May 17th, 2012
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, appeared in Custer County Court Monday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Esch is charged with two felonies: Count 1 - felony criminal mischief, a Class IV felony; Count 2 - use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony. The charges stem from a March 18 incident of a shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle. Esch turned himself in to authorities April 10.
Esch and his attorney also requested a bond reduction, which Judge Gary Washburn denied. Esch remains in custody on $5 million 10 percent bond
With still a few absentee and provisional ballots left to come in, Custer County agreed with the rest of the state in pushing Republican Deb Fischer to an easy victory in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Fischer earned and unofficial total of 1,173 votes in Custer County, while Jon Bruning brought in 478 votes and Don Stenberg 254.
For the Republican representative for Congress, it was Adrian Smith in a landslide over Bob Lingenfelter by an unofficial total of 1,700 to 211.
Fifty-eight seniors received their diplomas during the 2012 commencement ceremony at Broken Bow High School Saturday afternoon.
Broken Bow was one of 11 area high schools conducting graduations over the weekend, and the Chief will have coverage of each one in this week's edition.
Congratulations Class of 2012!!
Broken Bow competed at the B-5 district track meet on Thursday. The womens team took 9th with three total points and the mens side took 7th with 20 total points. The Indians saw Cody Dierking and Tanner Briggs qualify for the state meet. Krisha Scott and Andrew Pracht are also possible qualifiers. Those updates will be provided when available. For extended coverage. check the May 17 issue of the Custer County Chief.
In the D-7 District track meet, Ansley-Litchfield came away as district champions on the womens side. They finished with 147 total points and send 12 athletes to the state meet in Omaha May 18 and 19. S-E-M finished 7th with a total of 32 points and Arcadia was 9th with 26 points.
On the mens side, Ansley-Litchfield took 3rd with 72 total points. S-E-M placed 4th with 71 points and Arcadia finished 7th with 25 points.
In the D9 District track meet, area schools had some impressive performances. On the womens side, Anselmo-Merna placed 2nd with a total of 72 points. Mullen took 4th with a total of 62 points. South Loup was 5th with 61 points. Twin Loup placed with 52 points. Sandhills/Thedford took 8th with a total of 22 points.
On the mens side, Twin Loup came away as district champions with 138 points. South Loup was 2nd with 133 points. Anselmo Merna placed 4th with 64 points. Mullen was 6th with 34 points and Sandhills/Thedford took 10th with one point.
Ground was officially broken on the North Park Elementary school project in Broken Bow Thursday morning, with some of the students themselves having the honor of turning the first shovel of dirt. A student representative from each class was selected to participate in the ground breaking ceremony.
For much more on this story, as well as lots of pictures of this momentous event, see the May 17 Custer County Chief!
COMSTOCK - - Just when many had thought they had heard the last of a music festival in Comstock, the rumor mill has once again begun to churn. And there seems to be some question as to what is fact and what is fiction.
According to the festivalâ€™s website, comstockmusicfestivals.com, a country festival is in the works for the end of this month. The website is advertising the need for stage hands to help set up the stage Thursday, May 31, and tear it down Monday, June 4.
Warm temperatures in March and April kick started the farming/gardening season across western and north central Nebraska. However, the National Weather Service in North Platte reminds us that typically we still have the potential for freezing temperatures into the month of May. Many plants are sensitive to frosting and/or freezing conditions. Frost can develop when the temperature reaches or drops below 36 degrees, while a freeze will occur when temperatures reach or fall below 32 degrees.
THEDFORD - - A dozen high school seniors received their diplomas at the 2012 Thedford High School graduation ceremony May 5. The school also recognized six foreign exchange students during the ceremony.
A list of graduates, their future plans, scholarships received, and more photos can be found in this week's Custer County Chief. For the next two weeks, we will be saluting the Class of 2012 from our area high schools, and will feature our Senior Salutes in the May 10 edition. Be sure and get your copy and join us in congratulating this class of young adults!