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Snyder is new director of nursing at Johnson County Hospital

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By Ann Wickett
Matthew Snyder is the new director of nursing at the Johnson County Hospital. His main duties involve being in charge of the nursing staff and patient care within the hospital, emergency room, surgery and outpatient services. He will be working closely with a 30-member nursing staff. In his new leadership role, Snyder plans to be working the floor along with his nursing  staff 50 percent of the time andlooks forward to visiting and becoming acquainted with the patients.
 
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Experiment goes into space

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By Ann Wickett
Johnson County Central Schools has set another first. A JCC Student Space Flight Experiment “Germinating Red Clover Trifolium protense L” is one of 25 nationally chosen experiments for astronauts to conduct while in orbit this spring. Students researching this project were Rudy Pooch, Isaac Buss, Keelee McClintock, Spencer Dorsey, Natalie Roddy and Mason Waring. “I was surprised our experiment won,” said Rudy Pooch one of the students on the team. “I think it ties in real well with our local ag community,” she added. The team had to experiment with different materials  to find the right components in orderfor red clover seeds to germinate and continue to grow. According to Pooch, red clover naturally releases nitrogen into the soil.
 
 
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Affordable Health Care and the library

By Ray Kappel
“The library seems to be the poor child of the city. I don’t like how they just cut hours and think that the library is not important. They treat Susie (Kerner) like she is on the low end of the pay scale and I don’t  like how they play with that,” Sandy Amos, Tecumseh Library Board president said. She was responding to recent action by the Tecumseh City Council to cut hours at the library. The city claims the Affordable Health Care Act started it when it defined
fulltime worker as someone who works 30 or more hours. Fulltime workers have to be offered health insurance.
 
 
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Inmate found guilty of causing injury to caseworker

The trial of Bradley Simmons, TSCI inmate, wrapped up Monday with a guilty verdict. Simmons was charged with Assault on an Officer in the Second Degree, a Class II Felony.The state alleges that he "on or about the 6th
day of February, 2013, in the County of Johnson, State of Nebraska, did then and there, intentionally or knowingly cause bodily injury with a dangerous instrument to an employee of the Department of Correctional Services, to-wit: intentionally or knowingly cause bodily injury with pepper spray to David Daire, while such officer or employee was engaged in the performance of his official duties."
 
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Rain/snow mixture blankets Johnson County area in first major snowstorm of the year

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A winter Linus blew through the Johnson County area this past weekend dumping six inches of snow on the area. Local weather observer Mark McDonald said he melted some of the snow and recorded .79 of precipitation. According to McDonald, the Johnson County area was only expected to get one to two inches of moisture and ended up with the first major snowstorm of the year
 
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FirstBank of Nebraska in Sterling will be opening at its new location on Feb. 9

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The Sterling branch of the First- Bank of Nebraska will be opening at its new location, 225 Highway 41 on Monday, February 9th. An official open house will be held at a later date.
 
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Upcoming speaker helping teens choose to abstain

In our continuing efforts to help Johnson County teens make good choices, the Johnson County Community Action Network (CAN) is using Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention Federal Block Grant funding to sponsor speaker Shelly Donahue. 
 
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Serving the joy-filled poor of India

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Fr. Scott Courtney of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Steinauer began the new year by helping the poorest of the poor in India. He worked with the Missionaries of Charity organization, December 29 through January 9. “I assisted the mentally handicapped, the destitute and the dying,” he said. 
 
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Johnson-Brock science instructor participates in new program for sustaining the world’s natural resources

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“I didn’t expect to get into the program the first time I applied. It came as quite a surprise and it was a great honor,” said Jacob Leuenberger, science instructor at Johnson-Brock Schools, who traveled to San Francisco, CA as
a participant in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development hosted by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission
 
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Fuel prices continue to drop

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More happy people are coming to the gas pumps now that the fuel prices have dropped lower than $2.00 per gallon. Tim Morrissey of M&M Supply inTecumseh said the drop in fuel prices have made his accounts receivable easier to handle. He added that his customers are happier with the lower gas prices as well
 

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