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Two Injured In Saturday Morning Crash

A two vehicle accident Saturday morning diverted traffic and sent two people to the hospital with injuries.

At 8:59 a.m., Macy Hevelone, 17, of Fairbury was crossing the intersection of Hwy 15 and 27th St. in Fairbury, heading east, when she collided with Don Welch, Jr., 45, of Beatrice.

Hevelone was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile east on 27th St. and Welch was driving a 1997 Ford truck north on Hwy 15. Welch described seeing the Hevelone vehicle crossing the intersection and he tried to swerve to the right to avoid it. The two collided in the intersection and Welch's vehicle came to rest in the east ditch. The Hevelone vehicle was whipped around and came to rest in the southbound lane of Hwy 15.

Emergency crews were called to the scene and both Hevelone and Welch were transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33.

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Dist. 8 To Save On Bus Transportation, Renews Contract With First Student

The District 8 School Board unanimously approved to enter into a new 5-year contract with First Student to have them provide the bussing service for the district.

Four companies originally were interested in bidding, however three companies were present at the bid opening session, Mid States School Bus, Illinois Central School Bus and First Student, the district's current provider.

At Monday night's meeting, the two closest bidding companies had representatives on-hand to answer questions the board may have had.

The board had previously scored each company on a matrix of factors including the ability to provide satisfactory bus service with a safe and up-to-date fleet, past experience and qualifications in managing school bus service in the mid-west, ability to provide trained management and staff, financial advantage to the district and work effectively with district administration.

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Just Around The Corner

Diller Community Card Party

The Diller Community Club will host a 10 point pitch card party on Sunday, March 20, at 7 PM at the Diller Community Building. Snacks and refreshments provided. Prizes awarded. Everyone welcome. Free-will donation to be used towards the new paved parking area.

DeWitt UMC

The DeWitt United Methodist Church will have their annual creamed chicken and biscuit dinner on Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. A free will donation. Proceeds going to Outreach Ministries of the church.

Baseball Forms

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NPPD Official: "Jefferson County Prime Area For Wind Energy Project"

The old axiom is that you can tell you're in Nebraska because the seasons are differentiated by the wind either blowing a constant 30 miles an hour from the north or 30 miles an hour from the south.

But if you're John Richards from the Nebraska Public Power District that 30 mile an hour wind is a good thing.

Richards spoke last Thursday to the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning commission regarding the potential for wind energy as a boon to not just Nebraska but to Jefferson County as well. He said that counties neighboring Jefferson have already set zoning regulations for wind energy and encouraged the same thing to happen locally. These regulations would encompass farms, businesses and private homes.

"Wind energy in Nebraska is growing," Richards said. "I can't tell you who, but there is already somebody in Jefferson County who is doing some monitoring of wind potential as an energy source."

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Putting Our Priorities In Order

The Legislature spent quite a bit of time this week putting our priorities in order. Thursday was the deadline for senators and committees to select their priority bills for the session. Prioritizing a bill basically ensures that it will appear on the agenda for debate and a vote before the end of the session in early June.

I have chosen LB490 as my personal priority bill. This bill was advanced by the General Affairs Committee, as an effort to bolster the struggling horse racing industry in Nebraska by tapping into keno revenue. The bill would apply measures to increase keno revenue, and distributes the additional revenue to the Charitable Gaming Operations Fund and the Live Horseracing Endowment Fund. As keno is often played at the horseracing tracks, I believe it is only proper that a portion of its proceeds be turned back to aid the race tracks, especially as live horseracing is suffering financially.

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NPPD Official: "Jefferson County Prime Area For Wind Energy Project"

The old axiom is that you can tell you're in Nebraska because the seasons are differentiated by the wind either blowing a constant 30 miles an hour from the north or 30 miles an hour from the south.

But if you're John Richards from the Nebraska Public Power District that 30 mile an hour wind is a good thing.

Richards spoke last Thursday to the Jefferson County Planning & Zoning commission regarding the potential for wind energy as a boon to not just Nebraska but to Jefferson County as well. He said that counties neighboring Jefferson have already set zoning regulations for wind energy and encouraged the same thing to happen locally. These regulations would encompass farms, businesses and private homes.

"Wind energy in Nebraska is growing," Richards said. "I can't tell you who, but there is already somebody in Jefferson County who is doing some monitoring of wind potential as an energy source."

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Farm Life, Dancing And Sledding Hold Fond Memories For This Special Group

If you are 104-years-old and you are the youngest in the group, you know you are among some very special people.

Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury has fewer than 50 residents, but four of them are over 100 years old.

Recently a "Birthday Celebration" was held to celebrate the long lives of four of the residents.

Barb Schwisow, Gardenside Activities Director said they all are pretty active and still come to a lot of activities and enjoy doing things, plus they have a good attitude.

The youngest of the group is Henry Ortgies, who turned 104 on Feb. 27. He recalled growing up on the family farm in rural Thayer County.

Henry enjoys talking about of his job as a head foreman at a windmill factory.

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Richard Smith

Richard M. Smith, 79, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 10, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Survivors include his wife, Elva; sons, Randy Smith and wife, Diane of Hebron, Russell Smith and wife, Sarah of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Jeremiah Smith of Chadron, Sarah Chapman and husband, Dustin of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Remy and Calin Chapman of Lincoln.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Cremation has taken place. No viewing. A register book is available at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to family's choice.

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Evelyn Nolte

Evelyn Nolte 81, formerly of Daykin, Neb., died March 9, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughter, Thelma Bartels of Fairbury; sons, Gary Nolte of Fairbury, Mark Nolte of Virginia, Neb., Tony Nolte and wife, Candi of Daykin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Harold Schwisow and wife, Mary of Cottonwood, Minn.

Services were held March 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Daykin with the Rev. Paul Beyer officiating. Cremation followed the services. Memorials to ASCERA Care Hospice or the Parkinson's Association. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Anna Achtemeier

Anna Colene Achtemeier, 87, of Lincoln, formerly of Beatrice, died March 12, 2011.

She was born on March 25, 1923 at rural Fairbury and attended School District 69 at rural Fairbury. She graduated from Endicott High School in 1940. She lived in rural Fairbury before moving to Beatrice in 1952 and then to Lincoln in 1967.

She worked at the Lincoln Regional Center as a Psych Tech from 1963 until her retirement in 1987. She also provided in-home day care.

She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beatrice and was currently a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Lincoln.

She enjoyed her flower gardens and her dog, Rowdy.

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