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11
Dec
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Christmas at the Depot

Each year the Rock Island Depot sponsors Christmas at the Depot, that provides fun and its free for all. This year they will be changing their routine just a little. Their special guest for the weekend will be the Grinch.

He will arrive at 1:15 p.m., and be available both days for pictures and visits. There will be scavenger hunts for children with prizes running throughout the day. They have also planned ornament painting for anyone who wants to participate.

The model train will be running upstairs for any model train buff, young and old alike. The original The Grinch Who Stole Christmas will be showing at 1:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. each day.

Tue
10
Dec
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Fire Kills Hebron Man

Fire Kills Hebron Man

Monday night a fire claimed the life of 61-year old Anthony J. Wiedel of Hebron.

At about 10:29 p.m. on Dec. 9 the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department responded to a blaze at 134 Lawrence Road in Hebron.

Fire crews entered the house and found Wiedel unresponsive inside. He was transported to the Thayer County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Former Jefferson County resident Brenda Kay Bush was also a resident of the house and she wrote on Facebook Tuesday, well to all my Facebook friends Brieanna (her daughter) and I got home tonight after I had class in Beatrice and I came home to a house fire and unfortunately the man that I resided with is no longer with us, so please pray for me (and) Anthony Wiedels family. Everything in our home is lost so if anybody has any extra anything could help out I would so greatly appreciate it. We lost our entire lives and a good man please help my daughter if you can.

Tue
10
Dec
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Keith A. Rohr

Keith A. Rohr, 75, of Pickrell died at his home on Friday morning, December 6, 2013. He was born January 22, 1938 at Fairbury and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1956. He worked at Dempsters for several years, then at Natural Gas Booster Station from 1969 until he retired in 1998. After retiring, he worked for Beatrice Concrete and then Beatrice Machine where he delivered parts to local manufacturers. He married Sharon Zimmerman Carpenter on October 16, 1993 at the Tabernacle in Chautauqua Park in Beatrice. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of rural Pickrell; one son, Michael Rohr and wife Krista

Tue
10
Dec
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Keith A. Rohr

Keith A. Rohr, 75, of Pickrell died at his home on Friday morning, December 6, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of rural Pickrell; one son, Michael Rohr and wife Krista Tushar-Rohr of Highland Ranch, CO; one daughter, Rachelle Elliott and husband Richard of Wymore; one step-son, Brian Carpenter of Beatrice; one step-daughter, Debra Lampe and husband John of Beatrice; six grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; two sisters, his twin sister, Kathy Stewart of Fairbury and Shirley Nave of Lincoln; one brother, Kenneth Rohr and wife Jan of Olympia, WA; several nieces and nephews.

Mon
09
Dec
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Man Injured in Rollover

At about 9:42 a.m. on Dec. 5, Jefferson County Communications received a call of a single vehicle rollover crash Southwest of Thompson.

Emergency Services were dispatched to the scene with information that a single male occupant had been ejected from the vehicle and could not feel anything.

Upon the arrival of a Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputy, the man was located and he had not been ejected, was out of the vehicle, walking around and was not badly injured.

The vehicle was a 1993 Honda Accord 2-door sedan driven by Danny R. Justus Jr., 20 of Fairbury.

The vehicle had apparently been northbound on 563 Avenue and the driver lost control of the vehicle, sliding into the west ditch and rolling onto its top. The vehicle came to rest facing northeast. The vehicle was considered a total loss and restraints were in use according to the Sheriffs Office.

Mon
09
Dec
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Everett I. (Johhnie) McAtee

Everett I. (Johhnie) McAtee 92 of Beatrice, NE., passed away December 6, 2013 in Beatrice. He was born January 11, 1921 in Fairbury, NE. to Roy & Emma (Mooren) McAtee. He was a WW II Army Veteran. Cremation has taken place. Private family burial at a later date. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

Mon
09
Dec
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Patricia A. Michener

Patricia A. Michener 72 of Fairbury, NE, passed away December 8, 2013 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. She was born February 5, 1941 at Lincoln, NE. to Donald & Ardyce ( Christensen) Michener . Survivors are Sister & Brother-in-law: Joyce & Charlie Jones of Fairbury. Cremation has taken place. Services at a later date. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

Thu
05
Dec
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James A. Bender of Wymore to answer charge on Felony

Jefferson County Sheriffs Deputies arrested James A. Bender, of Wymore, in connection with a methamphetamine lab found in an abandoned vehicle in Steele City.

On Nov. 26 the Jefferson County Court issued a felony warrant for Bender. The warrant was for delivery and/or intent to deliver exceptionally hazardous drugs, which is a Class II felony. The charge can carry a penalty of a maximum of 50 years and a minimum of one year imprisonment.

Bender was in the custody of the Gage County Sheriffs Office on an unrelated charge when the warrant was issued. Bender is being held in Gage County pending his release and will be returned to Jefferson County to answer the charge.

At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 15, Jefferson County Communications received a call that there was possibly an active clandestine methamphetamine lab in an abandoned vehicle in Steele City.

Thu
05
Dec
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No Victorian Tea for this Weekend--Misprint in the Newspaper

The information on the Victorian Tea Party on Dec. 8th at Stagecoach Mall was a misprint in the newspaper. We had gotten the information for a source and it wasn't correct. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thu
05
Dec
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Robert Allen Brown

Robert Allen Brown, 77, born November 2, 1936, passed away December 3, 2013 at his home in Fairbury, Nebraska. He was born to Everett Glen and Lois Irene Brown in Iowa City, Ia. Survivors are wife: Tena Louise Hiatt Brown, Daughter; Tena Michelle and husband Roberto Gonzalez, Son; Robert Brown, Jr. and wife Joann, Daughter; Stephanie and husband Kerry Moody, Grandchildren; Christina and Katelynn Gonzalez, Jessica Cahill Thomason, Johnathan Hesters, Joshua Cahill, Scott, Joshua, Treagan, Timothy, Jay, Monet and Nila Moody, and Tessa Shawhorn, Great Grandchildren; Melissa Cahill Thomason, Makenly Thomason, Gwenlynn Filip, Sisters; Norma and husband Larry Sanders, Ruth Ann and husband Lyle Floyd, Mary Jo Patrick, and Brother; Steve and wife Carol Brown and brother-in-law Ron Benson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Glenn and Frank, sister; Sharon Kay Benson, brother-in-law Calvin Patrick, and Great Grandson; William Robert (Robbie) Hodges.

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