May 10th, 2011
The Custer County Chief brings you coverage of all 13 area high school graduations!
Last week we profiled six of those graduations - this week we feature the remaining seven.
Our coverage includes photos from each school's graduation ceremony, a list of scholarship winners from the graduating classes and biographical information on each graduating class. At the Chief, we consider it an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to cover these students throughout their high school careers and to be able to provide this final piece of the puzzle.
The Orscheln Farm & Home in Broken Bow has grown. They have added 6,000 square feet to the sales floor and 3,000 square feet in storage.
The new addition has been in the works for a very long time, for at least 10 years in long-range business plan of store manager Rod Sonnichsen. He talks of the expansion with exuberance.
There will be additions to the product lines, from farm and fencing, to automotive and womenâ€™s clothing.
Shirley Clay Hostetler, 77 of Twin Falls, Idaho, left to be with her Heavenly Father April 18, 2011. Shirley was born to Donald and Violet (Hanneman) Clay Jan. 2, 1934, in Broken Bow.
The family moved to Idaho locating in Twin Falls in March 1940. Shirley attended schools in Twin Falls, Hansen, and Filer graduating from Filer High School in 1952. Shirley also attended Twin Falls Business School, Linkâ€™s Business School in Boise, Idaho, and CSI in Twin Falls.
Robert Allen Lawrence, 84 of Ansley, died April 27, 2011 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Monday May 2, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mary Jane Gockley officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with Military Honors by the US Navy Honor Guard.
Gertrude R. Hickey Kutsch, age 88 of Cozad, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Golden Living Care Center in Cozad.
Gertrude was born Aug. 11, 1922, at York, to Cornelius and Sylvia (Gess) McCarthy. Her early education was at the convent in York. The family moved to Custer County where she completed grade school at District 129. She attended high school at Anselmo.
Mary Jane Mills Cooper was born July 30, 1921, one of the third set of twins born to Rosco C. Mills and Albertina Baker Mills. She lived with her parents, two sisters and three brothers on a farm north of Westerville.
When she was 16-years-old, they moved to California. There she later met Richard Cooper, whom she married in 1941. To this union three children were born: sons, George and Steve, and daughter, Elaine.
Mary passed on to be with her Lord March 22, 2011, at San Diego, Calif.
At the time this paper went to press it had been about 60 hours since we heard the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden. As information continues to come forth, many Americans are still reeling from the announcement.
It was about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when President Barack Obama stepped to the microphone from the White House and made the announcement - a very strategically planned operation, carried out by a team of Navy SEALs, had located and killed the most wanted man in the world.
Last Friday was Arbor Day, and in celebration of the Nebraska-founded holiday Tim Schaaf and Sarah Winslow of the Natural Resources Conservation District paid a visit to Broken Bow first graders.
On one of the rare warm, sunny days our region has enjoyed recently, the first grade students at North Park elementary gathered outside as Mr. Schaaf presented a quick lesson on plants and soils. The students then gathered in front of the school and watched excitedly as Schaaf dug holes to plant two new trees on the property.
An April 26 vehicle accident near Sargent has led to the arrest of a Sargent man. Ronald J.Vincent, 49, was driving his 1994 red Ford pickup when he lost control and went through a fence before hitting an embankment. The accident occurred approximately 2 1/2 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Sargent at 7:15 p.m.
ARNOLD - - Arnold Public Schools' teacher Nicole Badgley has been named the 2011 Great Plains Communications Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
During her tenure, Badgley helped in the planning, developing and maintaining one of the first 1:1 laptop initiatives for small schools in Nebraska. Due to her efforts, beginning in 2006, all students in 9-12 grades received their own laptops. Eventually, the program was expanded for students K-12.