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April 15th, 2013
LINCOLN - Nebraska lawmakers continued consideration of bills on a wide range of subjects this week. Â Hereâ€™s a roundup of some of them:
LB44: This bill advanced on a 30-2 vote Thursday. Sponsored by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, the bill would set a 40-year minimum prison sentence for juveniles committing a 1A felony, which includes serious crimes such as murder, rape or kidnapping. Juveniles committing these crimes could still be able to be sentenced to life without parole.
ARCADIA -- The building needed to come down and the department wanted the training ... With that in mind, on April 7 the community of Arcadia had a house fire, and all for a good cause. With the house on Main Street gone, Arcadia can now make way for a new fire hall.
â€śIt was amazing to watch,â€ť said Fire Board President Steve Kaps. â€śI couldnâ€™t believe how long it took to get everything out and then how long it took to put everything back.â€ť
Two weeks ago, the announcement was made that The Casey Donahew Band would be headlining the entertainment at the 2013 Custer County Fair. This week another announcement was made of the act that will open the show and round out an evening of top-notch country music.
Kristen Kelly has recently burst onto the country music scene, and if you watched the Country Music Awards Sunday night you may have seen her as she was interviewed on the red carpet prior to the show. Kristen will open for The Casey Donahew Band in front of the grandstands at the Custer County Fair Tuesday night, July 30.
Though still just in the preliminary planning stages, the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce took steps Tuesday toward hosting a new event in the community this summer.
At Tuesdayâ€™s City Council meeting, Chamber Director Donnis Hueftle-Bullock presented a request for the Chamber to host a street dance and beer garden July 12, in conjunction with Crazy Days. Early plans are to have the event on South C Street, between South 8th and South 9th Avenues.
LINCOLN â€“ Juveniles convicted of Class 1A felonies would face a 40-year minimum prison sentence under a compromise Nebraska lawmakers agreed to Tuesday after nearly eight hours of debate.
Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha introduced a bill (LB44), along with a committee amendment (AM151), that would have made the minimum sentence 30 years and the maximum sentence life without parole.
Slick road conditions forced school closings all across the coverage area, as well as numerous cancellations and postponements Tuesday and Wednesday. However, by far the biggest issue related to the storm has been the toll it has taken on the power lines.
Rick Nelson of Custer Public Power District reports the trouble began early, with his first crew getting called out shortly after midnight Tuesday morning. The crew was out all day Tuesday, working outages in the Taylor area and the Anselmo area.
A Broken Bow man was arraigned in Custer County District Court April 4 on two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child.
Jason Royle, 37, appeared with his attorney, Christopher Wickham, for arraignment on the charges. According to County Attorney Steven Bowers, the alleged abuse took place from January 2007 through September 2010.
Royle entered a plea of not guilty on the charges, which are Class IIIA felonies. Possible penalties for the charges are 0-5 years in prison, and/or $10,000 fine.
The case was set for jury trial June 10, with a pretrial hearing set for May 23.
The Broken Bow City Council will meet today (Tuesday) at noon in the council room of the Broken Bow Municipal Building. The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Open meeting at 12:00 Noon
Announcement of Posting of the Open Meeting Laws Act
Approval of Consent Agenda
â€˘ Minutes - March 26, 2013 Regular Council Meeting
â€˘ Minutes â€“ Aril 1, 2013 Special Council Meeting
â€˘ Claims â€“ April 9, 2013 Council Meeting
After an August 2012 accident on Highway 183 south of Miller claimed the lives of a Sargent woman and young girl, the driver of the vehicle - and mother of the girl killed - has been convicted in the deaths of the two individuals.
In a plea agreement with the state, 29-year-old Amanda Wilder, of Sargent, plead no contest to two counts of felony manslaughter at her arraignment March 28 in Buffalo County District Court.
The residents of Broken Bow and surrounding area now have access to a new mode of transportation - thanks to a generous donation from the Public Alliance for Community Energy.
ACE is distributing $4,333.04 to the City of Broken Bow as its share of $200,000 being distributed to the 69 Nebraska member communities of the not-for-profit, community-owned natural gas supplier. This year the City opted to use a large portion of those funds to help purchase a new bus, much larger than the van the City has been using. The new city bus went into use last week.