Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
In 2010, Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow completed a multi-year renovation and addition project, creating a state-of-the-art facility in our region. That was just one of the many positive things that occurred this year.
However, 2010 also saw its share of local tragedies. In the next two weeks we will recap some of the stories that made headlines in the Custer County Chief during 2010 - looking at the first six months this week.
Plains Equipment Group is pleased to announce the addition of the following Nebraska John Deere dealerships:
â€˘ Custer County Implement Inc. in Broken Bow
â€˘ Elkhorn Valley Implement in Oâ€™Neill
â€˘ GreenIron in Ord
â€˘ Niobrara Valley Equipment in Ainsworth
Effective Dec. 15, 2010, these four stores will be joining Plains Equipment Group, Inc. headquartered in Seward. Our employees want to ensure their loyal customers that going forward you can expect the same great service youâ€™ve experienced over the years!
After attending The Green School Summit in Lincoln in October, Joe Shea, Director of Operations for Broken Bow Public Schools, came home with lots of ideas.
Armed with the desire to make the Broken Bow schools more efficient and environmentally friendly, Shea presented his ideas for accomplishing that to the Broken Bow School Board at the November meeting. One phase of that plan is being completed while students are enjoying their holiday break from the classroom.
Broken Bow High School band and choir small groups and ensembles presented an annual Christmas event in Broken Bow Dec. 21 - the Holiday Notes concert. Pictured above, from left: Ashley Schweitzer, Andrew Pracht and Grant Shinn open the event with a trombone trio, playing "Fanfare and Invention."
A large crowd attended the event, which included dinner and festive holiday entertainment by some of BBHSâ€™s most talented musicians.
The Custer County Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a Christmas luncheon Dec. 16, and presented the chapterâ€™s Community Service Award to the Rev. Kathy LaRocque.
â€śThe fabric of Broken Bow will have a big hole in it when she leaves,â€ť said DAR service committee chair Rosa Tiff about LaRocque. â€śShe is simply a caring person who wants to help anyone who needs help.â€ť
Nineteen-year-old Skyler J. Linn was sentenced in Custer County District Court Dec. 16, to 12-15 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. The sentence was part of a plea agreement Linn and his attorney reached with the State.
Linn was arraigned in Custer County Court Dec. 6, and was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. All are Class III felonies. The burglaries involved Broken Bow businesses, including Garrett Tire, Farritor Auto Parts and Clark Dental.
Finances and personnel were the key issues discussed at the Monday meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education.
The Board voted unanimously to approve the resignation of Dave Pruden, BBHS business teacher and head girls basketball coach, effective Dec. 20, 2010. Interim superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon declined to comment on the circumstances that led to Pruden's resignation.
Michael Chipps, president of Mid Plains Community College, was among those who braved the cold Monday morning to check out the progress of the new Custer Campus in Broken Bow. MPCC is one of the colleges who will be leasing space and providing classes at the campus when it opens in the Fall of 2011.
The college campus is the result of a large fundraising effort in Custer County and the surrounding area. The majority of the funds being used to build the college came from individual donors and businesses in the area, through the efforts of the Custer Economic Development Corporation.
Last week the M. Eighmy Foundation presented a generous donation to the Custer County Historical Society. This gesture was one of the foremost contributions to a fund drive that began a few weeks ago, to raise money toward improving the museum.
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, officers from the Nebraska State Patrol and the Custer County Sheriff's Office investigated a triple fatality traffic crash that occurred around 2:30 p.m., two miles west of Ansley on State Highway 2.