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Phelps County is Fourth Healthiest County in the State
posted by Holdrege Chamber of Commerce on 2/22/2010
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A report examining how health is influenced by community says Cedar County is the healthiest county in the Nebraska, while Richardson County is the least healthy. The report released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looked at counties in all 50 states. It ties standard measures _ general health and the rate of premature death _ with factors that play a role in those outcomes, including the unemployment rate, childhood poverty and air pollution. In Nebraska, Cedar County was followed by Wayne, Pierce, Phelps, Seward, Washington, Sarpy, Howard, York and Holt as the top 10 healthiest counties. Richardson was joined in the bottom 10 by Scotts Bluff, Thurston, Furnas, Kimball, Harlan, Knox, Gage, Dawson and Cheyenne. ___ On the Net: County health rankings: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org
Loomis - Deep roots in the high plains
You can tell a lot about Loomis from the way people turn out to volunteer. When teens wanted a youth center, they came out in force - with some adult supervision - and created their own space, the In-Zone, in a downtown storefront. A community center was built and largely paid for by volunteers.
A new school addition has a state-of-the-art media center, shop, wrestling room and weight room as well as additional classrooms. The school district grew by 11% through open-option enrollment because of its reputation for providing a quality education. The student-teacher ratio remains low, and virtually all of the town's graduates go on to some form of higher education.
If you're looking for a town that you - and your family - can be proud of, Loomis may be just the place for you.