Here in the newspaper business we have a saying - â€śeverybody has a story.â€ť Broken Bow native Betty Akin has lots of stories, and is ready to tell them.
Becoming an author was not something Betty had ever really thought about. After graduating from Broken Bow High School, Betty went off to Queen Anneâ€™s School of Cosmetology in Kearney with some of her classmates, pursuing the dream of being a hairdresser.
After graduating from cosmetology school, Betty married a rancher and moved to the Brewster area. Word of the new â€śprofessionalâ€ť in the area traveled fast.
It was a full docket of criminal cases as Custer County District Court convened Dec. 20, under Judge Karin Noakes.
Zachary R. Martinez, 18 of Broken Bow, appeared for arraignment in two separate cases. In his first case, Martinez is charged with : count 1 - first degree false imprisonment; count 2 - terroristic threats; count 3 - criminal attempt, distribution of a controlled substance.
Taylin Marie Tobias was born Nov. 15, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She is the daughter of Kash and Emily (Stoltenberg) Tobias of Sargent. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Her grandparents are Todd and Michele Stoltenberg and Kasey and Kathy Tobias, all of Sargent. Great-grandparents include Ken and Shirley Stoltenberg and Edward and Gloria Schmuecker, all of Atkinson, Zac and Roberta Tobias of Sargent, and Maynard and Joan Scholl of Elgin.
Nola G.(Leach) Rosentrater was born in Lantry, S.D., March 19, 1934, to Mildred A. and Conrad A. Leach.
Her parents and two brothers, Darrel C. Leach and Dale L. Leach, preceded her in home-going.
She is survived by four brothers, Robert E. Leach, Allen L. Leach, Eddie L. Leach, and Paul E. Leach; and three sisters, Donna M. Paden, Carol L. Traube and Joyce I. Baars .
Robert A. Blair, 67, passed away Nov. 24, 2012, in Napa, Calif. He was born Jan. 7, 1945, in Omaha, to Arlene and Ralph Blair.
Bob spent many years in Broken Bow, graduating from Broken Bow High School in 1963. He attended Dana College in Blair, however his focus was on flying. While working at New Holland in Grand Island, he pursued his goal and was employed by Grand Island Aviation Center.
Funeral Services for Elsie L. Kraus will be conducted from the United Methodist Church in Eddyville, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Jewell Cemetery in Dawson County, southeast of Eddyville.
Elsie L. Kraus, 95 years of age, of rural Eddyville, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, following a brief illness at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
OCONTO - - Local fire fighters fought to save the home of an Oconto family early Wednesday morning, but by the time they arrived at the scene it was too late. The Ron and Janelle Alspaugh family was able to escape the home without injury, but lost everything they had in the blaze.
MULLEN - - The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is excited to announce the dates of the 6th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race. This unique fun-filled event will be March 1st and 2nd on the Middle Loup River north of Mullen.
Teams of four to eight members race down the river in stock tanks with winning teams determined by time. The event kicks off Friday evening with team registration and a chili cook-off. Chili entries from communities along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway are taste tested by tank racers and winners selected in the categories of taste, theme, and decorations.
The following churches submitted special service schedules for Christmas and Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Broken Bow United Methodist Church, Monday, Dec. 24, 5:00 p.m
Christmas Eve Service, First Christian Church, Broken, Bow, Monday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church and First Baptist Church - joint Christmas Eve Service, at Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church - 5 p.m., Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service - St. John's Episcopal Church, 602 North 10th Ave., Broken Bow -
Service Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m., beginning with Special Music
Memorial services for Howard G. Ellingson, age 90 of Kearney, formerly of Broken Bow, will be Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow with Sharon Ruzicka officiating.
Scattering of his remains will be at a later date. Iverson Memorial Funeral Chapel of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the family.
Howard is survived by two sons, John (Diane) Ellingson of Broken Bow, and Galen (Peg) Ellingson of Broken Bow; one daughter, Cindi (Ron) Rogers of California; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.