While Mid-Plains Community College has offered classes in Broken Bow for several years, the new extended campus brings even more opportunities to those wishing to further their education while remaining in the community. In an effort funded completely by private donations, the new facility was completed on the west edge of Broken Bow just in time for fall classes.
Pamela Jane Rodocker, 64, of Halsey, died near Halsey Dec. 22, 2011.
She was born June 17, 1947, in Hebron, to Robert and Leona Williamson Widler. She lived in Belvidere, before later moving with her family to Anselmo, and then settling in Dunning.
She graduated from Halsey-Dunning High School in 1965, and Feb. 22, 1969, she married Terry D. Rodocker in Halsey. To this union was born a daughter, Teena. Pam made Halsey her home until her death.
Charles D. Grow, age 85, of North Platte, passed away Dec. 24, 2011, at the Kearney County Long Term Care Facility in Minden.
He was born Feb. 20, 1926, the son of Frank and Emily (Steen) Grow in Loup City. He grew up in Loup City, and graduated from Loup City High School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After his discharge he went to Kearney State College. Chuck graduated in 1949, and taught school at Anselmo/Merna for a year.
Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson surprised voters Tuesday, when he announced plans to retire from the political arena he has served in for much of his life. Nelson issued the following statement.
â€śMy Fellow Nebraskans: Iâ€™ve had the honor of serving as your Governor and United States Senator. During this time weâ€™ve accomplished a great deal. As Governor I helped our state experience unprecedented economic growth, cut taxes and left state government with a surplus.
For the convenience of our valued customers, our office will be open during regular business hours Monday, Dec. 26. The staff of the Custer County Chief wants to wish you and yours a very safe and enjoyable Christmas season!
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors met Wednesday, Dec. 21, with the Board unanimously authorizing MPCC President Dr. Michael Chipps to execute an agreement to transfer title to the premises known as the Broken Bow Extended Campus to Mid-Plains Community College, and to execute a Deed of Trust in favor of Custer Campus, Inc, to secure performance under that agreement. The action is required by MPCC Board Policy 3450, Mid-Plains Community College Property, which requires an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of all Board members is required.
For the past 18 years, people have been singing the Blues in Arnold. This week many folks are experiencing a case of â€śthe bluesâ€ť as the announcement was made that the annual South Loup River Blues & BBQ, more commonly known as Blues Fest, is calling it quits.
Blues Fest is the â€śbabyâ€ť of KCNI/KBBN owner and general manager David J. Birnie, who organized the first event in 1993 as a station promotion. Through the station, Birnie had been involved with some fair shows and had experienced some successes with those, so he decided to take his love of Blues and see if he could make an event fly.
Harry Duane Jacobsen was born Aug. 14, 1954, in Visalia, Calif., to Harry and Norene (Hanlon) Jacobsen, and passed from this life Dec. 16, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center while awaiting a kidney and liver transplant. He was known to many people by different names - B.J., Bud and Wiener. His card playing buddies knew him as "Duey" - his friends at work called him "Jake". To his family he was "Duane"- that differentiated him from the other "Jakes" in the Jacobsen family.
Duane Erikson of rural Arnold passed away Dec. 16, 2011, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. Duane was born Oct. 8, 1924, on the family farm on Tallin Table south of Arnold to Martin and Hazel (Cole) Erikson, their only child.
Duane grew up farming and ranching. Duane attended rural grade school at District 240 and graduated from Arnold High School in 1942, where he was active in music. After high school, he continued working on the family farm and ranch, never wanting to do anything else.
Johnny R. McCarty, 86 of Grand Island, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Cremation has taken place and burial of ashes will be at a later date in the Dale Valley Cemetery at Merna. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. McCarty was born Oct. 6, 1925, at Merna, the son of Michael and Irene (Dale) McCarty.
Survivors are a brother, Lawrence (Mike) McCarty of Seattle, Wash., and 12 nieces and nephews.