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Senator Watermeier Selected as CSG Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Nebraska state Sen. Dan Watermeier has been selected to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials, The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship program. The 48 leaders in the Class of 2016 Toll Fellowship program hail from 29 states, Puerto Rico and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. A 12-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed applications and selected the class.
 
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24
Aug

Trey Blecha is expert accordion player at age 14

 
By Ray Kappel
 
Trey Blecha loves the accordion. That love has carried him to a proficiency in it, and he plays around the area for small and large groups. At the Czech Festival in Wilbur this year, he was in the talent contest and got third. He and a friend Anna Beck were in the polka dance contest there and got first.
 
Wed
24
Aug

Dr. Terri Vrtiska recipient of RSNA Educator Award

Terri J. Vrtiska, MD, daughter of Floyd Vrtiska and the late Doris Vrtiska, was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2016 RSNA Honored Educator Award. The Radiological Society of North America is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals  with more than 54,000 members from 136 countries across the globe. The award was presented as a “recognition of her dedication to furthering the profession of radiology and commitment to radiology education by delivering high-quality educational content for RSNA endeavors and serves as a benchmark of academic productivity in support of a meaningful and successful radiology career”. Dr. Vrtiska, is a graduate of Table Rock High School (’79), Doane University (B.A. ’83) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (’87). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where she resides with her husband, Bernie Swenson.
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24
Aug

Presenting the Pawnee City School's Class of 2029

Presenting the 2017 kindergarten class of Pawnee City Schools. The students are, front row, from left, Allie Bassett, Owen Bernadt, Paxton C. Binder, Teagon deKoning, Kolbrin R. Farwell, Ezekiel Ferebee, Liam Glathar, Maverick Glathar, Eliana Jensen, and Kailyn Jensen; back row, from left, Weston Niss, Jaxlyn R. Osborn, Ryan M. Plager, Derrick M. Porter, Ainseley Rauner, Kammi L. Tomky, Brook Tozer, Teagan Turnbull, Drake Wilkinson, and Lilah Yunghans. Paras are Kimberly Johnson and Joclyn Fisher and teacher Pam Mitchell. They are the class of 2029.
 
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24
Aug

Table Rock Fair September 10th

The Table Rock Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10. Posters are out with a detailed schedule. It is an ambitious one. There will be a car show, a parade, and an amazing fireworks show. There will be kids’ games, including a jump house and a dozen games with prizes. There will be bingo. There will be a beer garden and food. There will be carnival-type concessions including cotton candy. There will be tables laden with homemade cakes and desserts. And since it is Table Rock, there will be music: The Greg Blecha Trio, acoustical guitar player Tommy O’Keeffee, and the well-known Tim Strathman Band. It has been a long time since Table Rock had a fair. For many years, extending back into at least the 1940s, the Table Rock Community Club sponsored a free festival but the tradition ground to a close in the 1990s with the aging of those who had participated the most. The Community Club itself lapsed into inactivity
 
Wed
17
Aug

Mr. Schaardt goes to Washington

By Ray Kappel
 
Colton Schaardt went to Washington, D.C. this summer. He is serving as an intern with Rep. Adrian Smith for a 10-week stay. His internship is part of the process of obtaining his degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice
 

 

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Aug

Dubois Community Foundation Scholarship winners

 
The DuBois Community Foundation implemented a scholarship in the name of a past DuBois resident, Leon Bohm in 2015. Leon enjoyed seeing young people involved in their community and succeed in life.
 

 

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17
Aug

Lewiston FFA participates in Tire Amnesty Day

Ten members of the Lewiston FFA Chapter assisted with the Gage County Tire Amnesty Day on August 10th. The community service activity was held north of the Gage County Fairgrounds. The event was an opportunity to dispose of old tires safety and promote recycling. The funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Nebraska DEQ. The Gage County Extension Service coordinated the amnesty day.
 
Wed
17
Aug

Pawnee City Schools start new year

By Ray Kappel

Wed
10
Aug

Rachel Schneider works at Mayan ruin

By Darci Tomky

At the same site where Maya people were digging in to their daily meals, Rachel Schneider was eagerly digging in to the dirt two millennium later. The place? Chan Chich, a site tucked away in the jungles of northwest Belize. The purpose? Continuing investigations of an important ancient Maya city.
 

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