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Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee, 82, formerly of Alexandria, Neb., passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in Denver, Colo.

Services were held Friday Oct. 11, 2013.

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Anthony J. DeBourge

Anthony J. DeBourge, 53, of Fairbury, passed away Oct. 11, 2013 at Bryan LGH West Hospital ER in Lincoln.

Survivors are daughters, Kristina Grable of Fairbury, Dannie Gasper and husband, Keith of Fairbury; grandchildren, Delaney and Kedan Gasper of Fairbury; sisters, Janet DeBourge of Troy, Ill., Eilene Ezell and husband, Drew of Edwardsville, Ill.; brother-in-law, Brian Franze of Troy, Ill.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, with Pastor Brooks Bryant officiating. The family greeted friends on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Funeral Home.

Memorials to Familys Choice.

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

Irene Husa

Irene Husa, 96, of Fairbury, passed away Oct. 16, 2013 at Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury.

Services are pending with Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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UNK Softball Team Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Photo caption: Contributed photo by Todd Gottula/UNK Communications UNK softball player Kenzie Helmink of Fairbury paints a storage shed Saturday in Kearney as part of the teams volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity.

By Todd Gottula

UNK Communications

They replaced their ball gloves with paint brushes, hammers and drills.

Twenty-two members of the University of Nebraska at Kearney softball team (which include Fairburys Kinzie Helmink) gathered in southeast Kearney the past two weekends to work on the three latest Habitat for Humanity homes under construction.

Team bonding with paint, senior Bailey Backhuus of Bennington said as she painted walls of a storage shed with three of her teammates.

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SCC Open House Nov. 3

High school seniors still deciding which college to attend next year will find it helpful.

So will recent high school graduates who have sat out a year or two.

Same for adult learners who maybe havent been in a classroom in many years.

And high school juniors? Its the right time to explore your options beyond high school.

What is it? Its Southeast Community Colleges Open House. The five-hour block from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, takes place at all three SCC campuses: Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford.

High school seniors are making visits to college campuses this fall, and SCCs Open House is a great way to see what we have to offer, up close and personal, said Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president. Open House is open to anyone, of course.

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Open House Successful at Rehabilitation and Sports Clinic

Photo caption: Contributed Photo The staff at JCHC Rehabilitation Center welcomes everyone to the Open House. From left: Justin Schardt PT, DPT

An open house held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Jefferson Community Health Centers Rehabilitation and Sports Clinic was deemed a success, with more than 150 people attending.

JCHCs Rehabilitation and Sports Clinic invited the public to come in and see their newly remodeled facility and meet the staff.

Our newly remodeled area is much more patient-friendly and it looks great too, said department director Justin Schardt, PT, DPT.

JCHCs Rehabilitation and Sports Clinic has also had changes in staff. The department is now operated by Jefferson Community Health Center, rather than a contracted service. The department continues to offer a full range of services in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, including inpatient and outpatient services.

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Driver Injured When Car Crashes Curb

This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

Tena Brown, 70 of Fairbury, was injured Tuesday morning about 11 when this 2013 Dodge Journey she was driving went out of control and climbed the 16-inch tall curb in front of Main Street Animal Clinic in Fairbury. She was taken to Jefferson Community Healthcare Center by ambulance, where she was treated and released. Police believe the wreck was caused by a medical issue.

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Employees Must Pay to Drive Home

A change for some county employees is around the corner.

The County Commissioners have informed county employees who take county vehicles home, that if it is used for transportation to and from work it will now cost them $3 a day.

This has evidently been an Internal Revenue Service requirement that the county had been unaware of. Driving a county vehicle to and from work is considered a benefit and some compensation is required.

It will also be expected to have the times used to and from home to be noted on the time sheets.

The commissioners are also requiring all county employees with the exception of elected officials to turn in a time sheet. Although it was noted during the meeting there are only a very few employees that do not turn in a time sheet and it is now a clear expectation of the commissioners that they begin turning them in.

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DeBourge Dies in Friday Crash on Highway 8

Just after 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 Anthony J. DeBourge, 53 of Fairbury, was seriously injured in an automobile crash just two miles east of Fairbury on Highway 8.

Later that evening, he died of his injuries in a Lincoln Hospital.

About 7:02 p.m. on Oct. 11, the Jefferson County Communications received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident two miles east of Fairbury on Highway 8.

The vehicle driven by DeBourge was a 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup.

The Tundra was apparently west bound on Highway 8 when it entered the south ditch and DeBourge over-corrected and the vehicle started to slide on the road surface, according to a Jefferson County Sheriffs Office press release.

The Tundra entered the south ditch sideways and when it came to the bottom of the ditch it started to roll.

It continued to roll and DeBourge was ejected from the vehicle.

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And the Winner is BVCA Food Pantry

Photo caption: Jefferson County Health Center and Heritage Care Center have once again had their friendly food drive challenge. Delivering 3,100 pounds of food to BVCA Food Pantry Director Ryan Bailey feels like the real winner. Pictured left to right are Katy Buxton, of Heritage Care Center, Jill Duis, from JCHC, Ryan Bailey of BVCA, Lana Likens of JCHC and John Seibolt of JCHC.

Its a rivalry that has been going on for eight years but the real winner arent the participants but Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) Food Pantry.

Jefferson County Health Center and the Heritage Longterm Care Center have had a friendly rivalry for the past eight years. The real competition is to see who can bring in the most food and money for the BVCA Food Pantry.

This year it couldnt have come at a better time, Ryan Bailey, BVCA Family and Services Coordinator. I am even getting low on green beans and we are never low on green beans.

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Fairbury Schools Show Testing Progress

The spring testing results are in and Fairbury Public Schools are showing progress.

Over the last two years students in the Fairbury Public School District have been showing a steady increase in meeting proficiency in the subject areas of Math, Reading and Science. The Nebraska State Accountability(NeSA) is the accountability system that the testing is held against to let schools, parents and other professionals know how the students are doing.

Nebraska has been using standard testing, that is to say every student in grades 4, 8 and 11 take the same type of test across the state for the past two years. Prior to this each school developed their own type of testing which didnt allow for an accurate assessment across the board.

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