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Lorene Bethke

Lorene Bertha Johanna Bethke of Davenport, NE, the died April 12, 2011 at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler, NE at the age of 79 years.

Funeral services were held on April 15, 2011 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Davenport, Pastor Timothy Prince officiating. Burial was in the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery-Davenport. Memorials may be sent in care of the family. Hebron Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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DeJong Enters Not Guilty Plea In Death Of Her Husband

Susan DeJong had been bound over to district court after waiving her preliminary hearing in County Court on March 23. DeJong appeared last Thursday afternoon in front of Judge Paul W. Korslund in District Court. She has been charged with first degree murder, a Class IA Felony, in the death of her 52-year-old husband Thomas DeJong. The 54-year-old woman is suspected of violently beating her husband at their home in rural Fairbury and he died a few hours later in a Lincoln hospital on March 11.

DeJong was escorted into the district courtroom by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and was seated with her attorney James Mowbray.

Judge Paul W. Korlsund read Ms. DeJong her rights and asked her if she had any questions, which she replied "no." Judge Korslund told the 54-year-old that the crime she is accused of is punishable by life in prison without parole. She said she understood.

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Two Arrested After Meth Lab Found In Fairbury Residence

Two Fairbury residents were arrested last Thursday morning for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and felony child abuse.

"Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies obtained information of a possible meth lab and stolen property in a residence in Fairbury on Wednesday," Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The occupants of that residence were later identified as John Poley, 40 and Debra Duitsman, 45."

The information included the possibility of automatic weapons, leading Jefferson county to contact the Nebraska State Patrol for the use of a SWAT team.

"A search warrant was obtained and it was served at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning," Sheriff Sorensen said. "Once the house was secured, it was turned over to our office to complete the search and seizure of the property. We were on scene about nine hours."

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Two Arrested After Meth Lab Found In Fairbury Residence

Two Fairbury residents were arrested last Thursday morning for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and felony child abuse.

"Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies obtained information of a possible meth lab and stolen property in a residence in Fairbury on Wednesday," Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The occupants of that residence were later identified as John Poley, 40 and Debra Duitsman, 45."

The information included the possibility of automatic weapons, leading Jefferson county to contact the Nebraska State Patrol for the use of a SWAT team.

"A search warrant was obtained and it was served at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning," Sheriff Sorensen said. "Once the house was secured, it was turned over to our office to complete the search and seizure of the property. We were on scene about nine hours."

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Hill Sentenced In District Court On Assault Charge

Schuyler Hill, 21, of Fairbury stood in front of Judge Paul W. Korslund last Thursday in District Court. Hill had been originally charged on Feb. 22 with assault by a confined person, a Class IIIA Felony and Strangulation, a Class IV Felony. The incident leading to the charges took place in the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center.

Amended information was filed on March 3 and Hill pled no contest to one count of third degree assault, a Class I Misdemeanor.

Korslund sentenced Hill to 113 days in jail and gave him credit for time already served. He is also to pay all costs.

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District Braces For $400,000 Cut In State Aid

The news wasn't good and Fred Helmink made no bones about it.

On Monday the Superintendent for the Fairbury Public School system informed members of the local board of education that the ax was falling, swift, hard and without any specific target as far as aid from the State of Nebraska.

"We're going to lose around $400,000 in State aid; that is a huge dollar amount to have taken away," he said.

Helmink said all totaled that would account for about a 28% loss in monies from the state. He said this has been a growing a popular trend among state senators and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and that he doesn't see any end to it.

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Buckley Creek Golf Course To Remain Open

Call it an 11th hour save. Call it compassion by locals who have stepped up to the plate. Call it anything you want. But you can call The Buckley Creek Sand Green Golf Course "open for business."

Last week Mike Onnen, manager for the Little Blue Natural Resources District, the agency which manages the Buckley Creek Recreation area, told the Journal-News that this area's only sand green golf course would be closing.

"Because of skyrocketing expenses and the retirement of Jerry Ginn, who had maintained the course for the past 15 years the course will be closed unless we can find someone else who will help out."

This week Onnen is singing a different tune.

"The course will stay open," he said. "We have found a group of individuals who have agreed to maintain the course and keep track of the finances."

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Early Years Are Learning Years

Young children here in Fairbury deserve the best that we can give them, according to Jeremy Christiansen, principal/director of curriculum and learning for Central School.

To celebrate this, April 11-15 has been designated the Week of the Young Child. It is a time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

"We can continue to show our support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.

Week of the Young Child is a time to remind those that early years are learning years

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To Be Used For Local Projects

The District 8 Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that would allow improvements amounting to nearly $2 million to take place at local facilities.

According to District 8 Superintendent Fred Helmink the local system was awarded $1.5 in qualified school construction bonds as part of a federal education grant available to Nebraska schools.

"This is a very big deal for our school system," he said. "We have been working on this grant application for a couple of months now and had no guarantee that we would be awarded this funding opportunity."

According to the superintendent this is a win-win scenario for Fairbury schools. He said the bonds are basically interest free to Jefferson County taxpayers and will increase the overall budget only minimally.

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Organ Recipients Get To Say Thanks

Omaha World Herald Article

After Bruce Prenosil received a heart transplant, he sent a Christmas letter to the donor's family in Fairbury, Neb.

"I can never say thank you enough," Prenosil said. "There's no way to really totally adequately say the way I feel."

The 64-year-old Omaha man, who received the transplant in July 2009, didn't know the donor family's names or faces. Then a year later, Prenosil met the family of Scott Burkitt, 17, whose heart was donated to Prenosil after a fatal car crash.

"I'm glad we had the chance to meet them," said Mark Burkitt, 52, Scott's father. "It helped me to understand the outcome of what we went through."

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