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Richard E. "Dick" McKenzie

Richard E. "Dick" McKenzie, 79, of Bonham, Texas, formerly of Fairbury, died Sept. 11, 2011 at Texas State Veteran Home Hospital in Bonham.

Survivors include his children, Doug, Carla, Debbie of Oregon; sister, Doris Creighton of Lenexa, Kan.; brother, Dean and wife, Joan of Fairbury; nieces and nephews.

Cremation had taken place.

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Barbara Joyce Schoenrock

Barbara Joyce Schoenrock, 77, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Fairbury, died Sept. 11, 2011.

Survivors include her husband, Alvin; sons, Mark and wife, Denise of Lone Tree, Colo., Merrell of Lincoln; grandchildren, Christie Schoenrock, Nikki Smith, both of Provo, Utah, Tyler Schoenrock and special friend, Hannah Kelly of Lincoln, Olivia Spence and husband, John of Gretna, Sarah LeMonte and husband, Joshua of Newark, Del.; great-grandchildren, Avery Smith and Jaden Smith of Provo.

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Family will greet friends on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Dean Dalke

Dean Dalke, 77, of Beatrice, Neb., died Sept. 11, 2011 at the Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Beatrice.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; son, Doug Dalke and wife, Karen of Lincoln; daughter, Jan Dalke Anderson and husband, John Shaulis of Evergreen, Colo.; grandchildren, Matt, Nick and Biz Dalke, Max and Annika Shaulis; brother, Arlie Dalke and wife, Barbara of Prescott, Ariz.; sister, Diane Cantwell and husband, Larry of Leavenworth, Kan; aunt, Dorothy Portwood of Beatrice; brother-in-law, Alden Johnson and wife, Shirley of Lincoln.

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Keith F. Endorf

Keith F. Endorf, 92, of Wichita, Kan., died Sept. 5, 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; children, Trudy Darby (Coleman) of Grove, Okla., Kathy Boyd (Mike) of Wichita, Gary Endorf (Karen) of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kirsten Bryd, Derek Adams (Shannon), Molly Cowan (Mike), Laura Holland (Michael), Erin Endorf, Ryan Endorf, Tim Darby, Andrea Murphy (Joe), Marshall Darby (Sarah) and Matt Darby; 11 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be at a later date. Memorials have been established with the Catholic Care Center, 6700 E 45th N. Bel Aire, KS 67226 and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East, service.

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Ronald R. Byrd

Ronald R. Byrd, 61, of Fairbury, Neb., died Sept. 13, 2011 in Fairbury.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; children, Adrian Byrd and wife, Deeann of Lincoln, Ryan Byrd and fianceé, Ashley Moser of Fairbury; grandchildren, Kayla, Ty and Alexander Byrd; sister, Jan Embree-Bever and husband, John of Wheatridge, Colo.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury with the Rev. Steve Frazier officiating. Family will greet friends on Monday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home. Memorials to family's choice. Burial of cremains will be in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Business Burglarized, Firearms Stolen Owner Expresses Frustration

Early Sunday morning a Fairbury business was burglarized and several firearms were stolen. The business, American Family Insurance, owned by Bruce Swartz, had the front window shattered.

"On September 11 at approximately 3:50 a.m. the Fairbury Police Department responded to a report of a broken window on a business in 500 Block of Fifth Street," Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk said. "When officers arrived, they observed a glass window to be shattered. Officers contacted the owner of the business and an inventory of the business revealed multiple firearms were stolen."

Stolen were eight pistols and three rifles. No arrests have been made and the burglary remains under investigation.

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District 8 Sets $12.3 Million Budget For 2011-12

District 8 Superintendent of Schools Fred Helmink said the local school system will face many challenges with the coming school year. Not the least of them is a loss of nearly $400,000 in state aid from a year ago. Still, Helmink said he was satisfied with the budget that was put together and approved at Monday's District 8 Board of Education meeting.

"The budget we asked for and was able to get approved was $12,351,712," Helmik said. "This represents a 1.69 percent increase over least year."

The superintendent said those figures were pretty good considering the amount of aid received from the State of Nebraska dropped from slightly over $1.4 million to just over $1 million.

"This is the lowest amount of state aid Fairbury has seen in over 20 years, so we're going to have to find a different way to fund our schools," he said.

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New Twist On An Old Scam

You receive a phone call and the voice on the other end weeping, sounds distant, or maybe the connection is bad. But they identify themselves as your "grandchild" and then immediately hand the phone to someone else.

This someone else identifies himself as the "lawyer" and goes on the explain the "grandchild" is in jail, over the border and needs a large amount of money for bail.

First instinct of most grandparents is to jump to save their grandchild. But is this the wisest thing to do?

Wal-Mart reports that they have seen a recent increase in elderly folks coming in wanting to purchase money orders and have them sent to some address out of the United States.

"I was able to talk to one lady and convince her to call her granddaughter," said Ron Hilligas, Fairbury Wal-Mart manager.

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District 8 Enrollment Reverses Downward Trend, Nears 900

For only the second time in the last six years K-12 enrollment in the Fairbury School system is approaching 900 students.

On Monday District 8 Superintendent of Schools Fred Helmink told members of the local board of education that enrollment heading into this fall's school year is up. He said a total of 870 students had enrolled thus far for grades K-12. Helmink said if you factor in pre-school students, those figures are well over 900 students. He added those early numbers are always changing as families move into and out of any given school district throughout the school year.

"For now, at least, we have seen a reversal of a trend in declining student numbers," he said.

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