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Keeping Nuisance Properties Up To Code is Never Ending Job

The weather is cooling so the City of Fairbury can pull back on enforcement of nuisance-related properties. Right?

No they most certainly cannot!

As we have seen over the years the amount of run-down properties or people who do not take care of or put junk in its appropriate place is growing. Not to be regional in pointing fingers, but once upon a time most of the unkempt properties within Fairbury were confined to segmented parts of town. Older homes, abandoned homes and uncared for rental properties. They dotted the landscape on the west side with folks who did keep their properties up.

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Harold Hap Christoph Wiegert

Harold Hap Christoph Wiegert, 71, of Fairbury, Neb. died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at home.

He was born Dec. 3, 1941, in Fairbury, to Viola and Christoph Wiegert. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Daykin.

He attended country school at District 24 and Fairbury High School, graduating in 1959. After graduation he entered the National Guard.

On Sept. 8, 1963, he married Barbara Alene Fall. The couple farmed north of Fairbury for 20 years. They had two children.

He was an active member of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and the Fairbury Rural Volunteer Fire Department. He worked for many years as a Pioneer Seed salesman, and he was active with the Little Blue NRD. He was a member of Fairbury Elks Lodge No. 1203.

In 1984, Harold purchased Marvs Liquor in Fairbury. He operated the business as Haps Liquor until 1990. In his later years, he worked at Stanton Farm Services and Endicott Clay Products.

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Doris Lorraine Hansel

Doris Lorraine Hansel, 80, of Harvard, Neb., died on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, in Hastings.

She was born on Mar. 4, 1933, in Springfield, Ill. She lived and worked in Springfield until age 21. She moved to Chicago and worked in lunch counter at the bowling alley for a few years, then a private club until 1959.

She met Oliver Hansel in 1956 and moved to Lincoln and married Oliver in November 1959 in Omaha.

She worked in area until 1961 and moved to Kansas City. Oliver got a job in Champaign, Ill., and this is where Elizabeth was born in April 1964 and William in September 1965.

After a couple more moves, they bought a tavern in Tecumseh in 1973. Sold the bar and ran Ace Caf until 1981.

She spent the next 23 years working at Community Action Center in Tecumseh. She retired in 2003 and moved to Fairbury. She moved to the Hastings/Harvard area in 2010 where she spent her last days living with her daughter.

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Dianne Haberlan

Dianne Kay Haberlan, 67, of Johnson Lake, Neb., formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Kearney, Neb.

She was born in Omaha, on Oct. 10, 1945. The family moved to a farm near Jansen for several years before moving into Fairbury after a fire destroyed their farm home.

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Mary Jane Mitchell

Mary Jane Mitchell, 93, of Fairbury, passed away Oct. 7, 2013 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors are children, Crystal and Ed Coatman, Don and Arnola Mitchell, Pat and Joyce Mitchell, Herb and Judy Mitchell; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorials are to the families choice.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Esther Franzen

Esther Franzen, 87, of Odell, passed away Oct. 3, 2013 at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Lincoln.

Survivors are sons, Gene Franzen and friend, Marilyn of Taylor of Beatrice, Roger Franzen and wife, Dianne of Beatrice, Gary Franzen and wife, Jolene of Fairbury, James Franzen and wife, Karen of Plymouth; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; nine step-great-great-grandchildren; brother, Delbert Bartels and wife, Shirley of Blue Springs, Neb.; sister, Lorna Troxel of Wymore, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Patricia Bartels of Beatrice, Olga Franzen of Beatrice.

Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Odell, with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating.

Burial at the Odell Cemetery Odell, Neb.

Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell are in charge of arrangements.

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Teresa Adam

Teresa Adam 61, of Odell passed away at her home Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Wayne of Odell; son, Andrew of Odell; siblings, Helen Thornton and husband, Bill of Salina, Kan., Florence Galazka and husband, Walt of Bristol, Conn., Pauline Linder and husband of Gretna, Dorothea Bradsher and husband, Amos of Holly, Mich., Joe and Sharon Fink of Arlington, Neb., Jim and Pat Fink of Castle Rock, Colo.; and step-mother, Louise Fink of Tecumseh, Neb; mother-in-law, Lorna Adam of Odell; and sister-in-law, Katherine Adam of Odell.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Odell, with Pastor Greg Stuckwisch officiating.

Burial was held in the Odell Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the familys choice.

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

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Retiring from VSA

Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

Beverly Poley is retiring from the Veterans Service Administration after 13 years of Service. She was the van driver taking veterans to and from various doctor appointments as well as serving as office help when Kenneth Dodge, Veteran Service Officer, was out of the office. Her retirement party took place Thursday, Oct. 3. Poley said that they have just bought a new house so she is planning of sitting back and enjoying her house and playing Grandma to her grand and great grandkids.

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Farm Bureau Survey Shows Farmers, Ranchers Gouged by Affordable Care Act

According to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF), Nebraska farmers, ranchers and others who purchase health care insurance direct from an insurer are seeing significantly higher premiums, deductibles and, in many cases, significantly higher overall costs associated with purchasing health care coverage due to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The findings come through a non-scientific survey of Nebraska Farm Bureau members.

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Domestic Violence Remains Reality for Many

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsClaire Shumard holds a candle on Oct. 2 at the Hope Crisis Center Candlelight Vigil that took place on the lawn of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

In the United States a woman is abused or assaulted in some way every nine seconds.

On Oct. 1, Hope Crisis Center had a candlelight vigil to silently honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Domestic violence, words that come easily off the tongue but to many people in our society it is so much more than words.

It becomes a way of life that is shaped by fear of what might come next knowing that it probably isnt going to be a good thing.

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