What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Custody rule puts priority on the child
January 16, 1975: The Nebraska Supreme Court held that the best interests of a child was more important than the rights of parental custody. The high court reversed a decision of the Hall County District Court that gave custody of Kevin Bigley to his mother, Sheryl Ann Bigley. The high court decided to leave the child in the home of his aunt and uncle, Howard and Eulalia Tibbs. The court disagreed with the Hall County District Court, saying the Tibbses would be better parents.
1941: Clyde A. Copson, New York consultant on municipal clean-up activities, completed a survey of Omaha. He was impressed by the fact that streets and yards were free of litter, but said a clean-up of buildings would help city appearances. A native of Malvern, Iowa, Copson was on a tour of larger cities to study sanitation problems. In comparison with New York, Chicago, Birmingham, Ala., and “a number of other cities, Omaha is a miniature heaven,” he said.
1987: Mayor Mike Boyle did not plan to leave office before Jan. 27, although he said that he had made his “last public appearance as mayor.” “The mayor has no plans to leave office early,” press aide Anne Johnson said. “He will be coming into his office to fulfill his duties until (City Council President) Steve Tomasek takes over.” Johnson said Boyle’s statement means that he does not plan to hold press conferences or attend ribbon-cuttings and other public functions. After a 5½-year tenure, Boyle was ousted in a special recall election.
2000: Bellevue leaders were scheduled to meet to discuss changes to ward boundaries, and Councilwoman Theresa Hatcher said she might use the occasion to suggest reducing the size of the City Council. Some former city officials suggested last summer that the 10-member council is too cumbersome and should be reduced. Despite talk of a petition drive, nothing was done. Hatcher said consolidating the council is worth considering. “Ten is a lot of people to get to agree on anything,” she said.