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Wed
18
Oct

JCC remain with 11-man football or switch to 8-man?

By Ann Wickett

The JCC Board of Education discussed the possibility of changing its football classification from 11-man to 8-man for the 2018-2019 school year during their October board meeting on October 11. A committee of administration, coaches and board members will take a closer look at the options that are available and decide what’s best for JCC’s football players.

According to Superintendent Jack Moles, there are some area schools who could opt down from 11 man to 8-man and still remain eligible for the State Playoffs. However, it does not appear that JCC would be eligible for the playoffs if a change was made to 8-man.

 

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Wed
18
Oct

Johnson County Poor Farm

By Ann Wickett

The Johnson County Agricultural and Mechanical Society recently purchased the land north of the fairgrounds, which was once known as the Johnson County Poor Farm. Steve Bartels, president of the Johnson County Fair Board said the opportunity came up to purchase the land and the board decided it would be beneficial for the future of the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Currently, the Johnson County Fair Board is mainly looking to utilize the land for additional parking areas for horse and cattle trailers during the Johnson County Fair. Future plans for the house have yet to be determined.

Wed
18
Oct

Entertainer Bill Chrastil to perform for Halloween on the Square event

By Ann Wickett

This Saturday night, October 21 the Tecumseh Aquatic Association will be hosting a Halloween on the Square event. “This will be a high energy, fun-filled night you won’t want to miss!” said Jim Phillipi, president of the TAA. Main attractions include a Halloween costume party and live entertainment featuring award-winning musician Bill Chrastil who has ties to the Tecumseh community. This event will be held in the Tecumseh Community Building with doors opening at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this Halloween costume party and live entertainment will go towards finances for Tecumseh’s new swimming pool.

“Some of my memories of being in Tecumseh were watching my grandmother (Lula) playing guitar and during summer months staying a couple weeks at my grandmother’s. At night, we would go the Orbit Inn for ice cream. It was always fun going to Aunt Ollie and Uncle Fred's, we would drag out the toy box and have a great time....,” said Chrastil.

 

Wed
18
Oct

Goracke and Moran reign as JCC’s 2017 Homecoming royalty

Nick Goracke and Madison Moran were crowned as the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen at Johnson County Central Schools in a coronation ceremony following the Thunderbirds football game against Wilber-Clatonia on October 13.

Madison Moran is the daughter of Eric and Janelle Moran of Tecumseh. She participates in volleyball, basketball, track, FFA, and is a member of the Johnson County Central choir. Maddie volunteers with the VFW Avenue of Flags and the Johnson County Fair.

She is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tecumseh where she also volunteers. During the summer she works at the Tecumseh Swimming Pool as a lifeguard and a water safety instructor.

 

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Thu
12
Oct

Local scam call turns into threat

By Carol A. Sisco Corresponden

Only two days into the week and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office had received ten calls regarding a scam involving a caller identifying himself with the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, saying you have won a Mercedes.

Unfortunately, according to Dispatcher/ Jailer Michelle Eltiste, the sheriff's office has no jurisdiction in these cases when the calls originate outside of Johnson or Pawnee County. “Give the caller NO personal information,” Eltiste said. But reporting these calls won't help and, in fact, just tie up the phone lines. However, one of these calls to a local woman on Tuesday escalated from annoying to terrifying.

 

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Thu
12
Oct

FFA student Nick Goracke has success with hydroponic fodder feeding system for cattle and sheep

By Ann Wickett News Editor

JCC senior FFA member Nick Goracke created his own hydroponic fodder feeding system in the barn of his family’s farm this past summer. Goracke shares the benefits of the testing results as well as some of the challenges he had in developing his hydroponic fodder feeding system. Nick and his dad,

Don Goracke of Burr, created an insulated room inside a barn on their farm, located near Burr, this summer so that Nick could experiment with raising fodder as feed for his cattle and sheep. This fodder is delivered to the livestock through a hydroponic fodder feeding system.

Thu
12
Oct

Tecumseh and Cook communities observe National Fire Prevention Week October 9-13

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Gary Peters, coordinator of the Fire Prevention program for the Tecumseh Fire District presented programs for students at Johnson County Central Schools on Friday, October 6. He showed the students how quickly one small piece of paper could ignite a fire that could get out of control and start a house fire. He also talked about planning an escape route with your family in case your house is on fire. Other important safety tips included having smoke detectors in your home and changing the batteries once a year as a safety precaution.

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Thu
12
Oct

Sterling Royalty

Sterling’s 2017 Homecoming Queen Heidi Eckhardt and King Daniel Schwenneker with Crownbearers Fletcher Heusman and Elizabeth Harrington

 

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Wed
04
Oct

Fire ravaged home demolished

Janet Brase’s home located at 126 S. Second Street in Tecumseh was demolished on Friday morning. Mike Borrenpohl of Borrenpohl Excavating received the insurance bid to demolish the home. He finished cleaning up the property on Sunday. The home had been destroyed by an accidental fire that occurred earlier in the year on Sunday morning, March 19.

The two story house was built in 1920. There have been a number of homeowners throughout the years. Clarence and Merla Laug owned the home for several years. The Jay and Cathy Lott family lived in the home in the late 1960s to early 70s. Homeowners recorded since 1984 have included Steve Zabel, Michael Erpelding, Larry Pohlman, Marvin Johnson and Janet Brase.

 

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Wed
04
Oct

Kluck new city council member

By Ann Wickett

Tim Kluck (pronounced Klook, sounds like book) was sworn into office as the new city council member in Ward III during the October City Council meeting on Monday night. He and his wife own a home on Sherman Street.

“This is my first time serving in public office. I am excited to be a new member of the city council and look forward to participating in local government. I was honored that the mayor thought of me for the open position,” said Kluck.

Kluck is a native of Schuyler, Nebraska where he lived his entire life until moving away to attend college.

 

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