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LB840 Funds May Be Transferred To Downtown Renovation Program

A public hearing will be conducted next Tuesday (Aug. 2) at 7:30 p.m. in the Fairbury City Council Chambers to determine whether a portion of the LB840 sales tax receipts can be transferred to a fund which administers downtown business renovation projects.

At issue is, should $29,000 be moved from the economic development fund and used in conjunction with Downtown Design Challenge Grant applications. This program has been set up to assist buildings in the downtown historical district with renovation projects as part of a matching funds initiative. Businesses can receive up to $3,000 which are typically used for storefront and facade improvement.

Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said the public hearing and consideration of funds transfer is being discussed because at present there are more applications in the works than the city-administered program has funds for.

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Local Post Offices On Chopping Block; May Be Closed As Part Of Re-structuring

In an aggressive proposal outlined by US Postmaster General Patrick Donahue late Tuesday he announced 3,700 post offices across the country will be studied for possible closure. The action comes on the heels of findings that show the USPS could report historic losses in excess of $8 billion this year due mostly to falling mail volumes.

In Nebraska 90 post offices have been set to be reviewed for possible closure. Locally they include postal facilities at Jansen and Endicott. Other communities post offices in the Journal-News area slated for possible closure include: Swanton, Ruskin, Ohiowa, Hardy, Byron, Carleton and Clatonia in Nebraska and Hollenberg, Haddam, Mahaska, Morrowville, Munden and Narka in Kansas.

In a prepared statement Postmaster General Donahue said customers are not using the offices as much as they used to.

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Ugly Storm, But Beautiful Finale

Strong gusts of wind brought down trees in Fairbury and surrounding areas Sunday evening.

"I know there was a semi blown over on Hwy 8 southwest of Fairbury," Jefferson County Emergency Management Director, John McKee said. "Some structure damages to homes was also reported."

The damage ranged from missing parts of roofs to trees taking electric services from the side of houses.

According to McKee a lot of trees were damaged, both large and small.

"Wind gusts were measured at 65 mph," McKee said. "There could have been areas with a little stronger gusts, but this is the only measured one we have. Straight line winds can do a lot of damage at any speed."

Several people in the area were without power for a period of time.

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Patricia Kraff

Patricia Kraff was born Oct. 26, 1938 in McPherson, Kan. to Jack and Dorothy (Shea) Brandenburg. She died July 3, 2011 in Columbia, Mo. at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 7 days.

She attended elementary and secondary schools in Fairbury where she graduated from Fairbury High School in 1956. She attended Fairbury Junior College from 1956-1957, then Saint Joseph School of nursing in Omaha from 1957-1960 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Omaha University in 1961.

While attending Omaha University, she met Mike Kraff, an Air Force officer attending Omaha University under a military educational program.

They were united in marriage Aug. 26, 1961 in Fairbury. While in the military, they were stationed in Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Texas and Japan. When Mike resumed civilian life in 1977, they moved to Columbia, Mo., where they resided the rest of her life.

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Stanley Allen Roelfs

Stanley Allen Roelfs was born on Jan. 12, 1949 at the Lutheran Hospital in Beatrice to Leonard E. and Maxine V. (Fry) Roelfs. He was the second of three children. He died June 23, 2011 at the age of 62 years, 5 months and 11 days.

He lived in the Diller community all his life, graduating from Diller Community Schools in 1967 and attending Universal Trade School in Omaha before joining the family business in 1968.

He was particularly proud to carry on the tradition of Roelfs Transfer, Inc. begun by his grandfather, Roy and continued by his father, Leonard.

He was united in marriage to Robbyn Gold on Sept. 20, 1975, at the United Methodist Church of Fairbury. They were blessed with three daughters.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Diller and also a member of the Diller Community Foundation Board for many years.

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Stewart Arrested On Numerous Drug Charges

Last Thursday deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and officers of the Fairbury Police Department, served a search warrant at 816 Maple St. in Fairbury.

"One female subject who was identified as Arlene Stewart age 42 of Fairbury, was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance/Prescription Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Prescription Drugs," Sheriff Nels Sorensen, said. "Other items including marijuana and drug paraphernalia were taken from the residence."

Stewart appeared in County Court this morning and was released on a $5,000 P.R. bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

According to Sorensen this matter remains under investigation at this time.

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Sheriff's Office Arrests Three Suspects On Drug Charges

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has three suspects in custody after searching a residence and finding items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Arrest warrants had been issued for Darren R. Cloyd, 46, Becky Jurgens, 40, and Brian Jurgens, 41, all of Plymouth. Cloyd was arrested when he turned himself in Tuesday evening. He is being held on the Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Cloyd appeared in County Court this morning and Judge Patrick McArdle set his bond at $50,000 10 percent. He is to appear on Aug. 10. Cloyd remains in custody in the Jefferson County Jail.

Brian Jurgens and Becky Jurgens turned themselves in shortly before 2 p.m. today. They are in custody and could possibly appear before the judge this afternoon for setting of bond.

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Catherine C. Shelburne

Catherine C. Shelburne, 76, of Endicott, Neb., died July 25, 2011 at home.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Sr.; daughter, Bonita Shelburne Keuten and special friend, Danny Weber of Harbine; son, Robert Shelburne Jr. and special friend, Christine Lange of Endicott; grandchildren, Darcy (Keuten) Drake and special friend, Mike Smith of Junction City, Kan., Karrie Keuten of Lincoln, Robert Shelburne III and wife, Rose of Papillion, Shahna Keuten and special friend, Ryan Clark, Cali Shelburne, all of Beatrice; step grandson, Kurtis Duis of Hanover, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Charley and Colton Drake of Junction City, Spencer and Madison Lofin of Beatrice, Lily Shelburne of Papillion; brothers, Ivan Hoffman of Nampa, Idaho, Harold (Don) Hoffman and wife, Georgene of Minatare, Frank Hoffman of Gillete, Wyo., Vilous Hoffman and wife, Velma of Cuero, Texas; sisters-in-law, Ann Hoffman of Haddam, Kan. and Betty Hoffman of Endicott.

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Max Gill

Max D. Gill of Fairbury, Neb., died July 8, 2011 at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 23 days.

He was born Aug. 15, 1940 in Fairbury, the son of Forrest and Lois (Bower) Gill.

He attended grade school at East and West Bower schools and District 11 North West of Hebron. He graduated from Alexandria High School in Alexandria in 1957.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Bowker on April 6, 1958. To this union a son was born. Together they made Fairbury their home for the next 53 years.

He worked for Nigh Texaco, Bervin Distributing and Lally Manufacturing. He then worked for Swingsters as plant manager and retired after 30 years in 2001.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairbury.

He enjoyed his many friends and he enjoyed his shop where he could fix up everything we broke down.

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Leland L. Junker

Leland L. Junker, died unexpectedly at his home on July 17, 2011 in Lehigh Acres, Fla.

Survivors include his children, Lorinda Roth of Clive, Iowa, Lane of Haltom City, Texas; sister, Connie Beer of Leawood, Kan.; long time companion, Lynda Porter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; other relatives.

Private services will be held.

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