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Updated Story: Rose Jailed for Rape, Strangulation in Front of Child

Tracy D. Rose was arrested in Texas and extradited back to Jefferson County Dec. 30 on charges of first-degree sexual assault, strangulation, first-degree false imprisonment, felony child abuse and domestic assault .

According to court records, on or about Nov. 24, Rose allegedly raped a woman in northern Jefferson County as well as restraining her and strangling her by applying pressure to her throat.

Rose is also accused of knowingly or intentionally causing a four-year-old child to be in a place that endangered the childs life or safety or depriving the child from necessary food, clothing, shelter or care, according to the complaint filed against him in Jefferson County Court on Dec. 4 by Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, the victim and her 4-year-old son were in a vehicle with the Rose, a 29-year-old white male from Balko, Okla.

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Black Crow wins Beatrice Lighting Contest

The votes have been counted for the Peoples Choice Award for Best Downtown Display.

Concluding the third annual Downtown Beatrice Store Front Display Contest Main Street Beatrice counted up the votes to announce the winner of the contest held this holiday season. The 2013 theme, A Fairy Tale Christmas, provided inspiration for many of the downtown merchants and came from the Beatrice Public Librarys themed holiday display honoring the old world fairy tales that have shaped our culture.

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Locally, Nebraska/SW Iowa Region Responds to 437 Large and Small Disasters in 2013

In a year that had deadly tornadoes, fierce wildfires and destructive floods in many states, the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region of the American Red Cross responded to two large disasters in the region the September South Platte River Flooding and the October tornado outbreak that damaged Wayne both are part of the 146 large disaster relief efforts led by the American Red Cross in 42 states and territories between January 1 and December 1in 2013.

This year, local Red Cross volunteers and staff continued to serve families in Iowa and Nebraska, responding to 437 of family fires, as well as two large disasters, said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. 2013 was a busy year and we are so very thankful for everyone who supported our efforts to help those in need.

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Pressing Play on the 2014 Homestead Film Festival!

Get ready to take in an exciting selection of fun and powerful movies at this years Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America! Films will be shown in the Education Center at2 p.m.on Saturdays and all but one Sunday in Jan. and Feb., 2014. How would modern families fare living like homesteaders of old? How did the Dust Bowl impact the Nation? What did the Civil War look like on the contentious Kansas-Missouri border? How has the vast plains landscape transformed over time? Who does the Lorax speak for?! Find out the answers to these questions in this years films.

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Sunny and Warm Break

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsNick Markham, of rural Reynolds, washes his pickup truck at Fairburys Splash and Dash car wash Friday as nice weather entered the area.

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Loss of Unemployment Triggers Effect in the Local Economy

Long term unemployment benefits were allowed to expire on Saturday, Dec. 28. Now, over one million people across the United States are facing the effects of losing a primary source of income. While Jefferson County has a low number of people who are unemployed, the harmful effects are not limited to these people alone.

According to a chart found on the Nebraska Department of Labor website, unemployment in Jefferson county is at 2.8 percent, the lowest rate in years. This is down from its peak of 4.8 percent in Jan. 2013. There are currently 32,817 people in the state of Neb. who are unemployed. Jefferson County has weathered the unemployment crisis very well compared to other counties in the state.

Ryan Bailey, Family and Community Services Manager at Blue Valley Community Action, believes that the loss will be detrimental to families in need. It is going to be a slap in the face when people lose these benefits. We are bracing for the impact.

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Cleaning Up the Streets

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsFairbury Police Office Anthony Whitmore washes his police cruiser last Friday as warm weather filled the area. On Friday and Saturday the high nearly hit 60 while temps dropped to a high of just 18 on Sunday.

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