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Photo caption: South side of the square in Fairbury, Ne

120 Years Ago

1894

The Jefferson County Journal

Two intersecting footbridges at the intersection of Sixth and G streets were damaged by high water from heavy rains.

John E. Heasty, Fairbury lawyer, was busy. He was mayor, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, recently married, and his law partner, W.O. Hambel, had been killed in the Rock Island wreck near Lincoln, throwing all the legal work of the firm on him.

Jefferson County Republicans endorsed George Cross for state senator and nominated J.O. Cramb for the legislature, E.W. Hinshaw for county attorney, E.P. Griffin for district court clerk, John Nider for commissioner and Dr. Pritchett for coroner.

110 Years Ago

1904

The Jefferson County Journal

J.W. McDonnell, Fairbury store owner, was a colonel in the Nebraska National Guard.

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Real Estate

July 14: Alice J. Wells to The Village of Reynolds: L11-17, B11 of Original Town of Reynolds.

July 14: Jerry L. Brown and Cyndi J. Brown to Scott Troxel and Dara Troxel: S6 of L10, and L11-12, B12 of Ashby and Freemans Addition to Fairbury, with exceptions.

July 15: Estate of Harvey D. Rosenthal to Sharon K. Rosenthal: S1/2 NW1/4 of 35-4-4.

July 15: Mindy L. Cary and Ray E. Cary to Sidney R. Robinson: L1-4, B3 of First Addition to Endicott.

July 16: Alice J. Wells to Michael J. Hammer and Susan J. Hammer: L16-17, B10 of Original Town of Reynolds.

July 16: James L. Stevens and Sylvia R. Stevens to Bruce Schill and Marilyn Schill: N1/2 of L4, and S1/2 of L5 of B15 of Highland Addition to the City of Fairbury.

July 18: George O. Mitchell and Mildred M. Mitchell to Kelly A. Mitchell and Kegan A. Mitchell: E1/2 of L13-16, B1 of Mendenhall Addition to Fairbury.

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Dissolutions

Dissolutions

Coleen L. Jones and Robert L. Jones

Nicholas H. Peters and Dakota A. Peters

Autumn P. Cavin and Michael J. Cavin

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Marriage License

July 17: Keith Nolan Craig, 36, of Diller, and Rebecca Mary Zumbahlen, 32, of Diller.

July 23: Michael David Sothan, 24, of Steele City, and Megan Christine Katz, 26, of Steele City.

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Court Report

Traffic

William H. Thibeault, of Festus, Mo.: Speeding, $25 fine.

Jaelyn D. Pingel, of Reynolds: Exceeding two auxiliary/spot lights, $50 fine.

Brandon S. Achtemeir, of Linn, Kan.: No valid registration; failure to use seat belt, $50 in fines.

Herrera M. Puentes, of Lincoln: No operators license, $75 fine.

Travus M. Snyder, of DeWitt: Speeding, expired in-transit decal, $125 in fines.

Terry L. Jurgens, of Odell: Speeding, $125 fine.

Filed

Wyatt Morris, of Beatrice: Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) on July 4, class 4 felony; minor in possession, class 3 misdemeanor.

Trevor S. Pingel, of Lincoln: Attempt of a class 2 felony on July 3, class 3 felony; obstructing government operations, class 1 misdemeanor; obstructing a peace officer, class 1 misdemeanor.

Sentenced

Shane C. Meyer Jr., of Diller: Minor in possession, class 3 misdemeanor, pleaded guilty, $300 fine.

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Sheriff Report

July 17: Report of an intrusion alarm in rural Fairbury.

July 18: Richard D. Jiskra, of Swanton, was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck north on 578 Ave. north of 724 Rd. when the vehicle hit ruts in the road and the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled in the ditch. Jiskra was transported by Plymouth Ambulance to Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $5,000.

July 18: Jane Headrick, of Superior, was driving a 2006 Ford east on Highway 136 one mile east of Fairbury when she braked rapidly to avoid colliding with a green 2001 Ford pickup truck, which braked rapidly in front of her vehicle before turning. This caused a 2005 Pontiac driven by Kachine M. Bartels, of Fairbury, and owned by Ryan A. Bartels, of Fairbury, to collide with the back of Headricks vehicle. Bartels was taken to Jefferson Community Health Center. Her vehicle was totaled. Damages to Headricks vehicle were estimated at $3,000.

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Police Report

July 16: Report of an attempt to locate a missing out of control juvenile in the 1300 block of 5th street.

July 16: Report of a disturbance in the 800 block of Ash. A male was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Lincoln Police Department.

July 17: Report of damage to property in the 1300 block of Elm Street.

July 17: Report of a vicious dog in the city park.

July 17: Report of an animal complaint in the 900 block of 8th Street.

July 17: Report of a theft in the 800 block of Maple.

July 18: Report of a barking dog in the 1100 block of M Street.

July 18: Report of a welfare check in the 900 block of J Street.

July 18: Report of a civil problem in the 800 block of 5th Street.

July 18: Report of the Police Department assisting another agency out-of-county.

July 18: Report of a theft in Fairbury.

July 18: Report of prescription fraud at Wal-Mart.

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Out Late On A Saturday Night

My cell phone rang last Saturday night at 12:10. Actually, it was Sunday morning at 12:10. I had been asleep for about an hour and a half when the call came in. It was my brother who was calling to tell me that he needed me to come pick him up only a few miles north of Beloit, Kan.

It is 74 miles one way from my house to Beloit city limits.

My brother drives a race car as I tell people, although I guess it is actually called a midget. He had raced in Beloit Saturday night, and my family, as well as a friend, had gone with him. They were headed home when a small deer sacrificed its life to dent up the vehicles front and put a whole in the radiator.

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Mail: Its Just Not A Big Thing Anymore

Do you remember the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin? In it his character (Navin Johnson) thought he had really made it when he got his name and address printed in the phone book. For me it was kind of like that with the mail.

When I first moved out on my own, I got a mailbox at the post and waited for that vast cornucopia of material to arrive. It could have been anything: Ed McMahon telling me I had become a millionaire; a letter from home; some foreign post from a far off land; a special letter from a special someone...anything.

But now Ive come to understand the mail for what it really is. A drag. Usually the daily post contains bills, political mailers (in season and it seems its always political season) or people wanting to sell me stuff. Its that sales stuff that has grown particularly tiresome.

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Is There More To The City Administrator Story Than Were Being Told?

The news that city administrator Joe Parkers contract has been recommended for non-renewal is big news. So it is with more than a little trepidation that no one is talking the reasoning behind this action.

The city administrator is a very important position within any community. Perhaps even more so than the roles played by a mayor or city council. The administrator for lack of a better term is the boss. He or she guides, leads and advises the running of a municipality on a day to day basis.

They are the conductor of the train. The person who fits all the pieces of the puzzle together. The magician who juggles multiple balls in the air. Paid by taxpayer dollars, the city administrator is the most important person within the administrative hierarchy of a community.

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