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August 12th, 2011
For many communities across the area, this week will mark the event dreaded by many kids and anticipated by many parents - the first day of school.
While those parents and students are busy wrapping up their school shopping this week, school staff and administrators are busy preparing for a new year. And for many schools, this year brings some challenges.
Deep budget cuts across the state have forced many schools to look at new options for making ends meet. For many, the state aid they had relied on to fund some of their programs is gone, and that has forced districts to get creative.
Water rates have risen in Mason City but according to City Clerk Gail Zoerb, almost no one is complaining. The higher water bills are paying for a solution to what could have been a catastrophe in the making. Mason City residents were using far more water than the old well could keep up with. The rusty, hole-filled well was on the brink of collapse leaving the community completely high and dry.
Mason City's water system, its well and its tower were older than dirt, claimed Mason City Utility/Maintance Manager Gary Zoerb, when asked when the original well and tower were built.
For most young college graduates, the idea of cutting off your hair and living in a mud hut might not be very appealing. But for Whitney Jenkins, it is exactly what she wants.
Jenkins graduated in May from Creighton University with a major in English creative writing with an emphasis in international relations. For the next two years she will have the opportunity to utilize both of those fields as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.
People tend to be very generous around the holidays, donating food, time and money to a number of worthy causes. However, the fact is there are just as many hungry people in August as there are in December - and the need is just as great.
The Custer County Food Pantry in Broken Bow is suffering. In fact, to say their supplies are low would be a drastic understatement! And yet there are still families who need to be served.
There was a popular song some years ago that asked, âwhere have all the cowboys gone?â. Well the fact is, cowboys are very much still alive and well in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and just two weeks ago eight of them were inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Two of those eight are area cowboys - Roland âRollyâ W. Glause of Broken Bow, and Glen Gier of Mullen.
For 30 years, Buck Brannaman has been wooing cowboys and horse lovers with his uncanny ability to tame even the wildest of horses without ever using any kind of violence.
Dubbed âthe horse whisperer,â Brannaman has conducted clinics on his horse breaking techniques all across the country, and has become somewhat of a cult figure among the horse loving crowd. Brannaman is about to reach a much larger audience, however, thanks to a newly released documentary.
Central Nebraska celebrated Friday with the ribbon cutting at a new $1.8 million educational facility in Broken Bow.
Custer Campus will now serve as the new home of Mid Plains Extended Campus in Broken Bow.
âYou want to see how a community grows? You are seeing it here today!â Gov. Dave Heineman told the estimated 400 present for the open house and launching.
He tagged Broken Bow as a role model for the entire state, and said that he was going to tell others about what was able to be done.
Turning 103 is a milestone worth celebrating. Merle Strawder has achieved that milestone, but says an incident when he was a baby could have cut his life very short.
The family lived in a sod house near Benkelman, and Merle recounts the story as it was told to him many times by his parents.
âMy parents were asleep one night and heard a really loud thud from my bedroom, and thought I had fallen out of bed. They rushed into my room and found a very large bull snake that had fallen from a ceiling rafter onto the floor, right next to my cradle.â
For more than 35 years the Broken Bow Swimming Pool has been a fixture in the community and surrounding area. Soon the pool thatâs served the community for three decades will close its door for the final time.
In May 2010, residents voted 508 to 504 to approve a $3.25 million bond for the construction of a new pool and water park.
Jenna Smith, manager of the pool for five years, is happy to see the construction of the new pool because the current pool is old and hard to maintain.
Back to school can be both an exciting and intimidating time for kids. It can also be an extremely stressful time for parents who are trying to provide back-to-school clothes and supplies while keeping the bills paid.
That stress can be greatly relieved for many parents thanks to a very special program through the local Salvation Army committee. A book bag give away is scheduled for Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m. in the office of the Broken Bow Housing Authority. The program is a calling for the volunteers involved, and a God-send for the parents who benefit from it.