It was a short docket of criminal cases in Custer County District Court Thursday, Dec. 15, with two of the three cases being either continued or dismissed.
The one case that was completed as scheduled was the sentencing of Jade T. Gracey, 34. Gracey was arraigned April 21, 2011, on a charge of felony driving under revocation, from a Feb. 4, 2011 incident. His license had previously been revoked for a period of 15 years, and Gracey was six years into that revocation period at the time of his arrest.
Nellie Smith, 96, of Sargent died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent. The Father Jim Hunt will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the church.
Keith D. Keys, age 83, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at his home in Elsmere. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Sandhills Community Church in Dunning, with Pastor Lee Wonch officiating. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with military honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 19; 3 to 6 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church.
*In the Dec. 15 edition of the Custer County Chief, memorial information was incorrect. Please note that a memorial for Mr. Ottun has been established to the Berean Church Grace Fund (which helps people in the community with certain needs) or to 750 AM, KMMJ, â€˜Keeping Minds on the Message of Jesus.â€™ The Custer County Chief apologizes for this error and any confusion it may have caused.*
Gaylord Berent Ottun, 74, of Round Valley, passed away at the Jennie M.Melham Hospital Dec. 6, 2011, after a lengthy battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
Richard K. Foote, of Kimberling City, Mo., son of Robert and Garnet Foote, was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Hastings. He departed this life Dec. 9, 2011, in his home, surrounded by family, at the age of 78.
Dick graduated from Hastings High School in 1951, and Hastings College in 1957. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954-1956 and the Army Reserves for two years. Dick received the Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He was always very proud of his country and proud to be an American.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney was the setting of the Oct. 15, 2011, wedding between Jennifer Jean Schipporeit and Terry Lee Dierberger. Pastor Robert Kuefner officiated.
Craig and Cindy Struckman of Ord and the late Shaun Schipporeit are the parents of the bride. Chester and Mary Dierberger of Scotia are parents of the groom.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership organization for women who are descended from a person involved in United States' independence. The organization has a rich heritage, with some state chapters dating from as early as Oct. 11, 1890.
DAR's motto is "God, Home, and Country." Patriotism and community involvement are a big part of the organization, and this week the local chapter of D.A.R. gave special recognition to a local woman who epitomizes both.
THEDFORD - - The Thomas County Commissioners approved a proposal to conduct an open road race on the Halsey-Purdum road at a meeting Dec. 6. Blaine County Commissioners endorsed the event in their November meeting.
The "Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race" will be held Aug. 9, 2012, and is an addition to the 12th annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge scheduled for Aug. 11. A grid of 50 cars will compete in three speed classes with the goal of finishing closest to pre-determined course times.
For the past three months, nine UNL landscape architecture students have been studying the community of Broken Bow - the businesses, the residential areas, the parks. Monday evening that group of students presented their final plans to the community consisting of their ideas for improving what we have and creating what we need for community growth and development.
Many of you may recall a scene from the popular movie National Lampoonâ€™s Christmas Vacation, where the Griswold family goes shopping for the family Christmas tree. While the movie does exaggerate the pitfalls of the experience, many of us are aware from our own experience that this family outing can sometimes be quite a hassle. For those of you searching for the perfect live Christmas tree, the Halsey forest might be just the ticket for that family outing.