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Sheriff: Car recovered from river with 2 bodies inside

July 7, 2015

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer says car that carried two teenagers into the rushing waters of the South Platte River has been recovered with two bodies inside.

Rescuers pulled the car from the river Tuesday morning after building a temporary road to allow an excavator to approach the car.

Kramer says dental records will be used to identify the bodies found in the car over the next few days.

Unforeseen Issues Within Substation Leads to Planned Outage

July 7, 2015

Late Monday afternoon, Custer Public Power District crews detected an issue within the Haumont Substation, that left unattended may lead to wide spread outage issues. In order to reduce possible damage and minimize the length of time and number of customers affected, Custer Power will be having a planned outage from approximately 9:00 am to noon on Tuesday July 7. The outage will affect only those customers whose irrigation service is fed from the Haumont Substation located near Weissert one mile north of Highway 70 near the junction of Highway 183.

Unclaimed Photographs

July 7, 2015

Pictures from our unclaimed photographs basket. If you know who these belong to, call them to see if they would like to stop in our office to get them.

The top picture has Wilma French written on it. Bottom left picture has Faye Kleeb written on it, middle picture Dave Green, and right picture KylieDean Ogle.

If you have a picture that you have dropped off and never picked up, stop by the office to look through our unclaimed basket.

We are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine designated as National Ebola Training and Education Center

July 6, 2015

The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine, in collaboration with Emory University in Atlanta and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, have been awarded a $12 million grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish and co-lead the nation?s National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC).

2015 State Games of America Breaks Record for Entries

July 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 2, 2015) — The 2015 State Games of America (SGA) in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska is officially the largest SGA event since the inception of the games in 1999. So far, 13,119 competitors from 47 states and the District of Columbia have entered, surpassing the previous record of 10,803 entries at the 2007 SGA in Colorado Springs. SGA officials say they will continue to accept online entries for most sports at SGA2015.com.

Coming up this Week

July 6, 2015

Monday there is a Humanities Speaker at the Broken Bow Public Library.

Tuesday is the Mobile Food Pantry in Thedford.

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday is Crazy Days and the D.C. Lynch Carnival in Broken Bow. Also this weekend is the Broken Bow Alumni Weekend.

See our calendar of events for more information and to see what else is happening in your area.

In Case You Missed It

July 3, 2015

Merna's 28th Annual Heritage Days is Friday through Sunday.

Big Iron Tug of War in Comstock is Saturday.

Have a safe 4th of July weekend.

Throwback Thursday from July 3, 2008

July 2, 2015

This page appeared in the Thursday, July 3, 2008 issue of the Custer County Chief.
On Wednesday June 25, 2008 the Chief had a fire in the dark room of our office building. This page was put in the paper the following week to thank all those that had helped in our time of need.

VIDEO: Top NBA free agents and where they might end up

July 1, 2015

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down where big name NBA free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe, Danny Green, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo might end up.

Last Day to Register for 2015 State Games of America

July 1, 2015

Today is the final day to register for most sports in the 2015 State Games of America, which takes place July 28 - August 2 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities.

Register by midnight tonight, July 1, at SGA2015.com. All participants receive a shirt and pass to Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Villages, Closing Ceremony and the opportunity to meet and compete against athletes from 47 different states.

Unclaimed Photographs

June 30, 2015

Pictures from our unclaimed photographs basket. If you know who these belong to, call them to see if they would like to stop in our office to get them.

The top left picture has the name Myers written on it. The bottom left has Matt 4 1/2 1996 written on it. There is also a sticky note attached that has the name Mary Thomas.

If you have a picture that you have dropped off and never picked up, stop by the office to look through our unclaimed basket.

We are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

West Nile Virus Arrives in Nebraska

June 29, 2015

Protect yourself from WNV and tick-related diseases.

Lincoln – West Nile virus is synonymous with summer in Nebraska. A mosquito pool in Webster county is the first one to test positive for the virus this season.

“We spend more time outdoors over the Fourth of July and throughout the summer which increases our chances of mosquito and other bug bites,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Remember to take simple steps like using bug spray to help protect you and your family.”

Other preventive tips:

NEBRASKA JOINS MULTISTATE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW EPA RULE

June 29, 2015

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson joined with Attorneys General from twelve other states[1] in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the EPA’s new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Ricketts and father give $200K to death penalty campaign

June 29, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts and his father contributed most of the $244,000 collected by to the Nebraskans for the Death Penalty campaign in its first reporting period, according to expense reports released Friday.

Ricketts and his father, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, each contributed $100,000 to the ballot drive that seeks to put the death penalty question on the 2016 ballot. The group released its financial information ahead of a Tuesday filing deadline with the state.

Candidates jumping early into Nebraska legislative races

June 29, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The general election is nearly a year and a half away, but some candidates for Nebraska Legislature are already jumping into the 2016 race to replace senators who are slated to leave office.

The Nebraska Secretary of State's office is receiving "a handful of calls a week" from potential candidates asking about filing requirements, deadlines and fees, said spokeswoman Laura Strimple.

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