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Grinch Visits Depot Museum

This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal-News

Residents of Whoville decided to make a visit to the Rock Island Depot Museum both Saturday and Sunday. The Grinch greeted guests and willingly posed for pictures. Pictured from left to right are Mason, Dakota and Atreyu Siefford, children of Chad Siefford who after a few minutes decided the Grinch wasnt so bad after all.

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St. Michael's CCD

Photo caption: Courtesy PhotoSt. Michaels Catholic Church of Fairbury CCD kids have collected money for the Blue Valley Giving Tree project.Theywere able to purchasegifts for 10 families (32 kids) and also purchase 70 pair ofgloves for theMitten tree project.

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Endicott Village Life #15 - The Redbird

In previous visits we learned that the Endicott High School students began to publish their high school newspaper, The Redbird , in 1934. The newspaper kept the community informed of many community events.

The October 16, 1942 issue named some of the boys serving in the military . The list included: Cadet Melvin Scheele in California, Sgt. John Stolting in England, Pvt. Louis Stolting in Texas, Cpl. Charles Cusic in Texas, Sgt. Ervin Perkins in South Dakota, Pvt. Fred Perkins in Oregon and Pvt. Junior Vaughn in Kansas.

In January of 1943 the Redbird staff included: Editor Melvin Nespor; Typists Wayne Rogers, Melvin Nespor, Anita Kulhanek and Arlene Troxel; Advertising, Clyde Kellie; Sports, Merle Lange; Art, Joyce Iwohn; Local News, Delors Oltrogge; Mimmeographists, Dale Everett and Merle Lange.

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Looking Back

120 Years Ago

1893

The Fairbury Gazette

Long before the days of ERA and NOW, there were women depot agents in this county, for the St. Joseph & Grand Island at Powell and the Burlington at Kesterson.

Honor pupils in district No. 49 (six miles north and two east of Fairbury) included Jacob Friesen, Frank Gardner, Millie Hurlburt, Lizzie Jordan, Carrie and Maude Littrell, Ora Martin, Maggie Rosenberger and Mila Sracy. Charles Hurlburt was teacher.

Hose Company One of the Fairbury Fire Department planned a dance at Steeles hall on Dec. 25, with music by Clarks orchestra.

110 Years Ago

1903

The Fairbury Gazette

Drs. T.J. Andrews (physician) and J.H. Bond (dentist) and Attorney W.J. Moss moved to offices on the south side of the square, rebuilt after the disastrous fire of that spring. Also soon to open in that block was the new hardware store of Thornton & Son.

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Meridian Superintendent Accused of Showering With Student Citizens Protest Gades Contract Renewal

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Meridian Principal Tammi Mans displays the tension on her face as school superintendent Russ Gade examines his evaluation performed by the Meridian Public School Board Monday night.

Several parents and taxpayers in the Meridian School District descended on the districts board meeting Mondaynight calling for the dismissal of their superintendent, Russ Gade.

Gade is accused of inappropriate language, inappropriate gestures (including flipping off a student), using tobacco on school grounds and even showering with students.

The item was not specifically on the Meridian School Boards regular agenda but instead offered under the public discussion agenda item.

So many people were in attendance that the meeting was moved from its regular space in the district boardroom into the Meridian School lunchroom.

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Elks Hoops Shoot Set For Dec. 28

Elks Hoops Shoot Set For Dec. 28

The annual Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is planned for Dec. 28 at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym starting at 10 a.m.

The event is hosted by the Fairbury Elks Lodge No. 1203.

The Elks Hoop Shoot is free to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8-13 on April 1, 2014.

Winners advance through district, state, and regional Hoop Shoot contests.

Regional winners qualify for a trip to compete at the Hoop Shoot National Finals held April 10-13, in Springfield, Mass.

National champions will have their names permanently inscribed on a plaque in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Any questions contact Hoop Shoot director Don Mahlman at (402) 729-3466 or (402) 587-1109.

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Handbook Causes Confusion for Some County Employees

The changeover to the new Jefferson County Employee Handbook caused confusion for Jefferson County road department employees. They asked for an explanation from the Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday.

County Road Superintendent, Bill Hansel, along with employees Delayne Pfingsten, Jason Eyer, Terry Blas and Mathew McCord came to the commissioners meeting concerned about their vacation and sick leave that they were earning during 2013.

As it stands right now we have earned only 11 increments of vacation/sick time for the year 2013, Matt McCord said. We should have earned 12 increments.

Jefferson County Clerk, Sandra Stelling, explained that they would be earning the twelfth increment when they had worked the full month of December. The twelfth increment would be given at the completion of the pay period which occurs in January.

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Entire Board Resigns, New Board Forming Kids Connection Will Remain Open

In less than one day, Fairburys largest childcare provider went from shut down mode to enduring adversity to remain open.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Amy Meyn and Lori Dayhuff, directors of Kids Connection, issued a letter to the parents of the 120 children serviced at their daycare center reading:

Dear Families,

It is with much regret and a heavy heart that after 24 years we must announce that as of December 31st, 2013, we will officially be closing.

Unfortunately it has been very stressful and difficult receiving payments and maintaining the enrollment number necessary to keep our center open.

For the last couple of months we have been looking at other options instead of closing, with no outcomes.

We are so sorry for the inconvenience this causes you. Please know that it has been a joy caring for your children, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of their lives and yours.

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Leona Goebel

Leona Goebel

Leona I. Goebel, 89, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 17, 2013 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Cremation has taken place.

There will be a Memorial service at a later date.

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

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Den's Meat Now Welcomes Public

Photo caption: Tim Patton, Suzie Patton and Tim Polson

Den's Meat trucks have been a familiar sight on the road for the past 34 years. However the Patton's have been making some very important changes over the past few weeks. Finally the doors are open and public is welcome.

Den's Meat Distributing began with a need that was recognized by Dennis Patton when he was working for another company. He had been driving a delivery route for another company when they discontinued the Neb. route. He saw a need and decided he could fill it.

Dennis always wanted to be his own boss, Susie Patton, his partner and widow said. He got his first delivery of meat from Farmland on Nov. 13, 1979. I didn't want to start then because it was Friday the thirteenth but Dennis said it was a good omen.

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