» Fontenelle Forest will receive $231,438 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to repair erosion and reduce storm runoff in the Childs and Mill Hollow watersheds. The project is one of the 134 receiving $24.2 million in grant money from the trust this year.
» Omahan Madeline Miller will participate in the 56th Distinguished Young Women National Finals to be held June 27-29. Miller is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of more than $100,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013.
» The Sons of Italy elected new state officers. Those elected were: Dr. Tom Pruse, president; George Grillo, vice president; Rich Mengler, orator; Ann Turco, financial secretary; Linda Chapman, treasurer; Steve LaGreca, recording secretary; Sam DiMauro, Frank Dufek, Jo Dufek, Sarah Ruma, Chuck Turco, trustees; Bernie Lotspeich, Mary Lotspeich, arbitrary committee members; Rose M. DiMauro, state deputy; Butch Turco, club manager.
» Asha Anchan and Riley Johnson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications will join other top journalism students from 12 universities around the country on a national investigative reporting project on post-9/11 veterans. The project is part of the Carnegie-Knight News21 in-depth journalism program headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
» Harold Sommer of Scottsbluff, Neb., is the Nebraska winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior Service award for his dedicated community service, including his work at Regional West Medical Center. He has been volunteering there since 1993.
» Nebraska State Patrol Investigator Jessica Kitchell took first place in the Nebraska Inspector Championships in Grand Island. An eight-year veteran of the State Patrol, Kitchell is stationed in Lincoln. The competition consists of a personal interview, hazardous materials table top exercise, a level one inspection, motor coach inspection and a cargo tank inspection. Kitchell will represent Nebraska in the North American Inspector Championships in Salt Lake City in August.
» Dr. Jerome Wohleb, director of pharmacy services at Bryan Medical Center, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for distinguished service to pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.
» Alton Heimes of Hartington, Neb., has been elected president of the 250-member Nebraska Auctioneers Association for 2013-2014. Other board members include: Shayne Fili, Omaha, president-elect; Kevin Schow, Paxton, vice president; Mark Kliewer, Kearney; Tom Millie, Omaha; and Tyler Runge, Columbus — all newly elected members.
-- Compiled by Jake Anderson