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July 15th, 2011

Kimberly Grubtill, 44

July 15, 2011

Kimberly Jean Grubtill, age 44, was born Dec. 11, 1966, to Nancy Leonard and Edward Furasek in Omaha. She died June 23, 2011, at Broken Bow.
Kimberly was employed by Custer Care Center in Broken Bow until unable to work.
She graduated from Omaha Bensen High School in 1985. She lived in Hill City, S.D. for 12 years, and in Broken Bow since 2007.
Kim is survived by her husband, Jeff; two sons, Matthew and Noah; sisters, Shelli Joshepson, Rhonda, Sherry and Robyn; and brothers, Ronie and Bernie.

Kenneth Templin, 84

July 15, 2011

Kenneth Elwood Templin was born Jan. 26, 1927, to Otto and Mary Graff Templin on a small farm south of Mason City, in Custer County. Growing up on the family farm, Ken learned how to care for livestock, drive a team of horses, operate a tractor and work hard. He was active in 4-H, was captain of the Mason City High School football and basketball teams and graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1945.

Josie Harrold, 47

July 15, 2011

Josie L. Harrold, 47 of Fremont, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1963, at Omaha.
She grew up in Fremont and was a graduate of Fremont High School. She moved to North Bend in 1994, and then to Harvard, in 1996. She lived at Broken Bow from 1998 until returning to Fremont in 2004. She was employed as a cook at the Coffee Pot Café in Fremont.

Mitchell Whaley, 59

July 15, 2011

Mitchell Lynn Whaley was born Sept. 14, 1951, to Lynn Arthur and Betty Jo (Liner) Whaley in Arnold, and died July 1, 2011, in Callaway.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Jo (Gerry) Wicks; children, Fontaine Crouch of Enid, Okla., Dustin Whaley of Chandler, Ariz., Samantha Whaley of Omaha, and Austin Whaley of Sioux Falls, S.D.; granddaughters, Cierra Cofer, Kaylyn Madison and Melia Crouch; sister, Sony Jones of Sandy, Utah; brother, Chuck Whaley of Alliance; step-brother, John (Shauna) Pursley of Aurora, and numerous nieces and nephews.

James Worth, 70

July 15, 2011

James R. Worth, 70 of Grand Island, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center. Celebration of life service was Wednesday at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Naranjo officiating. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Merna Cemetery.
Mr. Worth was born Nov. 29, 1940, at Merna, the son of Claude and Margaret (Simonson) Worth.

Charles Beal, 77

July 15, 2011

Funeral services were held June 24 in Whittier, Calif., for Charles Allen Beal, 77, who passed away June 18 after a long illness.
Charles was born April 23, 1934, to Franklin and Frances Beal of Broken Bow. He attended elementary school in Grand Island and in rural Custer County after his parents moved onto a farm in Ash Creek. He would later often reminisce about farm life on the Nebraska prairie.

July 14th

Bow board hires construction manager

July 14, 2011

The Broken Bow Board of Education moved another step closer in preparation for a school facilities project Tuesday evening. In a special meeting, the board approved hiring BD Construction as the construction manager at-risk company.
The board met, also in a special meeting, Monday evening for the purpose of interviewing construction manager candidates. Three candidates were interviewed for the job, and the board agreed all were good candidates. However, the facilities committee recommended BD Construction and the board agreed.

Mullen publisher receives national award

July 14, 2011

MULLEN -- Hooker County Tribune publisher Gerri Peterson is this year’s recipient of the National Newspaper Association’s Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award. She will be honored this fall during the association’s 125th Annual Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.
NNA established this award in 2007 to honor Daniel Morris Phillips, an award-winning writer, photographer and assistant publisher of the Oxford Eagle, who died in 2005 at the age of 47.

Resident unaccounted for as home burns

July 14, 2011

Owner out of town for the weekend;
Returned Sunday to find his home gone.

An early morning fire last weekend ended in the total loss of a home near Merna, and prompted a search for the home owner.
According to Merna Fire Chief Dave Beals, the call came in at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, of a house fire on the Victoria Springs Road east of Merna at the Robert Schmitz residence. Beals says when the fire department arrived at the scene they found the house fully involved with fire. He was also initially unsure whether or not anyone was in the house.

July 8th

TransCaer haz-mat training comes to Bow

July 8, 2011

Last week, area fire departments and emergency response personnel had a rare opportunity to receive training in handing an accident involving hazardous materials.
The training program is called TransCaer, and is a nationwide program sponsored by Dow Chemicals. Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad, NEMA and the Nebraska State Patrol were some of the entities responsible for brining this professional training program to Nebraska, and to Broken Bow.

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