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Wed
15
Feb

Petition to recall Table Rock Village Board member

A petition has been filed for the recall of Wayne Schulenberg, who was elected to Table Rock’s Village Board in 2014. A successful recall petition triggers a recall election at which residents vote whether to retain the official in office. Under Nebraska law, the County Clerk reviews the petition to ensure that the signers are registered to vote in the jurisdiction and to ensure there are no irregularities in the form of the petition.

 

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Wed
15
Feb

More Assessment Success at PCS

By Deborah Niss Assessment Coordinator

 

Each year, Nebraska students in grade three through eight and eleven take Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA) in the areas of science, math, writing, and language arts. Results are posted on the Nebraska Education Profile website (http:// nep.education.ne.gov/). Scoring categories for NeSA testing are Not Met, Met, and Exceeds. This year’s testing window opens March 20th, 2017. A major change this year is eleventh grade students will now take the ACT as their state assessment. Another change is students will not take the NeSA writing test, because writing will be embedded in the content area tests. Between basketball games January 27th, 52 Pawnee City students who performed exceptionally well on their 2016 NeSA tests were honored.

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Wed
15
Feb

The dream continues for Jerry's Dream Museum

By Ray Kappel News Editor

 

Volunteers add a lot to a community and they do it in a variety of ways. They also do cool things like keep dreams alive. Nearly everyone who lives here is familiar with Jerry’s Dream Museum. This has been the tireless work of volunteers to restore the Pawnee Oil Station. And 50s-style diner now sits in the back and is also part of the restoration process. Originally it was Phillips 66 service station that got its start in 1937. The Matthews family purchased the station from Bockenstette Hatchery and began running the station as Pawnee Oil

 

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Wed
15
Feb

County Attorney Ladman involved in another Relay for Life

By Ray Kappel

 

Pawnee County Attorney Jennifer Stehlik Ladman will be making her seventh Relay for Life this year. Relay for Life raises money for cancer research, as well as raising awareness of the fight to find a cure. She got involved after the death of an uncle, Duane Stehlik, due to cancer. She began in 2010. 

 

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Wed
08
Feb

'Tis the season to pay your taxes

By Ray Kappel

 

If you are a volunteer firefighter, or emergency personnel, you will get a tax credit of $250 on next year’s taxes. That’s not this tax season, but the next one.

That was one of the tidbits to come out of an interview with Deb Swanson, who runs H & R Block in Tecumseh.

The filing season opened Jan. 23 and it will close April 18, on a Tuesday. The regular Monday deadline was moved to Tuesday for Emancipation Day, celebrated April 17 in Washington, D.C.

There is something new to the tax season this year. Refunds will be delayed until as late as Feb. 27 because of PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act. This Act requires the IRS to hold refunds for Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit.

 

 

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Wed
08
Feb

New 911 program for Pawnee County

By Ann Wickett

 

The Vesta 911 and Orion VELA mapping program went live at the dispatch office of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, January 25. According to Amanda Burki, administrative assistant, this is a much needed upgrade to Johnson and Pawnee County’s 911 system. With the Vesta 911 system, the program server is located in Lincoln and serves all of the counties in southeast Nebraska including Otoe, Cass, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee Gage and Johnson County. Before, they could only see mapping systems for Johnson and Pawnee Counties. Dispatchers at the Johnson County Sheriff’s office can also see mapping configurations from the city of Lincoln and Lancaster County depending on which tower receives the 911 call.

Wed
08
Feb

Msgr. Gyhra has been appointed to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See in Rome

By S. L. Hansen

 

LINCOLN (SNR) - While home in Nebraska for Christmas vacation, Msgr. Richard Gyhra of the Diocese of Lincoln received surprising news: He has been appointed to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See and will take up his new position in Rome Feb. 6.

Previously, Msgr. Gyhra had been secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in the Dominican Republic. He moved there directly after completing his formal studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in March 2010.

There, Msgr. Gyhra worked with the local dioceses as a liaison between them and the Holy See. One of the most crucial responsibilities he had was identifying priests to recommend to the Holy Father as potential new bishops.

In 2013, Msgr. Gyhra was assigned to the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.

Wed
01
Feb

Level of activity key to your heart health

By Ray Kappel

Be active. That’s one way of increasing your heart health. February is American Heart Month and each year Americans are asked to pay closer attention to their heart and how healthy it is. In 2010, heart disease was the second leading cause of death, behind cancer, and claimed the lives of 3,344 Nebraska residents, accounting for approximately 1 in every 5 deaths.

 

Wed
01
Feb

Mentors provide a light to the students

Pawnee City Public Schools is a new chapter member of the TeamMates mentoring program. For that reason, the school would like to share some information from TeamMates about the program: The Mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. Established in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne, TeamMates was formed in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school-aged youth. The goal is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. TeamMates has touched the lives of thousands of youth and currently provides a mentor for close to 8,000 youth in more than 135 communities in Nebraska and Iowa.

 

Wed
01
Feb

Members of St. Anthony's March for Life

By Ann Wickett

Four members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Steinauer joined approximately 300 other parishioners from the Lincoln Diocese on a bus trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the 44th March For Life rally on Friday, January 27. The four members from St. Anthony’s in attendance were Heather Ray and her daughter, Alanna, Michaela Gyhra and Trevor Gyhra. This year, the crowd was much larger with an estimated 800,000 people in attendance. Temperatures for this year’s rally were in the mid-40s. Last year, there was a severe snowstorm and the temperatures were cold, therefore the attendance wasn’t as large as expected. During the March for Life, participants walked from the Washington Monument down Pennsylvania Avenue to their destination of the U.S.

 

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