NET Reps Meet with Custer County Residents

NET Reps Meet with Custer County Residents
(Left) Debbie Hamlett, NET, visits with Custer County residents on Thursday morning during a community Town Talk.

BROKEN BOW–On the Road with NET! Representatives from NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, have been visiting central Nebraska bringing with them PBS KIDS family events, town talks with community leaders, and other programming activities.

On Thursday morning, community members came together at Prairie Grounds Café and Gifts for a ‘Town Talk’ to discuss some of the gems of Custer County.

NET Assistant General Manager of Development and Marketing Debbie Hamlett said it is important for NET staff to get out of Lincoln and see and hear about the latest projects going on in other Nebraska communities.

“What we really strive to do is—since we’re a statewide network and we’re a public service—we really like to be in the towns, face-to-face with folks to hear successes and challenges for each town so that we can make sure that we’re reflecting back to the community what’s going on across the state. It’s really important for us to keep in touch with folks and this is the best way we’ve found to do that,” Hamlett said.

Hamlett said she has been impressed with the communities of Custer County. During the Town Talk, community members shared positive stories of local gems such as Victoria Springs, libraries and museums, local theaters and historical buildings, critical access hospitals, the Sandhills Scenic Byway, and the Capable Program.

Some of the challenges discussed included affordable housing, ag businesses, and how to bring back students to Custer County after they have graduated from school.

NET will continue traveling this week to Lexington, McCook, and Kearney.