Wednesday, March 9, 2016
NEWS ROUNDUP: Marquee Is Up, New Superintendent Could Be Announced Soon
Here's the latest breaking news from Dorchester and the surrounding area:
Helen Stehlik Celebrates 80th Birthday: Helen (Lisec) Stehlik of Dorchester will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, March 15. She has four children, Joyce Chambers, Susan Sedlak, John Stehlik and Jim Stehlik. To celebrate, her family is throwing her a card shower. Birthday greetings may be sent to her at 463 Co. Rd. 1700, Dorchester, NE 68343.
DPS Superintendent Announcement Expected Soon: In January, Dorchester Public School Superintendent Mitch Kubicek announced he would be resigning from DPS at the end of the school year. Kubicek has been part of the DPS community since 2008, just as the new school building opened its doors for the first time. Replacing him will be a difficult task, but school board members this week mulled over dozens of applications from those interested in becoming DPS' next superintendent. Sources tell us an offer to an extremely talented leader has been made. The hiring of a superintendent is is an important selection -- not only for the school but for the entire community. If our sources are correct, this individual is well suited to help our students and community, and he understands the challenges and many opportunities facing Dorchester.
New Marquee Is Up And Running: Dorchester's new electronic marquee up and running. While the frame remains the same as the marquee installed in 2007, the orange-and-black electronic sign that now graces Dorchester's Main Street median now displays a color billboard face. It's easier to read the date, time, temperature and announcements of town events. Town leaders deserve credit for replacing the broken marquee with something of this quality. The electronic marquee keeps all of our community's residents in the know.
Need Work? Village Looking For Help: The Village of Dorchester is looking for part-time outdoor summer help, as well as a part-time dumpsite attendant. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Village Hall at 402-946-3201.
Dorchester Man Sentenced For Sex Assault Gets New Trial: The Associated Press, which runs worldwide, is reporting that a Dorchester man found guilty of first-degree sexual assault of a child in 2014 has been granted a new trial by the Nebraska Court of Appeals. The AP wire says 36-year-old Raymundo Perez-Cruz's trial court judge abused his discretion by denying Perez-Cruz a jury trial because he waived it while trying to work out a plea agreement. Perez-Cruz is accused of grabbing a 13-year-old girl two summers ago and putting her in the backseat of his car before driving her to a lake near Crete, where prosecutors say the girl said he forced himself on her. Perez-Cruz had been sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison last year. The conviction and sentence have been reversed and the case will go back to Lancaster County District Court.
Farmers Co-op Mentioned In Story About Ethanol Business Bankruptcy: Dorchester made the news again today in a story about the bankruptcy of a Spanish company, Abengoa, that owns shuttered ethanol plants at Ravenna and York. The company has millions of dollars in debts to Nebraska companies and local governments that may not be repaid. Among the Nebraska businesses mentioned in the story is Farmers Cooperative of Dorchester, which has contested a $7 million bankruptcy loan to Abengoa Bioenergy last week over concerns that some of the money could be funneled to Spain, according to Reuters.
Legislature Votes To Dole Out Food Stamps To Drug Dealers: While scanning the news wires, we read that Nebraska lawmakers voted 31-5 today to allow felons with drug convictions to receive food stamps. That's right -- our $12,000-a-year state senators voted 31-5 to let convicted drug dealers get food stamps, which more than 40 million Americans already receive. This comes a year after the Legislature repealed the state's death penalty and watered down the state's mandatory minimum criminal sentencing laws.