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Getting the school year started off on the right foot with everybody joining forces will be the goal for the Cozad Community Schools ‘Stronger Together’ campaign that will kick-off on Friday August 18th from 5-9 p.m. 
The community of Cozad and the business community of the 100th Meridian City is encouraged to participate in this joyous event that will showcase not only the united efforts of the community but spotlight the youth that are involved in the fall sports for Cozad High School during their scrimmages. 
It is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy a night of fun, food and camaraderie. 
Businesses and groups are being given the opportunities to showcase at their own booths during the event. Applications are due by Friday, August 4th to have a booth at the event. 
For more details on the kick-off event and/or reserve a booth for your business or organization, contact Kick-Off Chairman Mark Messner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 308-289-4865. 
For the 15th 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 8th. 
A Cozad Jaycees Motorcycle Poker Run registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. with departure from Collins Motor Sports on the strip at 10:30 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. Sidewalk sales will take place all around the 100th Meridian City starting at 10 a.m. as well. 
There will be a Kids Olympics held at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. 
There will be free kids water slides from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The ROCKIT Climbing Wall will test your strength and coordination from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The All You Can Eat Grill Master BBQ Competition will begin serving at 5 p.m. in downtown Cozad.
Ashton Dugan and The Band Dave will play from 6-9 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.
The Dawson County Fair is set to start on July 8th and stretch to July 16th. This year’s theme is Ridin’ Rockin’ & Livestockin’.  
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 9th & 16th starting at 6 p.m. 
There will be a Special Praise Concert being hosted by L2 for Kids on Wednesday, July 12th. The admission cost of the concert is $5, advance tickets are also available. 
On Wednesday, if you bring a can of food to donate to local food pantries, you will receive $5 off of an armband. 
Five lucky kids will have new wheels if they are unveiled as the winners in the bicycle drawing that will be held at the Carnival. 
The music will bring you to your feet on Thursday, July 13th when the Fun Pianos Show entertains with their dueling pianos performance. 
The ever popular Beef Show will start promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. In the afternoon at Stevens Arena will be the sheep show, starting approximately at 1 p.m. 
Landslide will be performing as “Fleetwood Mac” on July 14th at 8 p.m. General admission is $10 for the show with kids age 5 and under free for the show. 
The Swine show will be held on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. 
The small animal show will be held Saturday afternoon. 
 The Dawson County Cattlemen will host a free will donation Hamburger Feed on Saturday evening, July 15th starting at 5 p.m. 
On Sunday, July 16th at 6 p.m. will be the Lexington Raceways featured night that includes all IMCA Classes and the NeSmith Late Models. 
The Carnival will open on Wednesday, July 12th and stretch into the night of July 16th. 
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. 
The Dawson County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday, July 3rd. 
Approved were Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $2,092,264.4l and Claims in the amount of $1,439,178.56. A resolution was approved granting First Bank & Trust, Cozad to recall $55,000.00 in collateral.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that since everyone has left the DAD (Dawson Area Development) Office, the county would need to advertise for someone to operate the grant for the fairgrounds improvements requested by the Ag Society.
An annual agreement with the Lancaster County Youth Services Center for Juvenile Detention Services was signed upon request of Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber. “We’ve also taken juveniles to Madison County (Norfolk), and it may be wise to do a study comparing the cost of housing juveniles there and in Lincoln,” Reiber commented. 
The commissioners approved canceling administrative services with DAD for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants). Executive Director Jen McKeone is now in a similar position at Cozad Development Corporation, and Suzanne Brodine and Abby Brecks have found other employment. “The county needs to terminate DAD as administrator for grant funds and needs to appoint a new administrator” according to Dawson County Clerk Karla Zlatovsky.
Approval was granted to publish requests for CDBG Administrative Services, and Zlatovsky will be sending out letters to qualified entities.
Steve Zerr, Veteran’s Service Officer appeared to request a special designated liquor license for a Business After Hours event at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles on Friday, July 28, 2017. “Dawson County Sheriff Reiber has already signed off on it,” Zerr said. The request was approved.
A letter from Arlys Torrey regarding prairie dogs on her property was presented to the board. The commissioners agreed to refer this situation to Marty Craig, Noxious Weed Superintendent.
The final item of business was approving an amendment to the employee health insurance policy.
The Dawson County Board of Equalization met prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. The lone agenda item involved a tax correction request from James Aden. The request was approved.
The next meetings for the Dawson County Boards of Equalization and Commissioners are scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, Nebraska.
The Lexington Police Department conducted a controlled delivery of 18 pounds of Khat, a schedule one controlled substance on Thursday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. 
United States Customs Enforcement had become alerted to a large package being sent to an address in Lexington and forwarded the package to Homeland Security Agents who in turn assisted the Lexington Police Department and officials from the United States Post Office in a controlled delivery. 
Yerrow Mohamed of Lexington signed for and received the package was immediately taken into custody. He was booked into the Dawson County Jail on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance. The investigation is ongoing.