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Locals Among 32 Arrested in Louisville Cockfighting Ring Nov. 24th

Cass County Sheriff Wm. C. Brueggemann advised that on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 12:33 p.m., Cass County Deputies, along with the Nebraska State Patrol, responded to an anonymous tip regarding a cockfighting ring located at 11317 Highway 50, Louisville Nebraska.

On the morning of November 24th the Nebraska Humane Society advised that they received an anonymous tip from a patron that cockfighting was going to be taking place at this location. Upon arrival at the residence, Officers spotted numerous cars parked on the property. Officers spoke with both property owners, who advised that they had no clue why there were so many people on their property.

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Tecumseh Man Dies of Hypothermia

Tragedy struck Johnson County over the Thanksgiving weekend. A Tecumseh farmer died in the blizzard that hit the area the weekend of November 24-25. LeRoy Holthus, age 78, went missing Sunday, November 25th after his vehicle left the road and became stuck in the ditch. When a neighbor found his vehicle, Holthus was not inside.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office with the help of a search and rescue K-9 officer from the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office attempted to find him Sunday night, but their efforts were thwarted by the blowing snow and darkness.

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St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Concludes its 150th Celebration with a Dinner and Worship and Praise

By Ann Wickett

“It’s a great joy and honor to come to St. Andrew’s to celebrate this historic Mass in celebration of the church’s 150 years as well as celebrating the first Sunday of Advent,” said the Honorable Bishop James Conley during a homily at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tecumseh at the Saturday evening Mass on December 1.

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church was founded by Fr. Emanuel who was instrumental in the founding of many Catholic churches in Southeast Nebraska. According to Bishop Conley, the current brick church built in 1927 has been a well known gem of the Lincoln Diocese.

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Complaint Filed Against State in the Death of Terry Berry at Tecumseh Correctional Facility

Telena Moser, personal representative of the Estate of Terry L. Berry, Jr., deceased, has filed a complaint against the State of Nebraska involving three causes of action including negligence, negligence per se, and wrongful death.

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Terry Berry, 22 years old, was found not breathing in his cell at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Berry, a non-violent offender, was about to complete a three to four year sentence for cashing a $3,900 stolen check for three other men and for kneeing a deputy at the Platte County Jail.

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A Snowy Christmas Around the Square this Year

It was a snowy Sunday evening for Christmas Around the Square this year, but it didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting with approximately 80 children from the Tecumseh area throughout the evening. The kids received goodie bags after visiting with Santa.

“You can’t control the weather,” said Dave Holthus, a member of the Christmas Around the Square committee, as the snowy weather conditions affected attendance and some of the events had to be cancelled, such as the hayrack rides with the Prairie Sky Clydesdales. Those in attendance enjoyed browsing the holiday crafts available as well as having a cup of chili or soup during the annual Chili/Soup cookoff. This year there were seven crockpots full of chili or soup to choose from. Contest winners were:

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JCC Board to Review Meeting Survey Report

By Ann Wickett

Sam Buss and Connor Bartels, FFA members at Johnson County Central Schools, kicked off the November 14 Board of Eduction meeting with a presentation about their layer chicken project. This project involves 30 to 40 chickens and is being operated on a farm owned by the parents of FFA member Sydnie Othmer.

Community Meetings

In a review of the community informational meetings, Dr. Galen Boldt said the main objective of these meetings was to have patrons of the JCC School district think about creating the best innovative school for the next 50 years. At the end of October and the first part of November, six informational meetings were held focusing on four basic questions regarding the future of Johnson County Central Schools. These questions dealt with the topics of maintenance, transportation, renovation of existing sites, and construction of a new school site at a centralized location within the district.

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JCC FFA Members Honored at 91st National FFA Convention

Three Johnson County Central FFA members were honored at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. National FFAAgriscience Fair participants are FFA members in grades 7-12 that were selected as a winner as their state’s agriscience fair. The participants must conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and a report. Samuel Buss and Connor Bartels earned first place in their AgriScience Fair project at the State level, allowing them to submit their research to Nationals. Their work was evaluated and they were named a National Finalist, which advanced them to compete at the National FFA Convention. They earned a Silver medal at Nationals.

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Major Blizzard Hits Johnson County Area Dumping 8½” of Snow on the Ground with 45mph Gusts

By Ann Wickett

A total of 8½ inches of snow fell in Tecumseh during a blizzard that blew in with 45 mph wind gusts early Sunday morning, November 25. The blizzard continued until about noon or shortly after. According to local weather observer Mark McDonald, there was some pretty good moisture that came with the blizzard, which accumulated to .80” of precipitation.

The storm started out with rain during the early morning hours and switched over to snow by about 3 a.m. Warm ground temperatures and the falling temperatures Sunday afternoon created a sheet of ice underneath the snow which caused slick conditions for snow removal.

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Spring Ground Breaking for Veterans Memorial

Currently a total of $93,130.84 has been raised for the construction of the Johnson County Veterans Memorial. The total cost estimate is $125,000.

“We’re getting close,” said Kevin McKinney, co-chairman.

The groundbreaking for the Veterans Memorial is set to happen in the spring of 2019, with a dedication ceremony scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in May.

It is important for residents of Johnson County to submit any and all names of their loved ones with military service to the Johnson County Veterans Memorial Committee so that their names can be added to the Veterans Wall. There is a $200 donation for each name submitted. McKinney said there is still plenty of room on the Veterans wall. Please submit your loved one’s name as soon as possible to ensure space available. If a loved one was killed in action during their military service, there is no charge for adding his/her name to the wall.

 

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Sterling Man Performed Swimmingly at the 2018 Cornhusker State Games, is an Athlete of the Year

Robert Becker, age 68, of Sterling was chosen as a 2018 Cornhusker State Games Athlete of the Year. He was chosen from among 10,756 total participants and was honored at the Nebraska Sports Council awards banquet on November 1 at the Graduate Lincoln Hotel.

Becker won a pair of medals in the Cornhusker State Games swim meet., but just being around to compete was a major achievement considering he was given six months to live when diagnosed with cancer two years ago.

One year ago, in June 2017, Becker acquired an autoimmune disease that left him unable to walk.

 

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