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Court & Cops

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Feb. 10: Report of an attempted scam in the 1200 block of Maple Street.

Feb. 10: Report of a theft in the 400 block of Seventh Street.

Feb. 13: Report of a gas drive off in the 600 block of E Street.

Feb. 14: Susan G. Bauer of Fairbury was driving a 2004 Impala and was traveling southbound on K Street. A pickup was stopped at a stop sign on the east side of Fifth street traveling westbound. When the pickup pulled out Bauer swerved to the right to avoid coming into collision with the pickup and collided with a stop sign located in the southwest corner of the intersection. No injuries were reported. The vehicle sustained $1,200 in damages.

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Irene Davis

Irene A. Davis 90 of Fairbury, NE., passed away February 19, 2011 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday February 21, 2011 at the American Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor John Brink officiating. Burial at the Mahaska Cemetery - Mahaska, KS. Memorials to the Family's Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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Redistricting committee considers number of senators

LINCOLN--The Nebraska Legislature's Redistricting Committee considered two opposing bills Wednesday that could increase or decrease the number of legislative districts in the state.

The first bill, introduced by Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, would add a 50th senator to the Legislature.

Sullivan said that population shifts to the eastern part of the state have caused rural districts to be much larger than others, making it harder for rural senators to reach all of their constituents.

According to Sullivan, adding another district would prevent rural districts from getting even larger.

Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, a member of the redistricting committee, thanked Sullivan for bringing the bill forward.

"My district is the size of New Jersey," Fischer said.

Wed
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District 8 Seeks Construction Bonds, Will Address Classroom Overcrowding

The Fairbury Public School system has a unique problem. While most area schools are losing student population, an abnormally large rise in some local elementary classes has prompted district officials to seek solutions of classroom overcrowding.

On Monday Fairbury Superintendent of schools, Fred Helmink, told the District 8 board of eduction he has applied for a series of interest free construction bonds as part of a program offered through the Nebraska Department of Education. Any bonds awarded to the Fairbury school system would be over an extended 10-15 year period and are interest free.

The issue locally centers around classrooms that are bursting at the seams in second and fourth grades.

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Fairbury Upsets No. 1 Sandy Creek

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Anderson Faces Drug Charges For Meth Lab Found At Buckley Creek

In late December an abandoned methamphetamine lab was found at Buckley Creek Recreation area near Reynolds. Now a Kansas man is facing charges.

On December 29, 2010 Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputies as well as members of the Fairbury Police Department, Fairbury Rural Fire, Jefferson County Ambulance District #33 and Jefferson County Emergency Management were called to the area of Buckley Creek Recreation Area near Reynolds in reference to a possible methamphetamine lab that was discovered. Upon arrival an abandoned methamphetamine lab was discovered and was dismantled by Methamphetamine Lab Technicians from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Fairbury Police Department.

After almost two months of investigation, and with the assistance of the Marysville Kan. Police Department and the Marshall County Kansas Sheriff's Office charges are being sought against one individual.

Wed
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ATV Ban At Crystal Springs Put On Hold...For Now

A proposed ban on ATV and utility-type vehicles at Crystal Springs has been put on hold at least temporarily.

On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council were schedule to give third and final reading to a measure which would have implemented a ban on the specialty vehicles. The legislation, which is part of an ordinance change for the City had been given two previous "thumbs up" approval by council members.

But during its final reading before coming a law, the portion relating to ATVs at Crystal Springs was stricken.

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Council Postpones Moving Forward With TIF Study

A group of local businessmen seeking funding to help with infrastructure and utilities development for a new hotel planned near Wally's Sport Bar will have to wait a little longer to find out if they are going to get any help.

On Tuesday Tim Keelan from the consulting firm of Hanna, Keelan Associates of Lincoln spoke to members of the Fairbury City Council seeking approval to conduct a study to determine if an area near 14th and K Street could qualify for TIF (tax increment financing) through the creation of a new development area.

"We would conduct a blighted and substandard study and redevelopment plan with the ultimate goal of providing new business, improvements and economic development," Keelan said.

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Looking For Nominations For Pioneer Farm Awards

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers announced recently that nominations for the 57th annual Nebraska Pioneer Farm Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau, are now being accepted.

The program honors farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more.

Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.

Nominations forms can be obtained from the local County Fair Board Office, Jefferson County Extension Office or by writing the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Awards, 8707 West Center Road, Suite 101, Omaha, Ne. 68124 or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than May 1, 2011.

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Relay For Life Plans Kick Off Party On Feb. 24

When cancer strikes, it seldom takes a day off. After you have taken some time off to stay warm during this cold winter with your family, think about joining the battle against cancer with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, June 17, at the Fairbury City Park.

A Kick Off party will be held at the First National Bank, Fairbury at the Burkley Family Center, 511 E St., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to join in the celebration of the Sixth year of this event in Jefferson County. A highlight of the evening will be a guest speaker, one of the 2011 Heros of Hope for the Nebraska region, Michelle Bellsas. Michelle is a thyroid cancer survivor and has a truly inspirational story.

For more information or to get involved, call Brenda Riggle at 729-6419 or Krystal Schroeder at 587-0387.

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