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August 1st, 2014

Lorraine A. Scott, 83

August 1, 2014

Lorraine A. Scott, 83, Broken Bow, formally of Ansley died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Services were Monday, July 28 at Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sargent with the Rev. Hugh Spanel officiating. Burial was at Ansley Cemetery. Rosary was Sunday, July 27, following the visitation at Govier Brothers Mortuary.

Lorraine was born July 1, 1931, to Frank and Barbara (Slegel) Brim in rural Sargent. She attended Roe Grove Rural School as a child and graduated from Sargent High School in 1948.

Leona B. "Onie" Dugger, 89

August 1, 2014

Leona B. “Onie”(Parker) Dugger was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Elsmere, to David E. and Jessie O. (Coburn) Parker, the fifth of six children. She passed away July 23, 2014, at the age of 89, in North Platte.

She graduated from Thomas County High School in 1943 and married Joe Dugger Sept. 16, 1944. To this union two daughters were born, Judy and Mary Alice.

Joe and Onie lived on the Marion Lee Ranch at Brownlee until 1959 when they moved into Thedford so that Judy could go to high school.

Cheri Stucker, 54

August 1, 2014

Cheri Stucker, 54 of Sterling City, Texas passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Graveside service were Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Montvale Cemetery near Sterling City, Texas.

Arrangements are by Johnson’s Funeral Home.

Cheri was born on July 25, 1960 in Atkinson, to Bill and Betty Marcellus Williamson.

She married Greg Stucker June 30, 1979, and they were united 35 years.

She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, daughter, grandma and aunt.

Edna Pearl Wertz Ullrich, 93

August 1, 2014

Edna Pearl Wertz Ullrich, 93, of West Branch, Iowa, died July 23, 2014. Edna was born in Havelock, Feb. 7, 1921 to John and Amelia Wertz. Her father passed away when she was 2 and her mother married John Heimbuch when she was 5.

Along with her brother Bill, the family moved to Grand Island where she attended school.

August 10, 1941, she was united in marriage with Marion Russell Ullrich from Broken Bow, where they made their home. They had three children: Diana, John, and Fred.

Raymond D. 'Bud' Owens, 88

August 1, 2014

Raymond D. “Bud” Owens, 88, of Arcadia, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Funeral services were Monday, July 28, 2014, at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating. Burial will be at the Arcadia City Cemetery in Arcadia, with military honors by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251.

Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia American Legion Post #251.

Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. You can sign Bud’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com

July 31st

UPDATE: Grubtill charged with arson

July 31, 2014

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church members gathered in their Parish hall for Sunday morning Mass July 27, as they did the evening before due to a Saturday morning fire in their church next door. A fire that the State Fire Marshall later that day ruled as arson.

Matthew Grubtill, 23, of Broken Bow has been arrested for the crime.

The beer bottles, beer caps and matches left in the church led the Broken Bow Police to Grubtill. He was arrested at his residence following the execution of a search warrant later that day.

Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

July 31, 2014

(AP) — Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.

A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said.

The Milwaukee plant slaughters live cattle and packages beef products. The meat producer bought the plant, which can process as much as 1,400 animals a day, in 2001.

Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams

July 31, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:

What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?

No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences.

Pelini: Get rid of Signing Day

July 31, 2014

(AP) — If Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had his way, National Signing Day would be a thing of the past. And the result would be an improved recruiting process.

"You've made a commitment to a young man to come play in your program, why do we have to wait to any certain day?" Pelini said. "Why don't we just go ahead and let's sign on the dotted line, let's get it over with and move forward."

Lexington police looking for man who shot at officer

July 31, 2014

(AP) — Lexington police are looking for a 25-year-old man who they say shot at officers.

Police say officers sent at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to check on a disturbance saw Jose Covarrubias, of Lexington, fire a handgun at a woman fleeing a house. The officers say he also fired at their vehicles, and one officer returned fire before Covarrubias fled the scene.

A child was treated at a hospital for a minor injury from an apparent ricochet.

An arrest warrant for Covarrubias says he's wanted on two counts of attempted murder and other crimes.

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