February 6th, 2014
LOUP CITY - - While most children her age were getting up bright and early Dec. 25, excited to open their Christmas presents, little Aubree Carlsen was about to receive a totally different kind of gift - a gift that doctors hoped would save her life.
Aubree, the 2-year-old daughter of Chris and Kayla Carlsen of Loup City, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia Dec. 24, 2013, and started her first round of chemotherapy on Christmas Day at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Omaha.
Neil P. Drake, age 24 of Comstock, died Sunday Jan. 26, 2014, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt and Father Frank Schuster officiating. Burial was in the Lee Park Cemetery west of Arcadia.
Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.
Neil Patrick Drake was born Jan. 11, 1990, at Kearney, to Kevin and Cindy (O'Neill) Drake. Neil graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School in 2008.
Dan S. Daily, age 71 of Anselmo, formerly of North Platte, passed away Feb. 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Cozad. He was born Dec. 4, 1942, at Sargent, to Steve and Irene (Cooley) Daily.
Dan attended elementary schools in Milburn and Anselmo before graduating from Merna High School in 1961. He served faithfully in the United States Marine Corp during Vietnam.
Donald D. Mason, 82, of Grand Island, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Tabor Manor Care Center in
Services were Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the Litchfield Christian Church in Litchfield with the Rev. Marty Robbins officiating. Burial was in the Litchfield Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled Veterans.
Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna was in charge of arrangements.
Donald Dean Mason was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Custer County, to James Frank and Annie (Fowlie)
Mason. He was educated in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1949.
Paul E. Saner, 83, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 28, 2014, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 20, 1931, to Pearl and Jeanette (Wilson) Saner at Dunning.
Paul grew up in Dunning and graduated from Dunning High School in 1950. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
After his honorary discharge he returned to Nebraska and was united in marriage to Sharyn Hilderbrand. He worked as respiratory therapist and a technician at Berg Type-writer.
Darlene Gericke Darveau, 94, passed away Dec. 20, 2013, in Heritage Hall Health Care in Broken
Bow. She was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Alliance. Her parents, Dr. George J. Hand and Nellie Luton of Alliance preceded her in death.
Darlene graduated from Alliance High School in 1938. She married Jack O Gericke in 1939, and he preceded her in death in 1973.
Darlene worked as a bookkeeper in several businesses in Alliance through the years and in 1973 she was house keeper for the Holy Rosary Rectory for nine years.
LINCOLN--Nebraska's minimum wage was the hot-button issue in Monday's Business and Labor Committee hearing. The committee heard
testimony on two proposals--Legislative Bills 943 and Bill 947--and most witnesses stood in favor of them. But opponents said raising the
minimum wage could hurt the economy, workers and small businesses.
If passed, LB943 would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an
Basketball Scores from Friday, February 21
Broken Bow 51, Minden 40
Gothenburg 53, Ogallala 37
Grand Island Central Catholic 63, St. Paul 47
Hemingford 70, Crawford 27
Holdrege 51, Aurora 49
Kearney Catholic 73, Adams Central 63
Ravenna 52, Ord 48
Sandhills/Thedford 67, Brady 51
SMC 52, Arthur County 46
South Loup 54, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 51, OT
Twin Loup 57, Mullen 55
Valentine 59, Gordon/Rushville 15
Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Amherst 51
Holdrege 58, Aurora 30
Basketball scores from Thursday, February 20
The Associated Press
Banner County 50, Morrill 36
Beatrice 59, Ralston 42
Bridgeport 74, Kimball 57
Chadron 55, Douglas, S.D. 47
David City 45, Tri County 17
Hemingford 80, Edgemont, S.D. 30
Humphrey St. Francis 64, Lutheran High Northeast 58
Kearney 68, Omaha Northwest 56
Leyton 63, Crawford 38
Lincoln East 56, Millard South 52
Lincoln Southeast 57, Omaha Burke 56
McCook 53, Kearney Catholic 47
Norfolk 72, Millard North 56
Omaha Benson 63, Lincoln Northeast 42
Omaha Central 49, Omaha South 42
Omaha North 47, Grand Island 34
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Prison overcrowding is prompting lawmakers to take a new look at supervised release programs in Nebraska, along with reforms to the system that awards "good time" credit to reduce prison sentences.
Lawmakers will begin that work this week with a proposed overhaul measure of the state's overcrowded prisons, which have risen to 153 percent of their design capacity with nearly 4,900 inmates. Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, who is leading a state prison-reform effort, said Nebraska needs to expand community programs for inmates to help them return to society.