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Joyce W. Robinson

Joyce W. Robinson, 87, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Fairbury.

She was born June 26, 1926 to Fred and Ethel (Harper) Schmitt at Hollenberg, Kan.

She was united in marriage to James H. Robinson on Mar. 19, 1945 at Fort Scott, Kan. To this union three children were born, Stephen, Gregory and Lori.

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Jerry L. Hock

Jerry L. Hock, 68, of Lees Summit, Mo. passed away Aug. 14, 2013.

He was born Jan. 4, 1945, the son of Tom and Elaine (Schwisow) Hock.

He grew up in Fairbury, and graduated from Fairbury High School class of 1963. He enlisted in the Navy and spent four years on submarine USS Cubera as Torpedoman.

He married Patty Mumby on Oct. 21, 1967. He moved to the Kansas City area in 1970. He was an insurance agent for a few years leading to running his own insurance agency in Grandview. He retired after 42 years in business. For many years he was an active member of the Raytown Optimist Club, including president. He enjoyed travel, boating and camping, NHRA and NASCAR. In recent years he also enjoyed street rods, car clubs, shows, and cruises. Every spring he enjoyed trout fishing and every fall pheasant hunting.

He was preceded in death by brother, Dick; mother, Elaine; and father, Tom.

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Roger Arthur Brinkmann

Roger Arthur Brinkmann, 83, of Fairbury, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Bryan Medical Center East, Lincoln.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1929, in Washington County, Ill. He moved from Illinois in his 20s. He worked 18 years for Bauer Brothers Dairy Farm near Gladstone, Neb., before working at the Endicott Clay Products, retiring in 2009.

He married Irella Weishahn on July 14, 1974, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Fairbury. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and ushered for many years.

He enjoyed bowling, visiting with friends, being with family, country and instrumental music, square dancing and working in the garden. In his younger years he enjoyed pheasant hunting.

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Robert Bower

Robert Bower

Robert (Bob) Bower, 89, of Steele City died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at the Heritage in Fairbury.

He was born in a rock house on the family farm east of Morrowville, Kan. on Nov. 16, 1923 to Arthur and Dora (Hannah) Bower. He was the first in the family to graduate from High School. He attended Morrowville High School.

He married Phyllis Pickering in 1943, and they had one child, Lynda.

He joined the Navy in 1944 and served in Okinawa until 1946. When he returned home he farmed for several years and then moved to Fairbury.

He worked for the Fairbury Windmill company until he got hired as a brakeman for the Rock Island Railroad. He worked as a brakeman and conductor on the Rock Island until it shut down. He was on the crew of the Last Train to leave Fairbury.

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Bailey: The Time for Talk is Over

It was made clear on Tuesday that frustration is mounting over a perceived lack of action regarding run down and unkempt properties in Fairbury.

During this weeks city council meeting two councilmen spent much of the meeting time grilling City Administrator Joe Parker over what they believed is inaction to a worsening problem.

Carmichael asked Parker why the chief of police, Chad Sprunk, and officer/secretary, Vicki Banahan, had not been out inspecting properties for possible violations. He said council action had mandated more than several weeks ago that nuisance properties be turned over to the police department with that departments understanding and support.

I want to know where we are on this, Carmichael said. It was my understanding this is what was going to be done and its my understanding the city administrator is still doing it.

Parker admitted to the councilman that he was still doing the property inspections.

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Miss Fairbury Jeff

Bubbles (A.K.A. Adam Umland) won the 2013 Miss Fairbury Jeff crown Friday at the homecoming football game. Umland raised the most money in the interesting competition between high school aged men which benefits Relay for Life.

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County Gov. Day Oct. 28

County Gov. Day Oct. 28

Each year the Local American Legion Post sponsors County Government Day for the High School Students in the Schools in our County. This year it will be held on Oct. 28.

Registration begins at9 a.m. and lunch will be served at the Legion and this year, Sen. Russ Karpisek will be speaking at1 p.m.in the District Courtroom. Anyone interested in hearing Karpisek speak is welcome to attend.

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Farmers Cooperative Dedicates Jansen Dry Fertilizer Facility

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsMembers and Staff of Farmers Cooperative, cut the ribbon on a new $5 million Fertilizer Facility in Jansen on Sept. 23. For more look under photo tab and today's paper date.

The directors and staff of Farmers Cooperative cut the ribbon on their new $5 million Jansen Dry Fertilizer Facility on Sept. 23.

The Co-ops total investment in just their Jansen operation tops a staggering $14 million with the opening of the new fertilizer mixing and transfer operation.

The 43 co-ops in the region stretching from Hanover, Kan. to Dorchester to McCool Junction back to Beatrice funded the project from their own profits.

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FHS Graduate Receives Prestigious Award

A Fairbury graduate has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious 40 Under 40 award.

Vance Publishing Company, publisher of many leading agriculture magazines has announced the winners of their 40 Under 40 Awards. Among them is Jeff DeFrain, a 1995 graduate of Fairbury High School.

The 40 Under 40 Awards recognizes the young leaders in the agricultural industry who are dedicated to meeting the challenge of doubling the food productivity by 2050.

DeFrain oversees research in trace mineral nutrition in dairy cattle for Zinpro Performance Minerals which is a family-owned company based out of Eden Prairie, Minn. He has been working for the company since November of 2006.

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Former Fairburian Appointed Director of Corrections

Photo caption: Michael Kenney

The Governor appointed Michael Kenney Director of the Department of Corrections. Kenney attended Fairbury Schools, graduating in 1971. His father was a physician in Fairbury.

Gov. Dave Heineman announced the appointment of Michael L. Kenney of Lincoln as Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Kenney, 60, has served as Warden of the Omaha Correctional Center since 2010.

Mike is a respected Corrections professional, said Gov. Heineman. He has 36 years of experience in corrections and 34 years with Nebraska Corrections. Hell be a good leader.

Im humbled and honored by Gov. Heinemans appointment, said Kenney. Im committed to meeting the challenges currently faced by the department. Im confident in our ability to meet these challenges with public safety being the top priority.

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