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Mayor: Major Gas Line Project Coming To Fairbury

During the reports section of Tuesday's Fairbury City Council meeting, Mayor Homer Ward reported to city leaders that a major gas line repair project was in the works for Fairbury.

Ward said he had attended a meeting earlier in the day with representatives from Black Hills Energy, Fairbury's natural gas supplier, who indicated that starting this Fall they intended to begin replacing eight and one half miles of steel pipe line in Fairbury.

"I don't know a whole lot more about it right now other than this would be a significant project and there would be a lot of action and work being done in a relatively short time frame."

The mayor said the project, which was estimated to carry a cost in excess of $3 million, would be slated to begin somewhere around September 1 and be completed around December 5.

"As soon as I have any more information I will pass that along to the council," he said.

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Two City Streets Get Paving Approval

Two paving projects totaling $62,745 were given the stamp of approval by members of the Fairbury City Council earlier this week.

Two inch asphalt overlays were authorized for 11th Street between H and I Street and Ninth Street from H to K Street.

"We realize that two inches really isn't very much and the council understands there are a lot more streets in Fairbury that need attention, but these two are really bad and needed attention," councilman Roger Bailey said.

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Miss Jefferson County

Photo caption: Megann Freese is the new Miss Jefferson County. Meganns parents are Aaron and Ann Freese, she will be a senior at Tri County Schools. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal News

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Leaky Roofs Main Topic for School Board

The bad weather and leaky roofs dominated the discussion at the District 8 Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

The weather over the past few weeks have reminded school officials that several different portions of the roofs overhead are still in need of repair. Roof repair began last year and carried on through the beginning of the school year. However contractors recommended to school officials to start to divide up the roof repair in order to make the task as well as the cost more manageable.

Assistant Principal and Activities Director P.J. Smith told the school board Monday night that it was time to begin to address those needs. He said that there were two separate buildings that were showing major leaks. The shop which is adjunct to the 47 building has a great deal of wood damage and is missing 2 ceiling tiles due to water damage.

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Mason Lodge Gets an Update

Photo caption: Mason Jeremy Engelman and family gathered last weekend to begin to give the Mason Lodge a much needed update. It is estimated the last update was in the late 60s or early 70s. Photo by Michelle Engelman Fairbury Journal News

Mason Jeremy Engelman and family gathered last weekend to begin to give the Mason Lodge a much needed update. It is estimated the last update was in the late 60s or early 70s. Photo by Michelle Engelman Fairbury Journal News

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Fairbury Man Arrested in Beatrice for Terroristic Texting

Jerremy Deane, from Fairbury, was arrested Tuesday on allegations of sending terroristic threats via text message to a Beatrice woman.

A complaint was issued at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday morning when a Beatrice woman reported she had been threatened ;by 25-year-old Jerremy Lee Deane.

Text messages were quoted as saying: I don't scare you now, but wait until we're in a room together and I got the upper hand. You'll never experience fear more intense than that.

It was reported that Deane also allegedly threatened bodily harm to the woman and went on to state that he would receive sexual satisfaction from killing her.

Fairbury Police officers spoke with Deane, who freely admitted to sending the messages as well as showed the messages on his phone to the officers.

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Val Dean Watmore

Dean Watmore was the sixth child of Hilda Schwisow, a long time resident of Fairbury, NE. Dean died peacefully in his Las Vegas, NV home on June 30, 2014 at the age of 73. Born November 14, 1940, Dean moved from Lincoln, NE to Las Vegas in 1985. His is an Army veteran. Within his immediate family, Dean is survived by his three children: Angela Watmore, Kenneth Watmore, and Jackie Watmore. And four grandchildren, Madison Watmore, Brody Watmore Kirik, Georgia Watmore Kirik, and KJ Watmore.

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Plymouth News -- Angie Zulauf

New Position

Amanda Scheiding of Plymouth has joined Dr. Derek Weichel and the staff of Beatrice Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a physician assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Amanda is married to Brett Scheidling of Plymouth.

Local News

Marilyn Kite took supper to the home of Margaret Plegge in Beatrice Sunday, June 22nd to help Margaret celebrate her birthday.

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Red Cross Blood Drive on July 8th.

On Tuesday, July 8, Scheduled donors and Walk-ins responded favorably to the shortage of blood. Over 30 volunteers contributed to the success of the Red Cross blood drive. New volunteers were Carol Bauer, Dale Maatsch, Denise Schoenrock, and CJ Freese.

Darrell Rulls, supervisor of the Omaha area, reported that Fairbury exceeded their goals. Seven donors participated in the double red cell program. Double donors were Dalton Griffin, Gregg Roesler, Michael Meiers, Sarril Georgi, Martina Bramhall, Kendra Weers, Carol Carpenter.

Norris Public power was a food sponsor for the canteen. Donating Cookies were members of Blue River Friedns, Peppy Pioneers, Live and Learn. Sandra Busing also donated cookies.

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Narka News

Melvin and Estel Edwards accompanied Troy and Jaci Speakman of Bruning, to Florida over the 4th of July weekend. They were house guests of Melvin and Estel's Grandson, and Troy and Jaci's Son, Charlie, Becky. and Aurora Peterson. Charlie and Becky took them fishing from a boat on the gulf and they played on the beach and in the water. They also visited old Ybor City, Tampa's historic Latin Quarter. and dined there and at the home of the Petersons.

A community 4th of July celebration was held at the Narka city park Fri. evening. A picnic supper was enjoyed by aprox. 30 people from the area. After supper, the group enjoyed great fireworks display donated by the families attending. They decided to make it an annual event.

Mahaska's Annual ice cream soical and awesome fireworks display were a huge success Sat. evening in Mahaska.

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