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May 8th, 2015

Nebraska taking control of nursing homes run by Utah firm

May 8, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they've taken action to protect residents of two nursing homes run by an ailing Utah company.

The office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says a judge in Brown County on Thursday placed Ainsworth Care Center into receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates in Omaha. A judge in Burt County did the same with Logan Valley Manor in Lyons. Under receivership, Klaasmeyer & Associates will take over management and operation of both homes.

May 7th

Police: Sibling of infant found in dumpster missing

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have confirmed a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, has been canceled, though the boy hasn't yet been found and is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts vetoes proposed gas tax increase

May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has made good on his promise to veto a proposed 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.

The Republican governor rejected the measure shortly after lawmakers gave it final approval Thursday. Ricketts argues in his veto message that measure contradicts the public's desire for tax relief.

The bill would incrementally raise the tax over four years to help pay for road and bridge repairs, generating an estimated $76 million a year once fully implemented.

Nebraska guard Tarin Smith transferring to Duquesne

May 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nebraska guard Tarin Smith is transferring to Duquesne.

Coach Jim Ferry announced Wednesday that Smith has signed a financial aid agreement and will be with the team this fall. Smith must sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Dukes.

Smith averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 2014-15 for the Cornhuskers and was one of only four players to see action in each of Nebraska's 31 games.

Amber alert issued for sibling of infant found in dumpster

May 7, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators believe a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha is the mother of an infant found alive in a dumpster and his brother, who is missing, Omaha police said Thursday.

An Amber alert has been issued for the older boy, 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who is believed to be in danger. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants and may be traveling in a silver Jeep Cherokee with Nebraska plates SRH941.

May 6th

Bertini Joyner Talbot

May 6, 2015

Memorial services remembering Bertini Joyner Talbot will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow Monday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to invite everyone to join them for a luncheon in the church basement following the services.

Tyler James Vanderheiden, 20

May 6, 2015

Tyler James Vanderheiden died May 2, 2015, in North Platte, at the age of 20.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Tim and Shannon Vanderheiden; sister, Sydney Vanderheiden; brother, Will Vanderheiden of North Platte; grandparents Derrill and Belinda Larrimore and Doug and Betsy Walker of Jackson, Ala.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Don and Donna Vanderheiden of Broken Bow; and grandfather, Johnny James of Coffeeville, Ala.

Tyler was born March 28, 1995, in Mobile, Ala.

He graduated from North Platte High School in 2013.

Marion ‘Pooch’ Olson, 79

May 6, 2015

Marion “Pooch” Olson, age 79, of Anselmo died Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.

Funeral services were May 2, 2015, in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Andrew Black officiating. 

Burial was in the Merna Cemetery with Military Honors. 

Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to the Heritage Hall Nursing Home or the Asera Care Hospice.   

Dr. Berl W. Spencer, 79

May 6, 2015

Dr. Berl W. Spencer, 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather and longtime family physician in Ogallala, went home to his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, after a lengthy illness, at the Englewood Meridian Retirement Home of Englewood, Colo.

Berl Warner Spencer was born Jan. 27, 1935, in Broken Bow, the son of Lowell and Ida (Worm) Spencer.

He attended Broken Bow public schools and was in Kindergarten when he first met his future bride, Barbara Thurman.

Bill D. Hircock, 78

May 6, 2015

Bill D. Hircock, 78, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away April 19, 2015.

He was born March 14, 1937, in Broken Bow, to the late George William and Vera Ardis (Horne) Hircock.

Bill was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Hot Springs.

Bill volunteered throughout his life. In Colorado, he served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. He volunteered in many places after his family moved to Minnesota. In his local area, Bill volunteered with his local church, Place of Hope Ministries, Lake Geneva Christian Center, and by mentoring his students. 

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