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December 22nd

Eric W. Gallett, 45

December 22, 2010

Eric William Gallett was born May 24, 1965, in Manchester Center, Vt., and died Dec. 14, 2010, at Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow, at the age of 45 years, 6 months and 19 days.
Eric joined the United States Coast Guard in August, 1983, and was stationed in Long Beach, Calif. He met Tina Wilder on the USCG Cutter Hamilton in 1989, and proposed Thanksgiving of that year in CuraÁao (pronounced Curasow) in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. They were married Jan. 27, 1990, in Salem, N.H., and made their home in Boston, Mass.

Jerry Kramer, 59

December 22, 2010

Jerry (Grease) Kramer, 59, a rancher from Stapleton, passed away Dec. 18, 2010, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 13, 1951, to Eugene and Lenora Kramer. Jerry graduated from Stapleton High School in 1969, with many athletic honors.
Jerry could make and repair anything out of nothing. He and his father did custom haying, and grass drilling, along with ranching.

Martha F. Beeken, 76

December 22, 2010

Martha Frances Beeken, 76, was born Nov. 22, 1934, in Thedford, to Cecil and Lottie (Swisher) Herbaugh. She grew up and graduated from high school in Thedford.
She married Tom Beeken and together they had five children. Martha and Tom lived on the ranch in Gandy for many years. She was a member of Extension Club and a 4-H leader. She assisted every year with the Gandy alumni party. She also received several commendations for her leadership with 4-H.

Viola Spencer Lucas, 85

December 22, 2010

Viola (Ada) Spencer Lucas was born June 7, 1925. She departed this life Dec. 14, 2010, at Broken Bow.
Services were Dec. 18, 2010, at the United Methodist Church in Arnold with Pastor Dale Coates and Frank Scott officiating. Interment was in the Arnold Cemetery with Arnold Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Viola and her twin sister, Iola, were born at the family home near Weissert. They were two of 12 children born to Ralph and Elsie (Pirnie) Spencer.

Linn handed prison sentence

December 22, 2010

Nineteen-year-old Skyler J. Linn was sentenced in Custer County District Court Dec. 16, to 12-15 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. The sentence was part of a plea agreement Linn and his attorney reached with the State.
Linn was arraigned in Custer County Court Dec. 6, and was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. All are Class III felonies. The burglaries involved Broken Bow businesses, including Garrett Tire, Farritor Auto Parts and Clark Dental.

District 25 thanks Cooksley for service

December 22, 2010

Finances and personnel were the key issues discussed at the Monday meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education.
The Board voted unanimously to approve the resignation of Dave Pruden, BBHS business teacher and head girls basketball coach, effective Dec. 20, 2010. Interim superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon declined to comment on the circumstances that led to Pruden's resignation.

MPCC reps tour Custer Campus

December 22, 2010

Michael Chipps, president of Mid Plains Community College, was among those who braved the cold Monday morning to check out the progress of the new Custer Campus in Broken Bow. MPCC is one of the colleges who will be leasing space and providing classes at the campus when it opens in the Fall of 2011.
The college campus is the result of a large fundraising effort in Custer County and the surrounding area. The majority of the funds being used to build the college came from individual donors and businesses in the area, through the efforts of the Custer Economic Development Corporation.

Historical Museum improvements to come

December 22, 2010

Last week the M. Eighmy Foundation presented a generous donation to the Custer County Historical Society. This gesture was one of the foremost contributions to a fund drive that began a few weeks ago, to raise money toward improving the museum.

December 20th

Accident claims lives of father and daughters

December 20, 2010

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, officers from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Custer County Sheriff's Office investigated a triple fatality traffic crash that occurred around 2:30 p.m., two miles west of Ansley on State Highway 2.

December 15th

Ellen Kleeb Hickman, 99

December 15, 2010

Ellen Olga Kleeb Hickman was born March 15, 1911, the third child but the first to be born in the frame house of Albert and Sylvie Haumont Kleeb on the French Table near Weissert. Ellen attended Elton School and Broken Bow High School, graduating in 1929.
Upon graduation, she was offered a job in the Custer County Register of Deeds office, where she worked for several years saving toward her goal to attend a business school. In the late 1930s, she moved to Chicago to attend Gregg’s Business School.

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