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Sheriff's Report

Sept. 20: Report of strangulation and assault on a confined person at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center.

Oct. 2: Mabel C. Gordon, of Morrowville, Kan., was driving a 1998 GMC on Highway 15 near the Little Blue River Bridge when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 1998 GMC driven by Lyle M. Keilwitz, of Gilead, and owned by Fairbury Glass Co. Inc. Gordons vehicle was totaled. Damages to Fairbury Glass Companys vehicle were estimated at $7,000.

Oct. 3: Ronald R. Jensen, of Cresco, Iowa, was driving east on Highway 8 four miles southwest of Diller in a 1999 Chevrolet owned by Elizabeth Kasemeier, of Cresco, when the driver failed to see an oncoming vehicle because of the rain. The vehicle collided with a 2013 Ford driven by Courtney L. Bures, of Odell. Janet Ahl, of Odell, was taken by Diller Rescue to Jefferson Community Health Center. Both vehicles were totaled.

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Police Report

Sept. 28: Report of a fight between a mother and daughter in the 1000 block of J Street.

Sept. 28: Report of phone harassment in the 800 block of D Street.

Oct. 2: Gary L. Nolte, of Fairbury, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck north on K Street near Circle Drive when Nolte had a medical issue, which caused the vehicle to collided with a 2011 Dodge pickup truck owned by Daniel Hasley, of Fairbury. Hasleys vehicle was parked in Wheel and Deals car lot. Noltes vehicle also collided with a utility pole and snapped the pole in half. Nolte was transported to Jefferson Community Health Center with severe injuries. Damages to Hasleys pickup were estimated at $1,500. Damages to the pole were estimated at $2,250. Noltes vehicle was totaled.

Oct. 2: Report of a verbal disturbance in the 800 block of H Street.

Oct. 2: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of D Street.

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Warrant Issued on Brooks for Failure to Appear

Jennifer Brooks

Jennifer Brooks failed to appear Oct 10 in Jefferson County District Court for a motion to suppress evidence hearing on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class IV felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction. After waiting 20 minutes, Ron Brackle, her defense attorney, ascertained that Brooks was at home in Blue Rapids, Kan. and had no knowledge the hearing was that afternoon. Brackle motioned to continue the case but District Judge Paul Korslund disagreed and issued a bench warrant for Brooks arrest for failure to appear. Her bond was also revoked but not yet forfeited. A hearing date was set for Oct. 24 for a motion to suppress in the case.

Rodney Burr

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Fairbury Council Votes to Support Newspapers in Education

In a unanimous vote, members of the Fairbury City Council voted to approve an annual expenditure of $400 to support one of 39 classrooms involved in The Fairbury Journal-News Newspapers in Education Program.

Carole Sprunk, NIE Program coordinator for the Journal-News, told the council the newspaper is hunting for individual sponsors to help cover cost associated with giving each K-6 student in Fairbury a newspaper to read and to run the program, as several pages in each edition are dedicated to the NIE program.

Councilman Brad Kuzelka said hes getting five newspapers per week as he is a subscriber and his four children are each bringing home a copy.

All Im getting is more newspapers. The kids are saying, Heres a newspaper Dad. I dont understand how we can sponsor a business, Kuzelka said.

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Looking Back

Photo caption: Contributed photoBOWER SCHOOL EARLY 1920s Can anyone identify the students in this picture at the West Bower School on Highway 15, where the Bower sign is?

120 Years Ago

1893

Jefferson County Journal

The contract for the new Christian Church building was let to Stutevoss & Bailey. Building and furnishings were to cost about $11,000.

James Hammond, brother of Journal editor A. Hammond, was teaching school in District 32 (one mile south and 4 west of Diller) and writing Snake Hollow items for The Gazette. Among his pupils were George Beetley, Wood Dennis, Grover Grissom, Lillie Hill and Wenzel Knaller.

Professor W.L. McBurney, head of the Endicott schools, died of typhoid fever. Y.R. Arnell was night operator at the Fairbury station of the St. Joseph & Grand Island.

110 Years Ago

1903

The Fairbury Journal

The temperature reached 90 degrees in the shade here on Oct. 10.

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Red Cross Blood Bank Successful

Walk-ins and double red cell donors contributed to the units collected at the Red Cross Blood Mobile on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Brandy Brinkmann was a first-time donor. Double-red cell donors were: Mary Kaye McDonald, Carol Carpenter, Ken Nance, Don Fox, Verle Grummert and Michael Meier.

Workers who helped were Sharon Kettlehut, canteen coordinator, were Laurel Napier, Jean Fairley, Leora Engel, Nancy Miller, Shirley Schoen, Phyllis Engelman, Carol Barber and Clarrissa Pollman.

The Try and Do, Merry Modern, Sugar and Spice and Happy Rock clubs furnished cookies and workers.

There were many businesses that sponsored gift certificates as well as food for the drawings that were held throughout the day. Without the efforts of those who recruit, donate food, or give time working the blood drives would not be successful.

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Margaret Jean Reese

Margaret Jean Reese, 86, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2013 at Gardenside Long Term Care Center in Fairbury with her children, family, and pastor by her side.

Margaret (Hissong) Reese, the youngest of six children, was born on a farm near Hebron, Neb. on Aug. 11, 1927 to Roy and Bertha (Vinkenberg) Hissong. She spent her childhood years helping on the family farm and received her early education in a one room school house in rural Thayer County.

She married Arthur Reese on June 10, 1965 and he welcomed her children, Larry, Marcia and Vicki Kotas, into his life. The family resided in Hebron until 1968 when Arts employment took them to Fairbury. Margaret was active in the church and enjoyed selling Avon and visiting with her customers.

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William Dean (Bill) Colgrove

William Dean (Bill) Colgrove, 60, formerly of Endicott, died on Sept. 27, 2013 in Hickory, N.C.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1952 in Fairbury to Harry and Betty (DeRyke) Colgrove. He was a graduate from Fairbury High School in 1970.

He is survived by sister, Phyllis Cooke (Fred Housman) of Brashear, Mo.; niece, Beverly (Steve) Karlik of Denver, Colo.; nephew, Fred (Christine) Boden of Houston, Texas; and very special friends, Ronnie and Melody Ross of Ballentine, S.C.

He has been preceded in death by his wife, Geri; parents, Harry and Betty (DeRyke) Colgrove; sister, Glenda McWilliams; and sister, Lorraine Boden.

It was his wishes to be cremated.

Arrangements are in charge of Catawba Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Hickory, N.C.

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Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee, 82, formerly of Alexandria, Neb., passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in Denver, Colo.

Services were held Friday Oct. 11, 2013.

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Anthony J. DeBourge

Anthony J. DeBourge, 53, of Fairbury, passed away Oct. 11, 2013 at Bryan LGH West Hospital ER in Lincoln.

Survivors are daughters, Kristina Grable of Fairbury, Dannie Gasper and husband, Keith of Fairbury; grandchildren, Delaney and Kedan Gasper of Fairbury; sisters, Janet DeBourge of Troy, Ill., Eilene Ezell and husband, Drew of Edwardsville, Ill.; brother-in-law, Brian Franze of Troy, Ill.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, with Pastor Brooks Bryant officiating. The family greeted friends on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Funeral Home.

Memorials to Familys Choice.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

Irene Husa

Irene Husa, 96, of Fairbury, passed away Oct. 16, 2013 at Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury.

Services are pending with Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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