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February 4th, 2015

Fern Hall, 96

February 4, 2015

Fern Hall age 96 of Arnold, passed away Jan. 30, 2015. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.

George Norman Mandeville, 90

February 4, 2015

George Norman Mandeville, age 90, of Dunning passed away Feb. 1, 2015.

Born in Mullen, to Robert G. and Ruth A. (Ferguson) Mandeville March 12, 1924. Married Zelda Josephine Little Feb. 15, 1947.

George was a veteran (Marine), rancher and retired US. Forest Service Range Manager. A member of the VFW, American Legion and the Custer Masonic Lodge 148 Broken Bow.

He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Mandeville; and wife, Zelda (Little) Mandeville.

Betty Jean Hagan, 87

February 4, 2015

Betty Jean Hagan of Mason City, died at Good Samaritan Hospital Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

Services for her will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Mason City.  The Rev. Rodger McDermott will officiate and burial will be in the Mason City Cemetery.

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

Betty was born in Campbell, Oct. 20, 1927 to John and Jewel Golter. She attended country schools near Campbell and Arnold and high school in Sumner.

Major Richard M. Ramirez, 81

February 4, 2015

Major Richard “Rick” M. Ramirez, 81, of Loveland, Colo., passed away at his home Jan. 15, 2015.

Richard was born to Salvador and Gloria (Bargas) Ramirez Dec. 30, 1933, in Detroit, Mich.

He began working at an early age, and earned a certificate of merit for outstanding record as a Detroit Times news carrier when he was 14 years old. At age 17 he began an apprenticeship at Ford Motor Company in die making.

Jamison L. ‘JJ’ Vanderheiden, 18

February 4, 2015

Jamison L. “JJ” Vanderheiden, age 18, of York, , died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at York.

He was born Oct. 3, 1996, in San Diego, Calif., to Randy and Julie (Weverka) Vanderheiden.

JJ was a senior at York High School where he excelled in football, wrestling and soccer and had been recruited by Hastings College to play football next year. JJ was also involved with FFA. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in York.

Margaret Spies, 105

February 4, 2015

Margaret Spies, of Merrill, Iowa entered Eternal Life Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Unity Point-St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa at the age of 105 years, 13 days.

Services were Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Melbourne United Methodist Church, rural Merrill, Iowa with Pastor Kolleen Queener officiating. Interment followed at Floyd Valley Cemetery, rural Hinton, Iowa.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through

Memorials can be directed to the Merrill-Melbourne United Methodist Church.

February 3rd

Winter Weather Advisory

February 3, 2015

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening until noon Wednesday.

• TIMING - snow is expected to develop across the Panhandle and Western Sandhills late this evening spreading east overnight. the snow will diminish and end by Wednesday afternoon.
• ACCUMLATION - Expect snow accumulations to be from 2-6 inches.
• WIND - North to Northeast winds will increase to 15-25 mph late tonight and continue into Wednesday.
• IMPACTS - The combination of snow and blowing snow will cause travel difficulties across the advisory area.

Opponents push for repeal of Nebraska prairie dog law

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska wildlife advocates and a farmers group asked lawmakers Tuesday to repeal a law designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs, a critical native species that some ranchers view as pests.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha presented his repeal measure to the Legislature's Agriculture Committee, saying the current law is too vague and runs afoul of property rights.

Nebraska groundwater report says some levels up, some down

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The 2012-2013 drought was still lowering groundwater levels in some parts of Nebraska last year, but a new report also said levels have been rising elsewhere in the state.

In spring 2013 some areas had wells with record declines of almost 25 feet since spring 2012. Several southeast Nebraska wells had declines of five feet.

Bills introduced to strengthen Nebraska breweries

February 3, 2015

LINCOLN--A state senator wants to give craft breweries in Nebraska tax cuts and retail access, assuming the moves will lead to economic prosperity and tourism opportunities in Nebraska.

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala introduced LB204 and LB486. Each was discussed at a public hearing in front of the General Affairs Committee Monday.

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