Four area high school speech students qualified at the National Speech & Debate Association Qualifications Meet in Spearfish, SD February 21 – 24 for the national event. The National Speech & Debate Association Meet will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in June.
Cozad High School’s Ashley Burkholder was the winner in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Gothenburg High Schools is sending two members of their speech team to nationals: Arleigh Costello in Informative and Maxwell Jinks in Humorous Interpretation.
Nia Martinez from Lexington High School qualified in Original Oratory.
The Cozad and Gothenburg speech teams will next be competing at the Southwest Conference Speech Meet in Minden on Monday, March 5th.
Cozad will, for the first time, host the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association Event: Sing Around Nebraska Festival Honor Choir on Saturday, after it was postponed this past weekend.  This ensemble is open to singers in grades 4th-6th.  Twenty-five Cozad students will be participating in this event, totaling 80 young singers from area schools:  Gothenburg, Southwest, Kearney Catholic, and Cambridge. 
The clinician will be a Cozad native, Deanna ‘Floe’ Goranson who is the director at Community Christian School and Lake Minatare Elementary.  She also directs the Valley Voices Children’s Choir.  The accompanist is Linda Grabenstein from Gothenburg.  The event has been initiated and organized by Cozad Elementary Director, Erica Wieseler. 
The students have learned their music prior to the festival, and will meet for an all day clinic on Saturday to rehearse together.  The concert (located in the High School Auditorium) will be at 4 p.m. with doors opening to the public at 3:30 p.m.  Admission is $3.00 for anyone 12 and older.  
It is time once again for the annual community health screenings offered by Lexington Regional Health Center.  
This year, LRHC will be offering the screenings at three different locations within the community. Screenings will be held on March 6th and 7th at the main lobby at Lexington Regional Health Center from 6:00 am – 9:00 am, on March 14th at Orthman Community YMCA from 5:30 am – 7:30 am, and on March 20th at Elwood Senior Center from 7:30 am – 9:30 am in Elwood, Nebraska.
Participants will receive a complete blood count, lipid panel (includes cholesterol) and a complete metabolic panel (glucose, kidney and liver function). The cost of these tests is just $20! Other tests available at an additional cost include: TSH (thyroid test) for $10, PSA (prostate test for men) for $15 and HgbA1C (Diabetes test) for $15. If attending the screenings at the LRHC lobby, Orthman Community YMCA or in Elwood, participants will need to pay with either cash, check, and debit or credit card.  
“Lexington Regional Health Center is excited to offer these tests to the community for a very small fee,” said Cathy Sarnes, director of Lexington Regional’s laboratory. “These tests will help identify possible health concerns, including anemia and diabetes, plus aid residents in monitoring their overall wellness.”
Participants are asked to fast for 10 hours before the screening and then drink two glasses of water before the screening.  Refreshments will be available to enjoy afterwards.
For more information, please call Sarnes or the laboratory staff at (308) 324-8592.

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If you are looking for just the right clothing outfit for the weekend or work, on Friday the Mode Boutique will be open for business in hopes of satisfying your needs. 
Mode Boutique owner Jill Gengenbach has wanted to open a boutique for about the last three years. “ I am like all women and love clothing fashion, stated Jill Gengenbach. “I love Cozad, I believe in Cozad, I know this can work!” 
The transformation into the Mode Boutique started in late August with much of the work being done by Gengenbach’s family putting in their own blood sweat and tears into the boutique from the beginning. To put the finishing touches on before opening day, “A big thank you is given towards Gengenbach family members: Galen, Kevin, Jeff and many others that include Robyn Geiser that helped me get to this day,” expressed Jill.  
The Mode Boutique will keep in stock Women’s clothing and accessories of all sizes, from size 0-plus sizes. “I want all women to come in here and be able to find something to wear,” expressed Gengenbach. “I want every woman to feel beautiful.”
Currently along with the women’s clothing there are local high school themed clothing options for sale at Mode. If an item of clothing needs to be ordered, it takes approximately two days to get the item shipped from the supplier to the Cozad store. 
There are plans in the future to have mens clothing and accessories as well as kids clothing and accessories. 
Going to the Gengenbach family heritage and ancestry resulted in the name of the boutique after throwing potential names around. “I searched online to see what the German word for fashion was and it soon thereafter became the Mode Boutique. 
The Mode Boutique is located at 108 East 8th Street, near the main square of downtown Cozad and will be open for business, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Saturdays, Mode will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.