April 16th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs.
A bill to repeal the death penalty won first-round approval from lawmakers Thursday.
Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.
Edward P. Erickson age 72, passed away March 6, 2015, in his home at Bahia de Kino, Mexico.
Ed was born Oct. 17, 1942, to parents Dr. George T. and Minerva (Worthman) Erickson in Broken Bow.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Heather Cooper and grandson, William of South Carolina; daughter, Shannon Anderson of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughter, Paige Erickson of Omaha; and sister, Barbara Gibbons of Comstock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Minerva; his brother, Dr. Tom Erickson; and his brother-in-law, John Gibbons of Comstock.
Robert Dale Cole passed away in Bellingham Wash., March 23, 2015, at the age of 85.
Bob was born in Heartwell, May 9, 1929.Â
Dad was raised by Harold and Ester Cole and his younger sister, Donna Mills on the family farm.
After attending Ansley High School, he joined the Navy in 1950 where he served during the Korean Conflict,Â learning the trade of machinest. HeÂ returned to the family farm in 1954.
He met Marcia Louise Butler and they married in Ansley June 7, 1956.
Robert âBobbyâ R. Love, 58, of Gibbon, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Graveside services were Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Ansley Cemetery in Ansley. The Rev Mark Joedeman officiated.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney were in charge of arrangements.
He was born Feb. 1, 1957, in Broken Bow, to Howard and Belva (Clark) Love. He grew up in Ansley, Loup City and Mason City.
Fern W. Schroeder Hall was born Jan. 16, 1919, at Bartlett, Iowa to John Henry and Alta M. (Gibson) Schroeder. She departed this life to be with her Savior Jan. 30, 2015, at the Callaway Good Life Center.
She was one of 12 children. At the age of seven her family moved to Nebraska. They lived near Broken Bow, Ansley, Dunning and Arnold.
Fern attended Arnold High School, where she graduated in 1936.
She was baptized in âChristâ as a young woman and her faith continued to grow until she departed this life.
Donald J. Reinhard, 83, of Callaway, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, in his birthplace community of Callaway.
Don was born March 13, 1932. He was the oldest of seven children born to the parents of John and Maxine (Shipley Moore) Reinhard.
Don graduated from Callaway High School with the class of 1950. February 14, 1952, Don enlisted in the Navy. He served during the Korean War where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, or on a destroyer ship in the Pacific Ocean. He was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1956.
March 3, 1957, Don married Nadine Sanders in Kimball.
Patricia Ann (Witmer) Gamble, 81, of Broken Bow died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Services were at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Kathy Salts officiating. Burial was at Broken Bow Cemetery.
Govier Brothers Mortuary were in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 7, 1933, in Pender, to George and Caroline (Koopman) Witmer.
October 10, 1954, she married Dale Marple in Wayne, who later died in a vehicle accident. They had one son, Jerry.
May 22, 1959, she married Bill Gamble in Wayne and they had three daughters.
Gene LeRoy Dainton, 55, of Broken Bow, died suddenly, Monday, April 6, 2015, of a massive heart attack in Grand Island.
To honor Geneâs wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a later date in Comstock.Â
All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.
Gene was born July 11, 1959, in Omaha.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon (Erikson) and Lloyd Arends of Grand Island; father, Lanny (Darlene) Dainton of Broken Bow; sister, Lisa (Todd) Babka of Doniphan; and twin brother, Jerry (Shirley) Dainton of Dallas, Texas.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â An effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska as a way to reduce prison crowding won first-round approval Wednesday despite opposition from prosecutors and some conservative lawmakers.
Senators voted 28-9 on legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for Class 1C and 1D felonies, including robbery, assault on a police officer and certain drug crimes. The bill would also limit "habitual criminal" sentence enhancements to violent crimes.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an effort to increase the hourly wage for tipped workers, a move that means waiters and waitresses will continue to be paid the same per hour as they have since 1991.
By a 27 to 18 vote, legislators dismissed a measure by Omaha Sen. Jeremy Nordquist that would have gradually increased the hourly wage for tipped workers until it reached 50 percent of the standard minimum wage, or about $4.50 in 2017.