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August 3rd, 2015

Death penalty group 'cautiously optimistic' about signatures

August 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Organizers of a campaign to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty say they're cautiously optimistic that they'll gather enough signatures to place the issue on the 2016 ballot, triggering a showdown with opponents who pledge to wage a strong campaign of their own.

Nebraskans for the Death Penalty has less than a month remaining to gather about 58,000 signatures before the Aug. 27 submission deadline. The group was launched on June 1, with heavy financial backing from Gov. Pete Ricketts and his father, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.

Nebraska governor again donates to death penalty cause

August 3, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — True to his word, Gov. Pete Ricketts has again donated his own money to a group trying to save Nebraska's death penalty.

A monthly financial statement released Friday by Nebraskans for the Death Penalty shows Ricketts donated $100,000 to the group sometime in the last month. That matches his $100,000 donation to the group in June, for a total of $200,000.

In all, the group raised nearly $400,000 in cash for July. The largest donation for the month came from the conservative, Washington-based Judicial Crisis Network, which gave $200,000.

Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

August 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is most daunting.

Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the league goes to a nine-game conference slate.

July 31st

VIDEO: Should college football playoffs include 64 teams?

July 31, 2015

Should college football add 64 teams to the playoffs?

Scheduled Electric Outage for Broken Bow

July 31, 2015

Broken Bow, NE - The City of Broken Bow will be disconnecting electricity to the majority of town early on Tuesday, August 4th. This outage will allow for the necessary repairs to equipment that was damaged by wildlife in a substation.

The outage is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 4th at 12:00 a.m. and be completed on Tuesday, August 4th at 3:00 a.m.

The City appreciates your patience and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

July 30th

In Case You Missed It

July 30, 2015

The Dueling Duo Love Your Library Fundraiser is Friday.

Saturday there is a Threshing event one mile west of Arcadia.

An Antique and Classic Tractor and Antique Machinery Show will be in Ord on Sunday.

See our calendar of events for more information.

Mobile Pantry Scheduled August 11 in Broken Bow

July 30, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. July 30 – Hunger is not an issue that affects only people in cities. Many children, families and seniors in rural communities struggle with food insecurity. Food Bank for the Heartland and Farm Credit Services of America are committed to help.
Food Bank for the Heartland is partnering with Farm Credit Services of America to host a mobile food pantry in Broken Bow on Tuesday, August 11. Between 5,000 and 7,000 pounds of food will be distributed for free to individuals and families in need.

Electric bill scam strikes again; Norfolk targeted NPPD warns customers to not to fall for demands

July 30, 2015

Columbus, Neb. - It is happening again in Norfolk. A phone scam in which
business owners and residents are falsely threatened their electricity
will be shut off if they do not pay their electric bill immediately with a pre-paid, "Greendot" card.

The ruse
Individuals, posing as representatives of the local power company - in
this case, the Nebraska Public Power District - tell the customer they are overdue on their electric bill and must pay up within 20 minutes or be disconnected. They are then instructed to purchase pre-paid cards in order to make immediate payment.

Custer County Fair Photos

July 30, 2015

Please send us your favorite Custer County Fair Photos. Email them to chiefnews@custercountychief.com. Please make sure the pictures are high resolution.

Throwback Thursday from July 30, 1980

July 30, 2015

This week we throwback to the July 30, 1980 issue of the Custer County Chief.
4-H horse show winners display their trophies. In the picture with both people on the horses is Amy Gibbons of Comstock and Mike Weverka of Sargent. In the other picture is Angie Cumpston of Broken Bow and Mike Weverka of Sargent.

Elwood High School has cancelled its football season due to lack of players. Elwood was due to play...
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Broken Bow Indian Volleyball scrimmage is Thursday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the Broken Bow High...