April 11th, 2012
CITY APPROVES SPEED REDUCTION: The Broken Bow City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday to change the speed limit on West Highway 2. Ordinance No. 2012-1115 will reduce the speed limit to 55 mph to the edge of the city limits, rather than the current 65. This will create more of a transition for motorists, who instead of going from 45 to 65, as it is now, the speed limit will go from 45 to 55 to 65. The council approved waiving the three readings and approving the ordinance as presented.
Trent Esch, 35, of Broken Bow, has been arrested on charges of Felony Criminal Mischief and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony.
The charges were the result of an incident that occurred March 18, 2012, in which a Deputy Sheriffâ€™s vehicle was shot at multiple times. The vehicle was parked at the deputyâ€™s home and he was not in the vehicle at the time.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman spent the day in Broken Bow Monday, attending six ribbon cuttings, visiting the Public Library, greeting people and hearing from area interest groups. He concluded the busy day with a special Republican dinner at the Country Club. The first stop on the busy afternoon tour was a ribbon cutting at the new Trotter Service truck stop on the west edge of Broken Bow. The Governor and Jim Trotter shared a laugh or two during the ceremony. For pictures and information from each ribbon cutting and stop along the way, see this week's Custer County Chief.
Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at the Tiffany Theater 3 in Broken Bow, May 4, 2012. This event is sponsored by Custer Economic Development Corp-oration and the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Broken Bow.
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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.