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House wall collapse in Table Rock

Built in 1871 by Peter Foale, a group of investors had spent almost a year working to get title to the Rock House and were almost there. A wall collapsed Saturday night.

 

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A look back at the floods in Table Rock’s history

“For a number of hours, the water… through the streets of Table Rock was over three feet deep with a current so strong that a man could not cross the street.”

That report was given in the Nebraska State Journal newspaper in 1874. The flood was quite a deal. “All of the people of this section say they never such a rainfall in their lives. Certainly no one ever saw such a flood rushing through the valleys of Table Rock.”

Table Rock was then located in what we call “Lower Town,” a Railroad Addition created as the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad arrived in 1871. The sprawling addition extended all the way to the Nemaha and even atop the bluffs overlooking the new depot.

 

 

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Relative of Civil War veteran applies for cenotaph

Shelly McClintock has been searching for the resting place of her greatgreat uncle Jared Griffee for many years. She knows a little about him. He was her great grandfather Winfield McClintock’s half-brother. Jared and Winfield shared a mother, Sarah Mc-Clintock, wife of pioneer William Mc-Clintock, who came here in 1856 and settled near Taylor Branch, halfway between Table Rock and Pawnee City. Mary Alice Thiemann of Pawnee City descends from another McClintock sibling, Mary.

Griffee joined the Army just before the Civil War ended. He was 16, and a private in the First Regiment of the Nebraska Cavalry. After the war, he re-enlisted, joining the First Regiment of the Nebraska Veteran Volunteers. The First Nebraska was especially an Indian fighting unit, going against the Sioux, with the aid of Pawnee Scouts. They provided escorts for wagon trains and protected settlers.

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Foster grandparents needed

Pawnee City Public Schools energetically welcomes interested, qualified individuals who are interested in participating in the Pioneer Foster Grandparent Program at Pawnee City Schools.

The Foster Grandparents Program will place grandparents in any participating school of their interest in its Southeast Nebraska region. Foster Grandparents assist schools in the development of students’ reading, motor, social, independence, and learning skills. The program is open to individuals age 55 and over, on a limited or fixed income, who can serve between 15 to 40 hours per week. Grandparents don’t need formal experience in tutoring or mentoring as they will receive pre-service orientation for the school in which they will serve.

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04
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National Library Week comes to Pawnee City Public Library

April 7-13 is a big week for libraries around the country. That’s the time for National Library Week, a time when libraries take a few days to celebrate their presence in our communities.

In fact, the motto for the week is: Libraries Equal Strong Communities. The library is the go-to place in our communities for entertainment, knowledge and fulfillment.

The Pawnee City Public Library will be celebrating the week starting Monday, April 8. They are closed on Sundays, the official start day of the week.

Mayor Deb Klein has signed the proclamation naming the week National Library Week. She met with Library Board President Linda Bowman and Director Lola Seitz to sign the document at the library last Friday afternoon.

 

 

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Double Murder Suspect Arrested

MARCH 30, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — The suspect of a doublehomicide that occurred in Douglas, Nebraska last Saturday has been taken into custody in California.

Brindar H. Jangir, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested Saturday afternoon, March 30, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in California. Jangir was in Mexico and attempting to regain entry into the United States on foot. He was arrested without incident at the Otay Sentri border crossing approximately 40 miles southeast of San Diego.

Jangir was wanted for the murders of Randal and Annette Grimes, of Douglas, Nebraska. Both victims were found deceased in their home after the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of gunshots at 100 Otoe Street in Douglas at approximately 6:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

 

 

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Talent galore leads PCHS to 4th at State Speech

Okay, who would you say is the funniest kid in school?

Granted, there are several to choose from but after watching the speech team perform their semesterlong work Monday afternoon, I may vote for Wyatt Whiffen.

He was part of the team that placed fourth at the state meet last week in Class D1. He and Elli Stephens got fifth in duet. The other place winners were: Eve Beethe, first in serious prose; Reyana Tegtmeier and Eve Beethe, fourth in duet; and Oral Interpretation of Drama team of Olivia Gottula, Reyana Tegtmeier, Wyatt Whiffen, Elli Stephens and Eve Beethe got second.

If you want to know why I think Wyatt may be the funniest kid, you should have been at the school Monday. It was very entertaining to watch the kids perform and to be honest I was very impressed with the level of talent.

 

 

Thu
28
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Pawnee City selects new architect

Pawnee City has a new architect for the Cornerstone Community Building. That firm is Carlson West Povondra-CWP from Omaha. They are the third firm on the list the City Council started with. Negotiations broke down with the first choice and the second choice turned down an offer to discuss the project.

Mayor Deb Klein met with the new architect at City Hall Monday afternoon before Monday night’s meeting. Clerk Tammy Curtis said the new firm is very eager to do the project the way the city wants it. That was a big selling point to the city who has had trouble getting on the same page with previous selections.

The most spirited discussion of the meeting was the issue of unlicensed cars. At the meeting to ask questions and make suggestions were Frank Burcham, Willy Amos, and Jerry Graham.

The Council adopted a new hobbyist permit that will give owners of unlicensed cars six months to get them fixed up. They can apply for another six months after that.

 

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28
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Flint Hills Outlaws coming

The Flint Hills Outlaws will soon be known to this area when they perform at the Table Rock Fair August 10 and the Pawnee City Historical Day September 21. We asked Lisa Mooney of the group to tell us about them.

Q: Who are the Flint Hills Outlaws and how did they get started?

A: A few of the women were in a horse riding group called Wild Women of the Frontier. We did parades and mingles at festivals, and about 9 years ago we were asked to rob the Midland Train in Baldwin City, Kan. Every year it got better and we added new things to the train Robbery and we started having gunfighters and we got husbands and friends and guys from other groups and when we added all the guys we needed a new name so we came up with the Flint Hills Outlaws. Some members met thru re-enacting, some friends from church. We are always interested in adding new members. For me it’s a family thing we do together - my husband me and our daughter all are Flint Hills Outlaws

 

 

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Donations for flood victims delivered to North Bend

The fruits of all of our labor and donations were delivered to North Bend Junior Senior High School where Emergency Management had their command center set up Tuesday, March 19. The two hour trip up to North Bend went quite well in spite of the rain coming down from 7:30 in the morning when we left, to the arrival time at shortly after 10. Although the water had recessed, the sickening signs of flooding remained. Huge trees were uprooted, topsoil was pushed on down the stream and gullies were everywhere. Whatever vegetation was standing was no longer upright. A pontoon boat was on its side in the Platte River. Household items were strewn in unexpected places, scattered on the ground amidst branches. As we drove into North Bend from the south, we saw the downtown area laced with sandbags in the doorways of every business, but even the sandbags couldn't completely stop the water from getting under the doors. Mud and muck were everywhere and signs limited where you could drive.

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