Archive - 2012 - News Article
One Broken Bow mom will sleep with more peace of mind from now on, thanks to a generous donation from the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department and the Custer County Chapter of the Salvation Army.
The two entities pooled their resources to split the cost of purchasing a very special piece of life-saving equipment, for a very special little boy.
Ten-year-old Aniah Preston is completely deaf in his left ear, and has very little hearing ability in his right. He wears a cochlear implant in his left ear, but not at night.
A large contingency of family, friends and community members gathered last Friday to say goodbye to a man who has been an intregal part of the Broken Bow community for more than four decades. Jim Franssen was laid to rest at the Broken Bow Cemetery Friday morning. He died Jan. 29 in Lincoln.
Also on hand to pay their final respects, were many members of the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department - the department Jim himself was devoted to for many years. In 2011, Jim was honored for 45 years of service to the fire department. He also served for several years as an E.M.T. in Broken Bow.
ORD - - It's the kind of stuff television shows like 48 Hours Mystery and Cold Case Files are made of. A woman is last seen leaving a small town bar; her body is found in a shallow grave three years later. The police have a suspect, but seem unable to gather enough evidence to make an arrest. The case goes cold for more than 20 years. Then, new evidence, new witnesses, and the suspect is in custody.
It was predicted to be a massive winter storm, with forecasters calling for a foot of snow or more, coupled with strong winds, for much of the Chief coverage area. As the storm made its way across Nebraska Friday and Saturday, those predictions came true in some areas and fell short in others.
Meteorologists were so sure of their forecast, that many area schools were prompted to cancel classes and postpone events Friday. The LVC wrestling tournament, for example, which had been scheduled for Friday in Broken Bow got pushed up to Thursday in light of the impending storm.
The Broken Bow PTA has announced the launch of their 2011-2012 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning $2,000 through Box Tops to support the Kids of Character Program. Last year the Box Tops program earned over $1,900 for the program. All money earned through this program is issued directly to the Broken Bow School.
Mark Sievering has accepted the position of Superintendent at Broken Bow Public Schools, following a second round of interviews in the district last week. The contract with Sievering was expected to be finalized this week.
Sievering has been the superintendent at Conestoga Public Schools in southeast Nebraska since 2003. He has also been a superintendent at Franklin Public Schools and was the superintendent/principal at Arthur County High School in Arthur.
Karen Ibach of Ansley considers herself lucky. A little over a year ago, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer - but thanks to a routine mammogram it was caught in the very earliest stage, and because of that she is a breast cancer survivor.
Karen has always been diligent about having annual mammograms and doing self exams. She has had her mammogram every year in November for the past 30 years, and until 2010 all had been normal.
The Ansley Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire in a warehouse on Fargo Street in Ansley Thursday afternoon. The fire department arrived and found the structure heavily engulfed in smoke, and called both the Broken Bow and Mason City departments for mutual aid. The warehouse, now owned by Mike Marsh, had once served as the livery stable in the community.
For more details on this story, see next week's Custer County Chief.
The speed limit coming in to Broken Bow on West Highway 2, has been a topic of conversation at community meetings and coffee shops for the past few months. Now one local business entity has decided to do something more than just talk.
CALLAWAY -- When the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced last September it wanted to close Callawayâ€™s Rest Home, and that it had every intention of doing so, little did they know there would be a bull dog standing in the doorway.
Good Samâ€™s facility in Gibbon is closing in March, along with 35 jobs in that community. Callawayâ€™s 36 jobs, due to some hard work from itâ€™s citizenry, are proudly still intact.