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Six Vie For Fairbury Chamber Board

Representatives from six local businesses are seeking three open positions on the board of directors for the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. Those elected will serve a three year term on the board beginning in January, 2014.

Those nominated are: Ryan Stapaules of Black Hills Energy; Dani Kettelhut of Fairbury Dental Associates; Tyler Rosener of Kettelhut Real Estate; Kim Swanda of Mane Change Salon (running for a second term); Lacey Starr of Tatro Chiropractic and Sara Bundy of Westin Packaged Meats.

Ballots for the election of board members will be mailed to Chamber members and must be returned to the Chamber office by5 p.m. Nov. 29.

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Fairbury Native Kicks Off CandidacyFor Dist. 32 Legislative Seat

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News Laura Ebke of Crete who is seeking to become the state senator representing Jefferson, Saline, Thayer and Fillmore Counties, visited Fairbury last week as she officially kicked off her campaign to replace state senator Russ Karpisek of Wilber who has term limited out.

Smaller government and less taxes.

Its a phrase freely thrown about by politicians seeking to attain elected office. But for one candidate vying for the 32nd Legislative seat that mantra has a more personal meaning.

Government has not done a good job. Government has not been the solution. Government has been the problem, those are the thoughts of Laura Ebke of Crete who is seeking to become the state senator representing Jefferson, Saline, Thayer and Fillmore Counties.

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Tom, Somehow Weve Become Old Men?

Last Sunday I learned of the death of one of my close childhood friends, Ernie.

Ernie was the lead guitarist in a local band growing up in my hometown. I was the sound guy for another band across town.

We all knew each other pretty well and were rather close as we performed gigs with and against each other but Ernie and I grew deeper as years passed.

I even photographed their band as a young shutterbug and Ernie became a professional chef as adulthood arrived. He was a great chef.

I was able to catch up with Ernie once and a while when Id travel back though our hometown as he still lived there. He was a busy man who was totally dedicated to his family, especially his grandchildren.

What is really strange about his death is the morning of the day he died he posted photographs of his family standing next to his daughters grave.

His daughters grave is just down the row from my sons and she died two years after my son.

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Time Change Is a Pain I Can Do Without

By now we are all in the throngs of the first week of adjusting to Standard Time.

For some that means the benefit of an hours extra sleep each night. Or so were led to believe. For morning people thatincludes the promise of having that first cup of Joe and being able to see outside.

Personally, I doubt the validity of actually getting to sleep longer.For me abandoning Daylight Saving time means trying not to turn into something you might see on AMCs The Walking Dead.

I cannot seem to adjust. I want to go to sleep for the night at9 p.m.and Im wide awake at 5 the next morning. Its still dark when I go to bed and still dark when I get up. I grab a nap atnoonat home in the recliner.I never feel more rested.

Thanks Ben Franklin. Thanks a lot.

For those who dont know the concept of dual time was conceived by Founding Father Ben Franklin as a means to give farmers more light in the evening prior to the days of electricity.

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Letters To The Editor

It Was A Great Halloween

Editor:

I want to apologize to the trick or treaters. I ran out of treats on Halloween night.

I usually plan on 25 and have some left over. I did plan on 35, but I ran out of treats and all my dollar bills. I had to close up at 8:30 p.m.

I want to congratulate all the children and parents who came to my house. It was a treat for me to see so many well behaved goblins and their disguises. One wicked witch put the fear of God in me.

I was the man with the green face.

Carmon Wheatcraft

Fairbury

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Theres A Lot To Like About Laura Ebke

Nebraska State Senate candidate Laura Ebke brings a lot to the table in this very young campaign season.

A native of Fairbury and current resident of Crete, Ebke is seeking to fill the seat ofsenator from 32ndDistrict. Currently Representative Russ Karpisek of Wilber is losing his position due to term limits. She spoke to a group of approximately 50 people last week in Fairbury during an unofficial campaign kickoff.

It was obvious from her opening remarks that Ebke, the former Laura Schwab and a 1980 graduate of Fairbury High School, is no politician. In fact, she will be the first to admit that. Her political resume is made up of: 10 years on the Crete school board, serving as a Girl Scout Leader, a Boy Scout volunteer and a lay leader in her church.

Finally a politician with few political credentials. Refreshing indeed!

Her message to local residents last Thursday was fairly simple.

Taxes are too high.

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Opal Maxine Vesely

Opal Maxine Vesely, passed away Oct. 22, 2013

She was born Apr. 13, 1926 in Morrowville, Kan. to William B. and Nora (Adams) Naylor.

She graduated from Morrowville Rural High School in 1945 and attended Kansas Wesleyan University and went on to complete a one year program at Kearney State College receiving her teaching certificate. She taught one year in a K-8 school in the Morrowville area.

Charles Jacob Vesely and Maxine were united in marriage Apr. 6, 1949. They made their home in Thayer County where they farmed together for 45 years before retiring in Fairbury.

While living near Hebron, Maxine was active in the local extension club, the VFW Auxiliary and the First Christian Church. She was an Avon and Amway distributor and drove a school bus for the Hebron Public Schools.

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Bette Louise (Plies) Garcia

Bette Louise (Plies) Garcia, 82, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 in Lincoln.

She was born in Fairbury on Feb. 3, 1931, the daughter of John Melvin and Esther Luella (Deuchler) Plies.

She graduated in 1948 from Fairbury High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. On Apr. 15, 1951, she was united in marriage to Robert James Garcia in Fairbury, and their union was blessed with four children, Patricia, Linda, John and Esther.

She was a homemaker and in later years she was a CNA at Beatrice Hospital and Beatrice Manor. She also worked at the grocery store in Odell. She lived most of her life in Fairbury, Diller and Odell and moved in Seward following the death of her husband on Oct. 29, 2005. She was a member of the American Legion in Odell and attended the Church of Christ in Lincoln.

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Eugene F. Springer

Eugene F. Springer, 82, of Fairbury, passed away Nov. 3, 2013 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

Survivors are wife, Georgia Springer of Fairbury; daughters, Kami Cross and husband, Dale of Fairbury, Shannon Springer of Jansen; six grandchildren; sister, Betty Lou Ashenfelter of Corning, Iowa; and half sister, Margaret Gerinn of Creston, Iowa.

Cremation has taken place.

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

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Rudolph Novotny Jr.

Rudolph Novotny Jr., 93, passed away Nov. 4, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of LaVista, Neb., formerly, Odell; daughter, Susan and husband, Stephen Boehling, Bellevue, Neb.; daughter, Mary Kramer of Omaha; son, Mike and wife, Patti Novotny of Wymore, Neb.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Odell, with Father Ferdinand Boehme officiating. Rosary at 10:30 a.m. before the service.

Memorials to Familys Choice.

Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell is in charge of the arrangements.

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