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December 11th

Beth Rains, 89

December 11, 2014

Beth Rains, age 89 of Broken Bow, passed away Dec. 5, 2014, at the Jennie M. Melham MemorialMedical Center in Broken Bow.

Elizabeth Ann (Leberman) Rains was born June 2, 1925, at Culbertson, the daughter of Rex Hugo Leberman and Eola(Page) Leberman. 

She attended grade school at Gering, and graduated from Sidney High School in 1943. 

She soon entered nurses’ training at West Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Scottsbluff, graduating in January 1946. 

Vernon Lee Souders, 77

December 11, 2014

Vernon Lee Souders, age 77, died Nov. 30, 2014, in McMinnville, Ore.

The second son of Vernon and Helen (Kellenbarger) Souders, he was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Merna. His sister was born several years later.

Raised in Ortello Valley south of Anselmo, he attended local rural schools, graduated from Merna High School in 1954, and took his BS in geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1958.

Howard Pracht, 89

December 11, 2014

Howard Pracht, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Dec. 1, 2014, at his home.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev.Jurdan Counts officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideon’s Bibles or the First Baptist Church.

Jack L. Mattson, 73

December 11, 2014

Jack L. Mattson, 73 of Grand Island died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln.

Celebration of Life Service were Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Dan Naranjo officiated. Family will be greeting friends one hour prior to services.

Mr. Mattson was born April 3, 1941, at Dunning, the son of Etta Mae (Gould) Mattson.

Irene M. Price, 78

December 11, 2014

Irene M. Price, 78, of Grand Island, formerly of Shelton, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Golden Living Center – Grand Island Park Place. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Gibbon.  Interment followed at the Shelton Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Gibbon is in charge of arrangements. 

Irene Marie Price was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Broken Bow, to Solomon and Hazel (Wagner) Jackson. She attended school in Broken Bow. 

December 9th

Senator Mike Johanns delivers final address

December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) today delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor. Excerpts of his remarks are below:

“From my first day as a county commissioner, throughout my service as a Lincoln City Council Member, as Mayor of our capital city, Lincoln, as the Governor of Nebraska, in President Bush’s Cabinet and now as a United States Senator, no doubt about it, if I could turn back the clock I’d just do it again. I am so grateful for the trust placed in me and the support of so many people who have made this service possible…

Ibach to lead NE Department of Agriculture

December 9, 2014

Kearney – Last night, Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced during his remarks at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Annual Dinner that Greg Ibach would lead the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Greg Ibach of Sumner has served as Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture since 2005. He and his family continue to maintain a cow/calf and grain operation in the area. Ibach also serves as the vice president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

December 8th

Bowl breakdown: Top games not in 'New Year's Six'

December 8, 2014

With nearly 40 bowl games looming, it can be difficult finding those postseason gems.

The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff are no-brainers. And the other matchups in the "New Year's Six" — which includes the Peach, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta — also should garner lots of attention.

But the entire postseason schedule features 39 bowls, including the playoff championship game.

To help sort through the clutter, here's a look at some of the more intriguing matchups that aren't part of the "New Year's Six."



Lawmakers look to new approach for property taxes

December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As they prepare for a debate on taxes, Nebraska lawmakers are trying to find new ways to reduce what property-owners pay without robbing local school districts of revenue.

Property taxes will again surface as an issue in the legislative session that begins next month with 18 new senators and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts. On Tuesday, the Revenue Committee will look at how other states have lowered property taxes during a hearing at the Capitol.

Images of Nebraska sites, people available online

December 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Images of Nebraska's landscapes, monuments and people are now available on a state tourism YouTube page.

The videos and photos were shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bill Frakes and Laura Heald of Straw Hat Visuals. Both joined forces with the Nebraska Tourism Commission to work on the project.

The team crisscrossed the state several times over to film different parts of Nebraska, from Husker football tailgates in Lincoln to an all-night shoot in Toadstool Geologic Park in the northwest part of the state.

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