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July 9th

Members of BBHS Class of ‘55 share early “reunion”

July 9, 2013

Bill Wilcox graduated with the Broken Bow High School class of 1955, and had the opportunity to visit with some of his old classmates July 2 as he traveled through Nebraska.
Wilcox now lives in Newport Beach, Va., and is an avid antique car collector. He and long-time friend, Bob Woolfitt, are among a large contingency of antique car enthusiasts making their way across country in celebration of the centennial of the Lincoln Highway. The interstate, one of the nation’s first transcontinental highways, runs from New York to San Francisco, and the pair will drive that entire route.

July 8th

Haiti works to rebuild

July 8, 2013

*Julie White is a native of Broken Bow, and the daughter of Daryl and Donna Sybrant. She submitted this article updating us on the status of Haiti.

Three and a half years have passed since the 7.0 Haiti earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010. Will and Julie (Sybrant) White and their children, William (age 14) and Abby (age 10), have been living in Haiti for more than 13 years.

July 5th

2013 Fireworks Extravaganza

July 5, 2013

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The Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department once again put on a spectacular fireworks display at Melham Park July 4. There was a very large crowd in attendance this year, with perfect weather for the display - as oohs and aahs could be heard through the crowd. Thank you BBVFD for the awesome display!

July 1st

Bow alum returns for highway centennial

July 1, 2013

Before 1913, travel by car was both an adventure and a challenge due to the poor quality of dirt roads. The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast road made for driving: instead of dirt, the highway was paved with concrete or gravel. The New York to San Francisco route made it possible for anyone with a car to drive across the country. The highway’s construction was an early sign that cars would transform American society.

June 28th

Antique tractor ride today in Bow

June 28, 2013

The first, hopefully to be annual antique tractor ride launched from the Custer County Fairgrounds this morning for a 50-mile scenic trek through the hills surrounding Broken Bow. With an estimated max speed of 12 miles per hour, the 30+ tractors should arrive back in Broken Bow and be at the square around 4 p.m. this afternoon and everyone is invited to greet them as they return.

June 27th

Jenkins shares ‘Tali Tali Time’

June 27, 2013

For most young college graduates, the idea of cutting off your hair and living in a mud hut might not be very appealing. But that is exactly what Whitney Jenkins, of Callaway, wanted.
Whitney became a Peace Corps volunteer in 2011, and in August that year left for Senegal. A 2007 graduate of Callaway High School, Whitney is the daughter of Jim and Julianna Jenkins of Callaway. She credits her small-town roots and upraising on a cattle ranch for getting her where she is today.

ATV fatality northwest of Broken Bow

June 27, 2013

Broken Bow and Merna rescue personnel were called to the scene of an ATV accident at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday northwest of Broken Bow, where they found Jack Horner pinned beneath his ATV. Horner, 64 of Broken Bow, died as a result of his injuries.

Horner had been spraying muskthistles in the pasture for his employer, Chuck Cole of Merna, at the time of the accident. The Custer County Sheriff's Office handled the investigation.

Horner leaves behind a wife, Ardith, and other family members. More details will be posted as they become available.

June 24th

REMINDER: Day in the Life pics due this week

June 24, 2013

It is not too late to get your pictures to us for inclusion in this very special, fun issue of the Custer County Chief! We will be accepting photos for the rest of this week - - deadline is Friday, June 28.

All of you shutterbugs out there ... Sunday, June 16, is the day we want to see in pictures! Here at the Custer County Chief we have a special edition planned for July that features you ... our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. We're calling it "A Day in the Life in Central Nebraska."

June 22nd

Custer County braces for more wind

June 22, 2013

Central Nebraska has been asked to brace for more weather Saturday evening. A weather warning from the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., and followed a few minutes later with a tornado watch for all of Custer County into 1 a.m. Residents are asked to be alert and take cover.

The severe storm that rolled through the county Friday evening downed trees, took off roofs, overturned pivots. Residents were out Saturday morning chain saws in hand. Turn to this week’s Custer County Chief for a tour in pictures of the damage.

June 21st

Red Cross offers free training classes

June 21, 2013

The American Red Cross will be hosting a free training for those interested in learning about how they can help the Red Cross respond to disasters. Trained volunteers are needed to help respond in a variety of ways after a disaster has affected a community. The Disaster Services: An Overview course introduces these different activities to interested community members and prospective volunteers. 


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