April 21st, 2011
The Custer County Chief is standing tall. The newspaper walked away with 12 awards from this yearâ€™s NPA (Nebraska Press Association) â€śBetter Newspaper Contest.â€ť
The Chief was honored Saturday with two first place finishes, six seconds, and four thirds at the stateâ€™s annual Nebraska Press Convention in Lincoln.
â€śI am so proud of the staff, and of what they are able to accomplish,â€ť said Publisher Deb McCaslin. â€śTo even be mentioned in the General Excellence division is tough, much less come home with second place honors in that department.â€ť
MINDEN -- The Broken Bow boys and girls traveled to Minden last Tuesday. The boys team finished fourth behind team champion Hastings Adam Central, Holdrege and Cozad.
Broken Bowâ€™s Patrick Wright and Cody Dierking continue to lead the Indians in the distance races. Wright placed second in the 1600 meter run and third in the 3200 meter run while Dierking placed fourth in both events.
The schools of Callaway and Arnold are winding down their first year as a co-op athletic program, the South Loup Bobcats. These students, however, took it one step further and petitioned the school boards and parents of both schools to approve a combined Prom. Last Saturday, that event took place as students from the two schools dressed to the nines and met at Arnold High School.
BURWELL - Many area teams returned to the asphalt oval after rain and snow postponed events that were scheduled last week. Among the meets that were postponed was the Burwell Invite which was moved to this past Monday. Five of the six area teams originally scheduled to participate braved cool, wet conditions with the home team Burwell sweeping the boys and girls team titles. In the boys division, Sargent finished second to Burwell followed by Ansley and Anselmo-Merna in third and fourth. Arcadia placed sixth with Loup County and Sandhills/Thedford tieing for seventh.
Central Nebraska witnessed what most hope will be the last blast of winter late last week. A strong storm system made its way through the area late Thursday and throughout the day Friday, forcing school delays and closings, and event postponements and cancellations. The storm also produced very hazardous driving conditions, as is evident by this photo of a Broken Bow Public Schools bus which slid off the road on Highway 70 Friday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time; bus driver Norm McCaslin was in route to get the kids at the time the wind blew him off the road.
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâ€™s districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.
Residents of Custer County are being offered a FREE, high-speed notification system to warn them of impending severe weather. And this time of year, severe weather poses a very real threat to the citizens of our area.
Custer County Emergency Management Director Shawn Owens works closely with the cities and communities in Custer County to implement public safety plans. Owens, who took over the office March 1, says it is the task of his office to make sure the proper departments and entities throughout the county are equipped to respond to any emergency situation.
Calling all gardeners. Gather your hoes, your seeds, and give Green Coalition Chairperson Joan Birnie a call.
The city is setting aside a little land to use as a Com-munity Garden, and the Green Coalition is gathering names of those who are interested.
The idea for the garden was generated when the Coalition heard that the Broken Bow Parks Board was looking to reduce the number of parks in Broken Bow.
BASSETT -- The Sargent boys track team won the North Central Invite by the narrowest of margins. The Bulldogs scored 100 points to West Holtâ€™s 99.5.
Jed Fenske led Sargent with gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Tyke Kozeal also won a gold medal in discus for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the team standings. Rebecca Davenport medaled in four events winning the gold medal in the triple jump.
Boys Team Results
WILCOX -- The Litchfield Trojans and SEM Mustangs traveled to Wilcox for the Axtell Track Invitational last Friday.
The Litchfield boys medaled in five events. Tyson Howard place fourth in the discus, Tyler Snow placed sixth in the 100 meter dash and Sam Reynolds placed sixth in the 200 meter dash. The Trojan boys also place third in the 4x800 meter relay and fifth in the 4x100 meter relay. Bridgette Janssen was the only Lady Trojan to place as she finished sixth in the girls 200 meter dash.
Megan Berg placed third in the discus and was the only medalist for the Mustangs.