Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
MERNA - - A piece of history has returned home to Custer County, in the form of a hand-made block quilt. The story of the quilt and its travels are nothing short of amazing.
Some of the details remain a mystery, but for residents of Merna the important details are all there.
On the quilt are stitched many familiar names in our area, some of whom still have family members living here. For them the quilt is like a family heirloom - more like a community heirloom if you will. And it was one womanâ€™s curiosity and generosity that brought that heirloom back where it belonged.
From Texas Longhorns to Nebraska Angus, cattle often need the care of a good veterinarian - and cattle are Clayton Smith's specialty.
Smith is the newest vet in Broken Bow, joining the staff of Vet Care June 6. He originally hails from Lubbock, Texas - marriage brought him to central Nebraska. He met his wife, Lindsey, while attending vet school at Oklahoma State University. Lindsey grew up on a ranch near Burwell, and during the summers she and Clayton would return to Burwell to help out on the ranch.
One of the stateâ€™s most influential women, and a native of Broken Bow, passed away June 10. Pamela K. Brown was born Sept. 12, 1952.
She was the wife of Steve Brown of Omaha, daughter-in-law of the late Paul and Betty Brown, and daughter of Norma Kemp and the late Paul Kemp, all of Broken Bow.
â€˘Regional Hero Flight includes several area veterans
December 7, 1941, is often referred to as Americaâ€™s longest day. The attack that day on Pearl Harbor began our involvement in World War II.
During World War II, 85 percent of our nationâ€™s families had someone serving in active duty. Nearly 60 years after the end of that war, a memorial to those who served was finally erected in Washington, D.C. Last week, 20 WW II veterans from central Nebraska had the privilege of making the trip to Washington to visit that memorial.
The Custer County Ag Society this week announced the headline act for this yearâ€™s Custer County Fair entertainment. Hardcore country traditionalist, Daryle Singletary, will perform Saturday, July 30, at the Custer County Fairgrounds.
MERNA - - A new office building with a focus on Ag, located on state Highway 2 between Broken Bow and Merna, is now open and operational.
A vision of Joe and Deb Grantzinger, the building itself features an entrance area complete with reception and ag displays, four large offices, a large conference room, a break room, handicap bathroom facilities and a 60 x 150-foot warehouse.The warehouse is where Joe stores the corn and soybeans and where the soybeans are treated.
More soybeans are being planted today and that was one of the factors considered when Joe built the building.
Throughout the Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. this past weekend, people approached the World War II veterans - shaking their hands and thanking them for their service. Such was the case when the group visited the World War II Memorial, when the camera caught these two young girls thanking Les McCormick, left, of Brewster, and Arleigh Sintek of Ansley.
See this week's Custer County Chief for pictures and details of the 2011 Central Nebraska Hero Flight.
ANSLEY - - Eugene Raphael Chartraw was still in high school when he registered for the U.S. Army, and enlisted right out of high school in 1944. During the next two years he experienced hand-to-hand combat, was listed as Missing In Action, and was a guard at the Nuremberg Trials. But the last thing he considers himself is a hero.
Chartraw had been classified as farm deferment, but he didnâ€™t take it. Instead he enlisted, prepared to do whatever he was called upon to do in defense of our country and our freedoms.
OCONTO - - God seemed to be smiling on the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department Saturday by providing picture perfect weather for the annual Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ. And plenty of people took advantage of that nice weather to enjoy some great food, live entertainment and a good time with family and friends.
The population of Oconto increased by roughly 12.11 times Saturday night, with a total estimated attendance of 1,829. Ocontoâ€™s current population, according to the 2010 census, stands at 151.
The attendance figures broke down as follows:
Adults (age 12 and up) - 1,689
Ronald J. Vincent, 49 of Sargent, appeared in Custer County District Court last week for arraignment. After reaching a plea agreement with the state, Vincent entered pleas of No Contest to three felony counts.
Vincent had originally been charged with seven felonies, following an April 26 incident northwest of Sargent in which he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup and hit an embankment. Vincent threatened two passers-by who stopped to render aid, with a gun he had in the seat of the pickup. The two men were able to wrestle the gun away from Vincent.