April 4th, 2011
Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but on Monday, April 4, the city of Broken Bow officially broke ground on a new swimming pool and aquatic center. The citizens of Broken Bow approved a bond for the new pool last May.
â€śThis all started seven years ago when we had some major issues with the pool. and the water level in the pool dropped six inches during a single swim meet. Jason White and I started talking. We thought the pool only had a couple of years left,â€ť remarked Broken Bow City Council Scott Spanel.
Plans are underway for an almost $2 million renovation and expansion project for Ansley Public Schools.
Most of the project will be funded with Build America Bonds, and according to Superintendent Mike McCabe the community shouldnâ€™t notice any tax increase.
The project idea has been about a year in the making. With the current gymnasium being used as a multi-purpose room, cafeteria, after school practices and indoor recess, it is difficult to accommodate everything.
McCabe has concerns with students having to travel home after waiting to use the gym for practices.
Three men faced sentencing in Custer County District Court last week in separate drinking and driving cases, and two of the three received time in the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
Kyle D. McLaughlin, 56 of Broken Bow, was sentenced by Judge Karin Noakes to 12-15 months in prison. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence-4th offense, a Class III felony. Before being sentenced, McLaughlin addressed the court apologizing for his behavior and recent actions.
Steve Hanna is living proof that the organ donation system works. Undergoing a transplant, for Hanna, is nothing new.
Nine years ago, while visiting his sister in New Mexico, Hanna woke up with pain in his chest that was moving into his shoulder.
With the nearest hospital two hours away, Hannaâ€™s sister Sharon, didnâ€™t want to waste any time. They called ahead, letting the EMTâ€™s know what was going on and met them in route.
World War II Vets are invited to join the Central Nebraska Hero Flight headed to Washington, D.C. June 9-11. The focus of the trip is to provide the opportunity for WWII veterans to visit the Memorial built in their honor.
The trip, for Custer County WWII veterans is free of charge. The veterans are encouraged to bring along a family member as an escort. There is a $300 fee for their escort.
â€śThese trips are a small token for the price these humble heroes paid when they went to battle for their country,â€ť said WWII Hero Flight committee member Norm McCaslin.
KEARNEY -- The 2011 high school track season is officially underway. This past weekend five area teams began their season at the UNK Indoor meet. South Loup participated in the Class C field Friday while Anselmo-Merna, Ansley, Loup County and Sargent participated in the Class D field.
The South Loup boys finished third to first place Wood River and second place Alma. The Bobcat 4x400-meter relay team was the only first place medalist for South Loup with a 3:51.34 time. Running the relay were Aaron Stryker, Tanner Cline, Taylor Linegar and Zane Ellis.
Patricia R. "Patty" Mostek, 41, of Loup City, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Services were March 18, at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City with the Rev. Barbara L. Spangler officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mostek was born July 11, 1969, at Callaway, the daughter of Mark T. and Pamela J. (Reed) Pearson. She was united in marriage to Chuck W. Mostek Nov. 17, 1984, at Phillipsburg, Kansas.
Darrel D. Clark died March 14, 2011, in Sargent at his home following a lengthy illness.
Darell was born Jan. 6, 1935, to Allen and Louisa J. (Daugherty) Clark at Round Valley, the youngest of six children. He attended elementary school at Weissert, Round Valley and attened high school in Sargent and Broken Bow.
He enlisted in the United States Army April 22, 1954. He served in Korea with Company A 51st Signal Battalion Corps until Feb. 9, 1956. He was in the Reserves until 1962. Darrel received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Charline C. Bendig, 90, of Kearney, died Monday, March 14, 2011 at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial. A memorial mass was Tuesday, March 22, at Mt. Carmel Chapel in Kearney with the Rev. Tom Mullowney officiating. Interment was at the Newport Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney. On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com. O'Brien Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney was in charge of arrangements.
Garnet R. Wright was born Oct. 10, 1926, at Mason City, the oldest child of Ed and Atha (Guthrie) Wright. Garnet started his school years northeast of Mason City.
Most of his school years were in town and he graduated from Mason City High School in 1944. After graduation he spent the summer working on the railroad crew while waiting to be called up to serve in the Navy Air Corps. He spent two years in the service and in 1946 he came to Broken Bow and started working in the Gambles Store.