April 27th, 2011
A massive grass fire broke out eight miles west of Thedford Friday, and with visions of 1999 still looming on his mind, Thedford Fire Chief Russ Riser didnât mess around. He called in reinforcements.
By the time the fire was over, 28 fire departments had answered the call, two firemen were hurt and at least two ranchers took refuge in a stock tank while the fire burned over the top of them.
Comments from area ranchers ranged from âfreakyâ to âjust plain awful.â
R. Paul Robison of Broken Bow, known to his Army Air Corp buddies as "Roby", was serving as a top turret gunner aboard the plane The Passionate Witch, when it was shot down Jan. 11, 1944, over Brunswick, Germany. It was the eighth mission for the crew.
All 10 crew members got out of the plane, however the pilot's parachute did not open and he was killed. The rest were taken prisoner. The POWs were eventually taken to a camp, Stalag 17B, just outside of Krems, Austria. They would spend more than a year there before finally being liberated, May 3, 1945.
GIBBON -- The Broken Bow Indian track team had their best outing of the season as the boys won the Gibbon Invite last Thursday. The Indians, who scored 122.5 points, finished 22.5 points ahead of second place St. Paul. The Lady Indians finished in fourth place, just four points from second place Wood River. Shelton won the girls division with 109 points.
Broken Bowâs only gold medalist of the day was Nathan Scott who won the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Scott also won two second place medals as a member of the 400 and 1600 meter relay teams.
Custer County may have to find a new home. The Census numbers are in, and it looks like rural Nebraska will be down one when it comes to the number of Legislative Districts it houses for the next election cycle, and Custer County is smack dab in the middle of the discussion.
Redistricting was one of the key topics discussed Monday at a âListening Sessionâ with Senator Deb Fischer of the 43rd Legislative District, Custer Countyâs current home.
To understand the discussion, one has to first look at the process.
Ansley, Loup County and Sargent were back in action on Tuesday joining SEM at the Overton Invite. The Lady Warriors won the team title with Sargent and SEM finishing third and fourth. In the boys division, Sargent finished second by four points to team champion Axtell with SEM finishing third.
Come August, get ready to have a calendar handy, Custer Countyâs Fair events wonât be in their usual places. Brought on by a variety of reasons, the conversation on the street is producing mixed opinions. Change doesnât come easy.
Some are brought on by finances, others by the challenge of gathering volunteers.
The Ag Society was faced with a year that ended with the organization having to make serious adjustments on their budget, reducing expenses and relooking at how to bring in additional revenue.
Itâs not always an honor to win the âugliestâ of anything. However, in the case of the âUgliest Fridge Contest,â put on by Custer Public Power and Nebraska Public Power District, having the ugliest fridge was precisely the goal.
Mike and Rachelle Ryan of Berwyn entered their 27 year-old fridge into the contest and are now the proud owners of a new energy efficient, Energy Star refrigerator.
âThey asked me not to tell anyone until it was announced on the radio the next morning.â Rachelle explains, âIt was almost too good of news to keep to myself.â
Hunters, look no further - the Custer County Chief Easter egg has been found! Sisters Rachel Simmons, age 4 (left) and Elissa Simmons, age 6, followed the clues in the April 21 Custer County Chief which led them to the hidden egg, located at the Custer County Courthouse.
The girls are the daughters of Russ and Michelle Simmons. The family relocated to Broken Bow about a year ago, and therefore were not familiar with the history of the area which was referred to in some of the clues.
Wayne Benzler age 91 of Broken Bow formerly of North Platte died Monday February 21, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Memorial services will be Saturday April 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM at the Weissert Church of God at Weissert with Marvin Peterson officiating. Inurn-ment will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery at Weissert.
Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.
Beverly Dewayne "Wayne" Benzler was born April 21, 1919, at Pleasanton, to Fred and Hazel M. (Staley) Benzler. Wayne was married to Ethel L. Brown at North Platte Jan. 15, 1943.
G. Verlene Talbot, age 86, of Broken Bow, passed away March 26, 2011, at the GoldenLiving Center in Broken Bow.
Sandy Talbot was born Oct. 15, 1924, the third child of Wendell and Edna (Jacobsen) Cosner. She was born at Lillian, and attended school at Lillian, graduating from Gates High School in 1942. After high school, she attended Omaha School of Beauty. Returning to Broken Bow, she started as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until her retirement in 1982.