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Week in review By Krista Vogel, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN - Senators decided to set aside one controversial issue - immigration - until next year, but they debated and passed several other bills from March 7 through 11.

LB 185: The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee heard testimony March 7 for a bill that would eliminate front license plates. Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln introduced the bill and said he feels that a rear license plate is adequate for law enforcement reasons.

LB 105: On March 9, senators advanced a bill introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would require boat and watercraft operators to complete a boating safety course. Under this bill, any person born after December 31, 1985, would be required to complete the course to operate a boat; the current law states that boat operators under 18 must take the course.

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Viola and Christoph Wiegert

Viola Wiegert 94 & Christoph Wiegert 95 both of Fairbury, NE, passed away Thursday, March 10,2011 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn Nolte

Evelyn Nolte 81 formerly of Daykin, NE passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Daykin, NE, with Pastor Paul Beyer officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Memorials are suggested to ASCERA Care Hospice or the Parkinson's Association. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
09
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Jefferson County's "Timeless Traditions" Theme Embraces 200 Years Of County Fairs

This year will mark the 200 year history of county fairs nation-wide. To honor this milestone, the Jefferson County Fairboard has announced the 2011 fair theme, "Timeless Traditions."

The dates for this year's fair is July 14-17.

The Richard's Amusement and Carnival will be on the fairgrounds all four days of the fair.

The race track will be screaming with action Friday and Saturday night during the Fair.

The country music group, The Sherwin and Pam Linton Show has been re-contracted for the grandstand Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. and they have an all new show planned.

Other activities planned include new contests with the mechanical bull, Hypnotist Mike Prochnow and four full days of horse related activities in the horse arena.

Wed
09
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Fairbury Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Of A Child

A 38 year old Fairbury man is jailed in Jefferson County on Child Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Child Pornography charges.

The man, whose name is not being released in order to protect the victim, was arrested without incident at his Fairbury home Thursday afternoon, March 3..

The Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Unit served a search warrant on the suspects residence in Fairbury, after a computer owned by the man was found to contain images depicting child pornography. During the subsequent investigation it was determined the suspect was also sexually abusing a minor child who resided with him. The minor child was removed from the home and placed in protective custody. An infant was allowed to remain in the custody of its mother.

Wed
09
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Saturday Morning Fire Claims Home Of Young Fairbury Family

A young Fairbury family is currently out of a home after an early morning house fire on March 5.

At 5:37 a.m. Jefferson County Communications received a call of a house fire at 1020 C Street.

The first responder arrived on scene at 5:39 a.m. Occupants, Jon Gouin, Jeorgia Kleinbohl and six-month old Berlyn, escaped the house while heavy smoke was coming from it.

Eighteen firefighters from Fairbury City and Rural Departments attacked the fire and vented the roof of the house to extinguish the fire.

The cause was determined to be electrical and started in a wall in the baby's bedroom. There were no smoke detectors in the home.

Wed
09
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Cuts To Local Governments Gets Final Approval

By Emily Nohr

Nebraska News Service

A bill that would cut state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts now sets on the desk of Gov. Dave Heineman for consideration.

On March 4, senators voted 36-9 to advance LB 383 to final approval.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue on behalf of the governor, would save the state about $44 million over the course of two years.

Heineman said at a Revenue Committee hearing in January that he believes local governments are capable of dealing with the loss and could consider implementing salary freezes to make up for losses. The state aid also makes up a small percentage of their total budget, he said.

Wed
09
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Nebraska Students K-12 Will Need Second Chickenpox Shot For 2011-2012 School Year

It's not too early to think about the immunizations your student needs for next year. There's a new immunization requirement for varicella (chickenpox) vaccine looming on the horizon. Starting July 1, 2011, a second dose of varicella vaccine or documentation of the disease will be required for all students, K-12, under newly updated rules and regulations.

"Chickenpox can be a severe disease," said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state's Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). "Studies show that one dose of varicella vaccine is about 85 percent effective in preventing the disease according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. A second dose provides improved protection for children who didn't build strong immunity the first time around."

Wed
09
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Public Invited To Wind Power Presentation

The Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Committee will be meeting Thursday, March 10, in the District Court room at the courthouse at 7:30 p.m. The west main floor door will be the only entrance open.

John Richards with Nebraska Public Power District will be giving a presentation to the committee on wind power generation and regulations.

Richards will guide the committee on developing regulations for wind generation within Jefferson County and the public is invited to attend.

Wed
09
Mar
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Statewide Tornado Drill Set For Wednesday, March 16

Area communities will be participating in the annual statewide tornado drill next Wednesday (March 16) as part of 2011 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week activities.

The week-long observance, which runs March 14 to 18, includes the Wednesday drill as a time for residents, businesses and industries to test their severe weather emergency preparedness plans.

The morning drill will begin around 10 a.m. with the issuance of a mock tornado warning and activation of outdoor warning devices (sirens) about 10 to 15 minutes later.

Another mock tornado warning may be issued sometime around 7 p.m. the same night and some communities may also choose to activate their warning sirens.

If severe weather is possible next Wednesday, the drill may be postponed or canceled.

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