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Change came for city in 2019

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City saw changes in city government and projects take off during 2019.

The Council went through some turmoil when Sandi Corbitt-Sears resigned her seat on the Council. She was unable to vote on her replacement and this caused a chainreaction of events that ended with the resignation of then Mayor Deb Klein.

Klein’s first nomination for Council, Donnie Fisher, was denied a seat on a vote that was held anonymously. The reporter researched that vote and found a Deputy Attorney General that said it was a violation of the Open Meetings Act to hold a secret vote.

 

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Betsy Ferebee is back as City Attorney

Betsy Ferebee

By Ray Kappel

Betsy Ferebee is the new City Attorney for Pawnee City.

She was appointed by Mayor Charlie Hatfield at the last Council meeting. She replaces Joe Stehlik, who is now the Deputy City Attorney.

She was raised in Pawnee City and returned in 2009 from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

“I love living in Pawnee City and raising my children here. I’m committed to this community and making it prosper,” she said.

 

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Mysterious drones causing stir in area

By Ray Kappel

(This is the first in a series on the use of Drones. We start the series with this article on the mystery of the drones flying in formation over Nebraska this past week.)

Tom Roeder of the Colorado Springs, Colo. Gazette says he may have found out what the drones are that were flying over this area the past week.

The drones came in swarms over Colorado and then Nebraska. No one has claimed them, and especially the Federal Aviation Administration says they have no idea what the drones are about.

Roeder wrote in his paper that the drones could be part of a secretive Air Force program meant to keep out spies looking at nuclear missile silos. Air Force Global Strike Command, based in Louisiana, has said it conducts counter drone exercises out of F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, according to Roeder.

 

Thu
16
Jan
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The snow business

The snow business
The snow business

The area experienced a snow storm over the weekend., Residents were out shoveling Saturday morning. Mike Karbowski, right, of the Pawnee Village Maintenance staff answered the call to do snow removal, along with his son Travis. Above, a maintainer turns the corner in Humboldt looking for more snow to move.

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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VanHorne Civic Award nominations sought

It is again time for nominations for the Carolyn VanHorne Civic Award. This award was started in 2012 and is intended to provide the community with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the contributions made by certain individuals for the betterment of the Pawnee City area. The award is awarded annually to a person who has, in the course of the past year and through their activities, furthered the welfare and/or improved the quality of life of Pawnee City area residents. The individual nominated for this award may live outside the boundaries of Pawnee City as long as the activity has benefited the residents of the Pawnee City area.

Nominations will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

• ..Resident or former resident of the Pawnee City area who has done more than his/her part in enhancing the quality of life for others

 

Thu
09
Jan
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Betty Davis awaits kidney transplant

Betty Davis awaits kidney transplant

“Merry Christmas to me,” said Betty Davis of Tecumseh as she received official notification that her name has been added to the list for a kidney transplant through the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. “It was a good Christmas present and it made me feel very hopeful,” she added. Davis is Office Manager at the Repubican.

Currently, Davis is on the deceased organ donor's list for receiving a kidney transplant. Davis said she was considered a candidate because she was young enough and fairly healthy. She didn't have any hidden health issues. “They check your heart, your teeth, everything. I feel like I had a 100,000 mile check-up a couple of months ago,” said Davis.

Thu
09
Jan
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Info sought in burglary at Pete’s Pharmacy

As many of you know, Pete's Pharmacy in Pawnee City was burglarized over the weekend of December 28-Monday the 30th. Chief Deputy Jayme Reed responded to the call about the break-in on the morning of Monday the 30th. Mr. Vonderfecht, the owner, had closed the establishment on the afternoon of Saturday the 28th. The Pharmacy was closed and unoccupied until the owner returned, and opened the business on the morning of Monday the 30th. Upon entering the business, Mr. Vonderfecht noted that the building had been broken into, and that a large amount of Narcotics and other medications had been stolen. The perpetrators entered through a side door at the front of the building, and made their way to the rear of the building where the Pharmacy is located. The medications were taken, and then the individuals exited through the rear door that comes out in the alley behind the Pharmacy. It appears that the individuals had knowledge of the layout of the building to some extent.

Thu
09
Jan
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Sheriff Reed retires, new Sheriff Lang sworn in

Sheriff Reed retires, new Sheriff Lang sworn in
Sheriff Reed retires, new Sheriff Lang sworn in

From left, Pawnee County Commissioner Jan Lang, former deputy Jon Samuelson, Sheriff Braden Lang, Deputy Josh Townsen, Deputy Brad Willey, Sheriff Reed, and Commissioner Dennis Schaardt.

Sheriff Jayme Reed retired Dec. 31 after 21 years of service to the public, 15 as Sheriff. Chief Deputy Braden Lang was sworn in as Sheriff. L Top, Braden Lang sworn in. along with his deputies. 

 

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Thu
02
Jan
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Stained glass window to be saved

The stained-glass window in the Cornerstone Building can be saved, but it won’t be able to be on the outside of the building, according to the city’s expert. The Council voted 4-0 to get the glass repaired at its Monday, Dec. 23 meeting. (The paper had an early deadline for Christmas, and we were not able to get the story in the last issue.)

The glass will be repaired and hung inside the building next to a window so people can see the light come through it. The expert will clean and put new leading in the window. The cost will be $1,680. Mayor Charlie Hatfield made his appointments at the meeting. Originally, he had Susan Eisenhauer the new person on streets and Ric Helms the old person on streets put on parks. Helms objected and after a sharp discussion, he was put back on the streets and Eisenhauer was put on parks. (This information was provided by the clerk on duty, Deputy Clerk Kellie Wiers as the reporter was unable to attend the meeting.)

 

 

Thu
02
Jan
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Mark Sunneberg, Jr. has a business that reaches global proportions

Mark Sunneberg, Jr. has a business that reaches global proportions

Mark Sunneberg, Jr. knows the old saying Necessity is the Mother of Invention. In fact, he banks on it with his company, Sunneday.

He formed his company in 2010 and he serves as President.

His company has around 40 products in its line of offerings and he has contact worldwide. Some of them would include a retractable garden hose reel, retractable air hose reels, multiple cooling products from misting kits to cooling accessories. We also have different types of health and beauty organizers. The most recent item we are coming out with is a USB Rechargeable hand-held misting fan. This item should be in stock before Christmas,” he said.

 

 

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