February 3rd, 2012
James R. Franssen, age 71 of Broken Bow, died Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 8 a.m. to service time at St. Josephs Catholic Church. A memorial will be designated by the family at a later date.
James R. Franssen was born March 18, 1940, in Andale, Kan., to Herman Franssen and Marcella Goetz-Franssen. He moved with his family to Callaway in 1947.
Brenda Jean Minton, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at her home in Merna. Brenda was born Dec. 27, 1952, at the Callaway Hospital to Joseph â€śJoe" and Betty Jean (Ault) Lindner of Oconto, and was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oconto.
At the age of four, Brenda left Nebraska and moved with her family to Utah and then Mesa Ariz. Brenda married Charles "Chuck" Minton May 8, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nev. To this union two sons were born; Martin Leonard and Michael Lee.
ln the mid-90s, Chuck and Brenda moved back to Nebraska into Brendaâ€™s Grandma Lindner's house in Merna.
Max W. Chrisp, 85, of Rogers, Ark., died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, at Central City, to Elmer J. Chrisp and Ernestine Pearsons Chrisp.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Max William Chrisp Jr. and Terry Lee Chrisp.
Anna â€śAnnieâ€ť Marie Schneider, of Grand Island, died at home Jan 18, 2012, after a brave fight against cancer.
Memorial services were Jan. 28 at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Burial will be at a later date.
Annie was born May 24, 1956, in Callaway, to Joseph and Rose (Hladky) Rempe of Oconto. She grew up and attended school in Oconto, graduating in 1974 as salutatorian.
She participated in 4-H and was Girlâ€™s State representative for Oconto in 1973.
She attended Mt. Marty College in Yankton, S.D. for one year, and attended Kearney State College for one and a half years.
The Ansley Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire in a warehouse on Fargo Street in Ansley Thursday afternoon. The fire department arrived and found the structure heavily engulfed in smoke, and called both the Broken Bow and Mason City departments for mutual aid. The warehouse, now owned by Mike Marsh, had once served as the livery stable in the community.
For more details on this story, see next week's Custer County Chief.
The speed limit coming in to Broken Bow on West Highway 2, has been a topic of conversation at community meetings and coffee shops for the past few months. Now one local business entity has decided to do something more than just talk.
CALLAWAY -- When the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced last September it wanted to close Callawayâ€™s Rest Home, and that it had every intention of doing so, little did they know there would be a bull dog standing in the doorway.
Good Samâ€™s facility in Gibbon is closing in March, along with 35 jobs in that community. Callawayâ€™s 36 jobs, due to some hard work from itâ€™s citizenry, are proudly still intact.
HASTINGS - - Based upon the most recent forecast of the National Weather Service in Hastings, NE, the 2012 Hastings College Honor Music Festival scheduled for February 2, 3, and 4 has been cancelled.
Although travel to Hastings on Thursday, February 2 will most likely be possible, the predicted decline in weather on Friday through Saturday may present a variety of "less than favorable" conditions for travel.
Hold your horses.
While a federal ban on horse slaughtering has been lifted, a state study ordered last year by the legislature indicates setting up a state slaughtering system would be costly and complicated. Â
Last session, Sen. Tyson Larson of Oâ€™Neill introduced a bill, LB305, which would have created a State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. Â The possibility of having horse slaughtering in the state was a â€śmajor factorâ€ť in introducing the bill, Larson said.
The Broken Bow School Board has selected the next superintendent of schools.
Mark Sievering accepted the position following a second round of interviews in the district this week. The contract with Sievering will be finalized next week.
Sievering has been the superintendent at Conestoga Public Schools in southeast Nebraska since 2003. He has also been a superintendent at Franklin Public Schools and was the superintendent/principal at Arthur County High School in Arthur.
Sievering will begin his position with Broken Bow Schools July 1, 2012.