July 14th, 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.
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.
Helen Marena (Jones) Heller was born May 4, 1924, and passed into eternity June 29, 2011, at the age of 87. Helen was the eldest daughter of Chloie and Earl Jones, born in Hedrick, Iowa. As she often shared, her birth weight was under five pounds and they put her in a shoe box and kept her warm on the back of the cook stove at night.
Jens Michael Christensen, known to most as Mic, 80, of Broken Bow, died June 29, 2011, at Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Mic was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Berwyn to Christian and Elsie Ogal (Wright) Christensen during a winter blizzard, a great surprise as twins had not been expected.
He attended all 12 years of schooling at Berwyn, graduating in 1948, then attended Kearney State College for one year.
Fern Arlene Lanham, 96, of Arnold, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Fern was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Boone County Iowa, to Olive (Whalen) and Grover Sturtz. Fern moved to Nebraska at the age of 3, to the Middle Loup River on a ranch. They later moved to a ranch north of Whitman and later to the Sturtz Ranch north of Stapleton. After graduation from Mullen High School in 1932, she married Robert Lanham March 17, 1936. They moved to Arnold where they raised four children, Zandra Kyne, Sharon Storkan, Douglas Lanham and Donna Bond.
Delores Irene Clouse, 74, or Arnold passed away at the Golden LivingCenter in Broken Bow, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. She was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Broken Bow, to Dollie Bertha Irene (Timmons) and Glen Lewis Middleton.
She grew up in Oconto, Callaway, Arnold and Stapleton and received her education in Oconto, Callaway and Arnold.
Delores and Charles (Neb) Clouse, Jr. were united in marriage Aug. 2, 1954, in Chadron, after which the couple lived on a ranch in Stapleton and in Arnold, where she worked at the Model Cafe and Archieâ€™s Cafe as a waitress.
As school districts across the nation continue to face budget cuts and decreases in state aid, it has become imperative for schools to come up with new ways of getting and maintaining funds. That is the premise behind the creation of the Broken Bow Schools Foundation.
Big projects - such as renovations and large facility projects - have the greatest need of funding when budget dollars are cut. Dr. Virginia Moon, BBPS Superintendent, says because of that districts need a vehicle in which to launch that scope of projects, and a foundation offers this vehicle.
Abuse against women, men and children is a widespread problem which occurs within every possible social, economic, racial, religious and age class. Battering often begins in the dating relationship. What appears to be harmless behavior may be identified as the early warning signs of future abuse.
Healing Hearts & Families is excited about completing their first year providing Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault services to eight counties in Central Nebraska. The area they cover includes the counties of Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.
By Ben Wheeler,
Pheasants Forever Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
The recent floods of the Missouri River have not only displaced people, but also wildlife.
Federally threatened piping plovers typically nest on open, elevated sandbars in several of Nebraskaâ€™s river systems, including the Missouri.
Because of the high water on the Missouri River, the sandbars where these birds establish nests are under water, leaving them with no nesting habitat. In order for these birds to produce a successful clutch, they had to find suitable nesting habitat somewhere else.
NORTH PLATTE-- The Broken Bow Cosmos swim team was in action last week at the North Platte Invite.
It was a successful day in the pool for multiple athletes.
Alyssa Cyboron took first place honors in the 50 meter backstroke and fifth in both the 50 meter breast stroke and freestyle. Kassidy Cyboron was the runner-up in the 100 free and fourth in the under 50 free.
Blake Denson finished third in both the Under 100 free and Under 50 free.
Chay Nelson won the 200 breaststroke, was the runner-up in the 200IM and 100 fly and placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke.