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Police Report

Dec. 19: Report of an assault in the 1500 block of 9th Street.

Dec. 19: Report of a disturbance in the 900 block of C Street.

Dec. 19: Report of an assault in the 700 block of G Street.

Dec. 22: Report of a theft in the 800 block of C Street.

Dec. 22: Report of a well-being check in the 700 block of I Street.

Dec. 23: Report of unauthorized use of a vehicle in the 1300 block of Oak Street.

Dec. 23: Melissa J. Brown, of Fairbury, was driving around a curve on Park Drive near South Circle Drive in a 2002 Oldsmobile when the vehicle collided with the curb due to speed and slick conditions. Damages were estimated at $2,000.

Dec. 23: Report of a dog running loose in the 700 block of C Street.

Dec. 25: Report of a disturbance in the 700 block of 3rd Street.

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Endicott Village Life Visit # 16 - The Redbird

We will continue our visits with more excerpts from the Endicott High School Newspaper, The Redbird.

The Jan. 19, 1949 issue reported that the Dale Swartzs have announced the grand opening of their new cafe business which will be known as Dales Cafe and Recreation.

Swartzs recently purchased the building known as the Bank Building from Mrs. Jones and it is being completely redecorated.

A couple of weeks later the brickyard made headlines. A special article accompanied by two interesting pictures of the Endicott Brick and Tile Company appeared in the Nebraska Farmer under the heading They Grind Soil to Make Wall Flour.

In 1919 the Fairchild Brothers started the plant when this unusual clay deposit was found while removing gravel sometime before the first World War.

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Letters To The Editor

The Unknown Politician

Editor:

What needs to be said to (make me known).

We need people, ordinary God fearing people, running this country, NOT the professional, career seekers who wish to change our constitution.

Those who know that you cant spend money you dont have.

Not those who worry about the unlikely event of killing an innocent death row inmate, yet support the killing of (ABSOLUTE INNOCENTS) by the thousands each day since Roe vs Wade, serving to eliminate a voter and tax base. No wonder so few workers to fund social security. Because of that lack of millions, the liberals had to create the (give me, go get me, let me have, hand me) population to guarantee their elections.

We need those who know that men dont marry men, or women, women! Those, who know that kids need a mother (and) a father, who are married, and will teach their children moral and monetary values.

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Are You Better Off Now?

This week I harken back to the words of President Ronald Regan as he used a single sentence to take the White House away from Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Four Years Ago?

Back in 1980 our nation faced doom as the economy was nearly collapsed and gasoline shot up to more than $1 per gallon. We all thought the end was near.

Gasoline shortages caused long lines of people waiting for their turn to buy fuel and often consumers were limited to five or 10 gallons per visit. Interest rates were so high that people could no longer purchase houses and cars.

We all looked towards a famous actor and Governor of California named Ronald Regan.

Regan had it all going on. He was smart, quick on his feet, funny as the day is long and not Jimmy Carter.

He was our savior; at least we thought he was.

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Ask the Gnome

As Ive been out bearding locals, discussing human trafficking and raising support for Ive Got A Name, people have questions about just exactly what all this fuss is about. Thankfully, the Fairbury Journal-News is working with me Harry the Gnome, to bring you some answers to these frequently asked

questions.

Does trafficking really happen in Nebraska?

Weve heard the statistic from UNICEF that 1 million children around the globe enter the sex trade annually, but did you know that it is estimated 300,000 of those are within the borders of the United States?

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Cleaning Out The Cupboard for 2013

Over the course of the year I find clips of news items, odds and ends of things that I think are sort of interesting that I would like to pass along to the FJN readers.

While I tend to have most of them used up, there are a few left and feel this would be a good opportunity to use the leftovers up, so to speak.

1. A couple of weeks ago I lamented that I missed getting handwritten Christmas cards. In an e-world social media has taken most of the personal touch out of Christmas. Shortly after that column I received a lovely Christmas card from Sara Hutchison and Jeremiah Paige of Fairbury. It was much appreciated.

2. Last weeks column was about how people should be nicer in 2014. An anonymous reader wrote that I should take my own advice.

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We Want Names, Addresses of Local, Area Military Personnel

As we thrust headlong into another new year, we all should be mindful of the things we are thankful for. Not the least of these are the freedoms that we enjoy and the men and women of our armed forces who make that possible.

Going forward into 2014, the Journal-News would like to start a campaign whereby we print the names and addresses of area men and women who serve in the armed forces, whether they are stationed stateside or abroad. It would be our intent to publish these names in the paper each week in the event readers, friends or relatives wish to contact them. A note from home would be a great way to express our thanks.

What we would ask for from those wishing to submit to this Military Honor Roll would be: the name, address, rank and branch of service of the person.

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Looking Back

Photo caption: Rollie Hughes, pictured at right, trained many area horses at Fairbury's fairgrounds in the 1940s and 1950s. Hughes is pictured with Mr. Bleu, a race horse belonging to Bruning and Snyder that won first place in the five-furlong race on May 21, 1952, at AK-SAR-BEN Field in Omaha, a premiere horse track in its time. Jockey D. Rosebrook rode the horse to victory. Photo courtesy of Frank Bruning, of Bruning.

120 Years Ago

1894

The Fairbury Journal

J.A. Axtell, teacher in District No. 28 (two miles north of Thompson), commended pupils Ernest and Ralph Koch, Ernest Lenger, John Quick, and Nell Smalldon.

Honor pupils in district No. 18 (one mile east and one north of Daykin), taught by Carrie D. Fornery, included Albert, Fred, George and Stella Patzman, Willie Foster, Cyrus Saylor, Anna and Emma Haake.

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Lady Mustangs 1-1 at Axtell Tournament

Meridian took advantage of strong free throw shooting to end a six-game losing streak in Saturdays third place contest at the Axtell Holiday Tournament.

Capitalizing off 16-18 shooting at the free throw line, Meridian earned a 40-37 victory against Arcadia-Loup City.

Meridian trailed, 26-24 after three quarters but rallied to claim its second win of the season by nailing 12 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Blair Hofstetter was 4-4 at the line, Ashli Soukup hit 2-2 while Mikayla Schafer and Miranda Johnson each were 3-4 at the stripe.

Hofstetter led the (2-6) Lady Mustangs in scoring with a game-high 24 points, Johnson, five points, Bridgette Jackson, four points, Schafer, three points, and Allison Klipp and Ashli Soukup tallied two points each.

In opening round action on Friday, the Lady Mustangs struggled offensively in the fourth quarter and were handed a 51-45 loss by Axtell.

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Mustangs Improve against Axtell, Blue Hill at Axtell Holiday Tournament

Even though its two weekend games didnt result in wins for Meridian, the Mustangs put forth competitive efforts against Axtell and Blue Hill at the Axtell Holiday Tournament.

In Saturdays third place contest, Blue Hill defeated Meridian 48-36.

Meridian was never able to gain the upper hand against Blue Hill, trailing 14-10 after one quarter and 28-19 at half.

Blue Hill put the game out of reach outscoring Meridian 15-8 in the third quarter to open a 43-27 advantage.

Meridian outscored the Bobcats 9-5 in the fourth quarter but could only trim the deficit to 12 points.

Kyle Schwisow topped the (1-7) Mustangs in scoring with 15 points while Ty Brakhage had 13 points, Tyler Nolte, four points, and Michael Groves and Jakub VanWestern contributed two points each.

Friday afternoon, Meridian suffered its third single digit loss of the season falling to Axtell 43-40 in first-round tournament play.

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