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LiveWell Team Challenge

from Jan. 13-Apr. 7. Learn more and sign up at livewellchallenge.com. Questions call 402-471-2544 or email info@livewellchallenge.com.

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Sugar N Spice

will meet Friday, Jan. 17 for a noon luncheon at Cedarwood.

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NARVRE Unit 174 National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees

will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at Monroes 1410 F Street.

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Struckman-Baatz Library Annual Breakfast

Library Annual Breakfast

on March 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at New Fire Hall Western, Neb.

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Homestead Monument: A Plea for the Nations Conscience

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Homestead National Monument of America will show an interview from 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King on Meet the Press.The interview will be shown at the Homestead Education Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

This interview was an opportunity for Dr. King to express to the Nation his reasoning for nonviolent demonstration and proactive measures to end segregation and discrimination in the United States. His unwavering commitment to nonviolence and resolve for justice continues to inspire today. After viewing the interview, Historian Blake Bell will examine the interview and the Civil Rights Movement more in depth and trace its history with a special emphasis on social mobility and equality through land ownership afforded by the Homestead Act.

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Utility Customers Need toBrace for Jolt in Electric Rates

Typically the bigger the pill is the harder it is to swallow.

Electric rate customers of Fairbury can look forward to swallowing a very big, bitter pill looking ahead into 2014-15.

On Tuesday, members of the Fairbury City Council and Board of Public Works conducted a joint meeting at the local city offices for the purpose of discussing future electric rates. Double-digit increases in what customers pay for electricity are looming in a target range of 9.4 to 17.4 percent per year for at least two years with further, smaller increases expected after that.

According to Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward, the problem is simply that the electric portion of the utility is hemorrhaging red ink.

What it boils down to is than in the last couple of years the cost we are charged for buying power has been more than what we have been charging our customers, he said. For a lot of different reasons, we as a city have no control over. Those costs keep going up.

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Reading Across the Nation Campaign has Kicked Off

The Reading Across the Nation 2014 campaign kicked off this month, and the story files are now available to download to all National Newspaper Association member newspapers, along with a promotional ad, teacher guide and photos and a feature story about the dog and owner.

This years story is an eight-chapter true tale about a Weimaraner, Lily, who becomes a search and rescue dog in Joplin, MO. Lily survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner, Tara, by her side.

Lilys recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A month after her recovery, Joplin was hit by a massive tornado. The search and rescue dogs bravery and resilience were put to the test when she is called on to help put her city back together, piece by piece.

If you have questions about the project, e-mail Dawn Kitchell at dawn.kitchell@gmail.com.

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Securities Fraud Charges Filed Against Belleville Man

Topeka, Kan. Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney announced that on January 10, criminal charges were filed in the District Court of Republic County, Kansas against Charles Ray Mathews, a 52-year-old resident of Belleville, Kan.

The criminal complaint alleges that Mathews committed securities fraud by unlawfully employing a scheme to defraud at least 26 persons by selling securities in a Hope Chest Entertainment Center, resulting in victim losses of over $25,000. Matthews was charged with 14 felony counts for violations of the Kansas Uniform Securities Act. The counts included allegations of securities fraud, the selling of unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered agent, and employing an unregistered agent.

If you have been approached by this individual regarding a Hope Chest Entertainment Center, please contact the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner at(785) 296-3307.

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The End of an Era

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsFairbury Auctioneer Justin Schultis looks for bidders Jan. 8 during the auction of Schroeders Family Foods. The store was operated by Larry and Kate Schroeder in Fairbury for the past 31 years.

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Stelling Not Running For Reelection

Photo caption: Stelling Not Running For Reelection

Jefferson County Clerk Sandra Stelling official announced Tuesday that she will not be running for reelection this year.

Stelling is also the countys Register of Deeds and Election Commissioner.

She is one of the longest-term county employees/elected officials at this time as she began her career with county in 1969. Stelling has been the Jefferson County Clerk since 1987.

Im retiring and Im going to enjoy myself, Stelling said.

Before becoming county clerk, Stelling worked in the clerks office, register of deeds, elections, treasurers office, highway department and in the clerk of the courts offices.

Ive been in every office except the assessors office at one time or another, she said.

In all, Stelling will serve Jefferson County for more than 45 years by the time she steps down as county clerk in January 2015.

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