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Informational Meeting at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School

Informational Meeting at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School

All 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting about high school activities, graduation requirements, and registration for classes for the 2014-2015 school year on Feb. 6 from 7-8 p.m. in the BFAC at Fairbury Junior/Senior High School. This will be a very important meeting to begin planning your students high school plan. Call Mrs. Biehl at 729-6116 with any questions.

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District 8 Seeks Persons Interested In Unfilled Board Seat

The District 8 board of education will be hosting a meeting onMonday, Feb. 10for the purpose of meeting with persons interested in filling the unexpired term of Brian Starck. Starck, whose term was set to expire in 2016 resigned from the board earlier this month.

According to District 8 superintendent Fred Helmink, The board will be meeting and talking to potential board members to fill the unexpired term onFeb. 10 at 6 p.m.at the board office.

Helmink said anyone interested in being considered for this appointment should contact the superintendents office at 729-6104 to verify that they can be present at the meeting.

Following the work session the board of education will meet at7 p.m.and will vote to appoint one of the candidates during the action item part of the agenda, he said.

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Hold Onto Your Hats, Winter is Far From Over

Nebraska climatologist Al Dutcher said the area's relatively snowless winter is about to end.

As strong as the storm activity has been across the U.S. since October, I suspect that we will also get in on the act before the winter is over with, he said.

Dutcher said a very promising pattern for snow activity will begin next week as a trough builds into the western United States.

Models have indicated this for nearly 10 days, he said. Some minor snow may accumulate with the first piece of energy later this week. More significant activity is forecasted next week with major moisture depicted somewhere between northern Oklahoma and northern Nebraska. The average location for the heaviest moisture currently lies from central Kansas through central Nebraska.

David Eastlack, who is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Omaha, said he expects a significant snow event to begin Friday in eastern Nebraska.

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Propane Prices Soar into Stratosphere

How do you predict an unprecedented event?

At least thats what Rick Stanton, owner and operator of Stanton Farm Services Inc., said when asked what direction he expected propane prices to take. Stanton Farm Services has been one of the main propane suppliers to Jefferson County residents for many years. He has been frustrated with the price of propane pointing out that it had just raised another dollar Jan. 23.

I can tell you this, Stanton said. I didnt raise my prices the same amount.

Area propane prices are currently at almost $5 a gallon as compared to $1.31 for the same amount in July and August. Suppliers are telling their customers that they dont know when this price hike will end but they dont see the end coming very soon. At least that is the information that they are giving customers like Stanton.

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Village of Jansen Goes Through Several Board Changes

What does a village do when it no longer has a legal board to run it?

The Village of Jansen had to ask the question when several board members wanted to resign leaving the board without a quorum.

The board had to quickly do some work to at least have a quorum of three members out of the five board positions to make the most rudimentary decisions.

The last few months have been quite eventful and it is difficult to get a clear picture of exactly what has been going on in Jansen or why. Questions definitely started to be raised when the Jefferson County Election Commissioner was attempting to certify who was up for election.

I know there have been several resignations, Sandra Stelling, Election Commissioner, said. But I was not completely sure which person replaced the previous person. That has made it difficult to determine who is filling the third open position that would be up for election.

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Appeal of Conviction Nets More Prison Time: Lantz Petition to Court Finds Error in Sentence

Sometimes it is better not to complain.

Ronald L. Lantz, Sr., 45, was convicted by a Jefferson County jury Sept. 9, 2012 on three counts of first-degree sexual assault of children and sentenced to serve 30 to 50 years imprisonment.

Lantz filed an appeal of his case to the Nebraska Court of Appeals but the court didnt agree with his accusations and instead found an error in his sentence which could add 15 years to his already long prison sentence.

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Barritt Tries to Fire Defense

Accused of five counts of sexually assaulting children, Billy Barritt attempted to dismiss his court-appointed defense attorney, Robert Kortus, even though his trial is coming up on March 11.

Kortus is appointed by the court from the Commission on Public Advocacy, in Lincoln, to represent Barritt.

Barritt said he wants to dump Kortus because of his lack of communication and unwillingness to defend him. Barritt also said Kortus was commandeering his case and refusing other outcomes.

Barritt told District Judge Paul Korslund Jan. 23 that he has a complete lack of trust in Kortus as he refuses to listen and act on my concerns.

Barritt said Kortus, from Lincoln, is too far away to properly defend him.

Im looking at a considerable amount of time, Barritt said.

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Meridian Superintendent Resigns School Board Begins Search for New Leader

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsDr. Mike Lucas, at far right, speaks with members of the Meridian School Board and school principal Tammi Mans, Jan. 22. Lucas is the superintendent of York Public Schools and representative of McPherson and Jacobson LLC, a firm that specializes in finding school administrators for school districts.

DAYKIN Embattled Meridian Superintendent Russ Gade resigned Monday night, Jan. 20, effective at the end of his contract in June.

Accusations against Gade at a Dec. 16 school board meeting ranged from inappropriate language, inappropriate gestures (including flipping off a student), using tobacco on school grounds to even showering with a student, though evidence to back up the claims was not provided at the meeting.

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Storm Spotter Training in April

Storm Spotter Training in April

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency invites everyone to this years Storm Spotter Training to take place at the Homestead National Monument Educational Center, 8523 West Hwy 4, Beatrice, on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Training will be for Gage and Jefferson County reasidents.

Training will be provided by Gage County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Omaha/Valley office.

Procedures for Storm Spotting, communications and other valuable information will be discussed.

Although this training is part of the certification that is required to be a storm spotter for the State of Nebraska, the training is open to the public.

McKee said that anyone who is interested in attending to become better educated is welcome.

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Ohiowa man Dies When Struck by UP Train

Ohiowa man Dies When Struck by UP Train

Authorities say a Nebraska man died after a Union Pacific freight train struck his truck early Sunday morning.

The incident happened in Belvidere around 2:30 a.m. The town is about 45 miles south of York and just off of U.S. Highway 81 in Thayer County.

Authorities say 24-year-old Bryant Mussman tried to cross the railroad tracks at a closed crossing before the impact happened.

Mussman was apparently not wearing a seat belt. The Mussman was engaged to be married and is survived by a son, two brothers and his parents.

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