Archive - 2013
*All of Custer County is in a tornado watch until 10 p.m. (Wednesday)
With many area residents heading out to enjoy the great outdoors over the first official weekend of summer, Memorial Day weekend brought the potential for severe weather - reminding us all that this isnât just camping and picnicking season. Itâs also thunderstorm and tornado season - and the threat for more severe weather remains a possibility again tonight.
LINCOLN -- Lawmakers passed the state budget and advanced several bills this week dealing with taxes, child care and wind energy, among other things. Here are some of the highlights:
Lucas John Heusman was born Nov. 29, 1982, in Lincoln to Timothy and Valarie Heusman.
Lucas grew up in Broken Bow and graduated from Broken Bow High School with the class of 2001. Growing up in Custer County, Lucas participated in Cub Scouts and 4-H. While in high school, Lucas excelled in football, wrestling, and track, lettering multiple times throughout his high school career.
April 13, 2004, Lucas was married to Melissa Walker. To this union two children were born: a daughter, Suzanna, and a son, Jacob.
LeVern Edward Cherry, 80, of North Platte, passed away May 14, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
LeVern was born Oct. 24, 1932, at his parentsâ home South of Mason City, to Frank (Pop) and Anna (Supanchick ) Cherry. To this union LeVern was born the fourth of six children; brother, Evert Cherry; sisters, Ethel McAlevy, Helen Young, DeLoris Smith, and Clarrena Overholser.
Clayton Harold Chase was born March 13, 1928, in Omaha. He was 3-months- old when he was taken to the Nebraska Childrenâs Home. His biological mother wanted to keep him but as a single mom, knew he needed a good home with parents.
Harold and Kitty Chase of Elsmere, received word that a baby was available for adoption. In 1928, Kitty road on a truck with Miriam Clark to Omaha, to bring Clayton back to Elsmere and make his home with them. Clayton attended country school in Elsmere. He attended two years of high school at Purdum, then finished at Ainsworth High School.
Evelyn Ann Barker, age 81 of Arcadia, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Evelyn Ann Barker was born April 5, 1932 at Jasper, Minn., to Lloyd and Elva (Boland) Engebretson.
Ansley - The Ansley American Legion Auxiliary will be serving coffee and rolls at 9 a.m. at the Ansley Community Center. The Memorial Day Service will start at 10 a.m. at the Westerville Cemetery and at 11 a.m. at the Ansley Cemetery. A dinner sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary will follow at the Community Center.
This Spring marks the 5th anniversary of the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Interpretive Center in Broken Bow - better known as âThe Red Barnâ travel center.
Since its opening in April 2009, The Barn has had more than 16,000 visitors representing all 50 states and 32 foreign countries. The Barn has seen a steady increase in visitors each year - and last year saw a nearly 10 percent increase in traffic from the year before. In 2012, more than 4,000 people visited The Barn, and Chard Hirsch with the Custer County Tourism Council is excited to see what this year will bring.
Way back on Sept. 10, 2012, the issue of refurbishing the outdoor tennis courts at Tomahawk Park in Broken Bow first came before the City Council. Eight months later, the issue was finally revisited - and this time it was resolved.
In that initial Council discussion, Park Superintendent Dan Anderson presented a recommendation on behalf of the cityâs Park Board to refurbish two of the tennis courts and convert the third court from tennis to basketball. The bid that was quoted at that time was $23,700, which included replacing the lights as well.
Sixth grade parents convince board to overturn
With a 4-2 vote Monday evening, the Broken Bow School Board authorized the hiring of an additional 6th grade teacher.
The ayes overturned a vote taken at a special board meeting in April.
The question then, is the same question addressed this week ... How many students are too many for the most optimal learning environment?