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August 28th, 2014

Shirley D. Lien, 74

August 28, 2014

Shirley was born Aug. 27, 1939, in a sod house on Dowse family farm in Custer County Nebraska. The Sod House had been built by her great-great-grandfather, who was the first settler in the county. The house still stands and is listed in the National Historical Register. Her parents were Bill and Inez Dowse.

She and her husband, Mike, were married in 1962. They shared 52 years of love and friendship. The union was blessed with two sons, Marty and Mike.

Dean R. Dodge, Sr., 83

August 28, 2014

Dean R. Dodge, Sr., 83, of Callaway, passed away, Thursday, Aug.7, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Dean was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Lexington,, to Ernest and Rose (Sladky) Dodge, Sr. He attended school at Callaway and then two years at Milford Vocational Technical College.

February 5, 1951, he married Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Relph at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Callaway.

Twilla Elaine Hyatt, 84

August 28, 2014

Twilla Elaine Hyatt was born June 26, 1930, to Fred L. Carpenter, Sr., and Beulah Fern Garrett Carpenter in Custer County. She was the fifth of six children. She had four brothers, Fred, Jr., Floyde, Cleon and Harland; and one sister, Freda. Twilla grew up on the farm during the depression, so hard work and making do with what you had were a way of life.

At the age of 17 she married the love of her life, Dellis B. Hyatt, before the Justice of the Peace in Ord. To this union two children were born, Della Elaine and Delwin Dellis (better known as Buz).

Wm. Dean Brinkman, 80

August 28, 2014

Wm. Dean Brinkman, the fourth child of Otto C. and Iva Mullins Brinkman, was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Crawford Valley, near Plainview.

After graduation from Plainview High School he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Most of those two years were spent building gun sites across northern Alaska. He loved Alaska for the rest of his life! While there Dean and some friends organized a rodeo which was a tremendous success with locals and his commanding officer--and Dean won the saddle bronc riding!

Michael J. Lepant, 54

August 28, 2014

Michael J. Lepant, 54 of Hastings died Tuesday, Aug.5, 2014 ,at Clarkson
Hospital in Omaha.

There was a Catholic Rosary recited Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, with Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Reverend Donald Buhrman celebrated the mass. Burial of ashes was in the All Saints Catholic Cemetery at Columbus.

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family

Michael was born Dec. 10, 1959, in Broken Bow.

Michael J. Lepant, 54

August 28, 2014

Michael J. Lepant, 54 of Hastings died Tuesday, Aug.5, 2014 ,at Clarkson
Hospital in Omaha.

There was a Catholic Rosary recited Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, with Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Reverend Donald Buhrman celebrated the mass. Burial of ashes was in the All Saints Catholic Cemetery at Columbus.

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family

Michael was born Dec. 10, 1959, in Broken Bow.

Betty Jane Pinkson McDowell, 89

August 28, 2014

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell, 89, passed away peacefully July 9, 2014 ,at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway.

She was born Feb. 17, 1925, in a sod house near Arnold to Homer and Leona Cook Pinkston. She graduated from Arnold High School with the class of 1941. After graduation she taught school in the sandhills north of Arnold.

March 14, 1942 ,she married Robert Lavern McDowell in Grand Island. They celebrated their 66th Anniversary in 2008. They had three daughters, Sandra, Jane and Betty Jo.

August 26th

Vandalism reported at Broken Bow Public Schools

August 26, 2014

Ryan Hogue, Assistant Principal and Activities Director for Broken Bow Public Schools, has sent out a call for help ... let's keep our eyes open and see what we can do to get this stopped.

Good evening,

Nebraska schools rely heavily on property taxes

August 26, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than nearly every other state in the nation, according to a report released Monday.

The report by the OpenSky Policy Institute says Nebraska ranked 49th in the percentage of school funding provided by the state in fiscal 2012, the most recent year available.

The longtime focus on local funding has created wide disparities in property tax rates and led to increased state funding for fast-growing urban districts, according to the report.

Young girl injured in accident at Nebraska State Fair

August 26, 2014

An 8-year-old girl, a third grader from Engleman Elementary School in Grand Island, was injured today when she was struck by a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) driven by a Nebraska State Fair employee.

Injuries have not been confirmed, but it’s believed injuries were sustained to the lower extremities of the accident victim.

The girl was at the fair as part of Nebraska’s Largest Classroom—a free program designed for school agers from across Nebraska so that they can learn more about Nebraska agriculture.

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