April 14th, 2011
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâ€™s districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.
Residents of Custer County are being offered a FREE, high-speed notification system to warn them of impending severe weather. And this time of year, severe weather poses a very real threat to the citizens of our area.
Custer County Emergency Management Director Shawn Owens works closely with the cities and communities in Custer County to implement public safety plans. Owens, who took over the office March 1, says it is the task of his office to make sure the proper departments and entities throughout the county are equipped to respond to any emergency situation.
Calling all gardeners. Gather your hoes, your seeds, and give Green Coalition Chairperson Joan Birnie a call.
The city is setting aside a little land to use as a Com-munity Garden, and the Green Coalition is gathering names of those who are interested.
The idea for the garden was generated when the Coalition heard that the Broken Bow Parks Board was looking to reduce the number of parks in Broken Bow.
BASSETT -- The Sargent boys track team won the North Central Invite by the narrowest of margins. The Bulldogs scored 100 points to West Holtâ€™s 99.5.
Jed Fenske led Sargent with gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Tyke Kozeal also won a gold medal in discus for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the team standings. Rebecca Davenport medaled in four events winning the gold medal in the triple jump.
Boys Team Results
WILCOX -- The Litchfield Trojans and SEM Mustangs traveled to Wilcox for the Axtell Track Invitational last Friday.
The Litchfield boys medaled in five events. Tyson Howard place fourth in the discus, Tyler Snow placed sixth in the 100 meter dash and Sam Reynolds placed sixth in the 200 meter dash. The Trojan boys also place third in the 4x800 meter relay and fifth in the 4x100 meter relay. Bridgette Janssen was the only Lady Trojan to place as she finished sixth in the girls 200 meter dash.
Megan Berg placed third in the discus and was the only medalist for the Mustangs.
BROKEN BOW -- The McCook Bison were dominant in both the boys and girls divisions of the Broken Bow Invite Friday. The McCook girls scored 155 points with Holdrege scoring 116 for second. The Lady Indians finished sixth with 41 points. The McCook boys scored 145.5 points with Gothenburg in second with 102. The Indians claimed fourth place with 78 points.
ARNOLD -- The South Loup Bobcats scored a team low 354 to win their home invitational Friday. Led by brothers Lane and Keith Gascoinge, the Bobcats had three golfers among the Top 10 individual leaders. Lane finished fourth with an 84, Keith was fifth with an 86 and Clint Schneringer shot an 89 for a seventh place tie.
Also landing in the Top 10 were Mullenâ€™s Jarod Spurlin (89) and Tristen Cox (90).
KEARNEY -- Broken Bowâ€™s Tanner Johnson carded an even par 71 to win the Kearney High Invitational individual title. The Kearney Invite was held at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course last Thursday under windy and rainy conditions.
The Broken Bow golfers were in the first wave to tee off on the number 10 hole to start the day. Johnson chipped in on on the par 5 12th hole for an eagle which propelled him to two under par. Johnsonâ€™s bogey on number 14 dropped him to one under. After pars on the following four holes, Johnson finished with a one under 34 on the back nine.
ARNOLD -- The South Loup Bobcat boys track team won the first South Loup Track Invitational Friday. The Bobcats scored 110 points to edge second place Brady who tallied 94 points.
The Bobcats had five event champions winning the 4x100 meter relay and 1600 meter relay. Drew Bowers won the shot put, Brady Weinman won pole vault and Brandon Peterson had the winning time in the 3200 meter run. Earning second place medals for the Bobcats were Zane Ellis in the 100 meter dash and Colter Glendy in the 200 meter dash.
A control burn 5 miles east of Arnold on State Highway 92, and a second 15 miles northwest of Callaway fell victim to the wind, with Fire Departments from Arnold, Broken Bow, Callaway, Oconto, Stapleton, Anselmo, Merna and planes from Broken Bow and Stapleton called into action.