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27
Dec
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The Press is vital to any community

Reprinted from 125th Anniversary Edition

"Among the noble industries and true enterprises in Pawnee City we find the newspapers, which are a potent factor in helping build up the city. Every week two papers, one a weekly and the other a semi-weekly, are issued and sent broadcast from Pawnee, advocating her interests and noting her prosperity as regular as the bell calls the sinners to church. Of course some of the sinners don't heed the call, likewise the sinners are unmindful of the press and its usefulness. There was a time when Pawnee City contained six newspapers: two. dailies, three weeklies and one semi-weekly. The papers of Pawnee pull together for the up building and advancement of our city." -Souvenir Book of Pawnee County, Copyright 1899, W.E. Hassler, Publisher.

Thu
20
Dec
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Merry Christmas!

The Jim and Vickie Zelenka house in Pawnee City is a tradition with its Christmas lights display.

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Thu
20
Dec
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God rest ye Merry Gentlemen!

We live in a time of amazing medical technology. Within a few weeks after conception, doctors can see a fetus within its mother’s womb. Eighteen to twenty weeks after conception, doctors can usually determine the gender of the unborn baby. Thirty years ago, new parents usually called the family with that news shortly after birth. But now expectant parents have creative and fun ways to reveal the gender long before the baby is born.

Perhaps the family gathers around a pinata that is either filled with blue or pink candy. Or they may pop a balloon filled with either blue or pink confetti. In rural areas, a rifle target may be filled with blue or pink “smoke” that releases in an explosion of “it’s a girl!” or “it’s a boy!” when the shooter finds the bullseye.

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20
Dec
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Custom of displaying Nativity Scenes dates back to 1223

The custom of displaying scenes of Jesus' birth began with St Francis of Assisi, Italy, who organized a living Nativity for Christmas in 1223. Following St Francis' example Italian artists in 18th century Naples began to produce very elaborate depictions of The Nativity called Presepios. Presepio is an Italian word coming from the Latin word praesaepe meaning manger or crib, Cf., Luke 2:7.

Presepios became a widespread Christmas decoration in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and southern France. The Spanish and Portuguese brought the Presepio Christmas custom to their colonies in Latin America.

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Thu
20
Dec
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Don Bloss on Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2019 Farm Bill last week. We asked local producer Don Bloss to share his thoughts on this.

“Overall, I am pleased with the passage of the 2019 Farm Bill. It will help farmers with some safety net during these times of low commodity prices and farm income which is oftentimes being less than the cost of production for the 5th year in a row.

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Thu
13
Dec
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PCHS One-Act State Runnerup

Humphrey St. Francis was first and Pawnee City High School was second at the State D1 One-Act competition. Pawnee City lost by a rank point and cumulative point, so very close.

There were several awards handing out to PC kids. Outstanding Performances - Kodenn Koester, Reyanna Tegtmeier, and Eve Beethe. Beethe was D1 Outstanding Female Performer.

“I feel good! We're a little bummed that it was 2nd and not 1st, but not enough to not realize what an accomplishment it is and to be grateful for the opportunity to perform at state,” coach Laura Bloss said.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Chamber Holiday Festival again popular

Pawnee City residents braved the cold to come out for the Christmas Holiday Festival last Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and held in downtown Pawnee City.

Santa was at Home Comforts/Memory Magi and youngsters got their picture taken. They also received a bag of goodies. County Assessor Jonathan Bailey and crew again made pancake and sausages to the delight of those who stopped in to True Value.

The Children’s Ornament Workshop and bake sale was being held at SENCA from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Mayor Klein, 2 Councilmen sworn into office

Mayor Deb Klein and Councilmen Charlie Hatfield and Ric Helms were sworn into office at the Monday night City Council meeting.

They were all elected in the November 6 election. Clerk Tammy Curtis swore in the three.

Hatfield was elected President of the Council. Other appointments made by Mayor Klein and approved by the Council include: Klein to Cemetery Board; Klein as Pawnee City Assisted Living non-voting member; Duane Westing the PCAL member representing the city; Ric Helms to Streets, Alleys and Crossings, PCDC, tree board; Charlie Hatfield to library, parks, recreation and swimming pool, and Animal Control Board; John Dahlgren to sewer and law enforcement committee; and Sandi Corbitt-Sears to water and fire and health board.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Tracey Harling new postmaster

Tracey Harling of Table Rock was installed as the new postmaster at Pawnee City last Thursday. She replaces Karla Sextro who retired this year. Sextro was postmaster from 2006-18.

Harling and her husband have three children all of whom go to Pawnee City School.

She has worked for the post office for almost six years. She started her career at the Table Rock Post Office. She transferred to the Burchard office and then to Pawnee City as a clerk about a year and half ago.

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Thu
06
Dec
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Recalling a relative that was at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 Sharla Sitzman

On December 7, 1941 at 9:48 a.m., the attack on Pearl Harbor began. It was led by 358 Imperial Japanese planes, coming in two waves. Their main targets: eight battleships at dock. All eight were damaged, four of them sunk. It was all over in 90 minutes.

My dad’s cousin Art Dupree, a farm kid from near St. Joe, was on the USS Arizona. Cousin Art was one of the 2,335 military men who died that day. Virtually half of them, almost 1200, died with cousin Art on that ship. His name is on the huge list of names at the Arizona Memorial. I never knew him. He died before I was born.

I did know my mom’s uncle Raymond McBeth of Brownville. He was on another battleship, the Maryland, the “Fighting Mary.” When asked about it in his last years, he would tell what happened that day, carefully choosing his words and speaking as if he actually were looking into that distant past and describing what he was watching.

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