Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â Nebraskaâs courts helped children last year, but could improve court access by breaking language barriers using technology, said Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican during his State of the Judiciary speech Thursday.
Heavican told lawmakers in the Capitolâs legislative chamber a pilot project in Omaha, North Platte and Scottsbluff to keep children from being jailed while being rehabilitated had higher results than the statewide average. During the first six months of the project, 80 percent completed probation successfully.
MERNA - - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is an alarming statistic - but we are often inundated with alarming statistics and can tend to become complacent. That all changes when you put a face to the statistic - especially when the face is a sweet 4-year-old boy.
With all the talk of violence in our schools, and how to combat that issue, it now seems more important than ever to implement programs both at home and at school to teach kids proper values. That is exactly what the Kids of Character program at the Broken Bow elementary schools is all about.
LINCOLN - State lawmakers introduced more than 30 bills and elected Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk as vice chairman of the Education Committee on Jan. 14, the fourth day of the 103rd legislative session. Among the new bills to be considered is a $20 million appropriation for early childhood education. Here are some of the day's highlights.
â¨â¨LB171: Sponsored by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, this bill would expedite the concealed handgun permit process â from 45 days to five days â for applicants who are victims of domestic violence.â¨â¨
Katrina Gotschall, a 1998 Broken Bow High School alumni, is the owner and artist behind Katrina Lee Photography and Grassroots Images, a custom photography business specializing in creating art that celebrates peopleâs stories. Â
Living in Atkinson with her husband Scott and two boys Carter and Alex, Katrina has been teaching Literature and Photojournalism at OâNeill High School for the last eight years. Her roots in Custer County bring her home often, and while in the area, she enjoys spending time photographing the people and rural landscapes that she holds most dear. Â
Becky Pearson, PT, and staff want you to get up and get moving.
She says she and her staff are âjust a littleâ competitive, so when they started talking about putting together a weight loss challenge of their own and presented the idea out to a few of their clients, the idea blossomed.
âWe were all trying to eat a little healthier and were going to organize an internal (in office) challenge when others said theyâd like to join in,â explained Pearson.
Theirs is a journey that began 12 years ago, and culminated with the arrival of the greatest Christmas gift either could ever receive - a baby. Shasta and Marty Leggettâs story is one of heartache and triumph.
The young couple - she a Broken Bow High School grad, he an Anselmo-Merna grad - were married in September 2000. Though they had not made a conscious decision to start a family right away they werenât opposed to the idea, and in December 2001 Shasta found out she was pregnant. However, their joy soon turned to sorrow when just eight weeks later she experienced a miscarriage.
The Custer County Board of Supervisors kicked in the new year with formal Sine and Die proceedings Tuesday, re-electing Larry Hickenbottom as the board chair for 2013, and Mark Haynes as the vice-chair.
âAre there any of you with special goals for 2013?â asked Hickenbottom at meetingâs onset, âbecause I have one.â
Hickenbottom said he wanted the County to finish whatever steps it needed to take to be 911 compliant ... âSo if you call for an ambulance, the 911 center will know where you are.â
Lincoln - A child from Lancaster County died from the flu. This is the second flu death so far this season. The first was a man in his 60s, also from Lancaster County. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported both deaths to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Senator Deb Fischer was officially sworn-in January 3, as a United States senator in the U.S. Capitol by Vice President Joseph Biden. Fischer was escorted by Nebraska's Senior senator, Mike Johanns, and former Nebraska Senator David Karnes. The ceremony marked the official commencement of Fischer's six-year term, as well as the start of the 113th Congress. Senator Fischer, a lifelong Nebraskan and former two-term state senator, was joined for the swearing-in ceremony by her husband Bruce, family, and friends. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, Senator Fischer released the following statement: