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And then the sun came out!

The snow came down for awhile Thursday morning but quickly dissipated by afternoon. The slush that was created seemed to disappear quickly and soon everything was back to normal.

 

Wed
26
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Patriotic DuBois veteran active in several service clubs

By Ray Kappel.
 
DUBOIS – Jimmy Wray doesn’t want to be the guy giving orders. He wants the humble job. He wants to be the guy handing you the glass of water. “I’m the guy who holds the flag or shoots the gun at a funeral. But we have hundreds of those around here,” he said. Wray, who will turn 69 this year, is an active member of AmVets, VFW, and American Legion in Pawnee City, not to mention the Sons of the American Legion, Legion Riders in both Nebraska and Kansas, and ABATE, the motorcycle rights group. He has been the ABATE District rep for around 20 years and on the Board of Directors.

 

Wed
26
Feb
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War on drugs comes to your medicine cabinet

By Ray Kappel.

It’s a whole, new ballgame in the war on drugs. Drugs coming from other countries used to be the major problem, now the war on drugs is as close as your medicine cabinet. Presciption drugs are the problem now, and law enforcment is battling that problem right here in Pawnee County and Southeast Nebraska. Pawnee County Sheriff Jayme Reed said we still have the old drugs around, but she is seeing more presciption abuse. “We have all of it,” she said of the drug problem in the county.
 

 

Wed
26
Feb
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Council hears presentation on active shooters

By Ray Kappel.

The Pawnee City City Council meeting lasted nine minutes Monday. The Council wasn't short on things to do, they just had an important guest waiting after the meeting. They adjourned after doing their business to do something a lot of people are doing these days: preparing for an active shooter. The guest they were waiting for was Don Pounds, State Patrol Investigator from Falls City. He gave a presentation recently on active shooters to the Pawnee City Library.
 

 

Wed
19
Feb
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County Attorney introduces video-conferencing for hearings & online STOP classes

County Attorney Jennifer Stehlik Ladman has a couple of ideas on how to save money for Pawnee County. She was at the County Commissioners Tuesday morning to talk about the STOP program and videoconferencing
some hearings. The STOP program, which stands for Safety Training Option Program, lets one-time offenders with minor traffic violations erase their record with a class
 
Wed
19
Feb
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Deputy sees the heart-break of drug addiction

His eyes well up when he thinks of her. Johnson County Deputy Lynn Lyon was giving one of his talks on the effect of drugs to some high school students a number of years ago when a young girl approached him. He was talking about a man in Burchard whose daughter and wife left him because of his meth use. Then the man was leveraged out of his house by a drug dealer who he owed because of meth buys.
 
Wed
19
Feb
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Mullin's latest restoration project headed to historical society site

A 1950 Minneapolis Moline Z is the latest restoration of an antique by Roy Mullin. Mullin, who has an Ag Shop near DuBois, has been busy restoring tractors and cars since he got involved in restoration in 1991. He restored the Moline Z for Bob Miller of Pawnee City, whose dad owned the tractor. It will be turned over to the Pawnee County Historical Society in the future
 
Wed
12
Feb
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Dahlgren questions city practice of reviewing P.C. library bills

By Ray Kappel.
 
Pawnee City Clerk Tammy Stephens took issue with Councilman John Dahlgren's view that the approving of the library bills is 'illegal' at Monday night's Council meeting. Dahlgren doesn't think the Council has any business approving the library bills, since they have their own library board to pay the bills. At the last Council meeting, he said he thought it was 'illegal' to keep doing it this way and he repeated it again Monday night.
 
Wed
12
Feb
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Thinking About Health

By Trudy Lieberman.
 
The conversation around health care and what we pay for it is beginning to change. The realization that we pay way more than other countries for the same services is beginning to sink in. Why do Americans on average pay $8,143 for hospital and physician services for cataract surgery while the Swiss pay $2,566 and the French only $1,938? By all accounts, outcomes are similar. For too long Americans have accepted these high price tags for medical care without asking questions. Politicians have justified them saying American quality is better. But studies by many organizations have shown that justification doesn’t necessarily hold up, and in the last year or so I’ve detected a pushback from the public.
 
Wed
12
Feb
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Carol Young steps down after 26 years as Pawnee County Clerk

By Ray Kappel.
 
After 26 years as County Clerk, Carol Young is stepping down. She chose not to file for re-election. She cited health issues as the main reason she is stepping aside. She said the job is very stressful at times and she has heart problems. “I thought it was time to give someone else a chance,” she said. Young has ran unopposed since being elected in 1998. “Nobody wants this job,” she says with her characteristic chuckle. But there is someone who does want the job now, her assistant Candi Tuxhorn, who has filed for the May primary. Young rates her deputy very highly and said Tuxhorn knows the job inside and out.
 

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