October 11th, 2012
Kathryn Mannel passed away at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln with her three children at her side. She fought a lengthy illness with grace and dignity and without complaint to the very end.
Kathryn is the daughter of Frank and Ruth Anderson Bartak, and grew up on a farm west of Merna A childhood member of the Cliff Union Church, church activities provided fond memories throughout her life. Kathryn attended Sunflower Country School and graduated from Merna High School.
Martin R. Achterberg, 89, of Lexington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Park Avenue Estates in Lexington. He was born Feb. 18, 1923, south of Oconto, on the home place to Carl and Ida (Camin) Achterberg.
He attended school at rural District 217. Martin was married to Bonny Estergard April 12, 1956, at First Lutheran Church at Buffalo.
The couple farmed near Oconto until 2006, when they moved to Park Avenue Estates in Lexington. Martin enjoyed his life on the farm, planting the seeds in the spring and harvesting in the fall.
Amy Bundy, age 89 of Broken Bow, formerly of Ansley, died Oct. 3, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Amy Natalie (Tobin) Bundy was born May 18, 1923, to Amelia (Small) and Walter Tobin at Clarks. As a little girl, and the oldest of four girls in the family, she enjoyed helping her father on the family farm.
She loved the farm life and caring for the animals. She graduated from high school at Hordville. The family then moved to the Comstock - Arcadia area where she met and married Evert Allen Bundy.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is being celebrated across the country during the week of October 14-20, 2012. Special events are scheduled at many refuges including Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge east of Valentine, Nebraska. Approximately 48 bison and several lots of skulls and antlers will be sold during a live auction at the refuge corrals on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 beginning at 12:00 noon C.D.T. National Wildlife Refuge Week posters "Drawn To Refuges" will be given away and lunch will be served on site by the German Settlement Ladies Organization.
Broken Bow residents Michael Steckler and Andra White asked questions and shared their opinions as part of the NET Television election year project "Voter Voices." Steckler talked about health care and White asked questions about immigration during a videotaped roundtable discussion at the Broken Bow Public Library last April. Their comments, along with others from across the state, are part of a new NET Television special "Campaign Connection 2012: Voter Voices," airing Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1/HD.
LINCOLN--Nebraskaâ€™s child welfare system might face another major change by the summer of 2013, continuing the overhaul of the system begun by the Legislature last spring.
The Legislatureâ€™s Health and Human Services committee held a hearing on Friday morning to explore changes to the way children enter the foster care system, how reports of child abuse are screened and investigated and how that can contribute to the number of children in foster care.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each year at this time the local Breast Cancer Support Group hosts a cancer walk in downtown Broken Bow - to raise funds, and awareness, for a disease that afflicts so many.
Joann Still is the chair of the local support group, which she started in 2005, one year after her own breast cancer diagnosis. However, she and the other members of the group - all breast cancer survivors - are quick to point out this walk is not just for breast cancer. Rather, the money raised during the event go to research for all cancers.
The Custer County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Steven Bowers as the new Custer County Attorney.
The office of Custer County Attorney was vacated when Tami Schendt was appointed to succeed Gary Washburn as County Court Judge. There are two years left on Schendtâ€™s term as county attorney.
Bowers was one of four candidates interviewed for the position by the board Sept. 25. He was recently appointed to serve as Deputy County Attorney by acting County Attorney Glenn Clark.
For full story of the Board of Supervisors meeting, see the Oct. 11, 2012 Custer County Chief.
The year 2012, marks the centennial of the Custer County Courthouse. In August, a big centennial celebration was hosted by the county, and just this week the final step in the centennial celebration - the burial of a time capsule - took place.
A committee was organized about a year ago to work out the details of the time capsule. Items, depicting what the county was like in 2012, were gathered to be placed in the capsule. It is hoped that during the bicentennial year, 2112, the capsule will be dug up and opened.
The Missoula Children's Theater, sponsored locally by a grant from the Custer County Foundation, presented "Blackbeard the Pirate" Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Broken Bow Middle School Auditorium.
The large cast of area youth donned colorful costumes while singing, dancing and presenting a wonderful rendition of the play - several times bringing the audience to laughter and applause.
For a full photo tribute to "Blackbeard the Pirate", see the Oct. 11 Custer County Chief!