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May 6th, 2015

Bill D. Hircock, 78

May 6, 2015

Bill D. Hircock, 78, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away April 19, 2015.

He was born March 14, 1937, in Broken Bow, to the late George William and Vera Ardis (Horne) Hircock.

Bill was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Hot Springs.

Bill volunteered throughout his life. In Colorado, he served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. He volunteered in many places after his family moved to Minnesota. In his local area, Bill volunteered with his local church, Place of Hope Ministries, Lake Geneva Christian Center, and by mentoring his students. 

National Day of Prayer breakfast

May 6, 2015

National Day of Prayer breakfast will be at the Municipal Auditorium in Broken Bow Thursday May 7 at 6:30 AM.
A light breakfast will be served prior to the beginning the service
This is the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.
National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952.

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015

May 6, 2015

Baccalaureate Services for Broken Bow High Class of 2015 is tonight, May 6, at 7 PM. Service will be in the Middle School Auditorium.
Family, friends and the public are invited to attend and support our Seniors.

Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Broken Bow Ministerial Association

Cowboys grab sliding pass rusher Randy Gregory in 2nd round

May 6, 2015

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Randy Gregory is confident the Dallas Cowboys won't have to worry about off-the-field issues that caused the former Nebraska defensive end with first-round talent to slide to the end of the second round.

"Because I know where my mindset is at," Gregory said after the Cowboys made him the 60th overall pick Friday night. "I know I made a mistake. I know there is only so much I can say — talk is cheap sometimes. I really want to show these guys what I can do and I am really serious about what I say."

Tax credits for Nebraska wind energy stalled by filibuster

May 6, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy.

Conservative senators mounted a filibuster to block the proposal, arguing that the state shouldn't subsidize wind energy.

The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would have provided up to $75 million in tax credits over a decade for wind farms. Nordquist agreed to the cap and a December 2021 sunset date for the program to try to win support for the legislation.

Livestock market operation suspends sales for summer

May 6, 2015

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk has suspended its summer schedule.

Jim Barta owns the operation, and he said Monday that, "due to the declining number of cattle in the area, we are going to go with seasonal sales at the livestock market."

Sales recently were cut to two days a week from three.

In March 2006 the market was sold by the Emrich family and Don Balfany of Norfolk to the Barta family, of Fremont. The Bartas own other livestock markets, including Nebraska Livestock Sales operations in Alma, Blue Hill, Ericson, O'Neill and Tecumseh.

May 5th

Smith Congratulates Corbin Snow, 3rd Place Finisher in Congressional Art Competition

May 5, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Corbin Snow of Litchfield High School today on his third place finish in the Third District’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Corbin’s artwork, entitled “Great Plains Harvest,” will be displayed in Smith’s Scottsbluff office.

Sophie Eberle to compete in Nebraska’s National American Miss competition

May 5, 2015

A 14-year-old Broken Bow teen is preparing to compete this weekend for the title of National American Miss. The state competition will take place in Omaha.
Sophie, the daughter of Tom and Jenny Eberle is involved in her church’s youth group at the United Methodist Church, and Young Riders 4-H Club. She enjoys volunteering for the Salvation Army Organization, spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, going for walks and listening to music.

Sophie will compete in the 13-15 year old Junior teen division along with other outstanding young ladies of Nebraska.

Nebraska senators vote for livestock friendly development

May 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.

Senators voted 37-0 Monday on a measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would funnel $1.5 million to counties approved by the Nebraska director of agriculture as livestock friendly.

Schilz says the measure puts the control in the hand of local authorities to seek out the livestock friendly designation and apply for grants.

May 4th

Personal property tax break for Nebraska businesses advances

May 4, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax break under a bill moving through the Legislature.

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to an exemption for personal business property. The bill would apply to farm equipment such as irrigation pivots, pumps and motors, and machines used in a factory.

The measure by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island would allow owners to exempt the first $10,000 worth of property, for an average tax savings of $162. The bill would cost the state $19.6 million a year.

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