August 17th, 2012
Custer County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.
In 1970, 5.5 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Custer County. By 2010, 18 percent of adults here had completed college.
The percentage of adults with college degrees in Custer County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Nebraska average of 27.7 percent.
Fred Werner, age 83, of Broken Bow, died August 14, 2012 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Anselmo with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Anselm's Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fred and Alice Werner family scholarship fund at the Custer County Foundation in Broken Bow or St. Anselm's Catholic Cemetery preservation fund. Christian Wake Service will be Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow
Stanley John Nordlund, age 85,of Loup City, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the Baptist Church in Loup City, with the Rev. Del Unruh officiating. Burial will be in the Tallin Cemetery west of Callaway, Ne. at approximately 2 p.m. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 17, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow 8 a.m to 8 p.m. with family present 5 to 8 p.m Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Loup City or the Homeward Trail of Mason City, Ne.
Althea Lawrence, age 90 of Broken Bow, formerly of Ansley, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mary Jane Gockley officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson Cemetery.
More details will appear later.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 16, 2012
Robert Eugene C. Abel was born the youngest of four children to Charles and Martha (Knadjl) Abel Feb. 16, 1940, on the family farm in Mason City. He passed from this life Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at his home in Talmo, Kan. He was 72 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Arlene Harnagel and Charlene Lymber.
As Broken Bow Public Schools gets ready to begin a new school year, they welcome 10 new teachers and a new superintendent.
A reception to welcome the new staff and give the public opportunity to meet them, will be Friday, Aug. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Huckleberryâ€™s Hideout. Joining Superinten-dent Mark Sievering as new staff to Broken Bow for the 2012-13 school year are:
By the time you read this, all 50 towers in the first phase of the Broken Bow wind farm project will be erected. A contingency of state representatives visited the wind farm Tuesday afternoon and got a first hand, up close and personal look at the giant turbines.
Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting began with an unexpected order of business. Pending the resignation of council president Scott Spanel, Mayor Cecil Burt appointed councilman Chad Schall as temporary president.
The council then voted to accept Spanelâ€™s resignation, though Schall commented that he would like to have more explanation as to the reason of the resignation.
Just last week, Custer County celebrated the centennial of its courthouse. While county officials all share a sense of pride and heritage in the history of the courthouse, they also realize the old building in its current state no longer effectively meets the needs of its users.
Tuesday morning, the Custer County Board of Supervisors were presented with a couple of possible solutions to those issues.
From Aug. 17 through Labor Day, the Broken Bow Police Department will participate in a statewide â€śYou Drink, You Drive, You Loseâ€ť Selective DUI Enforcement campaign.
According to Police Chief Steve Scott, this is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies across the state to decrease the number of drunk and impaired drivers in our communities. The program is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
Several Nebraska Alcohol-Related Statistics:
* In 2011, there were 1,822 alcohol-related vehicle crashes.