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St. Michaels PCCW Spring Buffet

St. Michaels PCCW

Spring Buffet will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 in the St. Michaels School Gym. They will be serving from 11:00 a.m 1:00 p.m. There will be meats, casseroles, salads and desserts. There is also a free will donation.

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Crimson Elite Prepare for Final Performance

Photo caption: Contributed PhotoThe Crimson Elite prepare to give their final performance of the school year 2013-14 at the Copacabana this Saturday at the Fairbury Jr/Sr High School.

The Crimson Elite will give their final performance of the year at Copacabana this Saturday At 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The Fairbury Crimson Elite Show Choir has competed at several events throughout the 2013-2014 school year with a great deal of success.

The 25-member group and their nine member band have placed first at The Nebraska Choral Directors Association Show Choir Festival; second at the Norris Fields of Talent; third at the UNO Show Choir Festival; first in their division and fourth overall in the Grand Island Islander Invitational; and second in the Northeast Jazz/Show Choir Festival.

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Officer Assault Charge Dropped, Jury Deliberating

A jury was seated in under two hours for the trial of Jason Eenhuis, April 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

Eenhuis is accused of third-degree assault of a police officer (a class III felony), domestic assault (a class IV felony) and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

After a day of testimony, Wednesday morning, the court dismissed the felony assault of an officer charge and overruled a motion to dismiss counts two and three, felony domestic assault and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

He stands charged in connection to a Dec. 8 incident when police were called to a house in the 900 Block of C Street.

District Judge Paul Korslund read instructions to the jury of eight men, four women and a female alternate as the case opened Tuesday.

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Business Clean Up Days Announced

The City of Fairbury will be providing a one-time free dumping day at the transfer station for businesses in the city limits during the week of May 5-9. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rules are simple.

All loads must be on site at the transfer station between the above hours, all clean-up material is hauled by those businesses and for the materials from those businesses only and the maximum is one ton per each business.

Haulers are responsible for tarping all loads and meeting all other federal, state and local guidelines for materials transport. Also all loads will be inspected.

Materials not eligible include tires, shingles, logs, brush, stumps, concrete, leaves, grass, garbage, ashes, batteries, computer monitors, paint in liquid form, chemicals and all other liquids.

Everything is up to the discretion of the on-site workers as to what materials are or are not eligible.

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Rail Crossing Closures Announced

The Union Pacific Railroad will be maintaining and replacing their tracks through Fairbury and several rail crossing will be closed during the reconstruction.

On May 8 to 10, rail crossings at 3rd Street, C Street and 5th and B Streets will be closed while crossings at 8th and Lindell Streets and Maple and West 11th Streets will have limited access with flaggers present directing traffic.

Traffic from the three closed crossings will be detoured to the 8th Street crossing, according to Jason East with Advanced Workzone Services, a traffic-control company contracted with Union Pacific.

The 8th and Lindell Streets and Maple and West 11th Streets crossings will be closed after work in completed on 3rd Street, C Street and 5th and B Streets crossings.

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Disaster Drill Tests Emergency Personnel

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsEMTs and Paramedics from Fairbury District #33 Ambulance, from left, Jeff Klaumann, Bill Seher, Stacey Widick and Ed Goeking, prepare two of nine victims in the April 23 disaster drill at JCHC. Playing the victims are Boy Scouts Trevin Likens and Nathaniel Stapaules.

EDITORS NOTE: Normally, members of the media would not be allowed access to cover a story in a real-life event like this. We were allowed access inside JCHC with our cameras only for this special event and to bring you coverage of the hardworking people that keep our community safe in such a disaster. We would likely never attempt to enter the trauma unit or even the hospital if this were a real-life event.

It was a stormy winters day and suddenly a Fairbury School Bus and a sport utility vehicle collided last Wednesday, April 23.

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Mach Family Delivers Nearly 2,000 FJN Issues

Photo caption: Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-NewsThe Mach family has been delivering the Fairbury Journal-News for more than 15 years. Pictured, from left, are siblings Paul, Leah and Anna Mach and Sarah Meyer. Not pictured is John Mach.

Fifteen years ago, Keith and Mary Machs oldest daughter, Sarah, wanted a job so she could buy CDs. She was too young to babysit, so the Machs decided to get their then-second grader, who is now married and lives in Hutchinson, Minn., a paper route.

That paper route has stayed in the family through the years, passed from Sarah to brother John and from John to sister Anna. Anna now delivers the papers with the help of 10-year-old sister Leah, who is the fifth and final child to help with the route.

Paul, who is a high school freshman, often takes the route in the summer, he said.

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Road Work Closes Parts of E, Third Streets

Photo caption: For the past few weeks road construction has closed a two-block section of E Street, frustrating many drivers who are accustom to using the route into downtown Fairbury.This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com

For the past few weeks road construction has closed a two-block section of E Street, frustrating many drivers who are accustom to using the route into downtown Fairbury.

It looks like we are going to be finishing up pretty shortly, said Fairbury Assistant Street and Alley Superintendent Laura Bedlan. It is going pretty well. There are always unexpected things with road construction but it is a typical road project.

E Street is currently closed from 13th to 11th Streets as crews had been pouring concrete in this section last week. About half of the road surface was completed by last Friday.

Third Street is also closed from F to H Streets, or two full blocks, for construction.

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Eenhuis Trial Opens Tuesday

A jury was seated in under two hours for the trial of Jason Eenhuis, April 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

Eenhuis is accused of third-degree assault of a healthcare professional or police officer (a class III felony), domestic assault (a class IV felony) and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

He stands charged in connection to a Dec. 8 incident when police were call to a house in the 900 Block of C Street. There was allegedly a fight going on inside a home at the location when a police officer arrived.

District Judge Paul Korslund read instructions to the jury of eight men and four women and female alternate.

In opening statements, Deputy County attorney Jeffery Goltz said on Dec. 8 officers responded to the home in Fairbury and Eenhuis was arrested at the scene. The officer, Sgt. Brent Wentz of the Fairbury Police Department, received minor injuries in a scuffle with Eenhuis during the arrest.

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Brewer Sets Record Straight On Medicaid, Pipeline

Tom Brewer, Republican candidate for Congress, is running against incumbent Adrian Smith in Nebraskas 3rd District. Brewer, who announced his candidacy in January, responded today to the Watchdog.org article posted in January which inaccurately portrayed the retired soldier as anti-pipeline and a proponent of Medicaid expansion. The article, which continues to appears online, sends mixed messages to voters in the 3rd District on Brewers stance regarding two issues that are paramount to this campaign. We need to get this cleared up. according to his campaign staffer, Tony Baker.

I believe its time to set the record straight on these issues and inform the voters who subscribe to these news services as to my position, which has remained consistent from day one, stated Brewer.

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