The Dawson County Board of Equalization met for a regular meeting on Friday, December 1st.
The lone item on the agenda was the request for a tax correction on personal property for Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. The tax correction was approved.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met following the Board of Equalization meeting. Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $218,915.71 were approved as well as the current claims as presented in the amount of $963,653.67.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that he and Commissioner Dean Kugler had visited with Road Superintendent Mark Christiansen in regards to upcoming road projects that need to be studied for bonding purposes.
Christiansen presented revised One- and Six-Year Plans including bridge/ box culverts and asphalt and concrete overlays.
Special considerations are being given on the cemetery road by Overton and Cozad Highway 421.
“How much do you want to spend is the question,” Christiansen asked the commissioners. 
“Six inch thick concrete costs five times more than three inch thick asphalt, but concrete lasts 30 years as compared to 10-15 years,” commented former Road Superintendent and current Commissioner Hagan.
Christiansen is looking at a total bonding of $10 million over a five to six year budget.
Commissioner Hagan also reported that the Dawson County Fair Board would be meeting with the engineer on the fairgrounds layout this week and bids should go out in January 2018.
Dawson County Treasurer Vickie Clements presented the county’s distress warrants. The 152 warrants were mailed out earlier this and amounted to $8,000.00 more than the last fiscal year.
The commissioners approved the nomination and appointment by the Cozad Chamber of Commerce for Machelle Smith to replace Sandy Bappe on the Dawson County Visitors Committee.
Discussion was held in regards to the Nebraska Department of Roads a safety project that includes installing active automated lights and gates at UPPR located on Road 442. This crossing is located one mile past Overton and has a projected price tag of $300 to $400 thousand dollars with the county obligated to pay ten percent of the cost. The motion to complete the railroad crossing diagnostic review at Road 442 was approved.
A Special Designated Liquor License submitted by Liza Spivey was approved for Lakeshore Marina Bar & Grille for Sunday, December 31, 2017. Due to New Year’s Eve occurring on a Sunday this year, the request to stay open one hour later until 1:00 a.m. on Monday, January was necessary.
Miranda Stoll, Director of Healing Hearts & Families in Broken Bow appeared with an update on her agency. Established in July 2010, Healing Hearts & Families serves eight counties with the vision to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in our society. They provide services to survivors of domestic violence sexual assault and stalking along with their families free of charge. 
In 2014 a Juvenile Diversion Program that reaches youth 11 to 18 years of age in Blaine, Custer, Dawson, Gosper, Greeley and Valley counties was added. This program provides the opportunity to develop a sense of community responsibility and accountability in addition to providing counseling for survivors and their families.
According to Stoll, “Our bilingual staff received 64 referrals for this program last year with 33 of them coming from Dawson County.
Chairman PJ Jacobson was granted authorization to sign the memorandum of understanding for the 2018 services for Healing Hearts & Families.
The next regular meetings for the Boards of Equalization and Commissioners are scheduled for Monday, December 18th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington.
The Cozad Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge, Number 2250 has selected Cozad’s Ashley Burkholder and Kayla Weyers of Gothenburg as the recipients of the Elks Teens of the Month for November. 
The pair of students have maintained superior academic portfolios at Cozad and Gothenburg throughout their high school campaigns. 
Ashley is the daughter of Matt and Anne Burkholder. Burkholder maintains a 4.19 GPA at Cozad High School and currently has the top GPA, ranked #1 in the CHS Senior class. 
Ashley Burkholder has been a very busy student with vast participation in student organizations and activities throughout her tenure at Cozad High School while earning the recognition of being on the Exemplary Honor Roll. 
Along with her stellar academic portfolio, Ashley has achieved gold medal performances in a variety of fields including English, Reading, Math and Science throughout her campaign. 
Twice in her high school career, Burkholder has been chosen as the local level winner in the Voice of Democracy contest. In 2014 and 2016, she placed first and third in the district level competitions. In 2014, Ashley was honored as the third place winner at the state level. 
Ashley Burkholder has been a member of the Cozad High School student council for the past four years and she was the President of her class as a freshmen. She is the Chair of the Community Service Committee currently. 
Involved in the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium, Ashley earned third place accolades in Outreach Advocacy Group and earned the Beef Quality Assurance Certification. 
As a valued member of the Cozad FBLA, Burkholder has qualified for State the past three years. She is the current Chapter President after serving as the Chapter Parliamentarian for the past three years. 
