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JCC science experiment lost with rocket explosion

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By Ann Wickett
News Editor The excitement of being the creators of a science project to be sent into space during the launch of Mission 7 Space X rocket was a dream come true for two Johnson County Central Schools students. That is until the dream was quickly dashed as the rocket exploded shortly after the launch. Science instructor Dr. Vicky Boone and two students from Johnson County Central Schools, Isaac Buss and Keelee McClintock, were at the Kennedy Space Center watching the launch of the Mission 7 Space X rocket Sunday morning, June 28, when it blew up shortly after launching.

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Community picnic in the park

Friends and neighbors within the Tecumseh community are invited to a community-wide picnic at city park on Tuesday, June 30. This free event will be held from6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is hosted by the Tecumseh Chamber ofCommerce. A meal will include hotdogs and watermelon. In addition to the picnic, a Find the Golden Baseball Walk-Runhosted by 57 Fitness will begin in the park at 6 p.m.
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Operations at Sterling Post Office temporarily moved to Douglas

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Operations at the Sterling, NE, Post Office have been temporarily suspended due to safety concerns. As of June 16 all operations were temporarily moved to the Douglas Post Office. To make it easier forSterling Post Office Box customers to pick up their mail, the Postal Service has installed temporarycentralized mailboxes across the street from the Sterling Post Office. The boxes will be assigned, and keys distributed to customers as early as Thursday, June 18.
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Teaching children the correct way to exercise

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“It was motivational and inspiring,” said participant Zadie Plager. “It’s something you can do anytime,” added another participant, Eli Waring of a youth camp held June 15-19 hosted by Kesha Beethe owner of 57 Fitness. A total 32 yyoung people were divided into twosessions, Grades Pre-K-3 and 4-8. Throughout the camp, the children learned about the fundamentals of exercising and how to do it safely.The exercises included: push-ups, squats, burpees, lunges and yoga.The group also participated in some meditation exercises. Beethe said the children really loved the yoga because it left them relaxed and calm. She said yoga is one exercise she wishes area schools would implement as well.
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Rick Smith as appointed Johnson County Attorney

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By Ann Wickett
On Wednesday afternoon, June 17, County Judge Steven Timm swore Rick Smith into office as Johnson County Attorney. “I’m glad they gave me the opportunity,” said Smith of being appointed by the Johnson County Commissioners during a meeting on June 16. “I’m confident and I want to do the best I can for the people of Johnson County,” said Smith. Smith graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in 2003. He graduated from Drake Law School in 2006. “I always dreamed of having an office with my sister, Julie. I just never thought it would be this early in our careers,” he added. Smith is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and the Southeast Nebraska Bar Association.
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City of Tecumseh separates downtown revitalization into two projects so $350,000 in CDBG funds is not lost

By Ann Wickett
Three years ago in 2012, the city of Tecumseh was awarded $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds allocated by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED) through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency for its downtown revitalization project. Originally, these funds were designated to be used for all utility infrastructure improvements including drainage issues, storm sewers, sidewalks and concrete crosswalks. The city of Tecumseh, also applied for a $1 million grant through the Nebraska Department of Roads. When reviewing the grant application and the background work done in planning for this project, the Nebraska Department of Roads decided to allocate $5 million in funding so the project could be thorough in scope. The money is to be used for street improvements including replacing brick, gutters and flashing.

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On Thursday afternoon, June 11

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On Thursday afternoon, June 11, water flowed rapidly down the Town Branch between Broadway and Clay Streets once again as Mother Nature dumped another 3.01 inches of rain throughout the Johnson County area between Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, according to the Nebraska Rain website.
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Moles earns perfect score on ACT test; receives other honor

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Grant Moles, son of Jack and Shelley Moles and a junior at Johnson County Central High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

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Rickman ends 15-year career with Family Health Services, Inc.

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This Friday, June 19 will be Sharon Rickman’s last day as director of the Family Health Services, Inc., of Southeast Nebraska. She has served in that capacity for the past 15 years and three months. Rickman will be moving to Grand Island where she will take on a new adventure, as she will be employed as the certified executive officer with Heartland Health Center, a federal qualified agency, effective Monday, June 22.
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Physical Therapy team helps man walk again after being in wheelchair 8 ½ years

By Ann Wickett
TECUMSEH–“It’s wonderful to be able to walk and move my legs again after being in a wheelchair for 8 ½ years,” said Bob Beadell of Tecumseh. “I believe I will be able to live longer thanks to the staff here,” said Beadell of his physical therapy assistants Carmen Rottinghaus and Deb Wilson who are staff members of the Physical and Respiratory Therapy Services, LLC located at Ridgeview Towers in Tecumseh.

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