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Mexican restaurant reopens in Tecumseh

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Tacos Chavez, a Mexican restaurant in Tecumseh reopened for business on August 26. The establishment was temporarily closed to make some interior renovations such as public restrooms, as well as creating additional space to provide a comfortable atmosphere for the customers. Tacos Chavez plans to be open Monday through Sunday for the next two weeks to observe the traffic flow of customers before setting their regular business hours. New menu items include a quesadilla nortenga and Tacos Chavez plate.
 
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Mercure made history come alive for her students through veteran speakers and tours

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By Ann Wickett
 
Kathi Mercure decided to retire from teaching in May of this year. When it came time for school to start this fall, Mercure said she felt unsettled about retirement. Yet, she decided to retire because she knew it was time. Mercure already has several projects in mind to keep herself busy. A native of Pawnee City High School, Kathi Flanagin started her college career at Doane College in 1970. After she married Steve Mercure, Kathi took time off from her educational career to support Steve while he attended law school and they started raising their family. Kathi eventually went back to school and graduated from Peru State College with a degree in education.
 
Wed
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Aug
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Johnson County lowers its property tax asking by $32,437.95

The Johnson County Commissioners approved the 2015-2016 budget during a meeting on Tuesday. This year the county commissioners are asking for $2,471, 615.01 in property taxes compared to $2,504,088.96 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The board approved increasing  its budget by one percent and will have an unused budget authority of $182,741.79. During the budget hearing, Commissioner Ted Evans recommended buying down the property taxes another $60,000 to reflect the county’s inheritance tax fund and lower the tax rate to .286193. This would be a transfer from the inheritance tax fund to the general fund. Chairman Scotty Gottula thought it would be best to buy down the property taxes at $100,000 because he was comfortable in reducing the tax levy from .343073 to .293313. 
Wed
26
Aug
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Lewiston bus overturns

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By Ray Kappel
It was a terrible day for the Mike and Amanda Rath family. Amanda Rath was driving a Lewiston Consolidated School bus Monday morning when she lost control of it and it careened into a creek. It was resting on its top  when rescuers arrived.

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Wed
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Tecumseh teen saves little boy’s life while on vacation

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By Ann Wickett
“I was shocked and scared,” said Angela Wenzl of Tecumseh. While vacationing at Lake Okoboji, Iowa the last week in July Angela saved the life of a 2 ½ year old boy she noticed at the bottom of a swimming pool. The incident occurred the first night Wenzl and the family she was babysitting for arrived at Lake  Okoboji. At the time of the incident, Wenzl and another friend, Karina, were babysitting a family of three girls who were in the shallow end of the swimming pool. I just noticed something at the bottom of the pool as she described that the  boy had red hair and was wearing blue clothing. “I noticed he wasn’t moving and I dived in to get him,” said Wenzl. The other babysitter, Karina, stayed with the three girls while Wenzl dived under the water to save the boy. 
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JCH is prepared

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Johnson County Hospital has several staff members trained to perform decontamination during an emergency. On Monday, August 10, JCH conducted a drill to ensure that staff remains competent in use of the equipment and the correct procedure for decontamination of patients. The  importance of hot and cold zones, setting up the decontamination tent, and donning and doffing protective equipment are practiced during the drills. All trained staff members have taken the decontamination training provided by the office of Biopreparedness. 

Wed
19
Aug
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Upstairs apartment extensively damaged in kitchen fire

The Tecumseh Fire District responded to a kitchen fire in an upstairs apartment located above the Farm Bureau office about 12:16 p.m. on Thursday, August 13. The couple living in the apartment were home at the time the fire occurred and escaped without injury. Tecumseh Fire Chief, Jim Seckman said he called for mutual aid once he observed the situation. Firefighters from Sterling, Elk Creek and Cook responded with water and manpower. Overall, there were 35 firefighters at the scene and they were able to get the fire under control in about 45 minutes. “Everything worked together and there were no water issues,” said Seckman. 
Wed
19
Aug
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Dunekacke Outstanding 4-H Volunteer

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This year’s Outstanding 4-H Volunteer with Five Years of Service and Under is Travis Dunekacke. Travis joined the West Elk Creek Livestock 4-H Club in 1983 when he was 8. His first 4-H project was a Hereford steer named Ruff, which received a purple ribbon. Over his ten-year 4-H career he showed beef cattle, with one of the highlights being winning grand champion beef showman; and swine, which he bought as feeder pigs from Kenny Kuhl, raised, and showed at the Johnson County Fair. While in school, he helped on the family farm and at Elk Creek Engineering, and also participated in sports year round. Upon graduation from Table Rock-Steinauer High School in 1993, Dunekacke attended the University of Nebraskand Peru State College, graduating in 1999 with a degree in psychology. While attending college he
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Ceiling in Tecumseh Post Office came crashing down overnight

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By Ray Kappel
Postal patrons in Tecumseh were surprised to arrive at the post office on Tuesday morning only to find it closed. Inside, part of the ceiling collapsed sometime after the building closed Monday . Monday night ductwork pulled down the ceiling. The only areas not affected by the ceiling fall were the lobby, the postmaster’s office, and the counter. The rest of it was hit. 

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Last Fair for some 4-H competitors

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By Ray Kappel
Colton Schaardt of Table Rock went out with a bang at the Johnson County Fair this past weekend. In his last 4-H fair, he was: Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lambs, Champion Pen of 3 Market Lambs, Champion Senior Lamb Showman, 3 Class winners with heifers, Champion Mainetainer heifer, Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer and Champion Senior Beef Showman.  He said he had a good fair last year too, but this was especially pleasing to finish on a high note. He starts up school at Southeast Community College in Beatrice where  he is working toward a degree in Ag Business Management with a focus on livestock. He wants to be an embryologist. 

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