Ashley Burkholder has been involved in the fine arts while at Cozad as well. She has been a member of the A Capella Choir that has received Superior ratings at Districts and was selected to sing at the Nebraska State Capitol building in 2016. 
Reaching the State Championships in Extemporaneous Speaking capped off a very successful season of High School Speech for Ashley in 2016. She has been deemed the Cozad Speech Team MVP the past two years. This past year, Burkholder joined forces with teammates to finish fourth overall at the State Championships in Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID). She was a National Qualifier in Extemporaneous Speaking while competing in the National Forensics League. 
Athletically, Ashley Burkholder has seen elite levels of success in Cross Country in the Fall along with participating in Track and Field in the Spring. She has been an All-SWC Cross Country runner for four straight years and has ran at the State Cross Country Championships numerous times along with finishing 13th overall in 2016. She currently has the second fastest 5K time in Cozad High School history. She has earned Academic All State honors in both Cross Country and; Track and Field. On the oval, Ashley has competed at the State Meet and is a member of the School Record 3200 meter relay team. 
Being very active throughout her years at Cozad High School along with maintaining a superior academic portfolio earned Burkholder the spotlight as a member of the National Honor Society. 
Ashley Grace is a tremendous young lady who has demonstrated a tremendous leadership capacity, a high level of resiliency and a weath of ability,” expressed former Cozad High School Counselor and Coach Dustin Favinger. “Throughout high school Ashley has demonstrated time and time again that pressure and adversity are best overcome by relying upon the daily hard work she has done to maximize her ability. She is cool under pressure and this will translate well into her life beyond former schooling.”
Kayla Weyers is the daughter of Jamie and Kim Weyers. Weyers maintains a 4.0 GPA and is currently has the top GPA, ranked #1 in the GHS Class. 
Kayla has been a mainstay on the ‘A’ Honor Roll throughout her four years at Gothenburg High School. 
She has been the Student Council Committee Chair for two years along with being on the Student Council for all four years of high school. 
Weyers has been involved in the Science Olympiad the past three years and involved in the Interact Club the as a Junior and Senior. 
Kayla has been a standout for the Gothenburg High School FFA program. She was the Parliamentary Procedure Secretary for two years alongiwth earningi the FFA Chapter degree and being a Senior and Junior Parliamentary Procedure State Champion as a Sophomore and Freshman. 
Athletically, Kayla Weyers has showcased her running skills as members of the Cross Country and Track teams at Gothenburg. She lettered and earned Academic All-State honors in Cross Country. In track, Kayla has been a three-year letterwinner along with competing in the state meet. 
As a result of her stellar academic portfolio and variety of activities and organizations, Kayla is also a member of the Gothenburg National Honor Society. 
Young and old alike are encouraged to enjoy the sights and sound of the season during Gothenburg’s Magic on Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event puts the finishing touches on the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce’s first 12 Days of Christmas promotion.
“The goal of the Chamber over the past year has been to really focus on our business partners,” said Chamber manager Deb Egenberger. “Our retail promotions committee came up with the 12 Days of Christmas to give our businesses some advertising during the holiday season that they didn’t have to pay for.”
The 12 Days of Christmas started on Black Friday and ends with Magic on Main Street. It includes open houses and store specials for 22 businesses that chose to participate.
Santa Claus will arrive for Magic on Main Street via fire truck at Gothenburg State Bank at 5 pm on Tuesday. Santa will visit with children from 5-7 pm. Also available during that time will be food and other vendors on the street between Ninth and 10th streets and fire truck rides for the youngsters.
At 7 pm, Gothenburg Public Library will host a free Celtic Christmas concert by Jerry Barlow, sponsored by the Gothenburg Library Foundation, and at 7:30 pm, MOPS is having a Jingle Jog 5K starting downtown.
Businesses have been asked to stay open late that evening for holiday shopping.
Food vendors, home-based businesses and crafters are encouraged to set up downtown from 5-7 pm. Spaces will be on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, call the Chamber office at 537-3505.
The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit are excited to host their 12th Annual Winter Wonderland Soup, Sandwich and Desert Supper on Monday, December 4th in Cozad. 
The benefit event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Chipper Hall in downtown Cozad. It is an all you can eat free will offering meal. 
All proceeds from the event will go to the Children’s Hospital - Project Austin. Over the past 11 years, funds have brought smiles have been seen on some of the most critically ill children by providing wagons, trikes, buggies, tablets, computers and gaming systems for the patients to enjoy. 
Meals to go can be ordered ahead of time and delivered. Please contact a Cozad Volunteer Fire Department member or call Travis at 325-7206.