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February 28th, 2012

That crazy Nebraska weather!

February 28, 2012

Look closely! That isn't snow Mike Kettleborough is scooping from his driveway on Memorial Drive in Broken Bow - it's hail! The unsettled weather pattern making its way across Nebraska Tuesday brought with it rumbles of thunder, rain and hail to Broken Bow. The path of the storm seemed to be rather narrow, as the north side of town received more hail than the south. Some areas of the city looked as if a winter snowfall had taken place, while other areas had no hail at all.

Hail

February 28, 2012

A February storm brought hail to Broken Bow, creating a sea of white across flooded traffic lanes and sidewalks. Short-lived, the storm left as fast as it arrived, but bringing with it a necessary eye to the sky as the threat of more followed. Tune into this week's Custer County Chief for more on Tuesday afternoon's weather. And be careful out there.

February 24th

New pool on track

February 24, 2012

As the community looks to warmer weather and impending Spring, thoughts turn to summer and ultimately to the opportunity to swim. This year is no different except that the new swim season will bring with it the opening of the new Broken Bow Aquatic Center. The new pool is pictured above. Over the winter months, the public has watched the facility being built piece by piece, and now the completion of the project is in sight. This facility will boast a completely new design which includes a zero depth entry and multiple play features.

Women called to ministry as second career

February 24, 2012

The stories are similar for two Broken Bow women - they were well past 50 when they felt a calling on their lives to change directions and pursue a new career. Both listened.
Mary Jane Gockley moved with her husband to Broken Bow in 1978. Her husband had accepted a position as priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
A registered nurse by trade, Gockley went to work at Jennie Melham Medical Center, where she remained until her retirement in 1991. She also stayed very busy as a clergy wife and a mom to four daughters.

February 23rd

BBPD seize drugs, lots of cash

February 23, 2012

Broken Bow Police Officers seized drugs, paraphernalia and more than $100,000 in cash late Monday night after apprehending two men for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident.

Police Chief Steve Scott said the two men were en route to California by plane when inclement weather conditions forced them to land at the Broken Bow Airport Sunday night. The men borrowed an airport courtesy car and stayed at a local motel.

“It appears that their flight plan was round-trip from California to Chicago and they were on their way back to California when they landed in Broken Bow,” Scott said.

School board makes offer on property

February 23, 2012

The Broken Bow Board of Education adjourned into closed session Monday evening, and when they returned the board voted on and approved a motion to make a purchase offer on a piece of property.

The offer of $13,000 was made on a property located just east of the practice field. A small house currently sits on the property, which is in the middle of the block. According to board president Michelle Zlomke, the intent for the property is to remove the house and convert the area for parking.

February 20th

Jenkins decides against Senate bid

February 20, 2012

Rancher and restaurant owner Jim Jenkins announced today that he would not seek an independent bid for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Ben Nelson.

Three generations of Bow aviators honored

February 20, 2012

Each year the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association presents its most distinguished award, Airman of the Year, to one of its members who has shown outstanding dedication and support to the agricultural aviation industry.

The 2011 Airman of the Year award, was given to Casey Williams of Arrow Aviation in Broken Bow. Casey is the 3rd generation of his family to receive this prestigious award.

The award was presented recently at the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA) 2012 annual convention in Grand Island.

For more on this story, see this week's Custer County Chief.

February 17th

Senator wants pipeline route review back on track

February 17, 2012

LINCOLN - - The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality could continue to review alternative routes for the TransCanda Keystone XL pipeline to avoid the Sandhills, despite recent action by the federal government, if a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion was passed.

On Feb. 16, the Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the bill, LB1161. The bill is a "simple amendment" to the two pipeline-related bills passed during last year's special session, Smith said.
On Feb. 14, Smith introduced an amendment to his bill to address the recent federal action, he said.

February 16th

New superintendent soon to call BB home

February 16, 2012

The contract has been signed and house hunting has begun for the new superintendent of Broken Bow Public Schools.
In a special meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education Feb. 3, a two-year contract for superintendent Mark Sievering was approved. The contract includes an annual salary of $125,000 per year and benefits.
According to board president Michelle Zlomke, current interim superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon has been in contact with Sievering regarding any decisions that need to be made for the 2012-13 school year.

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