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Fairburys Bloody Hobo Camp Murder of 1928

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News In 1928 this stretch of the Little Blue River, east of Fairbury, was a scene of grizzly murder of an unknown hobo.

The bloodiest murder in Fairbury was likely committed by a one-legged man in a seedy place called Hobo Camp.

Hobo Camp should be confused with Hobo Town that appeared later in Fairbury.

On July 2, 1928 the body of an unidentified man was found in Fairburys Hobo Camp, along the Little Blue River, just east of the dam. The man suspected of the crime had so many names, authorities were never really sure who he really was and they never did discover the name of the victim.

On top of this, the suspect in the ghastly murder was arrested, convicted and sent to prison within a month of the crime only to have his sentence overturned the next April by the Nebraska State Court of Appeals.

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BTP Selects Architect

The Bonham Theatre Project has awarded the contract for Architectural Services to assist them with the restoration and remodeling of the historic Bonham Theatre, located in downtown Fairbury.

Miller and Associates, of Kearney, was selected to assist the board of directors with architectural services and proposal development.

The Bonham Theatre Project will utilize a combination of public funds and private donations for faade restoration, replacement of marquee, remodeling of lobby area to accommodate concessions, ticket counter and restrooms, and the implementation of ADA and fire code requirements based upon specified uses and occupancy estimates.

It is the desire of the board to maintain the historical integrity of the building which was built in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Fairbury Commercial Historic District (1997).

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Area Juniors Attend County Government Day

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Nebraska Sen. Russ Karpisek, representing district 22, speaks to Jefferson County juniors Monday at County Government Day.

Juniors from around Jefferson County ascended on the county courthouse for county government day on Monday.

In all 63 students from Fairbury, Meridian and Tri County Schools attended the educational experience sponsored by the Fairbury American Legion.

Students were introduced to the county officials by Michael Dux, chair of the Jefferson County Commissioners. The watch a video presented by Brad Eisenhauer and listened to a presentation from Amber Jurgens, senior probation officer.

From 10 a.m. to noon they toured their respective county offices of interests as well as voting in a mock election and touring the Jefferson County/Fairbury Law Enforcement Center.

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Court Briefs

Jefferson County Court

Oct. 23

Kaleb Disney

Kaleb Disney, of Alexandria, was arraigned for burglary, possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor theft Oct. 23 in Jefferson County Court. If convicted of the Class III felonies he faces up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. Disney requested a court appointed attorney and the public defenders office was appointed. Disneys bond was lowered from $50,000 to $5,000/10-percent cash. His case was continued until Oct. 30.

Jefferson County District Court Oct. 24

Amber Hyman

Amber Hyman was sentenced to 24 months of probation for felony third degree assault in Jefferson County District Court Oct. 24. The sentence is to run concurrently with her present term of probation out of Adams County.

Thomas Phillips

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Less Than Half of State Remains in Drought

By the Fairbury

Journal-News Staff

According State Climatologist, Al Dutcher, the drought outlook for Nebraska is mostly good given the positive impacts of the recent storm activity.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska released Oct. 24 indicated that 52.15 percent of the state is no longer classified in drought though 38.8 percent of the state is still considered abnormally dry. There is still 27.39 percent of the state is still considered in a severe drought or worse with only 4.76 percent of Nebraska remaining in the extreme drought category.

However, if the storm activity continues much as it has with a storm fronts coming through every seven to nine days the drought outlook is expected to continue to improve. It is expected that the snow pack levels will be sufficient to provide the necessary runoff to help bring the northern branch of the Platte back to near capacity.

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Frost Frolic Promises Variety of Choices

After 23 years Frost Frolic is going stronger than ever.

The Journalism Department at the Fairbury Jr/Sr High began the Frost Frolic 23 years ago as a money maker with approximately 17 vendors. Over the years it has grown to one of the best known craft shows in southeast Nebraska with over 100 vendors.

Last year there were 144 vendors and for the first time they had to make use of the classroom halls so that all vendors as well as patrons had adequate room. The number is still out as to the number of vendors this year.

Over the years vendors change as trends and tastes change. This year Schutt said that she is expecting one vendor with over 100 items so it appears that there will be a lot to offer to the early Christmas shoppers.

Over the years, school budgets continue to become progressively tighter.

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Inez Verneda (Wienke) Koepff

Inez Verneda (Wienke) Koepff, 91, formerly of Plymouth and Western, NE died Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Omaha. Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Northwest Hills UCC, 9334 Fort Street, Omaha with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth at 1 p.m. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Roeder's Mortuary, 2727 North 108th Street, Omaha. Memorials to Josie Harper Hospice House or Northwest Hills UCC in Omaha.

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Blobaum Arrested for Theft After Crash

Blobaum Arrested for Theft After Crash

At approximately 3:35 a.m. on Oct. 27 the Jefferson County Communications received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Diller area.

The vehicle was a white 2002 Chevy pickup owned by Brandon Hickey of rural Diller.

At about 3:43 a.m. the communications center received a report of a single vehicle rollover accident located near 575 Ave and PWF Road. The vehicle involved in the rollover accident was identified as the vehicle that was reported stolen near Diller.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and a search around the crash scene to locate anyone involved in the accident. A short time later, a male subject, identified as 25-year-old Jesse C. Blobaum of rural Fairbury was located.

Blobaum was transported to the Jefferson Community Health Center with minor injuries.

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Scam Alert

Scam Alert

The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has issued a consumer alert to all Nebraskans. Calls are being made to unsuspecting residents stating that they are representing Nebraska law firms and they are collecting outstanding debts.

Attorney General Jon Bruning said Oct. 25, that residents should be aware if they receive a call demanding for payment for an unfamiliar debt, this may be a scam. Bruning said that if you were to receive such a call don't hesitate to ask questions be sure to request all information in writing. NEVER wire money or send prepaid debit cards to someone that you do not know.

In the past 30 days, the Attorney General's Mediation Center has received 25 Nebraska-based complaints regarding these fraudulent debt collection calls. The Nebraska Bar Association also has received reports of complaints from out-of-state consumers receiving scam calls from those falsely claiming to represent Nebraska law firms.

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York arrested on several charges

Karrie Jo York R.N., 39 of Fairbury, was arrested by Fairbury Police on Friday, Oct. 25, for alleged driving under the influence first offense (class I misdemeanor), child abuse (class IIIA felony), driving under the influence with underage passengers (class I misdemeanor), willful reckless driving (class III misdemeanor), resisting arrest (class I misdemeanor) and speeding 11-15 over speed limit.

York is a Registered Nurse working for the Fairbury School District.

Fairbury Schools Superintendent Fred Helmink said York is on leave pending the outcome of the investigation and is not working.

On Oct. 25, a Fairbury Police Officer was running radar eastbound on 14th Street. The officer observed a white passenger van traveling eastbound on 14th Street passing the H Street intersection traveling 46 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.

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