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Once the snow stopped and the sun started shining

Once the snow stopped and the sun started shining on Thursday morning, January 11, members of the Tecumseh Public Properties Department were out in full force cleaning off the streets. The snow was deep enough that many drivers had to shovel snow away from their wheels to get going in the morning. 

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18
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Johnson Co. officials salary is increased

By Ann Wickett

The Johnson County Commissioners agreed they were at the right spot in giving the elected officials a $2,500 increase for the first year and then a three percent raise for each of the three remaining years when they reviewed the salaries for the elected officials at a Commissioners’ meeting on January 9. Elected officials receiving this increase is the County Clerk, County Attorney, and County Treasurer.

When it came to reviewing the salaries for the Johnson County Commissioners, Evans said going 42 percent figured out to be a 17 percent increase for the Commissioners. Going 45 percent with a 25 percent increase was a little too much. “That’s just my feeling. I’m only one vote,” Evans added. Evans gave an example of Johnson County taxpayers paying anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000 in taxes. “25 percent is a good whack. 17 percent is also a whack!”

Thu
18
Jan
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Five inch snowfall

by Ann Wickett

Johnson County received an accumulation of four to five inches of snow Thursday morning January 12, depending on whether you lived in the north or south portion of the county. Matt Schaardt, superintendent of the Johnson County Roads Department said the roads crew didn’t go out until about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning because of the snow accumulation and strong winds.

Schaardt said if the crew would have went out Thursday, the drifts would have filled in right behind them because of the strong winds. He added that when the road crews went out on Friday morning, they opened the bus routes first then concentrated on the main roads.

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Water Wizard project advances to state competition in Ashland

The Johnson County 4-H FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team, The Water Wizards, competed at the Nebraska City State Qualifier on January 6th and won the trophy for overall best project and was advanced to the 2018 Nebraska Championship to be held on February 17, 2018 at the Strategic Air Command Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska. Team members include Dahlton Fisher of Cook, Kaita Baird of Tecumseh and Calee Kling of Auburn.

Each fall, FIRST LEGO League introduces a new real-world challenge. During the competition, each team is judged in three areas and competes in the robot games.

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JCC superintendent’s contract increased for 2018-2019

by Ann Wickett

Upon reconvening from executive session on January 10, the Board of Education at Johnson County Central Schools a negotiations agreement for the 2018-2019 school year. This agreement requests a base increase from $34,875 to $35,425. This is a bout a 1.6 percent base increase. Other changes in the agreement is to offer a dual choice in Health Insurance - eigher a $1,500 deductible or a $3,500 Health Savings Account, and to provide yearly steps of increasing compensatio n for most extra duty assignments.

After reviewing a contract for Superintendent Jack Moles, JCC’s Board of Education offered him a $4,000 raise for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Wed
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Electrical overload results in Sterling house fire early Thursday

By Ann Wickett & Carol Sisco

An alarm at 1:27 a.m. Thursday morning called 13 Sterling firefighters to the scene of a house fire at 515 Iowa Street in Sterling. The Adams Fire District was called for mutual aid, sending approximately 15 firefighters to assist.

The fire occurred in a vacant rental house owned by Dareld Weber of Sterling. A representative from the Nebraska Fire Marshall’s office said the cause of the fire was an electrical overload as a result of the equipment being used to dry out the basement area following a waterline break earlier in the week.

 

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Wed
10
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Hunting for the Future: Youth Mentor Hunt a learning experience

By Tim Brewer

While we sit back on a cold winter day and watch the landscape change around us we ask ourselves, “What will the countryside look like in the future?” Nemaha Valley Pheasants Forever doesn’t know all the answers, but we are certain that teaching the importance of habitat and conservation to our youth is as important as teaching them to get up everyday and do the best they can, no matter what lies ahead of them. On December 2, 2017, the local Pheasants Forever Chapter held its 20th annual Youth Mentor Hunt at the farm of Tim and Susan Brewer in the southwest corner of Nemaha County. The event is not only a fun day of activities for the youth attending, it’s also a learning and a rewarding experience.

 

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Tecumseh council considers a TIF project for housing in Shawnee Ridge

By Ann Wickett

The Tecumseh City Council approved of moving forward with a TIF (tax increment financing) project for a potential housing redevelopment project in the Shawnee Ridge subdivision.

At the January 2 meeting, the Tecumseh City Council and its Community Development Agency, conducted three public hearings in relation to a redevelopment plan designated in the Shawnee Ridge area. The first hearing was a declaration of the Shawnee Ridge area being declared as blighted and substandard and in need of redevelopment according to the Nebraska Community Development Law.

 

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Philippi resigns as Tecumseh city council member Jan. 2

By Ann Wickett

The Tecumseh City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Jim Philippi during their meeting on January 2. Philippi served on the City Council and the City Tree Board for 6 years.

“This has given me a greater insight on how a city actually operates behind the scenes. I enjoyed learning the day to day operation as well as the financial aspect. I have a greater appreciation for our city employees and a better understanding of what each individual employee does to bring us all the services they provide in which most people including me take for granted,” said Philippi.

“This is especially true when some of the services stop because of mechanical malfunction and as Mother Nature brings her extreme weather situation upon us.”

 

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Thu
04
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New Year brings changes to the Tecumseh Chieftain

The Tecumseh Chieftain has started the New Year with a new owner, Kendall Neiman of Auburn. His resolution is “to put out the best paper every week.”

You might say that Kendall cut his teeth on a press. “I’ve been in the newspaper business all my life,” he said. “My first memory is going down to the McCook Daily Gazette.”

Kendall’s father was the ad manager at the Gazette when Kendall was born. The family moved to North Platte in 1972 and his father worked at the North Platte Telegraph. Four years later, he left the dailies when he bought the Hooker County Tribune, in Mullen. As a teenager, Kendall worked at his parents’ paper, learning the business from the ground up.

His parents retired in 1993 from the Burwell Tribune and Kendall took over operations at the threecounty paper. The Tribune also ran the Sargent Leader in Custer County and was printing the Taylor Clarion and the Wheeler County Independent.

 

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