LADY COYOTES LOOK TO IMPROVE UNDER NEW COACH
MERNA -- Jennifer Schmidt begins her head coaching career as she takes over the Anselmo-Merna girls basketball team. Coach Schmidt inherits four returning starters from last yearâ€™s team that finished 5-16.
An experienced group of seniors will be asked to lead the younger players to build teamwork and a winning attitude. Seniors Sadie Hunt and Julia Downey will start around the perimeter while seniors Anna Finney and Jessi Burnett will be strong assets around the basket.
Jan (Juker) Hollers, 63, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Dec. 3, 2010. She was born Oct. 9, 1947, to Henry and Virginia Juker at Broken Bow. She graduated from high school in North Platte.
Jan is survived by her three sons, Hal James of Columbia, S. C., Robert James of Grand Island and Josh Hollers of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her father, Henry of North Platte; a sister, Saundra Welch of Equador; and a brother, Gerald Juker of Colorado Springs; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Maxine Z. (Cooley) Wood, a former resident of Aracadia, died of natural causes Nov. 22, 2010, at Immanual Lutheran Home in Kalispell, Mont.
Maxine was born in Merna Nov. 15, 1920, the first of four children of Rex and Marie (Allison) Cooley. She attended several country schools around Custer County, graduating from Westerville High School in 1939. She also attended Kearney State Teacherâ€™s College.
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.