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21
Nov
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PCHS superintendent graded by Board

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City Schools Superintendent Brian Rottinghaus passed his recent evaluation by the School Board with good grades.

He was graded on a scale from A to F with six board members each giving a grade for each section examined. The Board member names are not made public but their comments are public.

Section A-Community Involvement, visibility and public relations. Essentially this is a communication aspect of his job with the public. There are 11 listed duties with this section and these are a few of them: It includes hosting events to invite parents and patrons to the school to visit. He is also to ensure that the school website, Facebook page and Twitter handle are kept updated and informative. He is to solicit input from affected stakeholders before and while making important decisions. He got three A’s and three B’s from the School Board.

Tue
21
Nov
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Many people are grateful for Food Bank

By Ray Kappel

The Food Bank of Lincoln answers many prayers in Pawnee County.

There are several families who need help with food. An estimated 350 people in the county are considered ‘Food Insecure’ and of that group 120 are kids under the age of 18.

“Food Insecure” is a government term they use for people in need of food. The food insecurity percentage in Pawnee County is 13 percent and is in line with the average percentage of hunger across Southeast Nebraska counties, which is 13.1 percent.

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Tue
21
Nov
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Animal control focus of special meeting at City Hall

By Ray Kappel

Issues with dog licensing and control were the main topics of discussion at the Animal Control Board special meeting Thursday at City Hall. Members of Save Haven Animal Rescue Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) were on hand to give their opinions about what should be done about a system most feel can work better.

The first item for business was the questions from Ben and Lisa Blecha about the recent attack on their dog by another dog. The attacking dog was owned by Mars Davis and he told the group and the Blechas that he was sorry about the attack.

The Blechas wondered what is done by the city to prevent such attacks.

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Tue
21
Nov
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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

We have much to be thankful for this year

By Pastor Randy Newman

Our family concludes our Thanksgiving meal every year by sharing what we’re thankful for. I look forward to that moment all year long. We relive great moments, echo our notes of thanks, and nod our heads in agreement. And we smile.

Each year, it seems, the experience grows richer. And thus it should. The Biblical notion of giving thanks digs deeper than merely making a list. It is worth reflecting on the Hebrew word yadah, often translated “give thanks” to see all that God has in mind for us. There’s more to it than we might think.

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Tue
21
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PC 3rd graders thankful for their new iPads

The smiles on the faces of third grade students at Pawnee City Schools says it all.

Due to the generosity of those who donate each year to local Red Kettle Bell Ringing Campaign, SENCA is able to help local households with emergency situations. This past year and anonymous $10,000 donation was made to the Salvation Army to benefit identified needs in Pawnee County.

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Wed
15
Nov
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Street Project Open House set for December 6

By Ray Kappel News Editor

 

City Hall. At the Open House, maps will be set up and officials from JEO, the city engineering firm, as well as city officials will be on hand to answer the public’s questions. The Street Project has been a long and arduous process. It began last year when the City Council began discussing the condition the streets were in. Most people see the need for street repair, but how to pay for it is the problem. The streets were again discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

The Council voted 3-0 to bid the project in hopes of getting real numbers about cost back soon. Councilman Ric Helms was absent. Right now, the city plans to spend about $2.2 million on the project and do between 20 and 30 blocks, depending on how the bids come in. There is 17 miles worth of roads in the city, so you can see the planned repair will be a small portion of the streets.

 

Wed
15
Nov
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Pawnee County Memorial Hospital staff undergo simulated scenarios

On October 30th 2017, the staff of Pawnee County Memorial Hospital and volunteers of local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units were given the opportunity to participate in interactive simulated case scenarios provided by the Simulation In Motion – Nebraska (SIM-NE) Program.

 

The SIM-NE is a customized 44-foot-long mobile truck that provides real-life training experiences designed to enhance lifesaving skills for rural Nebraska. There are four of these trucks each stationed in geographical locations across the state to provide outreach throughout the state of Nebraska. The trucks were funded by a $5.5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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Wed
15
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Veterans Day 2017

Heather Ray salutes the flag as part of the Color Guard posting for the Veterans Day program at Pawnee City High School. See story inside.

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Wed
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Marcia Gyhra receives "The Caring Kind' Award

LA VISTA, NEB. — The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) recognized 66 hospital employees October 27, 2017, for their excellence in service by bestowing them with the organization’s prestigious “The Caring Kind” award. Among the awarded was Marcia Gyhra of Pawnee County Memorial Hospital.

 

For 38 years, The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska's most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with co-workers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

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Wed
15
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Table Rock gets new bar and grill

By Ray Kappel News Editor

 

Table Rock has been without a bar and grill for nearly four years. That will all change around February when the Roundup Bar and Grill opens. The new owner is Judy Stockholm of Colorado. “The town needed it, a place to gather around,” she said. She has several ties to this area. Her sister is Ethel Ann Stillinger whose family used to own the bank in Table Rock. Her niece is Bobbie Kunze, one of the present bank owners. Stockholm has been here overseeing the renovation going on.

 

She said it was a mess when she started but every time she walks into the new bar things have changed. “It is looking better,” she said. She will return home now to sell her house in Colorado and then hopes to move here in mid- December..

 

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