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March 9th, 2012

DISTRICT COURT NEWS

March 9, 2012

Jason Lichtenberger, 19 of Broken Bow, was sentenced to three years probation in Custer County District Court Thursday. Lichtenberger was charged with attempted sexual assault of a minor, a Class III felony.
In handing down her sentence Judge Karin Noakes noted that reports indicate the defendant is at “low risk to re-offend and is a good candidate for probation.”

Carolyn "Carrie" Witte, 63

March 9, 2012

Carolyn Lea 'Carrie' Witte, 63, of North Platte, died Feb. 29, 2012, surrounded by family at her lakeside home in North Platte.
Carrie was born Nov. 15, 1948, to Herbert Napoleon, Jr. and Pearl Marie Karnes Stevens in Merna. She graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School then earned a bachelor of science degree in Home Economics (Consumer Science and the Family) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1971.

Daniel Bradford, 55

March 9, 2012

Daniel Paul Bradford, age 55, (spouse Twila Pracht Bradford) of Pharr, Texas, entered the presence of the Lord he loved and served on Feb. 17, 2012. Now “absent from the body and present with the Lord,” he is sorely missed by friends and family who look forward to one day rejoicing with him around God’s throne.

Dorothy Dobesh, 93

March 9, 2012

Life’s journey came to an end for Dorothy Mae Kimball Dobesh Feb., 23, 2012.
She was the fifth of six children born to Bertie Frank Kimball and Mabel Clair House Kimball May 1, 1918, on a farm outside Berwyn. Her family called her “Little Dubs” because she was so small.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse and delighted in sitting on the front bench with her older brother, Bill. She graduated from Ansley High School, where she was an outstanding student, excelling in writing, poetry and art.

Mildred Porath, 99

March 9, 2012

Mildred Leona (Kennicutt) Porath, aged 99, passed away early Saturday morning, March 3, 2012, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen.
Mildred was born Nov. 2, 1912, to Raymond and Edna (Frazier) Kennicutt at their farm home near Eddyville. She learned many skills in their home and received her education in the Eddyville schools, graduating in 1930. The next four years she took classes at Kearney Normal School and taught rural schools in Dawson and Buffalo Counties.

Carl Daily, 81

March 9, 2012

Carl S. Daily left us Feb. 25, 2012, just a week before his 82nd birthday. He was born in Milburn March 2, 1930, a son of the late Claude L. and Vera (Empfield) Daily.
Carl leaves his wife of 61 years, Mary Lea; three sons, Rod and his wife Laurie, Dudley and his wife Beth, and Andy; one daughter, Sally; four grandchildren, Jason, Ben, Alison and her husband Justin, and Matthew, as well as many, many family and friends.

Maxine Ayers, 92

March 9, 2012

Maxine Knepper Ayres, 92 of Thedford, died March 1, 2012, at Linden Court following a brief hospitalization at North Platte.
Funeral services were Monday, March 5, at the United Church of Christ in Thedford with the Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Hillcrest Cemetery, the Life Center in Thedford, or the family would like to encourage everyone that is able to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

March 8th

North Loup Bridge to be replaced

March 8, 2012

TAYLOR - - The Nebraska Department of Roads will hold an Information Open House March 15, regarding the replacement of the North Loup Bridge on U.S. Highway 183 north of Taylor.
The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Loup County Community Center, 406 4th Street, in Taylor.
The proposed project would be constructed entirely within Loup County. This project would build permanent repairs for flood damage that occurred in 2010. These repairs include roadway reconstruction and the replacement of the existing 90-foot bridge with a bridge that is
approximately 300-feet in length.

Don’t Chew ... Results aren’t pretty

March 8, 2012

By his own admission he is sometimes difficult to understand. Yet, even with only half a tongue, Gruen VonBehrens captivates a room full of teenagers, his story commanding an emotional silence.
There are many programs and public speakers designed to raise awareness for teens to issues such as alcohol or tobacco use, but few seem able to relate to them on the level Gruen can. As the spotlight shines on him and his tragic story begins to unfold, it quickly becomes clear the kids are listening.

Chief introduces new staff

March 8, 2012

The Custer County Chief is proud to introduce two new staff members. One is a native returning to the area, the other a transplant from the eastern part of the state.

David Merrill-Sports
Joining the editorial staff as sports editor is David Merrill.
David hails from Nebraska’s largest city, and graduated from Millard North High School in Omaha in 2007.
David became interested in journalism as a high school sophomore. He has always loved sports, especially basketball, but says trying to make the team in a school that size is tough.

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