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Osborn Tours Bacon Production Facility

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

Candidate for the U.S. Senate Shane Osborn, center, was given a tour of Westin Packaged Meats, Fairbury Divisions bacon production plant on March 13 by plant manager Ron Schacht, at right. Osborn was traveling through the area on a campaign swing before the primary election.

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Angry Cow Trail Run April 5

The 3rd annual Angry Cow Trail Run has been set for Saturday, April 5, at Rock Creek Historical Park near Fairbury.

The Angry Cow Trail Run is the fourth run in the Great Plains Trail Series, sponsored by Angry Cow Adventures.The run is co-sponsored by Angry Cow Adventures and the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.

The course is on trails, creeks and cliffs in the Rock Creek Station State Historical Park. Four distances are available, with variable fees. Fees include shirt, prizes, food and refreshments. Aid and water stations will be available along the route. Medals will be given to winners in the male and female categories in each race.

Check in is at 7 a.m. for the 33-mile race, with race start at 8:30 a.m. For the 2-, 5- and 15-mile races check in is at 8:30 a.m. with the race start at 9 a.m.

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Its Almost Weather Week

There will be a Severe Weather Mock Drill held on Wednesday, March 26, between 10 and 11 a.m.

This will be a Mock Tornado Drill with a specific timeline.

At 10 a.m. the drill will begin with the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Omaha issuing a Test Tornado Watch.

At 10:10 the WFO in Omaha will issue a TEST Tornado Warning. At 10:20 the WFO in Omaha will issue a Severe Weather Statement (SVS) as a follow-up to the Tornado Warning. The WFO Omaha will issue an SVS at 10:30 stating the Tornado Warning has expired and at 11:00 a.m. the drill sequence will end.

This test drill is being conducted in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week and it provides the National Weather Service with the opportunity to test communications systems that get lifesaving safety information out to the public.

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Fairbury Council Makes First Move Toward Higher Electric Rates

Fairbury electric customers are one step closer to paying higher electric bills.

On Tuesday,members of the Fairbury City Council gave first reading approval to a measure that would increase electric rates 13.4 percent a year for the next two years. The increase, which is approved in final form, would be implemented later this spring.

Members of the Board of Public Works have implored city officials in recent months to consider the increases to help offset free-flowing red ink as it is costing the City of Fairbury more to buy power than what they are selling it for. The municipality has been losing approximately $100,000 a month through the electric utility under the current rate structure.

According to Fairbury Superintendent of Utilities, Mike Beachler, approval of the two-year 26.8 percent rate hike does not mean that it will be a money-maker for the city.

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Fairbury Seeks Housing Rehab Applicants

City of Fairbury Seeking Applicants to Continue the City-wide Housing Rehabilitation Program

The City of Fairbury is requesting residents needing financial assistance in completing housing rehabilitation projects to submit a pre-application by April 20.

The pre-applications are being requested from potential program participants to determine a market for financing. The City anticipates submitting an application for 2014 to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for financial assistance to continue an Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program for the City of Fairbury.

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Demolition of Blighted Houses Begins Seven Abandoned Buildings Being Razed in Fairbury

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsThe First Abandoned House demolished March 12 under Fairburys new clean up efforts was located at 710 9th Street. Monday, the heavy equipment went to 410 A Street and took down a fire-riddled house that has stood abandoned for more than a year.

The City of Fairbury has declared war on blighted and substandard houses that litter the city with despair.

In the past week the city has begun tearing down seven condemned houses, which is just the beginning. The homes are such a community hazard that the city is paying for the demolitions out of their own pocket and attaching liens on the properties; in the event they are ever sold.

The process to remove the blighted and condemned structures began nearly a year ago, in March 2013.

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Sunday Morning Fire Burns Home

Sunday Morning Fire Burns Home

A house fire proved a rude awakening on Sunday morning for the Mike Horky family.

The Horky family had enjoyed a pleasant weekend and among their activities was grilling with friends. Mike and Karen had gone to bed that evening thinking that all was taken care of only to be awakened at around midnight by one of their dogs.

When Mike looked outside and realized that the back of the house was on fire we grabbed the dogs and called the fire department, Karen Horky said.

The dispatch time was listed as 12:10 a.m. with first responders arriving on scene, 808 L Street, by 12:20 a.m.

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Woman Dies in Plymouth Crash

Woman Dies in Plymouth Crash

A two car accident one mile north of Plymouth resulted in one fatality and one hospitalization on March 12.

A 1996 Buick LeSabre driven by Steven Cordis, a 40 year old, of Ohiowa was westbound on 724 Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign. He struck a 2008 Dodge Avenger that was traveling southbound on 578 Avenue. The car was driven by Mary Pearson, a 60 year old of DeWitt, and was struck on the passenger side. Cordis caused the Avenger to spin, entering the southwest corner of the intersection with the drivers side of the vehicle colliding with a power pole.

The driver of the Avenger, Pearson was transported by Plymouth Rescue to Beatrice Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, Francisca Campbell, a 39-year-old of Lincoln, was air lifted to a Lincoln Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was later pronounced dead.

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Fairbury Girl Hit by Vehicle and Dies

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsThe morning after 7-year-old Krista Medina was struck and killed by a vehicle in front of her home at 816 H Street in Fairbury, people were leaving stuffed animals, candles, a lantern and flowers at the spot she was found. The makeshift memorial has grown dramatically as news spread across the city and state about her death. Funeral arrangements for Krista are set for 11 a.m. Friday morning at Saint Michaels Catholic Church in Fairbury.

This is something everyone dreads to hear.

Sunday evening, March 16, shortly before 7 p.m. 7-year-old Krista Medina of Fairbury was struck by a motor vehicle and killed at 816 H Street.

She was found lying unresponsive in the lawn of the home and EMT and Paramedics with the Jefferson County Ambulance Service No. 33 transported the child to Jefferson Community Health Center. She later died of her injuries.

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March 19, 2014

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