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Thanksgiving Dinner was Special Community Event

I tip my hat to the folks over at our local radio station, KUTT/KGMT.

On Thanksgiving Day the radio station had their 13th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner, which really tied many in this community together.

A lot of people dont have large families, any family members left or are just so busy they cant afford to travel and see relatives over the holidays.

Last Thursdays dinner really opened the door to many who would have simply become more resentful towards the Thanksgiving holiday without it.

I am including myself.

I was alone again this Thanksgiving, so I drug myself outside the walls of my house and went to the free community dinner.

Honestly, I am a bit of an introvert and would have welcomed staying home and hiding.

But I didnt do that.

I thought if nothing else, it was a photo assignment. If I felt uncomfortable or unwelcome, I would just leave and go back to my secret cave.

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It Was the Nightmare Before Thanksgiving Come To Pass

As we progress through our lives I dont think there is a single one of us who doesnt wish we could get some lost time back, re-live some days, get a second chance at doing something differently.

Thats true for me as well.

But for sure I would not want to go back and re-live last Tuesday andWednesday.

As we finished up running our holiday ad special for last weeks editionon Tuesday, a 32-page tab, the press made a loud ka-chunk.

I thought, Thats probably not good.

It wasnt. As press foreman Rob Kendall and pressman Kevin Krause stuck their heads and hands up underneath the belly side of the folder, I only began to see the first stages of the nightmare to come.

Several attempts at tinkering, adjusting, re-adjusting and installing new parts all resulted in failure. The press would not run. We were down. Dead in the water.

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Impact on Business Should Be Part of Any Minimum Wage Debate

Peoples money, how much theyearn, what their job should payand what they get to keep at the end of the day is a discussion tantamount along the lines of sex, religion and politics.

Usually they are topics that sharply divide any room.

In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding increasing the national minimum wage. One proposal to appear before Congress calls for a bump in the current $7.25 rate to $10.10. Still others are advocating raising that amount to $15 an hour.

This pastSundayon the CBS news show SundayMorning there was a segment clearly pro a wage raise. It showed the plight of people who worked for such corporations as Wal-Mart and McDonalds who claim they cannot survive on their current wage. The segment was obviously pro wage hike.

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William B. Owens

William B. Owens, 89, of Plymouth, died unexpectedly at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

He was born on Mar. 1, 1924 to George William and Zella Mae (DeLay) Owens at a farmstead outside of Slapout, Okla.

He married Verna Belle (Barnett) on Sept. 23, 1947 in Perryton, Texas after meeting a month and a half earlier and were married for 66 years, having three children, Darrel, Kay and Billy.

He proudly served in the United States Navy (Seabees) from 1942-1946 during World War II in Okinawa. After leaving the Navy, he worked in Dumas, Texas for Phillips 66, relocating with Phillips to the Beatrice area in 1967 and retiring in 1988 after 35 years. He was a member of the Schopp-Ewing-Nispel Post No. 243 of the American Legion of Plymouth.

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Tom Busboom

Thomas Paul Busboom, 64, of Crete, passed away on Nov. 17, 2013 at his home surrounded by his wife Pam, daughters Amanda and Elizabeth.

He was born in Lincoln to Phyllis (Rethmeier) and Ben Edward Busboom on Oct. 3, 1949.

He attended District No. 31 School and graduated in 1967 from Dorchester High School. He attended the University of Nebraska.

Due to his fathers death, he returned home and went to work for Beatrice Concrete where he was employed for over 41 years; 26 of which he was Manager at the Crete Plant. He took pride in the family farm working along with his brother David.

On Sept. 6, 1986 Thomas and Pamela (Stephens) were united in marriage at Plymouth Congregational Church. They were blessed with two daughters.

Tom was active in the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association where he was President in 1995, Nebraska Chapter of Concrete Institute, President, in 2008.

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Andrea Cashmore

Andrea Lee Sellenrick Cashmore, 66, of Grand Marsh, Wis., formerly from Jansen, Neb., passed away after a brief but strong willed battle with Pancreatic cancer on Nov. 25, 2013.

She is survived by husband, Chuck; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Roger Thomas; grandchildren, Damien, Killian, Kaleb, Myranda; canine children, King and Tucker, all of Wisconsin; and sisters, Arnola (Don) Mitchell of Fairbury, Alice (Roger) Schaefer of Jansen; and nephews and nieces.

Services were held in Gurnee, Ill., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Fairbury PD Participate in Click It or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department participated in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign which ran from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.

During that time period there was increased patrol.

The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant allowed officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seatbelt enforcement. The extra time worked by officers will be paid for by the NOHS.

During the enforcement dates, five citations were issued.

There was one arrest made for an outstanding warrant.

Citations were also issued for possession of marijuana, speeding, driving under revocation, violation of a school bus arm and other traffic violations.

In addition there were a total of 32 warnings issued.

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City Electric Fund Bleeding Red Ink; Council Faces Unprecedented Ground

Its a simple matter of economics: You cant continue to spend more than you take in for an extended period without going broke.

But that is the issue facing the City of Fairbury and its Electric Fund.

On Tuesday,Fairbury City Auditor Brian Blobaum told members of the local city council that, I think its time you address rate increases.

Blobaum said that while city cash reserves are still in a good position, at over $2 million, monies are rapidly leaving the coffers. He said that gross profit margins in the electric fund have steadily dropped each of the past four years.

The auditor cited gross profits have slipped from nearly 50 percent to around 32 percent. Blobaum noted those figures arent true profits, rather they are monies before expenses have been taken out.

The real problem you have is that it is costing you more to buy power (for resale) than what you are getting for that power from the customer, he said.

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City Attorney: Detaining Police Cruiser Nothing But Purely Unbelievable

Fairbury City Attorney David Bargen doesnt mince words when it comes to the issue of trying to get the police departments cruiser back from a Lincoln County impound.

Its purely unbelievable, he said. I have spoken with other county attorneys from Nebraska and they just laugh about it. In fact they were still laughing when they hung up the phone.

But for Bargen and the Fairbury City Council it is no laughing matter.

Former Fairbury Police Officer Stanly Colby took the vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer, while he was on duty, left Fairbury unauthorized and headed for McCook complete with a cache of weapons. Colby was arrested and jailed in Lincoln County.

Since that time Lincoln County officials have refused to return the cruiser to Fairbury.

But according to Bargen, now the law enforcement agency is willing to turn the vehicle over: for a price. Nearly $10,000 to be exact.

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Nothing Stops Great Volunteers

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Despite holding her daughter Claire, Amber Arner ladles gravy as a volunteer at the 13th Annual KUTT/KGMT Free Thanksgiving Meal at the Fairbury Elks Club. Holding the plate for her is Jefferson County Clerk of the District Court Rose Wiegart as Madison Arner smiles in the background.

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