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Dodge vs. Jefferson County Enters Courtroom

Evidence was accepted by Jefferson County District Judge Paul Korslund Feb. 20 in the heated Kenneth Dodge vs. Jefferson County.

The case centers on the old worn-out Farmsteads Bridge which was originally built by the federal government in the 1930s as part of the failed Farmsteads Program.

The federal government conveyed ownership of the road and the bridge to Jefferson County in the 1940s but the county commissioners, at the time, rejected the gift.

Thursday, Korslund accepted the opening round of exhibits in the Dodge case, the second case hes handled like it. Back in 2013 Mike Diller also sought summary judgment in his Diller vs. Jefferson County case but Korslund determined that the United States government still owns the failing bridge.

Attorney Daniel Werner opened Thursdays hearing by submitting seven written exhibits. Dodges attorney, J.L. Spray, objected to all seven of the exhibits.

Spray then submitted five exhibits.

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Big Battle for Lil J Continues, Benefit Announced

Photo caption: Lil J Now

When pregnant and you hit the halfway point it usually is a sigh of relief, you are starting on the downhill slide.

The Meints family never had that chance for the sigh, instead the halfway point marked the beginning of the battle of their life or more importantly the battle for their sons life.

Baby Jamison Martin Meints (Lil J) announced his coming into the world in May 2, 2013, weighing just one pound and a full 17 weeks early. He was 10-and-three-quarter inches long and shortly after birth he dropped to 13 ounces.

His parents, Jamison and Jamie Meints, were surprised and frightened at the same time. But as is often the case with premature deliveries, they were thrust into a life of action.

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Ready For Action Anytime

Photo caption: Photos by Jim Headley/ Fairbury Journal-News

Last Wednesday, Feb. 19, an alarm sounded on the third floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse which immediately summoned all law enforcement officers in the area to respond. The first responders, including Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputies, Fairbury Police Officers and Ambulance No. 33 Paramedics, made their way to the courthouse in mere minutes. The alarm was false in nature and was believed to have been caused by a malfunction of the warning system.

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Vastly Higher Electric Rates Inch Closer To Reality

Power and what its going to cost.

Members of the Fairbury City Council and Board of Public Works conducted a rare joint meeting in council chambersTuesday. The sole agenda item: how much to raise electric rates to stop the hemorrhaging of cash from municipal coffers.

BPW members have extolled for several months how it is costing the city more to buy power than what they are selling it for. As of December, the local utility had been forced to cash in more than $600,000 of their cash reserves to make up the shortfall.

Assistant Superintendent of Utilities Larry Naiman said the gap is widening.

Right now I think that were somewhere around $700,000 in the hole and we could be on our way to a $1.2 million loss if something isnt done, he said.

That something was to be hammed outTuesday.

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Visiting Ukrainians Share Thoughts About Civil War

Photo caption: Vitaly Mykosyanchyk

While most Americans sit back and watch the fighting in the Ukraine on television, 13 young people in Fairbury worry about their families who are living through it.

In all, 13 Ukrainians are working as trainees at Livingston Enterprises Inc. in Fairbury. Each spends a year learning about swine production as they work with the Fairbury-based company.

Two of Ukrainians sat down last Friday to discuss what is happening in their home country and how deeply it is affecting them.

Vitaly Mykosyanchyk, 26, from the Khelnytskyy Region of western Ukraine said his mother travels 400 kilometers (or 600 miles) to work every other week in Kiev and luckily she was at home when intense fighting broke out last week in Kiev, sealing off the city.

Mykosyanchyk said hes been closely monitoring what is happening at home through television and Internet reports.

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Homestead Seeks YCC Applicants

Homestead Seeks YCC Applicants

Homestead National Monument of America is now accepting applications for the summer 2014 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15-18, who work and learn together on projects that further the development and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the United States.

This eight-week program will begin onMonday, June 2, 2014. Enrollees must have a desire to work in the outdoors. YCC enrollees must be at least 15 years of age and cannot reach 19 years of age during the term of employment.Enrollees must provide the proper type of work clothing, which will include long pants and work shoes.

Enrollees will be paid the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and work 40 hours each week.

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Meridian Has New Student Meeting

Meridian Has New Student Meeting

Prospective New Students and Parents/Guardians are invited to an informational meeting onTuesday, March 4, at2:30 p.m. at the Meridian School.

Please call the school on or before March 3rdto RSVP. Contact the high school secretary at(402)446-7265, ext. 3.

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District Basketball Finals Set

District Basketball Finals Set

Fairbury and Diller-Odell will participate on Friday in their respective District Girls Basketball Finals.

Fairbury (22-2) will face Columbus Scotus (12-9) in the C1-3 District Final at Lincoln Christian High School with tip-off set for 6 p.m. The school is located at 5801 South 84th Street in Lincoln.

Diller-Odell (14-9) will battle Falls City Sacred Heart (24-2) in the D2-1 District Final held at Pawnee City High School starting at 7 p.m.

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Heart to Health Feb. 26, 2014

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Feb. 26, 2014 Legals

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