How’d It Happen
Back in May of 2018 a phone call was made to Kenny Ogier of Wallace from Carla Beck of Hometown Family Radio. The Phone call was made for two reasons. One, to congratulate Ogier on his new business venture "Knucklehead's Garage" which he was running out of a shop on his farm; and Two, to see if Kenny, who Carla knew was an avid Rock 100.7 radio listener would like to sponsor a daily request hour on the radio station. Ogier, has said that the phone call made his day. He couldn’t believe that a radio station in North Platte “cared about his little shop” south of Wallace. Kenny jumped at the opportunity to sponsor a show on “His” favorite radio station. That also opened the door for another idea. Carla jokingly asked “what do you think about building a bike for Rock 100?” Ken replied that “he and his builders had already discussed that idea” and that they really wanted to if they could find a way to pay for the hard costs of a build.
Two weeks after that conversation, Beck phoned Ogier again and said “how about we build a bike and raffle it off for a local non-profit group?” Beck noting that they should be able to sell more than enough raffle tickets to not only cover Knucklehead’s Garage material costs, but also be able to support the community by making a generous contribution to whomever was selected. At the end of the conversation, Ogier said “Let’s Do This!”
Work started almost immediately on picking out a frame for the bike, and choosing which accessories it would have. Earlier in the year, Ogier and some of his team had taken a road trip to the west coast. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they would be picking many of the future parts for Scarlett. They would fit the bike with an Indian Larry gas tank, a Jesse James Fender and of course a Harley Davidson power plant. The Knuckleheads were adamant the bike needed an “old school” look. Mission Accomplished!
Saturday, August 4th. The Bike didn’t yet have a name, and still didn’t have her custom rims and tires, but she was built and August 4th had already been the day selected to unveil her to the public. Yes, we keep referring to the bike as a “She”; that’s a Knucklehead’s Tradition to name ALL their builds after pretty ladies. This Bike was no exception. A little after 6pm on this cloudy late afternoon day the crowd at The Platte Bar in North Platte got to see her for the first time as employee and builder Rob Durfee rode “Scarlett” into the bar’s beer garden. Tickets were immediately available for purchase for the raffle to win the bike. That night alone almost 200 tickets had been purchased to win the bike.
Scarlett got her name the week after the unveiling when ROCK 100 listeners made nominations for a name on the stations Facebook Page. The ROCK 100 staff and Knuckleheads Garage decided on the name from those suggestions.
Guardians Of The Children
“The Guardians were the first name brought up when this idea hatched”, according to Derek Beck, manager at ROCK 100. “We knew we wanted to help children, we really wanted to partner with a biker organization since we were building and giving away a motorcycle. It Just made sense.” The Guardians would help sell raffle tickets at many of the ROCK 100 events that would follow in the next few month. In return, their organization would receive a substantial split of the raffle money to use towards their Mission in the future. “Many people that were not bikers, or even owned a motorcycle bought raffle tickets because they wanted to contribute to what the Guardians stood for” Derek Beck said.
On Wednesday, December 12, 100 names from the box that held All The Raffle Tickets were drawn at Great Western Bank, who served as the Title Sponsor of the Giveaway on ROCK 100. “We were surprised a few names were pulled out of the raffle box twice” said Shari Cecil, who also works for ROCK 100 as a Marketing Consultant. “I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised, some people spent over $200 on raffle tickets at once”. The Raffle tickets were $20 per ticket. The people who had their names drawn were personally invited to the final drawing which was also held at The Platte Bar in North Platte on Saturday, December 15th.
Most of the qualifiers were present for the announcement of the winner, but you did not have to be present to win. When Derek Beck and Miss Knuckle, Michelle James, drew the winning raffle ticket. It was Jake Dancer of Sutherland. Jake was not present, but was watching on ROCK 100’s Facebook Live Feed at the time.
After hard expenses to build Scarlett, the Knuckleheads Garage and ROCK 100 made a $5,977 donation to the Flatrock Chapter of Guardians Of The Children on Friday, December 28. “We want to thank the Guardians, Great Western Bank and all of the local businesses this fall that hosted Scarlett as we tried to raise as much money as we could for the Guardians” Derek Beck said after the check presentation. “And Thank You To Kenny Ogier and his guys at Knuckleheads Garage for all the work they put in on this project. We were able to pay for all the parts and still make a nice donation to an amazing North Platte area organization.” Beck says that they are already planning a similar giveaway next year. “We’re planning a summer promotion around a NEW bike that the Knuckleheads are already building. We are going to start a search inquiry in the next few weeks to select the 2019 beneficiary of the proceeds. We would ideally like to contribute to a different organization every year as long as we’re fortunate to have a great partner like Knuckleheads Garage and Great Western Bank.”
Because of this successful promotion, Knuckleheads outgrew their shop in Wallace in the short 4 months of this promotion and now have a new North Platte location located just South of Wyman’s Welding off of East 4th Street.
