News

Wed
30
Nov

PCHS One-Act on to state

By Ray Kappel

It’s on to state for the Pawnee City One- Act cast. They topped a tough district Monday afternoon at Tri-County. Second place went to Nebraska City Lourdes and third went to Nebraska Lutheran in a tight race. Coach Laura Bloss is pretty pleased with her group. “It feels great. It's hard because just like most teams at districts, we always put so much time and energy into the season's production, but only one team walks away with the opportunity to move on. There were easily 5 teams from our district that could have competed at state this year. Super tough. So, it's both a mixture of that realization and understanding how those teams feel and also relief that we were the lucky team to walk away on top.”

 

Wed
30
Nov

Pawnee City Chamber sponsors Christmas Holiday Festival

It’s that time of year again. Time for the Christmas Holiday Festival put on by the Pawnee City Chamber of Commerce Dec. 9. First of all, the best news of all, Santa is coming down from the North Pole and will set up shop at Home Comforts/Memory Magic from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wed
30
Nov

This is the start of something big

By Ray Kappel

On an overcast day last Tuesday, Nov. 22, the ground was broken for the Assisted Living Facility in Pawnee City. It was a tremendous day for Pawnee City and a statement about what volunteerism is all about. This building came to this start because so many people gave of their free time and talents. It should go down as a proud day in the city’s history. You don’t really see shadows when the sun isn’t shining, but there was one large shadow over the proceedings, and that is the shadow of the late Alan Richard. He was the one person who got the project going some 10 years ago. He was mentioned by Chairman John DeFreece, among the many others he mentioned for commendation for their efforts. On hand for the ceremony, was Richard’s son Joe and his Alan’s wife Martie.

 

Wed
30
Nov

An Evening of Music

Though there were threats of bad weather, the musical barometer at the Methodist Church in Pawnee City was high for the Evening of Music Sunday. Performers making excellent vocal music for the soul were soloists Paula Clement, Tecumseh; Roy Mullin, DuBois and Joe Davis, Pawnee City. Don and Marcia Borcher, Steinauer, sang a vocal duet, and were joined by daughter, Heather for one number.

 

Tue
22
Nov

Pawnee City Commercial Quilt

The Pawnee City commercial quilt, currently on display at the library, was created by the Pawnee City Historical Society with the support of local businesses and organizations. The quilt is composed of both machine- and hand-embroidered blocks featuring the businesses. It is modeled on a Pawnee City business quilt from the 1890’s which is on display at the Historical Museum during summer hours, April to October.

 

 

Tue
22
Nov

More than 500 deer tagged in county this deer season

By Ray Kappel

 

Chris Rauner shot a 22 pt. buck with a bow during the deer hunting season this year. The County Highway Superintendent has been bow-hunting for about 10 years and has been watching this particular buck for a couple of years on his motion cameras. He has had his eye on him, but he never got the chance until last week. He had just gotten up in his tree to wait as the sun came up when the buck and a doe came wondering by. “It was a straight heart shot,” Rauner said. The buck wandered for about 60 yards and then collapsed. It was Nov. 6.

 

Tue
22
Nov

Thanksgiving: A time of family gatherings and sharing favorite foods from generation to generation

By Ann Wickett

 

This Thanksgiving, Terry Kerr of St. Mary is thankful for all of God’s blessings, especially for our parents, who gave us the gift of faith and love of family. My parents, Keith and Velma Madden, passed away in 2000 and 2001 and we are so blessed that 15 years later all of their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren still gather each year at this time to share that love of family,” Terry said. On Thanksgiving day, Ray and Terry Kerr of St. Mary, will gather with Ray’ sister, Gail, and brother, Richard, and their families, for Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and “excessive” desserts. Terry’s side of the family, “the Maddens”, celebrate together at the St. Mary Church basement on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

 

Tue
22
Nov

Klepper Memorial funds go to Droges

The Dubois Community Foundation presented the proceeds from Eric Klepper Memorial Fun Run to Garrison Droge and his parents, Jordan and Natalie. Garrison was born June 27, 2016 with HLHS (Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome). He has already had open heart surgery to begin his journey in life. Garrison had his second surgery on November 14th, and is doing well. He will have another surgery done when he is between 3-5 years old.

 

 

Tue
22
Nov

Civil War veteran finally has tombstone

The Lewiston FFA Chapter recently completed a community service project at the Lewiston Cemetery. In cooperation with Mr. Jim Kinghorn, Cemetery Sexton, the Ag Education students erected a new tombstone. The burial site of Civil War Veteran, Dr. Lorenzo Rounds, was unmarked. Mr. Dave Vrtiska discovered the situation during the creation of the cemetery directory. The cemetery board notified the Pawnee County Veterans Affairs Service and an engraved tombstone was secured. Judy Vrtiska did a lot of work on the project as well. Dr. Rounds was born in 1845 and died in 1921. The FFA built a concrete form for the stone to fit into. The form had an insert to help prevent settling or shifting. Beatrice Concrete provided the concrete for the reinforced slab that weighed over 200 pounds. The members dug the 20” deep hole and installed the form and tombstone. The site was leveled and backfilled.

Wed
16
Nov

Clerk Tammy Stephens named Clerk of the Year

By Ray Kappel

 

At a gathering of friends, family, and city officials, City Clerk Tammy Stephens received the Clerk of the Year Award from USDA. Director Maxine Moul delivered the award.

Moul said the USDA thought highly of Stephens and was so glad to have a clerk to work with who has been on the job for several years. Stephens has been clerk for 14 years.

“I am honored to recognize the city clerk who serves Pawnee City in meeting the needs of its community. USDA Rural Development is pleased to be a part of your water, sewer, and recycling projects. I commend Tamela for working with the Assisted Living Foundation and the Library Foundation to assure that the community continues to grow to better serve its residents. Thank you Tamela for your dedicated service,” Moul said.

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