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The Curse of Katies Car Would be a Great TV Show

I really dont watch a lot of television. But there area few shows I like, most of them on The History Channel, PBS or one of the old movie channels.

Admittedly one of my favorite new watches is a show called, The Curse Of Oak Island.

For those who dont know, Oak Island off Nova Scotia is the purported site of a great cache of some sort of treasure; treasure that has been cleverly hidden and defended by a series of traps and rouses designed to keep searchers out.

The TV shows pretense involves two brothers, Rick and Marty Lagina, who are searching for the treasure. But every time they get close to finding something they are led to yet another seemingly endless mystery.

So it is with my daughters car.

Last weekend my daughter Katie came home from college. I decided that I would be nice and give her car a quick cleaning out. I soon found out there was no such thing as quick.

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The Results Are In People Want A New Pool

Surveys are unscientific. So are opinion polls. But unscientific or not the people of Fairbury have said they want a new swimming pool to replace the current 1950s facility and whats more they are willing to dig into their pockets to pay for it.

During the month of January the City of Fairbury with the assistance of web sitesfairburyjournalnews.comandfairbury.comran a survey asking people what they thought about the topic. Of those who responded 75.22 percent said they favored building a new aquatic center. Of those supporting the measure, 78.45 percent said they would be in favor is using a bond issue (tax increase) to foot the bill.

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Catherine MacDonald

Catherine MacDonald

Catherine MacDonald, co-founder of Cliffs Notes, 94, died Sunday.

She was born Feb. 9, 1920.

She launched Cliffs Notes in 1958, with her then husband Cliff Hillegass. She typed an initial mailing to college stores of about 1,000 letters, hammering most of them out in a campground in Colo., because her three children wanted to go camping.

She operated the fledgling publishing company out o f the basement of the family home in Lincoln. In the first few years, she shipped over a million Cliffs Notes with a tiny staff including the couples children.

She was the daughter of Clarence James (C.J.) and Edna Galbraith. She was named Miss Fairbury at age 16. She paid her way through secretarial school at the Lincoln School of Commerce. After marrying Clifton K. Hillegass in 1939, she did clerical work in claims adjusting at a Lincoln insurance company.

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Dana Deger

Dana Deger

Dana William Deger died on Feb. 6, 2014 at the Omaha Medical Center of complications following surgery.

He was born on June 10, 1953 to Virginia Lea Deger and Everett C. Deger in Fairbury. He attended St. Michaels School through the eighth grade and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1971. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he formed life-long friendships and subsequently completed a Bachelors Degree program at Kearney State College. Dana was married to Marcia Kotas on Dec. 28, 1974. Derek E. Lea Deger was born to the couple on Feb. 27, 1977. Dana married Teri Stang Starr on Nov. 24, 2006. They built a home together near Rock Creek Station, where he was living at the time of his death.

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Dana Deger

Dana Deger

Dana William Deger died on Feb. 6, 2014 at the Omaha Medical Center of complications following surgery.

He was born on June 10, 1953 to Virginia Lea Deger and Everett C. Deger in Fairbury. He attended St. Michaels School through the eighth grade and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1971. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he formed life-long friendships and subsequently completed a Bachelors Degree program at Kearney State College. Dana was married to Marcia Kotas on Dec. 28, 1974. Derek E. Lea Deger was born to the couple on Feb. 27, 1977. Dana married Teri Stang Starr on Nov. 24, 2006. They built a home together near Rock Creek Station, where he was living at the time of his death.

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Arliss Brown

Arliss Brown

Arliss Marie Brown, 67, died Feb. 8, 2014 at Bryan LGH-East in Lincoln.

She was born Oct. 21, 1946 to August B. and Muriel (Eckoff) Hein in Fairbury.

Survivors are husband, Charles Brown; daughters, Jodi and husband, David Gustafson, Sandy and husband, Butch Brunow, and Kathy and husband, Shannon Arner all of Fairbury; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret and husband, Gary Wichman of Alliance, Neb.; brothers, A. Ben and Terri Hein of Thompson, Reiner Hein of Fairbury, Ron Hein of California; and sister, Anna Mae Johnson of Fairbury.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and grand-daughter, Ashley.

Services were held Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at the Baptist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Joel Hahn officiating.

Memorials will go to JCHC or the Baptist Church.

Gerdes-Meyer Furneral Home in Fairbury is in charge of the arrangements.

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Donald Blacksher

Donald Blacksher

Donald L. Blacksher, 81, of Scottsbluff, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 25, 1932 in Adams, Neb., to L.B. and Bertha (Klein) Blacksher.

He attended schools in Adams.

He married Beverly Garton on July 3, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Okla. They lived in Beatrice until 1957, then moved to Southern California, returning to Nebraska settling in Scottsbluff in 1970. He retired from Kinder Morgan in 1995 after 25 years of service.

He was a long time member of the NRA and a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club.

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Esther Barber

Esther Barber

Ester Ella Barber, 98, passed away Jan. 27, 2014 at Gardenside long term care.

She was born Jan. 27, 1916 to Christian Henery and Alvina Quiram Malchow.

She attended one room country school and Diller High School where she graduated in 1933. Then she went to Peru State College for one semester and became a school teacher for five years in Gage and Jefferson Co.

On Apr. 23, 1939 she was united in marriage to Robert Barber. To this union three children were born, Carolyn, Donald and Judy. He worked as a farm hand for two years around Diller and MonteVista, Colo., then they rented a farm two miles north of Fairbury. From there, they moved to a farm east of Bower. She lived there until moving to Cedarwood Assisted Living in 2008.

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Harold Wieters

Harold Wieters

Harold L. Wieters, 87, of Odell, Neb. passed away Feb. 13, 2014 at the Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Kan. He was born March 18, 1926 at Odell, Neb. to Henry and Hannah (Duis) Wieters. He was a Korean War Army Veteran. Survivors are wife, Velora Wieters; daughter, Sandra Drinkgern and husband Scott; Four grandchildren; 12 Great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Berniece Wieters and nieces and nephews. Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at St. Johns Lutheran Church Lanham, Kan. with Reverend Donna Florio officiating. The family will greet friends at the Funeral Home in Odell from 2 to 3 P.M. and visitation will be till 8:00 P.M. Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell are in charge of arrangements.

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Wilton Thornburg

Wilton Thornburg

Wilton Thornburg Jr., 86, of Fairbury, passed away Sunday in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife Doris; daughters, Cynthia Stockwell and husband, Mike of Plattsmouth, Neb., Dixie Bolender of Lincoln, Debbie Ripa and husband, Doug of Wilber, Neb., Diane Peperkorn and husband, Dan of DeWitt, Neb., Michelle Young and her husband, Wilbur of DeWitt, Neb.; sons, Jim Thornburg and Susie Godfrey of Ruston, La., and Steven Thornburg of Fairbury; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating.

Burial was in the Steele City Cemetery, Steele City, Neb.

Memorials are to the familys choice.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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