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April 4th

Ansley Schools launch $2 million project

April 4, 2011

Plans are underway for an almost $2 million renovation and expansion project for Ansley Public Schools.
Most of the project will be funded with Build America Bonds, and according to Superintendent Mike McCabe the community shouldn’t notice any tax increase.
The project idea has been about a year in the making. With the current gymnasium being used as a multi-purpose room, cafeteria, after school practices and indoor recess, it is difficult to accommodate everything.
McCabe has concerns with students having to travel home after waiting to use the gym for practices.

Two men sent to prison for DUI

April 4, 2011

Three men faced sentencing in Custer County District Court last week in separate drinking and driving cases, and two of the three received time in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
Kyle D. McLaughlin, 56 of Broken Bow, was sentenced by Judge Karin Noakes to 12-15 months in prison. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence-4th offense, a Class III felony. Before being sentenced, McLaughlin addressed the court apologizing for his behavior and recent actions.

Organ donation gives Hanna new hope

April 4, 2011

Steve Hanna is living proof that the organ donation system works. Undergoing a transplant, for Hanna, is nothing new.
Nine years ago, while visiting his sister in New Mexico, Hanna woke up with pain in his chest that was moving into his shoulder.
With the nearest hospital two hours away, Hanna’s sister Sharon, didn’t want to waste any time. They called ahead, letting the EMT’s know what was going on and met them in route.

March 28th

Calling all WWII vets

March 28, 2011

World War II Vets are invited to join the Central Nebraska Hero Flight headed to Washington, D.C. June 9-11. The focus of the trip is to provide the opportunity for WWII veterans to visit the Memorial built in their honor.
The trip, for Custer County WWII veterans is free of charge. The veterans are encouraged to bring along a family member as an escort. There is a $300 fee for their escort.
“These trips are a small token for the price these humble heroes paid when they went to battle for their country,” said WWII Hero Flight committee member Norm McCaslin.

March 24th

Board discusses bond options

March 24, 2011

The Broken Bow Board of Education continues to focus attention on trying to meet the challenging needs of the district’s facilities, and at Monday evening’s meeting information was presented on what could be a very promising financing solution.
Jay Spearman and Mark Mumford of Ameritas Investment Corp., discussed Qualified School Construction Bonds, of which BBPS has qualified for an allocation in the amount of $5,830,000. What makes these bonds special is the fact that they are very low interest, allowing the district to save lots of money in interest charges over the life of the bond.

Wind Project clears zoning hurdle

March 24, 2011

Custer County took one more step toward housing a wind farm Tuesday when the Custer County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to approved a Conditional Use Permit for construction to begin.
Supervisor Richard Hodson cast the lone opposing vote.
The permit applicant was Broken Bow Wind, LLC, a division of Midwest Wind Energy.

March 23rd

Taylor was born with love of horses

March 23, 2011

* See this week's Custer County Chief - - 2011 Salute to Agriculture - - for more stories like the one featured below.

When asked how long she has been interested in horses, Cheryl Taylor is quick to answer - “all my life.”
“My mom says my favorite toys when I was little were always horses, and I wore out several rocking horses as a child,” Cheryl laughs.

March 17th

$10,000 raised at Sly's Chili Cook-off

March 17, 2011

What started as a simple idea six years ago, has grown into a major fund-raiser for a local charitable organization.
The Sixth Annual Chili Cook-off at Sylvester’s Bar and Lounge in Broken Bow is a testament to its value.
Each year, the business selects a local non-profit, charitable organization to raise money for. Head Start was chosen the first year, followed by the domestic violence prevention arm of Cedars, Central Plains Center for Services the third year, CNCS and their outreach program the fourth, Lions Club the fifth, and this year the Children’s Christmas Fund.

Strategic plan targets school facilities

March 17, 2011

By DEBORAH McCASLIN
Chief Publisher

The goals are in writing. They’ve been identified. Now it is time to formulate the plans. The Broken Bow School Board identified four main areas as short term goals in their board strategic planning retreat last January, and then discussed the plans in detail Monday night.
The four main focus areas are Technology, Budget and Staff, Curriculum and Facilities.
School facilities has been targeted as a major focus, and it is what was allotted the greatest amount of Monday’s discussion.

March 15th

Trains derail near Seneca

March 15, 2011

Two trains derailed near Seneca on March 10, 2011. In total, 72 cars were involved in the derailment - 20 empty cars from the eastbound train and 52 cars from the westbound train. See this week's Custer County Chief for more information.

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