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Are We Paying the Feds to Watch Us?

Every month on your cell phone bill you are hit with numerous hidden fees and charges but there is a new one on your bill that is incredibly insulting.

On your bill there is a small amount for a Regulatory Charge or Lawful Interception Recovery Fee.

If youre wondering just what that charge is for, this is according to the Sprint companys website, The Regulatory Charge is assessed per line, per month by Sprint to help defray costs of various federal, state, and local regulatory programs. The Regulatory Charge is not a tax and is not an amount we are required to collect from you by law. The Regulatory Charge and the components used to calculate this charge are subject to change from time to time.

While Sprint at least addresses the charge openly online, they dont really answer the question. Verizon does not even have the subject as a searchable element on their website, even if it is on your monthly bill.

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Weighing In On Jobs, Wal-Mart

A couple of things have really piqued my interest this week.

A lot of us have heard over the past two decades that the reason there are so many welfare people in Jefferson County is because our county is (supposedly) the easiest to get welfare in.

Now I dont know if thats true or not.

Please dont throw stones, but I have heard (as have others I suspect) people say they moved to our area from California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other places for that very reason.

Again, Im not passing judgment. So again, please dont throw rocks, flatten my tires, key my vehicles, toss eggs at the FJN offices or whatever. Its all been done before anyway so at this point its kind of pass.

But if thats true, you know whats easier to get than welfare in Jefferson County?

A job.

Thats right: work. Last week in the Journal-News pages there were no fewer than 22 help wanted ads in varying professions. Most require no training.

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The Bridge No One Wants to Own

The Farmsteads Bridge remains a nightmare.

The dilapidated wooded structure still stands but it is such a danger to anyone who nears it.

You cant drive on it and even using it as a pedestrian bridge is questionable and dangerous.

Jefferson County doesnt want it and neither do the residents who happen to live on the other side.

With the bridge in such poor shape, it was closed by federal inspectors and this leaves the residents on the wrong side in limbo.

After nearly six weeks of deliberation, Jefferson County District Judge Paul Korslund determined the federal government is the owner of the dilapidated Farmsteads Bridge and not Jefferson County after Farmsteads Road resident Mike Diller filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County earlier this year asking for summary judgment against Jefferson County.

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Real Estate

July 29: Joyce Clauson to City of Fairbury: N8 of the E60 of the S50 of the N97.5 of the W150 of B9 of W.G. McDowells Subdivision to the City of Fairbury.

July 30: Steffi A. Swanson, a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, to Wells Fargo Bank: L8, B1 of the Second Addition to Garber Heights, an addition to the City of Fairbury.

July 30: Phyllis A. McCown and Robert J. Bower to Horizon Tower Group, LLC: A part of the NW1/4 of the NE1/4 of 14-2-2.

July 31: LaVina E. Armagost to Lee M. Nickel and Sara L. Nickel: A fraction of the E1/2 of B1, Second Addition to Plymouth.

July 31: Delores E. Waltke to Chase D. Asch: L9-10, B3 of Mendenhalls Addition to the City of Fairbury; an undivided one-half interest in L1-2, B2 of Galbraiths Addition to the City of Fairbury.

Aug. 1: Bank of America, N.A., to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: E9 of L9, and all of L10, and the W10 of L11, B10 of McDowells First Addition to Fairbury.

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Dissolutions

Kimberly D. Robbins and Gary R. Robbins.

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Court Report

Wade. J. Loseman, of Fairbury: Operation of an ATV without license/insurance in May 27 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Ashley N. Brethouwer, of Wymore: Driving under suspension in July 2 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Tiona M. Bstandig, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in June 29 incident, class 3 misdemeanor; possession or use of drug paraphernalia, infraction.

Colby S. Moellenberndt, of Fairbury: DUI - .15+ or refusal with one prior conviction in July 27 incident, class 1 misdemeanor; willful reckless driving, class 3 misdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, class 4 felony.

James C. Erickson, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in July 8 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

Curtis J. Howell, of Fairbury: Driving under suspension in July 8 incident, class 3 misdemeanor.

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Traffic Report

Arthur F. McCarthy, of West Des Moines, Iowa: CMV-brake violation; no registration; stop or yield sign violation, $225 in fines.

Ramona R. Young, of Fairbury: Speeding 76-45, $200 fine.

Steven H. Cordis, of Ohiowa: Speeding 58-40, $125 fine.

William H. Summers, of Beatrice: Speeding 74-60, $75 fine.

Laura L. Fossler, of Beatrice: Speeding 39-25, $75 fine.

Spencer A. Walters, of Shickley: Speeding 81-60, $200 fine.

Christopher L. Troxel, of Fairbury: Stop or yield sign violation, $10 fine.

Miles D. Bruce, of Fairbury: Speeding 60-45, $75 fine.

Jacob L. Noel, of Tobias: Speeding 71-60, $75 fine.

Eli D. Fox, of Grand Island: Speeding 60-30, $200 fine.

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Sheriff's Report

July 31: Michelle R. Parde, of Beatrice, was driving a 2010 Dodge west on Highway 136 a half-mile east of Harbine when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $2,500.

Aug. 2: Report of a motorcyle colliding with a deer east of Fairbury.

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Police Report

July 31: Report of two dogs running loose in the 1500 block of F Street.

July 31: Report of a theft in the 1400 block of Maple Street.

July 31: Report of a theft from a vehicle in the 2000 block of I Street.

July 31: Report of a civil disturbance in the 900 block of B Street.

Aug. 1: Report of a male cited for driving under suspension in the 1300 block of C Street.

Aug. 1: Report of a possible protection order violation in the 600 block of E Street.

Aug. 2: Report of shoplifting in the 600 block of C Street.

Aug. 2: Report of a civil matter in the 900 block of C Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a child custody matter referred to a private attorney in the 1200 block of G Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a welfare check in the 1500 block of K Street.

Aug. 3: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of 3rd Street.

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You Drink-You Drive-You Lose

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown which will begin on Aug. 16 and ends Sept. 2.

During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for DUI enforcement. The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by NOHS. With the goal of increasing DUI enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to decrease the number of injury accidents which occur in the city.

The Fairbury Police Department will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.

At the conclusion of the You Drink & Drive You Lose crackdown, it is hoped the DUI rate will decrease and in turn decrease the number of injury accidents.

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