To Be Continued in 2019...
Troopers Kick-Off Holiday You Drink & Drive, You Lose Campaign
DECEMBER 14, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will be looking to remove drunk drivers from the road during the final two weeks of 2018 as part of a nationwide “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign.
“The holidays are a wonderful time to travel, be with family, and celebrate,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The last thing we want is for this festive time to be marred by tragedy. That’s why our troopers will be diligently watching for drunk drivers and taking them off the road.”
The “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” enforcement runs from Friday, December 14 through Tuesday, January 1. Troopers across all regions of the state are participating, along with many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska. NSP’s portion of the enforcement effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $25,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
“Drunk drivers present a danger to anyone on the road,” said Bolduc. “Anyone who plans to drink should plan ahead and take advantage of many options available to get home safely without getting behind the wheel.”
Motorists who see a reckless, impaired, or dangerous driver are encouraged to report it to the Nebraska State Patrol by calling *55 from any cell phone. During a similar enforcement in 2017, troopers arrested 67 impaired drivers and another 28 for reckless driving.
Mary & Jazz
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - On December 9, 2018 at 3:51 p.m., a male subject came into the Emergency Room at Great Plains Health suffering from a gunshot wound.
The North Platte Police Department responded and quickly determined the incident occurred outside city limits. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the location of the shooting was in a trailer court at 4005 West 14th Street, North Platte, NE. (just outside of North Platte city limits).
The forty-two year old male victim could not tell Deputies and Officers what had taken place and went into emergency surgery. He is reported to be in stable condition at Great Plains Health.
With the assistance of North Platte Police Department, Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to detain and arrest a thirty five year old North Platte man identified as Isaac Brown. Mr. Brown was incarcerated in the Lincoln County Detention Center on First Degree Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
An extensive ongoing investigation is being conducted with possibly more arrests to follow
An English honor society is now available to students at North Platte Community College.
NPCC received national approval for a Sigma Kappa Delta chapter on Tuesday. SKD is the English honor society for two-year colleges, and NPCC is currently the only college in Nebraska to offer it.
An inaugural induction ceremony is planned for this weekend.
“I am thrilled that after a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of some students who are very dedicated to English and the world of academia, Sigma Kappa Delta is finally coming to fruition,” said Kristi Leibhart, English instructor at NPCC. “Sigma Kappa Delta will open up so many new opportunities for our students and provide another means to reward them for their academic accomplishments.”
It’s a goal Leibhart has been working toward for the past two years.
“When I was in school, a Sigma Tau Delta chapter was available, which is an English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities,” said Leibhart. “It was a very visible sign on campus that people were interested in English, and it was a true honor for students to be part of. I wanted to start something similar at NPCC that would reward academics and provide something to aspire to in the classroom.”
Leibhart said six members are required to form a SKD chapter. She knows of about 100 individuals at the college who are eligible.
“It’s not limited to English majors,” said Leibhart. “Anyone who has completed at least 12 credit hours, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0, who has completed at least one English class and who has received an A or B in every English class can join. Participation doesn’t automatically guarantee induction into Sigma Tau Delta if students transfer on to a four-year institution, but it can make the process easier.”
In addition to providing an honor to list on résumés, SKD offers numerous scholarships to its members. There are opportunities to enter writing and photography competitions, present at national conferences and be published in the “Hedera Helix Literary Journal,” the SKD’s official publication.
“We plan to do a variety of activities at the local level as well,” Leibhart said. “We would like to conduct community service projects, such as reading to nursing home residents, or collecting books to send to prisoners. Film nights and poetry slams have also been discussed.”
The chapter’s induction ceremony is open to the public. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus.
Members will receive green and gold honor cords to wear at commencement as well as a commemorative SKD pin. Refreshments will be provided.
Anyone interested in joining the new honor society can contactLeibhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana in two recent traffic stops on Interstate 80 near North Platte.
The patrol says the first stop occurred Nov. 18, when a trooper stopped a car on suspicion of speeding and veering out of its lane. The patrol says a search of the car turned up 48 pounds of marijuana in luggage. The 27-year-old driver from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was arrested.
The second stop occurred Monday, when a trooper stopped another car on suspicion of failing to signal. A search of that car turned up 30 pounds of marijuana, and a 17-year-old passenger in the car, from California, was arrested and jailed.
HERSHEY, Neb. — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk when his passenger jumped out of the vehicle in western Nebraska and died.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a deputy sent Monday evening to the scene on Link 56C on the south side of Hershey found the woman unresponsive, lying on the roadway with a vehicle parked nearby. The sheriff's office says the deputy was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
She's been identified as 45-year-old Brandy Lewis, who lived in Ogallala. An autopsy has been ordered.
The 59-year-old man who'd been driving the vehicle was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He told deputies that Lewis decided to jump while the vehicle was moving and that he couldn't stop her.
Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.