Family-owned, community-oriented First Bank & Trust Company has announced a name change to Waypoint Bank effective October 10th.  
The rebranding brings name consistency for all seven locations including five Nebraska branches in Cozad, Cambridge, Clay Center, Eustis and Imperial; one in Colorado Springs, Colorado (known as Mountain View Bank) and a Loan Production Office in Loveland, Colorado (using the name Waypoint Bank).  In conjunction with the bank, the name of First Financial Services will change to Waypoint Financial. 
“While our name is changing, everything else is staying the same,” stated Cozad-based Director, Al Svajgr. “You will still find the same employees and community focus as well as the great products and services we’re known for.” First Bank & Trust Company was originally chartered in 1883 as a full-service community bank. 
“There are many benefits to having one name for all of the bank locations, such as avoiding customer confusion. Our ultimate goal is to provide a focused banking experience designed for our customers,” said President/CEO Kirk Riley. “You should soon start to see the name change on our buildings, advertising and banners throughout all of our communities.”
The new name was inspired by the definition of waypoint—the chosen point one wants to find and arrive at with precision. According to Svajgr, “It perfectly describes us. Waypoint Bank is where you take stock of your future and plot the next stage of your life with guidance from the people you know and trust.”
The bank has launched a new website at which replaces previous sites for First Bank & Trust Company and Mountain View Bank. 
Bank customers will not need to change anything on their accounts to continue with current services. Individual account numbers and the bank routing number will not change. In addition, all checks, ATM/debit/credit cards are still effective and will be replaced at the time of expiration.
With seven locations in Nebraska and Colorado, Waypoint Bank is a family-owned, full-service bank with friendly, knowledgeable people who truly care for you and the community. Let Waypoint be your guide to financial success. More at

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Dawson County has received another membership dividend, this time in the amount of $12,012, from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA), the county’s property, liability and workers’ compensation coverage and risk management services provider. The dividend was part of a $1.25 million distribution shared with 79 Nebraska counties and six regional area agencies on aging during NIRMA’s annual membership conference October 5th & 6th in Kearney.
With this latest distribution, Dawson County has now received a total of $24,575 in dividends since becoming a member of NIRMA in 2010.  NIRMA is able to issue these dividends, in part, due to favorable claims development, investment income earned on behalf of its membership, as well as the members’ ongoing loss prevention efforts.
NIRMA is owned and governed by the 81 member counties and 11 county-associated public entities it serves. This marks the 29th time since 1991 and the 22nd consecutive year the program has been able to return funds, now totaling nearly $20 million, to its members and ultimately their local property taxpayers.
NIRMA was created by 32 counties in 1988 as the state’s first governmental risk management and self-insurance program, and for the past 29 years it has provided affordable insurance coverages and comprehensive risk management and loss prevention services to Nebraska counties and related public agencies.

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Renewing rivalries and bringing back traditions is the goal at Gothenburg Public Schools as they host Homecoming 2017 with the football game opponent being the Cozad Haymakers at 7 p.m.  on Friday. 
Throughout the week, the Gothenburg students have shown great participation in the ‘Dress-Up’ days that coincide with Homecoming. 
On Monday, it was confuse the Haymakers day. Students dressed like teachers and teachers dressed like students.  
Getting a chance to be a class ‘act’ gave participants the chance to dress like their favorite movie or TV character. 
Uniting together as classes, the students participated in Color Day on Wednesday.  Seniors wore black; Juniors wore white; Sophomores wore red; Freshmen wore blue; Junior High wore green and the Staff wear yellow. 
On Thursday, the students will dress like farmers. This is an effort for the students to all ‘combine’ and show the Haymakers what we’re made of. 
On Friday, the students will show their Swede Pride with their apparel selections. 
Students will decorate for the parade starting at 1:30 p.m. 
The homecoming parade will start at 2 p.m. There will be a Pep Rally following the parade at the Football Stadium.
Following the game, the GHS Homecoming royalty will be selected as the king and queen will be crowned on the field. Competing for the honors and accolades to reign over the festivities are three boys and girls who were selected as Royalty nominees. 
Queen finalists are: 
ARLEIGH COSTELLO: daughter of Steve and Becky Costello. 
NATALIE KENNICUTT: daughter of Jamey and Claudine Kennicutt.
NATALEAGH SITORIUS: daughter of Jeremy and Tricia Sitorius. 
King finalists are: 
Noah larson: son of Todd Larson and Angie Howard. 
BLAKE RILEY: son of Brian and Jaimi Riley. 
AJ WHITING: son of Jeff Whiting and Roxanne Whiting. 
The Homecoming dance will follow the game from 9:30-12:30 a.m. in the Elementary Gym.
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Friday, September 29, 2017. 
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $334,370.99 were approved. Approval was also granted to approve the claims excluding the claim of $40,067 submitted totaling $1,291,571.64.
Chairman PJ Jacobson had submitted the $40,067 claim for the Cozad Grand Generation Center’s proposed bus and expenses to be taken out of the $280,000 in county lottery funds available. The commissioners felt that the claim should have been an agenda item and it was tabled until the next meeting.
A resolution was approved for Pinnacle Bank, Lexington to recall $9,500,000 worth of collateral.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the Roads Department would start looking at bonding some overlay projects. He also recommended that repairs on the CED parking lot be investigated, too. Emergency Manager Brian Woldt reported that CenturyLink Fiber in the new parking lot where the old jail was demolished would be completed by November 30th.
Chairman PJ Jacobson was authorized to sign the Stanard Appraisal contract: a review of the commercial property is necessary to properly equalize property values in the county.
Chairman Jacobson was also authorized to sign the certificate of cost allocation plan from MGT Consulting.
The commissioners approved to amend the current PTO (Paid Time Off) Policy for county employees. The amended handbook states that Under full years of completed service; at 1st day of the new pay period, following start date; but less than one year - PTO Accrual: PTO will begin to be earned on the 22nd day of the calendar month. PTO Use: PTO must be used, at a minimum in one-half hour increments. (Previously, one hour was the smallest increment allowed and many appointments only last one-half hour and then the employee may return to work.)
The commissioners conducted a jail inspection after adjourning the regular meeting.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the commissioners meeting. 
Discussion was held regarding the notice of change omitted value for personal property of Tyson Fresh Meats in Lexington and Mid West TLC, Inc. in Gothenburg. The commissioners approved the increase in personal property and penalties as presented by Dawson County Assessor John Moore.
Also approved was a resolution for the Adoption and Appropriations regarding setting current tax levies. Levies are based on one cent of each one hundred dollars actual valuation. Lexington’s City Tax Levy is 0.400087 percent; Cozad’s is 0.436712 percent and Gothenburg’s comes in at 0.376757 percent.
School levies are as follows: Lexington – 1.050000 percent; Cozad – 1.283699 percent; Gothenburg – 1.042316 percent; Overton – 0.943449 percent and Sumner-Eddyville-Miller – 1.056353 percent.
The next regular meetings for the Dawson County Board of Equalization and the Dawson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, October 13th beginning at 8 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.