April 26th, 2012
James (Jim) Joyce Eacker was born in Ericson Nov. 26, 1924, and grew up in Broken Bow. Jim passed away April 14, 2012, at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Orange, Calif., surrounded by his family.
He was the 12th child of 15 born to proud parents John Isaac Eacker and Freida Marie (Thomas) Eacker. Jim joined the U.S. Coast Guard Dec. 7, 1942, and was honorably discharged April 19, 1946.
Jim married Geraldine (Jerry) Mae Nunes June 15, 1947. Jim and Jerry lived in Holmes Flat, Calif., from 1947 till 1956.
William Eugene Hickey, age 71 of Cozad, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at his home in Cozad after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Bill was born Dec. 22, 1940, to William J. and Gertrude (McCarthy) Hickey at their home near Anselmo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael; step-father, Lyle Kutsch and sister-in-law, Connie Hickey.
The Department of Economic Developmentâ€™s Travel and Tourism Division is once again hosting its â€śPassportâ€ť program, and this year five area entities have been included on the list.
Designed to encourage travel and tourism across Nebraska, the Passport program includes a number of specialized tours. Broken Bowâ€™s own Arrow Hotel is one of the stops featured on the Unique Accommodations Tour.
SARGENT - - Sargent Elementary School is getting a new playground. Years of weathering has made the current Woodchuck equipment no longer safe.
With the dedication of the students and effort from the community, the playground is underway. Various student fund-raisers included selling popcorn after school, paying to wear pajamas to school, buying extra recess time and selling homemade cookies. The 6th grade class even wrote letters asking for donations.
The Broken Bow Aquatic center is nearing completion, and the Broken Bow City Council voted today to plan a celebration around its opening. As long as the weather cooperates, the pool will open to the public at noon May 28, with a celebration and ribbon cutting planned for the following Saturday.
"Outdoor pools are weather sensitive," reminded City Parks Superintendent Dan Anderson at Monday's City Council meeting.
A budget of $3,000 has been approved for the celebration for food and fun drawings, including a family fun pass.
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County Court Monday morning on two charges related to a March 18 incident of a shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle. Esch turned himself in to authorities April 10.
Esch was arraigned on: Count 1 - felony criminal mischief, a Class IV felony; Count 2 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony.
The defendant also requested a reduction of bond, which was denied. Esch remains in custody on $5 million bond with 10 percent privilege.
A preliminary hearing was set for May 14 at 2 p.m.
April 22, 2012, marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day â€• a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earthâ€™s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day â€• and Earth Week (April 16-22) the U.S. Census Bureau put out a special edition of Profile America Facts for Features which includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.
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The Custer County Chief celebrated 120 years in business Friday evening with a Birthday Bash, and lots and lots of cake. And at 6:30 p.m. the grand prize winner of the Amazing-Give-A-Way was announced. Deb Weatherly wasn't immediately onhand, but it didn't take her long to get to Huckleberry's to receive twenty $100 bills, counted out one at a time by the nice sized crowd.
The staff of the Chief would like to thank everyone for attending, to the staff of Huckleberry's and especially to the Amazing-Give-Away business sponsors.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month - and Healing Hearts & Families and Broken Bow Mayor Cecil Burt are collaborating to encourage public awareness and understanding about the extent of sexual assault along with the services available in our community to assist those who have been raped or assaulted.
Once again, the Safe Communities for Custer County Committee sponsored a â€śGrim Reaperâ€ť program at an area high school. Students at Anselmo-Merna high school were visited Monday, as throughout the day the â€śreaperâ€ť plucked a student from the classroom every 32 minutes - signifying how often it is estimated someone in this country loses their life as the result of drinking and driving.