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Tecumseh native Brent Pope plays role on sitcom, “Roseanne”

By Ann Wickett

Tecumseh native, Brent Pope, played the character of Valente, in a grocery scene on the Roseanne Show aired Tuesday, April 17.

“It’s great!” said Pope who remembers watching the show. “Roseanne while growing up in Tecumseh. He enjoyed working with Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman.

“These actors have gone on to win Emmy awards,” said Pope. “‘Roseanne’ is a No. 1 comedy with 28 million viewers.”

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Strong volunteerism displayed among Johnson County SENCA Advisory Board members and their friends during fundraisers

By Ann Wickett

“I really appreciate what the Advisory Board members do for me, they go above and beyond,” said Terri Brethouwer director of Johnson County’s SENCA (Southeast Nebraska’s Community Action) office, located at 172 S. Fourth Street in Tecumseh. “They (the advisory board members) are great at sharing information about SENCA projects with others. They take the ball and run with it.”

In observance of National Volunteers Month, Brethouwer served the Advisory Board members and Friends her popular chicken casserole at their April meeting. Advisory Board meetings are regularly held on the first Wednesday of the month from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the SENCA office.

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Field Ford, Inc. welcomes McCourtney

By Ann Wickett

Shelly McCourtney is the new office manager at Field Ford, Inc. in Tecumseh. She began her first day of work on February 7. In her new role, McCourtney will be responsible for keeping accounts current, billing and customer service. She will also handle sales contracts and manage the Ford Motor Company Website. She added that she is also responsible for ensuring that Field Ford’s staff is current in their training programs and compliance with the Ford Motor Company.

“The hardest part is transferring data from the handwritten ledgers to the computer,” said McCourtney. “I enjoy numbers, they are a challenge and I just love doing it.” she added. Every day she tackles a little more. I prefer doing the computer work, things seem to work smoother on computer, but we’re going to have our hiccups, because technology is not perfect,” said McCourtney. “The guys have come a long way, it’s been a big change for them.”

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Eugene Staack honored for 70 years of service to Cook Legion Post #360

by Ann Wickett

It’s a big honor to serve that long,” said Eugene Staack, who was recently honored for his 70 years of service with Bickel Nelson American Legion Post #360 of Cook. Staack is the only member still alive of the 2 World War I veterans and 5 World War II veterans who established the Bickel Nelson American Legion Post in Cook.

Staack served in World War II as a staff sergeant with the 17th Infantry Regiment from 1943 to 1946. He served as a squad leader and was in charge of the Bazooka Command which was responsible for using a shoulder-type rocket launcher for shooting the enemy at long range. Staack served in the South Pacific and was stationed in Okinawa where he saw a lot of action on the front line.

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First early ballots for the primary about to be sent out

LINCOLN – Nearly 23,000 Nebraskans who have already applied for their early voting ballots will begin receiving them when by-mail voting starts statewide on April 9. Five days later, in-person voting will be available at county election offices, says Secretary of State John Gale. Currently, 1,195,515 Nebraskans are registered to vote.

“I am encouraged by the number of people who are registered ahead of the May 15 primary,” said Gale. “In fact, there are 30,000 more people registered now, than were registered in the 2016 presidential primary.”

Gale noted that historically, gubernatorial elections do not garner the largest turnouts. However, there are a number of races on the state and local levels that are highly contested and deserve serious attention.”

 

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Johnson County Hospital Celebrates 60th Anniversary April 13th

On April 13th, Johnson County Hospital celebrates 60 years of service to the community. Originally opening its doors in 1958, Johnson County Hospital has been open every day since, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing essential health services to meet the needs of patients.

After more than a decade of planning and earning community support, Johnson County Hospital opened as a 20-bed facility to care for inpatients. Construction began in July in 1957. With the addition of air-conditioning and skylights, the cost to build the hospital was $325,000 which was paid by a combination of the federal government, a bond issue, and donations. The hospital building and permanent fixtures cost $280,000; the rest of the furnishings, including surgical instruments, x-ray equipment and operating tables cost $45,000.

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WHAT COULD the Brains

WHAT COULD the Brains, Tara Boneparte (Diane Kahnk), right; the Brawn, Rowdy Ruthless (Chris Thompson) center; and the Beauty, Evalene (Amber Beard), left; be scheming...something tells me it’s not good!!! Come and check out their mischievous plot in “Wynn Fairly, Champeen Rassler”, which is this year’s Cook Melodrama to be held at the Cook Community Center, Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. This delightful play is sponsored by the Cook Lions Club. Check out times and reservations in the ad inside this issue.

 

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Behrends Honored as NRCSA’s 2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year

By Ann Wickett

“Every day is a new experience,” said Sandy Behrends, first grade instructor at Johnson-Brock Schools who was chosen as the 2018 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Rural Community School Association during an annual conference in Kearney on March 22. “It was a wonderful honor and a tremendous surprise,.” Behrends wasn’t planning on going to the conference, but the administrators insisted she serve on a reading panel.

“I enjoy working with the children and the idea of creating lifelong learners,” said Behrends who has been in the educational field for 35 years. She began her teaching career at Dawson-Verdon Public School in 1982 after completing her bachelor’s degree in education. She came to Johnson-Brock Schools in 1987 upon traveling to classes to the University of Nebraska Lincoln to earn her master’s degree. “There were no online classes back then,” Behrends said.

 

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Pelican’s Meat Processing Celebrates 35 Years

By Ann Wickett

“We’ve met a lot of good people,” said Frank Pelican. “I can’t believe we’ve been here 35 years,” Bette Pelican added.

Frank and Betty Pelican bought Pelican’s Locker in February of 1983 from August and Evelyn Blinde. The name was later changed to Pelican’s Meat Processing. “We always wanted to start our own business. We were two young teenagers who decided to move from Lincoln to a small community,” said Bette. She remembers how they thought parking cars in the middle of the street was so unusual. Scott Pelican recalled that his mom and dad bought the locker on his fifth birthday.

 

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Poker for Plager raises $20,000 to battle cancer

by Ann Wickett

“It was unbelievable and overwhelming how many donations and how many buyers there were. We want to thank everyone who came and supported us,” said Pam Plager, founder of Poker for Plager, which is held in honor of Gene Plager who lost his battle to multiple mylenoma on October 17, 2012. An estimated $20,000 was raised through the generosity of businesses and individuals in the Tecumseh and surrounding communities at the sixth annual Poker for Plager event held at the Harvest Bowl in Tecumseh on March 24. The Harvest Bowl was filled with well-over 150 people throughout the night.

 

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