The names, the news and the stories of 2005

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Preparing for the future...

Celebrating accomplishments...

Remembering the past...

The stories that appeared in the pages of The New Prague Times during the past year have recorded the history of the community, just as they have throughout the 117-year history of this publication.

The Times has worked to let you know about the people of this area who make up this town.

We’ve brought you feature stories about wrestler Travis Rutt, State Trooper Mark Lund, and dozens of other area residents, such as Bill Bardon, Dennis Havlicek, Barb Jirik, Ralph Hendricks and more.

We told the stories of the New Prague High School girls hockey team, which placed third in state, and of Trojan wrestler Justin Turek and gymnast Steph Solheid, both of whom won state championships.

We’ve kept you up to date on area servicemen and their tours of duty, including one this week on New Prague Intermediate School teacher Rich Wilson, who said goodbye to his fourth grade class as he prepares to be sent overseas.

Changes

New Prague is a changing community, as evidenced by a number of stories we’ve had about change. There are new housing developments, new city and school projects, and several new businesses entering the community each month. But we’ve also said goodbye to some long-time businesses in our downtown area, most notably Schumacher’s Hotel & Restaurant. John and Kathleen Schumacher closed their nationally-renowned business after 31 years, and are preparing to turn the historic building into condominiums.

Growth has been the dominant theme when looking at the changes in New Prague. A great deal of time and effort went into covering that growth, beginning with stories on the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update, which the city council approved in February, along with plans for a new water tower and a new waste treatment plant to serve the growing community. School growth was also a topic, as we had stories on the groundbreaking and continuing construction of two new elementary schools to serve the district, as well as coverage of an election that approved an addition to the current high school.

We invite you to look at a review of the names, events and stories of 2005, which can be found under Special Section on the navigation bar at left. Each week, The Times strives to bring you the names, events and happenings of this area in order to let you know more about the community. We feel we did a good job of that in 2005, and our goal for 2006 is to do even better.

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