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August 20th, 2012
After a grueling interview process and weeks of waiting, Tami Schendt received word Monday morning that Gov. Dave Heineman had announced her as his appointment to serve as County Judge in the 8th Judicial District.
Schendt and fellow Broken Bow attorney Mike Borders, had their names submitted to the Governor for consideration for the judgeship, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of long-time Judge Gary Washburn.
The 8th Judicial District consists of Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler counties.
In November 2011, The Andersons formally broke ground on a 3.8 million bushel capacity grain elevator east of Anselmo. At that time it was planned for the elevator to be operational in time for the 2012 harvest season, and that plan has been accomplished.
Two events are coming up that offer an opportunity to visit the facility and meet the people who now call central Nebraska home.
Ten weeks after a horrific car accident sent him to the hospital, fighting for his life, Broken Bow teen Chad Christensen returned home Aug. 10. In celebration of his homecoming, Runza Restaurant in Broken Bow offered to donate 100 percent of its ice cream sales for the day to the Senior Legion baseball program, in Chad's name. Thursday, restaurant owners Kevin and Joyce Richardson presented checks totaling more than $1,100 to Mike Evans of Broken Bow's Diamond Youth Organization (DYO) to be used for the baseball program.
Custer County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.
In 1970, 5.5 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Custer County. By 2010, 18 percent of adults here had completed college.
The percentage of adults with college degrees in Custer County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Nebraska average of 27.7 percent.
As Broken Bow Public Schools gets ready to begin a new school year, they welcome 10 new teachers and a new superintendent.
A reception to welcome the new staff and give the public opportunity to meet them, will be Friday, Aug. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Huckleberryâ€™s Hideout. Joining Superinten-dent Mark Sievering as new staff to Broken Bow for the 2012-13 school year are:
By the time you read this, all 50 towers in the first phase of the Broken Bow wind farm project will be erected. A contingency of state representatives visited the wind farm Tuesday afternoon and got a first hand, up close and personal look at the giant turbines.
Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting began with an unexpected order of business. Pending the resignation of council president Scott Spanel, Mayor Cecil Burt appointed councilman Chad Schall as temporary president.
The council then voted to accept Spanelâ€™s resignation, though Schall commented that he would like to have more explanation as to the reason of the resignation.
Just last week, Custer County celebrated the centennial of its courthouse. While county officials all share a sense of pride and heritage in the history of the courthouse, they also realize the old building in its current state no longer effectively meets the needs of its users.
Tuesday morning, the Custer County Board of Supervisors were presented with a couple of possible solutions to those issues.
From Aug. 17 through Labor Day, the Broken Bow Police Department will participate in a statewide â€śYou Drink, You Drive, You Loseâ€ť Selective DUI Enforcement campaign.
According to Police Chief Steve Scott, this is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies across the state to decrease the number of drunk and impaired drivers in our communities. The program is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
Several Nebraska Alcohol-Related Statistics:
* In 2011, there were 1,822 alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
Drivers from all across the United States brought their road-racers to Arnold this past weekend, for the 12th Annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge. Along with the traditional one-mile shootout, burn out contest and open road challenge, a new event was added this year. The Loup 2 Loup race took drivers up and down hills across the open Sandhills between Halsey and Purdum, in a Thursday morning event to kick off the weekend's big event.
For pictures, race results and more from the SORC, see the Aug. 16 issue of the Custer County Chief.