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Former Fairbury Police Chief, Civic Leader Dies Tuesday

A memorial service will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 20, for former Fairbury Chief of Police Ron Byrd who passed away of an undisclosed illness on Tuesday.

Byrd joined the Fairbury Police Department in 1971 raising to the rank of Chief of Police in 1985, a position he held until 1990. He later embarked on a career in local, city politics serving twice as a member of the Fairbury City Council, representing Ward One from 1999 through 2000 and again from 2004 through 2009.

He also was a staunch supporter of the Fairbury Fire Department serving as a volunteer for nearly 40 years, from 1969 through 2007.

Memorial services for Byrd will be at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury.

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Jefferson County Health Insurance Is Found To Be Lacking

County Commissioners and County Departments were shocked by new information provided by the third party administrators regarding their health insurance. Regional Care Inc (RCI) informed Jefferson County Commissioners that if an employee or covered spouse were injured at another job that they were being paid a wage for, county insurance would not cover that injury and ensuing bills.

This would mean that a county employee or spouse that also works as a farmer, rancher, in domestic services or is a small business owner who is injured on that job does not have medical coverage through the Jefferson County insurance plan. Nebraska does not require these businesses to carry workman's comprehensive insurance, so if injured the medical bills would remain uncovered.

The insurance had just been renewed approximately two months ago and this piece of information was never given to the Commissioners.

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County Commissioners Meeting Sept. 13, 2011

* Approved two vehicle tax exemptions, one for Salvation Army and Fairbury Assisted Living.

* Fair board members reappointed Kenning, Wissenburg and Voss.

* Jefferson County Assessor met with Commissioners. Pipelines have protested to State of Nebraska for tax evaluation. These assessments will be for 2010. Black Hills Nebraska Gas evaluation went down by $4,720 and Rocky's Express Pipeline went down $12,659 in evaluation.

* Department of Roads computer crashed. After evaluation it appears that it would cost as much to fix as to get a new computer. Requested additional surplus computer for inventory purposes, needs only basic computer.

* Department of Roads has had pickup returned, it will be declared surplus and it will be sold.

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Homecoming, A Fall Tradition

Fall and football kind of goes hand in hand doesn't it? Next week starts the beginning of Homecoming Week at Fairbury.

"Spirit Days" will start the 19th at the High School and are to include Monday- Cross Dress Day; Tuesday - Crazy Day; Wed.  - Cowboy vs Alien vs Indians; Thursday - Decades: Staff -90s,Junior High - 40s, 9th - 50s, 10th - 60s, 11th - 70s, 12th -80s; Friday - Jeff Pride Day (all schools participate).

The bonfire is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Thursday behind the community building in the city park. The bonfire will start after the home volleyball and softball games.

The homecoming parade will be held on Friday, Sept. 23rd beginning at 3:00 p.m. To enter a float in the parade, contact Janet Beranek at jberanek@fairburyjeffs.org by Sept. 21. A $50 prize will be given for the best float sponsored by the Fairbury Booster Club.

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Sep
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Homecoming, A Fall Tradition

Fall and football kind of goes hand in hand doesn't it? Next week starts the beginning of Homecoming Week at Fairbury.

"Spirit Days" will start the 19th at the High School and are to include Monday- Cross Dress Day; Tuesday - Crazy Day; Wed.  - Cowboy vs Alien vs Indians; Thursday - Decades: Staff -90s,Junior High - 40s, 9th - 50s, 10th - 60s, 11th - 70s, 12th -80s; Friday - Jeff Pride Day (all schools participate).

The bonfire is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Thursday behind the community building in the city park. The bonfire will start after the home volleyball and softball games.

The homecoming parade will be held on Friday, Sept. 23rd beginning at 3:00 p.m. To enter a float in the parade, contact Janet Beranek at jberanek@fairburyjeffs.org by Sept. 21. A $50 prize will be given for the best float sponsored by the Fairbury Booster Club.

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Unexpected Expense Surprises County

The ink's not dry on the Jefferson County Budget and already additional deficits are surfacing. Jefferson County Tax Assessor, Vicki Haskell, informed County Commissioners yesterday that she had received notification of two tax corrections.

Jefferson County will have to refund taxes to two pipeline companies to the tune of $17,000 dollars. Both companies had filed a tax protest with the state of Nebraska protesting their 2010 tax evaluation.

The former County Assessor, Arliss Brown, had previously informed the commissioners that a protest had been filed. She also stated that she was unsure when the decision would be made. The decision has just been settled.

Black Hills Nebraska Gas will receive a tax refund of $4,720 and Rocky's Express Pipeline will receive tax refund of $12,659.

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Siebrandt Receives Injuries In Early Morning Accident

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at approximately 6:35 a.m. this morning, Jefferson County 911 received a call of a two vehicle crash three miles east of Plymouth on Highway 4. The vehicles involved were a car and a semi.

Natasha Siebrandt, 16, of rural Jansen, was driving a 1997 Mercury Sable northbound on 581 Ave.

Kevin Haake, 41, of Western, was driving a 2005 Freightliner semi tractor and liquid trailer, owned by Farmers Coop of Dorchester, westbound on Hwy. 4.

Siebrandt was northbound and was turning east onto Hwy 4 when the accident occurred. Siebrandt struck the semi in the left rear drive tires causing damage to the left front end of her vehicle and minor damage to the Coop semi.

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Law Enforcement Center Comes Clean

Ambulance personnel had a rude awakening early Sunday morning. A supply line burst during the night and filled the ambulance department with 1-2 inches of water.

The supply line currently handles 95-100 lbs of pressure which is necessary to supply all the waterlines in the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center. This places an inordinate amount of wear and tear on the water line. A normal household usually has 30-50 lbs of water pressure coming into the house, there maybe a maximum of 75 lbs of pressure at some places.

Holes Cleaning came out immediately to suck out water and in so doing the carpet started to disintegrate. Upon closer inspection it was found that there was a mold issue that needed to be addressed.

"I made an executive decision and decided to get everything fixed immediately for safety sake," stated Nels Sorensen, Jefferson County Sheriff.

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Two Injured In Weekend Accidents

On Friday evening a two vehicle accident sent a Plymouth woman to the hospital with injuries.

Sharla Weise, Fairbury, 44, was driving a 2011 Ford Expedition and was southbound on 580 Ave. approaching 722 Road at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thomas M. Bonds, Plymouth, 37, was driving a 2005 Buick LeSabre, owned by Lynn Beason of Plymouth, westbound on 722 Road and was approaching the intersection. Bonds failed to yield and collided with the Weise vehicle behind the driver's door.

A passenger in the Bonds vehicle, Tina Bonds, 41, of Plymouth was transported to the Beatrice Community Hospital by Plymouth Fire and Rescue for treatment of her injuries.

The Weise vehicle sustained $7,500 in damages and the vehicle owned by Beason sustained $4,500 in damages. Investigation of the accident is continuing.

A second accident over the weekend injured a Daykin woman.

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Just Around The Corner

Jefferson Farm Bureau

Jefferson Farm Bureau annual meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at the 23 Building, 720 J St., Fairbury. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 14, 402-729-2728.

Senior Parent Night

Taylor Biehl, Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School Guidance Counselor will be hosting a Senior/Parent Night on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7-8 p.m. in the Burkley Fine Arts Center. This program is specifically designed to assist parents and students in planning for college. Contact the school with any questions.

G.L.U. (God Loves You)

For all Junior High age kids. Join us for our Fall kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 21, for a hot dog roast, games and more at Crystal Springs from 6 to 8 p.m. For a ride, meet at the church at 5:45 p.m.

23 Preservation Foundation

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