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Wed
11
Jan

Street improvements, new lighting highlight 2016 projects in Cook

“Wow! 2016 went so quickly,” said Betsy Jett, chairman of the Village of Cook, about the improvement projects within the Cook community during 2016. According to Chairman Jett, the Village of Cook didn’t have any major projects in 2016. The year settled down, so the Village of Cook didn’t have any controversial issues to deal with either.
 
The Village of Cook does have a new Employee Handbook in place.
 
“We wanted to make sure we are up to date with new laws, etc.,” said Jett.
 
Wed
11
Jan

Language in resolutions for Tecumseh’s water and sewer rates corrected

By Ann Wickett
 
Tecumseh’s City Clerk Lisa Beethe informed the members of the Board of Public Works that the city will now pay anything up to a deductible of $2,500 involving the city of Tecumseh’s Workers Compensation Insurance coverage.
 
During a discussion relating to the resolutions regarding changes to the city’s water and sewer rates, City Attorney Bruce Dalluge informed the members of the Board of Public Works that the main changes involved the language and definitions of terms used for defining water user, residential user, rural user, general service user and large general service user. Apparently, these resolutions were passed in December 2016.
 
Wed
11
Jan

Hupka and film maker team-up to tell the USS Indianapolis story

By Ann Wickett
 
Approximately 100 people attended the Monday Night at the Museum presentation at the Tecumseh Community Building to hear, Clarence Hupka, a survivor of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and a World War II veteran, tell his story about being among 317 survivors swimming in shark-infested waters for five days before being rescued. Today, Hupka is among 23 survivors left to share this story.
 
In addition to hearing Hupka’s presentation, Hupka invited a special guest, Sara Vladic who was inspired to interview the U.S.S. Indianapolis survivors for the documentary film, “The US.S. Indianapolis – The Legacy,” which was shown as a special Veterans Day program sponsored by the Johnson County Historical Society on November 11.
 
Wed
04
Jan

Heusman shares highlights of 16 consecutive years as chairman Sterling Village Board

By Ann Wickett
 
Two new businesses opened in the Sterling business district in 2016. One of the businesses is a realty and appraisal business owned by BJ Burrows. The other business is Roof Guard, a roofing and landscaping business owned by Deon Hancock. “in a small town like Sterling’s it’s great to have two new businesses to attract more people to the community,” said Dennis Heusman, former chairman of the Village Board of Sterling. One new home was built, while the construction of another home was delayed until 2017 because of inclement weather.

 

Wed
04
Jan

Hupka returns for special Monday Night at the Museum

Wed
04
Jan

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

By Maggie Rother
 
Johnson County Central Middle School students celebrated the end of the first semester with a STEM Day on Wednesday, December 21st. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) were the focus of the cross-curricular activities designed by the middle school staff. Erika Hunzeker and Grant Moles joined the JCC teachers and para-educators in leading the activities. Sixth grade students spent their day working with Sphero SPRK robots. They started by programming the robots to complete simple tasks. They advanced to coding their robots to solve challenges, including using a ramp to get the furthest “jump” and racing their robots within boundaries.

 

Wed
04
Jan

Powerball Fever!

Roger Bohling of Tecumseh takes his lottery ticket from Desiree Kunzman, a cashier at Casey’s General Store in Tecumseh as the Nebraska Lottery reached over $1 billion dollars on January 13. Unfortunately, there weren’t any big winners at Casey’s this time. Approximately $6,000 in tickets were sold at the store on January 13. Throughout the week of January 10-16 ticket sales were 6 times the daily average.

 

Thu
29
Dec

Several bridge and county road projects accomplished in 2016

County Roads Superintendent Matt Schaardt highlighted several bridge and road improvements accomplished throughout Johnson County during 2016. These projects are as follows: Three county projects were contracted by Tim Sisco Construction. Two of them were completed with some FEMA funds. The first location was 625 Ave and 725 Road East 1/8 of a mile where twin 72” drop culverts were installed. The second location was 608 Ave and 730 Road heading east where triple 8’ culverts were installed. And the last project was located at Hwy 136 and 617 Ave going south with triple 9’ culverts being installed. The long-awaited bridge project on the east edge of Sterling was also contracted and started in 2016. However, because of inclement weather this bridge did not get finished by the end of the year. According to Schaardt, the finish date for this bridge will be sometime early this spring.

 

Thu
29
Dec

Mayor looks back on 2016, lists goals for 2017

By Ann Wickett

 

TECUMSEH–In August of 2016 the city of Tecumseh was recertified as a Leadership Certified Community. This was one of the highlights of 2016 discussed by Mayor Bill Montz as he gave a review of the improvement projects in Tecumseh throughout 2016. Tecumseh earned recognition as Nebraska’s first-ever LCC community in 2011, when the Nebraska Department of Economic Development created the program to help smaller Nebraska communities adapt to ongoing changes and opportunities in economic development. Qualifying communities must demonstrate an understanding for and preparedness in strategic and community planning, as well as display readiness in technological development to help new and existing businesses grow. Certified communities earn designation in the program for five years and are required to update and maintain information and websites.

 

Thu
29
Dec

Johnson residents are kickboxing for fitness

By Ann Wickett

 

Emma and Christopher Heller moved to Johnson from Omaha about 4 ½ years ago. Two years later after being a stay-at-home mom with her kids, Jenna, Clara and Nora, Emma decided it was time to do something within the Johnson community; she also wanted to be available for her kids. Emma’s husband, Christopher works for the Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville. “I love kickboxing so much and it’s fulfilling when you can teach someone else who loves it as much as you do or even better,” said Emma. Since she had experience in teaching kickboxing in Omaha, she decided to offer classes in the weight room of the Johnson-Brock Schools for youth and adults. While using the weight room at Johnson- Brock Schools, Heller decided to look around for a building she could use for a kickboxing center. She also had other kickboxing fans help in her building search.

 

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