March 1st, 2012
When Broken Bowâ€™s Superintendent of Schools resigned in May 2010, the school board faced the tough challenge of trying to find a replacement on short notice. That late in the year is not a good time to begin a search for a school superintendent for the fall, so the board - with the help of the Nebraska Association of School Boards - made the decision to hire an interim superintendent for one year, to give them more time to conduct a proper search for a full time administrator.
Cody Schmick is the newest member of Broken Bowâ€™s City Council. He was sworn in Feb. 24, taking a seat as a representative of the West Ward vacated by the death of Jim Franssen.
Schmick said he is pleased to be able to serve. Relatively new to Broken Bow, he had been looking for a place not just to volunteer, but to be useful.
â€śOwning a business in town, I know the uphill battle our business owners are fighting,â€ť he said. Schmick, 28, moved to Broken Bow when his family purchased a local grocery store and opened Schmickâ€™s Market in October 2010.
As some people already know, I accepted a position at the Kearney Hub and the girls state basketball tournament is going to be my final official work for the Chief. So, I guess it's customary to write a good-bye, so long and farewell column.
When I graduated from college I can honestly say returning to Broken Bow wasn't even in my vocabulary, but, I can tell you I'm happy I came back, even if it was just for eight months.
NORTH PLATTE - - Paxton was able to survive a late Sandhills/Thedford rally and defeat the Knights, earning a trip to the state tournament.
Sandhills/Thedford led for one minute the entire game.
After Cole Taylor and Matthew McLeod scored two early baskets and a free throw and led 5-4, Paxton would seize the lead and the Knights were forced to play from behind the rest of the game.
The Tigers were able to run out to a 16-9 first quarter lead, and that was mainly due to Paxton's full-court defense that caused six first quarter turnovers.
LINCOLN - - The Ansley Lady Warriors and Sandhills Lady Knights qualified for the 2012 NSAA Championships that are set to commence Thursday morning
The two Loup Valley Conference schools won't be competing in the same class. Ansley qualified in D2 and Sandhills/Thedford cashed in their ticket at the D1 level.
In the eight team bracket, Sandhills/Thedford (21-4) qualified as seed No. 7. The Lady Knights will take on No. 2 Hitchcock County (23-1) in the opening round. The match-up is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Lincoln Southwest High School.
Ansley (22-2) qualified as seed No. 4.
Look closely! That isn't snow Mike Kettleborough is scooping from his driveway on Memorial Drive in Broken Bow - it's hail! The unsettled weather pattern making its way across Nebraska Tuesday brought with it rumbles of thunder, rain and hail to Broken Bow. The path of the storm seemed to be rather narrow, as the north side of town received more hail than the south. Some areas of the city looked as if a winter snowfall had taken place, while other areas had no hail at all.
A February storm brought hail to Broken Bow, creating a sea of white across flooded traffic lanes and sidewalks. Short-lived, the storm left as fast as it arrived, but bringing with it a necessary eye to the sky as the threat of more followed. Tune into this week's Custer County Chief for more on Tuesday afternoon's weather. And be careful out there.
The Ansley Lady Warriors, and Sandhills-Thedford Lady Knights both earned trips to the High School State Girls Basketball tournament in Lincoln next weekend, winning their district finals games Friday night.
Ansley won the District D2-5 final, defeating Wauneta-Palisade 59-28. Sandhills-Thedford defeated Sutherland by a final score of 51-36, to claim the District D1-6 district championship.
As the community looks to warmer weather and impending Spring, thoughts turn to summer and ultimately to the opportunity to swim. This year is no different except that the new swim season will bring with it the opening of the new Broken Bow Aquatic Center. The new pool is pictured above. Over the winter months, the public has watched the facility being built piece by piece, and now the completion of the project is in sight. This facility will boast a completely new design which includes a zero depth entry and multiple play features.
The stories are similar for two Broken Bow women - they were well past 50 when they felt a calling on their lives to change directions and pursue a new career. Both listened.
Mary Jane Gockley moved with her husband to Broken Bow in 1978. Her husband had accepted a position as priest at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church.
A registered nurse by trade, Gockley went to work at Jennie Melham Medical Center, where she remained until her retirement in 1991. She also stayed very busy as a clergy wife and a mom to four daughters.