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April 16th, 2015

Fern W. Schroeder Hall, 95

April 16, 2015

Fern W. Schroeder Hall was born Jan. 16, 1919, at Bartlett, Iowa to John Henry and Alta M. (Gibson) Schroeder. She departed this life to be with her Savior Jan. 30, 2015, at the Callaway Good Life Center.

She was one of 12 children. At the age of seven her family moved to Nebraska. They lived near Broken Bow, Ansley, Dunning and Arnold.

Fern attended Arnold High School, where she graduated in 1936.

She was baptized in ‘Christ’ as a young woman and her faith continued to grow until she departed this life.

Donald J. Reinhard, 83

April 16, 2015

Donald J. Reinhard, 83, of Callaway, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, in his birthplace community of Callaway.

Don was born March 13, 1932. He was the oldest of seven children born to the parents of John and Maxine (Shipley Moore) Reinhard.

Don graduated from Callaway High School with the class of 1950. February 14, 1952, Don enlisted in the Navy. He served during the Korean War where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, or on a destroyer ship in the Pacific Ocean. He was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1956.

March 3, 1957, Don married Nadine Sanders in Kimball.

Patricia Ann Gamble, 81

April 16, 2015

Patricia Ann (Witmer) Gamble, 81, of Broken Bow died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Services were at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Kathy Salts officiating. Burial was at Broken Bow Cemetery.

Govier Brothers Mortuary were in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 7, 1933, in Pender, to George and Caroline (Koopman) Witmer.

October 10, 1954, she married Dale Marple in Wayne, who later died in a vehicle accident. They had one son, Jerry.

May 22, 1959, she married Bill Gamble in Wayne and they had three daughters.

Gene LeRoy Dainton, 55

April 16, 2015

Gene LeRoy Dainton, 55, of Broken Bow, died suddenly, Monday, April 6, 2015, of a massive heart attack in Grand Island.

To honor Gene’s wishes cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at a later date in Comstock. 

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.

Gene was born July 11, 1959, in Omaha.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon (Erikson) and Lloyd Arends of Grand Island; father, Lanny (Darlene) Dainton of Broken Bow; sister, Lisa (Todd) Babka of Doniphan; and twin brother, Jerry (Shirley) Dainton of Dallas, Texas.

April 15th

Nebraska senators advance bill reforming mandatory minimums

April 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences in Nebraska as a way to reduce prison crowding won first-round approval Wednesday despite opposition from prosecutors and some conservative lawmakers.

Senators voted 28-9 on legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for Class 1C and 1D felonies, including robbery, assault on a police officer and certain drug crimes. The bill would also limit "habitual criminal" sentence enhancements to violent crimes.

Nebraska senators reject increase in tipped minimum wage

April 15, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an effort to increase the hourly wage for tipped workers, a move that means waiters and waitresses will continue to be paid the same per hour as they have since 1991.

By a 27 to 18 vote, legislators dismissed a measure by Omaha Sen. Jeremy Nordquist that would have gradually increased the hourly wage for tipped workers until it reached 50 percent of the standard minimum wage, or about $4.50 in 2017.

April 14th

Former Husker accused of murder

April 14, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.

Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams, until being released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Judicial Center Sneak Preview

April 14, 2015

The Custer County Board of Supervisors take a sneak preview of the new Judicial Center as part of their Tuesday board meeting. See the April 16 issue of The Custer County Chief for the story.

Nebraska gas tax increase bill headed to final vote

April 14, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposed gas tax increase advanced to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature on Monday despite opponents who said the state should find another way to repair roads and bridges.

Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval Monday with a 27-14 vote after nearly four hours of debate.

One more vote is required before the legislation moves to Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who strongly opposes the measure. In a statement Monday evening, Ricketts criticized the bill as a "big government solution" and said he intends to veto it if it arrives at his desk.

April 12th

Medical marijuana bills expected to hit floor

April 12, 2015

LINCOLN--Two bills relating to medical marijuana are expected to hit the legislative floor for debate this legislative session.

Legislative Bill 643, introduced by Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue, would allow and regulate marijuana for medical treatment in Nebraska for those with qualifying medical conditions.

"I never thought I would bring this bill," Garrett said. "But I'm convinced that in five years, we'll be calling it the miracle drug."

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