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Patrons of JCC Schools: Come Share Your Views at Meeting

By Ann Wickett

“I hope everyone finds time to attend one meeting and voice their thoughts,” said Dr. Galen Boldt, interim superintendent at Johnson County Central Schools. As interim superintendent for school years, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Dr. Galen Boldt wants to know what the patrons think about Johnson County Central Schools.

Several community informational meetings have been set up in the communities of Tecumseh, Cook, Elk Creek, and Talmage. At these meetings, Dr. Boldt plans to ask the attendees questions about their views and concerns on JCC Schools.

“Then I plan to sit back and listen to the people’s thoughts,” Dr. Boldt said. ( Look for an advertisement on page 2, for the times and dates of these informational meetings).

 

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JCC Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally Oct. 18

Johnson County Central Schools will celebrate Homecoming Spirit Week, October 15th - 18th. The school-wide parade and pep rally will be held on Thursday, October 18th. (There is no school on Friday, October 19th.)

Candidates for the 2018 Homecoming Queen are: Sarai Ares, Haley Beethe, Lexi Graham. Nadia Klein, Corral McClintock.

JCC Homecoming King candidates include Josh Bailey, Connor Bartels, Tyler Bartels, Diego Reyes, and Simon Rother.

 

 

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Beginning of New Sterling Community Center Construction

By Ann Wickett

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday evening, October 12 on the northeast corner of the lot where the future Sterling Community Center will be constructed. The ceremony was held to demonstrate to the donors that the construction process has begun.

The footings have been poured and the next phase of construction will soon begin.

“We are anxiously waiting for the property to dry off so we can continue on. Once the floor is poured, wet weather won’t be as big a factor in our progress,” said Andy Thies, a member of the Sterling Community Center Building Committee and the Village Board of Sterling.

 

 

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Horstman Joins Sterling Board of Education

By Ann Wickett

Mark Horstman took an oath of office as a new member of the Sterling Board of Education during the board’s October 9 meeting. “I’m very excited to be a part of the school board,” said Horstman.

“My goal is to serve the school as best as possible. I want to make sure every kid feels safe and has the opportunity to take part in any activity they want to. I want all our kids to be successful after they graduate from Sterling,” said Horstman.

 

 

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Thu
11
Oct
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Sara Kerner Smith is a Marine Biologist for the State of Mississippi DMR

By Ann Wickett

Sara Kerner Smith is a graduate of Tecumseh High School who is currently employed as a marine biologist with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

“The ocean has so much to offer, from the smallest algae organism to a blue whale. It provides the oxygen we breathe, a food source to the world, and is beautiful to see. We take it for granted,” said Sara (Kerner) Smith.

 

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Bickel Nelson ALA is Requesting the addresses of servicemen and -women

The Bickel Nelson American Legion Auxiliary Unit #360 of Cook is asking for the public’s assistance!

The Legion Auxiliary Unit will be sending Christmas care packages to Johnson County servicemen and -women soon. They would like to know the addresses of any troops of Johnson County servicemen and women so these Christmas care packages can be sent to them.

 

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Kirsch Painting of Tecumseh Man on Display at Johnson County Museum

By Ann Wickett

The children of Tyler Ryan, former employee of the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph office in Tecumseh from 1946 to 1955, returned to Tecumseh on Thursday morning, October 4, to donate a watercolor portrait of their father that was painted by Dwight Kirsch, a famous artist who was born in Pawnee County, and is recognized for establishing the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln.

The idea for donating this portrait began with Robert Ryan, after an impressionable visit to the Johnson County Nebraska Historical Society Museum in Tecumseh earlier this year.

 

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Trail of Treasures Helps Preserve a Local Treasure at Johnson Co. Museum

The Johnson County Historical Society Board had decided to sell this old piano at their Trail of Treasures garage sale. On Friday morning, October 5, as they were organizing the sale items, they discovered the original bill of sale for the piano tucked inside. Elsie Witt of Cook bought the piano in 1888 for $194.40 from Cameron & Smith of Omaha. This new information added to the interest of the item and by noon Friday, they were glad to report that they had made enough money on the sale to pay for moving the piano upstairs. From the left, Board President Sarah Williamson, Board Member Sarah Mueller, and Petey Pooch, wife of Board Member Fred Pooch, worked at the garage sale Friday morning.

 

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04
Oct
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Cropp is the Cook Legion Auxiliary Member of Year

By Ann Wickett

“I feel very humble,” said Carolyn Cropp of Cook, who was chosen as the Nebraska Unit Member of the Year by Bickel Nelson American Legion Auxiliary Unit #360 of Cook, Nebraska. Carolyn has been a member of the Bickel Nelson Unit for 32 years. She is a member through her husband, Bill Cropp’s service in the U.S. Army. The award was presented to Cropp at the September 10th meeting of the Cook Auxiliary. Her nomination states: “Carolyn is deserving of this award and I believe her actual hours in all areas are much more. We know when Carolyn has agreed to complete a project, it will definitely be done in a timely manner.”

 

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Nicole Wilken is New Manager for SENCA

By Ann Wickett

 

“I love it. It’s a chance for me to give back to the community,” said Nicole Wilken, who is the new manager of the SENCA (Southeast Nebraska Community Action) offices in Johnson, Nemaha and Pawnee Counties. Wilken lives in Auburn and was hired as the new manager about three months ago. She grew up on a farm near Pawnee City and graduated from Pawnee City High School. She graduated from Peru State College in May of 2017 with a major in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice.

While in college, Nicole served as a volunteer with SENCA. “It benefits the community when everyone works together for a cause,” she stated. Wilken’s office hours at the Johnson County SENCA office are Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. She will be at the Nemaha County SENCA office on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wilken’s office hours in the Pawnee County SENCA office are on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

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