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April 30th, 2015

Alan Brock Dailey, 54

April 30, 2015

Alan Brock Dailey, 54, of Arnold, completed life’s journey April 24, 2015, at Great Plains Health. He would like to be remembered for the positive impact he made on the world, for fun times and for his relationships with others, not as a loser.

He was born May 9, 1960, in North Platte to Donald Dale and Beverly Jean (Kramer) Dailey the youngest of four boys. Alan graduated from Stapleton High School in 1978.

He was united in marriage to Rebecca “Becky” Lynn (Long) July 26,

Nebraska senators vote to lower pay for high school students

April 30, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is one step closer to paying high school students a lower minimum wage.

Senators voted 30-13 Wednesday to advance a measure by Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete that would create a class of "young student workers," employees under 18 who would continue earning $8 an hour, or 85 percent of the federal minimum, even after Nebraska's minimum increases to $9 in 2016.

Ebke says the measure allows small-town grocers to afford to hire student workers.

April 29th

Registration underway for Bike Ride Across Nebraska in June

April 29, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Registration is underway for the 35th Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska, or BRAN.

This year's ride runs Sunday, June 7, through Saturday, June 13, and spans 410 miles. The ride begins in Wauneta and travels through Cambridge, Eustis, Axtell, Clay Center, Wilber and Syracuse, with Conestoga High School near Murray the final stop.

Proceeds help provide scholarships at Nebraska trade schools, colleges and universities.

Cost is $180 for bicyclists 26 and older and $100 for bicyclists 25 and under.

To register, visit www.bran-inc.org .

Listeria concerns spark Hy-Vee recall of pasta salad

April 29, 2015

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hy-Vee Inc. says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination.

The West Des Moines-based grocer said Tuesday that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

The company sold the salad from April 9 to April 27. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Hy-Vee says people who bought the pasta salad between those dates should dispose of it or return it for a refund.

April 28th

Give Us Your Best Shot!

April 28, 2015

Give us your best shot! If you see one of these magestic birds or one of the other fabulous birds we have here in central Nebraska, send us your photo. We'd love to print the best shots!

Post your photo to our Custer County Chief Facebook page, Twitter page, email them to us, or drop them off at the office.

The best picture will be presented with a 8x10 framed picture of their shot. The best picture will also be displayed in the office of the Custer County Chief.

Funding bill for Nebraska education programs advances

April 28, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A funding bill for student financial aid and other Nebraska education programs has advanced to a final vote in the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave second-round approval Tuesday to a measure that would distribute state lottery revenue among various education programs.

Most of the money would cover the cost of need-based financial aid for undergraduate college students in Nebraska.

April 27th

Broken Bow hires new Police Secretary

April 27, 2015

BROKEN BOW, NE -- The Broken Bow Police Department is pleased to announce Julie Toline has accepted the position as the new Police Secretary. Julie will be starting with the Police Department in mid-May. Long-time Police Secretary Carol Allen plans to retire this June. The city of Broken Bow thanks Carol for all her hard work and dedication to the Police Department. Broken Bow's city staff wishes her the best in her retirement. A farewell gathering will be planned for a later date.

Feds move to speed approval for Great Plains wind projects

April 27, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing, a situation that's alarmed wildlife advocates who say many bird and bat species are being put at risk as wind turbines proliferate.

The proposal would cover future wind farms in Montana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related.

Nebraska Capitol Focus

April 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With a little more than a month left in the session, Nebraska lawmakers still must take final action on some of the year's largest and most contentious issues.

The list includes the state budget, property taxes, medical marijuana and a death-penalty repeal measure that has gained more support than usual. Lawmakers also have to decide whether to grant driver's licenses to youths in the federal deferred-action program, and whether all motorists should pay a higher fuel tax.

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