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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

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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

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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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JCC Board of Ed Discusses Future Roles of Administrators & Upgrades

At their October 9th meeting the Board of Education at Johnson County Central Schools talked about Jon Rother’s transition into the superintendent’s position for the 2020-2021 school year. The board talked about who was going to pick up the extra duties and responsibilities since JCC Schools will be reducing its administration from four to three staff members. Rich Bacon will continue to serve as the Middle School Principal in Cook, while Rick Lester will serve as principal for grades K-3 and 9-12. Mr. Rother will continue to oversee JCC’s Preschool program.

Dr. Galen Boldt said he was willing to do another year’s contract at a reduced rate only if the board felt there was value in that. “I want this transition to be successful and it will be a good deal for me.” Boldt said.

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Fifteen-Year-Old Sterling Student in Custody for Allegedly Making Threats After receiving reports from the out to the Nebraska Department of

After receiving reports from the public, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations that a student enrolled at Sterling Public Schools had made threatening statements. The Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the school administration, investigated the matter.

On Wednesday night, October 9, they uncovered information the school did not have previously, and the Sheriff’s Office placed a fifteenyear-old into custody pending a hearing. Law enforcement and the school officials are monitoring the school and do not expect a disturbance at the school. An earlier report that the school was not cooperating in the investigation was incorrect.

The following statement was made by the Administrators of Sterling Public Schools, Superintendent Dottie Heusman and Principal Scott Harrington, regarding the incident that allegedly occurred in September.

 

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Tecumseh’s Chief Drug Under New Ownership

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Three representatives from Stoner Drug Store Inc., have recently purchased the Chief Drug Store in Tecumseh from the Densel Fankhauser family. The three owners include Colby Haynes, who currently serves as a pharmacist at the store; Chris Roup of Rock Port, Mo.; and Angela Alley of Tabor, Iowa. In addition to owning the Chief Drug Store, these three also own and operate pharmacies in Rock Port, Mo., Tabor, Hamburg and Villisca, Iowa.

An open house is being planned at Chief Drug Store on Thursday October 24 to celebrate this new ownership.

Colby Haynes has worked as a pharmacist for Chief Drug for the past 6 ½ years. “I enjoy visiting with the customers about the latest in each other’s lives,” Haynes said.

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Tecumseh Council Fills Vacant Seat

Although he was unable to attend Monday night’s meeting, Jeff Mahoney’s appointment to the vacant Ward I Tecumseh City Council seat was unanimously approved by the council. Mahoney will be sworn into office at the November 4 meeting. The council also approved the apppointment of Fred Pooch to the Architectural Board.

The council voted in favor of allowing the city clerk and/or deputy city clerk to approve typical liquor permits on city property and in city buildings.

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