May 17th, 2011
No one understands the sacrifice of the so-called â€śWar on Terrorâ€ť better than Rob Kugler and his family. December 9, 2007, Robâ€™s brother, Mike Doheny, was killed when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in Iraq. For his family, the news of the death of Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden brought a flood of emotion.
Next month three Custer County World War II veterans will be part of the Hero Flight team from heading to Washington, D.C. For the next three weeks we will profile each of those veterans.
Back in June 2007, Custer County became the first in the state of Nebraska to organize a Hero Flight to take these World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Dick Pierce, of Miller, was on that trip as an escort for his father.
Close to 27,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers gathered for the 115th Boston Marathon ran April 18. One of the 27,000 people adding some local flavor was Broken Bow resident Todd Vleiger.
Vleiger is often asked why he runs. His answer is short and simple: â€śI just love to run.â€ť
Running is something thatâ€™s been a part of the Vleiger family for as long as he can remember.
BURWELL -- The South Loup Bobcats became the boys Loup Valley Conference Champions in Burwell last Thursday. The Bobcats battled the Sargent Bulldogs for the top spot all day but in the end the Bobcats 7.5 points better Bulldogs. In the girls race, the Ansley Lady Warriors ran away with the LVC team title taking charge of the event finals. The Lady Warriors tallied 121 points with the Sargent Lady Bulldogs coming in second with 96 points.
The top individual performers on the day were Sargentâ€™s Jed and Guy Fenske along with Ansleyâ€™s Chelsea Entz and Siera Rohde.
The Custer County Chief brings you coverage of all 13 area high school graduations!
Last week we profiled six of those graduations - this week we feature the remaining seven.
Our coverage includes photos from each school's graduation ceremony, a list of scholarship winners from the graduating classes and biographical information on each graduating class. At the Chief, we consider it an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to cover these students throughout their high school careers and to be able to provide this final piece of the puzzle.
The Orscheln Farm & Home in Broken Bow has grown. They have added 6,000 square feet to the sales floor and 3,000 square feet in storage.
The new addition has been in the works for a very long time, for at least 10 years in long-range business plan of store manager Rod Sonnichsen. He talks of the expansion with exuberance.
There will be additions to the product lines, from farm and fencing, to automotive and womenâ€™s clothing.
Shirley Clay Hostetler, 77 of Twin Falls, Idaho, left to be with her Heavenly Father April 18, 2011. Shirley was born to Donald and Violet (Hanneman) Clay Jan. 2, 1934, in Broken Bow.
The family moved to Idaho locating in Twin Falls in March 1940. Shirley attended schools in Twin Falls, Hansen, and Filer graduating from Filer High School in 1952. Shirley also attended Twin Falls Business School, Linkâ€™s Business School in Boise, Idaho, and CSI in Twin Falls.
Robert Allen Lawrence, 84 of Ansley, died April 27, 2011 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Monday May 2, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mary Jane Gockley officiating. Burial was in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with Military Honors by the US Navy Honor Guard.
Gertrude R. Hickey Kutsch, age 88 of Cozad, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Golden Living Care Center in Cozad.
Gertrude was born Aug. 11, 1922, at York, to Cornelius and Sylvia (Gess) McCarthy. Her early education was at the convent in York. The family moved to Custer County where she completed grade school at District 129. She attended high school at Anselmo.
Mary Jane Mills Cooper was born July 30, 1921, one of the third set of twins born to Rosco C. Mills and Albertina Baker Mills. She lived with her parents, two sisters and three brothers on a farm north of Westerville.
When she was 16-years-old, they moved to California. There she later met Richard Cooper, whom she married in 1941. To this union three children were born: sons, George and Steve, and daughter, Elaine.
Mary passed on to be with her Lord March 22, 2011, at San Diego, Calif.