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NDOT’s Online Snow Plow Tracker

January 22, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.)— The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) wants drivers to know there now is another resource during winter events to view road conditions.  Thanks to NDOT’s online Plow Tracker, drivers will be able to get a view of the roadway from plows actively working to remove snow going online at: https://plows.nebraska.gov/index.html.

 This system works as a complement to the Nebraska 511 system, which informs travelers of road conditions throughout the State.  Motorists will have access to additional information to help them make informed decisions prior to traveling.

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Seven Inches of Snow Blankets Johnson County in Latest Storm

Another major snowstorm blanketed the Johnson County area with an estimated seven inches of snow when a cold front blew in towards the northerly direction Tuesday afternoon through the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 23. At the same time, a low pressure front developed in eastern Kansas. Prior to the snow, freezing drizzle and quickly falling temperatures created about a 10th of an inch of ice on the streets and sidewalks in the area.

“I couldn’t believe how much snow we got,” said Mark McDonald who was only expecting to see one to two inches of snow. The wind was a factor in the late afternoon on Tuesday, January 22. He bucked snow drifts while driving his pickup from his rural residence to the Tecumseh community on Wednesday morning, January 23.

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JCC FFA Chapter Raises Hens and Donates Eggs to Local Food Banks

This is the second year that Johnson County Central FFA Chapter has raised farm animals and donated to the local food banks. The 2017-18 school year the Chapter raised hogs from 40 pounds until market weight (275pounds), paid for them to be butchered and donated the meat to local food banks for food insecure families in the community. This year the chapter has built a chicken coop from scratch and are raising hens for egg production. The eggs are donated to the local food bank as well. The chapter is raising 33 hens and currently collecting on average 30 eggs a day. When we first started the project at the end of November, the hens were molting and not producing well at all. We are nearly at full laying capacity now.

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Sterling Board of Ed Approves Salaries

The Board of Education has approved the teachers’ salary package for the 2019-2020 school year, which will be in effect September 1, 2019 and expire on August 31, 2020. The base salary for the 2019-2020 school year will be $36,200 with options for the EHA Health and Dental insurance or the Health Savings Account option.

Laura Goracke, high school science instructor, shared information about the Rural Education Fund. She is interested in applying for grant funding to create an outdoors science activity such as the construction and implementation of a greenhouse project. This project is expected to encompass a variety of audiences. According to Goracke, there will be additional expenses relating to electricity and water hook-ups and usage. Goracke would like input from the Sterling Board of Education at its March meeting. The Building and Grounds Committee will look at location options available for setting up a greenhouse.

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NSP Bomb Squad Disposes of Grenade in Talmage

JANUARY 29, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad have safely disposed of a grenade found in a dumpster in Talmage.

The grenade was found in a dumpster as a home was being cleaned out. The resident of the home had passed away. Those who found the grenade contacted the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office who contacted the NSP Bomb Squad for assistance.

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Jets put on good show for Parents

STERLING - The Sterling Jets didn’t disappoint their parents on Parent’s Night, Friday, January 25th as they rolled past the Lewiston Tigers by a 72-43 score in the senior’s last home game.

The Jets put on a show from start to finish as they jumped out to a huge 12-0 lead early in the 1st period courtesy of Caleb Dolbow who scored Sterling’s first 14 points of the game off of treys and buckets underneath.

Lewiston didn’t score until the 3:08 mark with a freethrow and only scored 4 points in the quarter. Logan Jasa hit a trey with 22 seconds left in the quarter and then scored on a steal and layup to end the 1st period with Sterling ahead 19-4.

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Koch Begins Inspecting JCC Facilities for Future Planning

Russ Koch of Fremont has 20 years of “in the trenches” experience serving as a facilities consultant. He is currently inspecting the JCC Schools facilities at Cook and Tecumseh to find the good, the bad and the ugly issues that must be addressed in order to meet the needs of the school district and the community.

 

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Future of JCC School, Progress Report were Topics at Public Meeting

Johnson County Central Schools hosted an informational meeting to give a report on the progress in talks about the future of JCC Schools on February 6 in the high school gym.

According to Dr. Galen Boldt, interim superintendent, no decisions have been made as facts are still being gathered concerning the three facilities of JCC Schools. Dr. Boldt also reported that he sent letters out to eight surrounding schools but Pawnee City Schools was the only one that welcomed the opportunity for future communication.

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Informational Open House February 21 for Highway 50 Project February 7 2019 (Lincoln Neb ) — The Nebraska Depart

February 7, 2019 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will hold a public information open house regarding proposed improvements of Nebraska Highway 50 (N-50) in Johnson County. The meeting will be held at Tecumseh Fire Hall, 1110 Buffalo Drive, in Tecumseh, on February 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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Administrator Diane Newman to leave Johnson Co. Hospital

CEO Diane Newman will work her last day as Johnson County Hospital’s administrator on February 19, 2019. During the last 17 years, Newman shaped Johnson County Hospital into a high-quality, healthcare system that serves the communities that surround it.

As CEO, Newman oversees the overall operations of the hospital and its two provider-based rural health clinics. Her responsibilities include acting as the hospital liaison between the board, community, and staff; overall development and implementation of short and long-range strategies and priorities; and controlling the operation and expenditure of hospital departments, in collaboration with department heads, chief of staff, and various committees. She is in charge of ensuring sound human resources, and that employee and patient safety and quality practices are in place for optimal service and care. She is also the primary spokesperson for the Johnson County Hospital.

 

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