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The Falls City EDGE Investor and Community Relations committee, in cooperation with the Corporate Headquarters of our 7 local industries, donated $100 in the name of each industry to a local charity this year. We are pleased to announce $300 was given to the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad (FCVAS) for Herzog, Falls City Foods and Consolidated Grain & Barge. The Richardson County Cancer Fund received $300 for Vantec Inc., AirLanco and FAST Global Solutions. Falls City Summer Recreation Program was the recipient of $100 on behalf of The Ames Companies. Falls City Foods generously matched the donation with an additional $100 going to FCVAS. Thank you to each of these organizations for all the contributions you make to our community! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to SCC on being chosen as the 2019 Falls City EDGE Investor of the Year! Southeast Community College held a well-attended ground breaking on September 26th in celebration of their brand new, high-tech regional learning center. The process in locating SCC in Falls City began in August of 2015 as EDGE worked closely with the SCC team of Bob and Kelly Morgan in identifying, touring and negotiating different sites and buildings over a nearly a two-year search. In 2017 a site was finalized; an architect was chosen to design the building and approval was granted for the new facility by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. The planning phase was a success and Dr. Illich and the Southeast Community College Board of Governor’s gave the green light for construction of a nearly 10,000 square foot facility. The building took nearly a year to construct and now adorns the northern entrance of Falls City and is a beacon of hope to those seeking to upgrade their skills and earnings potential.
Southeast Community College held public forums as a way to garner input from local citizens and employers when deciding what areas to focus on at the Falls City location. Healthcare and Manufacturing continually ranked at the top and SCC took action as a result of the community needs assessment. The building currently has state of the art healthcare classrooms equipped with the most advanced technology available and the manufacturing area is a work in progress. The facility is also home to a host of other classes both on-site and distance learning as a means to meet local demands.
On behalf of the EDGE Board of Directors, our Investors, the people of Falls City and Richardson County we say thank you for your outstanding community investment and service! This facility was worth the wait!
Please join me in congratulating Southeast Community College as the 2019 EDGE Investor of the Year! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the Towle Family on being inducted into the Falls City EDGE Wall of Fame: The Towle family’s 4 generations of pioneering business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit provided the strong foundation which anchored Falls City into the community we know today. To fully understand their contributions, one has to travel back to 1862, a mere 4 years after Falls City was incorporated, to explore where it all began. Edward S. Towle settled in Falls City where he was a pioneer lawyer and where he served as the town’s first mayor, as a member of the first state constitutional convention and as Speaker of the House in the Nebraska Legislative session of 1875. His successful public service was complimented by his calculated private endeavors which included amassing productive farm ground and creating the Towle Realty Company in 1913.
The next generation of the Towle family continued to invest in Falls City with the purchase of the Falls City Telephone Company, which became Southeast Nebraska Telephone Company, and the First National Bank. These two companies were purchased from the Miles family. Edwin H., also known as Ned, ultimately assumed ownership of both companies and continued to grow the Towle Realty Company. Under the leadership of Edwin H., the Towle Realty Company acquired many additional acres of farm ground and included the purchase of several downtown buildings. He had many other business interests including the Towle Lumber Yard and Apple Orchards. Mr. Towle was a dominant figure in the economic life of Falls City due to his real estate, banking and telephone interests but he was also very civic minded. He served as mayor, as did his father before him, served as city engineer at the time the bricks were laid on Stone St., was manager of the Falls City Mink baseball league and played an active part in bringing Missouri Pacific offices and shops to Falls City.
The third generation of the Towle family was led by Edwin S. Towle the 2nd and he continued in a leadership role of all three companies while managing extensive agricultural interests and city real estate. He continued to add holdings by purchasing farm ground and buildings for the Towle Realty Company including the First National Bank Drive In erected in 1960. Mr. Towle also owned the Independent Pipeline Company, the General Loan Company and the Missouri Valley Poster Advertising Company. He served on the Falls City school board, the Chamber of Commerce Board and was a director at the Falls City County Club.
Today, Falls City is blessed with the 4th generation of the Towle family at the helm of many business interests under the leadership of the late Edwin S. Towle the 3rd and his wife, Dorothy Towle. Mr. Towle added to the business interests of the Towle family with the launching of two additional companies, Computer Business Services and Southeast Nebraska Sales and Service. Of all the business interests held by the Towle family the most prominent would be, what is known today, as Southeast Nebraska Communications. It has withstood the test of time and has always been revered as the most high-tech telecommunications company the state of Nebraska has known. Under the leadership of Edwin H., the news media reported in 1952 that “Southeast Nebraska has the most up to date telephone plant in Nebraska.” In 2010, under the leadership of Dorothy, the Lincoln Journal Star echoed the same sentiment, “Falls City is not building a baseball park on the edge of a cornfield to attract people to the southeast corner of Nebraska. It's working on something more futuristic: a fiber optic network that will connect to 2,366 homes and businesses - basically the entire town.” In 2015, SNC completed a fiber optic project that placed fiber to every home and business in its rural areas. At this time SNC was one of a very small handful of companies in the state to be 100% fiber to the home across its entire service area. Under the direction of Dorothy, SNC continues to be on the leading edge of communications, offers the best service possible, and continues the Towle family’s dedication to the people of Falls City and the surrounding areas.
The Towle family’s business and civic mindedness was a fundamental part of Falls City’s history and is still going strong today. They are a premier employer with 13 valued employees. They are philanthropic and often a leading donor to many community betterment projects including recent endeavors like Southeast Nebraska Communications ball field, the Roh Activity Center, and Community Medical Center. Their contributions span over a century in time and are far too many to list but, as a community, we are grateful the Towle family chose to settle in Falls City!
We are thankful for the contributions of the Towle family and, tonight, we honor 4 generations as we celebrate the mark they have made on Falls City. Their business savvy, civic mindedness, personable demeanor and philanthropic attitude is a big part of the many successes we share in today. ... See MoreSee Less