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06
Jun
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Benches & Flag Pole Dedicated by Sterling American Legion

Two benches and a flag pole in Sterling were dedicated to military servicemen and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140 conducted the ceremony on Saturday afternoon, May 25. Members of the Sterling American Legion Postin attendance were Joe Pella, John Wolff, James Wenzl, John Keizer and Bob Sugden.

One bench reads “Home of the Free Because of the Brave” and is dedicated to the servicemen and women who lost their lives as a POW (Prisoner of War) or MIA (Missing in Action). The other bench reads, “Honoring All Who Served” and is dedicated to all servicemen and women who have served in the US Army, US Marines, US Navy, US Air Force and US Coast Guard.

 

 

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06
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Jesse Grof is New Mayor of Tecumseh

On Monday night the Tecumseh City Council accepted the resignation of Bill Montz Sr. With this, the current president of the city council, Jesse Grof, was sworn in as mayor. The council then elected Lori Topp as the council president. Grof’s position for ward 2 was declared vacant and will be expected to be filled by appointment during the July meeting.

hane with Olssen and Associates gave a presentation about the amendments to the new Aquatic Center. These amendments were routine as the center is entering it’s construction phase. The updated contract shows what processes Olssen and Associates will be involved with as well how they will handle the construction phase.

 

 

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06
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Recent Rainfalls Impact Farmers

The Tecumseh area has received 10.97 inches of rain during the month of May. This was reported by the High Plains Regional Climate Center’s weather station.

Jessica Jones, extension educator at Johnson County’s Extension office, reported that the weather conditions are affecting the emergence of crops. “Looking at the data and on the ground observations, planting on both corn and soybeans are behind both last year’s and the five-year average, with soybeans being noticeably more behind.

 

 

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Bridgewater Brothers to Appear in Court July 3

Johnson County Attorney Richard R. Smith has brought charges against Kolton L. Bridgewater, 26, and Levi J. Bridgewater, 20, regarding actions during an incident in Tecumseh on May 10, 2019.

 

 

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06
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Tecumseh 4th of July Fireworks

The city of Tecumseh is sponsoring its annual Fourth of July Fireworks display. Fireworks will begin at the Johnson County fairgrounds at dusk on Thursday, July 4.

Arrive early for a celebration. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m, there will be free food (hot dogs, chips, popcorn) for everyone as well as music and activities for the youth to participate in while waiting for the Fireworks to start. Some of the currently scheduled activities include golf, face painting, dunk tank and plastic rolling tubes. This schedule of activities is not finalized, so if anyone else wants to sponsor an activity or event for the evening, please contact Bruce Dalluge at 335-3344.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Cook area Vietnam Veterans presented with Quilts of Valor

Bickel Nelson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 of Cook honored five of six Vietnam veterans with Quilts of Valor during a special ceremony at the Cook Community Center on Memorial Day, May 27th. The Vietnam veterans honored were Mike Carman, Gene Ekhoff, Danny Doeden, PF4 Art Thompson, Captain Bob Fisher and Major Howard McNiff. “They served our country with bravery and honor during the Vietnam War and it is fitting we pay tribute to them. With respect and gratitude for the sacrifices you made for us all. Thank you for your service to our country,” said Karen Cerny, president. Mike Carman served in the Navy on an Aircraft Carrier from 1969 to 1974. Gene Ekhoff served in the Army. He was part of the 101st Airborne Division and earned a Bronze Star. He served from 1969 to 1971. Danny Doeden served in the Army in Germany from 1969 to 1972. PF4 Art Thompson served in the Army on a Missile Base in Alaska. He served from 1969 to 1972.

Thu
30
May
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Johnson County Families Gather in Full Force at Dedication of Johnson County Veterans Memorial Sunday Evening

First on the program at the dedication of the Johnson County Veterans Memorial on the south side of the courthouse lawn was Becky Woltemath, who designed the Memorial Honor Wall. Woltemath illustrated the creation of the Johnson County Veterans Memorial to the story “Stone Soup” that she read in grade school. Working on this project with Kevin McKinney, the Veterans Memorial Committee, and the community reminded her of that story.

The story is a lesson about people of modest means in a small community coming together to make a pot of soup big enough for everyone to enjoy. A few people got it started with only an idea and, one by one, people in the community brought their own ingredient to add to the soup. Whether the donation was big or small, each was a necessary ingredient to complete the soup. They worked together and at the end of the day, the delicious soup was done and everyone enjoyed sharing it.

Thu
23
May
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Avenue of Flags Will Be Displayed Memorial Weekend

The Johnson County Avenue of Flags Veterans Memorial will be on display in observance of Memorial Day in the Johnson County Courtyard, Saturday through, May 25-27.

On Thursday morning, May 23 (today), at 7:30 a.m., volunteers are needed to help clean the flagpoles holesfor the Memorial Day celebration.

On Saturday, May 25, the Johnson County Avenue of Flags will be loaded and installed in the courtyard at 6 a.m. All volunteers are welcome to come and help with the installation of the flags. Breakfast will be served at the Veterans’ Club, 255 Clay Street, following the installation of the flags.

 

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Thu
23
May
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Johnson County Veterans Memorial to be dedicated this Sunday, May 26

The Johnson County Veterans Memorial Honor Wall will be dedicated this Sunday, May 26, at 5 p.m. in the Johnson County Courtyard. Guest Speaker is Roger Lempke, Lt. General Retired. The public is invited and encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. A picnic style dinner will be served in the Tecumseh Community Building following the dedication ceremony.

It has exceeded my expectations,” said Kevin McKinney, one of the coordinators of the Johnson County Veterans Memorial Committee. Becky Woltemath from River Valley Monuments of Auburn added that the drawings don’t do the results of this Memorial Wall justice. Unique features of the Johnson County Veterans Memorial include the entrance, which is similar to the architecture of the balcony and pillars of the Johnson County Courthouse.

Thu
16
May
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Nebraska State Patrol Investigating Fri. Shooting Incident in Tecumseh

MAY 11, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Tecumseh late Friday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. at a residence at 789 N 4th Street in Tecumseh. Approximately an hour before the incident, the residents of the address, Raymond and Janet Brown, received multiple threatening phone calls from two past co-workers, Colton Bridgewater, 26, and Levi Bridgewater, 20.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., Colton and Levi Bridgewater, along with their father, Kenneth Bridgewater, 50, went to the home of Raymond Brown, 64, and Janet Brown, 60. The Browns called 911 and told the Bridgewaters to leave. At that time all three Bridgewaters forced their way inside the home and began fighting with Raymond Brown. Both Raymond Brown and Kenneth Bridgewater were armed with handguns during the altercation.

 

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