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April 10th, 2015

Lawmakers reject bill to make leadership votes public

April 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative push to require Nebraska lawmakers to disclose how they voted in legislative leadership races was defeated again on Friday, with opponents casting it as an effort to settle political scores.

Supporters argued the measure would have promoted transparency, but opponents called it a back-door attempt to rehash debates over the same issue earlier this year. Lawmakers voted 31-15 to bracket the bill, killing it for the year.

April 9th

Bonnie M. Dittmer, 63

April 9, 2015

Bonnie M. Dittmer, 63, of Amherst, died, Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Miller United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bonnie Brock officiating.

Burial was at the Stanley Cemetery near Amherst.

Memorials are suggested to the family for designation at a later date.

Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of the arrangements.

Stephen T. Joyce, 61

April 9, 2015

Stephen T. Joyce, age 61, of Alliance, formally of Broken Bow, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his home in Alliance.

Services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. A register book may be signed prior to services Thursday.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Broken Bow.

Rich E. Bartram, 68

April 9, 2015

Rich E. Bartram, age 68, of Broken Bow, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Pastor Peggy Michael Rush officiating.

Honorary pallbearers during service; Dave Green, Dan Hawke, Don Headrick, Lowell Baillie, Ken “Rudy” Handley and Keith Moninger. Family will be greeting friends Friday, April 10, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.

Helen H. Banning, 88

April 9, 2015

Helen H. Banning, 88, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Academy Point, Mystic, Conn.  

To honor Mrs. Banning’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

Mrs. Banning was born Dec. 22, 1926, in Mason City, the daughter of Henry and Sena (Mohr) Robertson.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Edwin G. Banning; her sister and brother-in law, Catherine and James Murphree; and her brother-in-law, Homer Cordell.  

Phillip Michael Sledge, 25

April 9, 2015

Phillip Michael Sledge, 25, of Omaha, passed away at home Dec. 4, 2014. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church was the location for a prayer service hosted by James Hanusek Dec. 7. A wake was Dec. 19 at St. Elizabeth Ann with Msgr. Joseph Hanefeldt presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 20, with Fr. Frank Baumert officiating. Burial was at Dale Catholic Cemetery, Merna, with Fr. Jim Hunt presiding at the graveside service.

Phillip Michael Sledge was born Feb. 2, 1989, in Omaha, the second of
two children to Kathryn Lynn Jacquot-Sledge and Michael (Earnest) Parker
Sledge.

Kathryn Lynn Jacquot Sledge, 55

April 9, 2015

Kathryn Lynn Jacquot Sledge, 55, of Omaha, passed away Dec. 16, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

A wake was Dec. 19, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Msgr.
Joseph Hanefeldt presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 20 with Fr. Frank Baumert officiating.

Burial was at Dale Catholic Cemetery, Merna, with Fr. Jim Hunt presiding at the graveside service.

Kathryn Lynn Jacquot was born Jan. 3, 1959 in Broken Bow, to Cecil
Xavier and Meta Christine [Steinmeyer] Jacquot, the eighth of eight children.

April 7th

Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

April 7, 2015

LINCOLN - Eleven athletes, four coaches, one official and two contributors have been selected to enter the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, including Dan Brost of Mullen, Silver Anniversary Team - Mullen Football/Wrestling, former Custer County Chief Sports Editor Bob Jensen as the ounder and publisher of the Huskerland Prep Report.

They will be inducted at the Hall's annual induction ceremony Oct. 4 at Lincoln East High School. The reception begins at noon with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Small plane crashes after NCAA title game, killing ISU coach

April 7, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A private plane returning from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis crashed in a central Illinois field on Tuesday, killing all seven people on board, including Illinois State University's associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletics director.

Rescue personnel found no survivors at the site near the city of Bloomington, and a coroner pronounced the seven occupants dead, McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said at a news conference. The plane went down in a soybean field 2 1/2 miles from the Bloomington airport.

Drought expands across U.S.

April 7, 2015

Drought expands across large section of nation's crop region

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions expanded last month amid weather that was warmer and drier across much of the western U.S., but spring rain in the agricultural Midwest could improve conditions for farmers preparing for the corn and soybean growing season.

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