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BVCA Director Refutes Theft Claim

An anonymous writer is disgusted with the situation at Blue Valley Community Action’s food pantry. This writer claims that the workers there are stealing food. The CEO of Blue Valley Community Action, Rick Nation, claims that these allegations are false.
  “People walking away with the good food, that’s just not accurate,” Nation said.
 The Fairbury Journal-News recently received an anonymous letter, which contained allegations that people working at Blue Valley Community Action’s food pantry were taking the better quality food donations for themselves instead of giving them to those in need. 
 The writer raised many allegations about where the donations are really going. He or she also asked whether this service is truly to help the poor, or if it is there to benefit the workers instead. Within the letter, there are many details about the workers taking the various items from the pantry.
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City Cracks Down On Run Down Houses


HOUSES LIKE THIS at 4th & K Sts., are slated to be torn down in the near future in Fairbury as a process of cleaning up dilapidated houses. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Unsafe, nuisance structures plague neighborhoods throughout the City of Fairbury. A multitude of these structures have been empty for years and are now being condemned and demolished.
Laura Bedlan, Zoning Administrator for the city of Fairbury, works with the Health Board to rid the city of  nuisance structures. Bedlan and the Health Board have to follow strict guidelines to condemn and demolish any structure.
“The guidelines we follow, are set by the IPMC or International Property Maintenance Code,” Bedlan said
The city does not procur the property or pay for the demolition. It is mandatory for the owner of the property to pay for the demolition, even if it's owned by the bank. After a structure has been demolished, the property is still the owner’s responsibility, the city will not retain a property after a demolition.
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More Than 200 Hundred Rental Houses Inspected

Since the inspection's began, rental property owners throughout Fairbury, have begun to bring their housing, up to code, which ensures a safe, clean living space for their occupants. 
“The inspection program has been running smoothly and the city is thinking of re-instating the contract for the program when it comes due,” Kelly Davis, Fairbury City Council member said. “At this point I've completed a total of 178 inspections so far and only 53 had to be re-inspected.”
Since the program was put in place it has helped to ensure the rehabilitation of rental units, so that they would meet minimum building and housing code standards. Inspections make sure that landlords are providing adequate and safe rental units for their occupants and that the citizens property rights are protected.
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Miss Jefferson County


Madison Neuerburg of Fairbury was crowned the new miss jefferson county at the Jefferson County Fair in Fairbury. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
Madison Neuerburg received the title of Miss Jefferson County on Thursday, July 16 as part of the Jefferson County Fair.
This is her second year participating in the competition. Neuerburg will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She hopes to receive an endorsement in elementary education as well as special education so she can teach third and fourth grade.
During her reign she wants to focus on becoming more involved with the community as well as the youth in Fairbury. Neuerburg explained that she plans to accomplish this by helping with various projects and organizations.
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Diana L. Vculek

Diana L. Vculek, 52, of Fairbury NE, passed away on July 8, 2015. She was born April 17, 1963 in Vallejo, California to Edgar R. and Lois M. Griffin. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
Diane was raised in Benicia, California and attended school at Benicia High. Soon after high school she had her only child, daughter, Stephanie Lynn Griffin (Neal). She and her family moved to Reynolds NE in 1993. She worked several years at The Stable, a restaurant nearby in Fairbury NE, where she met and later married Robert “Bob” Vculek.
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Richard Meyer

Richard Emil Meyer (93) passed away at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. He was born to Emil and Margaret (Gillitt) Meyer on October 17, 1921, by cesarean section on the kitchen table at the family home in rural Murdock, Nebraska. He lived in Cass County until the age of four when the family moved to Lincoln where his father accepted a position with Henkle and Joyce Hardware. Richard had memories of riding the street car with his mother to the hardware store after hours, where he helped sort horseshoes. Because Emil was fluent in German, he was the perfect salesperson for the southern Nebraska territory; and in 1928, the family relocated to Fairbury.
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Dale Meyer

Dale Eugene Meyer was born April 1, 1933 to Paul and Bertha (Holtmeier) Meyer. He was baptized April 16, 1933 by Pastor Wm. J. Nau at Zion Lutheran Church, Tobias and was confirmed in the same church April 14, 1946 by vacancy Pastor 0. R. Heinitz. 
On April 29, 1956 he was united in marriage to Clarice (Bartels) Meyer at Zion Lutheran Church. God blessed them with three children, Becky, Jay and Tammy. 
He served his church in many offices. He also served the community on the Co-Op, JCB Board, and Village Board. He served his country in the Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict and was a life member of Daykin American Legion. Dale was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia in 2008 and acute leukemia June 9, 2015. He was a Red Power Farmer through and through.
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Lucile M. Hahn

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Randall L. Drewes

Randall L. Drewes 68 of Fairbury, NE passed away July 12, 2015 at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. He was born November 18, 1946 in Fairbury, NE to Raymond and Hazel (Milius) Drewes. Randall was baptized December 8, 1946 at Peace Lutheran Church in Plymouth, NE by Pastor E. F. Prange and was confirmed April 10, 1960 at Peace Lutheran Church in Plymouth.  He spent his growing up years in Fairbury and attended Fairbury High School.  He worked for Petersen Manufacturing at DeWitt for close to 30 years.  Randall enjoyed cars and collecting farm tractors. 
Randall is survived by his sister Joyce Mitchell of Hastings, NE, nieces Angela and husband Randy Pierce of East Lansing, MI, Denise Vinton of Mullen NE, nephew Ryan and wife Lisa Mitchell of Norfolk, NE and several great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Patrick Mitchell, and nephew Terry Vinton.  
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Lamonte Drees

LaMonte Melvin Drees, 64, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, at St. E’s Hospital in Lincoln, NE from cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene, of Hickman, NE:  2 sons, Levi Drees of Hickman, Damien Drees of Lincoln and a grandson, Martin Drees of Lincoln, NE.  Two brothers, Larry (Carolyn) Drees of Tucson, AZ:  Lauren (Ann) Drees of Lincoln, NE:  1 sister, LaJeanne (Arnold) Boehler of Hastings, NE and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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