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Police Report

Nov. 27: Report of a theft in the 200 block of West 8th Street.

Nov. 27: A parked 2014 Jeep owned by McBattas Publishing Co./Fred Arnold, of Belleville, Kan., was damaged by an unknown vehicle in the parking lot west of The Fairbury Journal-News. Damages were estimated at $2,000.

Nov. 27: Report of a traffic stop in the 1400 block of K Street that resulted in a driver being cited for driving under revocation.

Nov. 28: Report of an open door in the 200 block of G Street.

Nov. 28: Report of animal cruelty in the 800 block of 3rd Street.

Nov. 30: Report of a hit-and-run accident in the 500 block of 5th Street.

Nov. 30: Stella M. Queil, of Fairbury, was backing a 2004 Nissan from a garage in the 1000 block of Lindell Street when the vehicle collided with a parked 2005 owned by Katherine S. Quiel, of Fairbury. Damages to each vehicle were estimated at $1,000.

Dec. 1: Report of a burglary in the 900 block of West Street.

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District Court Updates

In District Court

Brenda Bush, was sentenced to 24 months probation Dec. 5 in Jefferson County District Court for a charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Andrea Tegothoff underwent a hearing on her eligibility for court ordered counsel Dec. 5 in Jefferson County District Court. Judge Paul Korslund gave Tegothoff the benefit of the doubt and allowed her to keep her court-appointed council however the court reserved the right at a later date to order her to reimburse the county for all or part of the legal fees incurred in her case if it is discovered that she does not qualified for a court appointed attorney. The next status hearing in her theft case is set for Jan. 23.

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Whoa Nellie, Others Think Fire Marshal Needs to Take Up Kite Flying

I have received quite a number of calls from our readers and a few government officials about a column I wrote about Nebraska Fire Marshals and how they are bullying our county government over the condition of the county courthouse.

While I suggested the Fire Marshals should go purchase a kite and learn how to fly it, I was not alone.

Over the past two weeks I have been stopped by numerous public officials to praise the words I printed in that column. Some of those officials were not just in Fairbury.

Apparently my tongue-in-cheek taunting of the Nazi-like Fire Marshals (who are just trying to prove how important they are) struck a chord with many in county governments across the state.

Jefferson Countys Courthouse is not the only courthouse the Fire Marshals Office is targeting. Thayer County is having similar problems and the fire marshal is threatening to shut them down too.

Enough is enough.

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Ive Got A Name Director of Outreach Services Stands By Her Clients

By Nikki Siegel

Guest Columnist

My name is Nikki Siegel and I am the Director of Outreach Services. My position is run largely out of The BAY, where the Ive Got A Name headquarters is located. The BAY works as a youth drop-in center, skate park, and art gallery in Lincoln.

Located at 2005 Y Street, this facility is still growing and plans are in the works for a coffee shop, retail and art and music lab programs for the youth. This now and in the near future gives kids a safe place to hang out and be creative.

I provide assistance and support to run away, homeless, sexually exploited, and at risk youth. I also reach out to those who may be hungry, abused, or in crisis.

I am also the co-chair of the Homeless Coalition Youth Sub Committee representing Ive Got A Name and The BAY.

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Journal-News Carriers: Where Do We Go From Here?

Two weeks ago the commercial newspaper press that we use to print this publication and many others in the area went down. Mechanical failure led to our missing the mail truck for just the fourth time in nearly a quarter of a century.

The matter was exacerbated by the fact that it was the day before Thanksgiving and many of our mail subscribers would not (and did not) get their papers until sometime the following week. We are still experiencing some customer fallout from that breakdown.Readers did not care that the press went down. They wanted their paper.

Yet, the Journal-News was still on the street that night, albeit somewhat late. And the real unsung heroes of putting the paper in peoples hands wasnt necessarily the mechanic from Wichita who came to fix the press or even the Journal-News workers themselves who toiled loyally well beyond their 8-hour workday.

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Dismissal of Charges in Police Car Theft Mocks Judicial System

The judicial system has not served the City of Fairbury or its taxpayers well at all.

Last weeks news that the Lincoln County court system had dismissed all charges against former Fairbury police officer Stan Colby came as a shock to this publication as well as many in the community.

Colby was charged in September with stealing a police cruiser while on duty and taking it, along with a cache of guns owned by the Fairbury Police Department. He led law enforcement officials on a chase and was ultimately arrested and incarcerated in Lincoln County.

The official reasons behind the arrest of Colby are still speculative and have not been made, in this papers opinion, entirely transparent. But after a period of over two months in custody, Colby was released and all charges dropped. Our efforts to secure reasoning from Lincoln County officials have proven futile.

The reaction locally however is one of surprise and indignation. As well it should be.

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Visiting Santa

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Twin Brothers Peyton left, and Parker Starr, 2, of Fairbury visit with Santa at the Festival of Trees at Wallys Sports Bar and Grill Sunday.

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Lisa Ann Austin

Lisa Ann Austin, 51, of Salina, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

She was born the daughter of Gene and Sandra (Buckmeier) Roberts Oct. 18, 1962 in Beatrice, Neb.

She was a member of the Faith Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling, needlepoint and gardening.

Survivors include her parents, Gene and Sandra; brother, Kevin Roberts and wife, Carma; sister, Tammey Duffendack and husband, Rich; beloved dog, Spike all of Salina; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service were held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Faith Freewill Baptist Church, Salina.

There was a visitation Thursday at Ryan Mortuary, with the family receiving friends.

Memorials may be made to the family to cover expenses and may be sent to or left in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina.

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Glenda Rae (Novotny) Kjolhede

Glenda Rae (Novotny) Kjolhede of Wilber, Neb., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

She was born Apr. 11, 1943 to Harold and Ada Novotny of Endicott, Neb. She was the oldest of three children.

She was united in marriage to Ronald D. Kjolhede on Oct. 8, 1966. Glenda and Ron moved to Wilber in 1978.

She retired from Doane College after 35 years of service in the business office.

Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a big part of her life. She enjoyed spending many hours with them. Her interests included fishing and boating at Table Rock Lake with her family; and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Sandra; and granddaughter, Kesha Klein.

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Red Cross Issues Safety Tips to Prevent Holiday Home Fires

SinceMondayevening, the Red Cross in Nebraska has responded to five additional devastating house fires, affecting more than a dozen people living in Central City, Wood River, Beemer, Overton and Kearney. Tuesday, the Red Cross is helping these five families with food, shelter, and clothing based on their needs.

SinceFridayevening, this brings us to a total of 17 home fires in Nebraska and SW Iowa, said Tina, Labellarte, Region CEO. Our committed volunteers are bringing comfort and care to the affected families and we are encouraging the more than 2 million people living in our Region to remember the steps you can take to reduce your risk of a home fire, not only in cold weather, but especially during the holidays.

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