OCONTO - - Local fire fighters fought to save the home of an Oconto family early Wednesday morning, but by the time they arrived at the scene it was too late. The Ron and Janelle Alspaugh family was able to escape the home without injury, but lost everything they had in the blaze.
MULLEN - - The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is excited to announce the dates of the 6th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race. This unique fun-filled event will be March 1st and 2nd on the Middle Loup River north of Mullen.
Teams of four to eight members race down the river in stock tanks with winning teams determined by time. The event kicks off Friday evening with team registration and a chili cook-off. Chili entries from communities along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway are taste tested by tank racers and winners selected in the categories of taste, theme, and decorations.
The following churches submitted special service schedules for Christmas and Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Broken Bow United Methodist Church, Monday, Dec. 24, 5:00 p.m
Christmas Eve Service, First Christian Church, Broken, Bow, Monday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church and First Baptist Church - joint Christmas Eve Service, at Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church - 5 p.m., Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service - St. John's Episcopal Church, 602 North 10th Ave., Broken Bow -
Service Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m., beginning with Special Music
Memorial services for Howard G. Ellingson, age 90 of Kearney, formerly of Broken Bow, will be Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow with Sharon Ruzicka officiating.
Scattering of his remains will be at a later date. Iverson Memorial Funeral Chapel of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the family.
Howard is survived by two sons, John (Diane) Ellingson of Broken Bow, and Galen (Peg) Ellingson of Broken Bow; one daughter, Cindi (Ron) Rogers of California; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mary Ellen (Trotter) Hendrickson was born March 16, 1947, to Herman and Ruby (Smith) Trotter in Broken Bow. She left this life Nov. 23, 2012, at the age of 65.
She attended school in Broken Bow. Her most recent employment was with Federal Housing Department as a manager of Regency Apartments. She also was a longtime employee of Becton-Dickinson. In May 1965, she married Ted R. Hendrickson, and to this union two sons, Mark and Brad, were born.
Carl Speer, 79 of Broken Bow, passed away Dec. 11, 2012, at Golden Living Center. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 15, in St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt and Deacon Michael Dodge officiating. Burial was in Broken Bow Cemetery with Iverson Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the family.
Carl worked for Mead Lumber in Broken Bow until he went to work for Becton-Dickinson, where he retired in 1985. Carl loved his books, reading and learning.
Nina Russell, age 89 of Broken Bow, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at her home near Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 15, in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Ansley Cemeter, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.. Memorials are suggested to Health Connect at Home (Hospice) or the donor's choice.
Gladys B. Knispel passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday evening, Dec. 14, at Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney. She was two months short of her 100th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.A. and Abbie Haddix; two husbands, Delmar C. Edson and Delbert R. Knispel, and her four brothers.
Warren Felt, age 91 and 363 days, died at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 21 at 2pm at the Berean Church in Broken Bow, with burial before the church service at 10 am at the Sumner Cemetery. Memorials in his honor may be made to Gideon's or Broken Bow Berean Church. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berean Church, with the family greeting friends 4 - 6 p.m. at the church.
Funeral services for Clyde Loy will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ansley with the Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial will be in the Ansley Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 5 - 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church in Ansley.