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April 20th, 2012
Once again, the Safe Communities for Custer County Committee sponsored a â€śGrim Reaperâ€ť program at an area high school. Students at Anselmo-Merna high school were visited Monday, as throughout the day the â€śreaperâ€ť plucked a student from the classroom every 32 minutes - signifying how often it is estimated someone in this country loses their life as the result of drinking and driving.
LINCOLN - On the last day of the legislative session, state senators overrode two gubernatorial vetoes: expanding prenatal care and allowing municipalities to increase their sales tax. Â A veto relating to horse racing stood. Â Â
LB599 will provide prenatal medical assistance for women not covered under Medicaid, including illegal immigrants and women in prison. Â According to the billâ€™s fiscal note, 1,162 unborn babies will be covered annually. In a letter explaining his veto, Gov. Dave Heineman said he opposed the bill because it gave taxpayersâ€™ benefits to illegal immigrants.Â
ANSLEY - - The Ansley bar, located along Highway 2 directly across from the lake, is under new ownership and is undergoing a major face-lift.
Jerry Grosse-Rhode is originally from Omaha, but has experienced life in the Sandhills a few times in his life. He was a resident of Ord in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He and his wife Janet have just moved back to Ansley in the past two years. Janet is native to the community and the couple moved back to be closer to their family.
Jeffrey S. Woods, of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County District Court March 22 on two felonies. Count 1, use of a firearm to commit a felony, is a Class II felony and carries a possible penalty of 1-50 years in prison. Count 2, terroristic threats, is a Class IV felony and carries a possible penalty of 0-5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. If convicted on both counts they would be required to be served consecutively.
Woods plead not guilty to both charges and was scheduled for jury trial June 11.
LITCHFIELD - - The Dale Zoerb family, of rural Litchfield, had just arrived home from church Sunday morning when a severe storm hit their farm. It was raining and hailing at the time, when all of a sudden the winds became so strong and loud that the family decided to head to the basement.
Patio furniture began to fly off the deck, being blown south of the house. "I looked out the window as Linda was heading to the basement, and I saw the machine shed heading north!" says Dale.
The Nebraska Press Association conference was held this weekend in Lincoln. The Custer County Chief received several awards at the conference. In addition, Deb McCaslin, publisher of the Chief, was awarded the Nebraska Leadership Award. More details will appear in this week's Chief.
Severe weather was in the area this weekend. Callaway had ping-pong ball sized hail on Saturday morning and there were verbal reports of baseball-sized hail in the Arnold area as of Saturday night. The Arnold-Callaway Prom was postponed until Sunday due to the weather. There were also reports of a tornado north of Anselmo around 7:45 pm.
Monday was a big day in Broken Bow, as the community welcomed Governor Dave Heineman to celebrate the completion of several businesses and projects.
The events for the day were organized by the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, and included a rigorous schedule with stops every 20 minutes throughout the afternoon. The day was planned to celebrate the growth and accomplishments in the community within the past year.
The Anselmo community asked that the train crossing be left open, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed.
The general consensus of opinion following a community meeting in Anselmo last week was made perfectly clear as each of the following entities spoke up: The Anselmo Fire Department, Merna Rescue, The Anselmo Township Board, and The Andersons, Inc. Each wanted the crossing left open.
CITY APPROVES SPEED REDUCTION: The Broken Bow City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday to change the speed limit on West Highway 2. Ordinance No. 2012-1115 will reduce the speed limit to 55 mph to the edge of the city limits, rather than the current 65. This will create more of a transition for motorists, who instead of going from 45 to 65, as it is now, the speed limit will go from 45 to 55 to 65. The council approved waiving the three readings and approving the ordinance as presented.