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FEA Plans to Light the Way

With a commitment toward helping local causes, the Fairbury Education Association (FEA) will again be sponsoring their 23rd annual Light the Way campaign this holiday season.

The annual event kicks off its collection today and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 11. A special donation table will be set up on Friday, Dec. 13 during the Fairbury-Milford boys and girls basketball game. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be given to two local families with special medical and financial needs. This year, FEA is supporting the family of Eric and Emily Prellwitz and Mary Munoz Starr.

The Prellwitz family recently lost a stillborn child.

Starr underwent double transplant recipient (pancreas and kidney) in May 2013.

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Its Starting to Look....

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Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

Fairbury Electric crews installed Christmas decorations Nov. 21 in downtown Fairbury. The city decorations on light poles add seasonal flavor to the courthouse square.

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Amundson Receives Hyvees Heroes Award Friday

Caleb Amundson, a 19 year-old native of Fairbury, will be honored Friday at halftime of the Nebraska/Iowa football game as Nebraskas representative in Hyvees Heroes Of The Heartland Promotion.

Annually, Hyvee Employee-Owned Grocery Stores honor a Nebraska and an Iowa real-life hero at the Heroes Football Game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday.

Each grand prize winner was picked by the American Red Cross and receives the grand prize of four tickets to the 2013 Iowa versus Nebraska NCAA football game on Friday.

Each will be introduced and recognized Friday at the Huskers/Hawkeyes HyVee Heroes Game that will be televised nationally on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. The rival game uses the national stage to honor the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations in both states.

Amundson is a first-year student at North Central Technical College in Beloit, Kan.

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Fairbury Artist Wins Nebraska Life Art Award

At the annual convention of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs recently in Alliance, Fairbury artist Sherry Joubert won Nebraska Life Magazines Art Award for her work, Peace on the Plains.Nebraska Lifes Assistant Editor Alan J. Bartels viewed all of the entries in the show before choosing Jouberts painting, which depicts the Steele City Stone Church at Steele City.

Although the painting shows just one church in one small Nebraska community, it captures a big slice of what is important in the lives of many Nebraskans, said Bartels. Whether people are devoutly religious or not, churches play a central role in the lives of our citizens and in our communities. It is for that reason that her painting was chosen for our award.

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Felony Child Abuse Charges Dropped Against York

Karrie Jo York, 39, a nurse for the Fairbury School District, was charged Oct. 25 with felony child abuse along with five misdemeanors after Fairbury Police allegedly found her speeding while intoxicated with her children in the vehicle.

The county attorneys office sought not to pursue felony child abuse and willful reckless driving charges which York was originally ticketed with by Fairbury Police Officer Steve Julich.

Instead York is charged in Jefferson County Court with first offense resisting arrest, a class I misdemeanor, driving under the influence with underage passengers, a misdemeanor, first offense driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class W misdemeanor, no valid operators license on person and speeding, infraction.

According to court documents, York was caught on radar traveling 46 in a 35, 11 miles over the speed limit by Fairbury Police officer Steve Julich on Oct. 25.

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Giving Trees Are Ready

Christmas is the time of tradition and one of the traditions in Fairbury has been the Giving Trees. Wish lists have been delivered and the trees decorated and put up ready for anyone who is interested. Trees are located at the main bank of First National Bank, the Union Bank and at the American Bank.

There are also trees with seniors names on it to provide for seniors in the area who may be alone for Christmas.

All families with a wish list on the tree are local families. Each family has been assigned a code name. Each wish list card contains all the children in one family. If a person chooses a card, he/she is committing to purchase at least one gift for each child on the card, but they may purchase more if they chose.

There are family sizes ranging from one child to 7 children. The purpose of the program is so that children dont wake up on Christmas morning with no present to open.

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Two Fairbury Students Traveling to Macys Parade

Photo caption: Contributed PhotoTwo Fairbury students, Haley Knobel (left) and Madison Schlake are ready to take on New York City and the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Two Fairbury High School students are travelling to New York to participate in the Macys Parade on Thanksgiving Day.

Haley Knobel, a senior at Fairbury Jr/Sr High, and Madison Schlake, a junior at the same school, are excitedly packing their bags and finishing up their homework preparing for a chance of a lifetime.

These two Fairbury students are scheduled to participate in the 87th Macys Day Parade this Thanksgiving.

It started back during the summer when they went to Cheer Camp.

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District Court Updates

Shinn Imprisoned for Failure to Register as Sex Offender

Tracy Shinn was sentenced to serve 20 to 48 months imprisonment Nov. 21 in Jefferson County District Court for failing to register as a sex offender.

Shinn was originally convicted of 1st degree sexual assault of a minor and he failed to register anywhere in the state following his conviction despite being on probation at the time.

When arrested, for the registration violation, he was also in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when he was contacted by probation officers, according to court records.

District Judge Paul Korslund was clearly not amused by Shinns failure to ever register as a sex offender until arrested and he was very bothered that Shinn slammed the door in probation officer's face.

"You're just not a good candidate for probation," Korslund said.

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Nov. 27, 2013

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27-Year-Old Western Woman Arrested for Burglary

Jasmine Paul, 27 and a resident of Western, was arrested and charged for multiple burglaries in Jefferson and Gage Counties.

She is accused of the burglaries in Beatrice and Fairbury on Aug. 7 weeks after meeting the victims in each case.

She is also accused of using stolen debit and credit cards taken in the burglaries.

According to Jefferson County Court documents, a woman told police Paul had been staying at her home for a short time after her release from jail, but was asked to leave. On the morning of Aug. 7, the woman found a window broken in her home and several items missing.

Paul faces burglary charges in both counties in addition to theft of more than $1,500, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and second degree forgery.

She will appear in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 5 for arraignment and Jan. 7 in Gage County District Court.

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