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May

PC track closed for repairs

By Ray Kappel

The track at Pawnee City High School and the football field will be off limits to the public and students for the summer.

The track, high jump pad, and runways are to be resurfaced starting in late May or early June, according to Superintendent Brian Rottinghaus. The project should be completed by August.

Back in February, the School Board went with the lowest of four bids from Midwest Tennis and Track to resurface the current rubber base of the track. The track is 16 years old.

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Wed
24
May

Two new businesses open in Table Rock

By Ray Kappel

Two new businesses will be open in Table Rock soon.

One is called Korn Krib Pickers and the other is Table Rock Attic. Both stores will be in the Tiger Pride Activity Center. It was formerly the school until the students were moved to Humboldt and a local group bought the school, the Tiger Pride Foundation.

The two businesses are the first of what local people hope are more people renting space in the center. The foundation already rents out the gym for Pawnee City basketball practices, for one thing, and it is available for renting for parties.

Korn Krib Pickers is run by Jim and Vicki Blecha. Table Rock Attic is run by Vicki Blecha and Peggy Woolard.

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Wed
24
May

Street survey finished, public meeting coming

By Ray Kappel

The street survey being conducted by JEO of Pawnee City is done.

Foreman Clint Johnson told the City Council that at the regular Monday night meeting. The survey was finished much quicker than they had thought originally. They thought perhaps it would take two months but they got it done in two and a half weeks.

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Wed
24
May

Table Rock man's burial flag from WWII donated to TR museum

By Sharla (Sitzman) Cerra

In 1949, the Table Rock Post Office received and delivered a parcel addressed to “Joseph B. Morton, Table Rock, Nebraska.” Inside was a flag folded to fit the box. The flag is still in that same box. It does not appear that it has ever been unfolded. It is likely that Joe Morton or his wife Emma even removed it from the box. With it is a printed form. It said that Clarence’s remains had been interred at a military ceremony in Manila with customary military services over the grave.

That cardboard box carries with it the sort of story told by the parents of over 400,000 American service men and women who never returned from the fronts of World War II.

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Wed
24
May

Rock issues, projects fill county's road agenda

By By Ray Kappel

The rock situation on Pawnee County roads is better this year than last year, said Chris Rauner, Superintendent of County Roads.

He said the quarries are keeping up with requests and weather has treated them better than the last three or four years.

They have spent 85 percent of their $390,000 budget for rock this fiscal year which ends July 1. They also have a special road budget that has been built up from federal disaster funds and that has paid for $250,000 of additional rock that was contracted.

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Wed
17
May

Graduation Day arrives for 23 at Pawnee City High School

By Ray Kappel

Pawnee City High School graduated a class of 23 winners Saturday. We call them winners because 21 of the 23 earned a state medal in some level of competition.

Guidance Counselor Betsy Spitser called them a class who had struggled, but who had worked hard and set goals. They had met those goals and now were stepping out in the world for the challenges ahead.

Sarah Smyth led the class as Valedictorian. Smyth ran up an incredible 99 plus average over four years of high school. Kellen Habegger, who had earned state medals in speech and play production, was the Salutatorian.

Also in the group of graduating seniors were three foreign exchange students. A fourth, though not ready to graduate, sat in the stands watching the other three get honored by Principal Don Jacobs.

 

Wed
17
May

Lewiston graduates 18 Sunday

By Ray Kappel

Lewiston Consolidated Schools graduated 18 in a ceremony Sunday afternoon.

It was Mother’s Day and the mothers of the graduates were given special attention, both in mention and in roses presented to them by their graduating seniors.

Cari Howell was named Valedictorian and Shelby Piening was named Salutatorian.

Principal Fred Ivey acknowledged the mothers in the audience and then the graduates presented roses to their mothers in one of the most moving parts of any graduation.

The graduates had a real treat to listen to when former graduate Connor Barr gave the address. He graduated three years ago and is pursuing a ministry degree at Nebraska Christian College. He expects to graduate in December.

Wed
17
May

43 graduate HTRS Saturday

By Ray Kappel

Trenton Plager was Valedictorian and Chloe Workman Salutatorian at HTRS as that school graduated 43 seniors Saturday afternoon.

“Looking back at high school, it was hardly the dream many of expected it to be. It was hard, and it wasn’t made any easier by the size of our class. When you put 40 plus people, with opinions as different as ours are, in a room, and try to conduct a meeting, or say, decide on a theme for prom, it begins to look like the first battle of World War III,” Plager said in his speech.

He said the group learned how to compromise and sacrifice, but now that time is over, we are done, he said, though not with learning.

“As we have all heard since childhood, we’ll always be learning, and someday we may need the lessons we learned in high school, even the lessons we learned in math, because as Mrs. Hunzeker says, ‘Life is a story problem.’”

 

Wed
10
May

Great start for Blazin Bull

By Ray Kappel

Put the Blazin Bull on your to-do list.

The food is great and so is the service. They are open now from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is in the same building as the Adobe Grille used to be.

Mitchell and Kenzie Turnbull own the place, and Kenzie reports business has been booming the first three days of last week. They filled 135 orders last Wednesday.

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Wed
10
May

TR Village Board meets for first time since election

By Ray Kappel

The Table Rock Village Board met Monday night for the first time since the special election.

An election was held to pick three new board members because three had resigned over a recall petition. The new board members were Milan Tomek, Chad Gager and Cayle Rauner.

The meeting started at 7:30 and lasted to after 10 p.m.

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