Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 E. Seventh St., will once again present their Easter gift to the community in a live dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper.”
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on both March 28 and 29 in Trinity’s sanctuary. The public is invited and no tickets are needed. A social hour follows each performance in the fellowship hall, allowing those attending to meet and greet members involved in the production.
According to the Rev. Rob Kuefner, church pastor and narrator for the production, “This living picture represents the 12 disciples who were attending the Last Supper.”
Da Vinci purposefully chose the moment Jesus said, “One of you will betray me,” to depict the story. In turn each disciple asks, “Is It I?”
Directing the 2018 edition of the pageant will be John Moore, who has been the director of the Trinity production from its beginning. He notes that great care is taken to authenticate the scene. The backdrop is that of the classical Renaissance artwork. The props, costumes and appearances of Jesus and the disciples will mirror a life-size rendition. The actors remain motionless in their poses until they speak.
“The production will be a worship service formatted within a drama,” Moore said. “I don’t think it is an understatement to say these performances will give deep spiritual meaning to the season.”
Moore estimates it took more than 100 individuals to make the initial production successful in 2003, and in the 15 years since he has been assisted annually by nearly 40 other Trinity members. They volunteer their time either as actors, musicians, vocalists, or as stage crew. Others help with costuming and makeup, as ushers and with the social hour.
The pageant is based on the soliloquies of Ernest K. Emurian and is enhanced with Bible passages and musical intervals. “Perhaps the most poignant minutes of the evening,” said Moore, “are when the Apostles serve those who choose to come forward and partake in Communion.”
The cast for this year’s production includes: Gary Petersen as Jesus; Quentin Dailey as James, the Less; Marcus Porath as Matthew; Ron Davey as Nathaniel; Eric Young as James, Brother of John; Steve Gierhan as Andrew; Ross Koch as Thomas; Keith Anderson as Judas;  Mike Thome as Thaddeus; Larry Fisher as Philip; David Steele as John; Charlie Licking as Simon the Zealot; and Blaine Petersen as Peter.
  As National Ag Week comes to a close, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is reminding drivers to watch for agriculture producers working near and traveling on Nebraska’s roads.
  “Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry for a reason: the hard-working men and women around our state who have dedicated their lives to farming and ranching,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We salute Nebraska’s Ag producers and encourage other drivers to be aware that there will more equipment on the roads for the next several months.”
  As planting season gets into full swing in many parts of the state, drivers should be aware that it is legal for farm machinery to travel on public roads to move from field to field. Drivers should use caution around this equipment because it is often slow-moving and its size may limit the operator’s visibility.
  Drivers should always be alert, but use extra caution on roads they may share with agriculture implements. With the potential combination of a fast-moving vehicle and slow-moving farm equipment, it is critical that drivers avoid distractions.
  Ag producers are also encouraged to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling, and be aware of vehicles that may be attempting to pass.
The Cozad Jaycees are planning their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25th at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 2 p.m. 
The hunt is open to all children up to age of 5th graders. Participants are asked to bring your own baskets, baskets will not be provided.
The Easter Egg Hunt will be moved indoors to the Cozad Community Wellness Center in the case of inclement weather conditions.
Questions may be directed to Ashley at 308-325-0626.
Lexington High School students will enjoy prom activites under the theme of “Garden Of The Gods’ on Saturday, March 24th
Events will kick-off in the East gym at Lexington High School when the public is invited to view prom decorations from 4-6:30 p.m.
Student photographs will be taken from 3-5 p.m as well. 
The ‘Grand Entrance’ for the prom goers will be through the main entrance on the west side of the school. The students will be spotlighted during the traditional ‘Hollywood Style’ arrival from 8-9 p.m. Family and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the festivities that will be held in the West Gym. 
The dance will be held from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the High School. Prime Time Music out of Lincoln will supply the music. 
Post-prom activities will be held at the YMCA in Lexington following the dance. 
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 14th.
The major item on the abbreviated agenda was the approval on bids for new patrol cars that was tabled at the March 1st meeting.
The Commissioners accepted the bid from Pony Express Chevrolet in Gothenburg for one 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe with a trade-in of $8,000 for a total of $30,923. They also accepted the bid for two 2018 Ford Explorers from Platte Valley Auto in Lexington with trade-in for two vehicles at $10,000 for a total of $66,106.  According to Deputy Sheriff Mike Hudson the two Explorers will be utilized as canine vehicles since they sit closer to the ground are easier on the dog’s hips when they jump in.
In other business, Official’s Receipts were filed as submitted: $2,042.32 County Clerk; $25,418.11 Register of Deeds; $15,290.04 Clerk of District Court and $550.00 Surveyor.
Treasurer’s Receipts in the amount of $958,739.41 were approved, as were the Claims in the amount of $270,549.76.
Under Committee Reports, Commissioner Butch Hagan reported that the fairground has experienced some issues with construction but the end product will be nice.
Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber presented the February crime reports.
Chairman Dean Kugler received authorization to sign the audit representation letter.
Prior to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Dawson County Board of Equalization met. 
Chairman Kugler opened a public hearing at 8:01 a.m. regarding the approval or denial of a tax protest exemption on political subdivision property for use for public service for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District. Central Nebraska Public Power representative Charles Brewster formally requested the hearing to be scheduled at a later date. The hearing closed at 8:05 a.m. and the commissioners approved to table the public hearing.
Tax corrections were approved for parcels owned by Kevin Rhone and Tyson Foods.
The next regularly scheduled meetings for the Dawson County Boards of Equalization and Commissioners is scheduled for Friday, March 30th at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Dawson County Courthouse located in Lexington, Nebraska.