April 21st, 2011
Ivan Coleman was born Oct. 16, 1930, in the rural Cliff Community near Merna, to Clarence and Mabel (Schaad) Coleman. he left this life April 12, 2011, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow, due to a lengthy illness following a stroke Sept. 23, 2010.
Ivan received his elementary education at the Fairview School District and graduated from Merna High School in 1949, with sports being one of his greatest interests. he was a member of the Nebraska state champion football team in 1948.
All voters in the Broken Bow School District have an opinion, and the school board and administrators would like to hear them.
Starting next week, all registered voters within School District 25 will begin receiving telephone survey calls. According to Broken Bow Superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon, the main goal of this survey is to find out what is important to the community in terms of the schools.
âThis is to help us know the hopes and wishes of the community as we move forward,â Dr. Moon explained.
With a unanimous vote by the Board of Education, the Broken Bow School district will benefit from the addition of a new administrator beginning next fall.
A 210-contract was approved at the April 18 meeting for Kirk Crawley as Assistant Elementary Principal, with a salary of $65,500. Crawley has served the district as elementary teacher for more than 30 years.
The Custer County Chief is standing tall. The newspaper walked away with 12 awards from this yearâs NPA (Nebraska Press Association) âBetter Newspaper Contest.â
The Chief was honored Saturday with two first place finishes, six seconds, and four thirds at the stateâs annual Nebraska Press Convention in Lincoln.
âI am so proud of the staff, and of what they are able to accomplish,â said Publisher Deb McCaslin. âTo even be mentioned in the General Excellence division is tough, much less come home with second place honors in that department.â
MINDEN -- The Broken Bow boys and girls traveled to Minden last Tuesday. The boys team finished fourth behind team champion Hastings Adam Central, Holdrege and Cozad.
Broken Bowâs Patrick Wright and Cody Dierking continue to lead the Indians in the distance races. Wright placed second in the 1600 meter run and third in the 3200 meter run while Dierking placed fourth in both events.
The schools of Callaway and Arnold are winding down their first year as a co-op athletic program, the South Loup Bobcats. These students, however, took it one step further and petitioned the school boards and parents of both schools to approve a combined Prom. Last Saturday, that event took place as students from the two schools dressed to the nines and met at Arnold High School.
BURWELL - Many area teams returned to the asphalt oval after rain and snow postponed events that were scheduled last week. Among the meets that were postponed was the Burwell Invite which was moved to this past Monday. Five of the six area teams originally scheduled to participate braved cool, wet conditions with the home team Burwell sweeping the boys and girls team titles. In the boys division, Sargent finished second to Burwell followed by Ansley and Anselmo-Merna in third and fourth. Arcadia placed sixth with Loup County and Sandhills/Thedford tieing for seventh.
Central Nebraska witnessed what most hope will be the last blast of winter late last week. A strong storm system made its way through the area late Thursday and throughout the day Friday, forcing school delays and closings, and event postponements and cancellations. The storm also produced very hazardous driving conditions, as is evident by this photo of a Broken Bow Public Schools bus which slid off the road on Highway 70 Friday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time; bus driver Norm McCaslin was in route to get the kids at the time the wind blew him off the road.
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâs districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.
Residents of Custer County are being offered a FREE, high-speed notification system to warn them of impending severe weather. And this time of year, severe weather poses a very real threat to the citizens of our area.
Custer County Emergency Management Director Shawn Owens works closely with the cities and communities in Custer County to implement public safety plans. Owens, who took over the office March 1, says it is the task of his office to make sure the proper departments and entities throughout the county are equipped to respond to any emergency situation.