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Tue
04
Aug

Shanek

Betty O. Shanek, 90 of Odell, NE passed away July 30, 2015 at Bryan West in Lincoln.  She was born at Wymore, Nebraska. 
Survivors are husband Walter, son Jerry Shanek of Detroit, MI, daughter Cheryl Laux of Bridgeport, NE, six grandchildren, and three Great-Grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Odell with Pastor Curt Magelky officiating.  Memorials will go to the Odell Methodist Church or  Odell Cemetery.  Burial will be in the Odell Cemetery.  Cremation has taken place.  Book will be available at funeral home on Monday, from 3:00 – 8:00.  Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell is in charge of arrangements.
Tue
04
Aug

Manley

Mary E. Manley, 97 of Fairbury, NE, formerly Steele City, NE passed away August 3, 2015 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. She was born April 23, 1918 at Hanover, KS.
Survivors are Daughter and Son-in-law: Eileen and Delbert Criner of Scottsbluff, NE, Son and Daughter-in-law: Larry and Rhonda Manley of Washington, KS, six Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, five Great-Great Grandchildren, Numerous Nieces & Nephews. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday August 7, 2015 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Chapel in Fairbury, with Darlene Novotny officiating. Burial at The Fairbury Cemetery-Fairbury, NE. Memorials to the Family’s Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Mon
03
Aug

Hiller

Carolyn G Kunde Gavell Hiller, 81, of Lakewood Co was born August 29, 1934  to Ralph and Laura (Cropper) Kunde in Fairbury, NE. She passed away July 30, 2015 in Lakewood Co. 
She is survived by husband Joseph R. Hiller and sons Mark (Ricki) Gavell; (Larry (Lou Ann) Gavell (Montrose, CO); Danny Gavell (Virginia Figueroa); daughter Kathy (Rick) Adkins; stepson Sean (Dania) Hiller; stepdaughters Shannon (Ray) Magee, Shelby (Robert) Pederson, Shalene (John) Navant, brother Richard (Joan) Kunde and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 1985 Miller Street. Lakewood, Co. Rosary service at Newcomer West Metro Funeral Home 901 S. Sheridan Lakewood Co.
Mon
03
Aug

Kearn

Viola Mae Kearn, 89, Washington, died Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Cambridge Place in Marysville.

A funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 5, at the Morrowville Christian Church, Morrowville, KS.  Pastor Ron Brown will officiate.

Sat
01
Aug

Smith and Burt Arrested For Possession of a Controlled Substance

On July 31, 2015 at approximately 2156 hours, a Deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
 
initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour on 
 
Highway 136 near Fairbury Nebraska. The vehicle was stopped at 13th & K Street in Fairbury. 
 
During the investigation the vehicle was sniffed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s K9 which lead 
 
to the finding of methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Travis Smith and Breanne Burt of 
 
Fairbury were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) which 
 
is a Class 4 Felony. Smith and Burt are both currently lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.
Fri
31
Jul

Jayhusker Racing Winners

Wed
29
Jul

Bielser Brings Experience And Innovation To Fairbury

By Shaun Friedrichsen
Fairbury’s new City Manager, Collin Bielser, hit the ground running with his first week on the job, which began Monday, July 27. He is using this time to make new connections with people in the city and to gather new ideas to implement in Fairbury.
  Bielser, a native of Kansas, received his degrees from the University of Kansas. He explained that he has two Master’s Degrees: one in urban planning and the other in public administration. Throughout the course of his career, Bielser has worked in various positions and locations. 
  “I’ve worked in Kansas City, so I’ve got big-city experience,” said Bielser. “I’ve worked in Douglas County, which is where KU is at, so, I’ve got big-county experience. Then, I went to small towns. I went to Eudora, Kan. for two years and did economic development. Then, I went to Baldwin, Kan. I was there two and a half years. I have close to five years experience in cities.”
Wed
29
Jul

Community Effort Drives Renovations

By Shaun Friedrichsen
A group of dedicated individuals is determined to bring the Legion baseball field up to state code so that Fairbury can host more tournaments. 
 Justin Goranson, Tammy Klaumann, Dave Griffin, locals, and others are pushing for change. One member of this team, Ron Hilligas, is resolved in his efforts to help Fairbury reach its full potential. He believes that fixing the issues at the Legion Field will make it safer for players as well as attract more people to Fairbury.
 “Why do we want to do the field renovations?” asked Hilligas. “First of all, player safety. The main reason why I’d like to get this field project completed is, our field is not regulation to host the state tournament.”
Wed
29
Jul

Endicott Clay Road Discussed

By Ashley Jensby

Wed
29
Jul

Energy Usage Decreases

By Shaun Friedrichsen
 
The people of Fairbury are using less energy during this summer than they used in the summer of 2014. In the first 16 days of July, people used only 4,078,950 kilowatt-hours, which is down by over 150,000 kilowatt-hours from last year. 
The average temperature for the first 16 days of July 2014 was 85 degrees. For the same time period in July 2015, the average temperature has remained the same. When there are high temperatures, there tends to be an increase in the amount of kilowatt-hours used.
Although there is a correlation between the high heat and energy usage, Larry Naiman, Assistant Superintendent of Utilities at Fairbury Light and Water, believes there are other issues that affect the amount of energy usage that go beyond average temperatures.

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