Archive - 2011 - News Article
Central Nebraska witnessed what most hope will be the last blast of winter late last week. A strong storm system made its way through the area late Thursday and throughout the day Friday, forcing school delays and closings, and event postponements and cancellations. The storm also produced very hazardous driving conditions, as is evident by this photo of a Broken Bow Public Schools bus which slid off the road on Highway 70 Friday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time; bus driver Norm McCaslin was in route to get the kids at the time the wind blew him off the road.
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâ€™s districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.
Residents of Custer County are being offered a FREE, high-speed notification system to warn them of impending severe weather. And this time of year, severe weather poses a very real threat to the citizens of our area.
Custer County Emergency Management Director Shawn Owens works closely with the cities and communities in Custer County to implement public safety plans. Owens, who took over the office March 1, says it is the task of his office to make sure the proper departments and entities throughout the county are equipped to respond to any emergency situation.
Calling all gardeners. Gather your hoes, your seeds, and give Green Coalition Chairperson Joan Birnie a call.
The city is setting aside a little land to use as a Com-munity Garden, and the Green Coalition is gathering names of those who are interested.
The idea for the garden was generated when the Coalition heard that the Broken Bow Parks Board was looking to reduce the number of parks in Broken Bow.
A control burn 5 miles east of Arnold on State Highway 92, and a second 15 miles northwest of Callaway fell victim to the wind, with Fire Departments from Arnold, Broken Bow, Callaway, Oconto, Stapleton, Anselmo, Merna and planes from Broken Bow and Stapleton called into action.
Every 32 minutes
SARGENT - - Someone dies in an alcohol related traffic accident every 32 minutes in this country. In the time it has taken to write this story, at least two more families have lost a loved one due to drinking and driving.
It is a grim reality. And who better to bring teenagers face-to-face with that reality than the grim reaper himself.
Nebraska Husker running back coach, Ron Brown was the guest speaker at the Husker Football Roundup sponsored by the Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church. Nearly 150 people were in attendance for the event at Huckleberryâ€™s Hideout Saturday evening.
The evening began with a buffet dinner followed by Husker trivia given by Broken Bowâ€™s Dan Anderson and Scott Harvey. During the dinner, the guests were treated to a video of great Husker moments from the 1990s.
"I was 8-years-old the first time my father molested me. After all these years I can remember everything about that night like it was yesterday. The abuse continued until I was in my early teens, when I finally became strong enough to stand up for myself and stop it. If only someone had known ..."
"Our investigators estimate it takes approximately 45 minutes for an online sex predator to find a childâ€™s information."
Jon Bruning, Nebraska Attorney General
Being cyber-safe is more than creating unique passwords and usernames. It is being aware of the threats associated with online and electronic communication and how to avoid them. A social media awareness evening last week sponsored by Healing Hearts and Families, and Safe Communities for Custer County drove the point home.
Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but on Monday, April 4, the city of Broken Bow officially broke ground on a new swimming pool and aquatic center. The citizens of Broken Bow approved a bond for the new pool last May.
â€śThis all started seven years ago when we had some major issues with the pool. and the water level in the pool dropped six inches during a single swim meet. Jason White and I started talking. We thought the pool only had a couple of years left,â€ť remarked Broken Bow City Council Scott Spanel.