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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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JCC Patrons Give Feedback on Scenarios That Make Sense

Costs estimates of six different scenarios relating to the future of Johnson County Central Schools were presented at community informational meetings held at JCC Schools in Tecumseh on Monday, April 15 and at the JCC Middle School in Cook on Tuesday, April 16. Approximately 40 people attended each meeting. A total 57 participants tuned into the STRIV broadcasts on Monday night. A total 74 participants listened to Tuesday night’s broadcast.

Scenario 1: Maintaining all current facilities on two sites. Expenses: $4,889,350. Five year savings: $104,783.

 

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Meal of Remembrance for Good Friday at Martin Luther Church

Members of the congregation at Martin Luther Lutheran Church participated in a Meal of Remembrance on Good Friday, April 19. This meal had a somber and reflective atmosphere where participants meditated on scriptures relating to various foods symbolizing Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, his resurrection on Easter Sunday, and the spiritual impact within people’s lives today.

According to Rev. Ken Tubbesing, pastor of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, this meal is also known as the “Service of Tenebrae” or “Service of the Darkness.” The table is set in a u-shape symbolizing the meal of the Last Supper that Jesus had in the Upper Room with his disciples. Candles are used to create a somber, reflective atmosphere and a candle is extinguished after each of the foods are eaten by the participants.

 

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Conservation Stewardship Program Signup Underway

Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) have until May 10 to submit paperwork.

CSP is a national voluntary stewardship incentives program administered by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). CSP is designed to reward farmers, ranchers, and foresters for maintaining existing conservation, as well as for the adoption of additional conservation measures on their land. The program pays producers for continuing and expanding conservation efforts that support natural resource priorities such as clean water, better soil management, improved habitat, energy efficiency, and others.

 

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Arrest Made in Connection with Tecumseh Poultry Fire

APRIL 19, 2019 (TECUMSEH, NEB.) — State Fire Marshal Investigators arrested a woman Thursday, April 18th in connection with the April 5th structure fire that occurred at Tecumseh Poultry LLC at 62168 730 Road, Tecumseh. The Tecumseh Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 10:09 p.m., April 5th, and the State Fire Marshal and Johnson County Sheriff were called to determine the origin and cause.  

 

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