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Jerry L. Hock

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

He was a Navy Veteran.

Survivors are wife of 45 years, Patty Hock, sister, Pat Schroeder and husband, Byron of Omaha, Neb.; brother, LeRoy Hock and wife, Nancy of Lincoln; aunts; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at St. Paul United Church of Christ Jansen, Neb., with Pastor Debra Valentine officiating.

Burial at Cub Creek Cemetery Jansen, Neb.

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

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Fairbury Elks September Teens of the Month Selected

Photo caption: Grayson Vaughn

The Fairbury Elks Lodge #1203 has nominated the Elks Teenager of the Month for September.

Nominees are judged on the basis of multiple achievements, character, leadership, community service, citizenship and scholastic achievement. The students that were nominated for the month of September attend Fairbury Jr/Sr High School.

Anna Kathryn Mach, daughter of Keith and Mary Mach and Grayson Vaughn, son of Jed and Kristin Vaughn are the September teenagers of the month.

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Community Safety Fair Successful

Photo caption: Contributed Photo The employees of Loveland Products and the bicycles their company donated as prizes for the Community Safety Fair and the seat simulator for which Loveland was a major contributor for Safe Kids.

The second annual Community Safety Fair, that took place Aug. 17 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, was deemed a success by organizers. Nearly 200 attended the event, which was sponsored by Loveland Products and Jefferson Community Health Center. Many local businesses and agencies participated in the safety fair.

We were pleased at the support from businesses and agencies offering safety education and displays, and pleased at the support of the community in attending the event, said Michael Moritz, Plant Manager of Loveland Products, located just south of Fairbury. We have many fine community resources. We hope to see this event grow again next year.

Among the experiences to try included:

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Oct. 3

Jefferson County will once again be hosting a household hazardous waste collection Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The collection point will be at the County Road Shop at 813 N. First Street.

The items that will be accepted include cleaning products, lawn and garden chemicals, paint, used oil, florescent light bulbs and other hazardous household items. The site will also be accepting antifreeze.

The public is asked to please bring materials in disposable containers no larger than five gallons or 50 pounds. The containers will not be returned once emptied.

The items that will not be accepted include tires, appliances, science lab chemicals, items containing asbestos, wood preservatives, PCBs, explosives or items in commercial quantities.

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School Board Valuations Up, Tax Levy Down

Taxpayers received a mixed-bag of information at Mondays Fairbury Public Schools board meeting.

The Fairbury School Board met Monday, Sept. 9. The main topic of discussion was the budget and tax levy for this upcoming year.

Superintendent Fred Helmink pointed out that once again the news is both good and bad for the taxpayer.

Big property agriculture landowners are taking a hit, Helmink said. We hoped we can be more like neighboring schools and have a wind farm to profit from but right now we missed out. Hopefully in couple of years we will be able to profit from something like the pipeline, which will take some pressure off people like the Ag landowners.

I would like to spread the pain among all our taxpayers, Helmink said. Although some landowners bought Ag land some of these people inherited their land and right now are suffering because of the high land values.

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On Top of the World

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsThe First of 44 Windmills was assembled last week at the Steele Flats Wind Farm, south of Diller and east of Steele City, and work crews were busy on Friday atop the massive structures. For more see Page B14.

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Jeff Co Welcomes Deputy County Attorney

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsJEFF GOLTZ, was sworn in as the Deputy Jefferson County Attorney on Sept. 3. Goltz is an experienced prosecutor and served 12 years as the Richardson County Attorney.

Jeff Goltz, 52, became the Deputy Jefferson County Attorney Sept. 3 but hes far from being a rookie.

Goltz is from Lincoln and most recently had a private practice in Beatrice.

He still lives in Lincoln and commutes to Fairbury to be the deputy county prosecutor three days per week.

Goltz received his law degree in 1986 and passed the bar on his first attempt.

I grew up as a kid in Virginia but I am Nebraska-born. I have been in Nebraska since 1983, he said. We actually moved back to Nebraska in 1978 after living in Virginia 12 years. I went to college at Northwest Missouri State and move to Lincoln in 83 for law school.

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Fairburian Inducted Into Vets Hall of Fame

Dennis DeFrain, a 1960s Fairbury graduate will be inducted into the Arizona Veteran Hall of Fame (AVHOF) on October 24.

The AVHOFs goal is to recognize Arizonans who have worn the uniform of the Nations Armed Forces, performed their military duties and then continued on their career of service to contribute to community, state and nation in an exemplary manner. Nominees must either be born in Arizona, entered military from Arizona, or lived in Arizona for a minimum of five years. They will have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Military service and continued their service to this nation in an exemplary fashion.

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In District Court Action on Sept. 5

Billy Barritt

Billy Barritt was arraigned Sept. 5 in Jefferson County District Court on two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and a probation violation. Barritt was represented by Robert Koras, from the Nebraska Commission of Public Advocacy. Barritt pleaded not guilty to the charges and is facing up to life in prison on just the two first-degree charges. If convicted he would be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison for the Class ID felonies. His case was scheduled for a pre-trial status hearing on Nov. 7 and he remains in the Jefferson County Jail pending the posting of bond. His probation revocation case was also postponed until Nov. 7.

Misty Frost

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Sidewalk Art

This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

Fairbury High Art Students decorated the sidewalks in Fairburys Downtown Square in preparation for this months First Friday Art Walk event on Sept. 13. Above: Allyssa Willcoxon, freshman, and Dylan Au, sophmore, work on their projects during classtime.

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