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All State Honorable Mention


ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION Three Diller-Odell football players earned All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Honorees seated (l-r) Ely Hroch, Austin Vitosh, and Brady McMurray. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
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All State Honorable Mention


ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION Four Tri County football players were given All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Standing (l-r) Colby Ensz, Wyatt Kowalski, Keldon Barr, and Rutger Sylier. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
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All State


ALL-STATE RECIPIENT Meridian senior Brandon Jackson left, stands along side Mustangs head football coach Clint Jones, as the Mustang I-back, linebacker received all-state football honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
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Brandon Jackson Named First Team All-State In Football


ALL-STATE RECIPIENT Meridian senior Brandon Jackson left, stands along side Mustangs head football coach Clint Jones, as the Mustang I-back, linebacker received all-state football honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Meridian senior Brandon Jackson was honored by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald by being selected to their Class D-2 All-State football first teams.
Jackson was chosen on offense by the Lincoln Journal Star and was tabbed on defense by the Omaha World-Herald.
The 6’0” 185-pound Mustang I-back and linebacker was a key contributor to success on both sides of the ball for Meridian.
Jackson led Meridian in rushing with 1,476 yards, while scoring 32 touchdowns.
On defense, Jackson had 116 tackles with 55 being solo stops.
For his high school football career, Jackson rushed for 4,553 yards, scored 83 touchdowns, and amassed 551 points scored.
Receiving these post-season honors meant a lot to Jackson.
“I just simply think it is a great honor to be placed up there with the top football players in our class in the state. I think these honors are awesome,” Jackson said.
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Fairbury Light Plant in early 1900s. Located on 121 3rd Street. Contributed Photo
120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
Boyes & Son of Hebron had raised and sold over $10,000 worth of celery the previous season.
W.P. Freeman, father of the late W.G. Freeman whose furniture store was on the west side in later years, retired as county attorney.  Succeeding him was E.H. Hinshaw, later First District Congressman.
W.P. Griffin became district court clerk, succeeding Stanley Matthews.  The latter had served since the death of his father, Capt. Mathews.
C.C. Howell became a partner with George E. Jenkins in the dry goods business.  He later was in partnership in the hardware business with his brother, Ed Howell, then after Ed’s death, with S. H. Diller, on the east side of the square.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
Value of new buildings in Fairbury the preceding year had totaled $184,000.
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Letter To The Editor

Diller Man No Fan Of President Obama

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2014 People We’ve Lost

Years ago, before I started paying attention to the world, death was just something that happened to old people I didn’t know. I didn’t think much about it. I was a teenager and had my whole life ahead of me, and there was no reason to dwell on death. 
I went to school, sports practice and work, and that was my life. I did work at a convenience store for several years and got to know the “regulars” and the coffee crowd. But that was the extent of getting to know people in the community. 
And then, about the time I graduated from college and moved back to the area, I began to get to know people. I wrote feature stories on some of them and got to know others while running day-to-day errands or while waiting in line at the grocery store. Of course several people knew who I was, and I didn’t have a clue who they were or how they knew me. 
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Wishing My Cousin George The Very Best In Retirement

Other than my sister Debbie who resides in Salina, KS., I have very little family left. 
 Despite being in Fairbury since the late 1860s there were very few Arnolds to begin with. And those Arnolds always had very few offspring. My Dad used to say there were just enough of us to keep the line from dying out. 
 Needless to say when I tell people that Fairbury businessman George Layton and I are cousins people always look at me funny...without exception. They never would have guessed that. It’s something that I suppose neither George nor myself have made public for whatever reason. But true it is. 
 As I open up the family tree George’s grandfather (Claude Arnold) and my grandfather (Harry Arnold) were brothers. Many will remember George’s mother, Laverne (Arnold) Layton. She was a wonderful & delightful woman and was Claude’s daughter.
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Any Business Loss Is A Loss To The Community

It is with no particular joy that the Journal-News announces on this week’s front page the closing of Layton’s Print Shop in Fairbury. For more than 45 years George, Caroline and Scott Layton have served local and area businesses, industry and individuals putting out a fine quality product at reasonable prices. 
 While it is true that a sister business of the Journal-News has purchased the assets and accounts of Layton Print Shop, this publication, its sister business (McBattas Packaging & Printing) and indeed all of Fairbury should feel a sense of remorse. Losing this business, or any other for that matter, has quite an impact on a community. 
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Police Report 
Dec. 11: Report of kids assaulting another child with rocks and causing injury at Central School. 
Dec. 13: Report of a domestic assault in the 600 block of 3rd Street. 
Dec. 13: Mikasa L. Lierman, of Fairbury, was driving a 1997 Oldsmobile north on L Street when the driver pulled out in front of a 2005 Ford driven by Edwin F. Lucas, of Beatrice and the vehicles collided. Damages to each vehicle were estimated at $1,000.
Dec. 14: Report of a hit-and-run accident in the 600 block of J Street. 
Dec. 15: Report of dogs running loose in the 800 block of 9th Street. 
Dec. 15: Report of an open door in the 200 block of F Street. 
Dec. 15: Report of vicious dogs chasing kids in the 800 block of 9th Street. The owner was issued a citation. 

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