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Real Estate

June 10: Edward E. Brink to Kendan R. Garber: N62 of L12, B1 of Original Town of Fairbury.

June 12: Estate of Colton J. Schoenrock to Kruz Schoenrock and Brurria Baker: A portion of B11 of McDowells Subdivision of the SW1/4 of the NW1/4 of 14-2-2.

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Court Report

County Court

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Gary E. Aldrich, no address listed: Operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest on June 1, class 4 felony; possession of a controlled substance, class 4 felony, bound over to district court.

Gary J. Morrison, no address listed: DUI - .15+ or refusal (two prior convictions) on June 6, class 3A felony; driving under suspension, class 3 misdemeanor.

Kristina L. Few, of Plymouth: Domestic assault -third degree on May 18, class 1 misdemeanor.

Christopher A. Manning, of Hebron: Possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person (a sword and throwing knives) on May 15, class 3 felony; carrying a concealed weapon (knives in a glove compartment), class 1 misdemeanor.

Joan G. Vculek, of Fairbury: Failure to license dog on April 26, misdemeanor.

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Sheriff Report

June 12: Report of a suspicious vehicle and occupants in rural Fairbury.

June 13: Report of investigation of a felony failure to appear in district court for completion of sentence.

June 14: Gerhardus C. Engelbrecht, of Fairbury, was driving a 2011 Kia west on PWF and Fairground Road when the vehicle sideswiped a fallen tree in the road. Damages were estimated at $2,000.

June 15: Report of an injury accident in rural Fairbury. One male was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and minor in possession of alcohol. Another male was cited for minor in possession of alcohol. A third male was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Traffic

Ryan L. Nickel, of Fairbury: Speeding, $75 fine; littering, $100 fine.

Melvin L. Melander, of Fairbury: Disobeying traffic control device, $25 fine.

Randall S. Saathoff, of Diller: Speeding, $125 fine.

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Police Report

June 12: Report of a theft in the 800 block of G Street.

June 12: Report of possible gun shots in the area of 11th and I Streets.

June 12: Report of a vicious dog in the 1300 block of 5th Street.

June 12: Report of a disturbance in the 900 block of G Street.

June 13: Report of a neighbor dispute in the 800 block of Ash Street.

June 13: Report of harassment in the 1200 block of 7th Street.

June 13: Report of a vicious dog in the 800 block of E Streets. The dogs owner was issued a citation.

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Time Flies When Life Fills Up Your Days

Next week marks two years since I began writing for The Belleville Telescope and the Fairbury Journal-News. I remember very clearly that first insane week, and it seems crazy to me that it has been two whole years already.

I started work on July 2 (yes, July 2 is next week already) and interviewed and wrote my first feature story for both papers the story on native Kayla (Colgrove) Wilkinsons tryout for that summers Olympics in only a few hours because it had to be on the page about six or seven hours after I started my first day. It was insane.

Im always reminded of how quickly time goes by the school year. Since I began my newspaper career in 2006, I have always done the profiles of new teachers at the schools. I am always in disbelief every August when Im reminded that its time to profile those new teachers. School just got out, I always think.

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It Would Have Been Quicker To Walk From The Office

Working in the newspaper business certainly has its ups and downs. Here at the FJN we love to print good news, positive happenings in our community and coverage area. Business expansion, park clean up efforts, stories about youth doing amazing things. Its all good.

But sometimes we have to do things we dont like as well. Taking pictures at fires and noting the loss of property (and hopefully not loss of life) is a partial on that list. Last week there was a fire on K Street in Fairbury. Luckily it was only a garage and not someones home that was involved.

As I grabbed my camera and headed to the scene it first was obvious to me that this was THE place in town to be. Cars were everywhere. Parked cars. People in cars rubbernecking as the drove up K Street, down the side streets and through alleys. I parked four blocks away and walked. I think it would have been closer to walk from my office.

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Good Clean Water Is The Basis For Everything

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

That phrase was coined by the poet Samuel Taylor in his writing The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner.

But do each of us really take the time to think about how important water really is? It is the basis for everything. During the westward migrations towns were founded and settled near good water supplies. Ranchers needed water for their cattle herds. Farmers needed it for crops. All of those are still true today.

Last week a stark message was issued by the Little Blue Natural Resources district that our water supply is in danger. No, not because of drought, though that certainly is a concern. But in this case from pollution. Specifically high levels of nitrates.

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Relay for Life receives check

Photo caption: Janette Warnke, sorority member of Xi Alpha Theta chapter, presented a check for $225.00 to Diane Schutt, Relay for Life Board member and a team captain. The sorority designated proceeds from the last Fairbury community concert, where they serve refreshments during intermission, to go towards Relay for Life fund. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News, more photos on www.fairburyjournalnews.com

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Historical Markers And Cemeteries in Jefferson County

Tourism is a part of Jefferson County, and to make the area more appealing to history-buff visitors, The Jefferson County Visitors Committee is asking for the publics help. The group needs help in locating any and all Historical Markers and cemeteries in Jefferson County. The group would like to put together a map highlighting as many of the markers and cemeteries as possible.

If you know of, or have a marker or cemetery on your property, the group asks that you email a picture, along with the location, and if its on public or private property, to chamberassist@diodecom.net.

The Jefferson County Visitors Committee is a non-profit group funded by lodging tax dollars and helps to promote events which require overnight stays in Jefferson County.

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JCHC Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury was recently named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

Jefferson Community Health Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation, said Chad Jurgens, CEO. We strive to provide exceptional care to every patient, every time.

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