February 28th, 2012
Look closely! That isn't snow Mike Kettleborough is scooping from his driveway on Memorial Drive in Broken Bow - it's hail! The unsettled weather pattern making its way across Nebraska Tuesday brought with it rumbles of thunder, rain and hail to Broken Bow. The path of the storm seemed to be rather narrow, as the north side of town received more hail than the south. Some areas of the city looked as if a winter snowfall had taken place, while other areas had no hail at all.
A February storm brought hail to Broken Bow, creating a sea of white across flooded traffic lanes and sidewalks. Short-lived, the storm left as fast as it arrived, but bringing with it a necessary eye to the sky as the threat of more followed. Tune into this week's Custer County Chief for more on Tuesday afternoon's weather. And be careful out there.
The Ansley Lady Warriors, and Sandhills-Thedford Lady Knights both earned trips to the High School State Girls Basketball tournament in Lincoln next weekend, winning their district finals games Friday night.
Ansley won the District D2-5 final, defeating Wauneta-Palisade 59-28. Sandhills-Thedford defeated Sutherland by a final score of 51-36, to claim the District D1-6 district championship.
As the community looks to warmer weather and impending Spring, thoughts turn to summer and ultimately to the opportunity to swim. This year is no different except that the new swim season will bring with it the opening of the new Broken Bow Aquatic Center. The new pool is pictured above. Over the winter months, the public has watched the facility being built piece by piece, and now the completion of the project is in sight. This facility will boast a completely new design which includes a zero depth entry and multiple play features.
The stories are similar for two Broken Bow women - they were well past 50 when they felt a calling on their lives to change directions and pursue a new career. Both listened.
Mary Jane Gockley moved with her husband to Broken Bow in 1978. Her husband had accepted a position as priest at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church.
A registered nurse by trade, Gockley went to work at Jennie Melham Medical Center, where she remained until her retirement in 1991. She also stayed very busy as a clergy wife and a mom to four daughters.
Mae LaVonne and her twin, Kay Lorene, were born Jan. 22, 1940, to Edgar and A. Doris Slingsby in a little house near Westerville. In the fall of that year, the family moved to California and returned back to Nebraska when Mae was five.
She attended grade school at the Knight country school outside of Westerville. She spent her first two high school years in Ansley where she was a cheerleader and the last two years in Arcadia where she was a band majorette. This is where she met her future husband Joe McDonald. To this union four children were born: Tammy, Michael, Douglas and Laurie.
Ruth Marie (Bowley) Bolen departed from this earth, her family and friends to join the Lord, her husband, John L. Bolen, (Aug. 11, 2003), son, Charles, a great-great grandson, parents John and Myrtle (Amsberry) Bowley, sisters Florence (Morgan), Sarah (Dutton), LaVonne, Ruby (Chrisp), and Katherine (Geiser).
Forest C. "Jim" Fagan, 84, of Anselmo, passed away Feb. 18, 2012 at Callaway.
Jim was born October 1, 1927, in Denver, Colo., to Ellen (Teahon) and John Fagan. He attended rural schools in the Anselmo area and in 1945 he graduated from Anselmo High school. After high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are they that moum: for they shall be comforted." (KJV)
Shirley June Rama was born June 6, 1922, in Merna, to Clarence Eugene Rama and Wilma Loy (Taylor) Rama. She attended country school and graduated from Merna High School in 1939.
Arvid William Smith, age 86 of Thedford, died Feb. !4, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be Monday Feb. 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ron Master officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery with full Military Honors by American Legion 230 and Thedford VFW 2023. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family receiving friends from 3 to 5 PM at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hillcrest Cemetery Fund or the donorâ€™s choice.