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A Day of Thanksgiving

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Volunteer Tiffany Pfaff serves turkey to Dale Brinkman on Thanksgiving Day at the 13th Annual KUTT/KGMT Free Thanksgiving Meal at the Fairbury Elks Club. In all, 370 free meals were served and delivered and more than $785 was donated to the Blue Valley Community Action Food Pantry by the event.

Wed
04
Dec
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County Signs Jail Overflow Agreement

Jefferson County Commissioners signed an interlocal agreement to house a number of inmates at Saline Correctional Facility at their Dec. 4 meeting.

Beginning Nov. 4, Jefferson County officials began researching alternatives to the crowding that was occurring in their jail system, other than building and incurring additional cost to the county.

Representatives from Saline, Jefferson and Gage Counties met at the Saline County Detention Facility to discuss future options for all three counties. Both Jefferson and Gage Counties were to the point that they had to look at alternatives for housing their prisoners due to reaching their maximum limit at their jail facilities.

It was determined at the meeting that each of the respective counties were concerned about providing appropriate correctional operations at the most economical level possible.

Saline Countys correctional facility has reported that they consistently have 25 beds.

Wed
04
Dec
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Is There More Meth in Jefferson County?

One of the biggest discussions over the dinner table lately is about methamphetamine.

Many think that meth use in rural Nebraska is on the upswing. Those pundits may be correct.

I think right now it is (up) but it goes in levels, said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Sheriff Matt Schultz. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down. I think that, just because of the labs weve found recently over the last year, I dont think meth use ever went away. Its always been here and its probably always going to be here.

Schultz is the Sheriffs Office leading drug investigator with a long list of certifications and expertise in dealing with methamphetamine.

Schultz said meth use was in a decline for a while and the drug seems to cross all age barriers and socioeconomic boundaries.

Its not just young people. I think its old people too. Its a drug that hits all age ranges, all classes and levels of society, Schultz added.

Wed
04
Dec
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City Will Not Pursue Charges Against Former Police Officer

A former Fairbury police officer who stole a police cruiser along with a stash of weapons will not face any charges locally. And in what has become a strange twist of the judicial system the case has been dropped altogether.

On Sept. 14, then Fairbury police department officer Stan Colby took the 2013 Ford Explorer cruiser he had been assigned to and all weaponry, left Fairbury and headed allegedly to McCook. He was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department later that afternoon and jailed on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Following a period that included a psychological evaluation, all charges were dismissed against Colby by a Lincoln County Judge and he was freed.

He has purportedly returned back to Fairbury where he is again living.

Colby resigned his position with the Fairbury Police Department last month.

Wed
04
Dec
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Ruth Michelle Dux arrested on several charges

Ruth Michelle Dux Age 48 of Fairbury was arrested on December 03, 2013 for Alleged Theft over $1,500 (3Felony) and Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult (3A Felony).

On November 27, 2013, the Fairbury Police Department was contacted reference Ruth Michelle Dux stealing money from an elderly female whom she is the power of attorney over. During the investigation, Investigators were able to retrieve bank documents showing that Dux wrote over $17,000 in checks that were unauthorized. Investigators spoke with the victim and care takers and they confirmed that the checks written were not in the interest of the victim and signatures were forged.

On December 03, 2013, Investigators were able to locate Dux and placed her under arrest without incident.

Wed
04
Dec
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Robert Brown

Robert Allen Brown, 77, born November 2, 1936, passed away December 3, 2013 at his home in Fairbury, Nebraska. He was born to Everett Glen and Lois Irene Brown in Iowa City, Ia. Survivors are wife: Tena Louise Hiatt Brown, Daughter; Tena Michelle and husband Roberto Gonzalez, Son; Robert Brown, Jr. and wife Joann, Daughter; Stephanie and husband Kerry Moody, Grandchildren; Christina and Katelynn Gonzalez, Jessica Cahill Thomason, Johnathan Hesters, Joshua Cahill, Scott, Joshua, Treagan, Timothy, Jay, Monet and Nila Moody, and Tessa Shawhorn, Great Grandchildren; Melissa Cahill Thomason, Makenly Thomason, Gwenlynn Filip, Sisters; Norma and husband Larry Sanders, Ruth Ann and husband Lyle Floyd, Mary Jo Patrick, and Brother; Steve and wife Carol Brown and brother-in-law Ron Benson. Services will be Monday December 9, 2013 at 10:00 at the Church of God in Fairbury, Nebraska, with Pastor Kerry Moody officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Darlene Kay Mees

Darlene Kay Mees, 66, Beatrice, died Wednesday, November 26, 2013 at her home in Beatrice. She was born February 26, 1947 in Beatrice to Delmond Dwaine and Della Rose (Janssen) Mees. She grew up in the Jansen/Harbine area. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and confirmed March 26, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beatrice. She attended St. Paul Lutheran Church of Beatrice. She enjoyed working in her garden, helping others and collecting cat figurines. She enjoyed working at Rancho, as an in-home day care provider, Sunmart and Hearland Foods throughout her working career.

Tue
03
Dec
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NRD Approves Temporary Stay on New Wells

Due to concerns about the sustainability of groundwater supplies in the area, the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District Board of Directors has imposed an immediate 180-day moratorium, or stay, on the construction of new wells and the increase of irrigated acres in the District.

The primary purpose for the stay is to provide the NRD with an opportunity to revise and implement its Groundwater Management Plan, a process the Board has been working through with Olsson Associates. While the LBBNRD has monitored groundwater levels for years to help determine sustainability, it has also received a growing number of reports about the reduced capacity or failure of several domestic wells in the District.

Couple that with the increase in the number of new wells constructed and the dry conditions in recent years, and the need for an updated plan becomes even more pressing.

Mon
02
Dec
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Car Runs Into Downtown Building in Fairbury

Photo caption: On Monday afternoon Karen Junker was driving this vehicle when she apparently lost control and jumped the curb striking the law office of Julie Effenbeck and Joseph Casson on the East side of the square. The impact was so violent that the air bags in the vehicle were deployed. She was treated at the scene and taken home by a family member.

Mon
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Dec
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Douglas May Jr Arrested

Douglas May, 26, of Fairbury was arrested after fleeing to avoid arrest, attempted third degree assault of an officer. He pleaded no contest. May will be sentenced in Gage County District Court on Dec. 18.

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