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November 24th, 2011
For the first time in 40 years, the Department of Labor is proposing changes to the Child Labor Act.
The proposed regulations have the potential to significantly transform family farm operations. The changes are pointedly aimed at agriculture and would severely limit opportunities for young people on the farm or ranch, and in some cases eliminate them, until they are at least 16, or in some instances 18 years of age.
Calling all cooks!
For help in holiday planning, and a cooking tip or two, don't miss this weekâs Custer County Chief. The Kindergarten class from North Park Elementary School offered their âsage' advice on how to cook a turkey, remembering first to remove the feathers and then to cook a long, long, long time â¦ maybe 10 minutes. One youngster was quite specific â¦ 76 minutes, exactly. And then it smells good, he added. The students were quick to add what constitutes their favorite meal. For several, if given a choice, why have turkey if you can have pizza.
So from our house to yours ....
A 24-year-old Broken Bow man was sentenced to 1 year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections by Custer County District Court Judge Karin Noakes, Nov. 17. Geoffrey J. Eng was handed the sentence after reaching a plea agreement with the state, and was found guilty of Criminal Attempt - 1st Degree Assault, a Class III felony.
The Custer County Ag Society Board of Directors gained two, not so new faces Saturday afternoon at the organizationâs annual meeting. Board members are up for election every three years, and any registered voter who is a resident of Custer County, and present at the annual meeting is eligible to vote.
Kevin Cooksley, Bill Shirkey and Jess Taylor were up for election. Following the count, Steve Horn won the vote against Shirkey and Brad Parliament won the vote against Cooksley, with Taylor retaining his position.
A text message sent to a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Trooper by mistake, lead to a Kearney man being charged with marijuana possession.
Monday, Nov. 7, a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D Headquarters-North Platte began receiving text messages from an unknown number. The message indicated the person texting, wanted to buy drugs. The Trooper continued contact with the individual through text and established a meeting point at a location in Broken Bow.
Thanks to the combined effort of three local civic organizations, some special needs students at Broken Bow Schools will be able to received some very special - and much needed - exercise.
Ann Kujath, life skills teacher at BBPS, approached the three groups - the Lions, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus - about the project more than a year ago. At a cost of $2,500, the suspension walker was not in the school's budget. And the three groups were more than happy to help.
It takes a savvy business person to recognize a niche in a community, then seize the opportunity to fill it. And though neither Bethany Knudsen or Dustin Spanel has ever owned their own business before, that is exactly what they did.
Dustin says he became aware of the opportunity when the western store Way Out West closed. "It left a hole in the community," he says. That is when the wheels started turning in his head of starting a business of his own - and a western store seemed perfect.
Custer County Board of Supervisor District lines have been reconstructed. State law says that each district within a county must be organized so that the population base is as even as possible. Although the population in Custer County decreased from 11,793 to 10,939 in the last census, Broken Bowâs population gain from 3515 to 3559 helped move the supervisors' district lines off balance.
The Board of Supervisors passed resolution 50-2011 Tuesday morning establishing the new voting districts. For more on the redistricting process see this weekâs Custer County Chief.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk brought the ninth day of the special session to sudden and unexpected calm and content. Â
About 90 minutes into debate of Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâs oil pipeline routing bill, Flood stunned lawmakers and onlookers with news that TransCanada will voluntarily re-route its controversial pipeline. Called Keystone XL, the pipeline would have bisected Nebraska, its fragile Sandhills and the massive Ogallala Aquifer as it pumped Albert, Canada, tar sands oil to American refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
Broken Bow High School presented Drama and Dessert last Friday and tackled a tough subject at the same time. Their production of the one-act drama âTurning Points,â provided a startling glimpse into teenage alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the evening went toward the 2012 One Act production. For more on Drama and Dessert, see this weekâs Custer County Chief.