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January 18th

Broken Bow greets new city administrator

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow’s new City Administrator David Varley and his wife Joanne, were formally welcomed to Broken Bow Monday with a meet and greet at the City Municipal Building.
Both said they are excited to be here, and already feel that Broken Bow is home, the same feeling they got as they walked around the community when they visited for interviews prior to the end of the year.
“We had no qualms about the move,” said Joanne.
“We were first intrigued by the name,” said David. “It sounded like a great community with an interesting history.”

Statistics - - 2012 Police Calls

January 18, 2013

Broken Bow Police Officers answered 2,496 calls in 2012.
The numbers are up, said Police Chief Steve Scott, a lot more time is spent on controlled substance abuse cases and reports of child abuse.
The alertness and the quality of training for the officers contributes to the numbers, Scott added.

BBPD Call Summary
Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2012

Accidents - 141
This included 10 with injuries
Assault reports - 12
Agency assists - 188
Burglary reports - 8
Child abuse and/or neglect - 141
Citizen assists - 274

New BBPS principal hired

January 18, 2013

The Broken Bow School Board and administration met in a special meeting Saturday, Jan. 12, for the purpose of interviewing four candidates to fill the high school/middle school principal position vacated by the retirement of Ken Kujath.
As the Chief prepared to go to press it was announced that a contract has been offered and accepted. BBPS Superintendent Mark Sievering issued this statement:

State of the Judiciary address focuses on protecting the vulnerable

January 18, 2013

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s 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 Capitol’s 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.

January 17th

Ayden's life saved by donated blood

January 17, 2013

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.

January 16th

PTA launches Box Tops fundraiser

January 16, 2013

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.

January 15th

Bill would give $20 million to early childhood education

January 15, 2013

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.



LB171: Sponsored by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, this bill would expedite the concealed handgun permit process − from 45 days to five days − for applicants who are victims of domestic violence.



January 14th

Newborn photos displayed at JMMMC

January 14, 2013

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 people’s stories.  
Living in Atkinson with her husband Scott and two boys Carter and Alex, Katrina has been teaching Literature and Photojournalism at O’Neill 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.  

January 11th

Weightloss Challenge adds jackpot

January 11, 2013

Becky Pearson, PT, and staff want you to get up and get moving.
She says she and her staff are ‘just a little’ 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.
“We were all trying to eat a little healthier and were going to organize an internal (in office) challenge when others said they’d like to join in,” explained Pearson.

Ups, downs, loss, joy ...

January 11, 2013

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 Leggett’s 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 weren’t 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.

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