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April 27th, 2011
Custer County may have to find a new home. The Census numbers are in, and it looks like rural Nebraska will be down one when it comes to the number of Legislative Districts it houses for the next election cycle, and Custer County is smack dab in the middle of the discussion.
Redistricting was one of the key topics discussed Monday at a âListening Sessionâ with Senator Deb Fischer of the 43rd Legislative District, Custer Countyâs current home.
To understand the discussion, one has to first look at the process.
Come August, get ready to have a calendar handy, Custer Countyâs Fair events wonât be in their usual places. Brought on by a variety of reasons, the conversation on the street is producing mixed opinions. Change doesnât come easy.
Some are brought on by finances, others by the challenge of gathering volunteers.
The Ag Society was faced with a year that ended with the organization having to make serious adjustments on their budget, reducing expenses and relooking at how to bring in additional revenue.
Itâs not always an honor to win the âugliestâ of anything. However, in the case of the âUgliest Fridge Contest,â put on by Custer Public Power and Nebraska Public Power District, having the ugliest fridge was precisely the goal.
Mike and Rachelle Ryan of Berwyn entered their 27 year-old fridge into the contest and are now the proud owners of a new energy efficient, Energy Star refrigerator.
âThey asked me not to tell anyone until it was announced on the radio the next morning.â Rachelle explains, âIt was almost too good of news to keep to myself.â
Hunters, look no further - the Custer County Chief Easter egg has been found! Sisters Rachel Simmons, age 4 (left) and Elissa Simmons, age 6, followed the clues in the April 21 Custer County Chief which led them to the hidden egg, located at the Custer County Courthouse.
The girls are the daughters of Russ and Michelle Simmons. The family relocated to Broken Bow about a year ago, and therefore were not familiar with the history of the area which was referred to in some of the clues.
All voters in the Broken Bow School District have an opinion, and the school board and administrators would like to hear them.
Starting next week, all registered voters within School District 25 will begin receiving telephone survey calls. According to Broken Bow Superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon, the main goal of this survey is to find out what is important to the community in terms of the schools.
âThis is to help us know the hopes and wishes of the community as we move forward,â Dr. Moon explained.
With a unanimous vote by the Board of Education, the Broken Bow School district will benefit from the addition of a new administrator beginning next fall.
A 210-contract was approved at the April 18 meeting for Kirk Crawley as Assistant Elementary Principal, with a salary of $65,500. Crawley has served the district as elementary teacher for more than 30 years.
The Custer County Chief is standing tall. The newspaper walked away with 12 awards from this yearâs NPA (Nebraska Press Association) âBetter Newspaper Contest.â
The Chief was honored Saturday with two first place finishes, six seconds, and four thirds at the stateâs annual Nebraska Press Convention in Lincoln.
âI am so proud of the staff, and of what they are able to accomplish,â said Publisher Deb McCaslin. âTo even be mentioned in the General Excellence division is tough, much less come home with second place honors in that department.â
The schools of Callaway and Arnold are winding down their first year as a co-op athletic program, the South Loup Bobcats. These students, however, took it one step further and petitioned the school boards and parents of both schools to approve a combined Prom. Last Saturday, that event took place as students from the two schools dressed to the nines and met at Arnold High School.
Central Nebraska witnessed what most hope will be the last blast of winter late last week. A strong storm system made its way through the area late Thursday and throughout the day Friday, forcing school delays and closings, and event postponements and cancellations. The storm also produced very hazardous driving conditions, as is evident by this photo of a Broken Bow Public Schools bus which slid off the road on Highway 70 Friday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time; bus driver Norm McCaslin was in route to get the kids at the time the wind blew him off the road.
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâs districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.