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In The Beginning There Was Fairbury, Then There Was The Farmsteads

The Farmsteads, the place that is located over by the railroad tracks down by that fertilizer plant.

Not everyone is aware of the place as it is sheltered by trees and is a collection of just a few houses. Fairbury can track its beginning to 1869. The Farmsteads have a different beginning that relates back to the mid 1930's and is really the result of one of Roosevelt's New Deals. Undeniably, the Farmsteads was definitely a New Deal to Jefferson County.

Probably one of the most memorable events of the 20th century and one that people would most like to forget is the "Great Depression". It spread across nations, beginning in 1929 and lasting into the late 1930's. Farming and rural areas suffered as crop prices plunged by as much as 60%. This was further compounded by a severe drought beginning in the mid 1930's. Fairbury and Jefferson County did not escape this dilemma.

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Noontime Fire Destroys Barn At Kettelhut Property

Fairbury Rural Fire Department was called out to the Oralee Robinson residence at approximately 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 29th. The property and buildings were owned by Jeff Kettelhut.

The fire was started when embers from a smoldering trash barrel blew over to dry grass. Given the wind the grass fire quickly spread to the barn which quickly became fully engulfed in flames.

"During this dry weather that we are having it's a red flag day," says Chris Parker, Fairbury Rural Fire Captain. "Using extreme caution when burning is a must."

First responders arrived at 12:13 p.m. Additional departments responding included Fairbury City Fire Dept., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Ambulance District 33, Daykin Rural Fire Dept., Jansen Fire Dept. and Fairbury Light and Water. The area was cleared at 1:22 p.m. with no reported injuries.

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Why Head South?

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Nominations Sought For First Lady's Service Awards

ServeNebraska is accepting nominations to honor individuals and organizations throughout Nebraska with the annual First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Awards. The nomination deadline for these awards is March 1, 2012. Honorees will be recognized at the First Lady's Awards Luncheon on April 18, 2012 in North Platte.

The First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Awards reflect Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem's passion for education, and honor adult, youth and group nominees in a variety of categories. Eleven awards will be presented, one in each of the following categories:

* Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service

* Volunteer of the Year

* Volunteer Group of the Year

* Service-Learning Program

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2011 Another Good Year For JCHC

Jefferson Community Health Center (JCHC) has had a very active and good year. This past year JCHC was also recognized in several areas for excellence. JCHC was recognized for being one of only three Critical Access Hospitals in the nation to meet 100 percent on all of the 2010 pneumonia measures through the Core Quality Measures of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. Across the nation there are 1,317 Critical Access Hospitals with 967 of them reporting pneumonia data. Out of all these hospitals only 18 got 100 percent of all 6 pneumonia measures. In the state of Nebraska this included Fairbury, Aurora, and Lexington.

Each year the Workplace Safety and Health Award, which is designed for the Nebraska Safety Council, awarded the Peak Performance Award to JCHC. This award was to acknowledge the excellent work of organization and individuals that have made a difference in safety, health, and environment.

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Contest Focuses On Keeping Memories Alive For Families Living With Alzheimer's Disease

Family caregivers know all too well the devastating effects of Alzheimer's on the families of seniors living with this incurable disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.1 million people 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease. They likely will lose one of their most treasured possessions: memories. The "I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway" contest recently launched by the Home Instead Senor Care® network can help those families keep their memories alive.

Submit a story in either written or video format about your experience with a family member living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias for a chance to win a family reunion.

Essays and videos need to:

• Share how Alzheimer's has impacted your life.

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Local students Among 1,500 Graduates At University Of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln granted degrees to nearly 1,500 students at commencement exercises Dec. 16 and 17. Local graduates included:

DeWitt: Spencer Lee Hagemeier, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, B.S. in agricultural economics

Fairbury: Heather Marie Furrow, the College of Business Administration, B.S. in business administration

Fairbury: Trey Randal Simpson, the College of Business Administration, B.S. in business administration

Fairbury: Tracy Leeann Tucker, Graduate Studies, master of arts

Fairbury: Casey Albert Welsch, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, bachelor of journalism

Plymouth: Melissa Irene Weyer, the College of Arts and Sciences, bachelor of arts

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Just Around The Corner

Waffleman

The Waffleman will be here on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Fairbury High School, serving from 5 to 8 p.m. Fairbury boys and girls basketball teams will be playing Tri County. Sponsored by Fairbury Post Prom. There is a fee to eat.

Pink Out

Fairbury Jeffs basketball game against Tri County will be "Pink Out" on Saturday, Jan. 7. Proceeds to be given to the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

Fairbury Post Prom

There will be a Post Prom meeting on Sunday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m. at the 47 Building. All Junior and Senior parents are encourage to attend.

Spaghetti Supper

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Krystal Hicok, Kyle Riesen, TC Students Of The Semester

The Tri County Student Council recently presented the Student of the Semester honors for the 2011 fall semester. Each semester, two well deserving students at Tri County Public Schools are awarded for their academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievements. Leadership, enthusiasm, and being a role model for peers are also considered when nominating and choosing recipients. This year's winners were seniors Krystal Hicok and Kyle Riesen.

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Elva Margaret DeLong

Elva Margaret DeLong, 93, died Dec. 23, 2011. She was born Jan. 8, 1918 in Panama, Neb., the fourth child of Samuel and Nellie (Shrader) Steeves.

Upon graduating from the Panama High School in 1935 she went on to attend Peru State Teachers College studying to become a teacher.

She was united in marriage to Mark Thomas DeLong Sr. in 1941 at Marysville, Kan. They lived their entire life in Fairbury, where they owned and operated DeLong Auto sales until 1981. She helped her husband in all areas of their business including sales, pick up and delivery of cars, record keeping, banking and customer service.

She lived through the Dirty Thirties, the Great Depression and World War II. She had countless, detailed memories of those difficult times while growing up on a farm, teaching and being in business that she shared with her family.

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