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Thu
08
Dec

Christmas Around the Square

Beautiful evening for Christmas celebration
 
TECUMSEH–“This year’s Christmas Around the Square was a great event! I’m happy with all the volunteerism from the community because it takes a lot of people pitching in to help in order to make this type of event a success,” said Diane Newman, president of the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce. 
 
“I was happy to see the young families in the community participate in this event. It makes me optimistic about the future of Tecumseh,” Newman said.
 
Thu
08
Dec

Wilmer and Maud Brinkman are Sterling’s Honored Citizens for 2016

STERLING–Wilmer and Maud Brinkman were recognized as the 2016 Honored Citizens of the Sterling community during the annual Sterling Christmas Lighting ceremony on December 4. The Brinkmans will serve as the Grand Marshals for the 2017 Sterling Picnic in June.
 
Wilmer Brinkman has lived in Sterling all of his life. Maud grew up in Tecumseh. However, after Wilmer and Maud were married 68 years ago, they lived two years near St. Mary and the next 66 years on the farm where they currently reside. The Brinkmans have three children, Marvin and his wife Vicky live in Lincoln, Norman Wayne and David, are deceased. They also have six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
 
Thu
08
Dec

BPW buys handheld GPS device for GIS program

By Ray Kappel
 
TECUMSEH–The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 to buy a Handheld GPS Unit for use with the new GIS systems. This device will allow workers to make an entry into the GIS system from any point in town. In this way, they will make a map of the city of points that have relevance for utility purposes, such as curb stops. The handheld device is made by Compass Tools and costs around $9,500. They had budgeted $13,000 for it.
 
In other action, the Board set the water and sewer rates again for Tecumseh Poultry and the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. The base water rate for Tecumseh Poultry will be $26,587 a month and $42,285 a month for base sewer rate. TSCI’s base rates are $11,666 a month for water and $12,168 for sewer a month.
 
Thu
08
Dec

Tecumseh library refinanced by city

By Ray Kappel
 
TECUMSEH–The city of Tecumseh will officially take over ownership of the library with the refinancing of the remaining $255,000 debt. The library was previously owned by the Library Foundation. The foundation will still take donations and do projects. The city has always made the payments, but before had given the money to the Library Foundation which gave it to the USDA.
 
The loan had 23 years left of payments on it and that has now been reduced to seven years at a 2 percent interest rate. The Council approved the bid from American National Bank for the refinancing.
 
Wed
30
Nov

Swimming pool committee receives 501c3 status

The City of Tecumseh’s new pool committee has formed a 501c3 organization known as the Tecumseh Aquatic Association to assist in the funding process. Forming the Tecumseh Aquatic Association will allow any donations and fundraising moneys to be donated tax free, according to Jim Phillip, president of the Tecumseh Aquatic Association. He added that Grant foundations are more willing to allocate funding if they see a community that is working hard to achieve their goals. “The more money received in grants, donations and fundraising, will be less money the community will have to borrow when that time comes,” said Philippi.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Ebbers and Vermeer honored during festival

STERLING–Jason Ebbers and Chris Vermeer were honored in a special ceremony during the Wine and Ale Festival on November 26. Ebbers was recognized as the 2016 Sterling Fireman of the Year and Vermeer was recognized as the 2016 Sterling Rescue Worker of the Year. They were each awarded a plaque honoring their years of service.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Jo. Co. Farm Bureau receives $1,000 check

It’s a great way to give back to the community,” said Brett Esau of the Farm Credit Services as he presented a $1,000 check to the Johnson County Farm Bureau during a meeting held at the President’s Room of the American National Bank on November 22. Rosie Sugden, treasurer for the Johnson County Farm Bureau had applied for the grant from Farm Credit Services after discovering a grant up to $2,000 was offered. The $1,000 grant Johnson County Farm Bureau received will be used to purchase smoke detectors and other safety features put in the goodie bags given to students attending the Progressive Safety Day program held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in April 2017.

 

Wed
30
Nov

Vandalism of public facilities a common problem

TECUMSEH–Tecumseh City Park patrons did not get to take advantage of the new restrooms for very long until vandals caused the city to close them for the season. The public restrooms at the Tecumseh city park were officially completed and opened to the public by Labor Day weekend. However, the door jams and framing around the doors to these public restrooms were vandalized three times between September 7 and November 7. After the November 7 vandalism, the public restrooms were winterized and boarded up with plywood. The restrooms will be not be used until sometime during the spring of 2017.

 

Wed
23
Nov

JCC Traditional Thanksgiving play

Mrs. Carol Hemmingsen’s Second Grade students performed a variety of jokes, songs and a skit for a Thanksgiving Play on November 18. Students performing in the play include: front row, l-r, Brayden Taylor, Lane Robeson, Regan Campbell-Thies, Anthony Campos, Amelia Britt; kneeling in the middle row, l-r, Preston Thomas, Memphis Pingel, Sierra Morrow, Addison Borrenpohl, Monica Jimenez; standing in the back row, l-r, William Rademacher, Mario Lara, Jr., Zaria Tell, Hope Butterbaugh, Jayden Gilmore.
 
Wed
23
Nov

Cook FD Checks Town’s Smoke Alarms

Tom Dieckgrafe, training officer for the Cook Fire Department changes the smoke detector battery in the home of Trevor and Kandi Bilslend of Cook. Overall, the Cook Fire Department distributed 152 smoke detector batteries and eight smoke detectors to the residents of the Cook community.
 

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