March 2nd, 2011
The Litchfield fire department was dispatched to the scene of a house fire at 1:52 a.m. Monday morning at the home of John LeFever, east of Litchfield. Mason City and Loup City fire departments also responded to the blaze. A total of 12 trucks and nearly 30 fire fighters were on scene for about three hours, but were unable to save the house. A wood burning stove has been determined to be the cause of the fire.
LITCHFIELD - He is 102-years-old, still lives in his own home on the farm, and eats lunch at the cafe in Litchfield nearly every day. It is a feat not many have accomplished, but Clyde McFadden thinks of himself as anything but âspecial.â
Clyde was born Jan. 6, 1909, on a farm south of Loup City, where he grew up. He graduated from Loup City High School in 1927.
He recalls the summer after his high school graduation when he and a buddy took off and traveled around the state picking corn. He says they finished up just in time to come home for Christmas, and made 4.5 cents a bushel.
This year, at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerceâs Annual Banquet, Bill Reichert was named Citizen of the Year. An award he will admit, he wasnât expecting to receive.
As a band teacher for Broken Bow for 37 years now, he now finds himself teaching the children, and sometimes grand-children, of the first students he taught here.
A man dedicated to music, he has shared his love and commitment with many people in the community.
In March 1986, Ron and Cheri Chytka took a chance at starting their own business. A chance that has proven to be an excellent move.
The Chytkas have held to their philosophy of âHaving good quality furniture at a fair price, and youâll get repeat customersâ and opening two stores - one in Broken Bow and one in Ord - and after 25 years of business, it seems to have worked for them.
Melvin Lyle Poland, age 57 of Broken Bow, died Feb. 25, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Dan Rowlison officiating. Interment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice. Visitation will be held Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
The Ansley Lady Warriors qualified for the Girls State Basketball Tournament after a come-from-behind win over Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final.
The D2-4 District Champions trailed the entire first half but were able to take the lead near the end of the third quarter. Both teams traded baskets through most of the fourth quarter until Ansley had two key steals as the game clock winded down to pull in the lead for good. The Lady Warriors won the District Championship 44-37 advancing to the State Tournament.
The Sargent Bulldogs became one of three teams that saw their season continue last Thursday. The Bulldogs won the Class D2-8 subdistrict with a 34-28 win over Arcadia. The Bulldogs advance to play Pleasanton in the D2-4 district final in Loup City Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
From up in the Sandhills, Mullen and Sandhills/Thedford both advanced to their respective district final games with 3-point wins. The Mullen Broncos defeated Cody-Kilgore 56-53 and will now play Hay Springs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Valentine for the D2-6 district title.
By LIZ BABCOCK, CEDC President
Special for the Chief
Economic Development is more than simply bringing new business into a community; it is also about promoting a positive attitude and helping to retain our current businesses. The founding members of the Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) knew that when they made the decision to form CEDC.
The CEDC is privately funded by businesses and individuals in Custer County. Since its inception in 2003, CEDC has provided support and resources to new and expanding businesses, fostering business growth and retention in the area.
Richard Ray Troxel was born in a sod house west of Sargent May 16, 1935. He was the second son of Sam and Sadie (Mason) Troxel. He died Feb. 19, 2011, at Golden LivingCenter in Broken Bow from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Rich worked on ranches in the Sandhills before going to the Army. After serving at Fort Lewis in Washington State, Rich returned to the Brownlee area until getting married to Vicki Lawlis in 1961.
Evelyn A. Rausch, 86, Lincoln, widow of Robert, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Waverly. She was born July 24, 1924, in Cumro, to John and Olga (Swenson) Popp. Evelyn was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, and was Founder and President of the Umbrella Club.