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County Court Report

Filed

Michael Kelso, no address listed: Theft of a motor vehicle valued at more than $1,500, class 3 felony.

Sentenced

Jamie L. Durflinger, of Fairbury: Possession or use of drug paraphernalia, infraction, $100 fine.

Dustin C. Shinn, of Fairbury: Minor in possession, class 3 misdemeanor; possession or consumption of open alcohol container, infraction; failure to appear or comply with citation, class 3 misdemeanor, sentenced to 60 days in jail, $50 fine.

Bound over to district court

Terry L. Franzen, of Fairbury: Burglary, class 3 felony; theft - unlawful taking more than $1,500, class 3 felony.

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Traffic Report

Cale A. Thomas, of Hebron: Speeding 76-60, $125 fine.

Douglas W. May, of Fairbury: No operators license, $75 fine.

Xinghua Zhao, of Alhambra, Calif.: No trip permit, $35 fine; failure to carry fuel permit; $100 fine; overweight axles by 6,100 pounds or more than 30 percent, $950 fine.

David Miner, of Fairbury: Stop sign violation, $75 fine.

Darin R. Weers, of Diller: Speding 68-55, $75 fine.

Joshua W. Noah, of Grovertown, Ind.: Speeding 74-60, $75 fine.

Donna M. Gardy, of Lincoln: Speeding 75-60, $123 fine.

Dennis R. Werner, of Lincoln: Speeding 75-55, $125 fine.

Derek P. Speicher, of Ankeny, Iowa: Speeding 40-25, $75 fine.

Theodore C. Tucker, of Fairbury: Speeding 76-60, $125 fine.

Patricia M. Bekemeyer, of Washington, Kan.: Speeding 71-60, $75 fine.

Sandra K. Scheele, of Plymouth: Speeding 74-60, $75 fine.

Thomas A. Phillips, of Fairbury: No operators license, $75 fine.

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Sheriff's Report

Sept. 9: Report of a possible parole violation in Fairbury.

Sept. 11: Report of a female driver in the ditch near the sand pit south of Powell. It was determined that the person was lost.

Sept. 11: Debra J. Ahrens, of Fairbury, was driving north on 565 Ave. just north of Highway 136 in a 2007 Buick owned by William E. Ahrens when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $2,800.

Sept. 12: Report of a civil dispute in Jansen.

Sept. 13: Sandra Gapp, of Fairbury, was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile east on River Road just west of 714 Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $2,200.

Sept. 14: Report of a sheriffs deputy observing a vehicle that appeared to be driven by an intoxicated person on North Ida Street in Steele City. After testing, it was determined that the driver was a juvenile driving under the influence of alcohol and was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and released to parents.

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Police Report

ept. 6: Report of a child living in a structurally unsafe home in the 1100 block of Oak Street.

Sept. 6: Report of a stolen ATV in the 1100 block of Oak Street.

Sept. 6: Report of phone harassment in the 1300 block of 7th Street.

Sept. 6: Report of a bicycle abandoned at PVI.

Sept. 7: Report of three transients found on a stopped train in Fairbury.

Sept. 11: Report of a male arrested in the 600 block of E Street on a Jefferson County warrant.

Sept. 11: Report of vandalism to a residence in the 900 block of H Street.

Sept. 12: Report of possible counterfit money in the 1400 block of K Street.

Sept. 12: Report of a male arrested in the 1200 block of J Street during a traffic stop for an outstanding Jefferson County warrant.

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$2,000 Community Education Grant

This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal-News

Fairbury Jr/Sr High School was the recipient of a $2,000 Community Education Grant sponsored by Walmart. Accepting the award are Paige Husa (far left) accepting on behalf of FFA, Bryce Schouboe accepting on behalf of SKILLS, Michaela Barber accepting on behalf of FBLA and Bryce Taylor accepting on behalf of FCCLA. Representing Walmart is Ron Hilligas, manager for the Fairbury Walmart.

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Busy Week for Jefferson County First Responders

Jefferson County First Responders were kept busy over this past week between car wrecks and grassland fires.

Sept. 19

On Sept. 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon a 911 call came into dispatch reporting a crash between two cars, a 1991 Chevy four door Caprice Classice driven by 79 year old Orville Weichel of rural Fairbury and a 2006 Dodge four door Charger driven by 35 year old Juan Morales of Crete.

Heavy rain was evident making visibility difficult. The Chevy drifted across the center line colliding with the Dodge, left corner to left corner impact. The Dodge spun and came to rest in the middle of the Highway facing west. The Chevy continued north and entered the west ditch coming to rest facing west. Weichel was trapped in the vehicle and required extrication.

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We Really Need Healthcare Reform

For many, many months American Politicians have been supporting or railing against the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare as many have dubbed it.

While the original intentions behind the act were originally pure and seemingly helpful, Obamacare has morphed into yet another curse on the American Taxpayer.

After Republicans failed to defeat it and then repeatedly failed to overturn it, Obamacare appears to be here to stay.

Companies across the land are scrambling to try and meet the requirements of the new act and some are even closing their doors because they dont think that they can provide health insurance for their employees.

In the meantime, access to healthcare in the United States has just gotten worse and worse.

Medical doctors and hospitals are charging patients far too much for medical care and patients just cant afford it anymore.

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Christmas Came Early For Me This Year

Did you ever receive that gift?

You know, the gift of all gifts.

The present that someone just unsuspectedly dropped on you without the slightest inkling that it was coming. Maybe it was that train set you got at age 8. The girlfriend, who gave you your half of a Mitzvah coin. Or maybe, just maybe it was something better.

For me that gift was.....beer.

Last week, in this space, I wrote about how I was pretty darned excited to read about the resurgence of Storz beer. I like the retro stuff and certainly consider Storz just that. The headline to that column read Now If I Could Only Get Me A Cold Falstaff.

Last Thursday was playing out pretty much like everyThursdaydoes.

Mailing papers.

Going to Belleville to work at the Kansas newspaper.

Doing payroll, etc.

When I came back at the end of the day and went to the office there was a nicely wrapped package in Christmas paper on my desk.

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Wal-Mart CouldHave Been A Better Neighbor

The recent decision by Wal-Mart corporate officials not to support a local paving plan behind their Fairbury store should leave somewhat of a sour taste in the mouths of locals.

For several months now, members of the Fairbury City Council have been trying to muster enough support that would have created a paving district for that portion of H Street running between 27th and 32nd Streets.

Thegravel pathway, which is arguably the worse road leading into or out of Fairbury, makes a very poor first impression of our communityfor motorists. Not to mention safety issues that are present with rough washboard conditions when dry and a bottomless slog following a rain.

City leaders have been trying to muster enough support to get a paving district passed.

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Marjorie Louise Brown

Marjorie Louise Brown, 79, passed away Sept. 19, 2013, in Henderson, Ark.

She was born June 14, 1934, in Steele City, Neb., the daughter of Alfred and Marie Burkhart Carmichael. She married Clifton Brown in 1968 and worked as a principle for St. Josephs Catholic School and was a chef for the Elks Lodge in Beatrice.

She had a bachelors degree in education. She lived in Henderson since 2008, moving from Nebraska. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and enjoyed cooking and traveling.

She is survived by her son, Clifton Brown of Henderson, Ark.; four daughters, Alberta Scott of Beatrice, Buff Branson of Baldwin, N.Y., Leah Nutter of Fresno, Calif., and Willisa Rains of Madera, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and her puppy, Miley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Rene Pugh and son, Ryan Brown.

Services will be private.

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