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November 27th, 2011

Children's Christmas Fund helps those in need

November 27, 2011

The giving season has arrived. So as you dust off your ornaments, unpack the snowmen and scurry through your day, take a moment to remember the little ones.

Last year, working in partnership with the Broken Bow Does, the Custer County Chief and the Children’s Christmas fund Board of directors, and through the generosity of people just like you, the Children’s Christmas Fund helped make the holiday season a little brighter for 519 children and their families.

November 25th

Governor signs pipeline bills into law

November 25, 2011

LINCOLN—It took less than 45 minutes for the 15th day of the Unicameral’s special legislative session to pass four bills and then Gov. Dave Heineman to sign them into law.

Following unopposed votes on the floor, members of the Natural Resources Committee—in a highly unusual move—hand delivered the bills to the governor who quickly signed them during a five-minute ceremony in his second-floor office.

“Our work is done,” Heineman said before signing the bills while flanked by the eight- member committee.

November 24th

Revisions coming to the Child Labor Act; Changes could impact farm operations

November 24, 2011

For the first time in 40 years, the Department of Labor is proposing changes to the Child Labor Act.

The proposed regulations have the potential to significantly transform family farm operations. The changes are pointedly aimed at agriculture and would severely limit opportunities for young people on the farm or ranch, and in some cases eliminate them, until they are at least 16, or in some instances 18 years of age.

Kindergartners offer 'sage' advice

November 24, 2011

Calling all cooks!
For help in holiday planning, and a cooking tip or two, don't miss this week’s Custer County Chief. The Kindergarten class from North Park Elementary School offered their ‘sage' advice on how to cook a turkey, remembering first to remove the feathers and then to cook a long, long, long time … maybe 10 minutes. One youngster was quite specific … 76 minutes, exactly. And then it smells good, he added. The students were quick to add what constitutes their favorite meal. For several, if given a choice, why have turkey if you can have pizza.
So from our house to yours ....

November 22nd

Eng sentenced to prison

November 22, 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.

November 19th

Ag Society elects new board members

November 19, 2011

The Custer County Ag Society Board of Directors gained two, not so new faces Saturday afternoon at the organization’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.

November 17th

Wayward text message leads to drug arrest

November 17, 2011

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.

Bow students benefit from generous gift

November 17, 2011

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.

November 16th

New western store set to open

November 16, 2011

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.

November 15th

Custer County redefines district lines

November 15, 2011

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 Bow’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 week’s Custer County Chief.