June 4th, 2012
Anthony Dale Blum, 24 years of age from Broken Bow, formerly of the Hildreth-Minden area, died Friday, June 1, 2012, as a result of a traffic accident near Ansley. Anthony was born Aug. 8, 1987, in Minden, to Dale and Jane (Schwartz) Blum. He grew up in the Hildreth-Minden area and graduated from Minden High School in 2006. Anthony attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in business education.
They never thought it would happen to them.
Hunter Campbell saw the oncoming pickup truck in their lane headed straight for them. He thought they would be able to swerve out of the way in time. It wasn't long after impact that he realized how wrong he was.
"I remember Harvey trying to swerve out of the way, but there just wasn't time," Campbell said. "I don't think I blacked out at any point, but once I looked up and saw everyone moaning, I crawled out the back and it was just me and Grayson (Minnick) out there."
The community of Broken Bow came together Saturday morning at the City Square for a time of remembrance and reflection following a tragic accident Friday afternoon that claimed the lives of two Broken Bow teachers and coaches, and an Ansley man. Coach Zane Harvey, 38, Coach Anthony Blum, 24, and Albert Sherbeck, 70, were killed in the accident on Highway 2 one mile west of Ansley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.
A two vehicle crash on Highway 2 in Custer County has claimed the life of three Custer County men and sent eight Broken Bow High School students to area hospitals.
Will and Julie (Sybrant) White have lived in Haiti for 12 years, where Will is a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF provides transportation for mission, church and relief workers within Haiti.
A usual term with MAF is three and a half years overseas and a six month furlough in the US. However, this time the Whiteâ€™s extended this furlough so the kids could have an entire school year in an American school.
Will and Julieâ€™s daughter, Abby, was in third grade this year, and her classmates decided they wanted to do a service project for Haiti.
If you looking for a place to sink your teeth into some good barbecue, then Oconto is the place to be this Saturday, June 2.
Once again, an array of some of central Nebraskaâ€™s finest barbecue specialists will square off in the Oconto Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ competition.
The event is sponsored by the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department. The competitive event draws about 10 cooks who provide all-you-can-eat good cooking. Gates open at 5 p.m., and an on-site beer garden will serve ice cold drinks from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Low and away.
Thatâ€™s the rule pitcher Michael Coleman stuck to in the season opener against Gothenburg Saturday.
The philosophy didnâ€™t steer him wrong. Broken Bow cruised to a 10-0 victory behind Colemanâ€™s 10 strikeouts.
Colemanâ€™s confidence in his arm didnâ€™t leave him surprised at his stellar outing.
â€śIt was nice because I didnâ€™t have to throw a lot of curve balls. I just threw a lot of fastballs low and away and they couldnâ€™t handle it.â€ť
While striking out 10, Coleman was also extremely efficient, allowing no walks and only giving up two hits in his five innings of work.
The Spirit softball team recovered from a tough first inning, where they allowed nine runs, to win 18-12 in the home opener against Ravenna. Further coverage will be provided in the June 7 edition of the Custer County Chief.
While the Spirit softball team didnâ€™t come away with a win in the tournament to open the season, they did come away with some valuable lessons.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working on covering the bases when the other team bunts a lot,â€ť said pitcher/shortstop Kelsie Myers.
In the teamâ€™s second round robin game against Alliance, errant throws in the infield aided an Alliance victory.
It was from this game that the team learned how to keep the runners contained
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County District Court Thursday morning on two felony charges: Count 1 - use of a weapon to commit a felony, and Count 2 - criminal mischief.
The charges stem from a March 18, 2012, incident in which Esch is accused of shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle in front of the home of Deputy Sheriff Dan Spanel.