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Women Board Members Talk About Their Goals for Serving the Community of Cook

“It’s a learning experience,” said Kris Gerking as she and two other women, Amber Beard and Jeanene French, have completed six months of their terms on the Village Board of Cook.

According to Amber Beard, budgeting is the hardest part to learn. “I don’t think a person realizes how much goes into a monthly budget.”

 

 

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South African Andre Rautenbach Becomes a United States Citizen

Andre Rautenbach of Tecumseh became a U.S. Citizen during a Naturalization Ceremony conducted at the Homestead National Monument of America on Flag Day, Friday, June 14.

“I always knew I wanted to become a U.S. Citizen, but we held off my naturalization process so our son A.J., could become a citizen of South Africa, that way he can attend college or live there if he wishes when he gets older,” said Rautenbach.

 

 

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‘Barber Jim’ Retiring After 53 Years in Business

If you need a haircut, your time is running short as Barber Jim Stauffer of Tecumseh will be hanging up his barber shears and clippers on Friday, June 21, following a 53 year career. This is a special day as it was his father, Harry Stauffer’s birthday. His family will host an Open House in his honor at Ramsey’s Family Fountain on Saturday, June 22 from 2-5 p.m.

Stauffer said that he decided to go into barbering he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he one time he would do about 20 haircuts a day. Today, that average has dropped to about 10 a day.

“I hardly have any younger customers today,” said Stauffer. He added that in recent years his clientele has dropped 40 to 50 customers a year while he has only added 15 to 20 new customers a year.

 

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Community Mourns Dedicated Tecumseh Businessman

The city of Tecumseh lost a great, dedicated member of the community last week as Densel Fankhauser, a long time pharmacist and former owner of Chief Drug Store died as a result of injuries he received in an unfortunate mowing accident.

Irene Russell (later married to Fankhauser) remembers the first time she saw Densel. He was only four years old and riding in a wagon as he went by her home. Another time, in Bible school, she remembers Densel and one of his friends clowning around while singing a song. The teacher made them sing the song back to back.

 

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All Betty’s Children Golf Tournament Has One of the Best Turnouts Ever

The 2019 golf tournament hosted by All Betty’s Children was one of the best turnout’s we’ve had,” said Trenton Evans, president of this non-profit organization established to help area families confronted with cancer. Evans said the benefit golf tournament and silent auction raised an estimated $9,500 to help families in southeast Nebraska currently battling cancer.

It is the All Betty’s Children’s organization goal to reach over $10,000 during its 2020 benefit golf tournament scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, 2020.

Trenton reported that the golf team playing with Ted Evans III won the tournament. “We really apprreciate all the help from our sponsors, volunteers and the golfers who participated in the tournament,” said Evans.

 

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Dieckgrafe Receives 2019 Heroism Award

Tom Dieckgrafe of the Cook Volunteer Fire Department was the recipient of the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association’s 2019 Heroism Award. According to Adam Badberg, Cook VFD Fire Chief, Dieckgrafe was presented the award on May 17th during opening ceremonies of Fire School held at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

 

 

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Benches & Flag Pole Dedicated by Sterling American Legion

Two benches and a flag pole in Sterling were dedicated to military servicemen and women who gave their lives in service to our country. Harm Sangen American Legion Post #140 conducted the ceremony on Saturday afternoon, May 25. Members of the Sterling American Legion Postin attendance were Joe Pella, John Wolff, James Wenzl, John Keizer and Bob Sugden.

One bench reads “Home of the Free Because of the Brave” and is dedicated to the servicemen and women who lost their lives as a POW (Prisoner of War) or MIA (Missing in Action). The other bench reads, “Honoring All Who Served” and is dedicated to all servicemen and women who have served in the US Army, US Marines, US Navy, US Air Force and US Coast Guard.

 

 

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Jesse Grof is New Mayor of Tecumseh

On Monday night the Tecumseh City Council accepted the resignation of Bill Montz Sr. With this, the current president of the city council, Jesse Grof, was sworn in as mayor. The council then elected Lori Topp as the council president. Grof’s position for ward 2 was declared vacant and will be expected to be filled by appointment during the July meeting.

hane with Olssen and Associates gave a presentation about the amendments to the new Aquatic Center. These amendments were routine as the center is entering it’s construction phase. The updated contract shows what processes Olssen and Associates will be involved with as well how they will handle the construction phase.

 

 

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Recent Rainfalls Impact Farmers

The Tecumseh area has received 10.97 inches of rain during the month of May. This was reported by the High Plains Regional Climate Center’s weather station.

Jessica Jones, extension educator at Johnson County’s Extension office, reported that the weather conditions are affecting the emergence of crops. “Looking at the data and on the ground observations, planting on both corn and soybeans are behind both last year’s and the five-year average, with soybeans being noticeably more behind.

 

 

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Bridgewater Brothers to Appear in Court July 3

Johnson County Attorney Richard R. Smith has brought charges against Kolton L. Bridgewater, 26, and Levi J. Bridgewater, 20, regarding actions during an incident in Tecumseh on May 10, 2019.

 

 

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