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Husker Rehab Open House

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Husker Rehab and Wellness Center celebrated their newest location with an open house Saturday. They are located on the corner of E and Fifth Streets in Fairbury. Greg Comer, one of the managing partners, said that they are fully staffed with both physical therapist as well as occupational therapists and they also welcome anyone who wants to work on their wellness.

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Happy to See Santa Again!

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Twin sisters Samantha, left, and Rayanne Bedlan, 8, of Fairbury visit with an old friend who they havent seen for nearly a year, Santa. Children met with Old St. Nick Sunday at the Festival of Trees at Wallys Sports Bar and Grill. Just by chance there were three sets of twins in line to see Santa Sunday at 1 p.m. in Fairbury.

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City Planning and Zoning Reviews Annexation

After a great deal of discussion, the Fairburys Planning and Zoning Committee (P and Z) has decided to begin to formally investigate the option of annexation.

It was suggested at the boards October meeting that it may be time to once again review the option of annexing additional properties into the Fairbury city limits. The last time this issue was addressed was in 1997 and 2008.

It was proposed at our last meeting, that we do our due diligence in reviewing areas that should be annexed into the city limits, Laura Bedlan, Planning and Zoning Administrator, said.

In 1997 the city addressed annexing one large parcel of land that surrounded the defined city limits. The City of Fairbury was taken to court at the time by four parties who owned properties in the proposed annexation area. It was decided by the courts that while there is some evidence of some commercial development that a good majority of the area had no actual use other than as farmland.

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Commissioners Spar with Fire Marshal

Jefferson County Commissioners continue to question recommendations made by the State Fire Marshals Office.

Michael Dux, Chairman of Jefferson County Commissioners said that he talked with Bob Sleight, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. Dux said that when he talked to him he was told that there is a variance on state historic buildings but once the form is completed it goes before a panel of five people and the head Fire Marshal makes the final decision.

Someone else who has taken a close look at the historical variance and they said that even though there are variances it still comes down to whether the Fire Marshal determines if they fit within that variance, Linda Bauer, Jefferson County Attorney, said. It sounds like it is still very discretionary on the part of Fire Marshal.

Dux placed a call to Sleight to follow up on the previous conversation with him.

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Cornerstone Church to Purchase Prairie Point

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Cornerstone Community Church is out of space inside the Prairie Point Plaza and is buying up the former Walmart building to expand. While many of the spaces inside the Plaza are empty, business like Maxson Barber and Beauty Shop do not have a lease and will have to move out after the sale.

The Cornerstone Community Church is growing so fast they need more space.

Instead of constructing a new facility, church leaders have decided to purchase the location they are at now and expand inside the Prairie Point Plaza.

They close on the purchase of the property at the end of December, according to Pastor Mike McDonald.

We have not closed on it yet but we should before the end of the year, McDonald said. We are growing and expanding. We need the space and we want the community presence. We want to be visible.

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BVCA Honor Staff

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) held its annual All Staff and Wellness Day event on Oct. 25, at the Armory National Guard in Beatrice.

Employees were provided flu shots, basic labwork and wellness information and demonstrations. Speaker Jim Weeks gave an upbeat, entertaining and motivational presentation titled Difference Makers, Super Achievers & Legacy Leaders.

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Christmas at the Depot

Each year the Rock Island Depot sponsors Christmas at the Depot, that provides fun and its free for all. This year they will be changing their routine just a little. Their special guest for the weekend will be the Grinch.

He will arrive at 1:15 p.m., and be available both days for pictures and visits. There will be scavenger hunts for children with prizes running throughout the day. They have also planned ornament painting for anyone who wants to participate.

The model train will be running upstairs for any model train buff, young and old alike. The original The Grinch Who Stole Christmas will be showing at 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. each day.

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Fire Kills Hebron Man

Fire Kills Hebron Man

Monday night a fire claimed the life of 61-year old Anthony J. Wiedel of Hebron.

At about 10:29 p.m. on Dec. 9 the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department responded to a blaze at 134 Lawrence Road in Hebron.

Fire crews entered the house and found Wiedel unresponsive inside. He was transported to the Thayer County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Former Jefferson County resident Brenda Kay Bush was also a resident of the house and she wrote on Facebook Tuesday, well to all my Facebook friends Brieanna (her daughter) and I got home tonight after I had class in Beatrice and I came home to a house fire and unfortunately the man that I resided with is no longer with us, so please pray for me (and) Anthony Wiedels family. Everything in our home is lost so if anybody has any extra anything could help out I would so greatly appreciate it. We lost our entire lives and a good man please help my daughter if you can.

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Keith A. Rohr

Keith A. Rohr, 75, of Pickrell died at his home on Friday morning, December 6, 2013. He was born January 22, 1938 at Fairbury and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1956. He worked at Dempsters for several years, then at Natural Gas Booster Station from 1969 until he retired in 1998. After retiring, he worked for Beatrice Concrete and then Beatrice Machine where he delivered parts to local manufacturers. He married Sharon Zimmerman Carpenter on October 16, 1993 at the Tabernacle in Chautauqua Park in Beatrice. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of rural Pickrell; one son, Michael Rohr and wife Krista

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Keith A. Rohr

Keith A. Rohr, 75, of Pickrell died at his home on Friday morning, December 6, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of rural Pickrell; one son, Michael Rohr and wife Krista Tushar-Rohr of Highland Ranch, CO; one daughter, Rachelle Elliott and husband Richard of Wymore; one step-son, Brian Carpenter of Beatrice; one step-daughter, Debra Lampe and husband John of Beatrice; six grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; two sisters, his twin sister, Kathy Stewart of Fairbury and Shirley Nave of Lincoln; one brother, Kenneth Rohr and wife Jan of Olympia, WA; several nieces and nephews.

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