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May 10th, 2011

Class of 2011 - - Free At Last!

May 10, 2011

The Custer County Chief brings you coverage of all 13 area high school graduations!
Last week we profiled six of those graduations - this week we feature the remaining seven.
Our coverage includes photos from each school's graduation ceremony, a list of scholarship winners from the graduating classes and biographical information on each graduating class. At the Chief, we consider it an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to cover these students throughout their high school careers and to be able to provide this final piece of the puzzle.

May 5th

Orscheln’s adds 6,000 sq. feet showroom space

May 5, 2011

The Orscheln Farm & Home in Broken Bow has grown. They have added 6,000 square feet to the sales floor and 3,000 square feet in storage.
The new addition has been in the works for a very long time, for at least 10 years in long-range business plan of store manager Rod Sonnichsen. He talks of the expansion with exuberance.
There will be additions to the product lines, from farm and fencing, to automotive and women’s clothing.

US forces end Bin Laden’s reign of terror

May 5, 2011

At the time this paper went to press it had been about 60 hours since we heard the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden. As information continues to come forth, many Americans are still reeling from the announcement.
It was about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when President Barack Obama stepped to the microphone from the White House and made the announcement - a very strategically planned operation, carried out by a team of Navy SEALs, had located and killed the most wanted man in the world.

Kids plant trees for next generation

May 5, 2011

Last Friday was Arbor Day, and in celebration of the Nebraska-founded holiday Tim Schaaf and Sarah Winslow of the Natural Resources Conservation District paid a visit to Broken Bow first graders.
On one of the rare warm, sunny days our region has enjoyed recently, the first grade students at North Park elementary gathered outside as Mr. Schaaf presented a quick lesson on plants and soils. The students then gathered in front of the school and watched excitedly as Schaaf dug holes to plant two new trees on the property.

Accident leads to arrest of Sargent man

May 5, 2011

An April 26 vehicle accident near Sargent has led to the arrest of a Sargent man. Ronald J.Vincent, 49, was driving his 1994 red Ford pickup when he lost control and went through a fence before hitting an embankment. The accident occurred approximately 2 1/2 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Sargent at 7:15 p.m.

Badgley named Outstanding Teacher

May 5, 2011

ARNOLD - - Arnold Public Schools' teacher Nicole Badgley has been named the 2011 Great Plains Communications Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
During her tenure, Badgley helped in the planning, developing and maintaining one of the first 1:1 laptop initiatives for small schools in Nebraska. Due to her efforts, beginning in 2006, all students in 9-12 grades received their own laptops. Eventually, the program was expanded for students K-12.

May 2nd

BREAKING NEWS: Osama Bin Laden is dead

May 2, 2011

Thousands of people gathered around the White House, Times Square and Ground Zero throughout last night and into today in jubilation as U.S. President Barack Obama announced to the world that American forces had infiltrated a compound in Pakistan and killed the most wanted man in the world - Osama Bin Laden.

Homegrown: Gardening is in Johnson’s blood

May 2, 2011

Don’t miss the special insert in the April 28 Chief:
Home & Garden 2011

Gardening has been a part of Merilee Johnson's life for as long as she can remember. However, she has not always had a fondness for it.
Merilee grew up on a dairy farm west of Arcadia. Her parents always grew a big garden and a big patch of sweet corn, and it was the kids' responsibility to help take care of it.
"I really didn't enjoy gardening all that much then," Merilee smiles, as she reflects on her childhood experience.

April 28th

2008 Bow grad serves in Iraq

April 28, 2011

Broken Bow High School graduate, National Guard soldier, PFC Brad Wardyn currently calls Mosul, Iraq, home. He’s a medic with the 2-135th GSAB stationed out of Lincoln.
“It is my job to render the needed aid while an injured soldier is transported to a hospital,” said Wardyn. He was back in Broken Bow this week visiting family for ‘mid tour’ break.
In 2008, as a high school senior he enlisted for the money, he hates now to admit. He wanted the funds to help pay for college. He says things have changed, now he says he intends to stay for the mission.

April 27th

11,000 acres burn - Winds fuel massive grass fire near Thedford

April 28, 2011

A massive grass fire broke out eight miles west of Thedford Friday, and with visions of 1999 still looming on his mind, Thedford Fire Chief Russ Riser didn’t mess around. He called in reinforcements.
By the time the fire was over, 28 fire departments had answered the call, two firemen were hurt and at least two ranchers took refuge in a stock tank while the fire burned over the top of them.
Comments from area ranchers ranged from ‘freaky’ to ‘just plain awful.’

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