September 29th, 2011
HALSEY - - The Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) board of directors, came to the Halsey Elementary School gym Sept. 21 to invite area residents to âgrab the chance to enhance your economy.â Since its conception, SORC has stimulated a positive economic impact to Custer County. Board members Joe Shown, Donny Olson, Clay Mohr, and Alan, Becky and Brock Dailey, came to invite the residents of Thomas and Blaine counties to do the same.
Table after table of produce, baked goods and crafts bring in visitors from all over the county. Shoppers wander slowly from vendor to vendor, eyeing the pickup bed piled high with sweet corn, tables crowded with boxes of tomatoes, fresh watermelons, crisp greens, pungent onions, spicy peppers.
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers, the Broken Bow City Council is looking at a new ordinance which would allow the use of these types of vehicles on its city streets.
The ordinance would require the driver to carry at least a Class O or Farm Permit and to carry proper insurance.
The council discussed possibility at its Monday meeting as well as putting the first reading on the books of Ordinance 1106. The second reading will be it its next meeting, rescheduled from the Columbus Day holiday to Tuesday Oct. 11, beginning at noon in the Broken Bow Municipal Auditorium.
BEATRICE - The United States welcomed 60 new citizens Sept. 16, during a swearing in ceremony that marked the end of a long journey for most, but also the start of a new life.
They came from across the globe, born in 38 different countries, speaking as many languages, with as many stories of their long, hard journey, and as many reasons why the day was so very special.
Broken Bowâs Custer Campus, and Mid Plains Community College campus was given the opportunity to shine Monday. Community leaders from Ogallala were in town to tour the campus and talk to project promoters R.J. Thomas and Jerry Adams about the communityâs vision.
Mid Plains has been working with Ogallala to build an onsite campus in their community. The building has been purchased and plans developed. Dr. Chipps set up the tour, he said, to ârechargeâ project energies.
RAVENNA--The Broken Bow cross country team participated at the rainy and muddy Ravenna Invite last week.
The boyâs squad ran away with the team title and six runners finished in the top 20 and three in the top 10.
Cody Dierking was the runner-up with a time of 17:14, Patrick Wright placed third with a time of 17:51.1, Andrew Pracht placed fourth with a time of 18:10.8.
Evan Rose came in at 13th with a time of 19:24.7, Andrew Bailey finished 17th with a time of 19:40.6 and Grant Phillips finished 20th with a time of 19:52.7.
Don Davis was given the President's Appreciation Award by MPCC President Michael Chipps in recognition of my part in the growth of the Broken Bow Extended Campus. In his remarks, Davis gave credit for the new facility to the Custer County Economic Development Corporation and a lot of very progressive citizens who know the value of lifelong learning, and credit to the citizens of Custer and surrounding counties for their support of the college's efforts in Broken Bow for the past 11 years. The award was presented Sept. 6 in McCook at an inservice for all the college's employees.
Ivan Cool passed away peacefully after a long illness Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at his home in Pismo Beach.
He was born in Broken Bow, in 1922, and grew up on the family farm, which his grandfather had homesteaded in the 1880s. In 1939, Ivan went to California to attend Glendale Junior College, where he met his bride-to-be, Eleanor Berrier. They married in 1942, and as the U.S. had entered World War II, he soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Alvin Gustav Sundell, 86, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor Darwin Garton officiating.
A Masonic and Eastern Star service was held at 7 p.m. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery, with Military honors presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post 81
John Clayton Spencer died peacefully as a result of a brain tumor in his home in Queen Valley, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2011. John, age 67, was born to William Clayton and Leona (Eichelberger) Spencer, June 24, 1944. He lived his early years on the family ranch near Brownlee, and he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1962.
He served two years with the US Army in Germany as a combat engineer during the Viet Nam War. In 1971, he married Beverly Kabel. They had one daughter.