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Wed
28
Jan

County goes with United Health Care for health insurance

By Ray Kappel
 
The Pawnee County Commissioners looked over their options and picked United Health Care as the health insurance for county employees at their Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting. It will cost the county $11,000 a year and it carries a $500 deductible for the employees. The county had to look for someone else to carry the insurance after CoOportunity began to have problems meeting bills.

 

Wed
28
Jan

Union bank remodels, promotes Friedly to branch manager

Lindsay Bernadt, left, Caralyn Friedly, right, and Roxann Buman, seated, greet you at the Union Bank and Trust
By Ray Kappel
 
Caralyn Friedly said customers really like the remodeling that has gone on at Union Bank and Trust in Pawnee City. “The paneling really needed updating. It seems bigger for whatever reason. We’ve had lots of positive customer comments” she said. 
 

 

Wed
28
Jan

Library thriving according to stat report

The Pawnee City Public Library received its Certificate of Accreditation from the Nebraska Library Commission for another three years. Posing with the board are Colleen Morehead, third from left, assistant director and Director Lola Seitz, far right. The board is made up of, from left, Dee Fenske, president Linda Bowman, Secretary Jo Vrtiska, Vice president Vickie Zelenka, and Kellie Wiers.
By Ray Kappel
 
The Pawnee City Public Library gave its annual statistical report at the Pawnee City City Council meeting Monday night. There from the library were Director Lola Seitz and Board members Linda Bowman and Kellie Wiers. The report shows that 15,207 were the total materials checked out over the past year. The patron total went up from 928 to 1010 over the past two years with non-city resident numbers also rising from 436 to 472.
 
Wed
21
Jan

County Attorney, Ladman, starts 2nd year

By Ray Kappel
 
County Attorney Jennifer Stehlik Ladman has made an online STOP class available to people in Pawnee County. That’s one of the innovations she has made in her two years as County Attorney. “The Safety Training Option Program (STOP) was implemented in 1992. Currently the Nebraska Safety Center contracts with jurisdictions throughout the state of Nebraska. STOP is provided to individuals who have been ticketed for committing a minor traffic violation. If a person is cited for a minor violation, the individual has the option of taking a 4-hour STOP course. By participating in the course the violator pays no fine, has no court appearance, 
and has no points assessed against his/ her record and has the opportunity to improve their driving ability,” said the website
 
Wed
21
Jan

Kindergartners become authors

Pawnee City’s kindergartners are authors. A company, Studentreasures from Topeka Ks, sent teacher Pam Mitchell information about a publishing project for the class. “I had never done  this type of a project before. We wrote about things we are thankful for, it went along with a Thanksgiving theme. Our book is titled, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR . . . . written and illustrated by Mrs. Mitchell's Class. The cover was illustrated by two students, Deacon  Bernadt, left, and Emalyse Gottula, and each student has two pages, one with words and one with an illustration. The parents had the option of purchasing a book,” Mitchell said in an email. The two students  are wearing hats that celebrate the 100th Day of School.
 
Wed
21
Jan

1965 Lewiston team honored at Mudecas

By Ray Kappel
 
They were short, but boy, could they play defense.  That was the 1965 Lewiston Tigerbasketball team who won Class B at the Mudecas Tournament. They were honored at the tournament this past week because it happened 50 years ago.  The Tigers of that year opened the tournament with a 57-54 win over Western, then defeated Holmesville, 62-47, and then downed Elmwood, 81-65 in the final. Elmwood was undefeated at the time, recalled
the Tiger center Gene Searcey.
 
 
 
Wed
21
Jan

Jake brakes: Love ‘em, or hate ‘em

By Ray Kappel

Either you love them, or you don’t. When the big trucks hit the brakes you hear the sound. Many towns like Pawnee City prohibit their  use in the city limits. You can findprohibitive signs against engine braking posted along the highway entrances to the town.  Jeff Spier, who now works for thecity, was a truck driver for 25 years. He has a lot of experience with them, trucking around the country. The issue came up at the last Pawnee City City Council meeting and  people have been complaining that it is going on despite the signs.
 
Wed
14
Jan

Be careful of what you put in the City tree dump

Pawnee City had its open burn permit for the tree dump renewed recently. The permit is from the Department of Environmental Quality and became effective, Jan. 1 and is good through December 31, 2019. The previous permit expired on Dec 31 of 2014.
 
Wed
14
Jan

Christmas decorations get put away

City worker Jeff Spier loads up the last of the Christmas decorations last week. A crew from Nebraska Public Power helped the workers take the decorations down.
 
Wed
14
Jan

Get your car ready for the cold weather

Don’t care to be stranded in the cold with a car that won’t run? You can avoid that by listening to Gary Leatherman of Pawnee Auto Body who provided some tips on what do with your vehicles in the winter. Gas tank-Keep it at half or least quarter full to help keep out moisture. Once moisture enters your gas line, it freezes and your car won’t start.
 

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