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Hunger in Nebraska - new numbers released

September 5, 2013

According to new data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, 13.4 percent of Nebraska households struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012. The data comes from the USDA’s annual report on food insecurity.

Nationally, more than 48.9 million people lived in households that were food insecure in 2012 – 14.1 percent of all adults and 21.6 percent of all children lived in food insecure households.

Mary Jane Brestel, 82

September 5, 2013

Mary Jane Brestel, 82, of Callaway, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
Mary Jane Brestel was born March 11, 1931, to Roy Winslow and Alma Ruth (Vincent) Lichtenberger. She attended school in Callaway, graduating Valedictorian of her 1948 class. She attended two semesters at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in agriculture.

Virgil "Bud" Ohmberger, 90

September 5, 2013

Virgil “Bud” Ohmberger, age 90 of Broken Bow, formerly of the Sargent and Ainsworth area, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial with Military Honors was at the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent. Memorials have been established to the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Gebers, 60

September 5, 2013

Dennis Allan Gebers was born April 13, 1953, and went to be with the Lord Aug. 31, 2013.
Son of Loren and Inez (Woerlen) Gebers, Dennis had four siblings; sister, Teresa Gebers; brother, Duane and Sandy Gebers; sister, Marcia and Ira Beasterfield; brother Phil and Angie Gebers and many nieces and nephews. He grew up in Johnson, and graduated from Johnson-Brock High School in 1971.

Cortez Lewis, 78

September 5, 2013

Cortez Lewis, 78, of Litchfield, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at home surrounded by his family after a brief illness.
Services were Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Hazard, with the Rev. Josh Brown officiating. Burial was in the Litchfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Russell Zutavern, Coy Lewis, Jose Dimas, Nick Killough, Ronnie Sweley and Bob Riessland. Memorials are suggested to the Litchfield Fire Department or Asera Care Hospice of Kearney. Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Parker, 91

September 5, 2013

Ruth R. Parker, age 91 of Broken Bow, died Aug. 28, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013,at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Jerry Ricketts officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be given to the family to assist with funeral costs.

Budget cuts affect local Head Start program

September 5, 2013

As this school year gets underway, there is one group of students who is seeing a reduction in services - and it happens to be our youngest.
March 1, 2013, budget sequestration went into effect, forcing across-the-board cuts in several federal spending categories. For Head Start, that translated into a 5.27-percent budget cut to individual grants across the nation. 

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