September 29th, 2011
Heaven became a little brighter Sept. 18.
Mary Alice Atkins, 90, formerly of Halsey, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mary Alice was born July 12, 1921, at Callaway, to Walter and Maude Manion Brittan. She graduated from Arnold High School in 1939.
In 1942, she married Roy Atkins. They farmed near Arnold until buying a ranch near Halsey and moving to the Sandhills in 1951, to ranch, farm, raise a family, and enjoy the "good life."
Walter E. (Walt) Mannel passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. He was 86 years of age.
Walt was born Oct. 24, 1924, in the same house he resided in until his retirement to a house in Broken Bow in the 1990s. Walt spent his life farming and raising cattle near Victoria Creek in northern Custer County.
Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Irdell was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw, near Cat Creek in Custer County, on the family farm. Irdell graduated from Mason City High School in 1940.
She took Normal Training after high school. Her first teaching job was northwest of Broken Bow and her last two years of teaching was north of Cat Creek.
Duane E. Hall, 74 of Brewster, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, en route to Kearney by Life Flight.
Duane was born April 17, 1937, to Loren and Lois (Sellers) Hall, in Wellfleet, at the family home. He was the eldest of two sons.
Duane graduated from Maxwell High School in 1955. He was Valedictorian of his class. He furthered his education at the Grand Island School of Business.
April 8, 1962, Duane was married to Lula Waine "Luane" Grandley, until her death Aug. 19, 1995. They have one son, Brian W. Hall.
HALSEY - - The Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) board of directors, came to the Halsey Elementary School gym Sept. 21 to invite area residents to âgrab the chance to enhance your economy.â Since its conception, SORC has stimulated a positive economic impact to Custer County. Board members Joe Shown, Donny Olson, Clay Mohr, and Alan, Becky and Brock Dailey, came to invite the residents of Thomas and Blaine counties to do the same.
Table after table of produce, baked goods and crafts bring in visitors from all over the county. Shoppers wander slowly from vendor to vendor, eyeing the pickup bed piled high with sweet corn, tables crowded with boxes of tomatoes, fresh watermelons, crisp greens, pungent onions, spicy peppers.
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers, the Broken Bow City Council is looking at a new ordinance which would allow the use of these types of vehicles on its city streets.
The ordinance would require the driver to carry at least a Class O or Farm Permit and to carry proper insurance.
The council discussed possibility at its Monday meeting as well as putting the first reading on the books of Ordinance 1106. The second reading will be it its next meeting, rescheduled from the Columbus Day holiday to Tuesday Oct. 11, beginning at noon in the Broken Bow Municipal Auditorium.
BEATRICE - The United States welcomed 60 new citizens Sept. 16, during a swearing in ceremony that marked the end of a long journey for most, but also the start of a new life.
They came from across the globe, born in 38 different countries, speaking as many languages, with as many stories of their long, hard journey, and as many reasons why the day was so very special.
Broken Bowâs Custer Campus, and Mid Plains Community College campus was given the opportunity to shine Monday. Community leaders from Ogallala were in town to tour the campus and talk to project promoters R.J. Thomas and Jerry Adams about the communityâs vision.
Mid Plains has been working with Ogallala to build an onsite campus in their community. The building has been purchased and plans developed. Dr. Chipps set up the tour, he said, to ârechargeâ project energies.
RAVENNA--The Broken Bow cross country team participated at the rainy and muddy Ravenna Invite last week.
The boyâs squad ran away with the team title and six runners finished in the top 20 and three in the top 10.
Cody Dierking was the runner-up with a time of 17:14, Patrick Wright placed third with a time of 17:51.1, Andrew Pracht placed fourth with a time of 18:10.8.
Evan Rose came in at 13th with a time of 19:24.7, Andrew Bailey finished 17th with a time of 19:40.6 and Grant Phillips finished 20th with a time of 19:52.7.