Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson surprised voters Tuesday, when he announced plans to retire from the political arena he has served in for much of his life. Nelson issued the following statement.
â€śMy Fellow Nebraskans: Iâ€™ve had the honor of serving as your Governor and United States Senator. During this time weâ€™ve accomplished a great deal. As Governor I helped our state experience unprecedented economic growth, cut taxes and left state government with a surplus.
For the convenience of our valued customers, our office will be open during regular business hours Monday, Dec. 26. The staff of the Custer County Chief wants to wish you and yours a very safe and enjoyable Christmas season!
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors met Wednesday, Dec. 21, with the Board unanimously authorizing MPCC President Dr. Michael Chipps to execute an agreement to transfer title to the premises known as the Broken Bow Extended Campus to Mid-Plains Community College, and to execute a Deed of Trust in favor of Custer Campus, Inc, to secure performance under that agreement. The action is required by MPCC Board Policy 3450, Mid-Plains Community College Property, which requires an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of all Board members is required.
For the past 18 years, people have been singing the Blues in Arnold. This week many folks are experiencing a case of â€śthe bluesâ€ť as the announcement was made that the annual South Loup River Blues & BBQ, more commonly known as Blues Fest, is calling it quits.
Blues Fest is the â€śbabyâ€ť of KCNI/KBBN owner and general manager David J. Birnie, who organized the first event in 1993 as a station promotion. Through the station, Birnie had been involved with some fair shows and had experienced some successes with those, so he decided to take his love of Blues and see if he could make an event fly.
Jared and Dawn Schemper of Holdrege, proudly announce the birth of a son, Sawyer Lambert Schemper, born Dec. 13, 2011. Sawyer was born at 5:48 p.m. at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 19 1/4 inches. He is welcomed home by four sisters; Sierra, Sammie Jo, Sabrina and Sophia. Grandparents are LaVern and Carlene Schemper of Holdrege, Gene Wyckoff of Holdrege and Cindy Neben of Dunning. Great-grandparents are Dwight and Phyllis Saner of Dunning, Lila Engelhardt of Almena, Kan., and Ailene Schemper of Almena, Kan.
Michaela Hamel and Mike Schweitzer of Hastings were united in marriage Sept. 10, 2011, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings. The bride is daughter of Michael Hamel of North Platte and Coralene Hamel of Hastings. The groom is the son of Marvin and Kathy Schweitzer of Arnold.
Mikeâ€™s grandparents are Ed and Betty Pierson of Arnold, formerly of Broken Bow, and the late Clyde and Thelma Schweitzer of Broken Bow.
Harry Duane Jacobsen was born Aug. 14, 1954, in Visalia, Calif., to Harry and Norene (Hanlon) Jacobsen, and passed from this life Dec. 16, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center while awaiting a kidney and liver transplant. He was known to many people by different names - B.J., Bud and Wiener. His card playing buddies knew him as "Duey" - his friends at work called him "Jake". To his family he was "Duane"- that differentiated him from the other "Jakes" in the Jacobsen family.
Duane Erikson of rural Arnold passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. Duane was born Oct. 8, 1924, on the family farm on Tallin Table south of Arnold to Martin and Hazel (Cole) Erikson, their only child.
Duane grew up farming and ranching. Duane attended rural grade school at District 240 and graduated from Arnold High School in 1942, where he was active in music. After high school, he continued working on the family farm and ranch, never wanting to do anything else.
Johnny R. McCarty, 86 of Grand Island, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Dale Valley Cemetery at Merna. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. McCarty was born Oct. 6, 1925, at Merna, the son of Michael and Irene (Dale) McCarty.
Survivors are a brother, Lawrence (Mike) McCarty of Seattle, Wash., and 12 nieces and nephews.
John J. â€śJackâ€ť Oâ€™Neill, 75 of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born June 7, 1936, in Anselmo to Josephine and George Oâ€™Neill, John had three brothers; Jim, Gary and Tom.
He moved his family to Arizona in 1968, where he worked for Valley National Bank. He enjoyed golf and was a long-time member of the Mesa Country Club.
John contributed generously to professional organizations and community groups - among them, the HoHoKams where he was past president serving as the Big Ho.