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August 4th, 2011
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.
In the world of professional rodeo, Hadley Barrett is king. Barrett had a homecoming, of sorts, to Custer County this week where he served as co-announcer of the Bull Riding Classic at the Custer County Fair.
Barrett says it has been at least 30 years since he has been in Broken Bow, and he has been looking forward to returning. He holds a special fondness for this area, where his rodeo career began more than 40 years ago.
Bill Kann, chief executive officer of Comstock Music Festivals, says he is not giving up on bringing back the magic he fell in love with years ago in Comstock. And he is asking the legions of fans who have grown to love the festivals not to give up either.
Kann and festivals general manager Glen Zacek have cooperated with the Chief in recent weeks to provide as timely and accurate information as possible. They released the following exclusive press release just yesterday.
While the Comstock Country Music Festival organizers continue asking for patience, investors in last yearâs festival say their patience is wearing very thin. They say they are still waiting for their money, and have serious doubts about the future of the festival
The Custer County Car Club and Broken Bow Does hosted the annual Chrome and Classic Customs Auto Show Friday in the City Square Park in downtown Broken Bow. Grilled hot dogs and burgers, along with chips, cookies and drinks, were served at the square while people mingled in the park getting a close-up look at some beautiful classic automobiles.
See more pictures of this event in this week's Custer County Chief!