April 4th, 2012
Since 2005, Mid Nebraska Friends of NRA has contributed more than $55,000 in grant money for equipment, and youth and adult education in Custer County and surrounding area. Next weekend the committeeâ€™s one major fundraiser will take place in Broken Bow, with the 8th Annual Mid Nebraska Friends of NRA Banquet.
ANSELMO â€“ There is a new grain loading facility under construction near Anselmo, across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks from State Highway 2 to the north. The facility wants to be operational for the 2012 harvest season.
Land was acquired, contracts signed, agreements underway. And then things changed.
Tragedy struck in Broken Bow the afternoon of March 28 when a privately owned aircraft went down short of the runway.
The passenger died at the scene, and the pilot was severely burned.
First on-scene was a Nebraska National Guard UH72 helicopter en route into Broken Bow on a training mission.
â€śWe heard the call. It was an emergency and any incoming traffic needed to clear out, so we did,â€ť said Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Gonifas, one of two pilots on board the UH72.
Walter F. Blake, son of Walter and Lucy (Baker-Peterson) Blake, was born June 26, 1922, in Mason City. He entered into rest Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island at the age of 89 years.
Walter attended school in Brewster where he graduated high school in 1940. He worked on the family farm raising cattle. He also attended Louisiana State University for a year where he studied mechanical engineering.
Walter joined the United States Army Dec. 7, 1942.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Pauline Clinard July 22, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Kent.
LaVonne D. Cords, age 73 of Broken Bow, died March 28, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Monday April 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Dunning Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Cleo June Peterson, 68 of Grand Island, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home, with her family at her side.
Services were Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Evangelical Free Church in Hastings. A private burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Trumbull. Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International or the Evangel-ical Free Benevolent Fund. Apfel Funeral Home of Grand Island was in charge of arrangements.
Floyd Lehmann, age 57, of Dunning, died March 28, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services were March 31, 2012, at the Open Bible Church in Dunning, with the Rev. Ralph McKay officiating. Burial was in the Dunning Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Harold L. Englert, 84, of North Platte, passed away March 27, 2012. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Lewis and Emma (Heins) Englert at Lodgepole.
He grew up in Dunning, before entering the service at age 18. He served as a member of the U.S. Army in WWII from 1946 to 1948. He was recalled to serve in the Korean Conflict from October 1950 to 1951, spending his time in Korea and Japan. He received a WWII Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal in Japan.
Carl D. Eacker, 80, of Penrose, Colo., died Monday, March 5, 2012. He was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Merna.
Carl served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He worked at the Climax Molybdenum mine in Leadville, Colo., for 17 years. He was always fixing cars and loved doing it throughout his life.
He taught the mechanic trade to his children, their children, and his great-grandchildren.
Carl enjoyed hunting, camping and most of all, spending time with his large family.
Construction is expected to begin soon on a new turn lane on West Highway 2, and new speed limit signs should soon be posted. The changes come as the result of a community-driven effort in Broken Bow to improve the safety of travelers entering the community from the west.
According to Gary Thayer, district engineer for District 6 out of North Platte, a common left turn lane will be added on the west side of Broken Bow along Highway 2, creating a three-line highway all the way to the new corporate limits.