May 26th, 2011
*Consolidated customers must transition to DISH Network before Aug. 20!
Husker fans are gearing up for a new season and a new conference, and cable television providers to central Nebraska are making sure we donâ€™t miss any of the action.
Consolidated Companies has partnered with DISH Network to bring the Big 10 network to their customers. However, customers in Merna, Anselmo, Halsey, Dunning, Thedford and Mullen have until Aug. 20 to make the transition from their current cable to DISH Network, or they will lose their cable all together.
This graduation season was particularly busy for one local family, who had three family members graduate from college within a week Tanya Allen, her daughter, Megan, and her niece, Ann Scott are all three Broken Bow High School alumni, and all received nursing degrees.
Megan is the youngest of the family trio of grads, a 2007 graduate of BBHS. She had taken some college classes while still in high school toward her degree, through Mid Plains Community College. Megan started full time at Central Community College-Kearney in the fall of 2007.
Four area athletes were crowned as gold medal champions at the NSAA High School Track and Field Championships Saturday at Omaha Burke Stadium. Ansleyâ€™s Siera Rohde and Mullenâ€™s Gabe Connealy successfully defended their champion status as they became back-to-back champions in their respective events. Rohde became a two-time champion in the Class D 400 meter dash while Gabe Connealy became a two-time champion in the Class D discus. Connealy through for a winning distance of 179 feet-6 inches.
DUNNING - - In April 2009, a group of like-minded individuals in the Dunning/ Halsey area began talking about what they could do to promote their region. The group decided to organize in their effort, and formed the Blaine County Area Community Foundation.
â€śIt all started with a group of optimistic people to get the ball rolling,â€ť says Christi Hafer of the Foundation.
Next month the BCACF will host an Outdoor Adventure Day, geared to generate funds for the Foundation as well as interest in the area.
Saturday afternoon turned out to be filled with a little more excitement than normal for Joe Cool.
Cool was working cattle that day when he noticed smoke coming from the barn. When the Callaway fire department arrived on the scene, the barn was completely engulfed.
â€śAn old wooden structure filled with ten to 15 tons of straw bales, there wasnâ€™t alot we could do besides contain it and watch it burn,â€ť Callaway Fire Chief Charles Jorgensen stated.
ANSLEY - - June 9-11, three World War II veterans from Custer County will be traveling to Washington, D.C. with the Central Nebraska Hero Flight. One of those veterans is Arleigh Sintek of Ansley.
Sintek will be accompanied by his son, Jim. This will be the first time Sintek has ever flown, and he says he is looking forward to it.
Like many young men of his day, when Arleigh Sintek graduated from high school, college was not his first stop. Rather, it was the military that awaited him - the United States Navy to be exact.
Carol Reichenberg began her teaching career in Broken Bow in 1977. This Friday she will bid a fond farewell to the school that has provided her income and fulfilled her passion for the past 34 years.
Carol is a native of North Platte, and says she knew from the time she was in 7th grade that she one day wanted to be a teacher. When she was in high school she helped as an aid in the special ed classroom, as she was thinking of going into that area. But it didnâ€™t take long for her to realize her true passion was elementary kids.
Joe Burnett was born Nov. 24, 1923, at Berwyn, the second child of Douglas and Maymae Pracht Burnett. He went to school and grew up around Berwyn.
He enlisted in the Army, served in WWII, and after his completed duty he returned to his family home at Merna.
He was united in marriage to Reva Payne April 23, 1958. To this union six children were born: Clifford (Vickie) Burnett of Merna, Carla (Allen) Williams of Merna, Elaine (Matt) Schoenrock of Cortland, Carole (Mark) Porter of Merna, Dale (Angela) Burnett of Anselmo and Marla (Jim) Dutton of Grand Island.
Ann Mary (Martin) Smith, 93, formerly of Arnold, passed away May 11, 2011, at the hospital in Callaway.
Ann was born May 22, 1917, in Wolbach to Robert D. and Mary A. Hansen Martin. She received her education in Wolbach, Greely County and Arnold. Ann worked in the canteen in North Platte during World War II.
Ann was united in marriage to Hal B. Smith July 4, 1935, in Arnold. The couple made their home in Kearney and then in Arnold, where she was employed by the movie theater and sold Avon for 51 years. They also lived in Logan County on the Garfield Table.
Ronald Claydean (Curl) Olsen was born in Broken Bow, July 22, 1959, to Betty Lou Eacker Olsen, and Clayton E'Dean (Curl) Olsen (deceased prior to his birth). Ron spent a part of his youth raised on several farms in rural Custer County; Anselmo, Merna, Victoria Springs area, with his mom, step-father Robert Taft George, sister Mary Janet George, and brother "Kenny" Kenneth William George. Early training made him a dedicated, dependable hard worker. Ron helped in the familyâ€™s dairy operation and daily farm chores.