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Wed
27
Apr

Council gives Graham 30 days to repair or demolish

By Ray Kappel

The Pawnee City City Council rescinded a motion from the previous meeting and in new action gave Jerry Graham 30 days to repair or demolish the laundromat building damaged in the September fire. The previous motion was for Eileen Hines, the owner of the property to demolish or repair the building in question. Since then, Hines has transferred the deed to Graham. Because of that change, the Council had to change its motion to put in Graham’s name.  

Wed
27
Apr

Pawnee Republican and Tecumseh Chieftain win in Better Newspaper Contest

The Pawnee Republican walked away with an award in one of the Nebraska Press Better Newspaper Contest most prestigious categories this past weekend. The newspaper earned 3rd place in General Excellence in the class B division. This award is based on the overall quality of the newspaper and coverage of its community. A first place award was earned for the front page of the Pawnee Republican’s July 9 edition. Judges comments were: “Clean, simple and well represented. Who says black and white can’t compete.”  

Wed
27
Apr

Rottinghaus named as the new Pawnee City Schools superintendent

Brian Rottinghaus has been hired as the new superintendent at Pawnee City Schools. He replaces Darron Arlt who is going on to Plainview. Rottinghaus was a member of the Pawnee City School Board and now his replacement will be sought.

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Wed
27
Apr

Den's Country Meats wins more awards

By Ray Kappel

It was another great state convention for Den’s Country Meats in Table Rock. Dennis Schaardt and company won seven awards at the Nebraska Meat Producers Convention held April 22-23 in Grand Island. 

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Wed
27
Apr

PC Hospital gets new CT scanner

Pawnee County Memorial Hospital recently installed a new Siemens SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT scanner to improve the quality of imaging care offered to area residents. CT (computered tomography) scanners combine special X-ray technology with sophisticated computers to make highly detailed images of organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT exams are regularly used by physicians to diagnose conditions such as trauma, slices per rotation for high-resolution images. The technology may sound complicated, but it’s important, the more slices, the more detailed the image.   

Wed
20
Apr

PC Arts Council Art and Quilt show showcases local artistic talent

By Ray Kappel

The Pawnee County Arts Council Art and Quilt show was held Friday to Sunday and once again drew a wide variety of artists and exhibits. One exhibit was a railroad depot scene at Violet, Nebraska, painted on circular saw blade. The painting was done by the late Wally Rodine. He was working from a picture by Irene Brown. Harold Schlender bought the painting for his mother because she was born in the upper room of the depot. When she passed away, the painting came back to Harold and he had it on display at the Art and Quilt show. 

Wed
20
Apr

Four finalists for Superintendent

There are four candidates for the Pawnee City High School Superintendent vacancy. The Board of Education will meet April 25 to offer a contract to one of them. The four candidates are: Dr. John M. Weidner Sr., superintendent of schools in Parshall, North Dakota; Brian R. Rottinghaus, current member of the Pawnee City School Board, Angela M. Simpson, principal at Springfield Plattview Community Schools in Springfield, and Brian F. Gegg, administrator of ESU % out of Beatrice. Weidner’s highest degree is the Ed.D, Ph.D and his resume shows this: NE - University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Educational Administration, Educational Specialist, Ed.D (12/2009); NE - University of Nebraska, Kearney: Educational Administration, Ed.S (05/1999); NE - University of Nebraska, Kearney: Educational Administration, M.A. (12/1995); NE - Hastings College, Music Education, B.A.

Wed
20
Apr

5 authors gather at PC Library Saturday

By Ray Kappel

The Author Event Saturday at the Pawnee City Public Library put a highlight on a week of celebrating National Library Week. This week is honored at libraries across the country as they try to show how valuable they are to their communities. The Author Event brought five people to the library who had written books and who had ties to Pawnee City.   

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Wed
20
Apr

Artist paints portraits of state's counties

By Ray Kappel

Todd Williams is nearing the end of monumental task – painting at least one painting for each of Nebraska’s 93 counties. He has been on this mission for the last four years and will finish in September. Some of the counties will have more than painting about them. Take for instance his home county of Merrick County has five paintings to represent them.  

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Wed
20
Apr

New people take over at Rural Water

By Ray Kappel

When Denise Wolsleben was applying for the job as District Manager at Rural Water, she told the Board she could do any job a man could do. Apparently, she convinced the Board and they hired her as their first woman District Manager. The new Office Manager is Tonya Mosteller. Wosleben said she may not be as strong as a man, but she is quite capable. Her last job was three years as a custom applicator for Bern Seed. This lady can drive anything including the big trucks. It was after doing the job for Bern Seed that she was convinced she could do any job a man can do.  

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