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Bugbee Sentenced Friday

The sentencing portion of the State vs. Jim Bugbee, Washington, came to a close on Friday in Washington County District Court when the former youth group leader was sentenced to 64 months in jail by Judge Kim Cudney. That was the maximum allowable sentence for someone with no criminal history. He had previously pled guilty to one count unlawful sexual relations, four counts sexual exploitation of a child, three counts commercial sexual exploitation of a child and one count theft by deception.
Bugbee made a statement to the courtroom audience before the sentence. Through tears and a cracking voice, Bugbee apologized to the victims, the parents and the community, saying he had no right to do what he had done. He said he prayed that he would receive forgiveness someday from those he hurt.
He thanked his family for their support, despite the pain and hurt he had caused.

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Fairbury Tree Voucher Program

City of Fairbury is offering a tree voucher program to property owners that can pay for 50% of trees planted on private property adjacent to streets in the city limits, up to $100 per tree. This is offered on a first come first serve basis until Arbor Day, April 24th, 2015. Call the Public works department at 402-729-5261 or stop into the city offices for more information.

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Great People, Great Places--Diller


Ronald and Leola Weers bought their home near Diller's south edge about 40 years ago. They didn't buy just any home, though. The house was home to more than 100 boys from 1938-1956 when it was an orphanage. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-News

Once upon a time near Diller there was a boy’s orphanage. The youth --  some were as young as five years old -- were dropped off at the two-story brick building after being hand-picked to thrive on the rural Diller farm. It would likely be their home until they graduated high school. 
The boys watered orchard trees, milked and cared for cattle, fished in a little pond near the house and rode horses down the road near Diller. They went to Diller’s school and churches and spent time out and about in the community with their friends. They went from a life of no parents and no home to being accepted as Diller’s own. 

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First Friday


First Friday Art Walk. Was Held March 6th, 2015 from 5-9 P.M. around downtown Fairbury. Above, the trio, Molly, Megan & Me entertained guests on guitar, djimbe and cello, at the Tasting Room. Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News
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County Has High Immunization Rates, No Measles

Jefferson County residents know the importance of vaccines, two immunizations officials said, and nearly all of the area’s children are up-to-date on their shots. Nearly every baby born at Jefferson Community Health Center leaves with one vaccine in the books, and parents are vigilant about keeping their children current on vaccines, they said. One hospital official said the county fares just as well with adults who accept vaccines, and almost no JCHC patient refuses a recommended vaccine.
“We are very fortunate to live in a community where [people] understand the importance of vaccines,” said Jill Duis, who is a registered nurse and the infection preventionist at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

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Helen (Mares) Brchan

Helen (Mares) Brchan, 90 of Lincoln passed away March 7, 2015.
She was born in Swanton, NE, February 13, 1925, to Joe and Agnes (Valenta) Mares.
Helen entered rural school, District 16 , near Swanton, until the family moved north of Fairbury, NE where she finished grade school, followed by her graduation from Fairbury High School in 1943.
She worked in Fairbury as a sales clerk for Hested Five & Ten Cent Store, afterwards as a telephone operator. Upon moving to Lincoln Helen worked for Gold & Company for several years. Later she worked as a sales clerk at Bradfield and Terminal Drug Stores; and cafeterias for the Lincoln Public Schools and Union Bank.
Helen was a volunteer for many years with Telecare.
July 12, 1951, Helen married Milo Brchan at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE. Their son, Larry was born in May of 1955.

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Daniel Bower

Daniel “Dan” Robert Bower, 56, of West Point formerly Wymore passed away at the West Point Living Center on Sunday March 8, 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born February 19, 1959 in Fairbury to Robert and Beulah Lurz Bower. He grew up and lived most of his life in Steele City. He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1978 and soon after graduation, began working for Burlington Northern Railroad where he was employed from 1979 – 1982. During that time, he married Connie Sue Nelson on July 4, 1980 and they were blessed with two daughters, Brooke and Erin whom they raised in Steele City. They later divorced. Beginning in 1982, he worked at Eagle Pitcher in Fairbury and American Tool in DeWitt and Beatrice. In 2000, he decided to take a new career path and became a corrections officer at Tecumseh State Penitentiary. He sold his home in Steele City and moved to Wymore to be closer to his job.

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Marvel Elizabeth Dimond Winter

Marvel Elizabeth Dimond Winter, 96 of Western, NE, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She was born on February 9, 1919 in rural Alton, Kansas.
Survivors are daughters Karen and husband, Stan Michels of York, NE, Pamela and husband Dwight Nickel of Western, NE, sons Michael and wife Lourdes Winter of Oceanside, CA, and Jeffrey and Lisa Winter of Yorba Linda, CA, and step-son Rolland Winter of Virginia, seven grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral and memorial were held at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury, NE on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Burial at the Plainview Cemetery in Western, NE. Memorials may be made to the Western Volunteer Rescue Unit of Western, NE. Meyer Funeral Home in Western is in charge of arrangements.

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Vernon D. Thomsen

Vernon D. Thomsen, 75 of Lanham, KS passed away March 6, 2015 in Lanham. He was born July 10, 1939 in Odell, NE. He was an Army Veteran. Survivors are Brother & Sister-in-law: Eldon & Eunice Thomsen of Hollenberg, KS., Aunt: Velma Adam of Odell, NE., Nieces: Joy Thomsen, Dawn Zabokrtsky, Amy Reichenberger, Nephew: Troy Thomsen. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday March 10, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church-Hanover, KS., with Pastor Rodney Fritz officiating. Burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery-Hanover, KS. Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell are in charge of arrangements.

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Alene E. Endorf

Alene E. Endorf, 100 of Fairbury, died March 10, 2015 at Gardenside LTC. She was born November 20, 1914 in Daykin, Nebraska.

Survivors are sons Donn (Marilyn) Endorf & Dean (Elaine) Endorf all of Daykin, NE, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Daykin, NE with Pastor Paul Beyer officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Daykin, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will greet friends at the Funeral Home from 7:00 – 9:00 Thursday evening. gerdesmeyer@diodecom.net .

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