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18
Oct
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Burchard UMC celebrates 135 years

A bit of local history will be made Sunday, October 28 in Burchard.

The Burchard United Methodist Church is celebrating its 135th anniversary. The celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. with a covered dish luncheon at the Community Building. Meat and beverages provided. That is followed by a 1:30 p.m. service at the church.

The town of Burchard was founded in August, 1881. The history records state the town had two general stores, two hardware stores, one drug store and one dry goods store. They also had a Presbyterian and Methodist Episcopal Society. The Society in 1882 may have served as a preaching point on one of the early circuits traveled by Methodist preachers.

 

 

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Thu
18
Oct
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County Commissioners Race Preview

District 3

Jan Lang
Q:What do you see as the issues for the county?

A: There are several issues that need attention. Real estate taxes are a very real concern for everyone. As a board, we try to keep spending down which reflects the amount of tax dollars needed each year. Rock prices, fuel, health insurance and wages increase each year so they are challenges we all face. 

 

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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City hires Kristen Blecha

By Ray Kappel

 

Kristen Blecha has been hired as the new part-time office clerk at City Hall. The City Council approved her Monday night after a 2-2 tie was broken by Mayor Charlie Hatfield. John Dahlgren and Ric Helms voted against the motion and Sandi Corbitt-Sears and Donnie Fisher voted for the motion. At issue for the no voters was the starting wage of $13.79 for Blecha. Blecha comes with a lot of experience and especially has experience in writing grants, the Council was told. Dahlgren and Helms both felt the starting wage was too high for a new part-time person. The two yes voters felt that Blecha’s experience merited the pay level. Assistant Clerk Kellie Wiers phoned Blecha after the vote and she accepted the position.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Thiemann family and friends help Parkinson's Nebraska

Megan Thiemann and family and friends participated in the Parkinson’s Nebraska event on September 30. Megan just recently became a board member of Parkinson’s Nebraska, as this cause is very close to her heart. The Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson’s had something for everyone—a 1 mile loop through Elmwood Park, a professionally timed 5K Race, entertaining performances featuring the Country Kickers America and groups from the local Parkinson’s Community, awesome t-shirts, and a delightful picnic brunch sponsored by Anderson Convenience Market in the beautiful Elmwood Pavilion in Omaha.

 

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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County, City candidates gather for Meet and Greet

By Ray Kappel

 

Pawnee County and City residents got a chance to meet their political candidates at a Meet and Greet at the Pawnee City Public Library last Wednesday. Almost all the candidates were there, though a few had prior conflicts. It was a night of tough questions as the candidates fielded both prepared questions and questions from the audience present. Susan Eisenhauer served as moderator. The Public Relations Committee of the Friends of the Library and Library Foundation was in charge of the event. Director Lola Seitz said the library was neutral in the event, that the Committee handled how the forum was ran. Seitz said the last event they held people asked that the forum be conducted differently, and the Wednesday forum was the result of those suggestions. The questions were anonymous, and some very pointed.

 

Wed
03
Oct
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Kaitlin Ray: This girl plays football

By  Ray Kappel

 

Kaitlin Ray isn’t the first girl to ever venture into the world of playing football. But she might be the most determined. Kaitlin Ray is a 7th grader at Pawnee City Schools. She just turned 13 in August and she plays for the Pawnee City Junior High football team. Her mom, Heather, said Kaitlin has been after her to let her play football the last few years. “I finally gave into her this year,” Heather Ray said. “It has been a lot of fun to see her improve every week and hear her excitement for the game. She has always been fearless and I’m very proud of her for taking on this challenge.” “I wanted to try something new and I really liked the challenge of something that people think only boys can do,” Kaitlin said.

 

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Vic Faesser goes on bike odyssey: 115 towns and seven states

By Vic Faesser

 

On August 27, I joined bicycling friends, Ric Hines, and Pat Grewe, as we embarked from Ric’s home in Omaha to begin a fourteen hundred-mile, twenty-two-day trek by bicycle through 115 towns around the State of Nebraska. Circa de Nebraska-7 States Tour 2018 commenced on a blue-sky, cool morning, in heavy traffic as we headed east on Q Street towards 144th, then southward on highway 50 towards the more peaceful environs of southeast Nebraska.

Wed
26
Sep
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ReUse hearings coming October 8

By Ray Kappel

There will be a public hearing for two ReUse applications made at the Monday night Pawnee City City Council. The Little Brown Jug owners are asking for a $150,000 ReUse loan and Richard Palmer wants a $125,000 ReUse loan for Pawnee Inn and Café. The Council set October 8 City Council meeting as the night for the public hearing for both requests. The Little Brown Jug hearing will be at 7:10 p.m. and Palmer’s at 7:20 p.m. on October 8. Chuck Rathbun was at the meeting to get permission to put in a driveway at the old VFW building. He got that permission and will work with the City on the details

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Light turnout at Historical Day but a lot of history was told

By Ray Kappel

Organizers were disappointed with the low turnout Saturday for the Historical Day at the Pawnee City Historical Site. They had one of their best programs ever but only about 30 or so people showed up for it. They had competition from the auction in Steinauer and the Nebraska football game, so it was understandable. But it was a shame as there were several opportunities to learn about history. Betty Spitser was sitting at her treadle sewing machine when I walked through. The treadle operates with a pedal to sew. Betty said she learned to sew on one of these when she was young. She is 87. She said the treadle was the way to sew before electric sewing machines took over. She made her kids’ clothes on one of them until she purchased her first electric sewing machine. Roy Mullin of DuBois was there with several items, including an REO Speedwagon. He brings it out for shows around the area and further away, too.

Wed
26
Sep
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Bistro comes to Pawnee City, women's self-defense in Tecumseh

By Ray Kappel

Teresa Wymore purchased the old library in Pawnee City and will turn it into a Bistro. She is a multi-talented person who will also be teaching women self-defense techniques in Tecumseh. The bistro will be state-of-the-art she said. It will contain artwork from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Texas. Thom Hunt, a Fairbury artist with a national reputation and his wife a nationally known photographer will also have their work there.

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