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23 Dogs Seized From Steele City Residence Available For Immediate Adoption

Last Wednesday the Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible animal neglect situation in Steele City. Deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to check on the complaint.

"Upon arrival deputies found a large number of dogs in the residence," Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The conditions were unfit for the animals and for the resident of the house. The resident found other accommodations and the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln and the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha were contacted to make arrangements to take the dogs."

On Friday morning the Capital Humane Society and the Nebraska Humane Society arrived in Steele City and took possession of 18 labrador and mixed labrador dogs.

"The Sheriff's Office took possession of five lab puppies and they are housed at the Fairbury Dog Pound," Sorensen said. "A total of 23 dogs were seized. All the animals are available for immediate adoption."

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FLAG DAY SERVICE

"And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

--Francis Scott Key, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Celebrate the history and glory of the American Flag! On June 14th, Elks' Lodges all across America will be presenting Flag Day ceremonies. You can participate in this nationwide event to honor the Flag at the Fairbury Elks' Lodge.

It's open to the public and admission is free.

June 14th, 7:00 PM

525 G Street,

Thu
09
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IMPORTANT SCHEDULE UPDATE MEDIA ADVISORY AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD'S LEGENDARY STEAM LOCOMOTIVE COMING TO TOWN

What: Because of flooding concerns along the Missouri River in Missouri and Nebraska, the Little Rock Express tour schedule on its return trip to Cheyenne will be moved ahead by one day on half of its trip.

Union Pacific Railroad's legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is traveling back to its home base in Cheyenne, Wyo., from North Little Rock, Ark., on a tour celebrating local history, railroad heritage and The Little Rock Express as part of Union Pacific's Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam contest.

When & Where:

Thurs.. June 9 North Little Rock to Van Buren, Ark.

Fri., June 10 Van Buren, Ark., to Coffeyville, Kan.

Sat., June 11 Coffeyville, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo.

Wed
08
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Quilters Giving Back

The ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Daykin are having another "quilt day". They have finished 131 quilts this year (since January 1, 2011) that are donated to the Orphan Grain Train for distribution to world relief projects. They have been quilting for many years and know for certain that some of their handiwork was received by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in the past. Pictured left to right, Merlene Schmidt, Marion Schwisow, Martha Knobel, Delores Kugel, Kathy Heidemann. If you have any large pieces of leftover fabric pieces or old sheets or blankets that can be used for batting in the quilts that you would like to donate, please contact the church office or a member of the church. (Contributed photo)

Wed
08
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Kansas Man Arrested After Meth Found In Car

In a traffic safety check last Thursday on the Gage/Jefferson County line one Kansas man ended up in jail.

"From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. deputies from the Gage and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted a vehicle check point at the county line on U.S. Hwy. 136," Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "A total of 435 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 234 vehicles on the Gage County side and 201 vehicles on the Jefferson County side."

Charles Holper, 32, from Clay Center, Kan. was arrested when methamphetamine was found in his vehicle. Holper's bond was set at $10,000/10 percent and he bonded out on Monday.

"Our drug dog Ringo hit on his vehicle," Sorensen said. "Ringo indicated that there was some type of drug in the car and meth was found inside."

Numerous citations, warnings and repair cards were issued.

Wed
08
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When It Comes To Economic Development Funds

Fairbury City Administrator Joe Parker says when it comes to looking for places to use LB840 tax dollars from (from the half-cent sales tax initiative) the money comes in and the money goes out.

"Things are always happening in this fund and they always will be," he said.

Parker gave a presentation to Fairbury City Council members on Tuesday. He said it was time to put some numbers down in black and white and show where what the fund balances are and where the money goes. Parker's presentation was based on figures compiled as of April 30.

"We had $317,274.33 in the fund as of that date, but we also had commitments for $292,000, which left us a fund balance available for other projects of just $25,274," he noted.

Wed
08
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Three Burglaries Reported Over The Weekend, Sheriff Seeks Info

Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen is looking for information after three burglaries were reported over the weekend.

"At approximately 7:15 a.m. on the 4th of June Jefferson County Communications received a call of a possible break-in at Side Trek bar in Harbine," Sorensen said. "An officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded and found that the bar had been forcibly entered overnight."

At approximately 7:30 a.m. the same morning, Jefferson County Communications received a call of a possible break in at Behrends Service in Diller. An officer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded and found that the front door of the business had been kicked in. A small amount of money was taken, according to Sorensen.

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Morava Arrested Last Saturday For Terroristic Threats, Use Of A Deadly Weapon

A Fairbury man was arrested on Saturday for alleged terroristic threats and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Terry A. Morava, 36, was taken into custody shortly after a call was received by Jefferson County dispatch.

"On June 4 at approximately 6:07 p.m., the Fairbury Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance between two male subjects at Crystal Springs camping grounds," Chad Sprunk, Fairbury Chief of Police, said. "Officers were informed that a male subject that was involved in the disturbance, brandished a pistol and was making threats."

According to Sprunk, while officers were responding to the location, they were informed that the male subject with the gun, left Crystal Springs in a red pickup and was heading towards Fairbury.

Wed
08
Jun
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Former Fairbury Resident Shares Her Experiences After Joplin Tornado

A 1979 Fairbury graduate knows first hand just how hard the city of Joplin has been hit and how determined they are to rebuild...she has been a resident there for the past 10 years.

Even though her home was not hit, Angie (Lueders) Grantham, her husband Jonathan and sons Kellen, 13 and Quinn, 8, definitely feel the effects every day. She says this is by far the worst tragedy her family has ever had to deal with.

"What makes if so difficult, even for those who didn't lose their lives, homes or property, is it's so personal for all Joplinites," Angie said. "Our family has lost our grocery store, pharmacy, veterinary clinic, hair salon and auto repair shop."

Her husband is a surgeon at St. John's plus he also has a clinic/surgi-center in Galena, Kan. which is three miles West of Joplin.

Wed
08
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Boomgaarn Sr., Dorn Sentenced In District Court

Two men were sentenced in district court last Thursday by Judge Paul Korslund.

Information on Steven D. Boomgaarn Sr., 51, of Fairbury was originally filed on April 1 charging him with count one, Distribution of a controlled substance, marijuana, a Class III Felony; count two, Distribution of a controlled substance, Alprozolum, a class IIIA Felony and count three, Distribution of a controlled substance, hydrocodone, a Class III Felony.

On April 7 Boomgaarn returned to court and a plea agreement was reached. Counts one and three were dismissed and Boomgaarn pled no contest to count two, a Class IIIA Felony.

On June 2 Judge Korslund sentenced Boomgaarn to 48 months probation and to pay costs.

Also sentenced last Thursday was Eric J. Dorn, 24, of Pickrell.

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