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CART meeting about future

COLUMBUS -- Community members are invited to the Columbus Area Recreational Trails meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room upstairs at Dusters.

The agenda includes election of officers and discussion on whether to disband and let the city take over trail responsibilities because of a lack of attendance at CART meetings.

Since 1999, CART has worked with the city to make suggestions and build Two Lakes Trail, Bob Lake Trail, Robert White Trail, Monastery Trail, Wilderness Trail, Sunset Trail and Eighth Street Trail.

For more information, visit or call Judy Trautwein at 402-564-5287. CART meets quarterly.

CCH offering cooking classes

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Community Hospital will begin its monthly cooking classes with the first class, Super Soups, scheduled for Jan. 16.

Classes are held 5:30-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Columbus Wellness Center’s multipurpose room and will include a wide variety of recipes. Each cooking class is hands-on.

Preregistration is $15.

For more information or to preregister, contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462 or visit

Waffling event at high school

COLUMBUS -- Columbus High School will hold its annual Here We Come A-Waffling event Monday at the school.

An art show will run from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the media center. The Waffleman will be in the cafeteria from 5-7 p.m., with all-you-can-eat waffles, sausage and beverage for $8 adults, $5 for students and free for kids ages 5 and younger. There will also be caroling during the waffle feed and the CHS concert band will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

All events are open to the public.

Central offering student prep

COLUMBUS -- Central Community College-Columbus will hold “Orientation: Successful Student Prep” events from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday and 2-5:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

The event will give participants an opportunity to hear from faculty and staff, tour the campus, practice using CCC software and technology and learn important information about the college.

Online registration is available at

Spaghetti feed supports trip

COLUMBUS -- Global Passion Ministries will sponsor a spaghetti feed from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church, 2720 28th St.

Freewill donations will be accepted for the dinner. Proceeds will be used for a medical mission trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, in February.

Deadly fire caused by candle

INDIANOLA (AP) — Investigators have determined that a candle started the house fire that killed two people last week in central Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshall says the fire that started near Indianola shortly after midnight Thursday appears accidental.

Douglas and Debra Swanson died in the fire. They were both 61.

One of their adult daughters, 34-year-old Laura Swanson of Denver, escaped the fire. Another adult daughter who lives at the home wasn't there at the time of the fire.


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