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Six-Day Mail Delivery Will Stay For Postal Customers

One of the hottest topics on Captol Hill this summer, overshadowed only by the recent budget talks and looking government default, has been the spectre that U.S. Postal officials are seeking to eliminate Saturday mail delivery as a way to stop the bleeding of red ink by the USPS.

Yesterday (Thursday) Journal-News publisher Fred Arnold along with a delegation of Nebraska newspapers publishers met with State leaders at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to seek their help in retaining six-day delivery. The group which included John Edgecombe of The Nebraska Signal at Geneva and Kurt Johnson of The Aurora News Register, along with Nebraska Press Association executive director Allen Beerman, met with Third District Congressman Adrian Smith and Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson.

Thu
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Fairbury Woman Faces Drug Charges

This morning, Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Officers of the Fairbury Police Department, served a Search Warrant at 816 Maple St. in Fairbury. One female subject was identified as Arlene Stewart age 42 of Fairbury was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance/Prescription Drugs and Possession of a Controlled Substance/Prescription Drugs. Other items including marijuana and drug paraphernalia were taken from the residence. This matter remains under investigation at this time.

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Miss Jefferson County

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Miss Jefferson County

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Miss Jefferson County

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Seeking School Supplies For Families In Need

Seems like the school doors have just shut down for summer vacation and it is already time to think about going back.

"Believe it or not, school is right around and the corner, and we are working hard to make sure that every child starts the year off right with all the supplies he/she needs for a successful school year," Ryan Bailey, BVCA Family and Community Services Coordinator, said. "Even though it seems like there isn't a "non-busy" time for us anymore, it's truly amazing how many more families are in need of our services. It is so challenging to keep up with all the need and requests we are getting right now, from food to rent and utility assistance."

Bailey says the loss of jobs in the area definitely has a influence on their services.

Wed
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Council Questions Power Of CRA Committee

Even though the Fairbury City Council agenda was fairly short last night, it turned into a fairly long meeting when the council began discussing the passage of the second reading of an ordinance.

The ordinance is to create a Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) committee to deal with tax increment financing projects and blighted and substandard designations of areas in the city.

Former Councilman Ed Friesen addressed the Council in support of the ordinance which would move much of the work on such projects from direct Council control to the Redevelopment authority. Friesen said over the past years a number of opportunities to use TIF funding had been missed because the Council did not have the time to properly deal with them.

Wed
20
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Recent Extreme Heat Not Something To Take Lightly

A little heat never hurt anyone. But extreme heat like our area has been experiencing the last few days definitely can.

From 1979-2002, excessive heat exposure caused 8,966 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

Wed
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Drug Court-Serious Commitment All Around

by Sandy Zabokrtsky Fairbury Journal News Reporter

Jefferson County Commissioners signed the interlocal agreement with Gage, Saline, and Fillmore to once again assist in funding and to be included in the Southeast Adult Drug Court for the fourth straight year at last Tuesday's meeting.

When you hear Drug Court the first thought that comes to many people's mind is free ride. In all actuality this couldn't be further from the truth. Drug Court is a very serious commitment for everyone involved.

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Royal Court

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