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Legislative roundup, March 28 to 31 By Krista Vogel, Nebraska News Service

A bill introduced by Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial to increase accessibility of mental health records in the purchase of firearms advanced from general file March 29. Legislative Bill 512 aims to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands. The bill would also require that those previously banned from buying firearms who no longer suffer from mental health issues submit an application to buy or possess a gun. The mental health board would then meet to consider the application and the individual's situation.

LB 204, introduced by Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha, would require that children enrolling in kindergartener have their blood lead levels tested. Children with very low risks as determined by a physician would be exempt. Council said lead poisoning can hurt school performance and increase chances of behavioral problems, low intelligence and learning disabilities. The bill was advanced from general file March 29.

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Karen Culp

Karen K. Culp, 59 of Fairbury, NE passed away April 1, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice. Family will greet friends from 6:00 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Anita Love

Anita R. (Achtemeier) Oglesby Love, 56, of Lincoln, NE, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at The Monarch in Lincoln, NE.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at first Presbyterian Church, Beatrice, NE, with Rev. Dr. Jimmy Shelbourn officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, NE. The body will lie in state at Harman-Wright Mortuary on Friday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to Family's Choice with mortuary in charge. A guest book is available online at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com for messages of condolence. Harman-Wright Mortuary (Beatrice) in charge of arrangements

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Harriet Garton

Harriet E. Garton, 64, Beatrice, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Monday, April 4, at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor David Kramer officiating. Burial Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. Visitation will be held at Harman-Wright Mortuary on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from Noon to 9 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. then at church one hour preceding services. A memorial is established to the family choice with the mortuary in charge. An online guest book is available at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com for messages of condolence. Harman-Wright Mortuary in charge of arrangements

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Marilyn Krupicka

Marilyn Krupicka 74, formerly of Tobias passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 4, at Gerdes-Meyer Chapel in Fairbury, with Pastor Karl Lent officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery at Daykin, NE. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice. Viewing will start after 2 p.m., Saturday. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Chimney Fires Are More Prone During Beginning, End Of Heating Season

A chimney fire reported Sunday morning sent rural firefighters and other emergency personnel to the home of Donald Luehring at 56740 Crystal Springs Road, south of Fairbury.

Firefighters dropped chimney bags down the top of the chimney in an attempt to put out the flames.

The fire started due to the build up of creosote in the chimney.

According to Wikipedia.org, creosote is described as the black oily accretion that builds up inside of chimney flues as a result of incomplete burning of wood or coal.

"At the beginning or the end of the heating season, people aren't burning their fires as hot," Kenny Krause, Fairbury Rural Fire Chief said. "This allows the creosote to build up in the chimneys and can lead to a fire."

No water was used at the fire, however fire extinguishers were utilized and positive pressure fans were used to remove smoke from the home.

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Chimney Fires Are More Prone During Beginning, End Of Heating Season

A chimney fire reported Sunday morning sent rural firefighters and other emergency personnel to the home of Donald Luehring at 56740 Crystal Springs Road, south of Fairbury.

Firefighters dropped chimney bags down the top of the chimney in an attempt to put out the flames.

The fire started due to the build up of creosote in the chimney.

According to Wikipedia.org, creosote is described as the black oily accretion that builds up inside of chimney flues as a result of incomplete burning of wood or coal.

"At the beginning or the end of the heating season, people aren't burning their fires as hot," Kenny Krause, Fairbury Rural Fire Chief said. "This allows the creosote to build up in the chimneys and can lead to a fire."

No water was used at the fire, however fire extinguishers were utilized and positive pressure fans were used to remove smoke from the home.

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McKee: Local Weather Uncertain Hot & Dry Or Cool & Wet; It's Anyone's Guess

The National Weather Service. The Old Farmers' Almanac. Old Wives Tales.

If you ask a dozen so-called experts what the weather forecast is going to be, chances are you'll get a dozen different answers. At least that's the opinion of Jefferson County Emergency Management director, John McKee.

McKee, among other titles, keeps track of storms and developing weather patterns for southeast Nebraska, including Jefferson County and portions of north central Kansas. And his opinion of whether our region will experience an active Spring storm season?

"Who know. It's anyone's guess," he said.

The National Weather Service seems to echo those thoughts.

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End Is Near For COIL vs. Livingston Case

Dotting the i's and crossing the t's sums up the latest meeting Bruce Livingston had with Jefferson County Commissioners.

When Livingston finished his 8,000 head facility near Mahaska in 2005, he found himself embroiled in a legal battle between himself and a group called COIL (citizens opposing industrial livestock), claiming among other things health hazards to living near such a facility.

Last week Jefferson County Commissioners voted unanimously to grant Livingston Enterprises a building permit to satisfy the request of the District Court Judge presiding over the case against Livingston. The members of COIL did not believe the permit process was done correctly for the current location and were looking for resolution.

A new facility is not being built, just some paperwork filed to appease the court and plaintiffs.

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Stapaules May Face Felony Charge After Incident In Harbine Last Thursday

A Fairbury man is free on bond stemming from an incident which occurred March 24 at Side Trek bar in Harbine.

Caleb D. Stapaules, 21, was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on allegations of First Degree Criminal Trespassing, Terroristic Threats, a felony; and Use Of A Firearm To Commit A Felony. Earlier today (Wednesday) Stapaules appeared before Jefferson County County Court Judge Patrick McArdle, who set bond at $5,000, 10% release.

According to reports from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9:15 p.m. on March 24, deputies were called to the Side Trek Bar and were advised there were several people removed from the bar and would not leave the premises. During an altercation a gun was brandished, allegedly by Staupaules.

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