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Diode Steps In To Help Beaver Crossing

Photo caption: Diode Communications received the call for help from Beaver Crossing on May 21 and by May 22 they had services set up and running. They plan to be there for as long as they are needed. Contributed Photo

A tornado devastated the town of Beaver Crossing leaving the residents without homes or any type of communication. The tornado destroyed communication towers for both internet and telephone throughout the county. Contacting agencies as well as relatives became a challenge for emergency personnel and residents. Help has come from many areas including Diller.

One of the first orders of the day was to provide internet services not only for the emergency personnel but for residents who may want to contact friends and relatives to update them on their lives. Disaster Tech Lab arrived with that goal in mind on May 19.

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James M. Hughes

James M. Hughes, 66, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. He was born on September, 23, 1947, in Fairbury, Neb. to Merle Hughes and Doris (Hendrickson) Hughes.

He married Deborah (Arnold) Hughes on June 7, 1969, in Fairbury.

He worked as an educator in public schools in Kansas for 40 years and was in administration for 38 of those years. He retired from USD 305 in 2007.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, camping, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He also enjoyed children. James mentored hundreds of children while volunteering at juvenile diabetes camps, Big Brother and Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, and Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA.)

James was a proud member of ISIS Shrine where he continued to work for children and was Potentate in 2013.

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James M. Hughes

James Merle Hughes , 66, of Salina, KS., formerly of Fairbury, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 in Salina.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; son James M. Hughes, wife Angie and granddaughter Reagan; daughter Jenni Hughes and grandson Mason, all of Salina; a sister Peggy Bowen of O'Neill, Neb.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina. Private family burial at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the ISIS Shrine Travel Fund; the Salina Education Fund or The American Diabetes Association in Wichita, Kan.

Ryan Mortuary in Salina is in charge of arrangement.

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Nancy Lee Virus

Nancy Lee Virus of Hebron, NE was born October 10, 1958 in Humboldt, Neb. to Robert and Betty (Lee)Smith. She died peacefully at her home in Hebron, NE at the age of 55 years with her husband and oldest son, Matt at her side.

She married Roger Virus of Hebron on June 19, 1977 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Alexandria, Neb. This marriage was blessed with four children; Matthew, Adam, Austin, and Carson.

She graduated from UNL in 1980 and began her teaching career that fall at Ruskin Public School teaching 5th and 6th grades. She was nominated 9 times for the Whos Who Among American Teachers Award. She was also a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic church and St. Anns Altar Society.

She retired from Deshler Public School after 32 years, having touched hundreds of lives with her bright spirit.

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Robert H. Schroeder

Robert H. Bob Schroeder, 84, of Reynolds, Neb. passed away on May 30, 2014. He was born Sept. 5, 1929 at rural Plymouth, Neb. the son of Frederick and Katharine Kracke Schroeder.

Survivors include his sisters-in-law, Martha Schroeder; Marie Schroeder; Bertha Schroeder; numerous nieces; nephews; cousins; friends and special friend Karen Keilwitz.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilead, Neb. with, Pastor Connie Raess officiating. Burial was at the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials are to the church.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury in charge of arrangements.

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Eva J. Devio

Eva J. Devio, 77, of Fairbury, Neb, died May 29, 2014 at Heritage Care Center.

Survivors are her sister, Bernice Sorell of Fairbury; son, Douglas Parker, Jr.; and daughter, Kelli Martinez.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Local Student Graduates KU

Nearly 4,450 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this spring - representing 88 Kansas counties, 45 other states and and 41 other countries - have been announced by the University Registrar.

Bin Chen, of Fairbury. Chen will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy.

KUs 142nd Commencement was Sunday, May 18.

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Local Students Do Well at Northwest Missouri State

The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced the names of students named to the Academic or Presidents Honor Roll at the end of the 2014 spring trimester.

To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade-point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the Presidents Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester.

Local students include Connor D Duis on the Presidents List from Odell and Hannah M Horak on the Presidents List from Western.

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932 UNMC Students Receive Diplomas

University of Nebraska Medical Center spring commencement ceremonies will take place May 9-10 in Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha and Scottsbluff. Diplomas will be conferred on 932 students.

Below are the details of the ceremonies and list of local graduating students and their hometowns.

UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division

Fairbury -- Emily Hergott

Wymore -- Dani Michaelis

UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division (Norfolk)

Wymore -- Jayni Zvolanek

UNMC School of Allied Health Professions

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Fairbury -- Heather Kalkwarf

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JEFFERSON COUNTY ART GUILD

Jefferson County Art Guild met Tuesday, May 27 at the Studio downtown Fairbury.

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