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Watermeier Shares his Experiences as Senator

Dan Watermeier of Syracuse served the past six years as the First District Senator in the Nebraska Legislaturet. In 2018, he was elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Now that the New Year has begun, he will now vacate his office with the Legislature.

Senator Watermeier felt that the four years he spent on the Appropriations Committee were very important, as the budget is the primary responsibility of the Legislature. “The Appropriations Committee receives input from state agencies and listens to Nebraskans, prior to spending hours and hours deliberating on the recommendations for the two-year budget that are given to the entire Legislature. Because of all the information given the committee and the time spent on the recommendations, it is fairly rare that any major changes are made to the budget once it is presented to the Legislature. That is why the committee’s role is so important,” added Watermeier.

 

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Harms Surprised with Quilt of Valor During Family Christmas Celebration

“Thank you for letting us come to your family Christmas to honor you, Willie with a Quilt of Valor,” said Patty Harms and Sharon Heusman as they surprised World War II era veteran with a Quilt of Valor during the Harms family Christmas celebration on December

28. This is one of the five quilts that the Sterling 4-H Clubs pieced together as a 2018 4-H community service project with assistance from members of the Sterling American Legion Auxiliary Unit #140.

 

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Hestermann & Agena Recognized for Service to Sterling Schools

Mike Hestermann and Lois Agena were was recognized for their years of service to the Sterling Board of Education and Sterling Public Schools during the board’s December 17th meeting. Hesterman served on the board 14 years and Agena four years.

Below are some of the highlights of their service on the Sterling Board of Education.

Mike Hestermann

Hestermann served in the offices of president and vice president for several years. He also served on the Transportation and Negotiations committees.

Hestermann enjoyed seeing Sterling Public Schools grow, especially with the construction of a new high school and preschool facility.

 

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Julie Slama appointed to Nebraska Legislature’s 1 <sup>st </sup>District Senate Seat Ann Wickett

On Thursday, December 27, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Julie Slama, a young professional and fifth generation Nebraskan from Peru, to fill an upcoming vacancy in Legislative District 1.The appointment is effective January 9, 2019 when current Senator Dan Watermeier is set to step down to be sworn in as a member of the Public Service Commission.

“Julie will push for property tax relief, help create policy that supports strong families, and work to grow agriculture,” said Governor Ricketts. “She will be a fierce advocate for rural communities and will help bridge the urban-rural divide in the Legislature. I look forward to working with her to help move our state forward and grow more opportunities for the next generation of Nebraskans.”

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Hunzeker, Borcher Recognized for Service to JCC Board of Ed served with and their dedication to technology through either facility

During a Board of Education meeting held at the Media Center at Johnson County Central’s Middle School in Cook on December 12, Greg Hunzeker, president; and Sue Borcher, vice president were recognized with plaques for their dedicated years of service to Nemaha Valley, Tecumseh and Johnson County Central Schools.

Greg Hunzeker

Greg Hunzeker served on the Nemaha Valley Schools Board of Education, two years and at JCC Schools, 12 years.

Hunzeker served in the offices as vice president and president. The committees Hunzeker served on include: Policy Review, Building and Grounds, Negotiations and Budget.

 

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FSA Office Will Be Closed During Government Shutdown

At the end of the day on Friday, December 28, 2018, the Johnson County Farm Service Agency office closed its doors until further notice because of the government shutdown. Pat Lechner, certified executive officer with the Johnson County FSA office said in a telephone call on Thursday, December 27, that his office employees are in limbo as to how long the FSA office may be closed.

“Once the official government shutdown occurs, none of our employees will be available, nor will they have access to any computer programs. The office will be closed,” Lechner said.

 

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Sterling School Board Hears Presentation from JCC Supt. Dr. Boldt

The Sterling Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 contract for Superintendent Dottie Heusman at the December 17 meeting, with salary to be determined at a later date. Board members Mike Hestermann and Lois Agena were respectively recognized for their 14 and 4 years of dedicated service to the Sterling Board of Education and Sterling Public Schools and received plaques for their years of service.

Dr. Galen Boldt, interim superintendent at Johnson County Central Schools gave a presentation before the Sterling Board of Education concerning the future direction of JCC Schools.

In October and November, Dr. Boldt facilitated six community informational meetings which focused on four main questions concerning the future of Johnson County Central Schools. These four questions included 1) What is your feeling on maintaining two school sites?

 

 

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Heusman Shares Highlights of Sterling’s Growth During his 24 Years as a Village Board Member

“I’ve enjoyed it all,” said Dennis Heusman who was recognized for his 24 years of service to the village board and Sterling community during his final meeting on December 11. Heusman decided it was time for new members to come on board in serving the Village Board of Sterling and didn’t run in the 2018 election.

“Some times new people have a different way of seeing things and these three guys, Tom Nieveen, Ralph Wusk and John Keizer, are all quality people who are interested in the betterment of the community,” Heusman said.

 

 

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JCH a Top Ten Critical Access Hospital in Quality

The Nebraska Office of Rural Health and the Chartis Center for Rural Health recently recognized Johnson County Hospital as one of the top 10 Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals in overall performance in Quality. The Rural Provider Excellence Award in Quality is based on Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) measures that apply to all of Nebraska’s critical access hospitals, which measure the quality of care across the whole hospital, from medical staff, to dietary, to housekeeping.

Johnson County Hospital Quality Assurance Director Gina Kerner said, “The data we receive from the MBQIP measures helps us review our processes and improve the safety and quality of care for our patients.”

 

 

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Erickson earns FFA American Degree

“It’s very humbling and it gives you a sense of accomplishment,” said Micah Erickson of Sterling who earned the highest award of distinction an FFA member can receive. He was awarded his American degree at the National FFA Convention in Indiana in October.

Erickson’s paternal grandfather, Dan Erickson of Illinois, is the only other family member to receive this degree. Erickson stopped to visit his grandfather on his return trip home. For his American degree, Erickson participated in the SAE Super Agricultural Experience where he was in charge of two agricultural projects. The first was a placement project which included working on the farm with his father, Jim Erickson. He also raised 4-H livestock, keeping track of feed, weight gain and other pertinent statistics for eight cattle. He usually took two cattle that he raised to the Johnson County Fair for the beef show competition every year. “It takes a lot of work to receive this degree,” Erickson said.

 

 

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