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GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1102 G Street in 1967. Contributed Photo
120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal
As it had ten years earlier, the Republican local ticket carried Jefferson County, but Silas A. Holcomb, Populist, defeated Tom Majors for governor.
Wheat prices were the lowest at the farm since arrival of railroad transportation in the area.
The honor roll in district No. 9 included Fannie and Raymond Alsworth, Charles and Clara Coffin, Peter Isaac, Ray and Ruth Moler, Charles and Max Ruhnke, Emma Schindoll, Silas and Theodore Wadley, Mary Wendlandt and Clarence Wolfe.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal
“Shore Acres” was the first play in the new Steele Opera house on the south side of the square.  The former opera house on the north side, in the old First National Bank Building, had been closed.
Fred Landkamer reported a yield of 80 bushels of corn per acre on a small tract near Powell.
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National FFA Chorus


Madison Schlake and Ryan Umland
Madison Schlake and Ryan Umland, members of the Fairbury FFA chapter, were at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
 Madison is a Senior and the daughter of Kendall and Lola Schlake. Ryan is a Junior and the son of Matthew and Deb  Umland. They were selected to the National FFA Chorus.
 The National FFA Chorus performed several times during the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.
 Schlake and Umland were joined by fellow chorus members in Louisville.
 
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Police Report 
Oct. 24: Report of a male issued a citation for traffic control signal violation and no proof of insurance. 
Oct. 30: Veronica J. Fentress, of Fairbury, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet west on 4th Street when the vehicle collided with a crossing arm gate at the railroad tracks. Damages to the crossing arm gate were estimated at $500. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $1,600.
Oct. 30: Report of fraud in the 500 block of 5th Street. 
Oct. 30: Report of child neglect in the 1700 block of G Street. Unfounded. 
Oct. 31: Report of a noise complaint in the 800 block of C Street. 
Oct. 31: Report of three juveniles issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol, one juvenile cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one adult issued a citation for three counts of procuring alcohol to minors. 
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Picked Corn Fields Offer Hours Of Entertainment

In high school I worked at a convenience store and spent many hours listening to retired men discuss the world’s problems while drinking coffee. I remember one man telling the group about how, as a youngster, he would walk to the creek and play. He said today’s kids don’t know how to entertain themselves with sticks and dirt because of the TV, video games and computer. 
My boys got in some old fashioned play last weekend, and I’d like to think the man at coffee would be proud. We spent most of the day putting up electric fence around some corn stalk fields, and the boys found a way to pass the time on the day-long activity. They were searching for ears of corn in the harvested fields as they walked alongside Michael, who was putting in electric fence posts. It was like watching children hunt for Easter eggs. 
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Letters to the Editor

A Country Run By Idiots?

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You Wouldn’t Be Happy If You Were Hung With A Gold Rope

That’s one of those things that my Mom used to tell me when I was a kid. It took me quite a few years to realize exactly what she was trying to tell me. It was an axiom saying in effect no matter what I had or was given, I wanted something else.
Sometimes putting out each edition of the Journal-News feels sort of like that. A couple of weeks ago I was chided (all within 24 hours) that: we put too much sports in the paper and we don’t run enough sports in the paper. We have too much bad news in the paper and the sex offender list was left out, why.
Last week it happened again. Two instances.
 One reader took to the (sic) honorable forum of Facebook to lament we did not have enough information on the school play in the paper. Another noted we left a picture and story about the Bonham Theatre and a donation out of the paper. 
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Will Candidate Apathy Carry Over Into Elected Office?

 The elections are over and I think we’re all glad for that. By all accounts it was an interesting campaign and a lot of information was distributed. Unless of course you happened to be a candidate for every office in Jefferson County. The flow of information was...zero.
  It is always disheartening to see a slate of candidates (pick any from the Jefferson County courthouse), (most seeking a District 8 school board seat), and (all of them running for Fairbury city council) who want to be elected but don’t care enough to tell people anything about themselves or what they stand for.
 Were each of them new candidates seeking a position? Or were they incumbents trying to retain a seat? The voter had absolutely no way of knowing.
  To be fair, nearly all of the races, except that of District 8 school board, saw a slate of candidates that were running unopposed; there was no one else to vote for except the name on the ballot.
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Nominations for the Community Service of the Year Award

 Looking for nominations for the Community Service of the Year Award given at the Annual Banquet. On Feb. 6 at the Elks Lodge.   To receive an application form, call the Chamber office at 729-3000 or print one off our website @ www.FairburyChamber.org or stop in at 518 E Street. 

Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 8:00am
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Mission Festival

Mission Festival  is November 16, 2014 10:00 a.m. with potluck following. Churches of St. John Lutheran, Daykin and St. Paul’s Lutheran Gilead will come together at St. John, Daykin, for morning worship  to support  Lutheran Disaster Response. The speaker will be Mr. Steve Peterson representing Lutheran Disaster Response.

Date: 
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 10:00am
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Fairbury Matmen

Fairbury Matmen informational parent‘s meeting for 2015 season. Will be November 19th, 7pm at High School Commons. Any questions contact Cindy at 402-300-0769.  

Date: 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:00am

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