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Oct

Little Bo Beep Has Lost Her Sheep

I have heard a lot of people say that sheep are stupid. 
But I don’t think they are any dumber than any other animal. If you leave a gate open, the sheep will get out. If you fail to latch or wire a gate, the sheep will get out, or in as the case may be. They are constantly in the feed shed because a gate was left open a foot. 
They are also smart enough to recognize a pail that may or may not be full of grain from a hundred yards away, and they come running. If you don’t have that pail, they will not come. They also know the difference between me calling them home in the evenings and Michael calling them home. They come to my call. They just stand and stare at Michael’s. 
But in the past couple days I’ve found myself saying, for the first time, “They are so stupid.”
The 50 sheep graze during the day and are shut into their pen at night to protect them from coyotes.
Wed
22
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Supports Ebke For Legislature

Wed
22
Oct

No Paparazzi And Please No Autographs

I’m Fred Arnold and I approved this column.
My good friend Steve Glenn of Pawnee City is running for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. In addition being a business associate and one heck of a guy, he really has his finger on the pulse of UNL and would provide a great leadership force.
 Now, having said all that, Steve had asked me if I would help him with his campaign. Sure I said, thinking yard signs the occasional testimony, or finding a local service group for him to speak to.  He apparently was thinking bigger. 
 Steve asked me to appear on a television commercial along with other Nebraskans from various communities and in my case telling people, “I’m Fred Arnold and I’m voting for Steve Glenn for the Nebraska Board of Regents.” It was all pretty harmless and took about 15 minutes to film my segment.  I hope Steve is getting the mileage out of the segment because I sure am.
Wed
22
Oct

Supporting Minimum Wage Increase Is Difficult When Jobs Are So Plentiful

Without seeming overly curmudgeonly it is difficult to cast support behind Initiative 425 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Otherwise known as the “minimum wage bill”  Nebraskans will be asked whether to increase the state’s minimum wage from the present $7.25 level to $8.00 an hour in 2015 and to $9.00 an hour in 2016.
 A 75-cent an hour wage hike will yield little overall benefit for those making the minimum; around $1,560 a year based on a 40 hour work week. While we do not intentionally demean those who work at $7.25 an hour neither do we mean to say fifteen hundred bucks isn’t a lot of money. It is. But in the overall scheme raising the minimum age doesn’t produce that much extra income.
Wed
22
Oct

Jefferson School Playground Ribbon Cutting


JEFFERSON SCHOOL PLAYGROUND RIBBON CUTTING--Students, teachers and administration opened the new playground on Sunday. New playground equipment monies was raised with work from the students and donations from local people and businesses. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News.
Wed
22
Oct

Diabetes Conference

The 2014 Diabetes Directions conference will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The conference, which is sponsored by Jefferson Community Health Center, will be held at the Union Bank Community Room, 1313 K St., Fairbury.
Pre-registration is encouraged. A registration form is available at www.jchc.us, or by calling Helmink at (402) 729-6888.
Wed
22
Oct

Sales Tax Meeting

There will be two public meetings this Thursday in the basement of the Union Bank building in Fairbury to discuss the proposed half-cent sales tax increase for the city of Fairbury. The first meeting will be conducted at  12 noon and the second at 5:30 p.m.

Wed
22
Oct

“Socks for Seniors”

AseraCare Hospice will kick off Make A Difference Day on Saturday October 25, 2014 with the collection of “Socks for Seniors”. New socks for adults will be collected and given to seniors in the Fairbury, NE area during the holidays. 
AseraCare Hospice is asking the community to “Make a Difference” and help bring a warm smile with a warm pair of socks to a senior. Socks must be new and may be traditional socks or fun colorful fuzzy socks. Locations to drop off socks is the Fairbury Senior Center, 601 City Park Rd and Blue Valley Community Action 620 5th St. Fairbury, NE. Socks need to dropped off by December 6, 2014. For questions call AseraCare Hospice at 402-228-6262.
Wed
22
Oct

Demmers Faces Drug Charges

Tessa Demmers, 33 of Fairbury was arrested on multiple charges including possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 felony; driving without an operator’s license, a class 3 misdemeanor; drug paraphernalia and failure to use a turn signal, both infractions. She was arrested on an active warrant. 
A trial is scheduled for Dec. 16.
Wed
22
Oct

Bauer Appointed District Judge

 Fairbury resident, Linda Bauer will be the next County Judge of the 1st Judicial District.  The 1st Judicial District consists of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline and Thayer counties. Bauer was appointed to the position by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
 Bauer, 48, will be replacing Judge J. Patrick McArdle, who recently retired.  Prior to this appointment she has been in partnership with her father at Schwab & Bauer in Fairbury. She has also been the Jefferson County Attorney since 1996.  She expects she will take office in December and will be having her main office in Jefferson County.
 “This is an honor to be appointed to this position,” Bauer said.  “I have served this county (Jefferson) for 18 years and am very excited to take my career in a new direction.”          

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