June 1st, 2012
A two vehicle crash on Highway 2 in Custer County has claimed the life of three Custer County men and sent eight Broken Bow High School students to area hospitals.
Will and Julie (Sybrant) White have lived in Haiti for 12 years, where Will is a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF provides transportation for mission, church and relief workers within Haiti.
A usual term with MAF is three and a half years overseas and a six month furlough in the US. However, this time the Whiteâ€™s extended this furlough so the kids could have an entire school year in an American school.
Will and Julieâ€™s daughter, Abby, was in third grade this year, and her classmates decided they wanted to do a service project for Haiti.
If you looking for a place to sink your teeth into some good barbecue, then Oconto is the place to be this Saturday, June 2.
Once again, an array of some of central Nebraskaâ€™s finest barbecue specialists will square off in the Oconto Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ competition.
The event is sponsored by the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department. The competitive event draws about 10 cooks who provide all-you-can-eat good cooking. Gates open at 5 p.m., and an on-site beer garden will serve ice cold drinks from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Low and away.
Thatâ€™s the rule pitcher Michael Coleman stuck to in the season opener against Gothenburg Saturday.
The philosophy didnâ€™t steer him wrong. Broken Bow cruised to a 10-0 victory behind Colemanâ€™s 10 strikeouts.
Colemanâ€™s confidence in his arm didnâ€™t leave him surprised at his stellar outing.
â€śIt was nice because I didnâ€™t have to throw a lot of curve balls. I just threw a lot of fastballs low and away and they couldnâ€™t handle it.â€ť
While striking out 10, Coleman was also extremely efficient, allowing no walks and only giving up two hits in his five innings of work.
The Spirit softball team recovered from a tough first inning, where they allowed nine runs, to win 18-12 in the home opener against Ravenna. Further coverage will be provided in the June 7 edition of the Custer County Chief.
While the Spirit softball team didnâ€™t come away with a win in the tournament to open the season, they did come away with some valuable lessons.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working on covering the bases when the other team bunts a lot,â€ť said pitcher/shortstop Kelsie Myers.
In the teamâ€™s second round robin game against Alliance, errant throws in the infield aided an Alliance victory.
It was from this game that the team learned how to keep the runners contained
Trent Esch, 35 of Broken Bow, was arraigned in Custer County District Court Thursday morning on two felony charges: Count 1 - use of a weapon to commit a felony, and Count 2 - criminal mischief.
The charges stem from a March 18, 2012, incident in which Esch is accused of shooting at an unoccupied Custer County Deputy Sheriff's vehicle in front of the home of Deputy Sheriff Dan Spanel.
Harvey H. Kleeb, the third child of Harvey H. and Jardis Amundsen Kleeb, was born Dec. 12, 1940, at their French Table home near Weissert. Harvey passed away quietly at his home in Broken Bow May 27, 2012.
He attended elementary school at Elton located off the north edge of French Table where he, like most children in attendance, rode his horse (Chief ) to school every day. He later went to school at Weissert, and finally Broken Bow High School where he graduated in 1959. Harvey entered the Air Force and was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Itâ€™s been seven years in the making, and it is finally here ... Broken Bowâ€™s new aquatic center is now open, and ready for business.
Those involved are excited.
â€śI just love it,â€ť said swimming pool manager Jenna Smith. â€śIt is more user friendly for our younger crowd. At one end the pool starts at zero depth, the old pool started at 3 feet."
City Manager Tony Tolstedt echoes the praises, emphasizing that there is something for everyone, all ages.
The Broken Bow landscape is in for a change. By the next snowfall, 50 wind turbines will peak their heads into the clouds along the ridge line northeast of the community.
The $145 million wind project, known as Broken Bow Wind LLC, didnâ€™t happen overnight, itâ€™s been years in the making. The wind farm is owned and operated by Edison Mission Group and when online, will be capable of generating up to approximately 80 megawatts of electricity, enough energy to meet the needs of about 25,000 homes.
This is EMGâ€™s third wind energy project in Nebraska.