August 22nd, 2012
The first day of school this week was especially meaningful for one Broken Bow High School senior and his family. Nearly 11 weeks after a horrific automobile accident nearly took his life, 17-year-old Chad Christensen is back in school - and he admits he looked forward to his first day this year more than he ever has before!
Nearly 30 years after opening their doors in Custer County, Birthright is closing its Broken Bow office.
Birthright was started in Broken Bow in October 1983, by a group of local women involved with Right to Life. The Birthright office was located in the basement of the hospital for the first 10 years or so, before moving to the second floor of the post office, where it has remained since.
Just two days after presenting a proposal to the Custer County Board of Supervisors, a CEDC task force made nearly the same presentation for a new judicial center to Chief Justice Mike Heavican.
In an open meeting on the Custer College campus, task force chairperson Juliana Jenkins went over plans, preliminary architectural drawings and options for the construction of a judicial center in Broken Bow. The proposal is to build the center on the Custer Campus.
Representatives of Chevrolet - GM traveled from Dallas, Texas, to Broken Bow last week to present an outstanding service award to Gateway Motors. A marble plaque was presented to Thomas McCaslin, as a large contingency of friends, family and community members gathered for an open house of the newly renovated showroom.
After a grueling interview process and weeks of waiting, Tami Schendt received word Monday morning that Gov. Dave Heineman had announced her as his appointment to serve as County Judge in the 8th Judicial District.
Schendt and fellow Broken Bow attorney Mike Borders, had their names submitted to the Governor for consideration for the judgeship, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of long-time Judge Gary Washburn.
The 8th Judicial District consists of Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler counties.
ARNOLD--There was a hot time heard and seen in the old town of Halsey Aug. 8 and 9, and it wasnâ€™t all from the heat.
Drivers and their cars went through technical and safety inspections at Halsey, Aug. 8, prior to the inaugural race of the Loup 2 Loup Open Road Challenge Aug.9. This race was the prelude to the 12th annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) Friday and Saturday in Custer County.
Friday the one-mile shootout race took place between Callaway and Cozad. Then Saturday, the actual race on the county road between Arnold and Dunning was held.
ARNOLD--The Sandhills Open Road Challenge brought plenty of muscle power and speed to the Custer County area this past weekend. A new event called the Loup 2 Loup race, where drivers raced from Halsey to Purdum and back was added this year.
A half mile and one-mile shootout took place on Friday and the races continued on Saturday.
The results, starting with the Loup to Loup are as follows:
Target Speed 75 (18:33.600)
1. Thomas Tisthammer/Grant Barclay- 1966 Porsche (Colorado)
2. Nick Eckberg/ Kyle Eckberg- 1965 Corvette- Wakefield
In November 2011, The Andersons formally broke ground on a 3.8 million bushel capacity grain elevator east of Anselmo. At that time it was planned for the elevator to be operational in time for the 2012 harvest season, and that plan has been accomplished.
Two events are coming up that offer an opportunity to visit the facility and meet the people who now call central Nebraska home.
Ten weeks after a horrific car accident sent him to the hospital, fighting for his life, Broken Bow teen Chad Christensen returned home Aug. 10. In celebration of his homecoming, Runza Restaurant in Broken Bow offered to donate 100 percent of its ice cream sales for the day to the Senior Legion baseball program, in Chad's name. Thursday, restaurant owners Kevin and Joyce Richardson presented checks totaling more than $1,100 to Mike Evans of Broken Bow's Diamond Youth Organization (DYO) to be used for the baseball program.
Custer County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.
In 1970, 5.5 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Custer County. By 2010, 18 percent of adults here had completed college.
The percentage of adults with college degrees in Custer County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Nebraska average of 27.7 percent.