CHS class reunion planned

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus High School Class of 1957 will celebrate its 60th class reunion 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at Dusters Restaurant, 2804 13th St.

For more information, call 402-564-1932 or 402-402-1908.

Reinke reunion coming up

NORFOLK -- Descendants of Carl Reinke, one of the founders of Columbus, and descendants of his siblings are invited to attend the 83rd Reinke reunion beginning with a potluck at noon Sunday at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk.

The reunion began in 1934 and has always been held on the third Sunday in August. All family and friends are welcome.

Local PD part of campaign

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Police Department will be participating in the “You Drink and Drive. You Lose” campaign from Friday through Sept. 4.

The department was awarded a $4,465 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to pay overtime for officers assigned to target impaired drivers.

Columbus Police Department encourages the public to report any possible impaired drivers by calling 402-564-3201.

Gallery exhibit features Albracht

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Art Gallery will feature work by artist Carolyn Albracht in her exhibit “Contemplation” from Monday through Sept. 1.

An artist’s reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Aug. 31 in the art gallery, located on the lower level of Columbus Public Library, 2504 14th St. The reception is free and open to the public.

Library holding book sale

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Days book sale will be held today through Sunday at the library, 2504 14th St.

Hours for the sale are 6-9 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday. The sale will include hardback books for $1, children’s and paperback books for 50 cents, DVDs for $1 and VHS tapes for 25 cents. Special pricing on Sunday only will be all items sold for $2 per bag.

UP reducing workforce

OMAHA (AP) — Union Pacific is laying off 500 managers and 250 other workers to save about $110 million annually and eliminate about 8 percent of the railroad's managers.

The railroad told the affected workers Wednesday that their jobs will be eliminated by mid-September.

Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz said that eliminating open positions through attrition and improving productivity isn't enough to cut costs.

"Union Pacific for some time has leveraged employee attrition and technology to reduce general and administrative costs," Fritz said. "Unfortunately, attrition alone will not keep pace with our need and ability to reduce these costs."

Union Pacific said the layoffs are expected to produce about $110 million in annual cost savings, but the railroad will record $90 million in pretax severance costs — mostly in the third quarter — because of them.

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