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Sheriff Accepting Unwanted Prescriptions April 26

On April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous and no questions are asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds more than 1,700 tons of pills.

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High Court Rules DeJongs Murder Sentence Stands

The Nebraska Supreme Court found that law enforcement officers may have violated Susan DeJongs constitutional rights when they continued to ask her questions about her husbands 2010 beating death after she said she was exhausted and needed sleep, but their opinion also said the error -- and others at Susan DeJongs murder trial were harmless.

We begin by finding that the untainted, relevant evidence strongly supports Susans guilt, wrote Justice Michael McCormack.

The court found that she had motive and opportunity to kill her husband, McCormack said, and evidence at trial supported it.

On March 11, 2011, Susan DeJong called 911 and said her husband, Thomas, looked like hed gone through a meat grinder.

Thomas DeJong died later that night at a Lincoln hospital.

Investigators came to believe that Susan DeJong, who had bruises and sores on her palms consistent with swinging a hammer, caused the injuries.

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Mans Hired as Central Principal

The Fairbury School Board has been searching for a qualified principal to replace Randy Kort who will be going to Meridian as the new superintendent. Ultimately they didnt have to search far to find the most qualified applicant.

Tammi Mans has been hired as the new principal for Central Elementary School and Curriculum Director. Mans has previously taught at Fairbury as the Media Specialist and is currently the K-12 principal at the Meridian School. She has been in this position for the past year. She has been hired with a starting salary of $76,000 and will start August 1.

Jeremy Christiansen who was the Principal at Central will be moving to Jefferson Intermediate retaining the same duties as he had at Central.

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Journal-News Garners Nine State Press Awards

Photo caption: File Photo by Jim HeadleyJournal-News Managing Editor Jim Headley received a first-place award from the Nebraska Press Association for this image he captured of Allison Engelman in the 4-H Dairy Cow Show at the Jefferson County Fair last July.

Members of The Fairbury Journal-News staff took home nine awards from the 2014 Nebraska Press Association annual convention in Grand Island last weekend, April 11-12.

The FJN competes in the largest weekly newspaper in the state, Class D.

Publisher Fred Arnold was awarded first place in the personal column writing category while Managing Editor Jim Headley captured third place in the same category. The Journal-News won second place in Class D in the statewide editorial page competition.

Arnold and Headley were also awarded third place as a team for editorial writing.

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Some Angels Dont Need Wings: Navarro Helps Save Childs Life While Rushing to Storm Spotters Class

Photo caption: Photos by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News Andrew Ebke and Amanda Stevens stand with their son Oakley who recently had an unexpected seizure. Thanks to Branden Krist Navarro who stopped to help, he is okay, and his parents are forever grateful.

Most angels use their wings to arrive but there are some angels who come on the tail of a slow moving truck.

At least that is the way that Amanda Stevens and Andrew Ebke feel.

Recently their son, Oakley, had been sick but they thought he was getting better.

I had just left him with Grandma while I was at work, Stevens said. They had been playing when all of sudden Oakley had a seizure; he has never had one before so everyone was scared.

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Case Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

Arthur K. Case Age 23 of Fairbury was arrested on April 11, 2014 for alleged 3rd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. (3A Felony).

On April 11, the Fairbury Police Department received information that a young female subject had been subjected to sexual contact by 23-year-old Arthur K. Case. During the investigation, it revealed that on multiple occasions, Arthur Case and the young child were alone and Arthur Case touched the child on her intimate parts. Investigators were able to verify the information and took Arthur Case into custody without incident.

Case was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he was booked on the above charges.

As of April 16, 2014, Case remains in custody with a bond of $50,000.00 10%

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Mass Casualty Exercise Planned for April 23

Mass Casualty Exercise Planned for April 23

The Southeast Nebraska Healthcare Coalition is sponsoring a Winter Weather-Mass Casualty Incident exercise the morning of Wednesday, April 23.

It will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations during a bus accident.

The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities related to a medical surge/mass casualty event during a winter weather storm in Southeast Nebraska Healthcare Coalition (15) county region.

The exercise focus is on command and control, medical surge and public information.

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History Books are in the Works

History Books are in the Works

The Fairbury Journal News has decided to once again to develop a history book on Fairbury. This new plan will be a two-volume series. The first volume will be from the 1930s to the 1959. The second volume will be from 1960 to modern times.

The two-volume set will be a pictorial history of never before seen photos. There are so many photos that it has become necessary to go to two volumes.

The hard-bound books will concentrate on the life of the Fairbury as they went about their everyday life. The pictures are sure to pique the memories of many a person as they turn the pages for a short trip down memory lane. For others the trip will be a reminder of what life was like when their grandparents lived in Fairbury.

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April 16, 2014

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Legals April 16, 2014

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