April 10th, 2012
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman spent the day in Broken Bow Monday, attending six ribbon cuttings, visiting the Public Library, greeting people and hearing from area interest groups. He concluded the busy day with a special Republican dinner at the Country Club. The first stop on the busy afternoon tour was a ribbon cutting at the new Trotter Service truck stop on the west edge of Broken Bow. The Governor and Jim Trotter shared a laugh or two during the ceremony. For pictures and information from each ribbon cutting and stop along the way, see this week's Custer County Chief.
Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-A Leadercast at the Tiffany Theater 3 in Broken Bow, May 4, 2012. This event is sponsored by Custer Economic Development Corp-oration and the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Broken Bow.
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Since 2005, Mid Nebraska Friends of NRA has contributed more than $55,000 in grant money for equipment, and youth and adult education in Custer County and surrounding area. Next weekend the committeeâ€™s one major fundraiser will take place in Broken Bow, with the 8th Annual Mid Nebraska Friends of NRA Banquet.
ANSELMO â€“ There is a new grain loading facility under construction near Anselmo, across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks from State Highway 2 to the north. The facility wants to be operational for the 2012 harvest season.
Land was acquired, contracts signed, agreements underway. And then things changed.
Tragedy struck in Broken Bow the afternoon of March 28 when a privately owned aircraft went down short of the runway.
The passenger died at the scene, and the pilot was severely burned.
First on-scene was a Nebraska National Guard UH72 helicopter en route into Broken Bow on a training mission.
â€śWe heard the call. It was an emergency and any incoming traffic needed to clear out, so we did,â€ť said Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Gonifas, one of two pilots on board the UH72.
Walter F. Blake, son of Walter and Lucy (Baker-Peterson) Blake, was born June 26, 1922, in Mason City. He entered into rest Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island at the age of 89 years.
Walter attended school in Brewster where he graduated high school in 1940. He worked on the family farm raising cattle. He also attended Louisiana State University for a year where he studied mechanical engineering.
Walter joined the United States Army Dec. 7, 1942.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Pauline Clinard July 22, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Kent.
LaVonne D. Cords, age 73 of Broken Bow, died March 28, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Monday April 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Dunning Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Cleo June Peterson, 68 of Grand Island, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home, with her family at her side.
Services were Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Evangelical Free Church in Hastings. A private burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Trumbull. Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International or the Evangel-ical Free Benevolent Fund. Apfel Funeral Home of Grand Island was in charge of arrangements.