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County Court Report

Filed

Michael D. Sutton, of Fairbury: Resisting arrest - second offense on Oct. 25, class 3A felony; terroristic threats, class 4 felony, DUI, class W misdemeanor; refusing to submit to test, class W misdemeanor; no license on person, class 3 misdemeanor; refusing to submit to pre-test, class 5 misdemeanor; possession or consumption of alcohol, infraction.

Dismissed

Donald R. Spencer, of Hanover, Kan.: CMV-brake violation, dissmissed.

Jacob D. Sand, of Fairbury: No valid registration, dissmissed.

Joshua J. Johnson, of Fairbury: Speeding 70-60, dismissed at defendants costs because defendant has completed defensive driving diversion program.

James T. Oldenburg, of Tucson, Ariz.: Speeding 79-60, dismissed at defendants costs because defendant has completed defensive driving diversion program.

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Traffic Report

Wendy Ma, of Omaha: Speeding 71-60, $123 fine.

Susan K. Shearer, of Unadilla: Speeding 75-60, $123 fine.

Frank H. Hilsabeck Jr., of Lincoln: Speeding 70-60, $73 fine.

John D. Flint, of Deshler: Speeding 76-60, $173 fine.

Joshua S. Steinlage, of Goff, Kan.: Speeding 75-60, $123 fine.

Daryl G. Grooms, of Wichita Falls, Texas: Speeding 70-60, $73 fine.

Kori E. Ries El Bara, of Winter Garden, Fl.: No operators license, $123 fine.

Joseph M. Simpson, of Omaha: Speeding 70-60, $73 fine.

Elizabeth M. Noel, of Tobias: Speeding 72-60, $123 fine.

Dustin R. Schroeder, of Omaha: Speeding 75-60, $123 fine.

Jayme D. Howsden, of Beatrice: Speeding 68-60; failure to use seat belt, $98 in fines.

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Sheriff's Report

Nov. 13: Jake D. Jiskra, of Swanton, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet owned by Diane K. and Douglas D. Jiskra, of Swanton, on County Road 713 East of Highway 15 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on gravel and washboard and the vehicle went into the ditch and rolled four times. The vehicle was totaled.

Nov. 14: Report of a suicide in Fairbury.

Nov. 15: Report of a stray steer in a pasture west of Endicott.

Nov. 15: Michael E. Herman, of DeWitt, was driving a 2013 Chevrolet north of 578 Ave. north of 719 Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $3,000.

Nov. 17: Thomas J. Jones, of Swanton, was driving a 1999 Ford north on Highway 15 north of 717 Road when the vehicle collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at $2,500.

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Police Report

Nov. 13: Report of a welfare check in the 800 block of 3rd Street.

Nov. 13: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of 9th Street.

Nov. 13: Report of a theft in the 900 block of C Street.

Nov. 14: Report of a disturbance in the 700 block of I Street.

Nov. 15: Report of disturbing the peace in the 700 block of 4th Street.

Nov. 15: Report of a burglary in the 1300 block of E Street. A male was later arrested.

Nov. 15: Virginia J. Grubbs, of Fairbury, was backing from a driveway in the 1000 block of 6th Street in a 1989 Pontiac when the vehicle collided with a parked 2001 Pontiac owned by Margaret H. Medina, of Fairbury. Damages to Medinas vehicle were estimated at $1,001. There were no damages to Grubbs vehicle.

Nov. 15: Report of a theft in the 800 block of 6th Street.

Nov. 15: Report of a welfare check in the 1300 block of Maple Street.

Nov. 15: Report of a suicidal male in Fairbury.

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Chamber Seeks Community Service Award Nominations

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for Community Service Award to be awarded at the Fairbury Chamber Banquet on Friday, Feb. 7.

If you know of someone who has contributed to the betterment of the community over a period of time they may be eligible for the community service award.

The nominee should be a member of the community who has devoted a considerable amount of their own time and effort to the betterment of community and/or surrounding area.

This should be done on a volunteer basis over a number of years. The services include but are not limited to educational, recreational or cultural activities. Active membership in service clubs, fraternal groups and religious or church organizations should be given consideration in addition to individual activities. Each elected and appointed positions on governmental bodies are also indicators of community services.

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Fire Marshal Needs to Purchase a Kite,Go Fly It

I am growing very tired of the Nebraska State Fire Marshals Office.

For some reason, they have a burr under their saddle to destroy (or at least disfigure) the most important landmark in Jefferson County, our beloved county courthouse.

Bob Slight, from the Fire Marshals Office, was recently knocking on doors inside the courthouse wondering what the county is going to do about the number of violations his office wrote them up for a in March.

I have never had to close down a court house before, he said in an effort to strong arm our public officials.

The Jefferson County Courthouse has stood proudly and safely since 1891. It was built in the days before fire suppression systems and is even on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The State Fire Marshals need to go find a real problem and leave our county alone.

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Promote Living Wage and Minimum Wage Increases

By Richard Nation, CEO Blue Valley Community Action Partnership

In January of 2013, the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership Board endorsed promoting increases in the minimum wage as one of its advocacy priorities. The current $7.25 per hour rate is below the poverty rate ($15,080 annual gross minimum wage versus $15,510 poverty rate for two person family). The tip minimum wage is even less at $2.13 per hour and has been at that rate for a dozen years without any increases.

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Thanksgiving: History Got It All Wrong

Picture this: the annual Thanksgiving play at school. Kids in construction paper hats wearing cardboard belt buckles colored in black with crayons. Indians in similar designed construction paper outfits with bright feathers. They all sit down become friends and eat a great turkey dinner. Thats what were taught, right?

While this is a very Norman Rockwell-esque picture and it does generate those warm fuzzy feelings that we all like, the truth is well the truth is its not the truth.

Following are some popular myths associated with Thanksgiving.

1. Pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving. False. Spaniard Pedro Mendez de Aviles conducted a mass in 1565 of thanksgiving with the native tribes in St. Augustine, pre-dating the whole Plymouth Rock thing by almost 65 years.

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Take the Fairbury Challenge This Christmas

Shopping locally and spending dollars at home for Christmas certainly isnt a new idea. For years, decades, even generations there have been those of us in the newspaper business that annually get on our soapbox and wax poetic about the importance of buying from local merchants.

But this year there is a new wrinkle of sorts out there. Its called The Fairbury Challenge. And its a darned good idea that promotes the very thing that we are hoping locals will do each and every Christmas season.

A couple of weeks ago Fairbury resident Chris Goeking challenged everyone he knew and didnt know but hoped to reach through social media that when Christmas shopping this year to buy at least one gift from a local merchant or vendor. Doing so will have a huge economic impact on the local economy.

Lets consider a few numbers.

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Jefferson Community Health Center Seeks Funds for Lifts

Eachyear Jefferson Community Health Center asks the communitys help in completing a special project for our patients, residents and visitors.

This year, JCHC is asking for the communitys help once again for two special projects to give its patients, residents and community alift!This years projects include the a new pool lift for the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center pool, at an estimated cost of $6,000; and three lift chairs for the acute care patient rooms, at an estimated cost of $4,000 each. We have a goal of raising $18,000 for this years project.

The swimming pool at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center is a great asset to the community. The pool liftwhich allows accessibility for those who have difficulty with steps or are wheelchair bound makes entering and leaving the water easier for some. The current lift, which was purchased in early 2002 with donations from JCHCs Christmas project that year, is in need of replacement.

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