CUSTER COUNTY—The Custer County Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) hosted its annual summer celebration on Thursday night. Local individuals and businesses were recognized for helping grow the county. With the help of the CEDC, businesses, Mid-Plains Community College, and cowboy poetry and music performances, Custer County business leaders celebrated the evening at the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Interpretive Center.
Four awards were presented to those who continue to have a positive influence on community development.
The Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center (JMMMMC) staff received a Broken Bow Pride/Philanthropic award for their continued efforts to improve the hospital such as the emergency room, bringing in the Brookstone nursing home, CEO transition from Mike Steckler to Veronica Schmidt, and renovating space for the new location of the Central Nebraska Medical Clinic. JMMMMC board chairman Don Cantrell said the board appreciates the CEDC for recognizing the work of the medical teams and staff.
“It’s real exciting to get an award like this, to get a little recognition for what all has been going on,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell also expressed excitement to reopen the OB program in Broken Bow with a new doctor coming in August 2019.
Also on Thursday night, RJ and Anne Thomas accepted the Innovator/Philanthropic award for their community support and opening of the Arrow East hotel on the south side of the Broken Bow square.
The Broken Bow Visionary Award was presented to Roy Yanagida for his work in founding the Custer County Foundation, work with the CEDC, and his contribution to tourism and the Red Barn.
Deb McCaslin was presented with the Wheel Horse Award for her role as former executive director for the CEDC and involvement in several community boards and committees.