November 15th, 2011
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk brought the ninth day of the special session to sudden and unexpected calm and content. Â
About 90 minutes into debate of Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s oil pipeline routing bill, Flood stunned lawmakers and onlookers with news that TransCanada will voluntarily re-route its controversial pipeline. Called Keystone XL, the pipeline would have bisected Nebraska, its fragile Sandhills and the massive Ogallala Aquifer as it pumped Albert, Canada, tar sands oil to American refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
Broken Bow High School presented Drama and Dessert last Friday and tackled a tough subject at the same time. Their production of the one-act drama â€śTurning Points,â€ť provided a startling glimpse into teenage alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the evening went toward the 2012 One Act production. For more on Drama and Dessert, see this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief.
LINCOLN â€” The Nebraska Legislature got one step closer to enacting new pipeline laws last week as they closed the first round of committee hearings that opened debate on five bills.
As of Thursday, Nov. 10, just one bill has so far been voted into first-round debate on the Unicameral floor, Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s Legislative Bill 4. Committees have not yet voted on the four other pipeline bills.
Lorraine O. G'Schwind, 91, of Callaway, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Good Samaritan Center in Callaway. She was born Aug. 8, 1920, at Merna, to Arthur and Hulda (Nitz) Hirsch.
Lorraine attended Wayside country school and graduated from Merna High School with the class of 1937. She was united in marriage to Herbert Arthur G'Schwind Oct. 30, 1939, at Merna. The couple lived on a farm near Callaway where their four children were born.
Margaret Fern "Peg" Newton, 87, of Callaway, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Callaway District Hospital. She was born Aug. 31, 1924, at Callaway, to Ralph and Elsie (Myers) Miller.
Peg graduated from Callaway High School in 1942, and attended and graduated from Business College in Hastings. She met Billy Richard Newton in a bowling alley. They were married six weeks later, June 8, 1947. March 8, 1948, they had a son, Dennis Arthur "Fig" Newton and four years later Brenda Lea Newton Clements was born, Feb. 24, 1952.
Amber L. (Maixner) Ransom, 33 of Marengo, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Memorial services were held at Hus Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Additional Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Wescott Baptist Church in Comstock, with the Rev. Don Schauda officiating. Burial will be in the Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock.
There will be no visitation. All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is
serving the family.
Everyone is invited to a Veteran's Day Soup & Sandwich Supper this evening, Nov. 11, serving from 4-7 p.m. at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to support maintenance of the Veterans Memorial Building in Broken Bow. The event is sponsored by the American Legion and VFW Post of Broken Bow.
There will be a special Veterans Day program at Anselmo-Merna School, Friday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the gym. The public is invited to attend and show your support for our Veterans.
Kory and Angela Bryner, of Norfolk announce the birth of their daughter, Quinlyn Marguerite Bryner.
Quinlyn was born Nov. 1, 2011, at 3:03 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Quinlyn is also welcomed at home by big brother Zedyk, age 2.
Proud grandparents are Dwain and Deb Bryner of Broken Bow, and Mike and Joan Farrier of Lindsay. Great-grandparents are Mildred Starr of Mullen, and Don and Eliza Rzeszotarski of Emmet.
Tara Lea Taul and Arthur John 'AJ' Holland, both of Broken Bow, were united in marriage Sept. 3, 2011, in an outdoor ceremony at Daily Park near Milburn. Pastor Mike Wheatley officiated the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Teresa Ahrens and Michael Taul, Jody and Ellen Mortensen and Bruce Holland.
The brideâ€™s sister, Chasity Hoffmaster, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Rachel Wamsley, cousin of the bride, Shannon Murray and Ali Ryan, friends of the couple, and Ann Scott, sister of the groom. Flower girls were Ryleigh Widdick and Makynzie Jo Holland, nieces of the groom.
Melissa Rae Olson and Robert William Farris were united in marriage Sept. 24, 2011, at St. James Catholic Church in Omaha. The Rev. Michael McCabe officiated the 2 p.m. ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony at Scott Conference Center.
The bride is the daughter of Brian and Barb Olson of Pleasanton. The groom is the son of Nile and Mary Farris of Nebraska City.
Melissa is the granddaughter of Ladd and Evelyn Olson of Broken Bow and Marvin and Margaret Olson of Berwyn, and the late Donna Olson.