August 4th, 2011
Turning 103 is a milestone worth celebrating. Merle Strawder has achieved that milestone, but says an incident when he was a baby could have cut his life very short.
The family lived in a sod house near Benkelman, and Merle recounts the story as it was told to him many times by his parents.
â€śMy parents were asleep one night and heard a really loud thud from my bedroom, and thought I had fallen out of bed. They rushed into my room and found a very large bull snake that had fallen from a ceiling rafter onto the floor, right next to my cradle.â€ť
CENTRAL CITY--The Broken Bow Seniors saw their season come to a conclusion at the Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament at Central City.
In an elimination game Sunday morning, Broken Bow lost an 8-0 decision to league rival Aurora and finished their season with a 16-13 overall record. In the first inning both teams were held scoreless. Aurora scored a run in the bottom of the second inning, added three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Hundreds battled the heat and watched the 2011 Custer County Classic. Results and pictures will be available in this weeks issue of the Custer County Chief.
For more than 35 years the Broken Bow Swimming Pool has been a fixture in the community and surrounding area. Soon the pool thatâ€™s served the community for three decades will close its door for the final time.
In May 2010, residents voted 508 to 504 to approve a $3.25 million bond for the construction of a new pool and water park.
Jenna Smith, manager of the pool for five years, is happy to see the construction of the new pool because the current pool is old and hard to maintain.
CENTRAL CITY-- The Broken Bow Senior Baseball squad was eliminated over the weekend at the Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament at Central City. Broken Bow lost to Seward 12-2 in the first round. Broken Bow faced league rival Aurora Sunday morning in an elimination game and lost 8-0. Recap and statistics will be in this weeks issue of the Custer County Chief.
Back to school can be both an exciting and intimidating time for kids. It can also be an extremely stressful time for parents who are trying to provide back-to-school clothes and supplies while keeping the bills paid.
That stress can be greatly relieved for many parents thanks to a very special program through the local Salvation Army committee. A book bag give away is scheduled for Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m. in the office of the Broken Bow Housing Authority. The program is a calling for the volunteers involved, and a God-send for the parents who benefit from it.
In the world of professional rodeo, Hadley Barrett is king. Barrett had a homecoming, of sorts, to Custer County this week where he served as co-announcer of the Bull Riding Classic at the Custer County Fair.
Barrett says it has been at least 30 years since he has been in Broken Bow, and he has been looking forward to returning. He holds a special fondness for this area, where his rodeo career began more than 40 years ago.
Nicholas Lee "Nick" Ryan was born on a bright Sunday morning, Jan. 18, 1981, in Kearney, to Randy and Shirley Ryan. Nick departed this life July 18, 2011, from a hiking accident along the Grinnell Glacier Trail in Montanaâ€™s Glacier National Park.
Nick grew up on the family farm north of Overton. Nick seemed to instinctively have a sense of adventure. Early days were spent riding bikes, horses, playing ball and just looking at things for a time, taking them apart to see how they worked and then reassembling them.
Bob Edelman, age 73 of Kansas, formerly of Merna, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery at Thedford, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
GOTHENBURG--Broken Bow beat McCook and won the B-6 Area Championship in Gothenburg. Broken Bow needed to beat McCook twice and they did just that. Broken Bow won the first game 12-2 after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule paving the way for a winner-take-all championship game. In the second game Broken Bow continued where they left off and won 11-0 after five innings again due to the 10-run mercy rule.