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Wed
29
Jul

Janet Brown

Janet Brown 81, of Western, NE, passed away July 28, 2015 at her home.  She was born January 8, 1934 at Reynolds, NE. 
Survivors are son Bob (Mari) Brown, daughter Sheri (Ted) George and son Jeff (Kay) Brown, Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, sisters Shirley Wiemers, Marjorie Mammen and Joyce Hohensee.
Cremation has taken place.  Services will be at a later date. Memorials will go to Western Rescue and Western Library. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tue
28
Jul

Lonnie Schwisow

Lonnie L. Schwisow 69 of Western, Neb. passed away July 28, 2015 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. He was born March 8, 1946 in Fairbury, NE. Survivors are Wife: Bobbe Schwisow of Western, Daughter: Alisa Pesek (Mitch) of Swanton, Sons: Aaron Schwisow (Amy) of Omaha, Adam Schwisow (Kady) of Lincoln, 5 Grandchildren, Sisters: Karen Schwisow of Fairbury, Kathy Steinkamp (Bob) of Beatrice, Brother: Myron Schwisow ( Marion) of Fairbury, Mother-in-law: Margaret Mosley of Lincoln, Numerous Nieces & Nephews. Services will be at 1:30 pm Saturday August 1, 2015 at Meridian Public School Gym - Rural Daykin, NE. The family will greet friends Friday July 31st from 6 to 8 pm at the Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial at Plainview Cemetery - Rural Western, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

Tue
28
Jul

Calvary Christian Church of Bellevue Helping in Fairbury

Serving the community of Fairbury, youth members of the Calvary Christian Church of Bellevue, Neb. are spreading the faith through acts of charity as part of their Destination Unknown trip.
 
Pulling the weeds, John George of Bellevue, Neb. helps to maintain the flowerbed at Blue Valley Community Action.
Mon
27
Jul

Charles Darrow

Charles Edward Darrow, 88 of Endicott, passed away on June 29, 2015.  He was born on October 26, 1926.
Survivors include his son Howard Darrow of Fairbury, and Grandson Dr. Charles Darrow of Lincoln, NE.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at 1214 H Street in Fairbury, NE.  Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice.  Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Wed
22
Jul

Accident at 12th &K Sts today

Wed
22
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Writer Refutes Hopkins Stance On Death Penalty
 
Editor:
 I would like to refute the  letter to the editor last week by Gordon Hopkins regarding the death penalty. I would like to preface my remarks by averring that anyone can say anything about anybody or anything. Proving it can be quite another thing altogether. God knows, a lot of things have certainly been said about me. Some of it is even true!
 Let’s begin with the Innocence Project and its top litigator, Barry Scheck. You remember Barry Scheck? He was one of the attorneys on the team that acquitted, O.J. Simpson. Scheck has made quite a good life for himself litigating for people already gone to their just reward. 
Wed
22
Jul

I’ve Been Everywhere Man, I’ve Been Everywhere

  The line from that Johnny Cash song popped into my head earlier this week when I was going through pictures of some of the area festival and events that I have been at this summer. In fact, upon reflection I’m not sure there’s much I have missed from the Journal-News coverage area.
 Between spending days at the Jefferson County Fair; numerous Steele City Living History programs, (again days) at The Diller Picnic, a night at the Plymouth Tractor Pull, all day at the Western Picnic, countless First Friday Art Walks, two days at the July Fourth Flea Market in Fairbury and summarily another day at the Reynolds Consignment Auction, I have seen a lot of people and witnessed a lot of truly neat events.
Wed
22
Jul

People Need To Take Responsibility For Their Own Actions

The Fairbury community is just a scant week removed from a tragedy at the Fairbury City Dam where a local resident, Chris Troxel, drowned. If this weren’t bad enough another tragedy has surfaced.
  Finger pointing.
 It is most disturbing to hear people say and to read through social media that emergency services personnel did not do enough to try and save Mr. Troxel. But the blunt, pointed truth is every agency involved performed exactly in accordance with their training. 
  It is generally believed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairbury Police Department, the Thayer County Dive Team and others that from the time Mr. Troxel did not surface at the dam, by the time the call was made and help arrived he was already gone. The mission went from one of rescue to one of recovery.
Wed
22
Jul

Jefferson County Fair A Success


Mallory Denner of Diller, pictured above, washes her beef cow to get ready for the Beef Show.
The Jefferson County Fair attracted many people with the new events that were added to the schedule this year.
The level of attendance for the fair this year was in line with the previous year. Lois Welsh, President of the Fair Board, said that the events that took place on Friday and Saturday attracted the biggest crowds.
“Thursday and Sunday were kind of light,” said Welsh. “But Friday and Saturday night was our best night and Friday night was the best night of all.”
There were some changes made to the fair this year. A variety of events were added to the regular routine. Later this year the fair board will determine whether these attractions will remain.
Wed
22
Jul

BVCA Director Refutes Theft Claim

An anonymous writer is disgusted with the situation at Blue Valley Community Action’s food pantry. This writer claims that the workers there are stealing food. The CEO of Blue Valley Community Action, Rick Nation, claims that these allegations are false.
  “People walking away with the good food, that’s just not accurate,” Nation said.
 The Fairbury Journal-News recently received an anonymous letter, which contained allegations that people working at Blue Valley Community Action’s food pantry were taking the better quality food donations for themselves instead of giving them to those in need. 
 The writer raised many allegations about where the donations are really going. He or she also asked whether this service is truly to help the poor, or if it is there to benefit the workers instead. Within the letter, there are many details about the workers taking the various items from the pantry.

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