Disaster training for officials

CENTRAL CITY -- Elected Officials participated in disaster training and an exercise held Jan. 24 in Central City.

Instructors from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency presented four hours of training and facilitated a discussion-based exercise, which provided an opportunity for elected officials to examine current disaster response capabilities, plans, and policies to better prepare their county’s ability to respond and recover from disasters. Participants discussed public information needs, economic impacts and the resource requirements to respond to and recover from a disaster. The full day’s activities also included training that provided an overview of the incident command system used by first responders, role of elected officials in the incident command system, incident complexity, disaster declarations and delegation of authorities.

Elected officials, including Boone County Commissioners Ken Luettel, Alan Rasmussen and Hilary Maricle, Boone County Sheriff Denny Johnson, Merrick County Supervisor Jim Graves, Merrick County Sheriff John Westman and Nance County Supervisor Ralph Horacek, learned from state disaster experts and exercised existing county policies and plans. The exercise concluded with an “after action review” that identified what worked well, areas for improvement and how to incorporate them into a revised emergency operations plan for their county.

Soltero graduates from basic training

SAN ANTONIO -- U.S. Air Force Airman Reyes A. Soltero Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Soltero is the son of Jessica L. Bender of Columbus and Reyes A. Soltero of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and stepson of Craig L. Bender of Columbus and Amy Soltero of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a 2017 graduate of Lakeview High School.

Local Wendy’s raises funds

LINCOLN -- A check for $32,040 was recently presented to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, with $4,000 of it being generated by the Columbus Wendy’s, which sold over 2,000 Frosty Keytags as part of the fundraiser.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids, funds and trains adoption recruiters in Nebraska and across the nation, whose sole mission is to find adoptive homes for children most at risk of aging out of foster care without a family. The foundation implements national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant making.

To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

PCHS receives memorials

COLUMBUS -- The Platte County Historical Society received the following memorials during the month of January:

In memory of Norris Augustin by Linda Aerni, Mr./Mrs. Ron Callan, Dan and Terri Hoesly, Ron Saalfeld Family.

In memory of Betty Gattermeyer by Ron and Bonnie Bogus, Kathryn Hassebrook, Ruth Lind, Unknown.

In memory of Lavon Gerken by Audio-Logic.

In memory of Timothy Kneifel by Audio-Logic.

In memory of Nadine Jungemann by Ron and Connie Bogus.

In memory of Timothy Neemeyer by Audio-Logic.

In memory of Mary Jo Stenger by Audio-Logic.

In memory of Jack Van Berg by James and Sandra Cumming, Ron Saalfeld Family.

In memory of Venus Whitefoot by Helen Kern.