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November 22nd, 2011
A 24-year-old Broken Bow man was sentenced to 1 year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections by Custer County District Court Judge Karin Noakes, Nov. 17. Geoffrey J. Eng was handed the sentence after reaching a plea agreement with the state, and was found guilty of Criminal Attempt - 1st Degree Assault, a Class III felony.
The Custer County Ag Society Board of Directors gained two, not so new faces Saturday afternoon at the organizationâ€™s annual meeting. Board members are up for election every three years, and any registered voter who is a resident of Custer County, and present at the annual meeting is eligible to vote.
Kevin Cooksley, Bill Shirkey and Jess Taylor were up for election. Following the count, Steve Horn won the vote against Shirkey and Brad Parliament won the vote against Cooksley, with Taylor retaining his position.
A text message sent to a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Trooper by mistake, lead to a Kearney man being charged with marijuana possession.
Monday, Nov. 7, a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D Headquarters-North Platte began receiving text messages from an unknown number. The message indicated the person texting, wanted to buy drugs. The Trooper continued contact with the individual through text and established a meeting point at a location in Broken Bow.
Thanks to the combined effort of three local civic organizations, some special needs students at Broken Bow Schools will be able to received some very special - and much needed - exercise.
Ann Kujath, life skills teacher at BBPS, approached the three groups - the Lions, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus - about the project more than a year ago. At a cost of $2,500, the suspension walker was not in the school's budget. And the three groups were more than happy to help.
It takes a savvy business person to recognize a niche in a community, then seize the opportunity to fill it. And though neither Bethany Knudsen or Dustin Spanel has ever owned their own business before, that is exactly what they did.
Dustin says he became aware of the opportunity when the western store Way Out West closed. "It left a hole in the community," he says. That is when the wheels started turning in his head of starting a business of his own - and a western store seemed perfect.
Custer County Board of Supervisor District lines have been reconstructed. State law says that each district within a county must be organized so that the population base is as even as possible. Although the population in Custer County decreased from 11,793 to 10,939 in the last census, Broken Bowâ€™s population gain from 3515 to 3559 helped move the supervisors' district lines off balance.
The Board of Supervisors passed resolution 50-2011 Tuesday morning establishing the new voting districts. For more on the redistricting process see this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk brought the ninth day of the special session to sudden and unexpected calm and content. Â
About 90 minutes into debate of Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s oil pipeline routing bill, Flood stunned lawmakers and onlookers with news that TransCanada will voluntarily re-route its controversial pipeline. Called Keystone XL, the pipeline would have bisected Nebraska, its fragile Sandhills and the massive Ogallala Aquifer as it pumped Albert, Canada, tar sands oil to American refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
Broken Bow High School presented Drama and Dessert last Friday and tackled a tough subject at the same time. Their production of the one-act drama â€śTurning Points,â€ť provided a startling glimpse into teenage alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the evening went toward the 2012 One Act production. For more on Drama and Dessert, see this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief.
LINCOLN â€” The Nebraska Legislature got one step closer to enacting new pipeline laws last week as they closed the first round of committee hearings that opened debate on five bills.
As of Thursday, Nov. 10, just one bill has so far been voted into first-round debate on the Unicameral floor, Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s Legislative Bill 4. Committees have not yet voted on the four other pipeline bills.
Everyone is invited to a Veteran's Day Soup & Sandwich Supper this evening, Nov. 11, serving from 4-7 p.m. at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to support maintenance of the Veterans Memorial Building in Broken Bow. The event is sponsored by the American Legion and VFW Post of Broken Bow.
There will be a special Veterans Day program at Anselmo-Merna School, Friday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the gym. The public is invited to attend and show your support for our Veterans.