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Can Care A Van

The Day Was a Success! Tony DeGrand of KOLN/KGIN TV in Lincoln presents the Spirit Award to Gerry Fairchild for many years of service to the BVCA Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. The Can Care A Van was set up Monday, June 2 at WalMart parking lot. The initial goal was 2,500 lbs of food and with the help of a JCHC and Heritage food challenge the days total was over 9,000 lbs. JCHC brought in 3,021.72 lbs (over 17 lbs per staff member) and Heritage brought in 1,073 lbs (13.58 lbs per staff member) of food. Photo by Sandy Zaboktsky/Fairbury Journal-News

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The Fairbury Art Guild

Photo caption: The Fairbury Art Guild is busy preparing their special painted quilt blocks for judging at the Jefferson County Fair, July 10-13. Each artist sands, primes and then prepares the design bringing out their individual personalities. Photo by Sandy Zaboktsky/Fairbury Journal-News

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Sonderup

Ryan and Beth (Heidemann) Sonderup of Belgrade are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke Ryan Sonderup, born April 29, 2014 at Boone County Health Services at Albion. Luke is welcomed home by a sister, Lora, age 2. Grandparents are Mark and Kathy Sonderup of Fullerton and Phil and Mary Heidemann of Daykin. Great-grandmother is Marilyn Sonderup of Fullerton

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American Flag Ceremony

The Fairbury Elks #1203 will hold an American Flag Ceremony on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 pm at the B.P.O.E. Lodge, 525 G Street. Area Girl and Boy Scouts and V.F.W. Post 3113 will assist. The program consists of a historical, educational and colorful presentation of various flags that have represented our country during the past 238 years. Anyone who has ever attained the level of Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award/or equivalent award will be recognized. Refreshments will follow the ceremony. The public is invited.

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Fairbury Youth Given Probation Over Dog Incident

A 13-year old Fairbury boy has been granted probation in connection with an incident last month in which he was charged with attacking a family pet with an ax.

Jefferson County District Court Judge Patrick McArdle sentenced the youth, whose name was not revealed, after he admitted to a misdemeanor charge of attempted animal cruelty causing injury. Last month the boy attacked his grandfathers Chihuahua with an ax while the animal was, allegedly, tied with a leash.

The dogs jaw was shattered and its eye hanging out of the socket following the incident according to court reports. While the animal initially survived the attack it is not known of the dog is still alive.

As part of the probation the judge ruled that the youth serve six years and 79 days of probation, which includes counseling and a commitment to the Lancaster County Youth services Center.

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Duck N Run Family Fun Day

Photo caption: BETTER THAN RUNNING--This girl found that playing in the bouncy house was more fun than running in last weeks Duck and Run race sponsored by Blue Valley Community Action. The event was held at Crystal Springs. Photo by Fred Arnold, Fairbury Journal-News, check out more photos on www.fairburyjournalnews.com

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Western Alumni Banquet Held May 24

The 2014 Western Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday, May 24, at the Legion Hall with 79 members and guests in attendence.

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Overcrowding Pushes Sheriffs Department Jail Budget Over the Top

Overcrowding at the Jefferson County Jail pushes the 2014 budget up to 103 percent. That was the topic of discussion at Tuesdays Jefferson County Commissioners meeting.

The capacity of the jail is 14 and this weekend alone I had one at York, one in Lincoln at D&E and five housed in Wilber, with a total of 22 inmates. Sorensen said. The one in York is being housed at $85 a day, the one in Lincoln is at $89 a day and the five at Wilber is at $85 a day. This is an ongoing issue.

As the end of the budget year draws to a close the Jefferson County Commissioners are evaluating how departments are standing in regards to their budget line. County budget year begins July 1 and closes out June 30.

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TransCanada

Photo caption: MOVING OIL--Mark Johnson of TransCanada explained the process of how oil sands is moved at the Steele City location. Photo by Fred Arnold, Fairbury Journal-News

Ninety five percent of everything American consumers use in their daily lives arrive by truck. If people wear it, watch it, eat it, read or interact in some way with a product, chances are that an 18-wheel semi truck made that happen.

A lot of trucks and a lot of fuel running through those trucks makes that happen. But how many people know that most of the diesel fuel used to power America's trucking industry travels by Steele City, Ne?

According to Mark Johnson, stakeholder relations for TransCanada, the Steele City pipeline currently carries approximately 600,000 barrels of oil sands or about 2.4 million gallons a day. He said most of that oil is refined into diesel.

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Homestead Exemption

The Nebraska Department of Revenue, Property Assessment Division, reminds property owners that the Nebraska Homestead Exemption Application or Certification Form 458, must be filed with their county assessor on or before June 30, 2014.

The homestead exemption provides relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the taxable value of the residence. The State of Nebraska reimburses counties and other governmental subdivisions for the property taxes lost due to homestead exemptions.

In Nebraska, a homestead exemption is available to the following groups of persons: persons over the age of 65; qualified disabled individuals; or qualified disabled veterans and their widow(er)s.

Each group is subject to household income limitations and residence valuation requirements, except for a disabled veteran whose residential value was substantially contributed to by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The income limitations are on a sliding scale.

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