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Accidental Shooting At Cub Creek Sends One Woman To Hospital

An accidental shooting at Cub Creek, located northeast of Jansen, shortly before noon on Monday injured a Beatrice woman.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen, Bobbette Ackerman, 51, of Beatrice was putting a rifle away after camping at the reservoir. She had removed the magazine, but hadn't cleared the chamber of the rifle. The gun accidentally fired when she put it in the vehicle shooting her in the calf of her leg.

Ackerman was transported to a Lincoln hospital by Jefferson County Ambulance #33 for treatment of her injury.

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07
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Hinkeldey Sentenced To Nebraska Dept. Of Corrections

Judge Paul Korslund sentenced one person to the Dept. of Corrections in district court last Thursday.

Information on Jeffrey P. Hinkeldey, 53, of Lincoln was originally filed on May 9 charging him with theft by deception, value over $1,500, a Class III Felony and failure to appear on a felony, a Class IV Felony.

On July 7, count two was dismissed and Hinkeldey pled guilty to theft by deception, a Class III Felony.

On Sept. 1, Korslund sentenced him to not less than five years nor more than 10 years in the Dept. of Corrections.

Hinkeldey is also to pay restitution of $8,120.31. Said sentence shall run consecutive to sentences Hinkeldey is already serving at the Dept. of Corrections.

Jefferson County Sheriff's office transported Hinkeldey for execution of said sentence.

Wed
07
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Taxpayers Get Much-Needed Break Fairbury Council Approves $7.1 Million Budget

When it comes to budgets, expenditures and the economy in general good news has been hard to find. Last night members of the Fairbury City Council gave some very good news. In the midst of approving a fiscal year 2011-12 budget of $7.1 million, local property tax payers will see an 8.2% decrease in their bill.

According to Fairbury City Auditor, Brian Blobaum, the general fund levy for 2011-12 will drop to 66.8 cents per $100 of valuation. That figure is down from 70.6 per $100 of valuation from a year ago.

"The total amount of tax-asking dollars we are looking at for next year (general and bond fund combined) will be $699,434," Blobaum said. During the prior year that figure was $762,175.

Blobaum said a lower bond fund balance coupled with a decrease in property values within the city was the main reason for the tax decrease.

Wed
07
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Plymouth Farmer Loses Life In Sunday Airplane Crash

This past weekend a plane crash near Seward took the life of a Plymouth farmer, Mark Pearson.

Pearson, 56, and a Lincoln pilot, Jeff Clausen, 58, were flying a Christen Eagle II biplane owned by Pearson. Seconds after takeoff Sunday morning, the Eagle dropped from the clear sky into a field of tall corn north of the Seward Municipal Airport. A student at the seminary just east of the field saw the plane bank left, then heard it hit the ground about 9:45 a.m.

Both men, who are known to be experienced pilots, died in the crash.

A full investigation could take six months or more to find answers on why the plane went down.

Wed
07
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John Deere Tractors, More Than Just A Workhorse

What does a farmer do when there might actually be some free time in his life? There is always the coffee shop in the nearby town, but that only takes up so much of the day.

Norbert Heller loved his coffee shop talk, but he had a greater love. He had found a passion early on in his life that filled his free time. He loved John Deere, anything John Deere. This didn't mean just reading information about John Deeres, not for this man.

This hard working farmer put his passion and knowledge to work and began a John Deere collection. Not the toy kind, although there were probably some of those around his place too.

"I can always remember my dad out in the barn, tinkering with his tractors. He couldn't get enough of those things," said his daughter Joyce Raatz.

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07
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Fairbury Comes Out Blazing In Home Opener Against Falls City

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Coming into the game following a disastrous first week loss, Fairbury played with motivation and it paid off in a big way.

The Jeffs capitalized off three first quarter Falls City fumbles and shot out to a 33-0 lead and never let up on their way to a 54-13 win Friday evening at the Fairbury Athletic Complex.

Fairbury took the opening kickoff at their own 35-yard line and six plays later scored on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Trent Simpson to Chad Medina.

Tanner Specht booted the PAT kick for a quick 7-0 lead with 9:12 on the clock.

On Falls City's first offensive play the ball was stripped and recovered in the endzone by the Jeffs' Cody Welsch for a touchdown.

Specht's PAT kick extended Fairbury's lead to 14-0.

Tue
06
Sep
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Euverda Schroeder

Euverda LaRhue (Kapke) Schroeder, age 92, of Jansen, died peacefully on Aug. 31, 2011 in Lincoln.

Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:30 at Gramercy Hill in Lincoln (6800 A Street).

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06
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Medicare Open Enrollment Is Earlier Now

People with Medicare need to enroll in a prescription drug plan earlier this year. According to the Nebraska Department of Insurance, the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D now occurs from October 15, 2011 through December 7, 2011.

There has never been a better time to find out about Medicare coverage. Whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, there are several new benefits including lower prescription costs, wellness visits, and preventive care. People who take advantage of open enrollment may be able to save money and get improved coverage.

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06
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Veterans To Be Honored With Ceremony For New Washington County Veterans Memorial Sept. 11

Area veterans will be honored with a dedication ceremony for the new Washington County Veterans Memorial at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Washington County Veterans Memorial Airport. The ceremony will include a flyover by a Kansas Air National Guard KC-135 air refueling jet, a speaker, recognition of the veterans who are president, color guard and 21 gun salute, and recognition of firefighters, ambulance volunteers and law enforcement. The ceremony will be followed by a free meal for the first 300 people as well as a display of military memorabilia. The Kansas National Guard will bring a HIMARS rocket launcher vehicle and the Patriot Project will also be present. The event will also include the dedication of the small scale Washington Monument, which is the Rotary International Centennial project of the Washington Rotary Club. The airport is 5.5 miles south of Washington on Highway 15.

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Lorna Jarchow

Lorna A. Jarchow 87 of Puyallup, Wash., formerly of Daykin, and Fairbury, Neb., died Aug. 29, 2011 in Puyallup.

Services will be at 2p.m. Friday Sept. 9,at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Daykin, with Pastor Paul Beyer officiating. Burial at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery - Daykin. Memorials to the Church or Orphan Grain Train. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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