January 5th, 2012
Last week we reviewed some of the stories making headlines in the Custer County Chief during the first half of 2011. This week, we take a look back at some of the important stories and events from the second half of the year.
While much of the country has struggled this past year with a low economy and a high unemployment rate, our region has managed to not only remain healthy - but to grow! That is an accomplishment we should all be very proud of.
It was the phone call every parent fears; â€śHello, this is so-and-so with the Sheriffâ€™s Office. Do you have a daughter, Jordan? There has been a horrific accident. She is alive, but. . .â€ť
Jordan Marshâ€™s parents, Jim and Stacy Marsh of Ansley, received that phone call Sunday night, Nov. 13, at about 9 p.m.
â€śStacy got up and answered the phone, and I could tell immediately something bad had happened,â€ť recalls Jim of that night.
A domestic dispute early Monday morning led to a Broken Bow man being flown to Kearney with knife wounds. According to the report, the Broken Bow Police Department was notified when Geoffrey Eng was allegedly stabbed in the face and neck while trying to defend a minor girl from her boyfriend who was assaulting her. The boyfriend, 20-year-old Randy Martinez of Broken Bow, allegedly stabbed Eng four times when Eng attempted to pull Martinez away from the girl.
Edna Ruth Fisher, age 95 of Comstock, died at the Plum Creek Well Life in Lexington. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Interment will be in the Douglas Grove Cemetery at Comstock. Visitation will be Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Comstock Fire dept. or the Lexington United Methodist Church.
Donald G. Runyan, 89 of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. He was born March 18, 1922, in Mason City, to the late Wright and Eva Runyan.
Don was a veteran of the United States Air Corp. and graduate of Southern Methodist University. He worked for the FAA for 30 years, primarily as an Air Traffic Controller and later in data systems. Don was also a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
Lyle Duane Zimmerman was born in Broken Bow, Jan. 24, 1955 to Duane and Berniece (Wrasse) Zimmerman and was raised on his parents farm southwest of Ansley. He passed away Dec.20, 20ll, at the age of 56, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were held in Broken Bow at Govier Brothers Mortuary Friday, Dec. 23, with Pastor Mark Stones officiating. A private family burial of his ashes was Friday, Dec 30, in the Broken Bow cemetery, with Pastor Mark Stones present.
Colonel Melvin Frank Huss, 82, of Lexington, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Lexington. Melvin was born June 2, 1929, at Herndon, Kan., to Frank and Pauline (Kogl) Huss.
He attended school at Herndon, Kan. Following his schooling, he worked at the Omaha Stockyards. Melvin attended Auctioneer School in Mason City, Iowa. He auctioned at the McCook Livestock Market and did farm sales in the 1940s.
August 22, 1950, he was united in marriage to Delores E. Lorens at St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church at Beardsley, Kan. Three children were blessed to this union; Richard, Ronald and Janelle.
The new year brings with it some new changes to the stateâ€™s drinking and driving laws, aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders.
A handful of changes in Nebraskaâ€™s DUI laws went into effect Jan. 1, with perhaps the most significant change involves the use of ignition interlock devices. The new law passed by the Nebraska Legislature allows someone arrested for DUI, first offense, to forgo the 30-day license revocation that is automatic with most DUI arrests in exchange for six months of using the interlock device.
December 30th, 2011
Gov. Dave Heineman announced Friday a friendly wager with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the outcome of the upcoming Capitol One Bowl between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the South Carolina Gamecocks college football teams.
"It will be an exciting bowl game," Gov. Heineman said. "In a defensive struggle, the Blackshirts will prevail. I'm looking forward to sharing shrimp and grits with friends."
If the Huskers win, Gov. Haley will send Gov. Heineman their famous Lowcountry shrimp and grits. Should the Gamecocks win, Gov. Heineman is sending Gov. Haley Nebraska's Omaha Steaks.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality announced Dec. 29, the areas that it considers to be Nebraska Sandhills, based on an analysis of a variety of existing data. This information will be conveyed to TransCanada for their reference as the company develops a proposed new route for the Nebraska portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.
NDEQ Director Mike Linder said this was an important step resulting from legislation which was passed in November relating to the development of an alternative route that avoids the Nebraska Sandhills.