The Broken Bow School Board met Monday evening, with the two items on the agenda generating the most discussion both being more civic related than education related.
Kevin Lindly appeared before the board on behalf of the Nebraska Free Masons. The Masons had previously requested permission to host a cornerstone ceremony at the new North Park school addition. At that time the board elected to further research the idea before making a final decision.
LITCHFIELD -- There was a sense of frustration in their voices as they explained what happened ... here was a community that gathered an estimated $7,000, through donations from businesses and individuals, to do the necessary repairs on the school's football field. The volunteers were organized, a day was set and the work accomplished ... only to have vandals, in one night, take out part of their sweat and hard-earned accomplishments, for no apparent purpose.
â€śIt just makes you sick,â€ť said Britt Howard, and Darlene Wardyn agreed.
With Christmas only a few days away, the anticipation is mounting as children all across the world eagerly await the hour of Santaâ€™s arrival. We thought it might be fun to catch up with a few of those youngsters and get some of their thoughts in the final countdown.
The Chief visited The School Garden preschool in Broken Bow Tuesday morning, with two questions for the children. Here is how they answered those questions.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Kaleb Bergrenn - â€śGetting toys at McDonaldâ€™s.â€ť
Tiana Hurlburt - â€śThe flying reindeer.â€ť
Ayden Clark - â€śSanta!â€ť
Holiday cookies are even tastier when they're prepared in a safe, clean kitchen.
The cookie shaped like a Christmas tree, wreath or snowman is a delicious part of the season, but be sure to clean cooking surfaces and avoid eating the dough to make them an even more enjoyable addition to the celebrations. Raw dough could make you sick, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension food specialist Julie Albrecht.
"Raw eggs in the dough have the potential for Salmonella, which can cause foodborne illness," she said.
One of the orders of business at Tuesdayâ€™s Broken Bow City Council meeting was the swearing in of incumbent council members Chad Schall, representing the West Ward, and Bill Adams, representing the East Ward. Adams was appointed to the council in December 2010, while Schall was elected.
Following the swearing in, Schall was elected by his peers as president of the council. The council also approved Mayor Cecil Burtâ€™s annual appointments of city engineer - J.E.O., city physician - Dr. Shawn Lawrence, and city finance committee - Chad Schall, Bill Adams, Cody Schmick and Kelly Clay.
Tourism continues to be a growing industry in the state of Nebraska, and when it comes to visitors Custer County has its fair share.
The Custer County Tourism Council, under the direction of Chard Hirsch, has completed the 2012 final report for â€śThe Red Barnâ€ť travel center - and the numbers are very encouraging. The Barn, technically the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, opened for its fourth season May 1, and closed Sept. 30, 2012.
The Broken Bow First Baptist Church invites everyone to attend a special Christmas Pageant, Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1002 South E Street in Broken Bow. Refreshments will be served following the program.
The Custer Elementary gymnasium was a fitting scene Dec. 5 for the upcoming holiday season. The gym housed a large group of 4th grade students making birdhouses in order to raise money for an upcoming field trip to Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
With all the hammering and woodworking going on, it wasnâ€™t much less than shop chocked full of Santaâ€™s elves.
The birdhouse building project is a long-standing Custer Elementary School tradition that is headed by Jim Hartman, who is in his 36th year of teaching.