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  • Settlements
    On Sunday, January 13, Mitch Zabokrtsky gave a special presentation at the Fairbury City Museum about the Early Settlements of Jefferson County. The special event was the first city event to commemorate the celebration of Fairbury’s 150th birthday. A large crowd filled the first exhibit room to listen to Zabokrtsky’s presentation.
  • Esports Ready For Takeoff At Thayer Central
    Thayer Central’s recently formed Esports team is edging ever so close to competition.
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  • New Member Swore In to Fairbury School Board
    Friday, January 18, 2019 3:28 PM
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 3:27 PM
    The City of Fairbury City Council met as per their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 15 where reports and hearings filled the evening. 
    The first report given was on the state of Parkview Apartments. Executive Director Twilya L’Ecuyer presented to the council the start-of-year report.
    She reported on the projects and remodeling efforts that the building is currently going through. One project that she did not anticipate would have to be tackled this year was the replacement of the roof of the structure; however, after getting more information she was forced to bump the project up to a critical need. 
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 3:26 PM
    Whether it is military culture, the atrocities of war, or multiple deployments, the simple fact is the rate of suicide among the nation’s veterans has been on the rise since 9/11.
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:33 AM
    My first foray into journalism was in high school. During my sophomore year I took journalism 101 and never looked back. 
    Only one other person out of maybe 12 or so students is also in the field.
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 4:00 PM
    Louis Székely is back. Better known by his nom de guerre, Louis C.K., the comedian disappeared about a year ago after the public learned some unsavory facts about his unsavory behavior. Don’t worry, I don’t intend to recap what he was accused of because, ew. I’ll follow the lead of other journalists and just refer to it by the vague, sensibility-protecting “sexual misconduct.”
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 2:19 PM
    In the early 2000’s there was a boom of ghost hunting and on a good number of channels a plethora of different ghost hunting shows filled the late night line-up. Still to this day, there are some shows that have survived the wave of critics and the scripted shows were exposed. 
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 9:50 AM

    Norris L. Schoen, 89, of Fairbury, NE passed away January 16, 2019 in Fairbury.  He was born June 6, 1929 to John & Anna (Ude) Schoen in Fairbury.

    Services will be Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury.  The family will greet friends Sunday evening from 4 – 6 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.  Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery – Gladstone, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.    

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:38 AM
    Wanda Just (Kellie) of Beatrice, NE passed away at the age of 67 on January 15, 2019 in Lincoln, NE. Services will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.  The family will greet friends at the Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6 – 8. Luncheon to follow burial at Steele City Community Center.

  • Louis B Cumro
    Monday, January 14, 2019 9:27 AM
    Louis B Cumro 88, passed away January 6, 2019, at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln. Services were January 11, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Odell. Burial will be in Odell Czech Cemetery. Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell is in charge of arrangements. 
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The 2019 4-H Public Speaking Contest is set for Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. Registration must be complete by April 3 by calling the office or sending an email to For more information and resources to help prepare, visit
Start Time: 9:25 AM
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Diller Opera House Shrimp Feed, Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m.
Start Time: 9:25 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Diller Community Foundation Fund Granting Celebration, Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Diller Opera House beginning at 12:30 in conjunction with Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser.
Start Time: 9:26 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM
Diller Community Club Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, Jan. 27 @ the Diller Opera House. Serving from 11 - 1. Free will donation. Proceeds for Community Betterment Projects.
Start Time: 9:27 AM
End Time: 12:00 AM
The kickoff for this year’s Relay for Life in Gage County is being held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Valentino’s, Seventh and Court in Beatrice. Anyone who would like to learn more about this American Cancer Society event is welcome. Reservations for the breakfast meeting should be made to Corinne Koch at 402-239-3904. Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The 2019 ACS Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at the Gage County Fairgrounds. The mission of the Relay for Life is to support those who face cancer, to raise funds to someday eliminate cancer, and offer hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten. For more information about ACS patient services, visit
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Tri County Athletic Booster Club Soup Supper, January 22, 4-8 p.m. during Basketball games.
Start Time: 9:28 AM
End Time: 7:00 PM
Happy Rock 4-H Club is reorganizing for the 2019 year with a meeting on January 21, 2019 at 7 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Lana Likens at 402-729-5792.
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Once again the Jefferson County Farm Bureau is offering the Student Project Grant Program. The grant is offered to all FFA and 4-H students. The application can be found at https// The deadline is January 11, 2019. Call the office with any questions.
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