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Chamber Of Commerce Banquet Packs The House

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Banquet was a big hit as seating was at a premium last Friday night at the Fairbury Elk's Lodge. The theme this year was, "Building New Directions." Those in attendance enjoyed a catered meal, speakers and lots of entertainment.

The guest speaker for the evening was Nebraska Chamber of Commerce President Barry Kennedy. Kennedy referred to himself as a "call-to-action" speaker and spoke about the need for leaders.

"The demand for leadership is at an all-time high." Kennedy said.

His humor and stories had the entire room captivated. He mentioned that in order for communities to be successful, there must be a give and take. He mentioned that we must take what we need to sustain our lives and businesses, but also give back to keep the cycle going.

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Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet

The Ninth Annual Rock Creek Pheasants Forever Banquet was held Feb. 4 at the Jefferson County 4-H building. Top, several were present for the annual fundraiser and were given the chance to bid on various items, including framed prints, right, during the live auction. Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other upland wildlife populations through habitat improvement, public awareness and education, and land management policy changes. Local Chapter President is Craig Shumard and banquet director was Doug Ruzicka. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet

The Ninth Annual Rock Creek Pheasants Forever Banquet was held Feb. 4 at the Jefferson County 4-H building. Top, several were present for the annual fundraiser and were given the chance to bid on various items, including framed prints, right, during the live auction. Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other upland wildlife populations through habitat improvement, public awareness and education, and land management policy changes. Local Chapter President is Craig Shumard and banquet director was Doug Ruzicka. (Journal-News photos by Vicki Check)

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Family Helpline Expected To Survive Proposed Budget Cuts

By Paige Yowell

Nebraska News Service

When a rural Nebraska mother was distressed about her 15-year-old daughter running away last year, she felt she didn't have anywhere to turn after contacting police and her daughter's friends.

A call to the Nebraska Family Helpline helped link her with someone who already knew how to navigate the behavioral health system - a family navigator, who had already been through this with her own daughter.

The family navigator helped mom figure out other ways to find her daughter. Within a day, she was home. The navigator then helped the mother obtain therapy for her daughter's depression through the family's physician.

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So, What's Your Type...?

If you answered A, B or O (positive or negative), there is a match out there waiting for you! Like chocolates are to Valentine's Day, blood donors are to patients, because blood is needed every day. While you give out cards, candy and roses to the ones you love, make an appointment to give blood with the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB), too.

"We all know that the need for blood knows no holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception," noted Kelly Jensen, NCBB laboratory director. "Volunteer donors are important in maintaining the community's blood supply," she added. More than 1,000 donors are needed each week to meet the needs of area hospitals and medical facilities throughout our community and region.

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Darlyne Jarchow

Darlyne Jarchow age 87 of Fairbury, Neb. formerly of Daykin passed away on Feb. 8, 2011.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home of Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Lowell Smith

Lowell D. Smith 57 of Fairbury, NE., passed away Feb. 7, 2011 in Fairbury.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday February 10, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. The family will greet friends Wed. Feb. 9th at the Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery - Fairbury, NE. Memorials to the Family's Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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Bauer Places First...On To D.C.

Hannah Bauer, daughter of Randy and Linda Bauer of Fairbury, recently placed first in the State of Nebraska VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest in Lincoln.

Bauer was awarded $3,000 and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. March 5-9, where she will compete with other state winners for the national prize.

Bauer is pictured with her District's VFW Commander and Ladies Auxiliary President. (Contributed photo)

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VanWesten Invited To Participate In Duke Talent Search

Jakub VanWesten, a seventh grader at Meridian Public School has been invited to participate in the 31st annual Duke University Talent Identification Programs Seventh Grade Talent Search.

As a seventh grade student with strong intellectual abilities, Jakub became eligible to participate because he achieved a qualifying score at the 95th percentile or higher on a recent grade-level test. For being a participant in the Talent Search, Jakub will have the opportunity to take the ACT test in February.

Jakub is the son of Jay and Staci VanWesten of Tobias, and the grandson of Larry and Doris Zoubek of Westen.

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Goebel Receives Eagle Scout Award

Dylan Goebel received his Eagle Scout award Feb. 6 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion, Kan.

Dylan is the son of Brice and Val Goebel and has a sister, Kaillyn.

Dylan's family attended church and a noon meal was served to around 100 people. The Scout service was held at 2 p.m.

Attending from this area were Jan Coordsen of Gilead, and Kay Pavlicek of Fairbury, grandmothers. Also attending were great grandparents Luther and Bernice Goebel of Mahaska, Kan. and extended family Rellen Goebel of Mahaska, Deb and Dave Fangmeier and family, and Kevin Coordsen, all of Gilead; Brian Pavlicek of Fairbury and Heidi and Chase Stringer of Marion, Kan.

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