March 27th, 2012
MERNA - - Students at Anselmo-Merna schools were given a first-hand lesson in overcoming adversity last week. Rohan Murphy was the guest speaker at the school March 23.
Murphy is from Long Island, NY and was the keynote speaker in Kearney for the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Associa-tion conference on the same day. The A-M Wrestling Club contributed to the cost of bringing Mr. Murphy to the school.
HALSEY - - The Scott Lookout Tower at the Bessey Ranger District near Halsey has reopened and tours can be scheduled with advanced notification. The Tower, originally built in 1944, is on the Nebraska Historical Register and has been a key tour attraction for visitors on the Bessey Ranger District.
A large crowd gathered to enjoy food and beverages, and congratulate the staff of the Heritage Bank during Business After Hours in Broken Bow March 16.
The bank is now open in its new location on the Custer Campus, behind Mid-Plains Community College Extended Campus. Bank staff greeted visitors and conducted tours during an open house in the new building last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Broken Bow mens golf team placed 3rd at the North Platte Invite on Friday. The Indians finished only behind Grand Island and North Platte. Junior Tanner Johnson finished 4th overall, shooting a 74. Broken Bow shot a team total of 339.
Randy Jay Lichtenberger, age 55 of Mason City, died Monday March 12, 2012, at his home in Mason City.
Memorial services were Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. John Gosswein officiating. Memori-als may be given to the family.
Randy Jay Lichtenberger was born July 7, 1956, to Jay and Reta (Stithem) Lichten-berger at Broken Bow. In October 1959, they moved to California. Randy attended grade school at Fellows, Calif., and graduated from Taft, Calif. High School.
Kathy Jo Thompson, 59 of Broken Bow, surrounded by her children, peacefully went to live with her heavenly father Wednesday, March 14, 2012 after a courageous 5-year battle with cancer.
She was bom Nov. 12, 1952, in Broken Bow to Donald and Mahala Thompson. The second of four children, she graduated from McPherson County High School in 197l. She attended Kearney State College, graduating with a bachelor of arts in education in 1976. She taugbt at several small schools in the Sandhills region of Nebraska.
Delmer Applegarth Sr., age 83 of Broken Bow, died Friday March 16, 2012, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were March 20, 2012 in Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Rick Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. A memorial has been established to the family.
Delmer was born Oct. 2, 1928, at Keene, to Clyde Henry and Amelia Goldie (Peterson) Applegarth. At a young age he moved with his family to Weissert.
Bill Hickenbottom, age 77 of Dallas, Ga., passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The son of the late Velda Philip Hickenbottom and the late, Reva Leota Hickenbot-tom, he was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Broken Bow.
Mr. Hickenbottom was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 111. He was retired from Atlanta Provision Company as a shipping clerk.
Mr. Hickenbottom enjoyed woodworking, gardening. telling stories and he loved his dogs.
Joseph Nagy, age 95 of Stuart, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Parkside Manor in Stuart.
Joseph Lewis Nagy was born in Cresent, Ohio Nov. 16, 1916. His father owned a store that served the mining community. At age 12 he moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from John Marshall High school in a class of 432 with an honor key. He attended Ohio State University for two years then worked in the civil service department in Washington D.C. until 1941, when he entered the US Army.
W. K. "Bud" Rynearson was born May 27, 1921, to William M. and Elberta (McGehee) Rynearson at Madison. He passed away March 14, 2012, at the Ainsworth Care Center in Ainsworth, at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 16 days.
Bud was baptized into the Methodist faith at Madison, in 1933. He received his elementary and high school education in the public schools of Madison.