As Gage County continues to dig itself out from recent snow storms, officials are evaluating how a similar situation could be handled more efficiently in the future.

Photo by The Associated Press Texas quarterback Colt McCoy throws during practice, Saturday in Newport Beach, Calif., for the BCS Championship against Alabama Thursday.

Linda L. Kraus, 86, Tecumseh, wife of Kenneth, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at the Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh.

Viola Sue Howey (nee Johnson), 101 years of age, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Waterfield Memory Care Home in Las Vegas, Nev. She was the widow of Earle T. Howey Sr. of Beatrice, Neb.

A few big shots made the difference for the Southeast Community College-Beatrice Lady Storm Saturday against North Platte Community College.

Gage County Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson filed the necessary paperwork Monday to run for reelection, while a pair of political newcomers also filed recently to run for seats on the Gage County Board of Supervisors.

Beatrice’s Lady Orange defense clamped down on the Ralston Lady Rams Tuesday night, holding their guests to nine points through three quarters of play.

Four Sunland towns are receiving chunks of $3.2 million being handed out by the Department of Economic Development in the state of Nebraska toward rehabilitation projects for owner-occupied houses.

Altruism - noun. The unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.

Photo by Chris Dunker/Daily Sun staff Lincoln Elementary first-grader Alexandria Covey, right, waits her turn to buy hot cocoa for a fundraiser by Ellen Janssen’s fourth-grade class. “Hot Cocoa for Haiti” is one of many local relief efforts organized by students.

Photo provided The District Courthouse before the current renovations. After the fire in 1960, a suspended ceiling was put in, covering the original ceiling.

Photo provided In this 1951 photo, Judge Cloyd Ellis is sitting in front of a wooden carved panel that disappeared after the courthouse fire in 1960. District Court Judge Paul Korslund is asking citizens of Gage County who might know the whereabouts of the back panel to contact a county official.

Photo by Luke Nichols/Daily Sun staff District Court Judge Paul Korslund shows a picture of the the District Courtroom after the 1960 fire. Officials are hoping to restore the courtroom to what it looked like before the fire.

Photo by Luke Nichols/Daily Sun staff The Gage County District Courtroom is currently going under a remodel. Gerald Ratigan, of Ratigan-Schottler, heralded the room because of the fact that it’s a large room, but no pillars are used to support the ceiling.

John W. O'Brien, 79, of Beatrice, formerly of Kearney, passed away Jan. 30, 2010, at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

RALSTON - A five-gold-medal performance by the Beatrice/Fairbury/Firth Norris/DeWitt Tri County boys co-op led to a runner-up finish at the River Cities Conference swim meet Saturday.

After walking around the shop, greeting everybody who had stopped to visit, Garold Kleveland had to sit down and rest his legs.

Photo by Luke Nichols/Daily Sun staff Clarice Kleveland displays her husband Garold’s first service worker uniform. The Klevelands came to Beatrice in 1955 and opened a full service Texaco station that remained open until last Thursday.

Seniors on the Beatrice/Fairbury/Firth Norris/DeWitt Tri County co-op swimming and diving team were sent out in style Tuesday as the co-op teams captured both divisions of a dual against Omaha Brownell-Talbot/ Omaha Roncalli/Omaha Concordia.

YORK - Gold medals and state-qualifying spots were the rewards for three Beatrice Orangemen wrestlers Saturday at the B-3 District tournament in York.

The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education will have a long list of candidates to select from later this month for the district’s superintendent position.

Beatrice’s Lady Orange didn’t get in the first punch Friday night, but then found the right combination early as they knocked out the visiting York Lady Dukes.

Melvin “Bump” Mailahn, 64, of Wymore died unexpectedly Thursday evening, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Healthcare Center.

Photo by The Associated Press A statue of the sun sits outside a design business in Indianapolis, as snow falls in the area Friday. A winter storm warning is in effect in Central Indiana until Saturday morning.

Rose Barbara Vitosh, 100, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Cacek) Bures, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Beatrice Manor.