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May 5th, 2011

Accident leads to arrest of Sargent man

May 5, 2011

An April 26 vehicle accident near Sargent has led to the arrest of a Sargent man. Ronald J.Vincent, 49, was driving his 1994 red Ford pickup when he lost control and went through a fence before hitting an embankment. The accident occurred approximately 2 1/2 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Sargent at 7:15 p.m.

Badgley named Outstanding Teacher

May 5, 2011

ARNOLD - - Arnold Public Schools' teacher Nicole Badgley has been named the 2011 Great Plains Communications Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
During her tenure, Badgley helped in the planning, developing and maintaining one of the first 1:1 laptop initiatives for small schools in Nebraska. Due to her efforts, beginning in 2006, all students in 9-12 grades received their own laptops. Eventually, the program was expanded for students K-12.

May 2nd

BREAKING NEWS: Osama Bin Laden is dead

May 2, 2011

Thousands of people gathered around the White House, Times Square and Ground Zero throughout last night and into today in jubilation as U.S. President Barack Obama announced to the world that American forces had infiltrated a compound in Pakistan and killed the most wanted man in the world - Osama Bin Laden.

Homegrown: Gardening is in Johnson’s blood

May 2, 2011

Don’t miss the special insert in the April 28 Chief:
Home & Garden 2011

Gardening has been a part of Merilee Johnson's life for as long as she can remember. However, she has not always had a fondness for it.
Merilee grew up on a dairy farm west of Arcadia. Her parents always grew a big garden and a big patch of sweet corn, and it was the kids' responsibility to help take care of it.
"I really didn't enjoy gardening all that much then," Merilee smiles, as she reflects on her childhood experience.

April 28th

2008 Bow grad serves in Iraq

April 28, 2011

Broken Bow High School graduate, National Guard soldier, PFC Brad Wardyn currently calls Mosul, Iraq, home. He’s a medic with the 2-135th GSAB stationed out of Lincoln.
“It is my job to render the needed aid while an injured soldier is transported to a hospital,” said Wardyn. He was back in Broken Bow this week visiting family for ‘mid tour’ break.
In 2008, as a high school senior he enlisted for the money, he hates now to admit. He wanted the funds to help pay for college. He says things have changed, now he says he intends to stay for the mission.

April 27th

11,000 acres burn - Winds fuel massive grass fire near Thedford

April 28, 2011

A massive grass fire broke out eight miles west of Thedford Friday, and with visions of 1999 still looming on his mind, Thedford Fire Chief Russ Riser didn’t mess around. He called in reinforcements.
By the time the fire was over, 28 fire departments had answered the call, two firemen were hurt and at least two ranchers took refuge in a stock tank while the fire burned over the top of them.
Comments from area ranchers ranged from ‘freaky’ to ‘just plain awful.’

Last member of The Passionate Witch crew shares his story

April 28, 2011

R. Paul Robison of Broken Bow, known to his Army Air Corp buddies as "Roby", was serving as a top turret gunner aboard the plane The Passionate Witch, when it was shot down Jan. 11, 1944, over Brunswick, Germany. It was the eighth mission for the crew.
All 10 crew members got out of the plane, however the pilot's parachute did not open and he was killed. The rest were taken prisoner. The POWs were eventually taken to a camp, Stalag 17B, just outside of Krems, Austria. They would spend more than a year there before finally being liberated, May 3, 1945.

Listening session’s hot topic - redistricting

April 28, 2011

Custer County may have to find a new home. The Census numbers are in, and it looks like rural Nebraska will be down one when it comes to the number of Legislative Districts it houses for the next election cycle, and Custer County is smack dab in the middle of the discussion.
Redistricting was one of the key topics discussed Monday at a ‘Listening Session’ with Senator Deb Fischer of the 43rd Legislative District, Custer County’s current home.
To understand the discussion, one has to first look at the process.

April 22nd

Fair calendar gets reworked

April 22, 2011

Come August, get ready to have a calendar handy, Custer County’s Fair events won’t be in their usual places. Brought on by a variety of reasons, the conversation on the street is producing mixed opinions. Change doesn’t come easy.
Some are brought on by finances, others by the challenge of gathering volunteers.
The Ag Society was faced with a year that ended with the organization having to make serious adjustments on their budget, reducing expenses and relooking at how to bring in additional revenue.

Goin’ Green: CPPD’s ‘ugliest fridge’ gets replaced

April 22, 2011

It’s not always an honor to win the “ugliest” of anything. However, in the case of the “Ugliest Fridge Contest,” put on by Custer Public Power and Nebraska Public Power District, having the ugliest fridge was precisely the goal.
Mike and Rachelle Ryan of Berwyn entered their 27 year-old fridge into the contest and are now the proud owners of a new energy efficient, Energy Star refrigerator.
“They asked me not to tell anyone until it was announced on the radio the next morning.” Rachelle explains, “It was almost too good of news to keep to myself.”

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