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Wed
29
Jul

Good work ethic, competitive spirit guides 4-Hers

By Ray Kappel
News Editor
Several 4-H competitors said this year’s Pawnee County Fair was their best ever. After a relatively cool Wednesday, the Fair got warmer as we went along and then ran into rain Saturday. Fair results were being typed up by the extension office, but were not done by press time. We hope to run the results in next week's paper. There were plenty of things to do as usual and the Fair Board is to be commended for that. They make sure there is something for everybody.

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Wed
29
Jul

Pawnee County Fair for 2015 is in the books

By Ray Kappel
News Editor
The Pawnee County Fair Parade featured a host of people bent on having a good time. Local veterans groups got us rolling with a smart presentation of the colors and behind them came the Pawnee City High School Marching Band. They had only two practices to get ready and they rocked us along the parade route. There were several groups who went out of their way to get a float in this year’s parade. Den’s Country Meats comes to mind. If you ever wanted to see a commissioner in a hotdog suit you should have been there. Dennis Schaardt and his helpers from Den’s Country Meats passed out jerky while dressed in hot dog costumes. They provided the necessary humor to keep us going in the heat.
Wed
29
Jul

City Council to look at cost of retaining wall

By Ray Kappel
News Editor
The Pawnee City City Council will look into the cost of building a retaining wall near the libraryto help the drainage problem that wreaks havoc in Burt deKoning’s nearby garden. DeKoning was at the meeting Monday along with library officials, though they were there to comment on the recent action to move from salary to hourly wages for three employees, Shop Foreman Clint Johnson, Clerk Tammy Stephens and Library Director Lola Seitz.

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Wed
22
Jul

K-9 dogs will sweep PCHS to look for illegal drugs

By Ray Kappel

A K-9 dog sniffing for illegal drugs or the gunpowder of guns will be occurring this year at Pawnee City High School. At the last Board of Education meeting, the board decided to go with the dogs as a way to keep illegal drugs and guns out of the school, Superintendent Darron Arlt said. “We want to make our kids safe,” he said. The board has not ordered random drug testing of students as of yet, but Arlt said it was the next logical step. He doesn’t want to take further steps because he is still trying to determine how much of a problem the high school has with illegal drugs. Having a check of schools for guns is an idea that has come before other school boards in the wake of Columbine and Sandy Hook, among others.

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Wed
22
Jul

Cari Howell County Fair Queen

Cari Howell of Lewiston has been selected as this year’s Queen of the Pawnee County Fair. “I am excited. I always thought it looked like a lot of fun,” she said. She will be a junior this year at Lewiston Consolidated High School. Her duties include handing out ribbons in events she is not in, and will serve as someone who tries convey what the Fair is all about. She will also be in the rodeo, helping chase calves back to their pens.

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Wed
22
Jul

Lewiston FFA works on community service projects

The Lewiston FFA weathered warm conditions July 14th to work on two community service projects. Eleven members picked up roadsides and cleaned up city park storm damage. The local members cooperated with the Nebraska Dept. of Roads in picking up three miles of roadsides along Highway 4 on both sides of the road. The FFA members volunteering were Logan Anderson, Treyton Hippen, Richard Keyes, Karen Keyes, Miah Fulton, Dalton Anderson, Ryan Hunt, Ryan Husa, Cari Howell, Skyler Salts and Megan Wehrbein. The group then moved to the Lewiston City Park and cut up fallen trees and hauled them to the city burn area. Local FFA Advisor, Dave Barnard sponsored the group.

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Wed
22
Jul

Marching Band gets ready to rock in Thursday's County Fair parade

By Ray Kappel

Get ready to rock in the Pawnee County Fair parade Thursday night.. The Pawnee City High School marching band will play “Old Time Rock and Roll,” for parade watchers and then they play the National Anthem for the Pawnee Manor. Band director Andrea Veleba is in her 16th year at PCHS. “Each year, I hate the thought of going on without that last group of seniors, and every time the kids really step up to fill in those positions. I lost three outstanding trumpet players, three clarinets, two saxophones and one drummer, but I have every confidence that the band will sound every bit as good as last year,” she said by email.

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Thu
16
Jul

Pawnee County Fair countdown begins!

The Outlaw Hot Rod Tractor Pullers are back at the Pawnee County Fair after several years of being away. They will be at the tractor pulling track at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24. The Fair runs from July 22-25. According to the Outlaw' website, "The outlaws pullers are mini-hot rod pulling tractors and are powered by racing engines with up to 2,500 horse-power, weigh up to 2,100 pounds, and have tire speed of 150 miles per hour or greater.
 
Thu
16
Jul

Fair features judges with a lot of experience

This year’s 4-H part of the Pawnee County Fair features judges with a lot of experience. We talked to three of them by phone as they get ready to come our way, and each one is eager to see the enthusiasm the 4-H kids of this county always show. We are holding their names out because they are to be anonymous. UNL Extension Educator for Pawnee County, Karly Black, said an essential part of a successful 4-H program is having great judges who are knowledgeable in their specific area.
 
Thu
16
Jul

Wheat harvest suffers from too much rain

There isn’t much of a wheat harvest this year. Combines have been seen in a few wheat fields around Pawnee County, but experts don’t think it will amount to much. Gary Lesoing, Nemaha County Extension Educator, said too much rain ruined things. The rain caused disease in several fields and it has continued.
 

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