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January 5th, 2012

A look back at the last six months

January 5, 2012

Last week we reviewed some of the stories making headlines in the Custer County Chief during the first half of 2011. This week, we take a look back at some of the important stories and events from the second half of the year.
While much of the country has struggled this past year with a low economy and a high unemployment rate, our region has managed to not only remain healthy - but to grow! That is an accomplishment we should all be very proud of.

January 4th

Seat belts save lives

January 4, 2012

It was the phone call every parent fears; “Hello, this is so-and-so with the Sheriff’s Office. Do you have a daughter, Jordan? There has been a horrific accident. She is alive, but. . .”
Jordan Marsh’s parents, Jim and Stacy Marsh of Ansley, received that phone call Sunday night, Nov. 13, at about 9 p.m.
“Stacy got up and answered the phone, and I could tell immediately something bad had happened,” recalls Jim of that night.

Bow man hospitalized with stab wounds

January 4, 2012

A domestic dispute early Monday morning led to a Broken Bow man being flown to Kearney with knife wounds. According to the report, the Broken Bow Police Department was notified when Geoffrey Eng was allegedly stabbed in the face and neck while trying to defend a minor girl from her boyfriend who was assaulting her. The boyfriend, 20-year-old Randy Martinez of Broken Bow, allegedly stabbed Eng four times when Eng attempted to pull Martinez away from the girl.

January 3rd

New DUI laws now in effect

January 3, 2012

The new year brings with it some new changes to the state’s drinking and driving laws, aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders.
A handful of changes in Nebraska’s DUI laws went into effect Jan. 1, with perhaps the most significant change involves the use of ignition interlock devices. The new law passed by the Nebraska Legislature allows someone arrested for DUI, first offense, to forgo the 30-day license revocation that is automatic with most DUI arrests in exchange for six months of using the interlock device.

December 30th, 2011

Governors make friendly wager

December 30, 2011

Gov. Dave Heineman announced Friday a friendly wager with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the outcome of the upcoming Capitol One Bowl between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the South Carolina Gamecocks college football teams.

"It will be an exciting bowl game," Gov. Heineman said. "In a defensive struggle, the Blackshirts will prevail. I'm looking forward to sharing shrimp and grits with friends."

If the Huskers win, Gov. Haley will send Gov. Heineman their famous Lowcountry shrimp and grits. Should the Gamecocks win, Gov. Heineman is sending Gov. Haley Nebraska's Omaha Steaks.

Sandhills regions officially identified in step toward new pipeline route

December 30, 2011

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality announced Dec. 29, the areas that it considers to be Nebraska Sandhills, based on an analysis of a variety of existing data. This information will be conveyed to TransCanada for their reference as the company develops a proposed new route for the Nebraska portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.
NDEQ Director Mike Linder said this was an important step resulting from legislation which was passed in November relating to the development of an alternative route that avoids the Nebraska Sandhills.

December 29th

2011 - The Year in Review

December 29, 2011

This year saw many positive changes in the community of Broken Bow, and in Custer County and the surrounding area. Education was a big focus during this year, with the addition of a college campus and a school bond approval in Broken Bow, and the co-oping of several area athletic teams.
Here is a reminder of just some of the highlights that made the headlines of the Custer County Chief during the months of January - June, 2011.

JANUARY
In his 30th year at Mead Lumber in Broken Bow, Rick Maas made the decision to “semi-retire” and hand the reins over to a new store manager.

December 28th

Living with Tourette Syndrome: One young man shares his story

December 28, 2011

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years.

Custer Campus sees successful first semester

December 28, 2011

While Mid-Plains Community College has offered classes in Broken Bow for several years, the new extended campus brings even more opportunities to those wishing to further their education while remaining in the community. In an effort funded completely by private donations, the new facility was completed on the west edge of Broken Bow just in time for fall classes.

December 27th

BREAKING NEWS: Nelson announces retirement

December 27, 2011

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson surprised voters Tuesday, when he announced plans to retire from the political arena he has served in for much of his life. Nelson issued the following statement.
“My Fellow Nebraskans: I’ve had the honor of serving as your Governor and United States Senator. During this time we’ve accomplished a great deal. As Governor I helped our state experience unprecedented economic growth, cut taxes and left state government with a surplus.

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