June 13th, 2011
OCONTO - - God seemed to be smiling on the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department Saturday by providing picture perfect weather for the annual Blowinâ€™ the Doors Off BBQ. And plenty of people took advantage of that nice weather to enjoy some great food, live entertainment and a good time with family and friends.
The population of Oconto increased by roughly 12.11 times Saturday night, with a total estimated attendance of 1,829. Ocontoâ€™s current population, according to the 2010 census, stands at 151.
The attendance figures broke down as follows:
Adults (age 12 and up) - 1,689
Ronald J. Vincent, 49 of Sargent, appeared in Custer County District Court last week for arraignment. After reaching a plea agreement with the state, Vincent entered pleas of No Contest to three felony counts.
Vincent had originally been charged with seven felonies, following an April 26 incident northwest of Sargent in which he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup and hit an embankment. Vincent threatened two passers-by who stopped to render aid, with a gun he had in the seat of the pickup. The two men were able to wrestle the gun away from Vincent.
BROKEN BOW--The Broken Bow Junior baseball team couldnâ€™t keep up with Holdrege and lost 18-4 in three innings at Paul Brown Field Saturday evening.
Holdrege was able to capitalize on Broken Bowâ€™s inability to throw strikes. Broken Bowâ€™s Preston Sanchez couldnâ€™t find the strike zone and walked five batters in the first inning and allowed six runs.
Jake McCormick replaced Sanchez and pitched into the second inning giving up five runs and walking four batters.
Bow finally succumbed in the third inning, allowing seven runs and the game was ended due to the mercy rule.
William Frank Baller, age 69, of Broken Bow, died Tuesday May 24, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Memorial services will be at a later date.
Ardis R. Goodner, age 75, of Broken Bow died Tuesday May 24, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Center in Callaway.
Funeral services were May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with DAR rites. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Care Home in Callaway.
Ronald J. Rice, 62 of Berwyn, formerly of Ord, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral Services were June 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Heartland Assembly of God Church in Ord with Pastor Lonny Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to his three granddaughters. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Fred A. West Sr., age 78 of Broken Bow, died May 24, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services will be Friday June 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Govier Brothers Chapel. Visitation will be today, Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary with family greeting friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Grace Elizabeth (Betty) Brown was born to Grace Scoullar Holtorf and Carl Churchill Holtorf of Sterling, Colo., Dec. 26. 1920, and died May 24, 2011, at The Legacy in Lincoln.
Her father was superintendent of the Burlington Railroad, and as a young girl, Betty would board the train every Saturday to ride to Denver to take violin lessons. In 1934, the family moved to Alliance, where Betty attended high school, graduating in 1938.
She attended the University
Terry Lynn Lovitt was born Feb. 4, 1943, in North Platte to Lloyd and Maxine (Linderman) Lovitt. He departed this life May 23, 2011, northeast of Arnold.
He was born into an agricultural lifestyle that encouraged a love of the Sandhills, horses and rodeo that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He attended rural school in Lincoln County, and graduated from Stapleton High School in 1961.
He married Janice Layher in Stapleton Nov. 18, 1961. To this union four children were born. Together they ran the Wagon Wheel Tavern in Stapleton for 20 years.
Word has been received of the death of Melvin W. Millsap, who passed away May 26, 2011, at Harve, Mont. Melvin grew up in the Broken Bow area. He was the son of Allen and Irma Millsap, who are both deceased.
Holland Bonine Funeral Home of Havre, Mont., is in charge of arrangements.