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Byrd Arrested For Alleged Attempt Of First Degree Murder

Ryan R. Byrd, 28, of Fairbury was arrested on February 19 for alleged criminal attempt of first degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and third degree domestic assault, according to Fairbury's Chief of Police Chad Sprunk.

"On Sunday morning, at approximately 3:14 a.m., the Fairbury Police Department received information that there was a physical altercation in the alley behind 612 G Street inside of a vehicle," Sprunk said. "Fairbury Police Officers were told that there was blood all over the vehicle and that one subject had been stabbed with a knife."

When officers arrived, they observed a female subject standing in the street crying. She advised that Ryan R. Byrd was in the vehicle with another male subject fighting. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed two male subjects in the vehicle covered in blood.

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DeJong Murder Trial Begins

Susan DeJong appeared in District Court Tuesday morning to face charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Judge Paul W. Korslund addressed the jury, giving them instructions before the trial began.

"You are the judges of the facts," Korslund said. "Rely solely on evidence in this trial, disregard anything else you many know about this case."

After those in attendance handed over their cell phones and passed through the metal detector, manned by Jefferson County deputies, the trial began shortly after 8 a.m.

Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer faced the jury at 8:23 with the state's opening statements and concluded her statements at approximately 8:50.

Wed
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Hilderbrand Faces Strangulation, Assault Charges

Steven M. Hilderbrand, 56 of Fairbury, was arrested last Thursday for alleged strangulation, terroristic threats and third degree domestic assault.

"On February 16 the Fairbury Police Department received information that there was a disturbance at a residence in the 1900 block of G Street," Chad Sprunk, Chief of Police, said. "Officers were informed that a male subject had grabbed a female around her neck and drug her around the house. Officers were then informed that the male subject had left the residence in a White 2008 Chevrolet Impala and was heading to Marysville, Kan."

According to Sprunk, while Officers with the Fairbury Police Department were responding to the residence, Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office began searching for the vehicle outside of Fairbury. Officers learned that the suspect was Steven M. Hilderbrand.

Wed
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Commissioner's Meeting2/21/12

General Business

*LeRoy Bast, Jefferson County Treasurer, presented tax exemptions for Blue Valley Community Action. They will be licensing 40 vehicles. Moved and approved by the Board.

*Vicki Haskell, Jefferson County Assessor, presented three tax corrections all dealing with the same property due to a building that was built and initially reported incorrectly and not discovered until the property sold. All three exemptions were approved by the board.

*Permissive Exemptions were signed with the exception of the two properties that the assessor is awaiting the state's response. It was moved and approved by the Board.

*Request for bids for the courthouse floor are once again sent out. It will be published in the paper one time, the date to view bids is March 6th.

*The Board received notification that upon inspection the Jail is in full compliance.

Wed
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Motel Developer Lambasts CRA, Calls Local Committee An Irritation

One of the developers of a new hotel in the city of Fairbury said business should be conducted between business people. But by adding an independent committee to the mix, "things got mixed up."

Dick Allen, Fairbury, one of the partners of ABP Investments spoke before members of the local city council on Tuesday asking that the city re-nig on it's appointment of a Community Redevelopment Authority to make a recommendation whether or not the new hotel would be eligible for approximately $300,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. Instead he asked the council to again resume authority of the decision-making process.

Allen's partners in the project, Fairbury banker Vern Pfaff and former Fairbury businessman Stan Buckow, were not present at the meeting.

"This has been a nightmare since the CRA got involved," Allen said.

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Fairbury's FFA Chapter Celebrates 2012 National FFA Week, Feb, 18-25

Fairbury's FFA Organization is celebrating National FFA Week February 18-25. "I Believe" is this year's theme, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization's future. More than half a million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.

FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually encompasses February 22, George Washington's birthday.

Fairbury's FFA Chapter members will be celebrating National FFA Week by participating in many different activities.

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CRA Plans For Future Development

Last week members of the Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) met to begin the strategic planning process for Redevelopment Area # 1 which includes the historic downtown district, and Area #2 which currently covers E Street from 14th Street south to 11th Street.

The purpose of the strategic planning process is to identify and prioritize development initiatives in those areas for the next 7 - 10 years. Information gleaned from this and upcoming sessions will give city planners information to be considered for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan and serve as a guide in updating the Redevelopment Plans for Areas one and two, currently in force.

Wed
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Department of Roads Employees Questions Benefits And Handbook

The Department of Roads attended the Commissioner's Meeting in full force this past Tuesday. There were several questions that were posed to the Commissioners.

Initially they wanted to express their opinions on the insurance benefits for 35 hour versus the 40 hour employee. Bill Hansel, Highway Superintendent, served as the spokesman for the group.

"I wasn't going to make a big deal out of this until I saw the article in the paper," Hansel said. "I just thought that you guys should hear the other side of the story."

Hansel explained that over the years he has had several employees who have had to take a great deal of sick time. It was brought to the board's attention and at that time suggested that benefits should be cut down accordingly. He stated that he saw no difference in that situation than the one where the 35 hour employees were receiving full benefits.

Tue
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Feb
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Card Shower-Nigh

The family of Jim and Lavon Nigh would like to honor them with a card shower for their 50th wedding anniversary, which is Saturday, March 3.

The couple are graduates of Fairbury High School and former residents of Fairbury.

Cards may be sent to 310 S 84th St., Omaha, NE 68114.

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Card Shower-Aksamit

The children and grandchildren would like to honor their mother and grandmother with a card shower for her 80th birthday.

Cards may be sent to 1503 N Sixth St., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

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