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Barbara J. Brown

Barbara J. Brown, 60, died November 25, 2013 in Beatrice, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Francis and Elenora (Elliott) Brown, born May 16, 1953. Survivors include Brother; Jerry and wife Cyndi of Fairbury, Ne., Nephews; Jason Brown of Wilton, Iowa, and Jerry Brown, Jr. of Fairbury, Nieces; Jennifer Brown, and Rachel Zoch of Fairbury, Ne. 15 Great Nephews and Nieces, 1 Great-Great-Niece. Private family services will be held.

Tue
26
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Lonnie D. Beneda

Lonnie D. Beneda, son of Ernest Beneda and Viola Benyshek was born December 2, 1943 at the Beiderwell Hospital in Belleville, KS. He passed on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Salina Regional Health Center at the age 69.

Lonnie attended the Jefferson Center country school that was originally one mile south of the Beneda homestead on 220 Rd. The original school building was moved to the Beneda farm where Lonnie lived his entire life. Lonnie played football at Cuba high school. After graduation in 1961, he went to work at The Belleville Telescope for Merle Miller and stayed through the sale of the paper to Fred Arnold. He was proud that he had not retired and had served The Telescope for 51 years.

Tue
26
Nov
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USDA Reminds Producers of Dec. 2nd Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops

Lincoln, Nebraska November 26, 2013 Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of Dec. 2, 2013. The sales closing date is actually Dec. 1, 2013, but producers have until Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, to purchase coverage this year because Dec. 1 falls on a Sunday.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes.

The following crops have a NAP application closing date of Dec. 2, 2013: apples, asparagus, cherries, caneberries, grapes, honey, plums, and strawberries.

Mon
25
Nov
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BREAKING NEWS: Charges Dropped Against Policeman Accused of Stealing Cruiser Colby Released From Lincoln County Jail but Not Completely Released

Photo caption: Stanly Colby

One of the strangest stories in Jefferson Countys history just got stranger.

Monday, the Fairbury Journal-News learned that Fairbury Police Officer Stanly Colby was released from the Lincoln County Jail after being held there since his arrest on Sept. 14.

Colby was arrested in Lincoln County for stealing a police cruiser while on duty that day in Fairbury.

Lincoln County Chief Deputy Sheriff Roland Kramer said, We have completed what we are going to do with him.

Kramer said all charges against Kramer in Lincoln County have been dropped. Colby was being held on a $100,000 bond for possession of stolen property.

At this time we are not charging him with a crime and he is not in our custody any longer, Kramer said as he refused to acknowledge when Colby was released.

Mon
25
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Jerry A. Gass

Jerry A. Gass, 88, of Lincoln, died November 23, 2013. Mr. Gass was born December 14, 1924 to Millard and Mabel (Starkey) Gass in Lincoln, NE.

Jerry retired from Pacific Telephone as an Engineer. He served in the United States army during WWII in the European Theatre under General Patton. Jerry was a lifetime member of the DAV, American Legion and VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Lincoln; daughter, Linda (Brent) Swyers-Riehl; grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Swyers, Mark (Hilary) Swyers, Eric (Erin) Swyers and Brandon Riehl; great-grandchildren, Casen, Camie, Addison, Greyson and Caelan.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Bacon.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln 68510.

Interment will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Mon
25
Nov
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BCBSNE Will Allow Members to Renew 2013 Plans

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) announced Monday it will allow individual policyholders who received cancel-and-replace notices the option of keeping their current 2013 plan, or choosing new insurance that complies with requirements of the health care law.

BCBSNEs 2013 individual plans will now be effective from December 31, 2013, through December 31, 2014, for customers with coverage in place by 12/31/2013. A provision in state insurance law allows BCBSNE to set an early renewal date and keep the 2013 policies in force.

Simply stated, were doing this because its the right thing to do for our customers, said Steve Martin, BCBSNE President and CEO. We are glad to have the opportunity to offer customers the choice between their current plans and 2014 plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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Two injured in car/train collision

Two Hebron men were hospitalized Friday, Nov. 22, after a collision between a car and train near Edgar.

Darrin Russell, 22, was driving northbound on Road O at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing near Road 304 when he collided with a westbound train. The crossing is three miles west of Edgar.

Russell and his 19-year-old passenger, Curtis Howell (a former resident of Fairbury), were injured and taken to Mary Lanning Healthcare. Ambulances from Clay Center and Fairfield transported the patients with help from Hastings Fire and Rescue.

Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin described Russells condition as serious and Howells condition as critical.

Both men were airlifted to hospitals in Lincoln.

Monday, Howell was being kept in a drug-induced coma as a result of his injuries and is in the ICU-unit at Bryan West Medical Center.Howell was listed in critical condition Monday but upgraded to serious on Tuesday.

Mon
25
Nov
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Frank William Phelps

Frank William Phelps was born June 16, 1916 at Blanca, CO. to David & Almira (Skinkle) Phelps. He passed away November 7, 2013 at the age of 97 years 5 months & 21 days at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1934, & from Colorado College at Colorado Springs, CO. in 1938. He was a W W II Army Veteran December 22, 1941 to November 18, 1945. He moved to Fairbury, NE. for a teaching position & met & married Heral Hedgcock June 1, 1948 by the Rev. A.G. Swanson in Fairbury. Frank & Heral adopted a baby boy in January of 1959 & named him James David Phelps. Frank taught High School & College Chemistry in Fairbury from 1946 to 1982. He was confirmed in 1926 in his church in Colorado & transferred his membership from Colorado Springs, Co. & joined the Fairbury Methodist Church April 4, 1948. He received 50 & 75 year membership pins.

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25
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Leta Hand Higel

Leta Hand Higel, 98, died on November 24 at Gardenside Nursing Home in Fairbury, Nebraska.

Leta was born on August 09, 1915 to Phillip and Margaret (Cummings) Yager of Morrowville, Kansas.

Leta worked at the Lynch Clinic until it closed and then worked at the Heritage Nursing home until her retirement. Leta loved to cook, play cards and attend bingo. She treasured the times spent with family and her friends and wanted them to be told thank you for all the love and kindness shown to her over the years.

Survivors are her son Timothy Hand, daughter Sheila (Tom) Bodkin, 5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, 3 step children and step grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, husbands James Hand, and Melvin Higel, son Larry Hand, her brother Herman Yager and sisters Mildred Barnes, Viola Elder, Edith Materi, Elsie Kranszler and Ruby Spence.

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23
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Maxine M. Mannschreck

Maxine M. Mannschreck of Fairbury, Nebraska passed away November 11, 2013, at the age of 93 at the PEO home in Beatrice, Nebraska. She was born to August and Mary (Seeba) Weber on June 25, 1920, in Cook, Nebraska.

Maxine was baptized on July 10, 1920, and later confirmed at Osage Church in Cook, Nebraska. She graduated from Cook High School as Valedictorian in 1937. She attended Peru State College and went on to teach in Dunbar Public School for two years and then in Otoe County rural school after her marriage.

Maxine was married to Robert C. Mannschreck on August 24, 1941, in the Osage Church. To this union three children were born: Howard, Cheryl and Doyle.

Maxine and Robert owned and operated the John Deere dealership in Cook, Nebraska before purchasing the dealership in Fairbury, Nebraska. After her husbands death she and her two sons maintained the business. Maxine worked in the dealership business for 52 years, retiring in 1998.

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