June 13th, 2011
Leola Edith (Pete) Gibson Rourke, 91, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Ore., of natural causes after a long struggle with Alzheimers disease.
Leola was born Dec. 24, 1919, in her grandparents sod house at Eudell, in Custer County, and raised in Broken Bow. She married Joseph William (Joe) Rourke Jan. 19, 1938, in Boise, Idaho. He preceeded her in death April 19, 2006.
Throughout the Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. this past weekend, people approached the World War II veterans - shaking their hands and thanking them for their service. Such was the case when the group visited the World War II Memorial, when the camera caught these two young girls thanking Les McCormick, left, of Brewster, and Arleigh Sintek of Ansley.
See this week's Custer County Chief for pictures and details of the 2011 Central Nebraska Hero Flight.
ANSLEY - - Eugene Raphael Chartraw was still in high school when he registered for the U.S. Army, and enlisted right out of high school in 1944. During the next two years he experienced hand-to-hand combat, was listed as Missing In Action, and was a guard at the Nuremberg Trials. But the last thing he considers himself is a hero.
Chartraw had been classified as farm deferment, but he didnâ€™t take it. Instead he enlisted, prepared to do whatever he was called upon to do in defense of our country and our freedoms.
OCONTO - - God seemed to be smiling on the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department Saturday by providing picture perfect weather for the annual Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ. And plenty of people took advantage of that nice weather to enjoy some great food, live entertainment and a good time with family and friends.
The population of Oconto increased by roughly 12.11 times Saturday night, with a total estimated attendance of 1,829. Ocontoâ€™s current population, according to the 2010 census, stands at 151.
The attendance figures broke down as follows:
Adults (age 12 and up) - 1,689
Ronald J. Vincent, 49 of Sargent, appeared in Custer County District Court last week for arraignment. After reaching a plea agreement with the state, Vincent entered pleas of No Contest to three felony counts.
Vincent had originally been charged with seven felonies, following an April 26 incident northwest of Sargent in which he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup and hit an embankment. Vincent threatened two passers-by who stopped to render aid, with a gun he had in the seat of the pickup. The two men were able to wrestle the gun away from Vincent.
BROKEN BOW--The Broken Bow Junior baseball team couldnâ€™t keep up with Holdrege and lost 18-4 in three innings at Paul Brown Field Saturday evening.
Holdrege was able to capitalize on Broken Bowâ€™s inability to throw strikes. Broken Bowâ€™s Preston Sanchez couldnâ€™t find the strike zone and walked five batters in the first inning and allowed six runs.
Jake McCormick replaced Sanchez and pitched into the second inning giving up five runs and walking four batters.
Bow finally succumbed in the third inning, allowing seven runs and the game was ended due to the mercy rule.
William Frank Baller, age 69, of Broken Bow, died Tuesday May 24, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Memorial services will be at a later date.
Ardis R. Goodner, age 75, of Broken Bow died Tuesday May 24, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Center in Callaway.
Funeral services were May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with DAR rites. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Care Home in Callaway.
Ronald J. Rice, 62 of Berwyn, formerly of Ord, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral Services were June 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Heartland Assembly of God Church in Ord with Pastor Lonny Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to his three granddaughters. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Fred A. West Sr., age 78 of Broken Bow, died May 24, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services will be Friday June 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel. Visitation will be today, Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary with family greeting friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.