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Police Report

Oct. 7: Report of possible criminal impersonation in the 1400 block of H Street.

Oct. 7: Report of assault in the 1000 block of J Street.

Oct. 8: Report of a felon in possession of a weapon in the 200 block of 9th Street.

Oct. 10: Report of a theft from the 800 block of 7th Street.

Oct. 10: Paul V. Schramm, of Fairbury, was backing a 2002 Chevrolet, owned by Paul Schramm Construction, of Fairbury, from a driveway on 23rd Street near H Street when the vehicle collided with a 2006 Ford driven by Eleanor J. Seggerman, of Fairbury. Damages to Seggermans vehicle were estimated at $1,000. Damages to Schramms vehicle were not reported.

Oct. 10: Report of a theft from the 800 block of E Street.

Oct. 11: Report of criminal mischief in the 700 block of 5th Street.

Oct. 11: Report of a dog running loose in the 1100 block of B Street.

Oct. 12: Report of disturbing the peace in the 1000 block of J Street.

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Sheriffs Office Offers Drug Take Back

On Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street in Fairbury.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million poundsmore than 1,400 tonsof pills.

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Homecoming Royalty

Photo caption: These Photos Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsTri Countys Homecoming Queen and King for 2013 are Sarah Wollenburg and Tom Waldo.

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Homecoming Royalty

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News2013 DILLER-ODELL ROYALTY Shane Meyer Jr. and Sarah Schmidt were crowned Homecoming King and Queen Friday night on the Griffins home football field in Diller.

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Shutdown Resolved, Stenographer Snaps, God Forgotten

With last minute deals going down last Wednesday to end the government shutdown, something happened on the Floor of the House of Representatives which truly displays the state of our present government.

A long-time well-known House stenographer stood up during the shutdown vote, made her way to the Speakers podium and began screaming over an open microphone.

She was quickly subdued and removed from the Floor.

While mainstream television media didnt quite capture the words she said, others did.

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Letters To The Editor

Column Makes Me Sad

To the Editor:

The editorial Governmental Terminology Cracks Me Up October 16 didnt crack me up, it made me feel sad.Sad the students who are encouraged to read newspapers through the Newspapers in Education program will read the words of the editor comparing our elected national officials to baboons.Is that the kind of civics lesson we want to put in the classroom? Would parents be proud of their child referring to Senator Johanns or Representative Smith as a baboon?I hope not.

Addressing our President as Mr. President or President Obama is a sign of respect for the office he holds.Who made up that rule?Patriots though the years whorespect our nation, our flag and our President, whoever he or she may be.

Fat elephants and messed-up donkeys, is that really the opinion the editor has of citizens who proudly participate in the political process? Name calling does nothing to encourage thoughtful citizenship.

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People are Really Difficult to Figure Out Sometimes

I like to study people, their mannerisms, what makes them tick and why they do or do not do what they do...or do not do.

But pure and simple people are tough to figure out.

Last week, I was heartbroken when I heard the news that Schroeders Family Foods would be closing. That store has been a mainstay in the Fairbury business landscape for nearly 60 years. I remember going there with my Mom when I was a boy. Then it was Safeway and was our communitys most modern store.

But time moves on. The grocery business has changed. Where Fairbury once had seven or eight grocery stores that I can recall, we are now down to one. I do not really count Wal-Mart. They are a store that sells a bunch of things not just groceries.

I have not spoken to the Schroeder family as to why they are shuttering their business. I would suspect like many business closures it all boils down to economics, too few customers and too small profit margins.

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Lack of Organized Economic Development Starting to Show

Last weeks news that Schroeders Family Foods in Fairbury will be closing is yet another blow to the several that Fairbury has suffered from a business standpoint in recent months. Schroeders joins the list of: Radio Shack, The Bonham Theatre, The Pla-Mor Lanes & restaurant, CKs Cuppy Cakes, Great Western Bankand a smattering of others that have shuttered their doors for one reason or another.

And while there may be no common denominator to point to the commonality that all can connect to is that there is no local economic development group in place to seek any sort of transition. Fairbury, and indeed all of Jefferson County, is one of the few areas in Nebraska not served by any organized group or committee seeking to foster business and industrial development.

Many will remember several years ago when the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation was disbanded our area was left with a void. Now that void is starting to show.

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Nicole Marie Phillippe-Giancana

Nicole Marie Phillippe-Giancana, 34, Topeka, KS; formerly of St. Joseph; passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her home after a long battle with several illnesses.

Nicole was born on January 26, 1979 in St. Joseph, MO. She grew up in Missouri and Nebraska and graduated from Fairbury, Nebraska High School.

Nicole had worked as a Med Aid at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before she got sick, she was taking nursing classes and would have made an excellent nurse. She was of the Lutheran faith.

Nicole married Paul Reese, to that union, 2 children were born and they later divorced. She then married Marcus Giancana, to that union a son was born. Her children were her life and her passion, she will be dearly missed.

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Irene M. (Itzen) Husa

Irene M. (Itzen) Husa, 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury, Nebraska.

She was born September 10, 1917 to Henry and Anna Itzen on the family farm near Gilead, Nebraska.She was their only child.Unfortunately, Irene lost her mother to the flu epidemic when she was just 13 months old.Irenes father later married Renste Onnen, her mothers sister, when Irene was 6.Irene remembers helping her new mother with English when she came from Germany.Irene became a big sister when three sisters and two brothers were born.

Irene first attended school northeast of Gilead, then finished grade school near Concordia, Kansas.She graduated from Concordia Public High School in 1938.After graduating from high school, Irene worked at Cook and Cook in Concordia where she did filing.

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