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March 11th, 2015

James ‘Jim’ Cunningham, 64

March 11, 2015

James (Jim) Cunningham, 64, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. 

Jim was born March 10, 1950, the third child of Frank P. and Edith F. Cunningham of Broken Bow. 

He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1968.
 
Following graduation, he joined his parents in southern California and took a successful job as a computer programmer.  In the early 1990s, Jim moved back to Broken Bow and opened a computer store. 

After several years in Broken Bow, he became an over the road truck driver and subsequently moved back to the Los Angeles area. 

Shirley Rae Manning, 78

March 11, 2015

Shirley Rae Manning, 78, of Glendale, Ariz., born April 25, 1936, at a farm west of Merna, passed away surrounded by the love of her family Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.

Shirley Rae rejoins her husband, Garold Duane Manning (Oct. 18, 1934-Nov. 29, 2006), whom she married June 16, 1954 in Anselmo. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Pearl (nee Koening) Gehrman of Merna.

Shirley grew up on beautiful farm country in Nebraska until her family settled in Merna by 1949.

Candice L. Jones, 53

March 11, 2015

Candice L. Jones, age 53, of Broken Bow, Ne. died Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.

A Memorial service will be Friday, March 13, at 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow with Minister Kathy Salts officiating. Inurnment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. A guest book may be signed Thursday, March 12, at Govier Brothers Mortuary 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to Candice’s family.

Candice L. Jones was born Sept. 22, 1961, in Broken Bow, to Donald and Marge (Ondrak) Jones. 

Richard Keefe, 71

March 11, 2015

Richard Keefe age 71 of Sargent, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, as result of an automobile accident near Broken Bow.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sargent with Father James Hunt officiating. Burial was in the Dry Valley Cemetery near Comstock. Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus. A Rosary service was Tuesday at the Church.

Richard Morris Keefe was born Aug. 22, 1943, at Ord, to Morris and Therese (Hansen) Keefe. The family lived in Burwell. 

John L. Golden, 84

March 11, 2015

John L. Golden, 84 of Kearney, formerly of Grand Island went to his heavenly home Wednesday, March 04, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society-St. John’s Center in Kearney.

Celebration of life service will be Friday, March 13, at the Stolley Park Church of Christ, Grand Island.  Pastor Dean Pofahl will officiat. Burizal of ashes will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. 

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.

Mr. Golden was born April 20, 1930, in Custer County, the son of Cecil and Violet (Larsen) Golden.

March 10th

Sales tax bill for Nebraska farmland voted down in committee

March 10, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have imposed a sales tax on Nebraska farmland to pay for property tax relief has stalled in a legislative committee.

The Revenue Committee voted 5-1 against the measure on Monday, with two senators abstaining. Committee members are sorting through various proposals designed to lower property taxes.

The legislation by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus would have generated nearly $82 million in the next fiscal year. Virtually all of that money would go into a property tax credit fund for owners of agricultural land.

March 9th

Ranchers uneasy about power line's Sandhills route

March 9, 2015

THEDFORD, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska ranchers remain uneasy about a high-voltage power line that is planned to cross part of the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Rancher Dan Welch tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1HhRX64) the project will harm sensitive wildlife areas, create erosion in the sandy soil and scar the landscape with access roads.

But the Nebraska Public Power District says the new line's route is designed to minimize the effect on the Sandhills.

Plus, utility officials say the line will improve reliability and help wind power development.

Riley: Cornhuskers are learning new language this spring

March 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — New Nebraska football coach Mike Riley started building the foundation for the Cornhuskers future on Saturday. He also spent some of the first spring practice acknowledging the program's past.

Riley split the team into two groups for separate 90-minute workouts so he could better evaluate the personnel he inherited from former coach Bo Pelini.

"I liked the enthusiasm for the work as much as anything," Riley said. "Some of it looked a little bit like football from time to time, and we'll keep working on that part."

March 7th

Words could be expensive under proposed domestic violence bill

March 7, 2015

By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--A few word changes could make a big difference under a proposed bill.

LB 307, introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would increase penalties for domestic violence offenders and redefine stalking.

Kolowski said he wants to equalize punishments with this bill. Currently, first degree assault of a stranger holds harsher penalties than first degree assault of a family member. Also under the bill, stalking would include the use of technological devices.

Fiscally conservative Nebraska lawmaker seeks higher gas tax

March 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker known as a tax-cutting fiscal conservative urged his colleagues Friday to pass a fuel-tax increase to help repair Nebraska's aging roads and bridges.

Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion argued that the phased-in, 6-cent-per-gallon increase would help maintain roads for farmers, truckers and businesses.

"Roads infrastructure supports the commerce of our state and the careers and livelihoods of our citizens," said Smith, a Republican who serves as state head of the conservative American Legislature Exchange Council.

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