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February 2nd, 2012

CANCELLED: 2012 Hastings College Honor Music Festival

February 2, 2012

HASTINGS - - Based upon the most recent forecast of the National Weather Service in Hastings, NE, the 2012 Hastings College Honor Music Festival scheduled for February 2, 3, and 4 has been cancelled.

Although travel to Hastings on Thursday, February 2 will most likely be possible, the predicted decline in weather on Friday through Saturday may present a variety of "less than favorable" conditions for travel.

January 31st

Horse slaughter ban lifted

January 31, 2012

Hold your horses.

While a federal ban on horse slaughtering has been lifted, a state study ordered last year by the legislature indicates setting up a state slaughtering system would be costly and complicated.  

Last session, Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill introduced a bill, LB305, which would have created a State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.  The possibility of having horse slaughtering in the state was a “major factor” in introducing the bill, Larson said.

January 27th

New Superintendent hired

January 27, 2012

The Broken Bow School Board has selected the next superintendent of schools.

Mark Sievering accepted the position following a second round of interviews in the district this week. The contract with Sievering will be finalized next week.

Sievering has been the superintendent at Conestoga Public Schools in southeast Nebraska since 2003. He has also been a superintendent at Franklin Public Schools and was the superintendent/principal at Arthur County High School in Arthur.

Sievering will begin his position with Broken Bow Schools July 1, 2012.

January 26th

Kids Count Part 2: The health of Nebraska’s children

January 26, 2012

Quality and consistent preventive health care, beginning even before birth, gives children the best chance to grow up to be healthy and productive adults.
Adequate levels of immunization, public health efforts to prevent disease and disability, and support for maternal health and positive birth outcomes are examples of measures that help children now and later. Good health, both physical and behavioral, is an essential element of a productive and fulfilling life.

County converts roads to gravel

January 26, 2012

For the past 18 years, Chris Jacobsen has had an estimated 2,200 miles of Custer County roads under his care. Decisions of today, he said, are not the same as they were in 1994 when he accepted the job as Custer County’s Highway Superintendent.

In the early 1990s the surface area of choice was asphalt, today, it may very well be gravel.

He explained. Many of Custer County’s roads were paved in the late 1960s, and early 1970s when oil for asphalt was cheap. In 2012, it is anything but cheap.

Redistricting leads to change in voting venues

January 26, 2012

Voters in five precincts in Custer County will have a new place to vote in the next election. Changes in redistricting following the 2010 census allow this to happen. The change begins with the 2012 Primary and General election and for all elections following.

Myrtle and Westerville will now vote at the Ansley Community Hall; Lillian, Milburn and Loup will vote at the Veterans Building in Broken Bow.

January 23rd

And then there were two

January 23, 2012

The Broken Bow School Board will conduct follow-up interviews with two superintendent candidates this week.
Mark Sievering, current superintendent at Conestoga Schools, will interview at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Matt Fisher, current superintendent at Chase County Public Schools, will interview at 7:00 p.m. The interviews will be open to the public.

January 22nd

Semi jackknifes on Highway 2

January 22, 2012

A Texas truck driver and his passenger had a close call Sunday morning, escaping what could have been a critical accident with only minor injuries.
According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, the semi, owned by Southern Refrigerated Transport, was being driven by Steven Dale Allvord. Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 miles east of Broken Bow on Highway 2, the truck attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in front of him.

January 20th

Mid Plains Community College names interim president

January 20, 2012

Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors officially accepted Dr. Michael Chipps’ resignation Jan. 20, releasing him from his duties as president effective immediately.

According to Ms. Benjamin, "Dr. Chipps is very excited about starting this new phase of his life and we believe that it is in the best interest of both Northeast Community College and Mid-Plains Community College to assist him in realizing his next set of professional goals as quickly as possible."

School Board elects officers

January 20, 2012

•Broken Bow School Board spends week interviewing and talking with candidates for superintendent.

The Broken Bow Board of Education may have set a new record for the quickest meeting in the books Monday, as they met in a different location and different time that usual.
The only item on the agenda of note was the election of officers for the new year. Michelle Zlomke will serve another term as board president, while Tracy Popp will serve as vice president. John Evans was elected treasurer.

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