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March 16th, 2012
With more than a week of temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s, more than just us humans are experiencing a touch of Spring fever! These daffodils are in full bloom along the south side of North Park School.
Throughout the community of Broken Bow, the past week has included the smells of barbecue grills replacing the scent of wood burning fireplaces, the sights of folks in shorts and flip-flops replacing the snow boots and winter coats, and the sounds of children giggling as they ride their bicycles up and down the street.
Beginning next month, Broken Bow Municipal Utilities customers will see a 7.2 percent rate increase in their electric rate. The increase was approved by the City Council Monday.
The request for the customer rate increase was made, explained Electric Superinten-dent Doug Staab, because the city itself has experienced a rate increase from its electricity provider. The rate increase passed on to the customers is the same increase, 7.2 percent, as the city is seeing from its wholesale provider.
A large host of auction items - 49 crock pots of chili - generous bidders - dedicated sponsors. All of these elements came together Saturday night at Sylvesterâ€™s Bar, and when the night was over, $16, 534.34 was raised for two community organizations.
This was the seventh year for the fundraising event, which organizers Jeannie Connely Skolil and Sylvesterâ€™s owner Fred Schumacher say started as just a random idea. Each year the public is invited to enter their favorite chili recipe to be judged by a panel of community volunteers.
Next week, Marrch 19 - 23, is National Severe Weather Awareness Week. Area citizens had an opportunity to learn more about severe weather awareness and some of the agencies who make it their goal to both keep us safe and help in times of disaster or emergency, at a special program Tuesday evening in the Broken Bow High School Gym.
Jason Lichtenberger, 19 of Broken Bow, was sentenced to three years probation in Custer County District Court Thursday. Lichtenberger was charged with attempted sexual assault of a minor, a Class III felony.
In handing down her sentence Judge Karin Noakes noted that reports indicate the defendant is at â€ślow risk to re-offend and is a good candidate for probation.â€ť
TAYLOR - - The Nebraska Department of Roads will hold an Information Open House March 15, regarding the replacement of the North Loup Bridge on U.S. Highway 183 north of Taylor.
The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Loup County Community Center, 406 4th Street, in Taylor.
The proposed project would be constructed entirely within Loup County. This project would build permanent repairs for flood damage that occurred in 2010. These repairs include roadway reconstruction and the replacement of the existing 90-foot bridge with a bridge that is
approximately 300-feet in length.
By his own admission he is sometimes difficult to understand. Yet, even with only half a tongue, Gruen VonBehrens captivates a room full of teenagers, his story commanding an emotional silence.
There are many programs and public speakers designed to raise awareness for teens to issues such as alcohol or tobacco use, but few seem able to relate to them on the level Gruen can. As the spotlight shines on him and his tragic story begins to unfold, it quickly becomes clear the kids are listening.
The Custer County Chief is proud to introduce two new staff members. One is a native returning to the area, the other a transplant from the eastern part of the state.
Joining the editorial staff as sports editor is David Merrill.
David hails from Nebraskaâ€™s largest city, and graduated from Millard North High School in Omaha in 2007.
David became interested in journalism as a high school sophomore. He has always loved sports, especially basketball, but says trying to make the team in a school that size is tough.
The city of Broken Bow reminds residents that monthly testing of the tornado sirens within the city will be the first Tuesday of each month, beginning March 6. The sirens will be tested at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month through until further notice.
The Custer County Foundation, Inc. was recently awarded a $12,000 emergency human needs grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The grant dollars will be put to immediate use by being re-allocated to local nonprofit organizations that can meet emergency food, utility and housing needs in Custer County.
According to a letter received from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, "Our Trustees are heartened to know that agencies like yours are able to assist our fellow Nebraskans when they are most in need."