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August 28th, 2014

Michael J. Lepant, 54

August 28, 2014

Michael J. Lepant, 54 of Hastings died Tuesday, Aug.5, 2014 ,at Clarkson
Hospital in Omaha.

There was a Catholic Rosary recited Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, with Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Reverend Donald Buhrman celebrated the mass. Burial of ashes was in the All Saints Catholic Cemetery at Columbus.

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family

Michael was born Dec. 10, 1959, in Broken Bow.

Betty Jane Pinkson McDowell, 89

August 28, 2014

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell, 89, passed away peacefully July 9, 2014 ,at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway.

She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in a sod house near Arnold to Homer and Leona Cook Pinkston. She graduated from Arnold High School with the class of 1941. After graduation she taught school in the sandhills north of Arnold.

March 14, 1942 ,she married Robert Lavern McDowell in Grand Island. They celebrated their 66th Anniversary in 2008. They had three daughters, Sandra, Jane and Betty Jo.

August 26th

Vandalism reported at Broken Bow Public Schools

August 26, 2014

Ryan Hogue, Assistant Principal and Activities Director for Broken Bow Public Schools, has sent out a call for help ... let's keep our eyes open and see what we can do to get this stopped.

Good evening,

Nebraska schools rely heavily on property taxes

August 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than nearly every other state in the nation, according to a report released Monday.

The report by the OpenSky Policy Institute says Nebraska ranked 49th in the percentage of school funding provided by the state in fiscal 2012, the most recent year available.

The longtime focus on local funding has created wide disparities in property tax rates and led to increased state funding for fast-growing urban districts, according to the report.

Young girl injured in accident at Nebraska State Fair

August 26, 2014

An 8-year-old girl, a third grader from Engleman Elementary School in Grand Island, was injured today when she was struck by a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) driven by a Nebraska State Fair employee.

Injuries have not been confirmed, but it’s believed injuries were sustained to the lower extremities of the accident victim.

The girl was at the fair as part of Nebraska’s Largest Classroom—a free program designed for school agers from across Nebraska so that they can learn more about Nebraska agriculture.

August 25th

Rural Nebraskans' Optimism Up This Year

August 25, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rural Nebraskans' optimism seems to be up a bit, according to the 2014 Nebraska Rural Poll.

Fifty percent of poll respondents said they were better off this year than five years ago, up from 42 percent last year. Only 17 percent said they were worse off, compared to 26 percent in 2013.

New Broken Bow to Ord transmission line approved

August 25, 2014

New transmission line approved by NPPD Board

Columbus, Neb. – Citing a need to reduce voltage and loading issues on Nebraska Public Power District’s transmission system in central Nebraska, NPPD’s Board of Directors recently approved a resolution authorizing initial planning and engineering work for the public involvement process for a new, 115-kilovolt transmission line.

Bruning confident state can restore death penalty

August 25, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's attorney general said the state's corrections department has been too busy dealing with myriad problems to focus on resolving drug shortages that have halted executions in the state, which hasn't carried out the death penalty in 17 years.

Attorney General Jon Bruning told The Associated Press he's confident Nebraska will resume executions, but he thinks it will take a while before officials can work out a new approach using different drugs or a new supplier.

August 22nd

Broken Bow City Council Agenda

August 22, 2014

The Broken Bow City Council has moved their meeting for this coming week to Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. Agenda items include the vote to put the City Manager question onto this November's ballot, and a budget update from City Administrator Dr. Virginia Moon.

The posted agenda is as follows:

MONDAY – AUGUST 25, 2014
11:30 A.M.

Open meeting as 11:30 A.M.
Roll Call
Announcement of Posting of the Open Meeting Laws Act
Approval of Consent Agenda

August 21st

Pelini not dwelling on injured players

August 21, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has lost possibly three players for the season to injuries and a bunch of others are ailing, but you won't hear coach Bo Pelini complaining.

"There's no magical thing to injuries. It's a tough sport. Things happen, and there's nothing you can do about it," Pelini said after Wednesday's practice. "Look across the country, we're not the only ones that have some guys hurt."

Nickel back Charles Jackson and linebacker Michael Rose are out with season-ending knee injuries and running back Adam Taylor broke his ankle and probably won't make it back this season.

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