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Archive - 2011

November 17th

John Brainard, 88

November 17, 2011

John Ryburn Brainard passed away Oct. 22, 2011, at the Plaza West Rehabilitation Center in Sun City Center, Fla. He was born Aug. 5, 1923 to Margaret and Stuart Brainard in Anselmo. John and his siblings - Elizabeth, Lorene, Robert, Willa Mae, Beverly, and Richard - lived in the Anselmo and Milburn areas. John graduated from Milburn High School, then entered St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, Ark., where he studied for 1 1/2 years.

James Washington, 53

November 17, 2011

James “Danny” D. Washington, 53, of Grand Island, passed peacefully away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at home with his family by his side.
A celebration of his life was held Thursday, Nov. 10, at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home with his brother-in-law, Tim Meguire officiating. His cremated remains were laid to rest at the Grand Island City Cemetery. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home of Grand Island was in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Cool, 86

November 17, 2011

Josephine Emelia (Safranek) Cool, daughter of Caroline Vollmer Safranek and Paul Herman Safranek, was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Merna, at home on the family farm. Josephine departed this life in the arms of her Lord Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.

Ronald Douglas, 74

November 17, 2011

Ronald George Douglas was born Nov. 11, 1936, at Sargent, to George and Gertrude (Daugherty) Douglas. He departed this life Nov. 9, 2011.
Cremation was chosen as Ron’s wishes and graveside services will be at a later date. All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.
Ron lost his daddy when he was 6-months-old. His mother remarried Grant Hart when he was 10-years-old, and they moved to the family farm where he liked to play on the hills by the house.
Ron attended Sargent High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1955 and served until 1958.

Walter Norden, 89

November 17, 2011

Walter E. Norden, age 89 of Farnam, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad.
Funeral services were Nov. 14, in Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mark Stones officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements.
Walter E. Norden was born Jan. 14, 1922, at Ansley, to Fred and Laura (Patrick) Norden. Walter joined the CCC Camp in the ‘30s and got married in 1940. To this union three boys were born; Jack, Gale, and Wayne.
He served in the United States Marines.

Phylbert Johnson, 86

November 17, 2011

Phylbert Elaine Johnson, 86 of Sargent, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Lincoln. She was born Feb. 19, 1925, at Westerville, to Albert and Olive (Ducker) Hallman.
She grew up in Ansley, and graduated from Ansley High School in 1942. She attended Kearney State Teachers College for two years and received her teaching certificate. She received her bachelors degree from Kearney State College in 1971. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Westerville, Oconto, Elsie and Sargent Public Schools.

Ellwyn Cochran, 78

November 17, 2011

Ellwyn E. Cochran, 78, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Aztec, NM. In his words, “That’s a ripe old age for a Cochran.”
Ellwyn was a brilliant man, and lived a brilliant life. He was born on the family farm Nov. 25, 1932, in Loup County. He grew up on the farm, and had many stories to tell of farming with horses, their first tractor, and even burning down the barn while cooking sparrow eggs.

Driscoll: Nebraska, Penn State and Ron Brown

November 17, 2011

It's been one week since the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno for failing to morally do the right thing and report child abuse.
The man who was known for winning, and winning the right way did not do the right thing and it cost him his job, tarnished his reputation, and changed the way many of us will now look at athletics.
I'm a Christian and it's hard for me to come to terms with this and wrap my mind around it. Fortunately, the child predator was caught.
Unfortunately, he wasn't caught soon enough.
Numerous questions will probably never be answered.

November 16th

New western store set to open

November 16, 2011

It takes a savvy business person to recognize a niche in a community, then seize the opportunity to fill it. And though neither Bethany Knudsen or Dustin Spanel has ever owned their own business before, that is exactly what they did.
Dustin says he became aware of the opportunity when the western store Way Out West closed. "It left a hole in the community," he says. That is when the wheels started turning in his head of starting a business of his own - and a western store seemed perfect.

November 15th

Custer County redefines district lines

November 15, 2011

Custer County Board of Supervisor District lines have been reconstructed. State law says that each district within a county must be organized so that the population base is as even as possible. Although the population in Custer County decreased from 11,793 to 10,939 in the last census, Broken Bow’s population gain from 3515 to 3559 helped move the supervisors' district lines off balance.

The Board of Supervisors passed resolution 50-2011 Tuesday morning establishing the new voting districts. For more on the redistricting process see this week’s Custer County Chief.