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Join Cedarwood in Welcoming the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska

The public is invited to Cedarwood to welcome the tractors and operators participating in 2014 Tractor Relay Across Nebraska as they drive through their parking lot.

Over 60 antique tractors will be driving through the Cedarwood on Monday, June 2 at approximately 12:45 p.m. This Tractor Relay is conducted on behalf of the Nebraska Antique Farming Association as a fund-raiser for the Operation Comfort Warrior program.

The relay will be making Fairbury one of their special points on the map as they go from Beatrice National Homestead Monument on to Hebron. The relay began in Auburn and traveled went on Route 136 through Tecumseh, Filley, Beatrice, Fairbury and on to Alma, it will end at Haigler.

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Soil And Water Conservation Cost-Share Sign-Up

Landowners in the Lower Big Blue NRD planning to install terraces, tile outlets, grassed waterways, or other conservation practices will have the opportunity to apply for cost-share assistance during the week of June 2-6th at their local NRCS office.

Landowners applying for cost-share assistance will make application at the NRCS offices in Beatrice, Fairbury, Wilber, and Pawnee City. It is estimated that State and NRD cost-share funds together will total approximately $200,000 for FY 2015. The maximum cost-share payment will be $4,500.00 for all applications. Last year, landowners installed over 130 miles of terraces, 35 acres of grassed waterways, and over 30 miles of tiled outlets in the Lower Big Blue NRD.

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The many adventures of Kane and Reid

Its sometimes the smallest moments in life that leave the biggest impressions. Tasks that began as mundane and ordinary often become the days I will never forget. This was the case on a recent Friday morning when three-and-a-half-year-old Kane and two-year-old Reid accompanied me on a few errands.

I had promised the boys that if they were good at the courthouse we would get doughnuts with sprinkles on our way home. The boys know exactly where the doughnut store is, and they know what shelf in the doughnut case the sprinkled doughnuts are on.

We finished our business at the courthouse, and I told the boys we were going to get doughnuts, but first they needed to stay on the sidewalk instead of cutting through the grass.

Lets stay on the path and see where it goes, I told them.

Wed
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Letter to the Editor

First Teachers

Impact Students Lives

Editor:

Many years ago, I met Bonnie Janzten, a teacher, she was telling me that when the new English came out she knew that her little first and second graders would not be able to understand it, so she taught them both ways. I thought at the time, what a wonderful person, with such love, kindness and dedication she gave to her students.

Fast forward to October 2013. Because of illness in our family, four very energetic children from Illinois came to live with us on a farm in Diller, and we discovered there are a whole bunch of teachers with such love, kindness and dedication right here in the Fairbury School District.

Wed
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If You Want My Vote, Please Just Go Away, Even For A Little While

Listen up David. Chuck. Pete. Ive had it up to here. Not that you can see where here is by reading this column, but trust me its pretty darned high.

We just finished out a brutal Nebraska primary election. Tons of unwanted mail. Scads of unsolicited phone calls, polls automated town hall meetings. I am to the point where I want to disconnect my phone, stop the mail and fall off the grid.

And from a professional point of view, Oh My Gosh, the interview requests, meet and greet opportunities and grip and grin sessions. Every candidate running for anything stopped by the newspaper office for an interview. More like it, a free publicity session. Heres a better idea: run an ad. We really dont want to do a story on you every time youre in what town am I in again?

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A Veterans Administration Worthy Of Our Veterans

There are a lot of things not to like about the Obama administration.

But one of the most deplorable, foul-smelling atrocities that we can imagine is how United States veterans have been treated as they seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In recent weeks a scandal the likes of which we hoped we would never see has risen showing a tainted VA. Allegedly there have been secret waiting lists developed in which some vets are given priority care, while others languish waiting to be seen by doctors.

Many have called for the resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki, citing failure of proper oversight within his agency. This dismissal is warranted. Though he denies knowing about any of the problems spotlighted, the truth is he should have known. Its his agency and also his job to protect those veterans the VA serves.

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Fairbury Memorial Day Cemetery Services

Photo caption: SERVICES WERE HELD around the county on Memorial Day. Pictured raising the flag at the Fairbury Cemetery is Doug Bristol. Photos by Fred Arnold, Fairbury Journal-News, this photo may be purchased along with many others at fairburyjournalnews.com

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County Assessor/Deputy Assessor Examination

The Property Tax Administrator, Ruth A. Sorensen, announced that the examination for the Nebraska County Assessor/Deputy Assessor Certification will be given on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The examination will be administered at the State Office Building, Second Floor, Nebraska Department of Revenue Training Center, 14th and M Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska at 9:30 a.m. The examination is held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with one hour break for lunch.

Candidates interested in taking this examination must submit an application, accompanied by the applicable fee, no later than July 28, 2014.

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County Looks At Handbook Changes

The long anticipated meeting topic finally arrived on Tuesday. Members of the jefferson county Commissioners opened discussion on whether county employees could or should serve as an elected county official.

The issue comes on the heels of the recent primary election when two county road employees, Matt McCord and Delayne Pfingsten, tried to unseat incumbent commissioners Michael Dux and Art Craig. Both challengers failed in their bids.

We knew when we wrote this new handbook, Commissioner Michael Dux said. We would have to tweak it. Now seems to be the time to do this.

Dux was referring to several points in the handbook that he said either needed clarification or were not directly addressed during the original writing.

Wed
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May
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Fairbury Rural Fire Department Dedicates Flagpole

Photo caption: The Fairbury Rural Fire Department held a flagpole dedication in honor of Armin Daubendick, longtime rural firefighter and board member, in conjunction with a celebration of their fifty year anniversary. Contributed Photo by Kristen Krause

Members of the Fairbury Rural Fire Department gathered at their station on Memorial Day to dedicate a new flagpole. Also in attendance were family and friends of Armin Daubendiek, a longtime firefighter and district board member who passed away last fall. A donation from the Daubendiek family made the acquisition and installation of the flagpole possible, and the department dedicated it to the memory of their departed brother. A plaque commemorating the occasion will be placed at the base of the flagpole at a later date.

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