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Sheriff's Report

Nov. 22: Francis L. McCord, of Fairbury, was driving a 1998 Ford west on Highway 136 west of 563 Ave. when the vehicle went off the road and collided with a culvert. Damages were estimated at $5,000.

Nov. 22: Keith L. Muller, of DeWitt, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet south on Highway 15 south of 716 Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $4,000.

Nov. 22: Jocelyn M. Rundle, of Hastings, was driving a 2011 Buick east on Highway 136 west of River Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $4,000.

Nov. 23: Report of a possible suicidal juvenile in Reynolds.

Nov. 24: Timothy J. Hyson Jr., of Fairbury, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet south on Frederick Ave. about half a mile north of Crystal Springs Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $400.

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Police Report

Nov. 17: Report of theft and misuse of credit card in the 900 block of K Street.

Nov. 18: Report of an animal running loose, which resulted in a dog bite in the 900 block of K Street.

Nov. 18: Report of vandalism in the 700 block of 7th Street.

Nov. 18: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of Oak Street.

Nov. 22: Report of a gas drive off in the 600 block of E Street. The customer returned to pay.

Nov. 22: A parked 2004 Buick owned by Gregory D. Buchli, of Alexandria, was damaged by an unknown vehicle on 6th Street near E Street.

Nov. 22: Nettie C. Dragoo, of Fairbury, was parking a 2013 Chevrolet in the 1400 block of K Street when the vehicle went over the curb and collided with a building owned by M & J Subs, of Fairbury. Damages to the building and a table were estimated at $1,250. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $1,500.

Nov. 22: Report of a dog barking in the 1200 block of 7th Street.

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Lincoln Did Not End Slavery Will you grow a DecemBEARD?

Photo caption: Project organizers Abby Hasselbring and Nathan Glaesemann display the DecemBeard buttons and mascot.

Its December again.

For some of you that means a season of gift giving and receiving.

For an estimated four million people around the world it means another day of suffering.

These sufferers are the victims of human trafficking.

Of those four million upwards of one million are believed to be children.

Not just any children, but a staggering 17,500 plus are victims in our own country.

No country, state or city is immune to this horrific injustice.

Ive been in the Fairbury area since birth and have owned Therapeutic Touch Massage & Body Therapysince 2007.

Being in a small town I wasnt even aware people were still being bought and sold.

I thought slavery died when President Lincoln ended it years ago.

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Thanksgiving Dinner was Special Community Event

I tip my hat to the folks over at our local radio station, KUTT/KGMT.

On Thanksgiving Day the radio station had their 13th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner, which really tied many in this community together.

A lot of people dont have large families, any family members left or are just so busy they cant afford to travel and see relatives over the holidays.

Last Thursdays dinner really opened the door to many who would have simply become more resentful towards the Thanksgiving holiday without it.

I am including myself.

I was alone again this Thanksgiving, so I drug myself outside the walls of my house and went to the free community dinner.

Honestly, I am a bit of an introvert and would have welcomed staying home and hiding.

But I didnt do that.

I thought if nothing else, it was a photo assignment. If I felt uncomfortable or unwelcome, I would just leave and go back to my secret cave.

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It Was the Nightmare Before Thanksgiving Come To Pass

As we progress through our lives I dont think there is a single one of us who doesnt wish we could get some lost time back, re-live some days, get a second chance at doing something differently.

Thats true for me as well.

But for sure I would not want to go back and re-live last Tuesday andWednesday.

As we finished up running our holiday ad special for last weeks editionon Tuesday, a 32-page tab, the press made a loud ka-chunk.

I thought, Thats probably not good.

It wasnt. As press foreman Rob Kendall and pressman Kevin Krause stuck their heads and hands up underneath the belly side of the folder, I only began to see the first stages of the nightmare to come.

Several attempts at tinkering, adjusting, re-adjusting and installing new parts all resulted in failure. The press would not run. We were down. Dead in the water.

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Impact on Business Should Be Part of Any Minimum Wage Debate

Peoples money, how much theyearn, what their job should payand what they get to keep at the end of the day is a discussion tantamount along the lines of sex, religion and politics.

Usually they are topics that sharply divide any room.

In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding increasing the national minimum wage. One proposal to appear before Congress calls for a bump in the current $7.25 rate to $10.10. Still others are advocating raising that amount to $15 an hour.

This pastSundayon the CBS news show SundayMorning there was a segment clearly pro a wage raise. It showed the plight of people who worked for such corporations as Wal-Mart and McDonalds who claim they cannot survive on their current wage. The segment was obviously pro wage hike.

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William B. Owens

William B. Owens, 89, of Plymouth, died unexpectedly at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

He was born on Mar. 1, 1924 to George William and Zella Mae (DeLay) Owens at a farmstead outside of Slapout, Okla.

He married Verna Belle (Barnett) on Sept. 23, 1947 in Perryton, Texas after meeting a month and a half earlier and were married for 66 years, having three children, Darrel, Kay and Billy.

He proudly served in the United States Navy (Seabees) from 1942-1946 during World War II in Okinawa. After leaving the Navy, he worked in Dumas, Texas for Phillips 66, relocating with Phillips to the Beatrice area in 1967 and retiring in 1988 after 35 years. He was a member of the Schopp-Ewing-Nispel Post No. 243 of the American Legion of Plymouth.

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Tom Busboom

Thomas Paul Busboom, 64, of Crete, passed away on Nov. 17, 2013 at his home surrounded by his wife Pam, daughters Amanda and Elizabeth.

He was born in Lincoln to Phyllis (Rethmeier) and Ben Edward Busboom on Oct. 3, 1949.

He attended District No. 31 School and graduated in 1967 from Dorchester High School. He attended the University of Nebraska.

Due to his fathers death, he returned home and went to work for Beatrice Concrete where he was employed for over 41 years; 26 of which he was Manager at the Crete Plant. He took pride in the family farm working along with his brother David.

On Sept. 6, 1986 Thomas and Pamela (Stephens) were united in marriage at Plymouth Congregational Church. They were blessed with two daughters.

Tom was active in the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association where he was President in 1995, Nebraska Chapter of Concrete Institute, President, in 2008.

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Andrea Cashmore

Andrea Lee Sellenrick Cashmore, 66, of Grand Marsh, Wis., formerly from Jansen, Neb., passed away after a brief but strong willed battle with Pancreatic cancer on Nov. 25, 2013.

She is survived by husband, Chuck; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Roger Thomas; grandchildren, Damien, Killian, Kaleb, Myranda; canine children, King and Tucker, all of Wisconsin; and sisters, Arnola (Don) Mitchell of Fairbury, Alice (Roger) Schaefer of Jansen; and nephews and nieces.

Services were held in Gurnee, Ill., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Fairbury PD Participate in Click It or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department participated in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign which ran from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.

During that time period there was increased patrol.

The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant allowed officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seatbelt enforcement. The extra time worked by officers will be paid for by the NOHS.

During the enforcement dates, five citations were issued.

There was one arrest made for an outstanding warrant.

Citations were also issued for possession of marijuana, speeding, driving under revocation, violation of a school bus arm and other traffic violations.

In addition there were a total of 32 warnings issued.

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