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August 17th, 2012
Custer County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.
In 1970, 5.5 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Custer County. By 2010, 18 percent of adults here had completed college.
The percentage of adults with college degrees in Custer County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Nebraska average of 27.7 percent.
As Broken Bow Public Schools gets ready to begin a new school year, they welcome 10 new teachers and a new superintendent.
A reception to welcome the new staff and give the public opportunity to meet them, will be Friday, Aug. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Huckleberryâ€™s Hideout. Joining Superinten-dent Mark Sievering as new staff to Broken Bow for the 2012-13 school year are:
By the time you read this, all 50 towers in the first phase of the Broken Bow wind farm project will be erected. A contingency of state representatives visited the wind farm Tuesday afternoon and got a first hand, up close and personal look at the giant turbines.
Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting began with an unexpected order of business. Pending the resignation of council president Scott Spanel, Mayor Cecil Burt appointed councilman Chad Schall as temporary president.
The council then voted to accept Spanelâ€™s resignation, though Schall commented that he would like to have more explanation as to the reason of the resignation.
Just last week, Custer County celebrated the centennial of its courthouse. While county officials all share a sense of pride and heritage in the history of the courthouse, they also realize the old building in its current state no longer effectively meets the needs of its users.
Tuesday morning, the Custer County Board of Supervisors were presented with a couple of possible solutions to those issues.
From Aug. 17 through Labor Day, the Broken Bow Police Department will participate in a statewide â€śYou Drink, You Drive, You Loseâ€ť Selective DUI Enforcement campaign.
According to Police Chief Steve Scott, this is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies across the state to decrease the number of drunk and impaired drivers in our communities. The program is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
Several Nebraska Alcohol-Related Statistics:
* In 2011, there were 1,822 alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
Drivers from all across the United States brought their road-racers to Arnold this past weekend, for the 12th Annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge. Along with the traditional one-mile shootout, burn out contest and open road challenge, a new event was added this year. The Loup 2 Loup race took drivers up and down hills across the open Sandhills between Halsey and Purdum, in a Thursday morning event to kick off the weekend's big event.
For pictures, race results and more from the SORC, see the Aug. 16 issue of the Custer County Chief.
The Super Kids Club has had a phenomenal summer. The summer program has been active for years but theyâ€™ve added something a bit different into this summerâ€™s line-up. Four, week-long, camps have been hosted though-out the summer focusing on Music, Technology, Art and Cooking.
For two hours each day, children of different age groups were given the opportunity to experiment with these different activities. Children entering the 3-5 grades participate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the younger kids, K-2, were given similar opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This weekend, Custer County welcomes open-road racing enthusiasts from all across the country for one of the premiere events of the summer. The Sandhills Open Road Challenge is a 55- mile rally style open road race through the scenic Nebraska Sandhills. Arguably the most demanding event of its kind in America, the SORC offers a duanting series of "S" Curves, straights, and 90 degree turns to challenge the most talented of drivers. The SORC pioneered the concept of the one mile shoot out in 2002 and enjoys great popularity with drivers and spectators alike.
Back-to-school can be financially challenging for many parents. The list of necessary school supplies is daunting - and for families with multiple children to buy for, it can become overwhelming.
The Custer County unit of the Salvation Army understands the strain that back-to-school can put on many families, and for the past several years have been doing what they can to help out. The unit is again this year hosting a book bag/school supplies giveaway, Monday, Aug. 13, from 4-6 p.m.