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May 4th, 2015

Lower wages for minors, budget appropriation among bills advanced this week

May 4, 2015

LINCOLN--The salaries of minors, children's behavioral health and the state budget were among the various subjects of bills advanced to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature this week. The measures that advanced are:

-LB599, introduced by Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete would "allow employers to pay workers ages 18 and younger $8 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2016, for up to 25 percent of their hours worked." The reduced minimum pay for teenagers would particularly benefit businesses in small communities, advocates said.

EARLY DEADLINE for the May 28th issue of the Custer County Chief.

May 4, 2015

EARLY DEADLINE for the May 28th issue of the Custer County Chief. The deadline will be Friday, May 22nd at noon. The Custer County Chief office will be closed on Monday May, 25.

May 1st

Broken Bow FFA Chapter Banquet 2015

May 1, 2015

The Broken Bow FFA Chapter Banquet was Thursday evening at the One Box Convention Center. The night was a chance for the FFA to give out achievement awards, scholarships, thank the community and to announce the officers for 2015-2016.

Among those in attendance where members of the Broken Bow FFA Chapter from Wood River and Minden. They are part of Broken Bow's FFA due to the fact that their schools do not have a FFA program or adviser this year.

Pictured are 2014-2015 Members that were in attendance:

Broken Bow JR Fire Patrol

May 1, 2015

15 kids attended Jr Fire Patrol yesterday at the Broken Bow Fire Hall. Among the many things they learned during this years program tonight they were shown what to do and what not to do in case of a grease fire. Here Fireman Paul Holland shows them why not to try and carry the pan, because you could get hurt very bad.

2015 Mother's Day/Graduation Cash Mob Tuesday May 5

May 1, 2015

The Mother's Day/Graduation Cash Mob is TUESDAY, MAY 5TH! Don't miss out on these wonderful deals from our local businesses!

April 30th

Nebraska senators vote to lower pay for high school students

April 30, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is one step closer to paying high school students a lower minimum wage.

Senators voted 30-13 Wednesday to advance a measure by Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete that would create a class of "young student workers," employees under 18 who would continue earning $8 an hour, or 85 percent of the federal minimum, even after Nebraska's minimum increases to $9 in 2016.

Ebke says the measure allows small-town grocers to afford to hire student workers.

April 29th

Registration underway for Bike Ride Across Nebraska in June

April 29, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Registration is underway for the 35th Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska, or BRAN.

This year's ride runs Sunday, June 7, through Saturday, June 13, and spans 410 miles. The ride begins in Wauneta and travels through Cambridge, Eustis, Axtell, Clay Center, Wilber and Syracuse, with Conestoga High School near Murray the final stop.

Proceeds help provide scholarships at Nebraska trade schools, colleges and universities.

Cost is $180 for bicyclists 26 and older and $100 for bicyclists 25 and under.

To register, visit www.bran-inc.org .

Listeria concerns spark Hy-Vee recall of pasta salad

April 29, 2015

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hy-Vee Inc. says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination.

The West Des Moines-based grocer said Tuesday that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

The company sold the salad from April 9 to April 27. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Hy-Vee says people who bought the pasta salad between those dates should dispose of it or return it for a refund.

April 28th

Give Us Your Best Shot!

April 28, 2015

Give us your best shot! If you see one of these magestic birds or one of the other fabulous birds we have here in central Nebraska, send us your photo. We'd love to print the best shots!

Post your photo to our Custer County Chief Facebook page, Twitter page, email them to us, or drop them off at the office.

The best picture will be presented with a 8x10 framed picture of their shot. The best picture will also be displayed in the office of the Custer County Chief.

Funding bill for Nebraska education programs advances

April 28, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A funding bill for student financial aid and other Nebraska education programs has advanced to a final vote in the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave second-round approval Tuesday to a measure that would distribute state lottery revenue among various education programs.

Most of the money would cover the cost of need-based financial aid for undergraduate college students in Nebraska.

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