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Traffic Report

Jason M. Miler, of Burns, Kan.: Overweight axle, $150 fine.

Joseph B. Hevelone, of Fairbury: Speeding 75-60, $75 fine.

Mindy M. Burns, of Wilber: Speeding 35-25, $25 fine.

Julia A. Stake, of Waverly: Stop sign violation, $75 fine.

Samuel R. Lingenfelter, of Gridley, Kan.: Speeding 80-60, $125 fine.

John B. Milligan, of Lincoln: Speeding 36-25, $75 fine.

Andrea A. Byrd, of Fairbury: Speeding 60-45, $75 fine.

James E. Hall, of Cleburne, Texas: Speeding 70-60, $25 fine.

Tyler J. Dux, of Fairbury: No operators license, $75 fine.

Melissa B. Barnes, of Lincoln: Speeding 41-25, $125 fine.

Richard D. Smith, of Fairbury: Speeding 42-25, $125 fine.

Brian D. Snook, of Fairbury: Stop sign violation, $75 fine.

Gregory J. Young, of Fairbury: Speeding 36-25, $75 fine.

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Sheriff's Report

Sept. 3: Report of a death investigation in rural Fairbury.

Sept. 4: Report of suspicious activity east of Fairbury.

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Klasek Joins Staff of JCHC

Chance Klasek has joined the staff of Jefferson Community Health Center as Chief Financial Officer. Klasek began his duties on Aug. 26. He takes the position left by Chad Jurgens when he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

Klasek said he is pleased to be working at JCHC. As a native of the area, location was one element that attracted him to the position. He also said he is glad to be working in health care, because it a great opportunity to know you are helping people.

It is a good fit for my family and me, Klasek said.

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Police Report

Aug. 29: Adam T. Montague, of Garnett, Kan., was driving a 2004 Ford owned by Daniel J. Medina, of Fairbury, into a driveway in the 200 block of 9th Street when the vehicle collided with a corner of the garage. Damage to the structure was estimated at $50. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000.

Aug. 29: Report of a disturbance in the 800 block of F Street.

Aug. 30: Report of an intoxicated person at 7th and K Streets.

Aug. 30: Report of harassment in the 100 block of West 5th Street.

Aug. 31: Report of a juvenile violating curfew on E Street.

Sept. 1: Report of reckless driving on H Street.

Sept. 1: Report of a suicidal person in Fairbury.

Sept. 2: Report of three suspicious males in the 1600 block of D Street.

Sept. 2: Report of a disturbance at the intersection of 9th and D Streets.

Sept. 3: Report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block of 4th Street.

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Study History or We Might Repeat it

I was really stunned when President Barak Obama announced that we would be attacking Syria with limited, but accurate, air strikes and that no boots will be on the ground.

I think that this is one of the most ignorant statements ever made by an American president.

Looking back into history, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 comes to mind.

It too was a precision air strike with no boots on the ground.

How in the hell can our president not think that the United States military attacking Syrian targets is not a declaration of war.

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, it was on.

Americans rallied and went across oceans to knock the crap out of those who attacked us in 1941. In fact, history usually refers to the event as the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Letters To The Editor

You Drink

You Drive You Lose

The Fairbury Police Department participated in the nationwide You Drink You Drive You Lose campaign which ran from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2. During that time period there was increased patrol. The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant allowed Officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for alcohol violations. The extra time worked by Officers will be paid for by the NOHS.

During the enforcement dates 36 citations were issued. There was one arrest were for an outstanding warrant, and one arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Citations were issued for minor in possession of alcohol, reckless driving, careless driving, driving under suspension and several other violations. In addition there were 99 warnings issued.

Chad R. Sprunk

Chief of Police

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War Weary Nations Gears Up For Another Fight

Im tired. And I suspect I am not the only one.

There are many connotations associated with the word tired. Tired of work. Tired of that co-worker who always hangs around when youre the busiest. Tired of summer crabgrass that grows rampant in the lawn. Tired of cleaning bugs of the windshield.

But in my case, those arent the tired I am in reference to.

I am tired of saber-rattling.

Tired of sending troops overseas and tired of limited military actions. I suspect Im going to get even more tired.

The looming actions in Syria leave me with a sour taste in the mouth. I just dont like anything about it. Certainly it is wrong for any leader to lay waste to his own people, whether it be from gassing them, shooting them or dropping bombs in the middle of the night. The Assad Regime seemingly is not a good one.

But then who are we to lead the charge in yet another Holy War?

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Fairbury, Neb., is Not Mayberry, NC Anymore

The connotation used to exist that if a person chose to live in a smaller community that would automatically mean they were somehow immune to crime.

Burglaries and drug deals would be replaced by dogs running at large and Opie pilfering penny candy from the local grocers.

Well, times have changed and this isnt Mayberry.

The sheriff doesnt solve problems with homespun humor and Barney has more than one bullet in his pocket. An upswing in crime has infiltrated even the smallest of communities.

Recently Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk issued his annual report.

That report denoted some serious increases in crimes. The Chief reported thatinvestigations like domestic assaults, assaults with weapons, drug related charges and burglaries were now becoming more common on the police docket.

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Randy Geo Schroeder

Randy Geo Schroeder, 52, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

He was born Sept. 2, 1961 in Fairbury, to George and Carmen Schroeder.

He was baptized and confirmed, in the American Lutheran Church.

He attended Fairbury Public Schools and graduated in 1979. While in high school, Randy worked part-time at the Robo Carwash in Fairbury. Following graduation he was employed with Endicott Clay for 2 years. Then he went on to work for Farmers Union Cooperative for several years.

In 2001 Randy and Carla became owners of the PlaMor Lanes/Caf until the time of his death.

He married Carla Jones, November 1986. In this union they were blessed with two children, daughter, Chelsie and son, Christopher.

He has spent the last the three years sharing his life with special friend, Becki Snyder and her children Davian Snyder, Antonio Kappelmann, Brin and Kami McAtee.

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Mary Elizabeth Naiman

Mary Elizabeth Naiman, 99, of Gilead, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

She was born Feb. 8, 1914 in rural Gladstone, Neb., the eldest of four children born to John and Bessie (Hruska) Connell.

She was baptized as an infant, confirmed and grew up attending St. Michaels Catholic Church in Fairbury.

She received her early education in a one room school house, near Gladstone, in Jefferson county. She graduated from Fairbury High School in 1932.

Following her education she married Leslie Aaron Naiman on Nov. 24, 1937 at St. Michaels church in Fairbury. And to this union the couple had five children, Leslie Jr., John, Angeline, Eva, and Marilyn.

They made their home on a farm near Gilead, where Mary was very involved in being a farm wife and raising her family. She enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, reading, playing, cards and watching sports on TV with her son, John.

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