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Harlan Herman Johnson

Harlan Herman Johnson, 87, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 21, 2012 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

He was born in Sycamore, Ill. on Jan. 1, 1925 and was raised in DeKalb, Ill. his by father and mother, Elmer and Pearl Horan.

He was educated in the DeKalb schools and attended Northern Illinois University.

He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1943 and served with the 3rd Marine Division seeing action in Samoa, New Hebrides, Quam, Marshall Islands and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

After the war, he began working at the Wurlitzer Piano plant in DeKalb, where he met Shirley O'Brien. They were married on June 16, 1951. He did sales work for Knowles Piano and Organ, Micklin Home Improvement and Blue Valley Community Action for many years.

He was a 65 member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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Donald E. Pingel

Donald E. Pingel, 78, of Steele City, Neb., died March 25, 2012 at his home.

Survivors are wife, Bertha; sons, Gary Pingel and wife, Audrey of Beloit, Kan., Terry Pingel of Steele City, Jeff Pingel and wife, Lindsay of Reynolds; grandchildren, Jonathan Pingel and wife, Monica, Vanessa Martin and husband, Steve, Hillary Pingel and fiancé, Joe Jeanjaquet, Anthony Pingel, Bethany Pingel, Machaela Pingel, Trevor Pingel, Cole Pingel, Spencer Pingel, Cody Sock, Taylor Pingel, Jaelyn Pingel, Jorden Pingel, Dakota Pingel, Montana Pingel; great-grandchildren, Madalynn Pingel, Sophia Pingel, Madison Pingel, Memphis Pingel, Hunter Pingel; sister: Avis Bostelman and husband Duane of Superior.

Services were held March 28 at the Presbyterian Church in Steele City with Pastor Steve Frazier officiating. Memorials to the Beatrice Hospice or family's choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Grace P. Buchli

Grace P. Buchli, 98, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 25, 2012.

Survivors include her children, Glorine Joe, Lowell Buchli and wife, Shirley, Jack Buchli and wife, Bonnie, all of Alexandria, Jewell Buchli and wife, Margaret, Sharon Jurgena and husband, Harvey, all of Fairbury, Pam Lancaster and husband, Ron of Beatrice, Ted Buchli and wife, Kandy of Daykin; 32 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury with Lana Likens and Pastor Steve Frazier officiating. The family will greet friends on Friday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury.

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Loren Dean Grone

Loren Dean Grone, 83, of Steele City, Neb., died March 21, 2012 at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Suzette Mack and husband, Chet of Valentine, Shirley Downing and husband, Jeff of Denton; sons, Ronald Grone and wife, Denise of Waxahachie, Texas, Donald Grone of St. Joseph, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; sister: Marilyn Swett and husband, Dee of Steele City; brother-in-law, Robert Sanner of York.

Services were held March 26 at the Presbyterian Church in Steele City with Pastor Steve Frazier officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Steele City Cemetery, Steele City. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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Max J. Pierce

Max J. Pierce, 23, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 27, 2012 in Fairbury.

Survivors include his son, Xavier Pierce; special friend, Jessica VanWeston; mother: Monica Pierce of Omaha; father, Mark Pierce of Lawrence, Kan.; brothers, Perry Pierce of Omaha, Trevor Pierce of Holstein; sisters, Molli Pierce of Omaha, Haley Pierce of Holstein; grandmother and step grandfather, Bonnie Jo and Glen Felt of Friend; grandfather and step grandmother, Phil and Marlene Kleppinger of Johnson Lake; grandmother, Darlene Pierce of Fairbury; step mom, Linda Pierce of Holstein.

Services will be held Friday, March 30, 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury with Pastor Warren Schoming officiating. Viewing at the funeral home from 2 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Closed casket at the church. Memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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"Go Digital or Close" "Do or Die"

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Bonham Needs Help In Keeping Up With The Times

Go digital or close. Do or die. That's what Fairbury's Bonham Theater is facing.

"We have to go digital or we are done."

"The best bid I have received is $124,000 for the machinery that is necessary for both screens," Allen Hinkle, owner said. "When I looked at the list, I could whittle it down to $110,000 by just being innovative and using things that we already have."

Alan and Karen Hinkle are not sure if there are monies out there somewhere to help them save their business from closing or not.

"Like my wife Karen always says, 'we're not really business savvy, we just enjoy doing what we are doing.' So we are not sure on the business end as far as what may be available. We feel like more like caretakers of this institution, which is a movie theater, as opposed to someone who is out there trying to make a big living out of doing it. She just loves the movies."

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Bonham Needs Help In Keeping Up With The Times

Go digital or close. Do or die. That's what Fairbury's Bonham Theater is facing.

"We have to go digital or we are done."

"The best bid I have received is $124,000 for the machinery that is necessary for both screens," Allen Hinkle, owner said. "When I looked at the list, I could whittle it down to $110,000 by just being innovative and using things that we already have."

Alan and Karen Hinkle are not sure if there are monies out there somewhere to help them save their business from closing or not.

"Like my wife Karen always says, 'we're not really business savvy, we just enjoy doing what we are doing.' So we are not sure on the business end as far as what may be available. We feel like more like caretakers of this institution, which is a movie theater, as opposed to someone who is out there trying to make a big living out of doing it. She just loves the movies."

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Two Killed In Roll-Over Accident

Two people were killed early this morning in a one vehicle roll-over accident two miles east of Fairbury on Hwy. 8.

"At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning a person reported a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy. 8 east of Fairbury," Sheriff Nels Sorensen said. "The reporting party stated that they did not see anyone around the vehicle."

The Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and upon arrival found a single vehicle in a field north of the Highway. The vehicle had received extensive damage.

"Law Enforcement located two subjects that had been ejected from the vehicle and were dead at the scene," Sorensen said. "From the investigation it was determined that the crash occurred at approximately 1 a.m this morning."

The vehicle was a 2003 Infiniti G35 coupe and had been eastbound on Highway 8.

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Stricter Rules For City Wide Clean-up

Warm weather brings out all sorts of interesting things, flowers, migrating birds, and bugs. Maybe the biggest bug of all is the spring cleaning bug.

City wide clean-up will begin on April 23rd. This is the time to rummage through your house, garage or attic and pull out all that old stuff that has been sitting around and collecting dust. The one advantage is that you don't have wipe off the dust to get rid of the items.

A major difference this year will be the stricter guidelines. The city asks that no trash be placed out at the designated pick up routes before April 16th. If the materials are at these points the city will pick up but the resident and/or property owner will be billed for this service.

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