund. New restrooms will be built on the fairgrounds in addition to other ADA accessible improvements. Board Chairman Butch Hagan was authorized to sign the application, contracts and grant related material.
Chairman Hagan was also authorized to sign the memorandum of understanding to renovate the Dawson County Fairgrounds by Dawson County and the Dawson County Agricultural Society, Inc.
The commissioners, Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatkovsky and Deputy County Attorney Jocelyn Brasher discussed what the employee portion of health insurance premiums should be if their health screening base score is not met.
Clerk Zlatovsky reported that 33 employees didn’t make the 75% base score or improve by five points during this past year. These employees will be given the opportunity to seek ‘coaching’ by January 1, 2017 and complete the program to better their base scores by March 31, 2017 to avoid paying higher insurance premiums and possibly higher deductibles. She does have appeals forms for employees who did not meet the base score available.
Deputy County Attorney Brasher cautioned the board on the HIPPA and ADA appeals processes. The item was tabled until more information and research can be completed on the matter.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting.
The request fro South Central Developmental Services for two 2016 Dodge Wagons was approved.
County Assessor John Moore appeared to discuss public owned property not being used for public purpose.
The next regular meeting for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Council Views Police Department's Body-Worn Camera Demonstration

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale swore into office Charlie Block and Ron Olds who were elected for full four-year terms in November’s general election. 
Cozad Police Officer John Peden presented a video demonstration of the body worn cameras being utilized by the Cozad Police Department.
A public hearing was held concerning a contract amendment to the Community Development Block Grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Dawson Area Development Director Jen McKeone explained that some of the funds could be reallocated from the streets and commercial facilities part in the grant if approved by the council. The council members gave their approval for the amendment.
Keith Marvin from Marvin Associates appeared for a public hearing on the new Comprehensive Development Plan and Zoning and Subdivision Regulations. Two ordinances were approved by the council members concerning the plan.
Under Old Business, discussion continued on the recycling center surveillance cameras. The present cameras have poor quality and Police Chief Randy Adams had researched the matter and found that the system could be upgraded with two new cameras at a cost of $700 each. These cameras would have 1080 pixels compared to the 720 pixels on the present cameras and have a much wider field of view. Software needed for the surveillance videos to be downloaded and sent to the city office would be $149. The matter was tabled until the next meeting.
 Under New Business, DAD Executive Director Jen McKeone approached the council members to consider amending the guidelines for the USDA Redlg projects from the current 50 per cent equity requirement to 20 percent. 
“If they can afford 50 per cent equity they really don’t need this program,” McKeone explained. “At 20 percent it is much more affordable and accessible to those who need it,” she continued.
The council approved amending the guidelines.
The council members granted a resolution approving the matching funds of $58,000 for the Hospital Foundation Project after being explained by McKeone. These matching funds will be used toward the purchase of new equipment for the hospital. “This is a win-win situation for the hospital foundation and the City of Cozad,” McKeone said.
Council members also gave their stamp of approval for a new USDA Redlg Revolving Loan Fund involving the old Dollar General Building at 807 Meridian Street.  The building will be renovated to house two businesses with one being a new Cozad business and the other an expansion of an existing business. The loan request is for $220,000 for ten years with monthly payments being made to repay the loan.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Crick & Rupe Are Spotlighted AS Elks Students Of The Month

