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American White Pelicans congregate at Burchard Lake

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If you ever visit Burchard Lake you could see a flock of pelicans.

They flew in a couple of weeks ago and have stayed for now. They are in huge numbers, at least 50 or so.

According to Joel Jorgensen, Nongame Bird Program Manager for the Game and Parks Commission, pelicans come to Burchard Lake because it is habitat. They use lakes, marshes and wetlands and feed on fish and also amphibians like tadpoles and frogs, etc.

He said pelicans are common for abundant migrations in Nebraska. He said it is not inconceivable to suspect hundreds of pelicans stop at Burchard Lake each year.

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06
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Remembering D-Day on the 75th anniversary

(This is a column by the famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle, written at the time of the D-Day Invasion in World War II. June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of that invasion.)

By Ernie Pyle

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

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06
Jun
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Mayor breaks tie vote on salary first reading

Mayor Deb Klein voted in the affirmative to break a 2-2 on the first reading of the new salary ordinance at the Wednesday, May 29, meeting. They were meeting then because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Councilmen Ric Helms and John Dahlgren voted against the measure while Councilwoman Sandi Corbitt-Sears and Councilman Charlie Hatfield voted for the measure.

The ordinance would give the employees a $1 an hour raise, rather than a percentage raise. The ordinance has to pass three readings before being approved.

One of the first items of business was to go into executive session to discuss strategy for a possible legal action being aimed at the city. There was no action taken when they came back into open session and details of the litigation threat are not known.

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06
Jun
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Tax relief blues

State Sen. Julie Slama said though there was no comprehensive property tax relief program passed, there were some positive first steps and that they set “ourselves up to make greater progress in 2020.”

All major tax reform proposals came up short this year. Slama said property taxpayers did not walk away empty-handed.

“$550 million in property tax relief was designated in the state’s budget for the biennium. This money is designated for the ‘Property Tax Credit Fund’ and represents a record designation in the state’s budget for property tax relief,” she said.

She said LB 103 has passed, which reduces levies of local taxing entities as valuations increase.

 

 

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30
May
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Two brothers find a home through adoption

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Anthony Kling, 12, and his brother, Atreyu, 11 have found the stability of a good home.

They were adopted officially by Nancy Tilton at a ceremony in the Pawnee County Courthouse recently.

She took them into her home three years ago as a foster parent. She has helped eight kids over the last few years since getting her foster parent license. Foster parents are contacted by foster agencies when a child is in need of a good home. They place the child, though it has to be approved by the foster parent. Nancy took these two because they were local kids. They actually had a sibling brother who lives with the father.

Being a foster parent is something she has wanted to do for a long time. She saw the need for safe havens for children who have been removed from the home. She talked the adoption of the boys over with her daughter Hannah and they both agreed it was a good idea, so they took the necessary classes for the foster license.

 

 

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May
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SENCAP good for PC

The Southeast Community College SENCAP program started at Pawnee City High School in school year 2017-18. Over the past two years, the program has been very successful. In school year 2017-18, 31 juniors and seniors, 52% of all students in those grades, took dual credit courses through SCC. Those courses were either part of the SENCAP career academy, or were traditional courses such as College English and Algebra. That rate of participation by juniors and seniors was the highest of all high schools in ESU 4. This past school year, 24 out of 43 juniors and seniors (56%) took dual credit courses through SCC. For next school year, 22 out of 31 juniors and seniors (71%) have pre-enrolled for SCC dual credit courses. It’s also important to note that many of the students who take SCC dual credit courses, take multiple courses in a school year.

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30
May
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Rec areas ready for summer

The Republican contacted the Nemaha Natural Resources District and the Game and Parks Commission to check on our recreation lake areas.

Bob Hilske of the Nemaha Natural Resources District gave us an update on Kirkman’s Cove and Iron Horse Recreation Areas.

He said two new concrete restrooms were recently installed at Kirkman's Cove; one on the day use loop and another near the boat ramp area. They are replacing old wooden structures. The NRD has been working with Game and Parks on removing invasive trees such as cedar, locust and Osage orange (hedge). “We had planned to do that over the past winter/spring, but it could not be done as a result of poor weather. That work will now be done between July and October. It will not impact the use of any recreation facilities. There will some new signage at both areas including a new entrance sign at Kirkman’s and signage on the loop trail around the lake at Iron Horse,” he said.

Thu
30
May
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Stealing from business: a common problem

Stealing from local businesses is a continuing problem, whether it be shoplifting, writing bad checks or other ways of stealing.

Kacey Holroyd, manager at Dollar General in Pawnee City, said it is fairly common to walk around the store and find empty boxes that shouldn’t be empty. That means someone has stolen the item(s).

She said she finds a least a dozen empty boxes every couple of days, sometimes more, sometimes less. She guesses that some of the thieves have money issues, while the rest just don’t want to pay for the product. Medications are the main items that get stolen due to their high price, she said.

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May
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Memorial Day 2019 in Pawnee City

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Thank you all for being here today to recognize and remember those who have paid the ultimate price fighting for our country. I’m reminded of a verse from the Bible, John 15:13, which reads: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Indeed, the brave men and women we honor today paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and for that, we are all forever grateful.

Memorial Day weekend is a time that many of us spend with friends and family, hosting barbeques and visiting cemeteries. We cannot forget the true meaning of this special day and may we never forget the freedoms we enjoy because of those soldiers who have died fighting for their country. I call these brave men and women the ultimate heroes, and I pray for their families and friends that they may find comfort knowing their loved one’s passing is a result of their utmost act of patriotism.

Thu
23
May
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Come dine at Shirley’s Place

A diner remarked to the waitress as he was leaving Shirley’s Place Monday morning that he missed the Subway, but after eating breakfast there considered that it had been a “trade up.”

Shirley’s Place opened Thursday morning in the old Subway building. That business was shut down after a fire and many wondered if the town would ever have another business in there, let alone a place to eat.

And boy is it a place to eat! Many people have remarked on how good the food is and how fortunate the town is to have another good place to eat out. Shirley’s is run by Rich Dietrich and his wife, Shawna. They have a staff of 11, including Shawna’s mom, Ann and their daughters Abby and Hailey and their classmates.

They are open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday is breakfast only.

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