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Apr

Let the Purple Rain Fall

When I began this column, it was going to be yet another rant about the current campaign season. Then, last week, something happened and decided instead to write about something that was, if not more important, at least more dignified than the classless carnival American politics has become.
Now I realize obituaries of pop stars are not the usual purview of this publication and there is likely nothing I can say about the death of Prince that hasn’t already been covered ad infinitum by the perpetual television news machine.  
Nevertheless, I feel compelled to say something and the fact that this isn’t the obvious audience only makes that compulsion stronger.
Wed
27
Apr

A Box Full Of Good Will

The Fairbury Journal-News once again came home with a batch of awards from the Nebraska Press Association annual convention over the weekend.
The Journal-News staff works very hard each and every day to put out the best product available. To be validated by another group of peers, this year judges were from Arkansas, is a tremendous feeling.
Our advertising staff, Susan Bartels and Jennifer Lewis, go out of their way to get our advertisers the best ‘bang for their buck’ when it comes to ads and it is nice to know that some of our ads have been recognized for being superior in the field. We work hard to do our job, which is make attractive ads that will garner attention, thus gaining customers and dollars for those advertisers, that is our job.
Wed
27
Apr

Honoring The Service Of A Lifetime

Thirty seven years is a long time to do anything.
Wind the calendar back 37 rotations are some of the things that happened included the winding down of Jimmy Carter’s presidency; the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations and McDonald’s introduced The Happy Meal. 
Locally, Fairbury had a population of nearly 6,000 people; The Rock Island Railroad was still going strong and the community still was home to Southeast Community College.
Oh, and Larry Naiman started work for the City of Fairbury in the utilities department. Fast forward 37 years. Larry Naiman is still the only constant. That is until this Friday when he officially retires as assistant superintendent of utilities.
Wed
27
Apr

Brenda L. Kerns

Brenda Kerns
Brenda Lea (Zimmerman) Kerns, daughter of Richard and MaryAnn (Nun) Zimmerman, was born on March 9, 1963, at the Lynch Clinic in Fairbury.  She went home to be with Jesus after a hard-fought battle with cancer on April 14, 2016, at the age of 53 years, one month and five days.
She was baptized on May 19, 1963, at Zion United Church of Christ, Gladstone, by Pastor Bryce Hecht. Her sponsors were her Aunt Arlene Zimmerman and Aunt Shirley Nun. 
She was confirmed on April 3, 1977, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, by Pastor Norman Bangert.
Brenda attended school in Fairbury from Kindergarten through 12th grade. After graduating from Fairbury High School in 1981, she attended Southeast Community College in Fairbury.  After SCC, she attended Joseph’s College of Beauty in Beatrice and became a cosmetologist and while living in Lincoln worked as a beautician and then worked at LaVon’s in Fairbury. 
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27
Apr

Eleanor Kenning

 
Eleanor Darlene (Weigel) Kenning was born March 15, 1923. She died on April 15, 2016 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury, Nebraska at the age of 93 years and one month. 
She was the daughter of Earl and Cora (Hilder) Weigel. Soon after her birth she was baptized at the Congregational Church in Diller. She was confirmed there in 1935. She grew up on the family farm that her great grandparents homesteaded south of Diller. She attended elementary school at District 89 and graduated from Diller High School. She attended summer school at the Fairbury Junior College and the University at Lincoln. She taught elementary grades in Jefferson and Gage County.
Wed
27
Apr

Suzette Mack

Suzette Mack
Suzette Kay (Grone) Findley Mack of Ogallala, Neb., passed away April 17, 2016 at 65. She is survived by her husband Chet of Ogallala, son Travis (Renee) of Kansas City, Mo., daughters Tracy (Tim) and Stacy (Jeff) of North Carolina, step-son William-Casey (Emily) of Ogallala, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, one great-grandchild nearly here, mother Marjorie of Fairbury, brother Ron of Roenoke, Texas, sister Shirley of Lincoln, and brother Donnie of Fairbury.
Suzette spent her childhood in Steele City, where she was born Aug. 4 1950. When she was sixteen her family moved to Warsaw, Mo., where she met her first husband Rickey Findley. They were married Jan 1968, blessing her with three children Travis (1969), Tracy (1972) and Stacy (1977). Suzette grew an accomplished quilting business, traveled the country, danced, and enjoyed classic cars like her ‘65 Chevelle.
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27
Apr

Marvin Schoen

Marvin Schoen
Marvin John Schoen, 92, of Fairbury passed away Thursday April 21, 2016.
 He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Gladstone, to John G. and Anna (Ude)  Schoen.
 He was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and Fairbury.
He was a U.S. Marine veteran. During his time as a Marine he was on duty as a horse patrolman in the bombed-out city of Hiroshima, Japan.
Marvin was employed at the Fairbury Farmers Union Elevator, the Fairbury ASCS office and he farmed southeast of Alexandria along the Little Blue River.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. During his retirement years he was a member of the Fairbury Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends.
Wed
27
Apr

Club News

The General Squires VFW Auxiliary 3113 came to order with President Joy Graham presiding. Guard LaDonna closed the doors and Conductress Marge checked 12 member cards, Chaplain Linda gave opening prayer and Patriotic Instructor LaDonna gave patriotic instructions. We all said the Pledge to the Flag. Previous minutes were read by Secretary Zona and were approved. Treasurers report was given by Treasurer Cynthia and will be put on file. Correspondence was read by Secretary Zona. Batter up, Department newspaper. Department Convention will be June 9-12 in Kearney, Neb. National Convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reports have been sent in.
Charter was draped for Velva Seeman, Linda and Marge did the service.
We have a new By-laws and Ritual book since we are no longer just a ladies Auxiliary.
Wed
27
Apr

4-27-16

Sheriff’s Report: 
April 16: Michael C. Medina was westbound on Highway 8 in a 2014 Chrysler when a deer came out of the south ditch, making contact with the front left corner of the vehicle, causing $5,000 of damage.
 
Police Report:
April 14: Female arrested on two Jefferson County warrants at Crystal Springs.
April 15: Report of theft from a business.
April 15: Noise complaint in the 300 block of Seventh Street.
April 15: Probation check in the 1000 block of H Street.
April 16: Disturbance in the 400 block of Fifth Street.
April 16: Report of a disturbance in the City Park. Male arrested on a warrant from Cass County, Neb.
April 16: Disturbance in the 400 Block of Fifth Street.
April 16: Report of criminal mischief in the 200 block of Seventh Street.
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27
Apr

A Record-Breaking Year For The Fairbury Journal-News

The Fairbury Journal-News had a fantastic year at the Nebraska Press Association annual convention on April 22-23 in Kearney.
The Journal-News won a record 15 total awards including a hat trick for social media coverage. For Best Use of Social Media, the Journal-News took first, second and third place. The May 7 area flood coverage won first place with judges comments including, “I liked that you used social media to get the word out about a potential dangerous situation in your area. Good job.”
The Mercedes Morrison attempted murder case was second for FairburyTV while the coverage of homecoming this year by FairburyTV and the Journal-News garnered third place.
Online coverage of breaking news was won by FairburyTV with the armed standoff taking the top category while FairburyTV was third in the same category with coverage of the escapee from sheriff’s deputies outside of Fairbury.

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