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March 2nd, 2011
The Litchfield fire department was dispatched to the scene of a house fire at 1:52 a.m. Monday morning at the home of John LeFever, east of Litchfield. Mason City and Loup City fire departments also responded to the blaze. A total of 12 trucks and nearly 30 fire fighters were on scene for about three hours, but were unable to save the house. A wood burning stove has been determined to be the cause of the fire.
LITCHFIELD - He is 102-years-old, still lives in his own home on the farm, and eats lunch at the cafe in Litchfield nearly every day. It is a feat not many have accomplished, but Clyde McFadden thinks of himself as anything but âspecial.â
Clyde was born Jan. 6, 1909, on a farm south of Loup City, where he grew up. He graduated from Loup City High School in 1927.
He recalls the summer after his high school graduation when he and a buddy took off and traveled around the state picking corn. He says they finished up just in time to come home for Christmas, and made 4.5 cents a bushel.
This year, at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerceâs Annual Banquet, Bill Reichert was named Citizen of the Year. An award he will admit, he wasnât expecting to receive.
As a band teacher for Broken Bow for 37 years now, he now finds himself teaching the children, and sometimes grand-children, of the first students he taught here.
A man dedicated to music, he has shared his love and commitment with many people in the community.
In March 1986, Ron and Cheri Chytka took a chance at starting their own business. A chance that has proven to be an excellent move.
The Chytkas have held to their philosophy of âHaving good quality furniture at a fair price, and youâll get repeat customersâ and opening two stores - one in Broken Bow and one in Ord - and after 25 years of business, it seems to have worked for them.
By LIZ BABCOCK, CEDC President
Special for the Chief
Economic Development is more than simply bringing new business into a community; it is also about promoting a positive attitude and helping to retain our current businesses. The founding members of the Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) knew that when they made the decision to form CEDC.
The CEDC is privately funded by businesses and individuals in Custer County. Since its inception in 2003, CEDC has provided support and resources to new and expanding businesses, fostering business growth and retention in the area.
Nebraska Public Power intends to build 115,000-volt transmission line to connect the 80 megawatt planned wind farm to the substation south of Broken Bow.
Tuesday evening a public hearing was conducted to give, among others, land owners a chance to ask how they will be compensated for their inconvenience and their property.
The projected cost of the nine mile line is $5.5 millions.
CALLAWAY/ARNOLD - As school funds become harder and harder to come by, many rural schools are finding innovative ways to try and save money. For a number of area schools that fat-trimming has come in the way of consolidating athletic programs. For two area high schools, however, that consolidation has gone one step further.
This spring, students and Arnold High School and Callaway High School will be attending the same Prom - and it was the students idea.
Effective March 1 there will be some new faces behind the titles. Tuesday, the Custer County Board of Supervisors hired Shawn Owens as the new Emergency Manager/Weed Superintendent. This is the first time the job description has covered both jobs.
Current Weed Superintendentdent/Zoning Administrator Larry Gibbens has accepted a position with the Nebraska Board of Lands, the organization that manages and oversees the statesâ educational land holdings.
The Broken Bow High School cheerleading squad brought home the state championship trophy following Saturday's State High Cheer & Dance Championships in Grand Island. Broken Bow was crowned state champs in the Class C Sideline Division. Members of the squad are Emily Smallcomb, Nicole Evans, Ashly Raff, Nathan Geranis, Shamra Fritsch, Shelby Allen, Bridget Behrends, Neleigh Hall, Sami Gaston and Emilee Franssen.
For more photos from the state competition, see the Feb. 24 Custer County Chief.
Broken Bow Police Department assisted investigators from Grand Rapids, Mich. this week in an investigation that led to the arrest of Robert L. (Bobby) Brown, 38, for the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl at Grand Rapids in 1993, according to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott.