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Real Estate

Real Estate

Jan. 30: Doyle D. Kershaw to Salvador Chavez: L4 of Mendenhall Heights Addition, a sub-division of the SE1/4 of 10-2-2.

Jan. 30: Eric Lemp, attorney at law, to Bank of America: L10, B15 of Highland Addition to the City of Fairbury.

Jan. 30: Fredrick L. Swartz and Virginia D. Swartz to Katherine E. Queck, James F. Swartz, Eric R. Swartz, Robert C. Swartz and Jennifer M. Kurcz: An 18 percent interest of the grantors two-thirds interest in a fraction of land in 3-3-4.

Jan. 31: Terry Pingel to Jeffrey Pingel: An undivided one-half interest in E1/2 of SE1/4 of 17-1-4.

Jan. 31: Jeffrey Pingel to Randall Saathoff and Becky M. Saathoff: An undivided one-half interest in E1/2 of SE1/4 of 17-1-4.

Jan. 31: Jeffrey Pingel to Ethan Thorp: An undivided one-half interest in E1/2 of SE1/4 of 17-1-4.

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Court

Court

Dismissed

Molly C. Lamrouex, of Austin, Texas: Speeding 6-10 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, dismissed.

Miranda L. Daniels, of Beatrice: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, dismissed.

Wendy A. Graff, of Hollenberg, Kan.: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, dismissed.

Briana M. Gaston, of Lincoln: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, dismissed.

Susan R. Erickson, of Steele City: Speeding 16-20 miles an hour over, infraction, dismissed.

Patricia A. Kendall, of Reynolds: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, dismissed.

Filed

Amanda K. Stiltz, of Fairbury: Five counts of issuing bad checks less than $200 to Maatchs Oil Co. between Dec. 23-27, 2012, class 2 misdemeanor.

Shanon M. Branson, of Fairbury: Commit child abuse intentionally on Jan. 9, class 3A felony.

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Traffic

Traffic

Juan F. Cardenas, of Barnes, Kan.: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over, infraction; no operators license, class 3 misdemeanor, $150 fine.

Michael J. Root, of Fairbury: Failure to obey train crossing sign, infraction, $100 fine.

Holly E. Blake, of Fairbury: No operators license, class 3 misdemeanor, $75 fine.

Grant N. Reuben, of Dallas, Texas: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction; no license on person, class 3 misdemeanor, $100 fine.

Janet D. Horwart, of Deshler: No valid registration, class 3 misdemeanor, $25 fine.

Matthew T. Carey, of Lincoln: Speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit, infraction, $75 fine.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriffs Report

Jefferson Co. Sheriffs Report

Jan. 27: Report of a vehicle passing a stopped school bus in the 1100 block of 24th Street.

Jan. 28: Report of identity theft in the 300 block of Kelley Street in Diller.

Jan. 28: Report of a female arrested on an outstanding Thayer County warrant in the 1100 block of H Street.

Jan. 30: Kagan K. Kirk, of Tobias, was driving a 2011 Ford north on 576 Ave. south of Steele City when the vehicle collided with a coyote. Damages were estimated at $500.

Feb. 4: Report of a disturbance and terroristic threats in Jansen.

Jan. 31: Nicholas S. Fentress, of Fairbury, was driving a 1992 Mitsubishi north on 563 Ave. one mile south of Highway 8 when the driver lost control and collided with a bridge. Damages to both the vehicle and the bridge, which is owned by the Jefferson County Highway Department, was estimated at $1,000 each.

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Fairbury Police Report

Fairbury Police Report

Jan. 30: A female was arrested in the 1300 block of 4th Street for an outstanding Jefferson County warrant.

Jan. 31: Report of a suicidal female in Fairbury.

Jan. 31: David Miner, of Fairbury, was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck through the intersection of 9th and E Streets when the vehicle collided with a 2008 Chevrolet driven by Nathan W. Stelling, of Fairbury. Damages to Miners vehicle were estimated at $4,000. Damages to Stellings vehicle were estimated at $3,000.

Feb. 1: Aaron A. Mitchell, of Fairbury, was driving a 2009 GMC in the Wal-Mart parking lot when the vehicle collided with a concrete post. There was no damage to the post. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $1,800.

Feb. 3: Report of trespassing in the 1200 block of Elm Street.

Feb. 4: Report of criminal mischief in the 100 block of 14th Street.

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USDA accepts grant applications for conservation innovation efforts

USDA accepts grant

applications for conservation innovation efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for competitive grants to develop and accelerate conservation approaches and technologies on private agricultural and forest lands.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) have contributed to some of the most pioneering conservation work on Americas agricultural and forest lands, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Its an excellent investment in new conservation technologies and approaches that farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can use to achieve their production and conservation goals.

About $15 million will be made available nationwide by the USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals are eligible to apply.

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Who Just Filed for Office?

Who Just Filed for Office?

Filing for County Commissioner, District 1 is Matthew R. McCord of Fairbury, LeRoy Bast has filed for Jefferson County Treasurer. Filing for School District #100, Diller-Odell is Dean Engelman of Jansen and filing for School Board District #8, Fairbury is Carole Sprunk of Fairbury.

Filings for city and villages include Tim Polson who is filing for the Fairbury Council Ward I, Janice F. Hermsmeier of Jansen has filed for the Village of Jansen Board.

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Strange Valentine Customs Around the World

The valentines traditions across the world differ depending on where you are located.

Locally the delivery of flowers is often the choice of the gentlemen in the county. Sara Forsgren, owner of Lilys Flowers said they deliver between 300-500 bouquets during Valentines holiday. She said it depends what day of the week Valentines Day falls on and they deliver more if the day falls during the week and the flowers can be delivered to work.

Probably the most intimidating thing that I have ever delivered was an engagement ring, Forsgren said. I had to explain what she was looking at because she totally didnt expect it.

Other memorable deliveries included when they delivered flowers dressed as cupid. She also said that one time they delivered flowers in a Walmart shopping cart.

There are unique customs around the world that might surprise the average American.

In Japan, its the women who spoil the men on Valentines Day.

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Help, Ive Fallen and

Not too many years ago the Help Ive fallen and I cant get up television commercial used to be funny.

I can properly inform you that that overplayed commercial has lost its luster as Ive aged.

While I once cackled at the thought of that old woman lying on the floor yelling hopeless for help, over the past month I have fallen twice and couldnt get up.

In January, I took a tumble down the icy concrete stairs at the rear of my house and again last week I fell in my mud room as my snow-covered shoes hit the slick tile just inside the door.

It was not at all funny as I lay there wondering how much damage was incurred with the fall.

The questions Did I break my leg? Is my aching wrist okay? and Oh God, did I just reinjure the spinal fusion that I have in my neck? all ran through my mind both of the times that I fell.

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Letter to the Editor

I dont understand

Editor,

I read with interest your editorial, Meridian School Situation Reminds Us How Times Have Changed. Again, your view, in my opinion, is doing the Meridian School District a real disservice.

What I dont understand is how your original story managed to become such a controversial issue in the news media when it didnt merit enough importance to be recorded in the school boards meeting minutes. Is this professional, responsible reporting or what some would consider a smear on the Meridian School District?

The Meridian School District doesnt deserve this kind of negativeness. The original article and others that followed, in my opinion, have done nothing but cast a dark shadow statewide on one of the finest school systems I have had the opportunity to serve as a substitute teacher.

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