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April 6th, 2015

Bill aims to keep American Indian children with families

April 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — While applying for her driver's license at age 16, Karen Hardenbrook saw her birth certificate and learned what her adoptive parents from Broken Bow never told her: she was born in Winnebago and her mother was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. As a baby, the state removed her from her biological grandmother's crowded home on the reservation.

Today Hardenbrook, 57, lives on the Omaha Reservation in Walthill. She's an enrolled member but at times still feels like an outsider.

Court rules against home-school mom

April 6, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a juvenile court judge had the right to order a mother not to home-school her young daughter, based on the recommendation of child welfare officials and the mother's history of abusive child discipline tactics.

The mother, listed only as "Angel B." in the opinion, had appealed the Lancaster County Juvenile Court's order last summer keeping her from home-schooling her 6-year-old daughter and requiring her to enroll the girl in a school approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services until further notice.

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 4 in 3-vehicle collision near Valley

April 6, 2015

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) — Four people died after a pickup didn't halt at a stop sign and rammed into the side of another vehicle in eastern Nebraska, authorities said Monday.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, about three miles north-northeast of Valley, at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 36 and 252nd Street.

April 2nd

Elizabeth Ivory-Davis, 71

April 2, 2015

Elizabeth “Liz” Ivory-Davis 71, of Ainsworth, Neb., lost her battle with cancer March 18, 2015, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, with her family at her side.

Liz was born on July 8, 1943 in Manhattan, New York to Patrick J. Davis and Helen (Gaynor) Ivory. She married Ross Charles Cowles in 1965 and from this union had one daughter, Suzette (Cowles) Utter. In October of 1981 she remarried Jay Davis of Sturgis, South Dakota, and was married to him until his death in 1998.

Les McCormick, 92

April 2, 2015

Les McCormick, 92, died at Brown County Hospital, Ainsworth Neb., March 22, 2015, surrounded by family.

His service took place in Brewster Neb., at the Community Center Friday March 27, with Govier  Brothers Mortuary officiating.

Thomas Leslie McCormick was born May 18, 1922, to Edward Michael and Pearl Comfort (Dugger) McCormick in Hawley Flats Area near Dunning Neb.

Alice F. Eastman, 79

April 2, 2015

Alice F. Eastman, of Lincoln, passed away March 23, 2015, at the age of 79.

Born Nov. 24, 1935, in Broken Bow, to Morris and Pauline (Hagadorn) Wenquist in their home.

Alice completed high school in Broken Bow and went on to graduate from Hastings College.

She taught elementary school in Lincoln from 1957 to 1965. Alice went on to work as a substitute teacher, then later began working for Health and Human Services of Nebraska. She was a member of second Baptist Church.

Roger Wackerla, 65

April 2, 2015

After an illness of six weeks, Roger Wackerla passed away March 23, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Grand Island at the age of 65 years and 17 days.

Roger was born March 6, 1950, in Broken Bow, Nebr., during the ‘Blizzard of ‘49’ to George E. and Carol D. (Glendy) Wackerla. He was the first of two children born to this union.

His early years were spent on the McDaniel place near Pressey Park where he worked on the L.O. Glendy Ranch with his parents, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunt and cousins.

Ruth Melham Taylor

April 2, 2015

Ruth Melham Taylor passed away March 13, 2015, at her home in Omaha. 

She was born in Broken Bow, to Noah and Sadie Melham and was raised in Sargent. She graduated from Sargent High School. 

Growing up, she worked in the family grocery store, restaurant and Oscar’s Palladium in Sargent. 

Ruth moved to Omaha with her family. She booked and promoted bands for several years. She developed, owned and managed Tootsie’s Shoes, selling dance shoes internationally. She was a lifetime member of the Omaha Phoenician Club.

Lawrence Jaynes, 66

April 2, 2015

The Reverand Lawrence W. Jaynes, Feb 14, 1949 - Mar 27, 2015.

Larry Jaynes, 66, passed away at the Nebraska Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and with the prayers of his many friends near and far.

Larry’s strong and gigantic spirit and his contagious laughter will be remembered and celebrated by all who loved and knew him.

Larry was born in Lawrence, Kan., and spent his childhood in the small town of Yates Center, Kan., graduating from Yates Center High School in 1967.

Steven Lee Rader, 60

April 2, 2015

Steven Lee Rader was born Sept. 29, 1954, in Broken Bow, to Marvin and Ardeth (Wirz) Rader. He passed away peacefully March 16, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln at age of 60 years, 5 months and 16 days.
His early years were spent in Dunning and Kearney, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. The family moved to Lincoln in 1965, and Steve lived there for the remainder of his life.

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