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March 14th, 2015

Ricketts to visit Broken Bow

March 14, 2015

Ricketts to travel state for Nebraska ag week tour

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to travel the state as part of a National Ag Week tour.

Ricketts will visit Omaha, Broken Bow North Platte and Seward on Monday for various events.

The tour includes stops at commodity-processing facility in Omaha; a lunch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness representatives in Broken Bow; his monthly call-in show in North Platte; and an agriculture banquet in Seward.

March 11th

Edith Allen, 85

March 11, 2015

Edith Allen passed away March 7, 2015, at Cozad.

Edith was born Feb. 22, 1930, at Callaway, to James and LaVina (Garringer) Elston.

She was raised in Oconto, and graduated from Oconto High School.

Edith taught school for awhile.

December 24, 1954, she married Earl Lou Allen, Sr. Edith and Earl were blessed with six children, James, Earl Jr., Cathy, Jeanne, Vicky and Sherry.

They lived in Plattsmouth, York and Dawson County.

Edith worked as a nurses aid for several years before her husband passed away in 1968.

Kyle L. Pierce, 19

March 11, 2015

Kyle L. Pierce, age 19, of Oconto, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Funeral services were Friday, March 6, in the Callaway High School gymnasium with Pastor Larry DeMoss officiating.  Burial was in the Lodi Cemetery between Oconto and Callaway. 

Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be offered to Camp Sonshine – Lincoln, Merritt Lake Retreat – Valentine, or Nebraska Organ Recovery. 

James ‘Jim’ Cunningham, 64

March 11, 2015

James (Jim) Cunningham, 64, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. 

Jim was born March 10, 1950, the third child of Frank P. and Edith F. Cunningham of Broken Bow. 

He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1968.
 
Following graduation, he joined his parents in southern California and took a successful job as a computer programmer.  In the early 1990s, Jim moved back to Broken Bow and opened a computer store. 

After several years in Broken Bow, he became an over the road truck driver and subsequently moved back to the Los Angeles area. 

Shirley Rae Manning, 78

March 11, 2015

Shirley Rae Manning, 78, of Glendale, Ariz., born April 25, 1936, at a farm west of Merna, passed away surrounded by the love of her family Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.

Shirley Rae rejoins her husband, Garold Duane Manning (Oct. 18, 1934-Nov. 29, 2006), whom she married June 16, 1954 in Anselmo. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Pearl (nee Koening) Gehrman of Merna.

Shirley grew up on beautiful farm country in Nebraska until her family settled in Merna by 1949.

Candice L. Jones, 53

March 11, 2015

Candice L. Jones, age 53, of Broken Bow, Ne. died Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.

A Memorial service will be Friday, March 13, at 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow with Minister Kathy Salts officiating. Inurnment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. A guest book may be signed Thursday, March 12, at Govier Brothers Mortuary 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to Candice’s family.

Candice L. Jones was born Sept. 22, 1961, in Broken Bow, to Donald and Marge (Ondrak) Jones. 

Richard Keefe, 71

March 11, 2015

Richard Keefe age 71 of Sargent, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, as result of an automobile accident near Broken Bow.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sargent with Father James Hunt officiating. Burial was in the Dry Valley Cemetery near Comstock. Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus. A Rosary service was Tuesday at the Church.

Richard Morris Keefe was born Aug. 22, 1943, at Ord, to Morris and Therese (Hansen) Keefe. The family lived in Burwell. 

John L. Golden, 84

March 11, 2015

John L. Golden, 84 of Kearney, formerly of Grand Island went to his heavenly home Wednesday, March 04, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society-St. John’s Center in Kearney.

Celebration of life service will be Friday, March 13, at the Stolley Park Church of Christ, Grand Island.  Pastor Dean Pofahl will officiat. Burizal of ashes will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. 

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.

Mr. Golden was born April 20, 1930, in Custer County, the son of Cecil and Violet (Larsen) Golden.

March 10th

Sales tax bill for Nebraska farmland voted down in committee

March 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have imposed a sales tax on Nebraska farmland to pay for property tax relief has stalled in a legislative committee.

The Revenue Committee voted 5-1 against the measure on Monday, with two senators abstaining. Committee members are sorting through various proposals designed to lower property taxes.

The legislation by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus would have generated nearly $82 million in the next fiscal year. Virtually all of that money would go into a property tax credit fund for owners of agricultural land.

March 9th

Ranchers uneasy about power line's Sandhills route

March 9, 2015

THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska ranchers remain uneasy about a high-voltage power line that is planned to cross part of the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Rancher Dan Welch tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1HhRX64) the project will harm sensitive wildlife areas, create erosion in the sandy soil and scar the landscape with access roads.

But the Nebraska Public Power District says the new line's route is designed to minimize the effect on the Sandhills.

Plus, utility officials say the line will improve reliability and help wind power development.

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