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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

December 17, 2018

AP-Nebraska stories for Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, Dec. 22, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-OFFICERS’ CLUB

OMAHA, Neb. _ Back when the Strategic Air Command ruled the skies, days in the air often ended with martinis at the Officers’ Club. The O-Club was where the men who ran the Air Force _ and it was almost always men _ made friends and made deals. The O-Club culture has faded over the past 20 years as more officers have moved off base and more high-quality restaurants have opened in the community. But mostly, it’s because the tolerance for heavy drinking has faded, both inside and outside the Air Force. By Steve Liewer, The Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 842 words.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC LIBRARY

STANTON, Neb. _ For more than 100 years, children and adults have climbed the steps of the red brick building, opened the door and entered the wonderful world of books. The building was a place of refuge during the Great Depression, hosted Red Cross meetings during the “Great War” and World War II and now gives patrons a window into the World Wide Web. Now, the Stanton Public Library is being recognized for its contributions to the betterment of the community. The building was just recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. By Sheryl Schmeckpeper, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 893 words.

For use Sunday, Dec. 23, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SCOTTSBLUFF FLIGHTS

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. _ The Western Nebraska Regional Airport continues to increase in popularity over driving to Denver. Once again, the airport saw more than 1,000 boardings in November and is on track for the same in December. With the increase in numbers, many are asking when additional flights, or turn-arounds, will be added to the schedule. It isn’t as simple as just adding more flights. The airport works under an Essential Air Service (EAS) program from the federal government, which guarantees small communities can maintain a minimal level of air service. Under that program, the government will only pay for 12 flights per week. By Irene North, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 612 words.

EXCHANGE-PROBATION ADMINISTRATOR

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Ellen Brokofsky was 25-years-old, divorced and raising two kids on her own when she took a probation job working with teenagers who got in trouble in Sarpy County. She never imagined she’d still be part of the system 43 years later. Let alone at the top of it, where she’ll retire at the end of the year. By Lori Pilger, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 901 words.

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