Archive - May 2011
Gertrude R. Hickey Kutsch, age 88 of Cozad, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Golden Living Care Center in Cozad.
Gertrude was born Aug. 11, 1922, at York, to Cornelius and Sylvia (Gess) McCarthy. Her early education was at the convent in York. The family moved to Custer County where she completed grade school at District 129. She attended high school at Anselmo.
Mary Jane Mills Cooper was born July 30, 1921, one of the third set of twins born to Rosco C. Mills and Albertina Baker Mills. She lived with her parents, two sisters and three brothers on a farm north of Westerville.
When she was 16-years-old, they moved to California. There she later met Richard Cooper, whom she married in 1941. To this union three children were born: sons, George and Steve, and daughter, Elaine.
Mary passed on to be with her Lord March 22, 2011, at San Diego, Calif.
Rex and Sheryl Taylor of Broken Bow, and Patrick and Peggy Bell of Giltner, would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Carrie Taylor and Eric Bell. Carrie is a 1996 graduate of Broken Bow High School. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2000. Carrie is currently employed as the office manager for Sargent Drilling Co. in Broken Bow.
Rebecca Tobey and Shawn Vondrak, both of Gillette, Wyo., announce their engagement and upcoming wedding June 3, 2011. The ceremony will be held at Custer State Park in Custer, S.D. Parents of the bride are Ron and Kim Tobey of Merna. Parents of the groom are Leon and Cathy Vondrak of Wayne.
Rebecca is a 2002 graduate of Anselmo-Merna High School and attended Wayne State College. Rebecca is currently working at Good Times Liquor and Lounge as a bookkeeper.
Brittany Graves and Logan Mann announce their engagement and approaching marriage. A Sept. 4, 2011 wedding ceremony is planned in Indianapolis, Ind. Parents of the couple are Bill and Becky (Buntemeyer) Graves of Indianapolis, and Dennis and Becky Mann of Whitestown, Ind. Grandparents of the future bride are Mildred Buntemeyer of Broken Bow and the late Herb Buntemeyer.
At the time this paper went to press it had been about 60 hours since we heard the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden. As information continues to come forth, many Americans are still reeling from the announcement.
It was about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when President Barack Obama stepped to the microphone from the White House and made the announcement - a very strategically planned operation, carried out by a team of Navy SEALs, had located and killed the most wanted man in the world.
Last Friday was Arbor Day, and in celebration of the Nebraska-founded holiday Tim Schaaf and Sarah Winslow of the Natural Resources Conservation District paid a visit to Broken Bow first graders.
On one of the rare warm, sunny days our region has enjoyed recently, the first grade students at North Park elementary gathered outside as Mr. Schaaf presented a quick lesson on plants and soils. The students then gathered in front of the school and watched excitedly as Schaaf dug holes to plant two new trees on the property.
An April 26 vehicle accident near Sargent has led to the arrest of a Sargent man. Ronald J.Vincent, 49, was driving his 1994 red Ford pickup when he lost control and went through a fence before hitting an embankment. The accident occurred approximately 2 1/2 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Sargent at 7:15 p.m.
ARNOLD - - Arnold Public Schools' teacher Nicole Badgley has been named the 2011 Great Plains Communications Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
During her tenure, Badgley helped in the planning, developing and maintaining one of the first 1:1 laptop initiatives for small schools in Nebraska. Due to her efforts, beginning in 2006, all students in 9-12 grades received their own laptops. Eventually, the program was expanded for students K-12.
BROKEN BOW -- The Custer County Invite was a preview of the talent that will be participating at the Loup Valley Conference tournament today in Burwell. Seven of the LVC teams competed in the Custer County Invite and the team races were just as close as the individual races. In the boys division, the South Loup Bobcats, who scored 161 points, were two points better than the second place Sargent Bulldogs. Ansley won the race for third as third through fifth place teams were separated by two and a half points.