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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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‘Barber Jim’ Retiring After 53 Years in Business

If you need a haircut, your time is running short as Barber Jim Stauffer of Tecumseh will be hanging up his barber shears and clippers on Friday, June 21, following a 53 year career. This is a special day as it was his father, Harry Stauffer’s birthday. His family will host an Open House in his honor at Ramsey’s Family Fountain on Saturday, June 22 from 2-5 p.m.

Stauffer said that he decided to go into barbering he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he one time he would do about 20 haircuts a day. Today, that average has dropped to about 10 a day.

“I hardly have any younger customers today,” said Stauffer. He added that in recent years his clientele has dropped 40 to 50 customers a year while he has only added 15 to 20 new customers a year.

 

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Community Mourns Dedicated Tecumseh Businessman

The city of Tecumseh lost a great, dedicated member of the community last week as Densel Fankhauser, a long time pharmacist and former owner of Chief Drug Store died as a result of injuries he received in an unfortunate mowing accident.

Irene Russell (later married to Fankhauser) remembers the first time she saw Densel. He was only four years old and riding in a wagon as he went by her home. Another time, in Bible school, she remembers Densel and one of his friends clowning around while singing a song. The teacher made them sing the song back to back.

 

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All Betty’s Children Golf Tournament Has One of the Best Turnouts Ever

The 2019 golf tournament hosted by All Betty’s Children was one of the best turnout’s we’ve had,” said Trenton Evans, president of this non-profit organization established to help area families confronted with cancer. Evans said the benefit golf tournament and silent auction raised an estimated $9,500 to help families in southeast Nebraska currently battling cancer.

It is the All Betty’s Children’s organization goal to reach over $10,000 during its 2020 benefit golf tournament scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, 2020.

Trenton reported that the golf team playing with Ted Evans III won the tournament. “We really apprreciate all the help from our sponsors, volunteers and the golfers who participated in the tournament,” said Evans.

 

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Dieckgrafe Receives 2019 Heroism Award

Tom Dieckgrafe of the Cook Volunteer Fire Department was the recipient of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association’s 2019 Heroism Award. According to Adam Badberg, Cook VFD Fire Chief, Dieckgrafe was presented the award on May 17th during opening ceremonies of Fire School held at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

 

 

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