Barbara J. Garrett, 82 of Arvada, Colo., formerly of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Arnold, passed away Dec. 2, 2010. She was born March 10, 1928, in Arnold to George and Ethel (Maxson) Scott.
She graduated from Arnold High School in 1946. She married Ivan Garrett of Stapleton March 19, 1949. They had four children; Ronald Lee of Hurricane, Utah, Marla Jean Heckenlively of Firestone, Colo., Patti Ann Nelson of Arvada, Colo., and Donald Dee of Redondo Beach, Calif.
They moved to Redondo Beach in 1953, and lived there for 45 years before locating to Arvada due to health issues.
Last Saturday, Gary and Melanie Doyle opened up their home to visitors - lots and lots of visitors.
Those visitors came from miles away, most of them curious to see just how an old schoolhouse can function as a family home. Nearly everyone was very impressed with what they saw.
The Doyleâ€™s say they were very surprised at the turnout for their Open House, with 130 guests signing the guest book in the front entrance of the home. Many of those attending had gone to school in the building, while others were simply intrigued at the thought of such a transformation.
Ongoing investigations by the Broken Bow Police Department have led to the arrests last week of two men on burglary charges involving local businesses, according to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott.
William A. Byrne, 21 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County Court Monday. Byrne was charged with a Class III felony for burglary, and a Class III felony for theft in connection with the Oct. 6, 2010, burglary at the McDonaldâ€™s Restaurant in Broken Bow. Chief Scott said that a second person has also been charged in connection with this crime, but no details are available at this time.
The Chief has learned of a tragic mistake, which cost a war hero her life.
Her name was Target - a shepherd mix dog who traveled all the way to the United States from Afghanistan. On Nov. 15, a county employee in Arizona mistakenly euthanized Target - an error that cost that employee their job and outraged a nation.
Nebraska's November firearm deer harvest set a record this fall, rising 18 percent over last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The 2010 November firearm deer harvest was 63,300, compared to 53,767 in 2009. Most of the increase is from antlerless white-tailed deer harvest, as 21,000 bonus antlerless white-tailed deer tags were added this year.
Part 2 of a 2-part series.
We are fortunate to live in an area where we know our neighbors, where we feel like we can trust people. And for the most part, we can. However, our rural setting does not make us immune to scam artists. If anything, it makes us even more susceptible.
Last week we presented a lot of information on how to recognize a scam and what to do to protect yourself from being deceived. This week, to conclude our series, we will focus on what to do if you discover you have been the victim of fraud.
The Festival of Lights parade was cancelled last week in Broken Bow due to the weather, but the floats were already put together and plaques purchased so those businesses had their floats on display for the judges and the public. The viewing took place on the north side of the square last Thursday evening. Pictured are Santa and some of his elves, who appeared on the float entered by The Kloset. This float was awarded second place by the judges. See this week's Custer County Chief for more Christmas float pictures.
Lloyd A. Wells, age 88, of Broken Bow, passed away Nov. 27, 2010, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.
Lloyd was born Sept. 16, 1922, to Frank and Mattie Wells.
After graduating from Broken Bow High School, Lloyd lived at home in the Sandhills north of Milburn.
Lloyd being one of seven children, enjoyed ranch life and their new home that his oldest brother, Woodrow, built to replace the sod house where he was born and raised. Lloyd was soon drafted into the army and received his basic training
Ruby Pearl (Peterson) McCandless, 97, of Broken Bow, passed away of natural causes Nov. 29, 2010, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Ruby was born June 7, 1913, in a sod house at Weissert, Custer County, Nebraska, to Milton and Mable (Govier) Peterson. She was the youngest of nine children. She live all of her life in Custer County.
Ruby married Melvin LeRoy (Roy) McCandless Dec. 22, 1932, in Julesburg, Colo. They had four sons, William, Eldon, Terry and Nick; and one daughter, Ardith Joleen.
Gerald Wilber Smith, 73, of Gothenburg, died Nov. 30, 2010, in Gothenburg. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Ontario, Ore., son of J. Elton and Edith (Rettig) Smith.
He grew up in Eastern Oregon and attended schools in Durkee and Brogan and graduated from Ontario High.
Jerry served his country in the Army from Dec. 1960 to Nov. 1962.
Jerry married Judith Miller, March 1964, in Reno Nev. Jerry and Judy lived and worked on a ranch in Oregon. They moved to Nebraska in 1972 where Jerry operated a Well Service for almost 25 years.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses.