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July 11th, 2013
For as long as he can remember, Steve Sommer has loved collecting rocks and fossils.
âI use to haul them in, and my mom hauled them out,â he laughs.
Along with his life-long interest in fossils, Sommer has long fostered the desire to open a museum. That dream has finally come true.
The Bone Yard Creation Museum will host its grand opening this weekend, though the museum actually opened to the public May 15. Getting to this point has been a long process, involving lots of hard work and sweat and lots of help, Sommer says.
Broken Bow is gearing up to welcome back high school alumni, as the annual Alumni Weekend is set for July 12 and 13.
Alumni weekend will get started Friday, July 12, with a time to meet and register at the kick-off event from 4-7 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Hosted by the Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, the kick-off will feature wine and cheese and a chance for alumni to get reacquainted.
Registration will again be open Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. Bus tours of Broken Bow will be offered from the Municipal Building beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Bill Wilcox graduated with the Broken Bow High School class of 1955, and had the opportunity to visit with some of his old classmates July 2 as he traveled through Nebraska.
Wilcox now lives in Newport Beach, Va., and is an avid antique car collector. He and long-time friend, Bob Woolfitt, are among a large contingency of antique car enthusiasts making their way across country in celebration of the centennial of the Lincoln Highway. The interstate, one of the nationâs first transcontinental highways, runs from New York to San Francisco, and the pair will drive that entire route.
*Julie White is a native of Broken Bow, and the daughter of Daryl and Donna Sybrant. She submitted this article updating us on the status of Haiti.
Three and a half years have passed since the 7.0 Haiti earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010. Will and Julie (Sybrant) White and their children, William (age 14) and Abby (age 10), have been living in Haiti for more than 13 years.
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The Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department once again put on a spectacular fireworks display at Melham Park July 4. There was a very large crowd in attendance this year, with perfect weather for the display - as oohs and aahs could be heard through the crowd. Thank you BBVFD for the awesome display!
Before 1913, travel by car was both an adventure and a challenge due to the poor quality of dirt roads. The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast road made for driving: instead of dirt, the highway was paved with concrete or gravel. The New York to San Francisco route made it possible for anyone with a car to drive across the country. The highwayâs construction was an early sign that cars would transform American society.
The first, hopefully to be annual antique tractor ride launched from the Custer County Fairgrounds this morning for a 50-mile scenic trek through the hills surrounding Broken Bow. With an estimated max speed of 12 miles per hour, the 30+ tractors should arrive back in Broken Bow and be at the square around 4 p.m. this afternoon and everyone is invited to greet them as they return.
For most young college graduates, the idea of cutting off your hair and living in a mud hut might not be very appealing. But that is exactly what Whitney Jenkins, of Callaway, wanted.
Whitney became a Peace Corps volunteer in 2011, and in August that year left for Senegal. A 2007 graduate of Callaway High School, Whitney is the daughter of Jim and Julianna Jenkins of Callaway. She credits her small-town roots and upraising on a cattle ranch for getting her where she is today.
Broken Bow and Merna rescue personnel were called to the scene of an ATV accident at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday northwest of Broken Bow, where they found Jack Horner pinned beneath his ATV. Horner, 64 of Broken Bow, died as a result of his injuries.
Horner had been spraying muskthistles in the pasture for his employer, Chuck Cole of Merna, at the time of the accident. The Custer County Sheriff's Office handled the investigation.
Horner leaves behind a wife, Ardith, and other family members. More details will be posted as they become available.
It is not too late to get your pictures to us for inclusion in this very special, fun issue of the Custer County Chief! We will be accepting photos for the rest of this week - - deadline is Friday, June 28.
All of you shutterbugs out there ... Sunday, June 16, is the day we want to see in pictures! Here at the Custer County Chief we have a special edition planned for July that features you ... our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. We're calling it "A Day in the Life in Central Nebraska."