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September 5th, 2013
As this school year gets underway, there is one group of students who is seeing a reduction in services - and it happens to be our youngest.
March 1, 2013, budget sequestration went into effect, forcing across-the-board cuts in several federal spending categories. For Head Start, that translated into a 5.27-percent budget cut to individual grants across the nation.Â
The monthly testing of the tornado sirens in the city of Broken Bow was changed this month from the first Tuesday of the month (today) to Thursday, Sept. 5. Part of the reason for that change was to allow the newly installed sirens in town to be tested with the others.
Many people view Labor Day as the end of summer and their last chance to travel, hit the beach and fire up the grill. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
â€śWhile many people will spend the Labor Day weekend traveling and spending time with family and friends, no one should take a vacation from safety,â€ť said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. â€śItâ€™s still important that people work to remain vigilant on the road, near the water and at cookouts.â€ť
People should follow these safety tips:
Tips for Safe Travel
The criminal case against Tyler C. Bain has hit yet another glitch. Bain appeared in Custer County District Court Aug. 22, with his attorney, Steven Potter, for a hearing on a motion to withdraw filed by the State.
The prosecution of the case was turned over to the Stateâ€™s Attorney Generalâ€™s Office when Steven Bowers was appointed Custer County Attorney. Prior to that appointment, Bowers served as a public defender, and had represented Bain in this case. Due to a conflict of interest the Custer County Attorneyâ€™s office removed themselves from the prosecution.
CALLAWAY - - In late summer, kites fill the sky and crowds fill the community of Callaway during the Annual Callaway Kite Flight Labor Day weekend, Sept. 7-8. This event, sanctioned by the American Kite Association, brings guests from across the country and overseas to fly, display and watch kites of all colors, shapes and sizes.
â€˘ Hickenbottom breaks tie, motion passes 4-3
Itâ€™s officially a done deal - a new radio station is coming to Broken Bow.
The request for a conditional use permit to build a new radio tower north of Broken Bow was brought before the Custer County Planning & Zoning Commission twice, and the County Board of Supervisors twice, and each time the vote was close. Tuesdayâ€™s final vote by the county commissioners was no exception.
County Board of Supervisors will host public hearing Tuesday, 11 a.m., on new radio tower
When the Custer County Zoning Board met in July to consider a request for a conditional use permit to build a new radio tower north of Broken Bow, the board split the vote down the middle, 4-4. The reason, they said, for not approving the request was because it did not meet the setback guidelines.
Nebraska State Bank & Trust Company is donating the historical Mason City Banking Company building to the Village of Mason City. On August 15th, the Village officially took over the building and plan to relocate their city offices. The Board of Directors for Nebraska State Bank felt that it was an important building and historical marker for Mason City and should belong to the township. â€śIt was the right thing to doâ€ť stated Paul Parliament, Chairman and CEO of the bank. â€śThe board was pleased that the building would be utilized by the city and filled a need for its citizens.â€ť
It is that time of year! Today marks the first day of school in Broken Bow, with most of the other area schools starting last week. This is a special first day for Broken Bow elementary students, who are entering the halls of either brand new or renovated classrooms at North Park. For those in the community who have pursued the dream of a new school for several years, this day was a long time coming
For more see this week's Custer County Chief.
One of several infrastructure items to come before the Broken Bow City Council last week involves the City Square. The city plans to replace all four sidewalks leading up to the bandstand, and Street Superintendent Monte Clark says his department plans to accomplish that yet this season.
There was also discussion on whether to leave the bricks in place between the curb and the sidewalk on the west, north and east sides of the square, or concrete all the way to the curb. Council President Chad Schall said he has heard from at least a half dozen residents who want the bricks left there.