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Traffic Report

Skyler H. Sides, of Fairbury: Failure to yield, $25 fine.

Brett E. Rogers, of Fairbury: Overweight axles by 2,300 pounds, 6.8 percent, $75 fine.

Gregory L. Meints, of Plymouth: Stop sign violation, $75 fine.

Bobby L. Harms, of Beatrice: Speeding 70-60, $25 fine.

Brandon L. Kulhanek, of Fairbury: Speeding 37-25, $25 fine.

Trevor J. Burford, of Wichita, Kan.: Speeding 70-60, $25 fine.

James M. Dwerlkotte, of Alexandria: Speeding 73-60, $75 fine.

Ivan G. Martinez-Trejo, of Wichita, Kan.: Overweight axles by 5,400 pound, 15.9 percent, $325 fine.

Jacob B. Thiessen, of Burns, Kan.: Overweight axles by 5,400 pounds, eight percent, $75 fine.

Billy S. Potter, of Abilene, Texas: Speeding 79-60, $125 fine.

Leah K. Stephens, of Hebron: Speeding 76-60, $125 fine.

Krishnakant K. Trivedi, of Lincoln: Speeding 75-60, $75 fine.

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Sheriff's Report

Sept. 7: Report of burglary in Diller.

Sept. 19: Report of a two-vehicle injury accident caused by driving left of center in rural February.

Sept. 19: Orville E. Weichel, of Fairbury, was driving a 1991 Chevrolet north on Highway 15 when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 2006 Dodge owned by Juan C. Morales, of Crete. A gravel truck went into the ditch to avoid collision with Weichels vehicle. Jefferson Community Ambulance transported Weichel, Morales, and Dalia Mendoza, of Crete, to Jefferson Community Health Center. Both Weichels vehicle and Morales vehicle were totaled.

Sept. 23: Report of criminal mischief in rural Jansen.

Sept. 24: Report of a deputy finding suspected drug paraphernalia in rural Plymouth.

Sept. 25: Report of a missing vehicle from Jansen. The vehicle was found.

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Police Report

Sept. 18: Report of trespassing in the 1300 block of C Street.

Sept. 18: Report of a three-wheeler going through yards.

Sept. 19: Report of a welfare check in the 1300 block of C Street.

Sept. 19: Report of a possible gun shot or fireworks near the 1400 block of 6th Street.

Sept. 20: Report of a welfare check in the 100 block of West 5th Street.

Sept. 20: Report of a civil disturbance in the 1200 block of A Street.

Sept. 21: Report of a driver arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the 800 block of J Street.

Sept. 21: Report of a dog running loose in the 1000 block of 3rd Street.

Sept. 21: Report of kids playing in the street at 3rd and H Streets.

Sept. 21: Report of child neglect in the 1000 block of West Street.

Sept. 22: Report of harassment in the 1000 block of Fourth Street.

Sept. 22: Report of a hit-and-run accident on the west side of 12th and Elm Street.

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Fairbury First Friday to Celebrate Oktoberfest

Fairburys First Friday event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 in downtown Fairbury.

Beginning at 5 p.m., visitors to downtown Fairbury can visit five stops and enjoy many art forms, including photography, paintings and pottery created by local artists.

Jefferson County Art Guild, located at 520 5th Street across from the Campbell Brothers Circus Mural, will feature a selection of art from guild members and live music by David Hunt on guitar. New Earth Clay Pottery, located at 515 4th street, will feature the works of potter Bill Robbins of Fairbury, who works exclusively with clay material from Endicott.

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Historys Largest Gold Robbery Happened in Nebraska

The biggest single robbery in the history of the Cornhusker State drew world-wide attention at the time and remains as the largest gold bullion heist in history.

It didnt happen in the big cities of Omaha or Lincoln.

Instead it occurred in my hometown of Sidney.

Back in 1880, Sidney was one of the most important cities in the entire nation. Gold was flowing out of Lead and Deadwood to travel south via guarded stagecoaches to meet Union Pacific Trains in Sidney.

There was rarely a lag between when the gold arrived by stage and when it was shipped out on the heavily guarded train.

Lets set the stage to March 9, 1880.

The sheriff in town from 1876 to 1877 was a man of questionable character named Cornelius Con McCarty. McCarty was not a very good sheriff but he was a very good crook.

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Because What We Do Still Really Matters

No one covers this region better thanThe Fairbury Journal-News.

News, sports, features, personal insights,photos, advertisements, legal notices and much more.

We have it all.

In an industry that is unfairly filled with a negative outlook, sometimes we simply need to blow our own horns.

Newspapers are not a dying breed. In fact community newspapers are alive and well. The week ofOct. 6has been designated as National Newspaper Week and, from where we sit, the timing could not have been better.

The Journal-News in fact just posted its third straight year of increases in paid circulation.

While we do not have the numbers in yet from around the state, the increases we have seen will easily make us among the top five largest circulation non-daily newspapers in Nebraska. We may even be the largest non-daily newspaper in the state.

Two years ago our management had a vision.

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Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy

Weve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.

Its supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but as it turns out, were actually in the midst of a promising and exciting time.

Top businessmen and investors such as Warren Buffet, John Henry and Jeff Bezos are demonstrating that newspapers are still lucrative investments. And despite gloomy predictions, our circulation revenue is actually rising.

Were experimenting and transforming to match the pace of our innovative and digitally-driven world. Digital and bundled subscriptions accounted for a five percent uptick in circulation revenue in 2012 the first national rise in circulation revenue since 2003.

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Joyce W. Robinson

Joyce W. Robinson, 87, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Fairbury.

She was born June 26, 1926 to Fred and Ethel (Harper) Schmitt at Hollenberg, Kan.

She was united in marriage to James H. Robinson on Mar. 19, 1945 at Fort Scott, Kan. To this union three children were born, Stephen, Gregory and Lori.

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Jerry L. Hock

Jerry L. Hock, 68, of Lees Summit, Mo. passed away Aug. 14, 2013.

He was born Jan. 4, 1945, the son of Tom and Elaine (Schwisow) Hock.

He grew up in Fairbury, and graduated from Fairbury High School class of 1963. He enlisted in the Navy and spent four years on submarine USS Cubera as Torpedoman.

He married Patty Mumby on Oct. 21, 1967. He moved to the Kansas City area in 1970. He was an insurance agent for a few years leading to running his own insurance agency in Grandview. He retired after 42 years in business. For many years he was an active member of the Raytown Optimist Club, including president. He enjoyed travel, boating and camping, NHRA and NASCAR. In recent years he also enjoyed street rods, car clubs, shows, and cruises. Every spring he enjoyed trout fishing and every fall pheasant hunting.

He was preceded in death by brother, Dick; mother, Elaine; and father, Tom.

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Roger Arthur Brinkmann

Roger Arthur Brinkmann, 83, of Fairbury, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Bryan Medical Center East, Lincoln.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1929, in Washington County, Ill. He moved from Illinois in his 20s. He worked 18 years for Bauer Brothers Dairy Farm near Gladstone, Neb., before working at the Endicott Clay Products, retiring in 2009.

He married Irella Weishahn on July 14, 1974, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Fairbury. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and ushered for many years.

He enjoyed bowling, visiting with friends, being with family, country and instrumental music, square dancing and working in the garden. In his younger years he enjoyed pheasant hunting.

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