November 11th, 2010
Darrell L. Smith, 82, of the Grand Island Veterans Home, died Nov. 6, 2010, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Mr. Smith was born Sept. 12, 1928, at Flippin, Ark., the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Dudley) Smith.
He was united in marriage to Ruth L. Jones Nov. 23, 1946, at Salem, Ill.
As a young child, Darrell moved to Salem, Ill. with his family, where he attended rural schools. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He and Ruth lived and farmed near Iuka, Ill., until moving to Nebraska in March 1966.
Nebraska is the happiest state in the country, announced Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, one of the stateâ€™s dignitaries on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Mid-Plains Community College Custer Campus last Friday.
The designation as the happiest state came from MainStreet.comâ€™s Happiness Index, which used unemployment figures, foreclosures and nonmortgage debt to determine a state's overall financial well being.
â€śIt shows Nebraskans arenâ€™t spending money we donâ€™t have,â€ť said Sheehy. â€śItâ€™s individuals stepping up in communities and making things happen.â€ť
When Steve Scott graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1978, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. Thirty years later, he is still doing it.
Last week, Broken Bow Police Chief Scott celebrated 30 years of service to the police department and to the community of Broken Bow. He says from the time he was a sophomore in high school he knew he wanted to be a police officer.
â€śMy dream back then was to be a patrolman,â€ť Scott remembers.
American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster and department of Nebraska officials, visited Nebraska Legionnaires last week as they toured Nebraska. One of their stops was in Callaway, where the group paid a visit to the school.
Commander Foster, of Anchorage, Alaska, had some fun with the high school students at Callaway Nov. 4, during a short program in which he tested the studentsâ€™ knowledge of history. He asked a series of questions about American history, specifically about the various wars, branches of military and origin of what we now know as Veteranâ€™s Day.
The Ansley Lady Warriors and Mullen Lady Broncos return to the state volleyball tournament after each won district championships last Thursday. The state tournament, which has moved to Grand Island and Hastings in 2010 and 2011, begins tonight with both Ansley and Mullen among the eight teams in the Class D2 tournament field.
The Loup Valley Conference is guaranteed to be represented in the Class D2 championship game as Mullen and Sargent both advanced with decisive wins in the playoff quarterfinals. The LVC is assured a position in the title game because Mullen and Sargent must meet on the gridiron for the second time this season. The winner will advance to play the winner of Howells vs Giltner at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Nov. 15 at 10:15 a.m.
OVERTON -- The dream season for South Loupâ€™s football team came to an end Tuesday night. The Bobcatâ€™s traveled to Overton for the Class D1 quarterfinal game.
South Loup opened the game with a good kickoff return near mid-field. Then on the third play from scrimmage, Logan Glendy broke out to a 35-yard touchdown run.
The Nebraska Team took first place with 65 points to win the 50th Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt. Captain of the team was Matt Thomas. Team members were J.C. Ourada, Kent Leibhart, George W. Doyle and John Anderson. Guides for the team were Mike Holcomb and Jeff Evans, Dog Handler was Josh Robertson and the Scorekeeper was Todd Fenton.
Funeral Services for Kurt A. Gilmore, age 41, of Miller, formerly of Merna, will be held Wednesday, November 10, at 2:00pm, at the United Methodist Church in Miller, with Rev. Bonnie Brock and Ken Hutson officiating, interment will be in the Watertown Cemetery east of Miller. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials are suggested to the family. On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com. O'Brien Straatman Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of the arrangements.
The Ansley Lady Warriors and Mullen Lady Broncos are returning to the State Volleyball Tournament next weekend in Grand Island.
Ansley defeated Loomis in straight sets last night 25-11, 25-15 and 25-20 for the Class D2-4 District Championship.
Mullen defeated Hay Springs 3-1 for the Class D2-6 District Championship.
The tournament pairings for the Class D2 field has been set with Ansley earning the No. 4 seed and Mullen getting the No. 8 seed.