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Diller-Odell Attends State FFA Convention

The Diller-Odell FFA Chapter attended the 83rdannual Nebraska State FFA Convention April 6th, 7th, and 8th. Four members earned their State Degrees. The degree is awarded based on total FFA involvement and the quality of the individual's supervised agricultural experience program. The members earning the degree were Andy Adam, Derrick Grabowski, Ashley Probst, and Ethan Weers. Andy was selected as a State Star finalist in Placement.

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Sen. Johanns, Congressman Smith Comment On The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) released the following statement on the death of Osama bin Laden:

"What rewarding news for our country, our Allies, and the ideals for which so many have fought and sacrificed. Let the death of Osama Bin Laden be the latest reminder that extremism and terrorism have no place in this world. The universal cause of freedom, tolerance, and democracy has a refreshed purpose today, and will never be deterred by violent extremists. I commend the men and women of our Armed Forces for their valiant efforts since September 11, 2001. The global fight against extremism will continue, but this is a significant hurdle in the long process of seeking justice for the atrocity of the greatest attack on American soil in our nation's history."

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) Monday issued the following statement in reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden:

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Redistricting Maps

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Introducing King Trenton & Queen Hannah

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Hotel Project Debated, Council Awards $160,000

Fairbury will be getting a new 37-room hotel.

After several months of jockeying, developers of a planned hotel, with indoor swimming pool and conference room, received the news they had hoped for: they will be awarded $160,000 in LB840 grant funds to help with the project.

Members of the Fairbury City Council cast a unanimous vote in support of the planned facility, which will be constructed in the old Wal-Mart parking lot, now the site of Prairie Pointe Plaza near the intersection of Highways 15 and 136.

According to project co-partner Stan Buckow, ground breaking could occur within 30 days.

"We hope to have the project completed by the end of the year," he said.

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Adams Injured In Roll-Over Accident

A Fairbury man, Tyson Adams, was injured in a one vehicle accident on May 1.

At approximately 8:17 p.m. last Sunday the Jefferson County Communications received a 911 call of a single vehicle roll over crash east of Fairbury on Highway 8.

"Emergency services responded and found a single vehicle roll over with one injured party at the scene," Nels Sorensen, Jefferson County Sheriff said. "The vehicle was a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche owned and driven by Tyson Adams of rural Fairbury."

Adams was westbound on Highway 8 and went off the left side of the road way, driver corrected and came back on to the roadway.

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Refrigerator Recycling Program

The City of Fairbury, in partnership with its wholesale electric power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN), recently began its ENERGYsmart Refrigerator Recycling Program.

The program, partially funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Program, will pay residential electric customers $35 to recycle old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

Recycling older, inefficient refrigerators accomplishes multiple benefits:

· Reduces electricity usage by removing inefficient and under-used appliances from the electrical distribution grid. Homeowners can save about $125 per year per refrigerator on electric bills, according to recycling company JACO Environmental.

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All Decked Out For Prom

Fairbury's royalty were looking good at prom last Saturday night. Above, the royal court included, back row, left to right, Trenton McCown, son of Dan F. and Frances McCown, Richard Rhoden, son of Ron and Sheryl Rhoden, Kylon Fett, son of Darrell Fett and Lori Michl, Tanner Stenson, son of Dave Stenson and Diana Stenson and Brandon Katz, son of James and Shirley Katz. Front row, Sydney Schroeder, daughter of Craig and Shannon Schroeder, Kalee Cromer, daughter of Greg and Melissa Cromer, Meg Ehle, daughter of Ray and Cindy Ehle, Naomi Lutze, daughter of David and Marsha Lutze and Hannah Bauer, daughter of Randy and Linda Bauer. Right, Randy Bauer, focuses on his daughter, Hannah, shortly after she is crowned Fairbury's 2011 prom queen. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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All Decked Out For Prom

Fairbury's royalty were looking good at prom last Saturday night. Above, the royal court included, back row, left to right, Trenton McCown, son of Dan F. and Frances McCown, Richard Rhoden, son of Ron and Sheryl Rhoden, Kylon Fett, son of Darrell Fett and Lori Michl, Tanner Stenson, son of Dave Stenson and Diana Stenson and Brandon Katz, son of James and Shirley Katz. Front row, Sydney Schroeder, daughter of Craig and Shannon Schroeder, Kalee Cromer, daughter of Greg and Melissa Cromer, Meg Ehle, daughter of Ray and Cindy Ehle, Naomi Lutze, daughter of David and Marsha Lutze and Hannah Bauer, daughter of Randy and Linda Bauer. Right, Randy Bauer, focuses on his daughter, Hannah, shortly after she is crowned Fairbury's 2011 prom queen. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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Just Call Me "Grandma" -- Would You Like To Make A Difference In A Child's Life?

Sometimes Grandma Karen has a hard time getting out of the classroom. Why? All the kids are looking for a hug and Grandma Karen seems to be the favorite target.

"I can only speak for myself, but being a Foster Grandparent has brought me nothing but joy and has been a most gratifying experience," Grandma Karen Schwisow said. "The program is one of the best things I have done for myself and I love being able to help some of these wonderful children in our schools. They need our help and love."

Even though "Foster" may be part of her title, that is far from how she feels about her experience at Central Elementary School.

"I know I am called a foster Grandparent, but these kids make me feel like an 'honest to goodness' grandma. Sometimes at night I go home tired and find myself thinking about the next day. People ask me--how can you do that work? My answer is--how can't you?"

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