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LiveWell Program

Photo caption: Contributed Photo by Fairbury Public Schools

Principal Jeremy Christiansen stands to the side and coaches one young future basketball player in making a basket at half time as JCHC begins its LiveWell Program Friday evening at the Fairbury girls/boys basketball game against Aurora.

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Pressing Play on the 2014 Homestead Film Festival!

This years Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America continues!

Films will be shown in the Education Center at2 p.m.on Saturdays and all but oneSunday in January and February.

The Festival is off to a great start with Frontier House, a PBS reality series following three modern families that have been sent to live like 1880s homesteaders in Montana. They encounter challenge after challenge and have to scramble to survive this rugged flashback of a lifestyle.

The remaining 2014 Film Festival schedule is:

Frontier House: Episodes both 5 & 6 - Saturday andSunday, Jan. 18 and 19

Dust Bowl by Ken Burns -Saturday andSunday, Jan. 25 and 26

Dust Bowl by Ken Burns - Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2

Great Plains: Americas Lingering Wild - Saturday andSunday, Feb. 8 and 9

Road to Valhalla: Special Premiere - Saturday, Feb. 15

Dr. Seusss The Lorax - Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23

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Marlys Grummert

Marlys Grummert, 78, of Jansen, passed away Saturday at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.

She is survived by her husband, Dale; son, Michael Grummert and wife, Deb of Jansen; daughters, Michele Ehmen and husband, Bruce of Adams, Neb., Cindy Hahn and husband, Scott of Jansen; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Merlin Meyer and wife, Jan of Wymore, Neb.; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Meyer of Lincoln.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Stan Ostgren and Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating.

Burial was held in the Fairbury Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Lutheran Hour.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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LiveWell Team Challenge

from Jan. 13-Apr. 7. Learn more and sign up at livewellchallenge.com. Questions call 402-471-2544 or email info@livewellchallenge.com.

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Sugar N Spice

will meet Friday, Jan. 17 for a noon luncheon at Cedarwood.

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NARVRE Unit 174 National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees

will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at Monroes 1410 F Street.

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Struckman-Baatz Library Annual Breakfast

Library Annual Breakfast

on March 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at New Fire Hall Western, Neb.

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Homestead Monument: A Plea for the Nations Conscience

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Homestead National Monument of America will show an interview from 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King on Meet the Press.The interview will be shown at the Homestead Education Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

This interview was an opportunity for Dr. King to express to the Nation his reasoning for nonviolent demonstration and proactive measures to end segregation and discrimination in the United States. His unwavering commitment to nonviolence and resolve for justice continues to inspire today. After viewing the interview, Historian Blake Bell will examine the interview and the Civil Rights Movement more in depth and trace its history with a special emphasis on social mobility and equality through land ownership afforded by the Homestead Act.

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Utility Customers Need toBrace for Jolt in Electric Rates

Typically the bigger the pill is the harder it is to swallow.

Electric rate customers of Fairbury can look forward to swallowing a very big, bitter pill looking ahead into 2014-15.

On Tuesday, members of the Fairbury City Council and Board of Public Works conducted a joint meeting at the local city offices for the purpose of discussing future electric rates. Double-digit increases in what customers pay for electricity are looming in a target range of 9.4 to 17.4 percent per year for at least two years with further, smaller increases expected after that.

According to Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward, the problem is simply that the electric portion of the utility is hemorrhaging red ink.

What it boils down to is than in the last couple of years the cost we are charged for buying power has been more than what we have been charging our customers, he said. For a lot of different reasons, we as a city have no control over. Those costs keep going up.

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Reading Across the Nation Campaign has Kicked Off

The Reading Across the Nation 2014 campaign kicked off this month, and the story files are now available to download to all National Newspaper Association member newspapers, along with a promotional ad, teacher guide and photos and a feature story about the dog and owner.

This years story is an eight-chapter true tale about a Weimaraner, Lily, who becomes a search and rescue dog in Joplin, MO. Lily survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner, Tara, by her side.

Lilys recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A month after her recovery, Joplin was hit by a massive tornado. The search and rescue dogs bravery and resilience were put to the test when she is called on to help put her city back together, piece by piece.

If you have questions about the project, e-mail Dawn Kitchell at dawn.kitchell@gmail.com.

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