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Living in a Star Trek World

I think I might be watching too much Star Trek.

A few months ago, I gave up on television when I realized how much time I was wasting parked in front of the boob-tube watching idiotic shows that dont really matter.

Instead, I began programing what television I was watching by strictly diverting my viewing habits to DVDs and Internet steaming of my favorite must-watch shows.

Now, Im not rushing down to the local store to purchase hour after hour of movies on DVD, rather Im hitting the pawn shops where DVDs are $1. Its cheap viewing entertainment compared to cable television.

I discovered several seasons of Star Trek Deep Space Nine in my travels and brought them home for just a few bucks.

In all I have more than 90 hours of Deep Space Nine to watch and I skipped the series when it was first aired.

I was a huge Star Trek Next Generation fan and I also watched the Voyager series off Netflix about a year ago.

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Finding Reward from My Job in Quite a Different Place

Hey mister, whatcha doin?

The voice was ever so slight and faint. Maybe it wasnt even really a voice at all. Maybe it was just the wind.

Mister, what are you doin with those boxes?

I peered over the back end of the tailgate of my pickup last Thursday night as I unloaded boxes into the back door of the Journal-News to see a little girl. She was six, maybe seven years old and hanging onto a chain link fence around a house on the other side of the alley. I explained to her that I was unloading boxes.

Why? she asked.

I explained that I had a customer who depended on me to get them product when they needed it and I was putting boxes in the building so they could be delivered in the morning.

Is your job boring, it looks boring, she said. Before I could formulate an answered she then asked, Do you like your job?

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Its Hard to be InformedWhen Candidates are Mum

Who do you want to vote for?

Who should you vote for?

Do you know anything about any of the candidates?

Well, if youre looking at local races and who the best candidate might be, probably not.

Each election year the Journal-News sends out candidate packets. Candidates answer a slate of questions and they are all published in a special section the week prior to the election.

Its a chance for everyone running for a local office to tell voters a little bit about themselves, their philosophy and why they are seeking office. In short its an opportunity to do some pressin of the flesh in print, or courting the mass electorate, if you will.

But what if no one cared enough to let you the people care what they think?

Do they really want to be elected badly enough if they dont care enough to share their platform?

Even those candidates running unopposed need to let people know where they stand.

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Waddell and Reed Shredding Truck

Please join us on Sat. May 3 to take advantage of this valuable service.

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The Nebraska State Fair Announces No Lines. No Waiting. No Wristbands.

The Nebraska State Fair is once again making the fairgoer experience better by eliminating the need for wristbands for concerts. According to State Fair executive director, Joseph McDermott, This has long been a source of feedback from concertgoers who are unable to take time off work to stand in line to receive their wristbands. He said, Through technology, we are now able to replace the free wristband program with a reserved seat ticketing program for a small convenience fee.

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Bobby Dean Stepp

Bobby Dean Stepp, 75, of Fairbury passed away on April 12, 2014. He was born on May 9, 1938 to Gordon William and Florence Josephine (Sutton) in Hydro, Okla. He was baptized and confirmed at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, on Dec. 24, 1960. He had two younger siblings who adored him throughout his life. He married Mary Pauline Isernhagen on May 8, 1960 at Peace Lutheran church in Deshler. They had three sons.

He attended high school at El Reno, Okla. and graduated in 1956. After graduation, he started working on the Railroad. His 43 year career included working for the Rock Island, Cotton Belt and Kyle railroads, working as a brakeman, conductor, and engineer. In retirement, He drove part time as a charter bus driver for Heartland Coaches and Windstar Charters.

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Gerhard Albert Schmidt

Gerhard Albert Schmidt was born to Fred and Dora Anna Rebecca (Meyer) Schmidt on March 4, 1917 and was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Daykin, Neb. on Mar. 18, 1917 by Pastor Potratz. He was confirmed May 11, 1930 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Daykin by Pastor Gilker.

He served in the 32nd Infantry Division of the U. S. Army from January of 1942 to June of 1945 in Pacific theater during World War II.

On June 6, 1948 he married Lylice Busch at the Methodist Church in Hallam, Neb., with Rev. Z. F. Meyer presiding. To this union two children were born, Lynette, and Dwight.

He farmed and was a field representative for the ASCS until retirement and then worked for the Fairbury Public Schools for a number of years.

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Earl Ernst Moser

Earl Ernst Moser passed away peacefully in his sleep, early Saturday morning on April 5, 2014. He was born on Feb. 15, 1924 in Hollenberg, Kan., the only child of John and Clara Moser.

He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Diller. He grew up on a farm and graduated from Hollenberg High School.

On July of 1943 he began his service in the Army and was stationed in California, Colorado and Maryland. He traveled overseas on the Queen Elizabeth to South Hampton, England. He then traveled by a channel boat to Le Harve, France. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He then traveled back to the United States on the Liberty Ship to New York. He was discharged from duty at Camp Chaffee, Ark. in July of 1946.

He married Esther Lucking on Sept. 22, 1946 and to this union three children were born Michael, James and Sharon.

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Barbara Betty Troxel

Barbara Betty Troxel 86 of North Platte, Neb. formerly Fairbury, passed away April 22, 2014 in North Platte.

Services will be Monday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Endicott, Neb., with Lana Likens officiating

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Verneal Barber

Verneal Barber, 88 of Fairbury, formerly of Diller, passed away April 23, 2014 at the Heritage Care Center. Her services are pending with Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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