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Police Killings: Crimes Without Punishments?

I apologize if this seems less of a coherent argument and more an angry collection of barely related ramblings by a hysterical man, but I’m a bit emotional today.
You see, I’ve just witnessed a murder.
By now, you have heard about the shooting death Philando Castile, the second of two African Americans to be killed by police in as many days, caught on video. At first, I deliberately avoided watching the video but, once I decided to write about the incident, I realized I had to.
Traditionally in the newspaper business, when someone is accused of a crime, the writer prefaces the crime with the term, “allegedly.” I do not intend to offer that courtesy to Officer Jeronimo Yanez. I was horrified by his actions and no one who has seen said video can possibly believe his actions were warranted. These are only the latest unjustifiable deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.
Wed
13
Jul

Do I Really Need To Be Told That ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Has the whole world gone crazy or is it just my perception?
The recent rash of shootings: “good guys versus bad guys,” “good guys versus good guys,” “bad guys versus bad guys” really has me questioning the theory as old as time that the world is going to Hell in a handbag.
I’m just throwing that gauntlet down but frankly I am sick and tired of hearing that “black lives matter.” Why do we or a segment of our population need to say that?
Black lives do matter. So do white lives. As do Native American lives, Asian lives, Hispanic lives or the lives of any other group, race, creed or color that you care to throw in there.
We seem to be a nation out of control. Every day, I see, read or hear a story about someone shooting someone else over some sort of retaliation for something else. Don’t go out. Stay in your homes. Exercise extreme caution. Go out. Carry on normal activities. Show no fear or else “they” will win.
Wed
13
Jul

Grow Up, Former JCHS Board Members

Four board members threw resignation letters on a table and nearly ran out the door. An executive resigned by mail. One board member didn’t even bother to come. He just sent in his resignation.
High-ranking politicians trying to hide from allegations of malfeasance? Presidential candidate’s committee caught in a cover up of 30,000 deleted classified emails? Wall Street corporate executives accused of ill-gotten gains?
No. Members of a historical society in southern Nebraska.
The issue is simple. County commissioners—who give the Jefferson County Historical Society taxpayer money—asked curator Denise Andersen for copies of its meeting minutes and financial documents.
Wed
13
Jul

FHS Class of 1971 Reunion

FHS Class of 1971 Reunion—The Fairbury High School class of 1971 held its 45th class reunion on July 2. Pictured, from left, back row: are Ken Steele, Pat Swett, Bob Brackle, Marcene Brackle, Matt Hansen, Kipp Starr, Ervin Sokolik, Duane Bohlmeyer, Jim Katz and Diann Jurgena; center row: Nathan Schmidt, Jay Jones, Kandy Buchli, Darlene Novotny, Lana Seeman, Sandy Zabokrtsky, JoAnn Zimmerman, Jane Loseth, Alice Fairley Kneeling; front row: Mick Hynek, Deb Simmons, Arnold Homolka, Rose Sigrist and Rex DeFrain. Not pictured are Fred Fredericks, Karen Prellwitz and Dean Fox. (contributed photo)

Wed
13
Jul

Roderick Waltemath, Sr.

 
Roderick D. “Rick” Waltemath Sr., 71, of Hastings, passed away July 8, 2016, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village, Hastings.
 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Hastings, with Pastor Don Canady officiating. Rick would have appreciated casual attire, especially Levi’s and plaid shirts. Private family burial with military rites by Hastings Veterans Organizations will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Wed
13
Jul

Foundation Gives To Local Schools

The Fairbury Civic Foundation has announced the 2016 Sanmann Funds grants to the following area public schools:
• Meridian Public Schools (full funding), in the amount of $1,200, to be used toward fourth-grade HP Chromebooks.
• Bruning/Davenport Public Schools (partial funding), in the amount of $202.06, to be used toward the supporting equipment for a 256GB iPad Pro.
• Fairbury Public Schools (partial funding), in the amount of $134.94, to the Jefferson Intermediate School’s Soaring Jeffs Quiz Bowl Club and the purchase of two Officiator 10 Player Systems with hand-held Buttons.
The foundation awards grants annually to area schools. Its money comes from earnings of the Foundation’s Sanmann Fund, which was established to provide supplemental funding for arts and technology in Jefferson County and Thayer County schools. Schools apply for the grants for extra costs for which schools would not otherwise budget.
Wed
13
Jul

Flower Show Blooms With Art

Wilma Knippelmeyer and Eileen Pearson helped judge the flower show in Plymouth on Saturday, July 9. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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13
Jul

Congregation Helps Youth Group

VICTORY— race for the St. Paul’s Youth Group in Gilead. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Approximately 23 runners took part in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 5k run on Saturday, July 9. Proceeds from the event is going toward youth group mission trips and over $1,500 was raised from the run with an additional $250 raised by the women of the church with a free-will offering breakfast.
Connie Raess, pastor at St. Paul’s in Gilead, notes that the congregation is a family and the family is helping the next generation of church-goers make a difference in the world.
“The support given our youth for their mission trips has been exemplary,” Raess said. “Our congregation is a family and whenever we see a need all families work together bringing in food, coming together, with their presence so the joy of Christ is seen in their work—God’s work, our hands.”
The 5k idea stemmed from one Sunday morning in the announcement time after service, one of the church members, asked “Who will walk with me to support our youth?”    
Wed
13
Jul

Bleich Family Celebrates Quilts at Reunion

Members of the Bleich family gathered at their annual summer reunion this year to celebrate one of the family matriarchs and her love of quilting.
Emma and her husband, Pete, were married in February of 1938 in Plymouth. They raised 14 children  born between 1939 and 1958: 11 boys and three girls. Those children and their descendants get together every Christmas and each summer during the second weekend in July.
Emma Kleeman Bleich had learned to sew as a child and became proficient with her skill. She helped to make 14 quilts for family members—one for each of her children and their families—before dying at age 70 in 1988 of multiple myeloma.
Wed
13
Jul

Endicott Approves Water Financing

Water woes for Endicott and Steele City residents are drawing closer to an end.
The Village of Endicott approved Monday a resolution to begin the interim financing for its water project. The project will replace a water tank in Endicott and extend water to residents in Steele City.
Steele City has had ongoing water problems and needed to replace its water supply. Village chairwoman Chris Zabokrtsky said Tuesday that the new system will serve about 65-70 hookups in Endicott and about 30 in Steele City.
Those outside the village limits will not be able to tap in to the new supply, she said.
“That was a stipulation,” said Zabokrtsky, who also said that the village’s engineering firm told them they would get backflow if they connected to any adjoining farms or rural residences.

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