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January 26th, 2012
For the past 18 years, Chris Jacobsen has had an estimated 2,200 miles of Custer County roads under his care. Decisions of today, he said, are not the same as they were in 1994 when he accepted the job as Custer Countyâ€™s Highway Superintendent.
In the early 1990s the surface area of choice was asphalt, today, it may very well be gravel.
He explained. Many of Custer Countyâ€™s roads were paved in the late 1960s, and early 1970s when oil for asphalt was cheap. In 2012, it is anything but cheap.
Voters in five precincts in Custer County will have a new place to vote in the next election. Changes in redistricting following the 2010 census allow this to happen. The change begins with the 2012 Primary and General election and for all elections following.
Myrtle and Westerville will now vote at the Ansley Community Hall; Lillian, Milburn and Loup will vote at the Veterans Building in Broken Bow.
The Broken Bow School Board will conduct follow-up interviews with two superintendent candidates this week.
Mark Sievering, current superintendent at Conestoga Schools, will interview at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Matt Fisher, current superintendent at Chase County Public Schools, will interview at 7:00 p.m. The interviews will be open to the public.
A Texas truck driver and his passenger had a close call Sunday morning, escaping what could have been a critical accident with only minor injuries.
According to the Custer County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the semi, owned by Southern Refrigerated Transport, was being driven by Steven Dale Allvord. Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 miles east of Broken Bow on Highway 2, the truck attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in front of him.
Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors officially accepted Dr. Michael Chippsâ€™ resignation Jan. 20, releasing him from his duties as president effective immediately.
According to Ms. Benjamin, "Dr. Chipps is very excited about starting this new phase of his life and we believe that it is in the best interest of both Northeast Community College and Mid-Plains Community College to assist him in realizing his next set of professional goals as quickly as possible."
â€¢Broken Bow School Board spends week interviewing and talking with candidates for superintendent.
The Broken Bow Board of Education may have set a new record for the quickest meeting in the books Monday, as they met in a different location and different time that usual.
The only item on the agenda of note was the election of officers for the new year. Michelle Zlomke will serve another term as board president, while Tracy Popp will serve as vice president. John Evans was elected treasurer.
Plans are underway to create major improvements and renovations to two local lakes, boosting the fishing and usability of two of the areas most established parks - Arnold State Park and Victoria Springs State Recreation Area.
The plans were unveiled to the public in an informational meeting Jan. 12, at the Community Center in Arnold, with more than 40 people in attendance.
Project manager Jon Trombino of EA Engineering outlined the plan for each lake project, and began by summarizing the main problems at the lakes.
~ Fish kills from poor oxygen levels
Custer County rancher, Jim Jenkins is driving on change, and he is fed up with the status quo. He strongly believes one route to change is through the political process, but following a lifetime of entrepreunearship, he wants to tread down paths less trodden.
With Ben Nelsonâ€™s announcement that he was not going to rerun for the U.S. Senate, Jenkins focused on a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In conversation with the Custer County Chief, as well as through a press release, Jenkins said he is considering placing his name on the ballot.
Not since the days of the old Ben Franklin store downtown has Broken Bow had a place where a seamstress could purchase material, thread and about any sewing notion she could need - until now. Meet Susie Walker, owner of Broken Bow's newest business The Hobby Shack.
Susie and her husband, Mark, moved to Broken Bow in February 2008, when she took a job at BD. Prior to moving here the family had lived in California and Idaho, but it didn't take long for the couple to fall in love with Broken Bow and settle in.
Broken Bow may see some â€˜speedâ€™ relief off State Highway 2 at the west edge of town.
The city limits have changed and the Broken Bow City Council has hopes the State Department of Roads will allow the speed limit to be lowered from 65 to at least 45 beginning at the new city limits, now located at the west edge of the Trotter property.