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Wed
21
Jan

Cities and individuals shopping for health insurance options after CoOpportunity license suspended

By Ray Kappel

People who had CoOportunity Health for health insurance last  year are moving on.Bruce Ramge, the state insurance director, had this to say in an email interview about CoOportunity in Nebraska. “The company’s license has
been suspended. It may continue to service existing policies and pay claims, but it may not issue new policies. Policies that were scheduled to automatically renew effective January 1, 2015 were allowed to renew. We would again emphasize to watch our website closely because that status could change depending upon what the Iowa Division of Insurance determines regarding the finances of CoOportunity.”
 
Wed
14
Jan

No ‘First Babies’ expected to arrive at Johnson County Hospital this year

By Ann Wickett
 
“I wonder who will have the first baby of the year at the Johnson County Hospital?” is a question frequently asked at the beginning of a new year. Well this year, there won’t be a first baby of the year because the Johnson County Hospital is no longer involved in obstetrics or the delivery of babies unless it is an emergency birth. Administrator Diane Newman said it was more difficult to keep nursing staff competent in their training of the delivery of babies because fewer babies were being born throughout the year and providing obstetrics was becoming a high risk.
 
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Wed
14
Jan

Johnson County Blood Drive reaches its quota

Karen Lempka recognized as a nine gallon donor as she donated blood at the Johnson County Blood Drive on January 8.
First time blood donors Michelle Mitchell and Sheena Case contributed to meeting the goal as a total 41 units of blood in addition to 16 double cell units were collected at the Johnson County Blood Drive on January 8. Other special donors recognized were: Ruth Rother, two gallon; Robert Sullivan, five gallon; William Montz, six gallon; Nancy Thies, seven gallon; Janice Cawley, eight gallon; Karen Lempka, nine gallon; and Joel Dunekacke, 13 gallon. Double cell donors included Jeffery Fossenbarger, Donald Gadeken, Alyson Gottula, Linda Kuhlmann, Terry Panko, Cory Panko, David Wolken, and Clinton Strayhorn.
 
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Wed
14
Jan

Dr. Evans sells Tecumseh Animal Clinic and Adams Animal Care ending a 46-year career in veterinary medicine

Dean E. Wheeler (L) and Theodore Evans, Jr. (R) both doctors of veterinary medicine opened a new veterinary practice in Tecumseh in the fall of 1969.
By Ann Wickett
 
The Tecumseh Animal Clinic and Adams Animal Care, Inc, owned and operated by Dr. Ted Evans of Tecumseh has been sold to Pepperhill Veterinary Services, under the new ownership of Steve and Linda Schellpepper of Lincoln. The sale took place on January 7. Veterinarians Dr. Michelle Parde and Dr. Sarah Weber will continue to stay on with Pepperhill Veterinary Services as well as other employees. Dr. Evans became interested in veterinary medicine through Dr. Dan Hurst who was a highly respected veterinarian and major motivator for Dr. Evans.
 
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Wed
07
Jan

City of Tecumseh to look for new insurance carrier

Mayor Bill Montz appointed Tecumseh City Council representatives Chuck Murphy and Jim Reed, City Clerk Paula Darling and Public Properties Foreman Doug Goracke to review the city’s options for selecting a new insurance carrier for the city employees. The appointment was made at the council’s January meeting on Monday night, after learning that the present carrier, co-Opportunity Health, is having financial issues.
 
Wed
07
Jan

2014-Year in Review

•As of January 1, employees, visitors and patients at the Johnson County Hospital will no longer be allowed to smoke or use any tobacco products on the hospital’s campus. The Farmer’s Cooperative of Waverly and Midwest Farmers Cooperative of Elmwood merged into the new Midwest Farmers Cooperative with its official headquarters located in Elmwood.
 
Wed
07
Jan

After 46 years, Vietnam veteran receives military service medals

Lee Bridgmon, Jr. of Lincoln, is shown holding his military medals he received following his service in the Vietnam War during a surprise presentation on January 2. A small gathering of family were in attendance to help celebrate this event. In the front row are Bev Bridgmon, Lee Bridgmon Jr., Siearra Bridgmon holding granddaughter, Kaylee; back row are Bridgmon’s sons Derick and Dillon.
 
Wed
07
Jan

New addition to Johnson-Brock Schools allows for more flexibility

Approximately 100 people toured the new addition to the Johnson- Brock Schools during an open house on December 30. This was a $1.3 million project, which added about 6,000 square feet of classroom space and additional
hallway to the Johnson-Brock facility.
 
Wed
31
Dec

Tecumseh Poultry to build 30,000 square foot addition

Tecumseh Poultry (formerly MBA Poultry) announced that they have broken ground on a major addition to the Smart Chicken plant in Tecumseh. The primary aspect of the addition will be a new thirty thousand square foot building at the southwest corner of the existing plant to house new stun, scald/ pick and evisceration equipment
 
Wed
31
Dec

Heidemann enjoyed serving the people of Johnson County

“Every night, we make sure the county’s money balances to the penny,” said Johnson County Treasurer Judi Heidemann. She plans to retire on January 8 following 12 years of service to the patrons of Johnson County
 

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