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September 20th, 2012
SOMERFORD - - In the world of media, there is one thing that sets small town papers apart - community news. Who the Smithâs had over for dinner Sunday may not be important to folks in the city - but in this neck of the woods it is.
MERNA - - The Republican National Convention was filled with rally speeches from high profile people, and days filled with events designed to fire up the party members in attendance. One of those party members, serving as a Nebraska delegate to the convention, was Craig Safranek of Merna.
Craig was only in junior high in 1984, when a teacher got him interested in the presidential election. He remembers watching Ronald Reagan, and being fascinated by the fact that one man could have such a profound affect on the nation and the world.
With much regret, the Broken Bow Board of Education accepted the resignation of High School/Middle School Principal Ken Kujath Monday evening, effective July 31, 2013.
Kujath will finish the year at Broken Bow, and says he only submitted his resignation this early to give the board ample time to secure a replacement.
He will have served the Broken Bow school district for seven years, and will be taking advantage of the teacher retirement plan.
âI really love what I do. I am doing this now for my familyâs long-term security,â Kujath explained.
LINCOLN -- Broken Bow received top honors Friday from the Nebraska Diplomats, the non-governmental arm of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, as the Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska Diplomat President Jeffrey Scherer presented Broken Bow Mayor Cecil Burt with one of two Community of the Year awards. The community of Wisner was also so honored.
âIt is a tremendous honor,â reflected Custer Economic Development President Melissa Garcia. âIt is an amazing validation of what the people of Broken Bow have worked so hard on for the past several years.â
The Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of a grass fire Sept. 15, northwest of Broken Bow.
According to Andy Holland of the BBVFD, the department was called at 11:45 a.m. Saturday morning, and responded with three grass rigs, the pumper truck, an ambulance and a tanker, along with 16 fire fighters and three EMTs. Broken Bow also called Callaway, Merna and Anselmo on mutual aid.
Judge James Orr performed the swearing in ceremony for new 8th circuit County Judge Tami Schendt Friday afternoon. The ceremony took place in the District Courtroom of the Custer County Courthouse. A full room of friends, family members, law enforcement officers and fellow attorneys was on hand in support of Schendt during the event.
For more, see this week's Custer County Chief.
According to a press release issued by the Broken Bow Police Department, BBPD made two DUI arrests, assisted in three other stops that resulted in DUI arrests, issued 23 citations, issued 28 warnings and answered 150 total calls for service during the recent *You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign.
Three officers worked 59.5 hours of overtime from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3 as part of the campaign funded through a Nebraska Office of Highway Safety qrant. Agencies from across the state participated in the campaign with the goal of getting intoxicated drivers off the road.
Just nine days after celebrating his 18th birthday, Chad Christensen joined his basketball teammates to say thank you to those who supported them during their time of recovery and healing.
In an open house Sept. 9, the eight members of the Broken Bow boys basketball team involved in the tragic June 1 accident, along with their families, greeted members of the community - as well as members of the rescue squads and fire department that responded to the accident.
ANSELMO - - Reports indicate a fire east of Anselmo Sept. 6, burned as much as 1,000 acres of land before finally being contained during the early evening hours.
The fire broke out at around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon about three miles east of Anselmo on the Victoria Springs Road. Departments from Anselmo, Merna, Sargent, Broken Bow, Callaway, Arnold, Dunning, Brewster, Ansley, Comstock, Taylor, Burwell and the Halsey National Forest, along with two air support planes, responded to the blaze.
The city of Broken Bow is once again operating with a full city council. Kelly Clay was appointed Monday to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Scott Spanel.
Clay becomes the third of the four council members to be appointed. Only Chad Schall was elected to the council. Bill Adams was appointed to fulfill the remaining two-years of the seat vacated by Cory Staples, and Cody Schmick was appointed after the death of Jim Franssen.