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Handbook Causes Confusion for Some County Employees

The changeover to the new Jefferson County Employee Handbook caused confusion for Jefferson County road department employees. They asked for an explanation from the Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday.

County Road Superintendent, Bill Hansel, along with employees Delayne Pfingsten, Jason Eyer, Terry Blas and Mathew McCord came to the commissioners meeting concerned about their vacation and sick leave that they were earning during 2013.

As it stands right now we have earned only 11 increments of vacation/sick time for the year 2013, Matt McCord said. We should have earned 12 increments.

Jefferson County Clerk, Sandra Stelling, explained that they would be earning the twelfth increment when they had worked the full month of December. The twelfth increment would be given at the completion of the pay period which occurs in January.

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Entire Board Resigns, New Board Forming Kids Connection Will Remain Open

In less than one day, Fairburys largest childcare provider went from shut down mode to enduring adversity to remain open.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Amy Meyn and Lori Dayhuff, directors of Kids Connection, issued a letter to the parents of the 120 children serviced at their daycare center reading:

Dear Families,

It is with much regret and a heavy heart that after 24 years we must announce that as of December 31st, 2013, we will officially be closing.

Unfortunately it has been very stressful and difficult receiving payments and maintaining the enrollment number necessary to keep our center open.

For the last couple of months we have been looking at other options instead of closing, with no outcomes.

We are so sorry for the inconvenience this causes you. Please know that it has been a joy caring for your children, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of their lives and yours.

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Leona Goebel

Leona Goebel

Leona I. Goebel, 89, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 17, 2013 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Cremation has taken place.

There will be a Memorial service at a later date.

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

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Den's Meat Now Welcomes Public

Photo caption: Tim Patton, Suzie Patton and Tim Polson

Den's Meat trucks have been a familiar sight on the road for the past 34 years. However the Patton's have been making some very important changes over the past few weeks. Finally the doors are open and public is welcome.

Den's Meat Distributing began with a need that was recognized by Dennis Patton when he was working for another company. He had been driving a delivery route for another company when they discontinued the Neb. route. He saw a need and decided he could fill it.

Dennis always wanted to be his own boss, Susie Patton, his partner and widow said. He got his first delivery of meat from Farmland on Nov. 13, 1979. I didn't want to start then because it was Friday the thirteenth but Dennis said it was a good omen.

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Narka News -- Betty Edwards

Bible Study from Rick Warrens book, What on Earth am I here for was held at the Narka Presbyterian church Dec. 10. Beautiful poinsettias to be given to area individuals decorated the meeting room. Delightful tables of soups, sandwiches, Christmas salads and desserts were enjoyed by Ines Dejmal, Estel Edwards, Sharon Mach, Barbara Lachman, Marcie Holloway, Mary Cerny, Norma Haskett, Betty Edwards, Donna Shoemaker, Lorene Holloway, Janet Sinn, Susan Hammer, Marlene Barton, Charlene Nevitt, Kathleen Killingbeck and Pastor Phil Goombi. The Bible Study continues on Jan. 7, 2014 at the church.

The Christmas Cantata The Splendor of Christmas by Marty Parks, was presented by Ten Pieces on Dec. 11 to the residents of Belleville Health Care and residents of Grandview. Musicians of the group are: Loren and Sharon Mach, Charlene Nevitt, Marvin and Donna Shoemaker, Charles Joy, Pam Gallion, and Jan Thomas.

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Grace Lutheran LWML Circles

Grace Lutheran LWML Circles met for the lesson Heart to Heart Reflection. Hannah Circle had dinner at the Senior Diner on Dec. 3. Helen Fetger led the lesson for the eight members at the church. Ruth Circle met on Dec. 5 for dinner at Sweet Creations. Lela Bauer led the lesson for the seven members at the church. Abigail Circle met at Brenda Schmidt home on Dec. 9. Brenda led the lesson for eight members and also served refreshments. All Circle brought their Red Stocking Money and this will be sent to Lincoln Campus Ministries.

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Jefferson County Art Guild

Jefferson County Art Guild

Jefferson County Art Guild held open house Friday evening, Dec. 6 at the studio in downtown Fairbury. Although the night was cold outside, inside was warm and exciting as the group displayed their latest show. December features winter scenes and Christmas motifs, tree ornaments for sale and decorated gift-bags to give away. New art was woodburning pieces and colorful wall hangings created by Phyllis McCown.

Guest artist for the evening was David Hunt with his gift of guitar-music and Amber Rogers with a display of her varied art forms and outstanding photography. She uses unlikely pieces of metal, wood, vegetation, or just plain junk and transforms it into beautiful and/or useful works of art. She will return next spring with her show.

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Plymouth News -- Angie Zulauf

Perhaps you would like to send a card or visit those that are not able to get out very much over Christmas. This is a partial list of them:

Good Samaritan Center, 401 S. 22nd St., Beatrice, NE 68310 Ruth Meyer, Wilma Schmidt, Roy Walter.

Homestead House, 2300 Lincoln St., Beatrice, NE 68310 Bernetta Huneke.

Samaritan Springs, 600 South 22nd St., Beatrice, NE 68310 Marilyn Freese, Zelda Molzer, Eldora Germer.

The Manor, 1800 Irving St., Beatrice, NE 68310 Anthony Watts.

The Kensington, 105 N. 6th, Beatrice, NE 68310 Richard and Carlene Drewes, Mary Sellenruck.

Williamsburg Apts., 6235 S. 34th, Apt. 255, Lincoln, NE 68516 Jean Roesler.

Ella Nispel, 211 N. Jefferson, Plymouth, NE 68424.

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McKinley Grace Hanson

HANSON Marc and Michelle Hanson of Fairbury, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, McKinley Grace Hanson. She was born on Nov. 6, 2013 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln. McKinley weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Dan and Lisa Rutz of Earlham, Iowa, and Mike and Marlys Hanson of Fairbury. Great-grandparents are Richard Menke of Fairbury; Idonna Hanson of Fairbury; Dick Rutz of Waukee, Iowa; and May Lou Blomme of Victor, Iowa.

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Esther Moser

Esther Moser

Earl, Jim, and Sharon Moser would like to honor Esther Moser with a card shower on Dec. 23.

Cards may be sent to 1209 5th St., Fairbury, NE 68352.

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