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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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Raymond Ray Malchow

Raymond Ray Malchow, 97, of Beatrice, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at his home.

He was born Apr. 4, 1916 at rural Jansen, Neb. He grew up in the Harbine/Ellis area and attended Zion Lutheran Parochial School and District No. 147 School near Ellis, Neb.

He farmed all his life and enjoyed working and going on trail rides with his horses.

He was an avid coon and coyote hunter in his younger years.

Ray is survived by his sons, Roger and wife, Mary Ann of Adair, Okla., Rodney Butch and wife, Cindy of Alden, N.Y., Roy and wife, Faye of Beatrice; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Hope Nippert and Marjorie Keefover of Diller, Neb., Fern Day of Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Dot Malchow (1991); parents, William and Lena (Baumfalk) Malchow; brothers, Irvin and Norman; sisters, Laura Malchow, and Isabelle Krause; great-grandsons, Cody Ray, Justin and Dalton.

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Letha Bartels

Letha Bartels

Letha Fern (Holtmeier) Bartels, 84, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

She is the daughter of William and Amanda (Heidemann) Holtmeier, born Mar. 9, 1929 at Tobias, Neb. She was one of five children in the family.

She was baptized on Mar. 24, 1929 at Zion Lutheran Church of Tobias by Pastor E.O. Potratz. She was confirmed in her baptismal vows at the same church on May 3, 1942 by Pastor C.F. Schrein.

She attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Tobias High School in 1946. On May 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to Vernon Bartels of Tobias. God blessed this union with two sons, Lloyd and Lyle.

After her children were grown, Letha went to college to obtain her license as a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked 23 years in the nursing field.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and sisters, Ruth Eggerling and Betty Endorf.

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Mary M. Itzen

Mary M. Itzen, 83, passed away Sept. 4, 2013 in Fairbury.

Survivors include her husband, Henry of Fairbury; son, Jim Smith of Ottawa, Kan.; daughter, Debra K. Cole of Lincoln; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Zion United Church of Christ Gladstone, Neb. at 11 a.m., with Pastor Debra Valentine officiating.

Memorials will go to Zion United Church of Christ, in lieu of flowers.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jerry L. Hock

Jerry L. Hock, 68, of Lees Summit, Mo., passed away Aug. 14, 2013.

He was a Navy Veteran.

Survivors are wife of 45 years, Patty Hock, sister, Pat Schroeder and husband, Byron of Omaha, Neb.; brother, LeRoy Hock and wife, Nancy of Lincoln; aunts; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at St. Paul United Church of Christ Jansen, Neb., with Pastor Debra Valentine officiating.

Burial at Cub Creek Cemetery Jansen, Neb.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

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Fairbury Elks September Teens of the Month Selected

Photo caption: Grayson Vaughn

The Fairbury Elks Lodge #1203 has nominated the Elks Teenager of the Month for September.

Nominees are judged on the basis of multiple achievements, character, leadership, community service, citizenship and scholastic achievement. The students that were nominated for the month of September attend Fairbury Jr/Sr High School.

Anna Kathryn Mach, daughter of Keith and Mary Mach and Grayson Vaughn, son of Jed and Kristin Vaughn are the September teenagers of the month.

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Community Safety Fair Successful

Photo caption: Contributed Photo The employees of Loveland Products and the bicycles their company donated as prizes for the Community Safety Fair and the seat simulator for which Loveland was a major contributor for Safe Kids.

The second annual Community Safety Fair, that took place Aug. 17 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, was deemed a success by organizers. Nearly 200 attended the event, which was sponsored by Loveland Products and Jefferson Community Health Center. Many local businesses and agencies participated in the safety fair.

We were pleased at the support from businesses and agencies offering safety education and displays, and pleased at the support of the community in attending the event, said Michael Moritz, Plant Manager of Loveland Products, located just south of Fairbury. We have many fine community resources. We hope to see this event grow again next year.

Among the experiences to try included:

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