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Wed
29
Jan
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Postive change happening in Table Rock

With all the talk of the mine coming in and the potential of new population growth, I think it’s important to remember the people who are currently living here—especially with regards to quality of life and business development. Over the past 6 months, we in Table Rock have been working towards positive change in the forms of being designated as a Community 4 Kids by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute with backing from the Southeast District Health Department, and being accepted into the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rural Futures Institute’s Community Fellowship Program. These efforts would not have been possible without Amy Hunzeker, Lori Vrtiska Seibel, Tiger Pride, and the Pawnee County Promotional Network—I am truly grateful for their help and guidance throughout this process.

So, what does this all mean?

Wed
29
Jan
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Betsy Ferebee Interim City Attorney

Betsy Ferebee was named Interim City Attorney at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The Council met at its new meeting place, the Pawnee City Public Library.

Ferebee was named Interim CA after a discussion about what the City Attorney would be paid. The Council asked Ferebee to come to the next meeting with an hourly rate and also bring a salary rate for her services.

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Wed
29
Jan
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Rowdy Roadies Quilting Crew returns

Rowdy Roadies Quilting Crew returns

They arrived in Table Rock last week before the weather hit. Out of their van came sewing machines, totes of fabric and thread, groceries, and luggage. The suitcases were lightly packed given the dress code – mostly jammies. It was the quarterly retreat of the Rowdy Roadies, a quilting club from the Kansas City area.

The Rowdy Roadies are five friends who gather at Sherry Winkinhofer’s home on the north side of the Table Rock square to cut, iron, stitch, iron, stitch, iron, and repeat. They sew into the night and get up in the morning when they feel like it and sew some more. In between, there is the food. There are potluck snacks and meals, but they always eat at least once at the Round Up Bar and Grill. Usually they walk across the square to get there, but this year there’s the snow. So they sit in their jammies and sew and Larry Sitzman comes by with some homemade potato sausages to plump up a menu.

Wed
29
Jan
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Reaching the 100th Day of School

Reaching the 100th Day of School

The Pawnee City K class celebrated their 100th day of school by listening to some 100 day books, counting to 100 by 1's, 5's and 10's. The class played a game where they had to put 100 chocolate kisses in order to 100. They watched a video about the 100th day of school.

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Wed
29
Jan
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Civilian drone use increasing

Drones are here to stay and everyday that take a bigger step into American life.

The recent sighting of drone swarms in Colorado, then Nebraska and on to Iowa have started a flurry of conversation about drone use. No one yet has claimed responsibility for the drone swarms, but many people have their theories. At any rate, it is already off the front page and news broadcasts in major media, proving that it is possible to live for the moment in our techno age. We are back to usual around here with hardly a mention of them. They are passé a month after they left. But they raised issues and questions about the use of drones in this country.

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Thu
23
Jan
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Recent military contract for drones makes timing ironic

The timing of an announcement about military drones seems ironic considering we started seeing drones across the state recently.

Around the first of December, it was announced, according to the website wetalkuav.com, a drone tech site, that the military contractor Dynetics had been awarded a $40 million contract to develop a new drone for the military’s use.

These new drones would fly in swarms and be let down from C-130 planes. They would be retrieved back into the same plane they came out of. They will be used for surveillance and reconnaissance. Their ultimate use could be used in electronic warfare, according to the same site.

And, here’s the kicker, they were going to be available for testing toward the end of December 2019. Is just a coincidence that swarms of drones started showing up then over Colorado, Nebraska and moving east?

 

Thu
23
Jan
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School Board had busy first semester

The Pawnee City Board of Education had a busy first semester of the school year. At the beginning of the school year, the Board addressed a critical part of operating a schooladopting a budget that will allow the District to function effectively. The Board must adopt a budget and tax request for the operation of the school, which it did at a special meeting on September 4. Due in part to an increase in State Aid for 2019-20, the Board was able to reduce the total mill levy request by 5.13 cents. That amounted to a reduction to the total tax request of $102,966 from the prior year.

Thu
23
Jan
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Lewiston Consolidated lands $5,000 grant for stage curtains

Lewiston Consolidated lands $5,000 grant for stage curtains

Lewiston Consolidated received a $5,000 grant from the Hevelone Foundation that will go toward replacing their stage curtains.

Art teacher Heather Campbell was instrumental in getting the grant. This is her first year at Lewiston and her fourth year of teaching. Prior to Lewiston, she taught Head Start in Lincoln, was a substitute at Beatrice, and Lincoln Public Schools.

She said the estimated fi nal cost will be between $15,000 and $25,000 and the grant will go toward the fi nal cost. They will fundraise and seek out other grants to help them reach their final goal. They also welcome donations.

The Hevelone Foundation is a foundation that offers grants to entities for the purpose of using toward an arts program.

 

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Thu
16
Jan
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Change came for city in 2019

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City saw changes in city government and projects take off during 2019.

The Council went through some turmoil when Sandi Corbitt-Sears resigned her seat on the Council. She was unable to vote on her replacement and this caused a chainreaction of events that ended with the resignation of then Mayor Deb Klein.

Klein’s first nomination for Council, Donnie Fisher, was denied a seat on a vote that was held anonymously. The reporter researched that vote and found a Deputy Attorney General that said it was a violation of the Open Meetings Act to hold a secret vote.

 

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Thu
16
Jan
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Betsy Ferebee is back as City Attorney

Betsy Ferebee

By Ray Kappel

Betsy Ferebee is the new City Attorney for Pawnee City.

She was appointed by Mayor Charlie Hatfield at the last Council meeting. She replaces Joe Stehlik, who is now the Deputy City Attorney.

She was raised in Pawnee City and returned in 2009 from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

“I love living in Pawnee City and raising my children here. I’m committed to this community and making it prosper,” she said.

 

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