November 17th, 2011
Phylbert Elaine Johnson, 86 of Sargent, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Lincoln. She was born Feb. 19, 1925, at Westerville, to Albert and Olive (Ducker) Hallman.
She grew up in Ansley, and graduated from Ansley High School in 1942. She attended Kearney State Teachers College for two years and received her teaching certificate. She received her bachelors degree from Kearney State College in 1971. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Westerville, Oconto, Elsie and Sargent Public Schools.
Ellwyn E. Cochran, 78, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Aztec, NM. In his words, â€śThatâ€™s a ripe old age for a Cochran.â€ť
Ellwyn was a brilliant man, and lived a brilliant life. He was born on the family farm Nov. 25, 1932, in Loup County. He grew up on the farm, and had many stories to tell of farming with horses, their first tractor, and even burning down the barn while cooking sparrow eggs.
It's been one week since the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno for failing to morally do the right thing and report child abuse.
The man who was known for winning, and winning the right way did not do the right thing and it cost him his job, tarnished his reputation, and changed the way many of us will now look at athletics.
I'm a Christian and it's hard for me to come to terms with this and wrap my mind around it. Fortunately, the child predator was caught.
Unfortunately, he wasn't caught soon enough.
Numerous questions will probably never be answered.
It takes a savvy business person to recognize a niche in a community, then seize the opportunity to fill it. And though neither Bethany Knudsen or Dustin Spanel has ever owned their own business before, that is exactly what they did.
Dustin says he became aware of the opportunity when the western store Way Out West closed. "It left a hole in the community," he says. That is when the wheels started turning in his head of starting a business of his own - and a western store seemed perfect.
Custer County Board of Supervisor District lines have been reconstructed. State law says that each district within a county must be organized so that the population base is as even as possible. Although the population in Custer County decreased from 11,793 to 10,939 in the last census, Broken Bowâ€™s population gain from 3515 to 3559 helped move the supervisors' district lines off balance.
The Board of Supervisors passed resolution 50-2011 Tuesday morning establishing the new voting districts. For more on the redistricting process see this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief.
Sargent dropped Loomis 48-0 last night. The Bulldogs advance to the Class D2 state championship and will take on Howells in a rematch of last years state championship final. Kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk brought the ninth day of the special session to sudden and unexpected calm and content. Â
About 90 minutes into debate of Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s oil pipeline routing bill, Flood stunned lawmakers and onlookers with news that TransCanada will voluntarily re-route its controversial pipeline. Called Keystone XL, the pipeline would have bisected Nebraska, its fragile Sandhills and the massive Ogallala Aquifer as it pumped Albert, Canada, tar sands oil to American refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
Broken Bow High School presented Drama and Dessert last Friday and tackled a tough subject at the same time. Their production of the one-act drama â€śTurning Points,â€ť provided a startling glimpse into teenage alcohol abuse. Proceeds from the evening went toward the 2012 One Act production. For more on Drama and Dessert, see this weekâ€™s Custer County Chief.
LINCOLN â€” The Nebraska Legislature got one step closer to enacting new pipeline laws last week as they closed the first round of committee hearings that opened debate on five bills.
As of Thursday, Nov. 10, just one bill has so far been voted into first-round debate on the Unicameral floor, Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeierâ€™s Legislative Bill 4. Committees have not yet voted on the four other pipeline bills.
Lorraine O. G'Schwind, 91, of Callaway, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Good Samaritan Center in Callaway. She was born Aug. 8, 1920, at Merna, to Arthur and Hulda (Nitz) Hirsch.
Lorraine attended Wayside country school and graduated from Merna High School with the class of 1937. She was united in marriage to Herbert Arthur G'Schwind Oct. 30, 1939, at Merna. The couple lived on a farm near Callaway where their four children were born.