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Mar

Hundreds Respond To Sunday Blaze

More than 250 volunteers and 26 emergency services agencies responded to the largest fire in Jefferson County in more than a century on Sunday as crews worked for more than eight hours fighting a fire at the Livingston Enterprises Stateline facility. The facility, which is one of Jefferson County's largest employers, is home to more than 10,000 head swine farrowing operation, one of the largest in the state of Nebraska.
According to reports, owner Bruce Livingston reported the fire to Jefferson County dispatch shortly before 6 p.m. By the time the first wave of rural firefighters from Fairbury arrived on scene at least one building was fully engulfed in flames. 
Fairbury rural fire chief Kenny Krause reported Monday that on the complex four structures were a complete loss and two other suffered extensive damage. 
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25
Mar

KS Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

KS Man
Arrested After
High Speed Chase
A Marysville man is in custody at the Jefferson Count Law Enforcement Center following a high speed chase  in which speeds were recorded in excess of 100 miles per hour. Law enforcement officials from Kansas and Nebraska pursued Justin Thomas Sutterlin, 37, before apprehending him early Tuesday morning in Fairbury.
After his arrest an investigation revealed that a burglary had been committed by Sutterlin in Mitchell County, Kansas. Numerous items were recovered from the vehicle which are believed to have come from the Kansas burglary.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen, county communications were notified of a motor vehicle pursuit coming into the county. He said the Thayer County  Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a silver Monte Carlo with Kansas plates. The vehicle had been pursued in Kansas by multiple agencies starting in Mitchell County.
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25
Mar

Lvs Commits $2,500 To Btp Restoration


Lambert Vet Supply recently contributed to the Bonham Theatre Project’s on-going efforts to reopen the local theatre. Human Resources and Public Relation Director Jaime Lambert-McDaniel (right side-holding check) presents a $2,500 donation to Bonham Theatre Project board members-Diane Schutt, Debby Ebke, Brooke Schwab and Nels Sorensen. (Contributed Photo)
Making a commitment to community development, Lambert Vet Supply (LVS) has donated $2,500 to the Bonham Theatre Project’s continuing efforts to re-open the historic Bonham Theatre in downtown Fairbury. 
“We take pride in the communities LVS lives and works in and giving back to support the good work of a project like this strengthens all of us,” Doug Lambert, Lambert Vet Supply CEO said. 
Recognizing the need to promote community events, LVS continues to support local causes and events through its donations to the Belleville, Kansas theater restoration, Belleville, Kansas Economic Development, Miss Jefferson County (Nebraska) Pageant, Jefferson County (Nebraska) Relay for Life and the Fairbury Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs.
“LVS understands the need to work together in our communities and we will continue to assist worthy organizations and causes to promote everyone’s success,” Lambert said.
 
Wed
25
Mar

Light It Up Blue Contest Announced

 
Light It Up Blue Contest Announced
 
 April 2nd, is Autism Awareness Day.   People and businesses “Light It Up Blue” along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about Autism. In honor of this Historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores, along with the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities will do their part to “Light It Up Blue.”
Wed
25
Mar

Fairbury Rental/Inspection Program

Fairbury Rental/Inspection Program
 
Reminder: Pursuant to the City of Fairbury Residential Rental Certificate of Occupancy and Inspection Program, on and after April 1, 2015, all persons renting property to one or more tenants in the City of Fairbury must have a Certificate of Occupancy from the City for such purposes.  The City is requiring that by April 1, 2015, all owners of residential rental units have completed and returned to the City the application for certificate of occupancy.  Even if rental properties are vacant, or if they may qualify for an exception under the Program, applications must still be submitted to the City.  Contact the City if you own more than one residential unit in the city limits and have not completed and returned an application yet.  Failure to comply with the Program, including this deadline, will subject such persons to legal action deemed necessary by the City to ensure compliance.
Wed
25
Mar

Fairbury Library Sees Increase In Digital Book Check Outs

The Fairbury Public Library has seen significant growth in digital book check-outs, and library director Karen Fox said she thinks that number will continue to grow as more people become familiar with the process. The program, which has been available since 2012, allows anyone with a Fairbury Public Library card to check out digital books for free and keep them for up to two weeks. The check outs can be done from home. 
The usage of the digital book borrowing service increased 37 percent from October 2013 to September 2014, Fox said, and 2015 numbers continue to show an upward trend. In January there were 353 digital book checkouts, she said, while 2014 check out numbers were often below 200. 
Wed
25
Mar

Rain, Green Grass Should Slow Out­-Of­-Control Burns

Out-of­-control pasture burns have not been a big problem for Fairbury Rural Fire, said fire chief Kenny Krause.
“Last year was excessive for us,” he said of being called to fires. “This year is just above normal.”
This year the fire department has responded to three out­of­control grass fires, four brush pile fires, one fire that started along the road, one facility fire and one fire caused by pigeon. The pigeon fell to the ground from a power line and started the surrounding grass on fire.
“Guys burning pasture and CRP haven't been as big of a problem as one might think,” Krause said.
“People are trying to be careful.”
Krause said people burning brush piles and grass do need to closely monitor for at least three days the area where they burned. He said trees can burn for days, and strong winds can blow embers onto dry grass outside of the burn area and start a fire.
Wed
25
Mar

Relay for Life


Jefferson County Kicks off Relay for Life at the 4-H Building in the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on March 24. The evening started off with a soup and cinnamon roll dinner. Amy Sparks with the American Cancer Society gave a speech. There was also a slideshow, games and activities. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
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25
Mar

Verlene E. Hohbein,

Verlene E. Hohbein, 80, of Beatrice died at her home on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  She was born on August 11, 1934 at Odell and was baptized at our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Odell.   She was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Diller.  She graduated from Diller High School and Peru State College.  She taught school for 40 years in Gage and Jefferson County, retiring in 1994, and had lived in Beatrice since 1958.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beatrice where she was involved in LWML, Social Club and Dorcas Society.    She was also a member of NSEA, B.A.R.T.A. and several singles groups.
Survivors include her brother, Roger Dailey and wife Janette of Colorado and Arizona; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Katherine Thieman Dailey.
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25
Mar

Gary L. Johnson

Gary L. Johnson, 74 of Daykin NE, died March 23, 2015  in Fairbury. He was born February 2, 1941. Survivors are wife Rachel (Drees) Johnson of Daykin, sons Dennis (Linda) Johnson of Daykin, Brad (Stephanie) Johnson of Lincoln, NE, Pat (Patty) Johnson of Daykin, daughters Kelly (Chad) Frank of Daykin, Holly (Tyler) Armagost of Syracuse NE, 14 Grandchildren, brother Dwaine (Elaine) Johnson of Mt. Vernon, IL, Lyle (Lynda) Johnson of Hebron, NE, Dale (Anne) Johnson of Oakland, NE, and sister Rita Meyerhoff of Grand Island, NE.

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