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18
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Debate continues on health care

By Ray Kappel News Editor

The Trump administration made its most ambitious effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act this past Thursday. President Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he wants to do away the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It was one of his campaign promises

He has made several tries in Congress to dilute the Affordable Care Act, if not do away with it altogether.

Those attempts have failed so far. But Thursday, he issued an executive order to scale back rules on health insurance across the country. The order aims at offering cheap health care plans with skimpier coverage that is allowed under the health care law, according a report published in the Omaha World Herald.

 

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Wed
18
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Rainy day feeling no spoiler of Harvest Bash

By Ray Kappel News Editor

Can we say it was a watered down version of Harvest Bash without any groaning? Despite the rain, we had fun anyway.

The rain came down all Saturday morning and Harvest Bash, now in its fourth year, went indoors for the most part.

There was the excitement of the Giant Pumpkin weigh-in when somebody else besides Don Young won this year. He didn’t come this year but Ralph Laub and his wife, Juana did.

And they came all the way from Vernal, Utah to take first and second place. Ralph’s pumpkin won with a weight of 1,326.5 lbs. He got the $2,000 first prize. But it was Juana who won hearts with her enthusiasm. As her pumpkin was being weighed she stood directly behind it and hollered out to the crowd “Is it 1,200? Tell me it is 1,200.” She wanted a pumpkin this year that weighed over 1,200 pounds and she got it as her pumpkin was second at 1,314 lbs.

 

Wed
18
Oct
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More than 100 quilts on display at Harvest Bash

More than 100 quilts and quilt pieces provided a stunning show at Harvest Bash on Saturday. The show was held at Poteet Hall in Pawnee City and it could arguably be called the largest show of its kind ever in the area. And it wasn’t just a show for ladies. It was a show for all people who enjoy the beauty of quilts and their stories.

Each quilt had its own story attached to it and they told great personal histories. There were several men walking through and stopping to look at the quilts. Some quilts showed many different stitch applications which boasted the quilter’s remarkable abilities with thread and needle. There were many that were quilted with tiny stitches in lovely designs that were so perfect with their fabrics that it invited you to cuddle up and enjoy the softness and warmth of them.

 

Wed
18
Oct
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Dedication of rescued country school held Sunday near Table Rock

By Sharla Cerra

On Sunday, October 15, alumni who had restored the “rock school,” Pleasant Valley Country School in old School District 32 near Table Rock, dedicated the school. About 30 chairs were initially set up. However, cars streamed down Railroad Avenue and parked on the prairie behind the school until over 60 people crowded into the little schoolhouse where five pupils had made up the final class – Duane and Joe Stehlik, Marjorie Fritch, Jackie and Janet Flider, taught by Charlene Glathar Tomek.

Wed
11
Oct
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Council wants help with Kobza building

By Ray Kappel News Editor

The Pawnee City City Council wants input from the public on what to do with the former dental building. The building has been declared unsafe for human occupancy, and more than one Council member said the building is not likely to get through the winter.

Dentist Travis Kobza still owns the building, and would be willing to turn over the building to the city plus $10,000. That was his latest offer and the Council will instruct City Attorney Joe Stehlik to see if the offer is still good.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Dedication for Rock School House

Few country schools still stand in this county. One, Maple Grove, has been a museum of the Table Rock Historical Society since 1965, when it was moved from its original site. Five schools are now on the grounds of the Pawnee City Historical Society: Gravel Hill, Cracker Box, Hazel Dell, East Star, and West Branch.

The schools left in the country side are either gone or are dying. Greenfield, Cold Point, Bush School, and Clear Creek, for example, are in ruins. There is one, however, that is on its original site and is hale hearty: Pleasant Valley School, which sits in the old School District 32. It is four miles east of Table Rock on Railroad Avenue, which begins at the old Reno Inn. Pleasant Valley – also known as the Rock School because it is built of limestone – has been rescued by a group of alumni. This Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m., they are having a dedication to celebrate.

Wed
11
Oct
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Come enjoy Harvest Bash this Saturday

By Ray Kappel News Editor

 

The Quilt Show should be a big hit at Harvest Bash, judging from the number of quilts they have already.

They have 75 quilts so far. The show, which is free, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Poteet Hall. Harvest Bash is this Saturday in downtown Pawnee City. Quilt exhibitors need to get their quilts to the hall on Friday to allow time to set up. Three people have been busy making quilt racks for the show,

Rob Kosiske, and Nanette and Russ Smith. These racks will be available for future quilt shows in the community.

 

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11
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Pawnee City laundromat holds Grand Opening

By Ray Kappel News Editor

The Pawnee City laundromat known as the Missing Sock had its Grand Opening Friday. All new machines as well as a mural grace the place.

The owners, John and Cindy DeFreece, took on this project as part of their retirement.

They are very civic minded and didn’t want Pawnee City to be without a laundromat.

The old one was destroyed in a fire in 2015. Several chamber members were there to do the ribbon cutting. They also presented the DeFreeces with a nice plaque containing their first two dollars of clear profit (a $2.00 bill) and their first year of membership with the Chamber.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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New hangar going up at Pawnee City Airport

By Ray Kappel

A new hangar is being constructed at the Pawnee City Airport.

Work started recently and is expected to be done between January and March of next year, according to the Airport Mechanic, Matt Christen.

AHRS is the general contractor while Randy Gyhra Construction will do the dirt work. The dirt work is expected to be done shortly.

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Wed
04
Oct
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Shelter building top priority for S.H.A.R.E.

By Ray Kappel

Safe Haven Animal Rescue Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) continues to plan for the day when it will have a building for its services.

According to Media Manager, Katie Schlund, the group had a setback earlier this year and was unable to use the building structure originally planned for as a shelter. They now plan to build from the ground up on property donated by S.H.A.R.E. President, Donna Henson.

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