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It Was A Great Halloween

Editor:

I want to apologize to the trick or treaters. I ran out of treats on Halloween night.

I usually plan on 25 and have some left over. I did plan on 35, but I ran out of treats and all my dollar bills. I had to close up at 8:30 p.m.

I want to congratulate all the children and parents who came to my house. It was a treat for me to see so many well behaved goblins and their disguises. One wicked witch put the fear of God in me.

I was the man with the green face.

Carmon Wheatcraft

Fairbury

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Theres A Lot To Like About Laura Ebke

Nebraska State Senate candidate Laura Ebke brings a lot to the table in this very young campaign season.

A native of Fairbury and current resident of Crete, Ebke is seeking to fill the seat ofsenator from 32ndDistrict. Currently Representative Russ Karpisek of Wilber is losing his position due to term limits. She spoke to a group of approximately 50 people last week in Fairbury during an unofficial campaign kickoff.

It was obvious from her opening remarks that Ebke, the former Laura Schwab and a 1980 graduate of Fairbury High School, is no politician. In fact, she will be the first to admit that. Her political resume is made up of: 10 years on the Crete school board, serving as a Girl Scout Leader, a Boy Scout volunteer and a lay leader in her church.

Finally a politician with few political credentials. Refreshing indeed!

Her message to local residents last Thursday was fairly simple.

Taxes are too high.

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Opal Maxine Vesely

Opal Maxine Vesely, passed away Oct. 22, 2013

She was born Apr. 13, 1926 in Morrowville, Kan. to William B. and Nora (Adams) Naylor.

She graduated from Morrowville Rural High School in 1945 and attended Kansas Wesleyan University and went on to complete a one year program at Kearney State College receiving her teaching certificate. She taught one year in a K-8 school in the Morrowville area.

Charles Jacob Vesely and Maxine were united in marriage Apr. 6, 1949. They made their home in Thayer County where they farmed together for 45 years before retiring in Fairbury.

While living near Hebron, Maxine was active in the local extension club, the VFW Auxiliary and the First Christian Church. She was an Avon and Amway distributor and drove a school bus for the Hebron Public Schools.

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Bette Louise (Plies) Garcia

Bette Louise (Plies) Garcia, 82, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 in Lincoln.

She was born in Fairbury on Feb. 3, 1931, the daughter of John Melvin and Esther Luella (Deuchler) Plies.

She graduated in 1948 from Fairbury High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. On Apr. 15, 1951, she was united in marriage to Robert James Garcia in Fairbury, and their union was blessed with four children, Patricia, Linda, John and Esther.

She was a homemaker and in later years she was a CNA at Beatrice Hospital and Beatrice Manor. She also worked at the grocery store in Odell. She lived most of her life in Fairbury, Diller and Odell and moved in Seward following the death of her husband on Oct. 29, 2005. She was a member of the American Legion in Odell and attended the Church of Christ in Lincoln.

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Eugene F. Springer

Eugene F. Springer, 82, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 3, 2013 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

Survivors are wife, Georgia Springer of Fairbury; daughters, Kami Cross and husband, Dale of Fairbury, Shannon Springer of Jansen; six grandchildren; sister, Betty Lou Ashenfelter of Corning, Iowa; and half sister, Margaret Gerinn of Creston, Iowa.

Cremation has taken place.

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

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Rudolph Novotny Jr.

Rudolph Novotny Jr., 93, passed away Nov. 4, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of LaVista, Neb., formerly, Odell; daughter, Susan and husband, Stephen Boehling, Bellevue, Neb.; daughter, Mary Kramer of Omaha; son, Mike and wife, Patti Novotny of Wymore, Neb.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Odell, with Father Ferdinand Boehme officiating. Rosary at 10:30 a.m. before the service.

Memorials to Familys Choice.

Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell is in charge of the arrangements.

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Melvin D Bud Nespor

Melvin D Bud Nespor, 85, of Fairbury, formerly Endicott, passed away Nov. 3, 2013.

He is survived by sons, Steven and wife, Lori, Robert and wife, Julie, Wesley and wife, Allison, Michael, Patrick and wife, Lee; and daughter, Elizabeth Hartig and husband, Rod; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mass will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Fairbury, with Father Rudy Oborny officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery.

Rosary will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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Armin P. Daubendiek

Armin P. Daubendiek, 73, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 1, 2013 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury.

Survivors are wife, Beverly Daubendiek of Fairbury; son, Dale Daubendiek of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Donna Samuelson and husband, Bob of Minneapolis, Minn.; brothers, Alfred Daubendiek, Jr. and wife, Maria of Holmesville, Neb., Gerhardt Daubendiek and wife, Sandra of Beatrice; sisters, Floice Meyer of Beatrice, Mavis Stratton and husband, Ken of Omaha.

Services were held Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Ken Hart officiating. The family greeted friends on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Funeral Home in Fairbury.

Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery Fairbury.

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

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Donna Mae Cook

Donna Mae Cook, 86, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 4, 2013 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include daughters, Jan and husband, Tom Krakow of Fairbury, Jill and husband, Terry Wright of Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Lowe of Lincoln, and sister-in-law, Audrey Cook of Fairbury.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. The family greeted friends on Thursday Nov. 7, 2013.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials will go to Familys Choice.

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Citys Electric Fund Bleeding Red Ink

Five months in to the current fiscal year the news is not good for the citys electric fund. In short: they are bleeding red ink.

On Tuesday,Fairbury City Manager Joe Parker told members of the local city council that year to date the electric fund is showing a shortfall of $544,000 more than $100,000 a month.

This news came out of the most recent Board of Public Works meeting and yes, certainly it is a concern, Parker said. The city implemented a 4 percent rate increase to customers and the beginning of this year and we will be taking another 4 percent effective January 2014.

Parker said he is hopeful that coupling the increase with more prudent spending might turn around the deficit. The city manager did note thatwhile the electric department was running at a deficit, the water department was showing a $31,000 profit fiscal year to date. The sewer department was running approximately $12,000 in the red to date for the current fiscal year.

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