November 24th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” The Nebraska State Patrol has announced plans for stepped up enforcement to focus on seat belt usage over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The patrol says that as of Nov. 17, 200 people have been killed on Nebraska roads, compared with 184 by the same time in 2013. Of the 200 people killed this year, 117 were not wearing seat belts.
State Patrol Superintendent David Sankey says troopers will work overtime for the special enforcement period, which runs from Nov. 24 through Nov. 30.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” A coalition of fathers and family-law attorneys will once again ask lawmakers to change Nebraska's parental custody laws, which they argue are unfair to men.
Lawmakers have introduced bills several times in recent years, but none have made it out of committee. With 18 new senators taking office in January due to term limits, supporters are hopeful they can win enough support to change the law.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is releasing rooster pheasants in nine wildlife management areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The nine areas include: Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County) and Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County).
The pheasants will be released to increase hunter opportunities to encourage families to go hunting together.
A late 1800s barn north of Ansley was destroyed in a fire Thursday night, with the Ansley Fire Department calling in mutual aid from neighboring departments. The fire was just north of Ansley off State Highway 183 at Ted and Carol Sherbecks.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Donald Duane Skeen, 72, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at Ashley Manor in Chubbuck, Idaho.
Funeral Services will be at a later date in Broken Bow. Â
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Cecil Dale Smith, 91, of Grand Island, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Bickford Cottage.
Memorials are suggested to the pipe organ fund at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island. Condolences may be sent to Tim and Pam Smith and Cindy and Elmar Lorenz at 2115 N. Elm Ave., Hastings, NE 68901.
He was born April 17, 1923, at his parentsâ€™ home in Fullerton. He grew up on the family farm.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a cryptographer.
He was united in marriage June 22, 1947, to Ethel Georgia Omer in Fullerton.
Leslie E. Kleeb, 96, passed away after a brief illness Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Circle of Life Hospice Legacy in Bentonville, Ark. He was born Aug. 18, 1918, outside Broken Bow, to John Ulrich Kleeb and Lillian Grace Leck Kleeb.
In 1942 he married Jackie Shadden and they moved to Denver, Colo.
Leslie enlisted in the Army Air Corps and graduated from flight school in Pecos, Texas. He became a flight instructor and achieved the rank of Captain.
Donna L. Staab, age 82 of Broken Bow, passed away Nov. 12, 2014, at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Mel Shepherd officiating.Â
Burial will be at a later date.Â
Memorials are suggested to the Ansley or Broken Bow First Christian Church.
Donna L. Staab was born April 1, 1932, to Arlene Hastings. June 20, 1954, she was married to Robert Dean Staab, in Ansley.
Dwight Eliot Porter was born October 13, 1961, in Ord, to Lawrence and Marlyn (Jensen) Porter. He was the second of five children. His mother passed away when Dwight was six years old. Dwight attended school in Bassett, Ord, Springview and Central City. August 3, 1967, he accepted Christ.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â