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Investigating fraudulent crime

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By Ann Wickett
 
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” said Eugene True, an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol who investigates criminal activities in 16 counties of southeast Nebraska. According to True, the most common cases he investigates involve incidents related to Craig’s list, which involves local sellers and local buyers working on a deal face to face. “If the seller lives in Lincoln and the vehicle is in Ohio, it’s probably fraud,” said True.
 

 

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Knippelmeyer is new superintendent at Sterling Public Schools

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By Ann Wickett
It’s official! Ryan Knippelmeyer has been hired as the new Superintendent of Sterling Public Schools. The Board of Education approved a contract for the 2015-2016 school year at a meeting on Monday night. Mr. Knippelmeyer, age 41, will
receive a base salary of $105,000.
 
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Fraudulent activity from a banking perspective

By Ann Wickett
Barb Vrbka, assistant vice president and branch manager of the American National Bank in Tecumseh, believes fraudulent activity is increasing in the smaller communities because of the economy as well as the amount of technology that’s available. She said that there are many scams out there targeting the elderly. They are told a grandchild is in trouble and needs money sent to them immediately, or sometimes during the spring and summer months an individual calls stating they are in the area and are willing to install a lightning rod on their home or fix their roof. Then there are all the scams on the Internet.
 
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Emergency sirens to be tested Wednesday, March 25

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With springtime soon upon us, it’s never too early to start preparing for the severe weather season. Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Nebraska. As long as
no severe weather is occurring or expected, a statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service on Wednesday, March 25 between 10 and 11 a.m.
 
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Snow Geese Migration

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During their annual migration snow geese had a stop-over at the pond south of the railroad tracks in Tecumseh. When approaching Tecumseh from the south on Highway 50 the pond looked like it was covered with snow.
 
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Crackdown on commercial dog and cat breeding facilities

Four bills have been introduced by Senator Jerry Johnson before the Nebraska Legislature dealing with the Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act. Public hearings on all four bills were held before the Agriculture Committee on February 17 
 
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All Betty’s Children donates money for gas cards to help local families during a battle with cancer

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Since their mother’s death from cancer in 2011, the seven children of Betty and Dr. Ted Evans have banded together to form “All Betty’s Children” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families dealing with a
cancer diagnosis. 
 
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Pinewood Derby Time

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Tecumseh’s Pinewood Derby race winners from l-r are Logan Topp, fifth; Cameron Lowther, fourth; Kyle Bartels, third; Tucker Drake, second; and Nolan Wellensiek, first. The event was hosted by Tecumseh Pack 276. The District Pinewood Derby race will be held at the Elementary School in Eagle on March 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. 
 
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Friends in Council celebrates 120 years of the literary arts and current events

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By Ann Wickett
News Editor
The Friends in Council celebrated its 120th anniversary as a literary club in the Tecumseh area on February 18 in the home of Joan Fink of Tecumseh. Hostesses for the 120th celebration were Karen Hamer and Sharon Lintz. The club’s traditional colors are white and pink. The club flower is the carnation. A white cake featuring a jelly filling was served for refreshments. The cake was decorated with white frosting trimmed in pink and topped with rows of pink carnations. Current officers for 2015 include: Karen Hamer, president; Marcee Muller, vice president; Sharon Lintz, secretary; Sandy Waring, treasurer; Barb Weiss, courtesy chairman; Lorraine Olmsted, historian.

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Regent Schafer praises new University President

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By Ray Kappel
Sunrise Publications, Inc.
New University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds gets high marks from our local Regent, Rob Schafer. Schafer was elected to his first term last fall after being appointed. “He’s going to be a great leader for the university,” Schafer said. Schafer likes that Bounds is young, 47, and has a young family, a teenage son and a 10-year-old girl. He will experience soon what parents of college-age kids experience, and will have first-hand knowledge of their issues, Schafer said.

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