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June 27th, 2013

ATV fatality northwest of Broken Bow

June 27, 2013

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.

June 24th

REMINDER: Day in the Life pics due this week

June 24, 2013

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."

June 22nd

Custer County braces for more wind

June 22, 2013

Central Nebraska has been asked to brace for more weather Saturday evening. A weather warning from the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., and followed a few minutes later with a tornado watch for all of Custer County into 1 a.m. Residents are asked to be alert and take cover.

The severe storm that rolled through the county Friday evening downed trees, took off roofs, overturned pivots. Residents were out Saturday morning chain saws in hand. Turn to this week’s Custer County Chief for a tour in pictures of the damage.

June 21st

Red Cross offers free training classes

June 21, 2013

The American Red Cross will be hosting a free training for those interested in learning about how they can help the Red Cross respond to disasters. Trained volunteers are needed to help respond in a variety of ways after a disaster has affected a community. The Disaster Services: An Overview course introduces these different activities to interested community members and prospective volunteers. 

BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Johnson Lake

June 21, 2013

Fire crews were called to an early morning fire this morning at Johnson Lake's Kirby Point. It is being reported that at least three cabins on the property were involved in the blaze, with one cabin being burned to the ground.

According to reports by NTV News, as of 8:30 this morning the fire was out but crews remained on scene monitoring the situation. There have been no official reports of any injuries at this time. We will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates as they become available.

June 19th

Ansley celebration this weekend

June 19, 2013

Ansley’s annual Muddy Creek Celebration is one of the highlights of the year in Custer County. This year’s activities are planned for June 21-25, with a dance and poker tournament kicking things off. Activities throughout the weekend include mud drags, fishing tournament, paddle boats, bbq, and much more! There will also be a carnival the 24th and 25th.

The schedule of events for the Muddy Creek Celebration is as follows:
Friday, June 21st
Teen Dance, Lowe Note Karaokee & DJ
7 pm Poker Tournament
City Wide Garage Sale

Saturday June 22nd

Pool remains open and warm, despite leak

June 19, 2013

With swimming season in full gear kids and adults are flocking to the Broken Bow pool, despite a confirmed leak in the less than 2-year-old structure.
City Administrator David Varley says the city first became aware of the leak when they noticed more water spilling into the final drainage system than normal. Since discovering the leak, the city has been maintaining a close eye on the situation and regularly monitoring the volume of water loss.

Cyclists to visit Custer County tomorrow

June 19, 2013

Since 1988, more than 200 bicyclists each year have taken four or five days out of their schedules to enjoy a ride together across various parts of Nebraska. This year, Tour de Nebraska will be coming our way, and some Custer County organizations are making sure we are ready.
This year’s tour began Wednesday, June 19, and will conclude Sunday, June 23, with planned stops in Westerville, Broken Bow and Callaway.

June 17th

Arcadia teacher is true inspiration

June 17, 2013

ARCADIA - - Twenty-nine teachers were recently awarded the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award for inspiring excellence in current MIT students. The teachers represented 14 of the United States, and two teachers from outside the US were recognized, representing Ecuador and Hungary.
Marie Nielsen, the science teacher at Arcadia High School, was awarded the 2013 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award for inspiring excellence in a current MIT student and Arcadia High School alumnus.

Country tractor ride to benefit Custer Care

June 17, 2013

The Homestead Act of 1862 brought thousands of settlers to central Nebraska, and the vast majority of them turned to agriculture as a means to make a living. Today that is still the major industry in this area, with many farmers and ranchers tracing their roots back to those early pioneers.
Later this month that history and agricultural community will come together for an event that is designed to be both fun and financially beneficial for one local entity. It is the 1st Annual Custer County Tractor Ride - featuring old tractors, with proceeds benefiting Custer Care Center in Broken Bow.

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