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March 8th, 2012
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 Nebraskaâs 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."
The Broken Bow Library has a proposal. In a written request to the Broken Bow City Council Feb. 9, the Library Board is asking for additional space and they have an idea on how this can be accomplished.
Established more than 100 years ago, the Broken Bow Public Library began with the formation of the Ladies Library Association in 1885. The current building became their home in the fall of 1971.
The Broken Bow Library Board, and Library Foundation Board want to make sure Broken Bowâs Library fulfills the needs of the community in the years to come.
This is what they know.
Mark your calendars now, and make plans to attend the Broken Bow Schools theater renovation âKick-off Fundraiserâ March 5 at the Broken Bow Middle School Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
An evening of music, drama and speech is planned featuring Broken Bow High School students and the Custer County Community Choir.
The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for 12 and under, with the proceeds going to Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation for the renovation of the Middle School Auditorium for use as a Fine Arts facility.
When Broken Bowâs Superintendent of Schools resigned in May 2010, the school board faced the tough challenge of trying to find a replacement on short notice. That late in the year is not a good time to begin a search for a school superintendent for the fall, so the board - with the help of the Nebraska Association of School Boards - made the decision to hire an interim superintendent for one year, to give them more time to conduct a proper search for a full time administrator.
Cody Schmick is the newest member of Broken Bowâs City Council. He was sworn in Feb. 24, taking a seat as a representative of the West Ward vacated by the death of Jim Franssen.
Schmick said he is pleased to be able to serve. Relatively new to Broken Bow, he had been looking for a place not just to volunteer, but to be useful.
âOwning a business in town, I know the uphill battle our business owners are fighting,â he said. Schmick, 28, moved to Broken Bow when his family purchased a local grocery store and opened Schmickâs Market in October 2010.
Look closely! That isn't snow Mike Kettleborough is scooping from his driveway on Memorial Drive in Broken Bow - it's hail! The unsettled weather pattern making its way across Nebraska Tuesday brought with it rumbles of thunder, rain and hail to Broken Bow. The path of the storm seemed to be rather narrow, as the north side of town received more hail than the south. Some areas of the city looked as if a winter snowfall had taken place, while other areas had no hail at all.
A February storm brought hail to Broken Bow, creating a sea of white across flooded traffic lanes and sidewalks. Short-lived, the storm left as fast as it arrived, but bringing with it a necessary eye to the sky as the threat of more followed. Tune into this week's Custer County Chief for more on Tuesday afternoon's weather. And be careful out there.