The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Cozad’s Sammy Crick and Hayden Rupe of Eustis/Farnam as the recipients of the Elks Students of the Month. 
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Cozad and Eustis/Farnam throughout their high school years. 
Sammy is the daughter of Doug and Rachel Crick. Crick maintains a 4.095 GPA at Cozad High School. She has been on the All A’s and High Honor Roll throughout her four year tenure at Cozad High School. 
Sammy Crick has been very involved in a variety of activities while maintaining a level of excellence in the classroom at Cozad High School. Sammy showchases great leadership skills and blazes the trail of activities and events that she is involved in. 
Crick has been recognized by the CCSA in Language Arts and Science during her high school years. She was selected as a Graduation Attendant this past year and was a prom server during her sophomore year. Sammy was inducted into the Cozad National Honor Society as a Sophomore and continues to exceed the high standards of being in the National Honor Society. 
As a four year member of the Cozad High School FBLA Chapter, Sammy Crick has been a four-year state qualifier where she placed fourth overall in publication design this past year. She was awarded the certificate of Mentorship, Business Achievement and Community Service Awards this past year as well. Crick is currently the organization’s Vice President were as the she was the Treasurer as a Junior. 
Sammy has been a four year letterwinner of the Cozad High School Pep Club and is currently the President of the Pep Club. She was the Publicity officer this past year as a Junior. Crick was spotlighted as the High Merit recipient during her Sophomore year.  
Providing great leadership for her class, Sammy has been a class officer all four years of high school. She is currently a Team Captain of the Cozad Jazz Dance squad and has been a member of the Jazz for the past three years. 
Sammy has been instrumental to the success of the Lady Haymakers Softball squad during her four-year campaign. She was one of the team captain’s this past year. She has early Academic All-State honors as well as All-State Honorable Mention accolades as well the past two years. 
As an active member of the Job’s Daughters organization, Sammy has been involved for the past four years and was the Honored Queen this past year. 
“Sammy is dependable and she enjoys putting hard work in and relishes the positive outcomes. Her efforts in extracurricular activities are stellar, no doubt,” expressed Cozad High School Activities Director Cory Spotanski. “She is a great student to have as a member of our school community. Teachers speak very highly of her work ethic and friendliness in their classrooms. Sammy is an awesome person with a heart of gold.”
Hayden is the son of Shannon and Julie Rupe. Rupe maintains a 91.1 GPA at Eustis/Farnam High School and has been a mainstay on the honor roll throughout his prep career at Eustis/Farnam Schools. 
Hayden Rupe has been a very active student in activities and organizations during his tenure at Eustis/Farnam Schools. 
He has been a member of the Student Council throughout his career and currently acts as the Vice President. Hayden has been his classes President since they were Freshmen. 
As a member of the highly touted FFA program since his ninth grade year, Rupe has been a key cog in the success of the program at the district, state and national competitions. 
Hayden was inducted into the Eustis/Farnam National Honor Society this past year and he coutinues to exceed the high standards of the organization as he remains a member. 
On the playing field, Hayden Rupe has been a four year letterman for the Knights football team. He has earned All-District accolades as well. 
On the hardwood, Rupe has been instrumental to the success of the Knights as a three-year letterwinner. 
He was an attendee of the American Legion Cornhusker Boys State event the Summer before his Junior year. 
“Hayden has a great work ethic and was an excellent member of the mock trial team this past year,” stated Eustis/Farnam Social Studies Instructor  Lynn Young. 

Rupe & Stutterheim Spotlighted For Academic Excellence

The Eustis Chamber of Commerce has selected Hayden Rupe and Huntyr Stutterheim as the November and December Students of the Month. 
Hayden Rupe is the Eustis-Farnam November Student of the Month.  Hayden participates in football, basketball, FFA, E-Unit, senior class president, student council vice president, and quiz bowl.  Hayden is undecided on a college but plans on pursuing an Ag. Business degree.  
Huntyr Stutterheim is the Eustis-Farnam December Student of the Month.  Huntyr participates in volleyball, track, one-act play, E-Unit, Speech and student council.  Huntyr is undecided on a college but plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.

Cozad Middle School Has Record Setting Paper Drive:


Honored Graduates


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Gothenburg Native Nordin Publishes First Poetry Musings

Nebraska author and poet as well as Gothenburg native, Matthew E. Nordin, is publishing his first poetry collection entitled Musings of the Northern Poet this December.
Musing of the Northern Poet, Matthew Nordin said, is influenced by his love of God, his wife, and the Renaissance festivals.  This collection of syllabic poetry will enlighten the reader through its couplets and verse. From his best poems written while attending Bible college, to his lighter works from his involvement at local Ren Faires, these poems seek to inspire and reach the frontiers of the mind’s emotions. Split into three sections, it is the author’s desire to have others experience his life's passions: faith, hope, and love.
Matthew Nordin is a speculative fiction writer, poet, and a midwestern traveler. He became a sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast during his years attending a one-room, country school near his childhood home of Gothenburg, Nebraska. 
As an avid reader of poetry, Matthew found himself creating over one hundred poems throughout  his days at Gothenburg High School.  
After high school, he earned a double Bachelor's of Science in Christian Education and Biblical Studies from Grace University in Omaha. 
He met his wife, Lisa, while performing at a Renaissance Festival with Evengard Improv, a theater troupe he co-founded and now leads. They have enjoyed performing in hundreds of shows at some of the most unique locations.
This first poetry collection is being published through Dot’s Consultant, Management, & Micro-Publishing House and is currently available for sale on-line, through social media, or through direct contact with Matthew Nordin. 

