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Meridian Superintendent Finally Responds to Allegations

Russ Gade, Superintendent of the Meridian School District, did not make any response on Dec. 16 when accusations were leveled against him at the Meridian School Board meeting.

A group of district parents and patrons accused Gade of inappropriate language, inappropriate gestures including flipping off a student, using tobacco on school grounds and showering with students.

Gade made no effort to respond to the allegations at the meeting and simply sat silently, even when he was asked if he had anything to say.

In the Meridian Schools January newsletter, Gade finally responded to the allegations by writing:

ACCUSATIONS

AGAINST ME

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Fairbury Police Officer Stealing Patrol Cruiser Tops 2013 Stories

The top story in Jefferson County in 2013 was the saga of former Fairbury Police officer Stanly Colby and how he drove off in a Fairbury Police cruiser while on duty and was arrested in Lincoln County.

In the Fairbury Journal-News Sept. 18 edition the headlines and story read:

Police Officer Steals

City Cruiser

No one is sure if this kind of thing has ever happened before.

Saturday, Sept. 14, Fairbury Police Officer Stanly Colby was arrested in Lincoln County for stealing a police cruiser.

The arrest happened about six miles south of North Platte, at mile marker 68 on U.S. Highway 83 near Lone Star Road. Reports indicate Colby, 40 years old, was wearing his uniform at the time of the arrest.

During the chase, Colby apparently avoided spike strips used in a failed attempt to stop the cruiser.

Colby was believed to have been distraught and heading to the McCook area at the time.

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Pla-Mor Lanes and Cafe Auction in February

Pla-Mor Lanes and Cafe Auction in February

Pla-Mor Lanes and Cafe will be auctioned off on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m.

The auction will be at the Pla-Mor Cafe located at 517 D Street in Fairbury. The property will be sold with the high bid of $66,000 or greater.

The auction will be managed by Schultis and Son, Inc. The property will sell in as is condition. The bowling alley has eight wood lanes and approaches that were re-coated in 2011. It features Brunswick automatic scoring with flat screen monitors.

The cafe seats 34 people and includes freezers, a grill, a soft-serve ice cream machine, tables, chairs, a fryer, refrigerators and booths.

This auction is part of the estate of Randy Schroeder.

For more information call Justin Schultis at (402) 729-2435 or (402) 300-1230.

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Earthquake Rattles Wymore

Earthquake Rattles Wymore

WYMORE A very minor earthquake rattled a portion of southeast Nebraska Sunday evening.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 11:56 p.m. Sunday about three miles beneath the earths surface, 6 1/2 miles southeast of Wymore. It measured 2.9 on the Richter scale. Wymore sits 51 miles south of Lincoln in Gage County, about eight miles from Kansas.

Gage County emergency management coordinator Mark Meints says that he and one of his children felt his house shake for a few seconds. Dee Fritsch at the Beatrice Communications Center says the center received about 30 calls from people reporting the temblor. No damage has been reported.

USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso says an earthquake generally must hit 5 or 5.5 on the scale to cause injuries and significant structural damage.

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Two Suspects Arrested in Fairbury

On Jan. 8, 2014, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Officers of the Fairbury Police Dept. executed a search warrant on the residence located at 1025 West St in Fairbury. Two suspects were arrested on the charges of Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking and 2nd Degree Criminal Trespassing. These individuals were identified as Robert L. Jones DOB 02-03-83 and Myranda N. Platte 05-03-83. These arrests stemmed from burglary investigations taking from inside the City of Fairbury and rural Jefferson County. Stolen items were recovered as well as methamphetamine, marijuana and items of drug paraphernalia. This matter remains under investigation and further charges could be filed.

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Jan. 8, 2014

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Gene Spanjer Sr.

Gene Spanjer Sr.

Gene Spanjer Sr., 72, passed away at Clarkson towers in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 23, 2013, 8:08 p.m. with family by his side.

He is survived by wife, Shirley; Ken Nance and wife, Jan and family; Crystal Robbins and husband, Carl and family; Gene Spanjer Jr. and wife, Gloria and both of their families; Matthew Spanjer and wife, Deb and both of their families; Owen Spanjer and wife, Holly and Kodi and Kelsie; grandchildren from previous marriage, April and Aaron Hicks; nieces and nephews; aunts; cousins.

Preceding him in death were two sets of grandparents; uncles; baby sister in 1949; parents in 1966; brother in 2012; two sons; daughter; ex-wife; mother-in-law; two sister-in-laws; and brother-in-law.

Cremation has taken place.

Services will be held at the Four Square Church at 2 .m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Burial will be at the Fairbury Cemetery.

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Luella McBride

Luella McBride

Luella J. McBride, 74, of Beatrice, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln.

She is the daughter of Alois Unrein and Anna (Herrman) Unrein, born Mar. 9, 1939 in Anthenia, Kan. She was one of nine children.

She grew up in Kansas and moved to Ainsworth in 1958 and Wichita in 1960.

She was united in marriage to Ernest McBride at St. Anns Church on Feb. 15, 1958 in Wichita, Kan. She moved to Beatrice in 1971.

She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, and canning; but her grandkids were her greatest joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shirley Unrein; two brothers, Lester Unrein and Charles Unrein; brother-in-law, John McBride; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Bill) Irwin.

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Carol Brown

Carol Brown

Carol Brown, 84, died on Dec. 30, 2013 after a short stay at The Heritage Care Center. Surrounded by those who loved her, she was welcomed into eternal life by her husband, Harley and the friends and family she has missed for so long.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1929 in Fairbury to Ruby Bokenkroger Prather and Robert Prather.

She graduated from Fairbury High School in 1947.

She married Jerry Ferrell in 1952. Two children were born to this union, Sandra and Dennis. During the time while Jerry was in the Marines they lived in Hastings, Neb., and Quantico, Va. They later divorced and Carol moved back to Fairbury where she married Harley Brown on Dec. 3, 1962. One child was born to this union, Shari.

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Albert Pfingsten

Albert Pfingsten

Albert Al Duaen Pfingsten, 71, of Lincoln, passed away at home on Dec. 22, 2013.

Cremation. No visitation.

Memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

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