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Truscott is still living a good, healthy life at 100

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“I still enjoy life,” said Lucille Truscott of Sterling who celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sterling Senior Center with many of her family and friends around her on Saturday, July 25. She added that she doesn’t really feel like she’s 100 years old. Lucille was born on Saturday, July 25, 1915 on the family farm five miles northwest of Tecumseh. She was the oldest of 10 brothers and sisters. She remembers living alongthe creek channel of the Nemaha River and the special memories she has of her family and children of the neighborhood playing in the creek or the farm pond every Sunday, as well as on a hot summer day. The family and neighbor kids went ice skating on the pond during the winter months. “The water was so fresh and only six feet deep,”Truscott said.

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Wed
22
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Historically, Tecumseh arrived at proposed wage figures by comparison with other cities

By Ann Wickett
Terry Kage, who retired in 2010, remembers when he was utilities superintendent, the Board of Public Works considered step wages for the utility employees based on their job performances. He added that these step wages were based on merit and may only be a 1/2 or a 1/3 step. It was a rarity to geta full step. The utility employees didn’t get a step raise every time it was recommended. However, the employees also received a cost of living increase as well as the step wage. In 2011, the Board of Public Works began reviewing wages for Tecumseh Public Properties. Thepurpose was to provide competitive wages for any new employees coming to work for the city of Tecumseh.

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Wed
22
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Goings honored for 50 years of service to Tecumseh American Legion Post #2

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By Ann Wickett
“It’s an honor to be a Legionnaire,” said Harley Goings who received a pin and certificate for 50 years of membership in the Tecumseh American Legion Post #2 and for his dedicated volunteerism for the Legion programs and the Johnson County Avenue of Flags Memorial. Commander Tom Rother presented Goings with this 50-year membership award during a recent Legion meeting. Goings has been instrumental in building the tubular shaped racks used for storing the American flags and poles used in the Johnson County Avenue of Flags Memorial. The flags are displayed in honor of Johnson County’s deceased. He started out building four racks and has increased that number to 16 racks through the years. Currently 488 flags are displayed in the Avenue of Flags Memorial on the Johnson County courthouse lawn. “We appreciate everyone who comes and helps install and remove the flags for the Avenue of Flags Memorial,” said Goings.

Wed
22
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Deer Creek Sodbusters annual display to be held August 9

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The thirty-third annual Antique Machinery Show and Plowing Bee sponsored by Deer Creek Sodbusters, Inc. will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Deer Creek Show grounds, at 72927 610 Ave, 4½ miles south of Sterling, Nebraska, or 2½ miles north of Hwy 136 on county road 610 Ave (Sterling Road). Activities begin at 8:00 a.m. with the flag raising ceremony and will run throughout the day until late afternoon. Following the flag raising ceremonies, at approximately 8:15 a.m., an outdoor church service will be held. The service will be led by Rev. Steve Chellew, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling, Nebraska. The American Legion Post 140 from Sterling will perform the flag raising ceremonies and will also lead the parade with a color guard. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. This year's show will feature Massey Harris tractors and gas engine lines D, E, and F.

Wed
22
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Farmers Bank of Cook celebrates 125 years of community service

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On July 17, Farmers Bank of Cook celebrated 125 years of community service by partnering with the Cook Lions Club to host a BBQ during Windmill Days. The event was attended by local residents and customers from the different communities served by the Bank. Farmers Bank of Cook commenced business on May 1, 1890 with Duncan Livingston as President and James R. Tober as Cashier. In 1911, Paul H. Naeve, grandfather to Judson B. Douglas III (Jud) and Paul J. Douglas, purchased an interest in the Bank and was elected Cashier. In 1974, Helen Douglas, daughter of Paul Naeve, acquired a controlling interest in the Bank and elected Jud as President.

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Wed
15
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Cook gym roof to be repaired; new teacher mentoring program established

By Ann Wickett
The Johnson County Central Schools’ board of education assisted Chris Wall of the Garland Company in inspecting the roof of the gymnasium at the Cook site during a meeting on July 8. The inspection was part of a discussion for repairing the gymnasium roof during the 2016-2017 budget year depending on how much money is raised through JCC’s property taxes. After the inspection, Wall said he had all the information he needed to prepare the plans and specifications for the project. The board also talked about other roof repairs at the Cook site, but decided the gymnasium roof was a priority.

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Wed
15
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Taking a pie in the face for new bleachers

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“OH! BRING IT ON…,” said Jill Shea, a guidance counselor at Sterling Public Schools who was one of the teachers chosen to get a pie in the face for the Bleachers fundraiser. The thrower of the pie, Renae Kenny was the highest bidder. Proceeds from the Bleachers fundraiser will go towards the purchase of new bleachers for the Sterling gymnasium. The estimated cost of the new bleachers is $10,000. So far the Sterling Boosters, sponsors for this project, have raised $1,000. Another popular target for a pie in the face, Sterling teacher Luke Boldt, is standing in the background.

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Retail operations at Crab Orchard Post Office temporarily suspended

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Since 1999, the Crab Orchard Post Office has been the only business in the community with a population of 38 people. Alberta Little served a majority of her 44 years with the U.S. Postal Service as the Postmaster for the Crab Orchard Post Office. However, retail operations at the Crab Orchard, NE, Post Office have been temporarily suspended due to structural concerns with the building.

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Not a good harvest year for area wheat farmers

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The wet and cool weather this spring took its toll on the wheat fields around the Johnson County area this year. Because of the wet weather, several wheat fields developed a fungus known as vomitoxin. Therefore, the wheat was poor in quality and had super low test weights, according to Landy Roeber, an assistant grain manager with the Midwest Farmers Cooperative of Elmwood.

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Wed
08
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Miller sentenced to four years in York

Former Johnson County Central teacher Carrie Miller was sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary for her sexual relationship with a student. The sentence came in the Nemaha County District Court with Judge Daniel E. Bryan presiding.

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