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Veterans Day programs at Johnson County Central Schools focus on how being in the military affects the whole family

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Four individual speakers shared their stories of how having a loved  one in the military affected them and their families during a Veterans Day program on Monday, November 11, at Johnson County Central Schools in Tecumseh and Cook. The four speakers were Tom Rother, Jack Moles, Dean Wellensiek and Devon Roesener. “Parents know that every day their children are serving in the military, they are putting their lives on the line in service to their country,” said Tom Rother. 
 
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JCC students learn how to properly dispose of an American Flag

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Members of the George Raymond Jelley VFW Post #8221 and Tecumseh American Post #2 of Tecumseh conducted a Flag disposal ceremony of unserviceable American flags at both the Tecumseh and Cook sites of Johnson County Central Schools on Veterans Day, November 11. VFW Post Commander Tom Rother conducted the ceremony with Charlie Scott serving as the Sergeant at Arms. Bob Lempka and Tom Sherman also assisted with this ceremony.
 
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Johnson County Courthouse sidewalks getting repaired

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Gary Kuhl of Kuhl Trenching and Excavating, removed some of the broken sidewalk surrounding the Johnson County Courthouse on Thursday morning. Clint Mahoney and his crew poured the concrete for new sidewalks over the weekend. However, the work wasn’t completed in time to display the Johnson County Avenue of Flags Memorial on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 
 
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Engstrom Pleads No Contest

On Monday, November 4, Michael D. Engstrom, age 33, of Topeka pleaded “no contest” to five felonies for firing shots at five law enforcement officers in Johnson County on February 13, 2013 during a police pursuit. Each of  the felony charges filed by Johnson County Attorney Julie D. Smith states that Engstrom intentionally or knowingly attempted to cause serious bodily injury to a peace officer while such officer was engaged in the performance of his  official duties. (Serious bodily injury means that it involved a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body.) 
 
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Nielsen enjoys her work in the Nebraska Air National Guard

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“I have the best job on base because I get to tell about what everyone else is doing,” said Master Sergeant Shannon Nielsen of Sterling. Since 2011, Nielsen has served as the Public Affairs Superintendent for the Nebraska Air  National Guard. In this position, Nielsen is responsible for writing stories, taking photographs and videos for a monthly newsletter the “Prairie Guardian.” These stories, photographs and videos are also prepared for facebook  and twitter sites as well as the National Public Affairs Bureau in Washington, D.C. 
 
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Veterans Day programs scheduled in area schools

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Johnson County Central Public Schools will host two Veterans Day programs on Monday, November 11, 2013. Both programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the gyms at the Tecumseh and Cook sites. The  theme for this year’s programs will be “Having a Family Member in the Military”. “Being a family member of someone who is serving in the military fills one with pride, but is often times a stressful situation,” said Jack Moles, superintendent  of Johnson County Central Schools. This year’s guest speakers include three other people who have had children, parents, or siblings serve in the military 
 
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Did you know October 30th was National Weatherization Day?

by Susan Phillips
 
Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc. (SENCA) has been participating in the Weatherization Program since its implementation by the Nebraska State Energy Office (NEO) in 1979. According to information obtained from NEO, statewide $123.96 million has been spent to make energy efficiency improvements in approximately 65,000 low income homes.
 
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Students experience county governmental procedures

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Johnson County Government Day of 2013 officially opened with a general assembly in the Johnson County District Courtroom at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 28. This year 16 Sterling students and 29 Johnson County Central School students were in attendance. Kevin McKinney presided at the opening ceremony. Randy Baucke, Commander of Johnson County American Legion and VFW., led everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
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Robinson is Johnson County Hospital’s 2013 Caring Kind Employee

Megan Robinson, a charge nurse, was honored as Johnson County Hospital’s 2013 Caring Kind Employee during a luncheon at the Nebraska Hospital Association’s annual convention on October 25.
By Ann Wickett
 
Megan Robinson, a charge nurse at the Johnson County Hospital has been chosen by her peers as the 2013 Caring Kind Employee. She was recognized at a luncheon during the 2013 state convention of the Nebraska Hospital Association on October 25. Robinson has worked at the Johnson County Hospital for the past four years. As a charge nurse, Robinson enjoys taking care of people in a small community atmosphere. “I love the fact that everyone knows each other. It makes my job more enjoyable,” said Robinson.
 
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Israeli students learn about life in Nebraska

Israeli students spent a week learning about American culture and lifestyles in the Tecumseh and Cook area as guests of Johnson County Central Schools, October 24-31.
Ten students and one adult chaperone from Ra’anana, Israel learned about life in Nebraska while staying with host families of Johnson County Central Schools for one week, October 24-31. This student exchange visit is part of a program sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League. Five school districts from the United States are chosen annually, along with five communities in Israel. Communities are matched up and students experience life in the “sister community.” JCC’s sister community is Ra’anana, which is located just north of Tel Aviv. Johnson County Central was chosen because of Superintendent Jack Moles’ participation in an AIFL Superintendent visit to Israel last March.
 

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