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County Court Report

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Jaime L. Higel, no address listed: Unauthorized use of a financial transaction device more than $1,500 in incidents between July 17-22, class 3 felony.

Jasmine M. Paul, no address listed: Burglary in Aug. 7 incident, class 3 felony; theft - unlawful taking over $1,500, class 3 felony.

Jon D. Blackburn, of Jansen: Driving under suspension in Aug. 2 incident, class 3 felony.

Kevin B. Jackson Jr., of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in July 27 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Justin L. Johnson, of Fairbury: Possession or use of drug paraphernalia in July 18 incident, infraction.

Robert L. Jones, of Fairbury: Theft - unlawful taking less than $200 in July 2 incident, class 2 misdemeanor; criminal mischief $200-$500, class 2 misdemeanor.

Brian E. Jurgens, of Beatrice: Burglary in April 26 incident, class 3 felony; theft - unlawful taking over $1,500, class 3 felony.

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Sheriff's Report

Aug. 28: Robert E. Schroeder, of Jansen, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet south on 578 Ave. north of 719 Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $4,500.

Sept. 7: Report of a burglary in Diller.

Sept. 8: Report of information about a possible burglary of a storage shed in Jansen.

Sept. 8: Report of a civil disturbance in rural Endicott.

Sept. 9: Report of damaged and stolen items from a farmstead in rural Fairbury.

Sept. 9: Report of fraud in Fairbury.

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Police Report

Sept. 4: Report of a theft in the 800 block of F Street.

Sept. 4: Report of child neglect in the 800 block of F Street.

Sept. 4: Report of harassment and threats at 7th and D Streets.

Sept. 8: Report of a wallet found in the 1400 block of K Street.

Sept. 8: Report of a disturbance in the 1800 block of G Street.

Sept. 8: Report of a suicidal person in the 1400 block of D Street. The person was taken into emergency protective custody.

Sept. 9: Report of a juvenile complaint in the 1100 block of D Street.

Sept. 9: Report of an accidental death of a dog in the 100 block of West 3rd Street.

Sept. 10: Report of a theft of a dog in the 1300 block of Oak Street. The dog was returned.

Sept. 10: Report of barking dogs in the 1300 block of 8th Street.

Sept. 10: Report of dogs abandoned inside a residence in the 800 block of L Street.

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Life in a Small Town Isnt All That Bad

Living is a small American town is challenge sometimes.

We sit here and watch our cultural and entertainment options fade away daily. Small town America is suffering under a poor economy that seems to drive people to the cities. Its been doing this for well over 50 years.

As more and more Americans migrate from the countryside into the cities, or the suburbs, it has created a new set of problems that are worse than losing your local movie theater or bowling alley.

There is nothing that you can do in a major city that will not require you to stand in line and wait your turn. If you visit a city, waiting in a line to go into the stadium or to buy an ice cream cone really isnt all that taxing.

What happens is waiting for everything seems to add up and leaves the average human being lacking faith that the line is no longer moving or that you might miss your kids solo in the school performance.

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Letters To The Editor

Memories Of Displays, Local Black Smithing

Editor:

Does anyone remember an animated farm display mounted on a four wheeled trailer that was put on display at the Jefferson County Fair back in the 1950s and 1960s?

It consisted of animated threshing set up, animated haying operation of the hay being lifted from the hay rack and put in the barn with a hay lift, a farm house with an elderly lady sitting on the porch knitting while a kitten batted a ball of yarn between its paws.

I think there was a plowing scene but not sure.

This animated set up was also displayed one year at the Washington County Fair in Kansas.

Someone might even have a photo of it?

I see you did an editorial of the Steele City blacksmith shop. One of my ancestors (Mr. Peters) owned that shop and sold it to my uncle August Wollenberg who smithed there for several years and then moved his operation to Hanover, Kan.

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Now If I could Only Get Me a Cold Falstaff

Im kind of a retro guy.

I really love anything from back in the day.

For me back in the day and retro usually means anything from the 1950s through the 1970s.

I tend to collect weird and eclectic things from those decades.

Beer memorabilia is high on my list. Scattered throughout the house I have many lighted beer signs, napkins, coasters, pencils, pens and various items from some of my favorite beverages from days gone by.

Im not a huge beer drinker anymore but again back in the day my stable of beverages included Hamms, Schlitz, Grain Belt and Pabst. I must admit that PBR is still my beer of choice but I digress back to retro.

Last week, I got fairly excited while reading the latest copy of The Midlands Business Journal and its cover story Storz re-launch taps growing market for craft beers. Say what? Yep, thats right Storz beer, once a Nebraska staple, brewed in Omaha is back on the market.

How cool is that?

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Jansen Coop Expansion is Economic Development

People often misconstrue economic development.

It is mistakenly thought that in order for progression of a local economy to take a place a new factory has to be built and dozens if not hundreds of jobs created. This could not be further from the truth.

In fact, the best cases of economic development and usually the biggest success stories come from those businesses and industries that quietly go about their business.

They grow a little here, expand a little there.Build an addition and add a few jobs. Over time, where once there was one or two jobs, maybe now there are seven or eight. Perhaps a dozen. More jobs, more monies are added to the local economic base.

That is economic development.

It is better to see a business grow slowly but constantly.

So it is with the Jansen Coop.

Over the years the facility located just six miles east of Fairbury has grown from a small country elevator to a large agri-business center.

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Wal-Mart Says NO To Paving Project Request; Project Halted

The City of Fairbury has had their quest to seek a paving district on a portion of H Street blocked, thanks to Wal-Mart.

On Tuesday, the Public Works Committee branch of the Fairbury City Council reported that the giant box store retailer had effectively ended plans that would have created a paving district from 27th to 32nd Street along North H Street.

According to committee member Phil Rogge, Wal-Mart owns slightly more than 50 percent of the frontage along the proposed route and their thumbs down to create a paving district in effect ends any hope that that portion of H Street will be hard surfaced.

In order for the city to create a paving district more than 50 percent of the property owners who have frontage road in the proposal cannot be against it, he said. Wal-Mart was really the determining factor.

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Gladys Schleifer

Gladys Schleifer, 83, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. She fought a long and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare degenerative neurological disorder.

She was born on a farm near Byron on Dec. 6, 1929.

She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Byron.

She graduated from high school at Chester Public Schools in 1947. She married Reuben on Aug. 15, 1948 and lived in the same home for 64 years. She spent the last year at Courtyard Terrace in Hebron where she met many new friends.

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Johnie Arnold Meyer

Johnie Arnold Meyer, 79, from Pawnee City, Neb., who was currently residing in Fairbury with his daughter, passed away at the Bryan Medical Center East, in Lincoln, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

He was born in Talmage, Neb. on Apr. 1, 1934 to John F. Meyer and Ella G. (Bossung) Meyer.

He attended school in Brock, Neb.

He married Bonnie J. (Gordon) Meyer on Sept. 10, 1954. To this union two children were born, John Eugene Meyer and Jeanna Ann Meyer.

On May 22, 1950, Johnie moved from Brock, Neb. to Pawnee City, where he spent his entire life on the family farm as a farmer. He also spent several years serving on the Farmers Coop Board, and as a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pawnee City. He also helped with the building of the Zion Lutheran Church in Pawnee City.

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