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Director Frakes discusses progress on Corrective Action Plan at TSCI

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By Ann Wickett
 
“The investigation continues,” said Director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections in regard to the Nebraska State Patrol’s investigation into the May 10, 2015 riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. Two inmate died and property in two housing units was extensive. The deaths are still being investigated..
 
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Powerball Fever

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Roger Bohling of Tecumseh takes his lottery ticket from Desiree Kunzman, a cashier at Casey’s General Store in Tecumseh as the Nebraska Lottery reached over $1 billion dollars on January 13. Unfortunately, there weren’t any big winners at Casey’s this time. Approximately $6,000 in tickets were sold at the store on January 13. Throughout the week of January 10-16 ticket sales were 6 times six times the daily average.
 
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Economic Developer Goracke discusses 2015 accomplishments and 2016 goals

By Ann Wickett
 
Looking back on their activity in 2015 the Tecumseh Economic Development Committee’s most active project is easily seen by town residents. Twelve buildings were demolished within the city of Tecumseh during 2015. Eight of them were city projects, while four of them were private projects, which were awarded $2,000 in economic development funds to assist with the demolition of private projects.
 
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Growth in new construction

Johnson County has experienced growth during the past two years. A portion of this growth is because of the construction of new grain storage bins by Midwest Farmers Cooperative in the Elk Creek and Tecumseh area. Johnson County Assessor Karen Koehler said the Sterling community will see a nice growth amount in 2016 with the construction of two new bins at Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester.
 
Wed
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First filings for 2016 election

Johnson County Clerk Kathy Nieveen has received her first two filings for the 2016 primary presidential election. Bob Sullivan of Tecumseh was the first to file for the 2016 presidential election. He filed as an incumbent for the Tecumseh Airport Authority on Friday, January 8. 

 

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2015: The Year In Review

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•Grant Moles, a junior at JCC Schools advanced to the National FBLA Conference by placing second in the Business Procedures competition at the Nebraska State Leadership Conference in Omaha. Moles also placed seventh in Business Calculations and Honorable Mention in Economics. Kevin McKinney and Galen Bartels became the two new agents of the Farm Bureau Insurance office in Tecumseh.  

 

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Watermeier top priority tackling property tax issue

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By Ray Kappel
 
The property tax issue continues to be a top priority with the Nebraska Legislature. State Senator Dan Watermeier reports that the Education Committee and the Revenue Committee along with the chair of the Appropriations Committee and the Speaker of the Legislature met jointly during the interim to work on the issue. They are examining the issue as it relates to the K-12 school districts.  

 

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Tecumseh Mayor preparing to appoint new city clerk

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By Ann Wickett
 

Tecumseh Mayor Bill Montz is in the process of finding a new city clerk after Paula Darling handed him, her keys to city hall and told him she quit on Tuesday, December 29 while he was at city hall signing checks. As of Tuesday morning, Montz said he found a very qualified female who has accepted the city clerk’s position. The candidate had to give three weeks notice to her previous employer, which was effective on Monday. Montz is confident, the city council will approve this candidate and the new city clerk will officially start her position on February 8.   

 

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NioCorp plans to begin mineshaft construction in 2016

By Ann Wickett
 
ELK Creek Nebraska is one of the few places on earth where the rare earth mineral Niobium has been found. Niocorp Developments, LTD. plans on mining this resource along with scandium and titanium. The company claims that this is the highest grade Niobium project in North America and the largest prospective producer of scandium in the world.

 

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Prison Riot Story of the Year

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The year of 2015 featured many highlights of individual and team accomplishments as well as business recognitions in 2015. However, the major topic of discussion for the year was the riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution on Mothers day in May. Two inmate deaths and significant structural damage to two housing units were the tangible results. Investigations of the causes for the riot and the prison system itself will be going on for years.

 

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