February 20th, 2012
Each year the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association presents its most distinguished award, Airman of the Year, to one of its members who has shown outstanding dedication and support to the agricultural aviation industry.
The 2011 Airman of the Year award, was given to Casey Williams of Arrow Aviation in Broken Bow. Casey is the 3rd generation of his family to receive this prestigious award.
The award was presented recently at the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association (NATA) 2012 annual convention in Grand Island.
For more on this story, see this week's Custer County Chief.
Ansley, Litchfield, Mullen and Sandhills/Thedford girls basketball teams will be competing for the district championship Friday night and a chance to play in the state tournament is on the line.
Ansley vs. Wauneta/Palisade at Hershey High School
Mullen vs. Wynot at Bassett High School
Sandhills/Thedford vs. Sutherland at North Platte St. Pat's High School
Litchfield vs. Giltner at Minden High School
All games start at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Mountain)
LINCOLN - - The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality could continue to review alternative routes for the TransCanda Keystone XL pipeline to avoid the Sandhills, despite recent action by the federal government, if a bill introduced by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion was passed.
On Feb. 16, the Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the bill, LB1161. The bill is a "simple amendment" to the two pipeline-related bills passed during last year's special session, Smith said.
On Feb. 14, Smith introduced an amendment to his bill to address the recent federal action, he said.
Roger Elfgren passed away at St. Johns Good Samaritan center in Kearney Feb. 8, 2012.
Roger was born Nov. 24, 1943, in East Killingly, Conn., the fourth of six children born to Ernest and Dorothy Elfgren. Roger was 12 when he traveled by covered wagon with his parents, brothers and sisters from Connecticut to Nebraska, arriving in Broken Bow in August 1956.
Roger attended school in Connecticut thru the 7th grade. Roger graduated from Broken Bow High School with the Class of 1961. After graduation, he attended business school in Omaha for a year.
Goldie Shepherd, age 98, of Grand Island, formerly of Ansley, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Wedgewood Hospice Center in Grand Island.
Goldie was born March 26, 1913, near Arcadia. She was the youngest daughter of Samuel D. and Rhoda R. (Henry) Hurlbert.
Marie M. Allen, age 87, of North Platte, passed away Feb. 9, 2012, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Mason City, to Harry and Elva Tracy Holm. Marie graduated from Bridgeport High School.
After graduation she taught school in rural western Nebraska. She married James McVay in 1943. Marie traveled extensively with her husband who was in the Army Air Corps. Their travels included Alaska. To this union three children were born; James, Sue and John.
Norma M. Staab, 88 of Grand Island, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Tiffany Square Center. Services were Monday, Feb. 13, in the chapel of Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Gary Schulte officiating.
To honor Mrs. Staab's request, cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes was at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mrs. Staab was born Sept. 27, 1923, at Mason City, the daughter of Charles and Petra (Lauridsen) Mohr.
Her husband, Glenn Staab, preceded her in death in 2004.
Marjory Myers was in Hospice care at the Homestead CAre Facility in Lincoln, and left this world Feb. 7, 2012.
Marjory Ruth Clay Myers was born July 11, 1916, in the family sod house at the farm four miles west of Broken Bow. She was the 11th of 12 children born to J. William clay and Minnie Amsberry.
She attended grade school at the Crackerjack School through the eighth grade and then rode with her brothers to the Broken Bow High School. Some of her brothers played football for Broken Bow, and Marjory participated in some of the girlâ€™s after school athletics while waiting for them.
Eldon H. Howard, 76, of Grand Island, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Maryâ€™s Cathedral. The Reverend Richard Piontkowski will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
The contract has been signed and house hunting has begun for the new superintendent of Broken Bow Public Schools.
In a special meeting of the Broken Bow Board of Education Feb. 3, a two-year contract for superintendent Mark Sievering was approved. The contract includes an annual salary of $125,000 per year and benefits.
According to board president Michelle Zlomke, current interim superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon has been in contact with Sievering regarding any decisions that need to be made for the 2012-13 school year.