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City of Tecumseh separates downtown revitalization into two projects so $350,000 in CDBG funds is not lost

By Ann Wickett
Three years ago in 2012, the city of Tecumseh was awarded $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds allocated by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency for its downtown revitalization project. Originally, these funds were designated to be used for all utility infrastructure improvements including drainage issues, storm sewers, sidewalks and concrete crosswalks. The city of Tecumseh, also applied for a $1 million grant through the Nebraska Department of Roads. When reviewing the grant application and the background work done in planning for this project, the Nebraska Department of Roads decided to allocate $5 million in funding so the project could be thorough in scope. The money is to be used for street improvements including replacing brick, gutters and flashing.

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On Thursday afternoon, June 11

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On Thursday afternoon, June 11, water flowed rapidly down the Town Branch between Broadway and Clay Streets once again as Mother Nature dumped another 3.01 inches of rain throughout the Johnson County area between Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, according to the Nebraska Rain website.
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Moles earns perfect score on ACT test; receives other honor

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Grant Moles, son of Jack and Shelley Moles and a junior at Johnson County Central High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

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Rickman ends 15-year career with Family Health Services, Inc.

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This Friday, June 19 will be Sharon Rickman’s last day as director of the Family Health Services, Inc., of Southeast Nebraska. She has served in that capacity for the past 15 years and three months. Rickman will be moving to Grand Island where she will take on a new adventure, as she will be employed as the certified executive officer with Heartland Health Center, a federal qualified agency, effective Monday, June 22.
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Physical Therapy team helps man walk again after being in wheelchair 8 ½ years

By Ann Wickett
TECUMSEH–“It’s wonderful to be able to walk and move my legs again after being in a wheelchair for 8 ½ years,” said Bob Beadell of Tecumseh. “I believe I will be able to live longer thanks to the staff here,” said Beadell of his physical therapy assistants Carmen Rottinghaus and Deb Wilson who are staff members of the Physical and Respiratory Therapy Services, LLC located at Ridgeview Towers in Tecumseh.

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Robison attends 45th reunion of Apollo 13 Splashdown

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By Ann Wickett
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” said Don Robison of the Apollo 13 Splashdown on April 17, 1970. Robison and his wife, Joy, recently attended the 45th reunion of the Apollo 13 in San Diego, California, May 8-11. In 1970, Robison was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Iwo Jima LPH 2, which served as rescue and recovery in support of the U.S. Marines while they were fighting off the coast of Vietnam. The ship also served as a helicopter carrier for the U.S. Marines. Robison served in the admissions department and took care of all the records and documentations concerning members of the crew aboard the ship as well as the ship’s activities.

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Three people hospitalized after roll-over accident

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One person was life-flighted to a Lincoln hospital from the scene of an accident that took place at the intersection of Highway 50 and 62 (also known as the Elk Creek corner) located south of Tecumseh about 6:45 p.m. on Monday night. A grey 2001 Ford Escort driven by a minor of DuBois was headedwest on Highway 62 and failed tostop at the stop sign at the intersectionof Highway 50 and 62. Hisvehicle collided with a northboundsilver 2000 Dodge vehicle drivenby Louis Arms of Tecumseh, whichrolled over on its top. Both vehiclescame to rest at the northwest cornerof the intersection.

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Heavy rainfall causes some bridges and roads to wash out

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By Ann Wickett
Matt Schaardt, superintendent of Johnson County Roads Department estimated $200,000 in damages to Johnson County Roads and bridges last week when severe thunderstorms dumped 6.58 inches of rain between June 4th and June 5th. According to a Nebraska Rain report, Johnson County received 2.90 inches of rain on June 4 and another 3.68 inches of rain on June 5.

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Area farmers are hurrying to plant crops before production deadlines

It’s the first week in June and area farmers are working hard and fast to plant their crops before production deadlines for corn and soybeans have passed. In a news release the Johnson County Farm Service agency said that producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting. Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

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Johnson County Attorney to resigns to take job in Lincoln

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Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith has resigned her position to take a job in Lincoln. In a letter to the Johnson CountyCommissioners, County Clerk Kathleen Nieveen and Johnson County Sheriff Scott Walton, Smith said that she would be resigning her position effective June 19. Smith applied for an attorney’s position in March of this year and accepted this position on Tuesday morning. “This is a great opportunity for me. It may be unchartered territory, but it’s a good career move,” Smith said.

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