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June Stratman

June Stratman, left, and her sister, Joan Peters, gave a program about their great great grandfather Moses Langley, a survivor of Andersonville Prison during the Civil War, at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum Monday night, September 17. This shadow box honoring Moses was given to the museum for display. It contains a medal he received from the U.S. government as a survivor of Andersonville, Moses’ pocket watch, a picture of the Langley farmstead, Rose Hill, near Vesta, a photograph of Moses and his wife, Lucy, and Moses’ obituary containing a wealth of biographical informati

 

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Rulla Honored for 40 Years as Rural Carrier

Not only has Lanny Rulla Jr. worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, but he has been a Rural Carrier on the same route for the entire time. Lanny distributes mail on Route 1, Douglas, and Route 2, Sterling. According to his wife, Lanny enjoys knowing the people on his route and seeing their children grow. In fact, Lanny has served four generations of some families on his route

 

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20
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Demolition Derby Competitors Put on Great Show

This is the largest number of participants we’ve had,” said Steve Bartels, president of the Johnson County Fair Board in relation to the number of competitors in the different divisions of the 2018 Demolition Derby held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Saturday night.

The winners in each of the individual categories are as follows:

Stock: Josh Turner, first. He was also designated as the Mad Dog winner of this event. Shad Turner, second; Mike Kahler, third; Mickey Burruss, fourth; Kirk Sake, fifth; Steve Klein, sixth.

Limited Weld: Josh Turner, first; Dylan Lane, second. He was also chosen as the Mad Dog winner. Shad Turner, third; Andrew Lewis, fourth; Adam Hafer, fifth; Kyle Gottula, sixth.

 

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Tecumseh’s Downtown Revitalization Project Meeting Concerned the Use of New Brick vs. Old

by Ann Wickett

Representatives from the City of Tecumseh’s Architectural Review Board and the Downtown Revitalization Committee, along with Mayor Bill Montz, City Clerk Lisa Beethe, and Economic Developer Doug Goracke, met with representatives from the Federal Highway Commission and Nebraska Department of Transportation on Wednesday, September 12 to discuss concerns about using existing brick vs. new brick for the Tecumseh Downtown Revitalization Project. A decision must be made so the design phase can once again move forward.

Stacy Stupka, Cultural Resource Manager with the Nebraska Department of Transportation, said that as the Nebraska Department of Transportation continued to work through the environmental process, it became clear that there were several challenges regarding using the old brick.

 

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McKinney Now Owns Farm Bureau Agency in Tecumseh

By Ann Wickett

Kevin McKinney of Tecumseh officially became the new owner/ agent of the Farm Bureau Financial Services office in Tecumseh, effective September 1. He will participate in continuing education courses to maintain his new agency which is located at 185 S. Third Street in Tecumseh.

McKinney has 4 ½ years of experience in the insurance business. He began his employment with Farm Bureau Financial Services, 3 ½ years ago. As his own agency, McKinney will have monthly goals to reach. This will be a six-month transition and any new business McKinney gets will be under his own Farm Bureau Financial Services agency.

 

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SE Nebraska Republicans Urged To Get Out the Vote in Five-County Barbecue at Johnson Legion

By David Swanson

State and national Republican candidates and officeholders are urging everyone to vote in the 2018 general election. They also encouraged supporting the party’s candidates.

About 200 residents of Nemaha, Johnson, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson counties came to the Legion Hall in Johnson Sunday, Sept. 16. Local candidates for office were also acknowledged at the 12th biennial Southeast Nebraska five-county Republican barbecue.

 

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Thu
13
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Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Southeast District Health Department (SEDHD) are continuing to track the presence of West Nile virus within the region. Recently, mosquitoes collected from two locations in Richardson County tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes get the virus when they feed on infected birds. The illness is not spread from person-to-person. DHHS and SEDHD encourage citizens to report dead birds to the agencies, to help determine if West Nile virus testing is needed.

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Prison Incident Resolved After Inmates Refuse to Return to Cells

On September 7, 2018, shortly before 10 a.m., the cell doors on a 16-cell single-person restrictive housing gallery at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) were opened in error. The doors are operated by a computerized system. The cause of the error is under investigation.

The inmates were in their cells and were directed to remain in inside. The inmates came out into the gallery and refused to return to their cells. No staff members were on the gallery at the time the doors opened.

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Sterling 4-Hers Will Honor Area Veterans With Quilts of Valor as Community Service Project

Last year, Spoons & Spools Crafts and Creatures 4-H Club in Sterling made a Quilt of Valor to honor a military veteran. Erika Eckhardt inspired the club to do a Quilt of Valor. For that community service project, Erika binded the quilt top by hand for the Quilt of Valor that was presented to Bob Salomons on Veterans Day of 2017.

This year, another Sterling 4-H Club joined the effort and making Quilts of Valor became a community project. Spoons & Spools and Sterling Livestock Club teamed up for their Service Learning Project and pieced together five quilt tops on a Saturday in April.

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Sterling Board of Education is Searching for New Board Member

The Sterling Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Mark Parde, during their August 20th meeting. Superintendent Dottie Heusman will contact the Johnson County Clerk’s office to report the resignation and vacancy. Ads will be published, interviews will be conducted with applicants, and the board will appoint a new member to start at the October 15 meeting.

Kim Alm has been hired as the new bookkeeper. She started on Monday, August 27.

 

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