Archive - May 2012 - News Article
On May 19, 2012, pack up the family and/or friends and head out to enjoy Nebraska's state parks. You can fish anywhere in the state and visit any Nebraska state park, state historical park or state recreation area for FREE. No park entry or fishing permit required. Also, as part of the day, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is offering the 15th Annual Family Fishing Clinic at select areas. In the Chief area, Victoria Springs State Recreation Area will host a clinic from 9am-6pm. You can find out more information about the day and clinics at www.outdoornebraska.org.
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, appeared in Custer County Court Monday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Esch is charged with two felonies: Count 1 - felony criminal mischief, a Class IV felony; Count 2 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony. The charges stem from a March 18 incident of a shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle. Esch turned himself in to authorities April 10.
Esch and his attorney also requested a bond reduction, which Judge Gary Washburn denied. Esch remains in custody on $5 million 10 percent bond
With still a few absentee and provisional ballots left to come in, Custer County agreed with the rest of the state in pushing Republican Deb Fischer to an easy victory in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Fischer earned and unofficial total of 1,173 votes in Custer County, while Jon Bruning brought in 478 votes and Don Stenberg 254.
For the Republican representative for Congress, it was Adrian Smith in a landslide over Bob Lingenfelter by an unofficial total of 1,700 to 211.
Fifty-eight seniors received their diplomas during the 2012 commencement ceremony at Broken Bow High School Saturday afternoon.
Broken Bow was one of 11 area high schools conducting graduations over the weekend, and the Chief will have coverage of each one in this week's edition.
Congratulations Class of 2012!!
Ground was officially broken on the North Park Elementary school project in Broken Bow Thursday morning, with some of the students themselves having the honor of turning the first shovel of dirt. A student representative from each class was selected to participate in the ground breaking ceremony.
For much more on this story, as well as lots of pictures of this momentous event, see the May 17 Custer County Chief!
COMSTOCK - - Just when many had thought they had heard the last of a music festival in Comstock, the rumor mill has once again begun to churn. And there seems to be some question as to what is fact and what is fiction.
According to the festivalâ€™s website, comstockmusicfestivals.com, a country festival is in the works for the end of this month. The website is advertising the need for stage hands to help set up the stage Thursday, May 31, and tear it down Monday, June 4.
Warm temperatures in March and April kick started the farming/gardening season across western and north central Nebraska. However, the National Weather Service in North Platte reminds us that typically we still have the potential for freezing temperatures into the month of May. Many plants are sensitive to frosting and/or freezing conditions. Frost can develop when the temperature reaches or drops below 36 degrees, while a freeze will occur when temperatures reach or fall below 32 degrees.
THEDFORD - - A dozen high school seniors received their diplomas at the 2012 Thedford High School graduation ceremony May 5. The school also recognized six foreign exchange students during the ceremony.
A list of graduates, their future plans, scholarships received, and more photos can be found in this week's Custer County Chief. For the next two weeks, we will be saluting the Class of 2012 from our area high schools, and will feature our Senior Salutes in the May 10 edition. Be sure and get your copy and join us in congratulating this class of young adults!
A Class A fire (a fire that produces ash) was quickly brought under control Thursday evening by the ever diligent members of the Junior Fire Patrol. The long-standing tradition sponsored by the Broken Bow Fire Department invites fifth graders to spend six Thursday evenings at the department learning about fire safety.
May 3, the students put out their own â€˜house fires,â€™ after moving themselves and younger siblings to a safe meeting space and pretending to call 911. Next week the students will conclude their training with a party and a â€˜test.â€™
Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson and a bipartisan group of 42 other senators today urged the U.S. Postal Service to extend a moratorium on its plans to close many mail processing centers and 3,700 mainly rural post offices, including 90 post offices in Nebraska, until postal reform legislation is enacted into law.