Schuyler library dedication event

SCHUYLER — A cornerstone dedication ceremony at the new Schuyler Public Library, 108 E. 18th St., will be held 2 p.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to attend and have a look inside the new building.

CCH launches dietitian program

COLUMBUS — Columbus Community Hospital is offering a new educational program called “Ask the Dietitian.”

The program includes a series of free classes that will give community members the opportunity to interact with a nutrition professional and get their health questions answered.

Beginning Friday, the classes will be held in Columbus Wellness Center’s multipurpose room. A CCH dietitian will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss nutrition-related topics. That expert will be available for questions following each discussion. There is no cost to attend.

Tentative topics include the following:

Jan. 12: 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits & Vegetables

Jan. 16: Eating Right for a Healthy Weight

Jan. 19: Eating Right on a Budget

Feb. 2: Eating Right with Less Salt

Feb. 9: Eating Right with My Plate

Feb. 16: Eating Right on the Run

Feb. 23: Power Up with Breakfast

March 2: Shop Smart — Get the Facts on Food Labels

March 9: Smart Snacking

March 16: Total Body Diet

March 23: Healthy Eating Tips for Vegetarians

March 30: Eating Right to Reduce Inflammation

CCH dietitians can also answer questions regarding diabetes, weight loss, heart health, cooking ideas and much more.

For more information on the “Ask the Dietitian” program, contact Susan Olmer at 402-562-4460 or Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Helmet debate revs up in state

LINCOLN (AP) — Lawmakers who oppose Nebraska's motorcycle helmet law are once again trying to repeal the requirement after narrowly failing to do so last year.

Senators kicked off their annual debate Monday on legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride through the state without a helmet if they're at least 21 years old.

This year's bill by Sen. John Lowe of Kearney would require riders to use eye protection, but would eliminate the helmet mandate for most riders. Passengers who are younger than 6 years old would still have to wear a helmet.

Opponents of the repeal bill blocked it last year with a filibuster. The bill's supporters fell one vote short of the support they needed to force an end to debate and bring the issue to a vote.

Norfolk hose plant expanding

NORFOLK (AP) — Officials say more than 30 jobs likely will be added when an industrial hose plant is expanded in Norfolk.

The Norfolk Daily News reports that Continental announced Monday its $9.3 million project will provide more than 19,000 square feet of new space for its rubber mixing operations. Construction is expected to begin immediately and be finished by the end of the first quarter next year.

The Norfolk plant is part of Germany-based Continental's ContiTech division. The plant employs around 360 people now.

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