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Wed
15
Jun

Committee looks at options for constructing new swimming pool

By Ann Wickett
 
TECUMSEH–A committee interested in looking at different options for construction of a new swimming pool in Tecumseh, met on Monday night with approximately 15 people in attendance. Jim Philippi, chairman for this swimming pool committee opened the meeting by thanking everyone for being apart of the committee. I think we’ll have something that everyone can be proud of when it’s all said and done,” he said.
 
 
Wed
15
Jun

The next trend in farming: using drones to collect field data

By Ann Wickett
 
Using drones in agriculture may be the next trend for farmers to use in gathering data on the health of their crops in order to project better yields. Cory Koeppen with Agricultural Data and Drones, LLC, of Friend was a guest speaker for a session on drones at Southeast Community College Agriculture Department on June 9. Koeppen started the session with a power point presentation on effective ways drones can assist farmers in projecting the best yield during the growing season, from planting to harvest.
 
 
Wed
08
Jun

Johnson County taxpayers receive 2016 appraisal notices

An estimated 2,732 Valuation Change Notices were sent out to Johnson County taxpayers on June 1st. The following valuation changes were completed for tax year 2016 based on a statutory requirement that all parcels of real estate in the county be inspected and reviewed no less frequent than every six (6) years OR when sales indicate the levels of value are not within the acceptable range as stated below: Required Levels of Value: Residential – 92 to 100% of market value; Commercial – 92 to 100% of market value; Agricultural land – 69 to 75% of market value. 

Wed
08
Jun

BPW approves water monitoring upgrades

By Ann Wickett

The Board of Public Works approved a bid in the amount of $6,900 from HOA Solutions for upgrading the RTU in Well #4 to a ControlWave Express PLC to match other wells. Also included in this bid is additional well level monitors for wells #2, #4, and #6 However, this bid does not include transducers for measuring the water levels. Instead, HOA Solutions will make programming requirements to add the levels to the touch screen at well #1 and to the SCADA computer at the power plant. This bid was approved at the board’s June meeting on Monday afternoon.

Wed
08
Jun

City to create street improvement district for Calhoun and First Street improvement project

By Ann Wickett

The Tecumseh City Council started their June meeting on Monday night by holding a public hearing on the creation of a street improvement district for First Street from the railroad track to Calhoun Street and on Calhoun Street from First to Third Streets. No one was present to object to this street improvement project. The city council approved the creation of this street improvement project. City Clerk Lisa Beethe said bids would be let for this project next week and the bids would be open in approximately three weeks.   

Wed
08
Jun

Borcher recognized for 35 years with the Sterling Rescue Squad

By Ann Wickett

Stan Borcher of Sterling was recognized for his 35 years of service with the Sterling Rescue Squad during the Sterling parade on Saturday. Chris Vermeer was present to award Borcher with a plaque. Borcher officially retired from the Sterling Rescue Squad on December 31, 2015. “I’ve enjoyed being able to help people and at the time, there was a need in the community so my wife, Carolyn and I both joined,” said Borcher. In addition to serving on the Sterling Rescue Squad, Borcher also served two years on the Johnson County Ambulance Board.  

Wed
08
Jun

Life Net Visits Sterling Picnic

By Ann Wickett

The Sterling Fire and Rescue personnel invited a team from Life Net Air Medical Services from Omaha to come and give a tour of their medical helicopter as one of the events during Sterling Days on June 4. Life Net emergency teams assist the patients enroute to the hospital, on the right side of the helicopter instead of in the rear of the helicopter like other air services. Life Net Air Medical Services are frequently called to take patients who’ve suffered a stroke, heart attack or who’ve been severely injured in a car or ATV accident, or other trauma to a metropolitan hospital. The Life Net team consists of a pilot, nurse and paramedic. 

Thu
02
Jun

Hershberger’s expertise will be missed in Johnson county

By Ann Wickett
 
Jan Hershberger will hang up her badge and officer’s uniform after 33 years in law enforcement on June 3. “Anytime you help the public and/or a victim of a crime it’s a special moment, yet you are just doing your job,” she added. She started working for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1983. She transferred to the Tecumseh Police Department in 1988. She later returned to work for the Johnson County Sheriff’s office in 2010. Jan’s main duties at the Tecumseh Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff’s office were as an administrative assistant and reserve officer.
 
Thu
02
Jun

“Taps”: the final goodbye in honor of those who serve our country

By Ann Wickett
 
Kevin McKinney of Tecumseh, started playing the trumpet when he was in the fifth grade. He learned how to play “Taps” when he was in the seventh grade and was asked to play for area military funerals since his father Orland “Mac” McKinney was a member of the Johnson County VFW Post 8221 and Tecumseh American Legion Post #2. “I’m glad I can do it. A live bugler makes it more personal. Playing “Taps” has nothing to do with me, but its for the people I playing for. It’s the last thing that takes place during a military ceremony. It’s important to give them (our veterans) the last goodbye. I just close my eyes and do it. It’s important they receive the honors they deserve,” said McKinney. “It gets to me every time.”

 

Thu
02
Jun

‘Honoring Our Veterans’ unveiling at Historical Museum

Retired Major General Roger P. Lempke was the guest speaker at the unveiling of the Johnson County Historical Society’s west wing on May 26. He also officiated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The west wing of the Museum is entitled “Honoring our Veterans.” Lempke commended the historical society and addressed its members and veterans: “This new branch of the Johnson County Museum is a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who have served our nation in military uniform. Most importantly, current and future generations of Johnson County citizens will be able to see and appreciate the sacrifices necessary to preserve our nation’s freedom.”

 

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