Vandalism Reported At Haymaker Stadium


BARGING THROUGH a locked gate were suspects most likely driving a pickup late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning along with vandalizing area near the gate at Haymaker Stadium. The Cozad Police Department is investigating the event and if you can provide any assistance, you are encouraged to call 784-2366 or Dawson County Crimestoppers at 1-866-652-7383. You may remain anonymous as well.

TRIBUNE-Area Ready To Light Up Night With Christmas Celebrations

Getting in the mood for the Holiday season are the TRIBUNE-Area cities with plans to showcase Christmas festivities. 
Cozad will host their annual Winter Wonderland Parade on Monday, December 5th. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.  You will also be able to visit Santa following the parade at JM’s Gifts/Service Drug. 
The 100th Meridian City will also host a Window Decorating contest. To enter the contest, please send information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of the business day on November 30th. 
The community of Lexington will host their 13th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade through downtown Lexington on Sunday, December 4th. 
Lexington will also have Santa’s House open in downtown Lexington on Saturday December 3rd. 
Downtown Gothenburg will have an extra glow on Dec. 6 as businesses are encouraged to light up their store fronts with holiday spirit for the Magic on Main Street celebration 5-8 pm that Tuesday.
The event kicks off theChristmas season with a light parade that will escort Santa into town for his first appearance of the year at Gothenburg State Bank. Everyone is welcome to join the light parade beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will line up at the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department at 10th Street and Avenue F.  The route will go from the fire hall to Ehmen Park and south on Lake Avenue to Ninth Street, where firemen will deliver Santa. Floats and vehicles in the parade must have lights on them, and because the fire department will be bringing Santa through the parade, others are asked not to include Santa look-alikes.
Santa will visit with children and have photos taken at Gothenburg State Bank until 7 p.m.
There will be street performances by students at The Dance Centre and Gymnastics West, as well as holiday music played by an ensemble of the Gothenburg High School band. Vendors will be set up downtown selling a variety of food and gift items in addition to some downtown businesses being open late.
The Lions Club is planning a free pancake supper in the old RTI building in the 800 block of Lake Avenue and Rotary will serve hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee in the 900 block of Lake Avenue. 
Free fire truck rides and hayrack rides will be available as well as face painting and games.
Magic on Main Street participants will be able to rate their favorite store front as businesses vie for bragging rights for the best decorated windows.
Gothenburg residents can also boost community spirit with a chance to win a little extra Christmas cash by getting their holiday decorations up prior to Dec. 6. The Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce office will accept nominations for the best decorated home in Gothenburg. The winner will receive $50 in Swede Bucks.
Nominations will be taken Dec. 7-9 only. To nominate a residence, call the Chamber at 537-3505 or email the address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
For more information about Magic on Main Street, contact the Gothenburg Chamber Office.

Holiday Spirit Toy Drive


LPN Pled No Contest In Prescription Drug Case

A former employee at the Golden Living Center in Cozad, Katie O’Keefe of Gothenburg pled no contest to three misdemeanor charges of attempted possession of a controlled substance by fraud. The sentence of 18 months probation was handed down on Monday in Dawson County District Court. 
O’Keefe was formerly employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the Golden Living Center. Reports indicated that in Auguest of 2015 she withdrew Hydrocodone pills numerous times meant for a patient. Some of them were administered to the patient and some of them weren’t given to the patient. 

Berreckman Spotlighted As Soloist At All-State Music Event

Screen_Shot_2016-12-01_at_11.40.47_AM.pngEach year approximately 3000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA). Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest music honors attainable in Nebraska. 
Ms. Linda Johnson, Chair of Choral Affairs for the NMEA is pleased to announce that Cozad Junior Kennedy Berreckman, the daughter of Claude Jr and Karen Berreckman was among the 440 students selected to be a part of the All-State Chorus. Kennedy was also a soloist in the final concert after an audition as a result of being the #1 ranked in our region. 
Guest Conductor for the group was Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies at Texas Tech University  and Artistic Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir. The chorus rehearsed Wednesday, November 16th through Friday, November 18th on the Univer-  sity of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The Concert was held of Friday, November 18th at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska- Lincoln campus. 

Kearney Cinema



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