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You CAN have fun without drugs & alcohol

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The Johnson County CAN Coalition held their annual Family Fun Walk on May 30. This year the event was held on the track at Johnson County Central Schools. Area youth participated in activities manned by the CAN members, which promoted drug and alcohol awareness. A drawing was held and prizes were given away to the lucky winners. Johnson County Sheriff Scott Walton attends the function each year. This year he displayed common household items that are used in the production of methamphetamine. He shareinformation with adults and young people about thedangers of meth use.

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Father Thomas Dunavan is a friend to all in Tecumseh and will be missed

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Father Thomas Dunavan may be a Catholic priest but he has been a strong presence in Tecumseh and will be greatly missed when he leaves Tecumseh June 14 transfering to a parish in Falls City. Father Dunavan’s new assignment is to serve as the Superintendent of Falls City Sacred Heart upon the recent retirement of Monsignor Roh. He will also serve as the priest for St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Falls City. This church consists of approximately 400 families/1,000 members.

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Thu
28
May
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Most American wars symbolize liberations of people, not conquests

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Ken Tubbesing was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in the Johnson County courtyard on May 25. He focused his presentation on a book To America, by Steven Ambrose, which is a book about World War II history relating to the United States. According to Ambrose, most of the American wars have been fought for the liberation of people and not conquests. Tubbesing shared excerpts about wow Adolph Hitler wrote the book Mein Kampf, which means “My Struggle” when he was in prison in 1923. On the first page of this book, Hitler outlined his plans for the invasion of Austria, and the extermination of the Jews. When he was elected to the Nazi party in 1933, he only received 30 percent of the votes. After his election, Hitler made sure every couple received a copy of his book, Mein Kampf. All students were required to read his book.

Thu
28
May
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“All that is necessary for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.”

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Ken Tubbesing shared a variety of history lessons about World War II from a book written by Samuel Ambrose while surrounded by American flags flying in observance of Memorial Day, May 25. Bob Leuenberger, LeRoy Mitchel and Charlie Pierce of Johnson County VFW #8221 stand in the background.

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Thu
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Geology of the area explained at NioCorp town hall meeting, questions answered

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Approximately 100 landowners, investors and other guests attended a supper meeting at the Elk Creek Fire hall on May 21 hosted by NioCorp Developments Ltd. The company is developing a source of niobium which is used in the production of high grade steel. Elk Creek is the only niobium site under development in the United States Scott Honan, vice president of business developments for Nio- Corp, Ltd. shared some of the next steps that must take place for the niobium project to move forward during next couple of years. This past year, NioCorp Developments has drilled 20 holes for a total distance of 11.1 miles. This is one mile longer in distance from Elk Creek to the downtown business district in Tecumseh. According to Honan, drilling expanded the size and grade of the resource. Currently, the company has defined approximately 180 million ton of niobium esource within the past 12 months.

Thu
28
May
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Body cameras will be an asset to to law enforcement in Johnson County

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department recently received a memorial gift donation from Jim and Sally Hutt of Tecumseh inmemory of their daughter, Ann, who had a great love and respect for all emergency personnel. The Sheriff’s Department usedthe gift to purchase six body cameras for Johnson County Sheriff Scott Walton and his deputies to wear while on duty.

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Wed
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May
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TSCI riot will increase caseload in Johnson County District Court and cost county

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As of Tuesday morning, Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith had not received any investigative reports from the Nebraska State Patrol regarding the riot on Sunday, May 10 at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. As the county coroner, she expects to receivethe official autopsies on the two inmates killed during the riot. These types of reports take about three weeks to be completed. The autopsies were scheduled to be performed Tuesday, May 12 after the riot the previous Sunday. From evidence she has seen, Smith said the deaths of the inmates appear to have been caused by other inmates.

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Wed
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May
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Ricketts tours damage at TSCI

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On Tuesday morning, Governor Pete Ricketts invited area media to join him as he toured the extensive property, smoke and water damage done to the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution during a riot that broke out the afternoon of Sunday, May 10.Most of the estimated $300,000 to $500,000 in damage was done to Housing Units 2 and 3. Security cameras and windows were broken; doors and walls had scorch marks; a wall was torn down between units 2A and 2B; aper and other flammable items are strewn on the floors which ere still wet on Tuesday in Unit 2B, the main crime scene.

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Wed
20
May
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Stayed Safe

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Inmates attempted to smash the window on one of the doors to the TSCI gymnasium. One unidentified female staff member locked herself in a closet in one of the offices in the gymnasium. She felt that some of the inmatesinvolved in the disturbance were going to harm her. They did manage to break the glass into the office she was hiding in. Warden Gage said that inmates involved in the riot kept pounding on the closet door in an attempt to lure her out.

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Zink 60-year member of Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140

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STERLING–Duane Zink of Sterling was recently honored with a pin as a 60-year member of the Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140 of Sterling. When he first became a member of the American Legion Post #140, they didn’t meet very often because they didn’t have a meeting place. They met at the former Corner Bar at one time. Since then they purchased the old Masonic Lodge which was later purchased by Sterling Public Schools and is now used as a parking lot. Currently, the Sterling American Legion meets in a building on the north side of Sterling’s business district. Zink served as commander forfour to five years. He worked closely with Richard Rathe, adjutant; and Dalen Rathe, treasurer. One of the fundraisers Zink helped implement was an Amateur Talent Night, which was very successful for two to three years.

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