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Is Your Peanut Butter Okay?

Better check your peanut butter..just in case.

Some 16.3-ounce plastic jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread have been recalled. The jars of peanut butter may be contaminated with salmonella.

They are being sold in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Delaware.

The affected jars have UPC numbers 048001006812 and 048001006782. The jars have "best if used by" dates of May 16, 2012 through May 21, 2012.

Salmonella can cause fever and abdominal problems in healthy people and serious and even fatal infections in the young, old and frail.

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Jefferson County Farmer Wins $2,500 For Plymouth Fire And Rescue

Lonnie Weichel of Jansen has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which gave farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Weichel has designated Plymouth Fire and Rescue, located in Plymouth, to receive the donation.

Weichel said he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Jefferson County. "It's a good deal and helps our local charities out a lot. We have many volunteers who give their time, and they're always there when you need them."

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Health Today Features Probiotics

The topic for the next Health Today session at Jefferson Community Health Center will be "Probiotics...The Beneficial Bacteria and Its Role in Friendly Flora" by Lisa Edeal, RD, LMNT, Director of Nutrition Services at Jefferson Community Health Center.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 17, with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. The program is held in the southwing education room. Enter through the door marked "Education Room."

Health Today is a free noon-hour program offering health and wellness information to area residents. "Health Today" programs are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month.

A light lunch is available at noon for a free will donation. Guests are also welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the program.

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Fairbury 5th Graders Earn Medal

Fairbury Red, made up of fifth graders, competed in the 5-6th grade division at the Hoops Mania tournament in Grand Island this past weekend. The girls brought home second place medals after defeating the Kearney Storm and Spalding Giants. They lost to Grand Island Lightening-Samples sixth grade team. Team members include, front row, left to right, Sara McCown, Regan Schmidt, Marah Shumard, Emily Burkley and Paige Livingston. Back row, Coach John Ohlde, Macy Ohlde, Destiny Warnke, Britney Scheetz, Sydney Miller, McKenna Troxel and Coach Dean Schmidt. (Contributed photo)

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Diller-Odell Girls Take 1st Place

The Diller-Odell 6th grade girls travelled to Grand Island last weekend to compete in the Hoops Mania tournament. They defeated the Beatrice Orange, Pierce and Spalding teams to bring home the first place medals. Pictured are, front row (left to right) Carson Ebeling, Alexis Collins, Madison Hajek and Tayler Wendland. Back Row (left to right) Coach Ed Hajek, Shyla Goldsberry, Corina Lottman, Paige Vitosh, Katie Zarybnicky, Madison Jurgens and Coach Rick Zarybnicky (Contributed photo)

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Meridian Cheer Squad Earns State Championship

The Meridian High School Cheer Squad traveled to Grand Island on Feb. 18 to compete in the Nebraska Cheer and Dance Championships.

The squad performed in three competitions. The squad earned first place in the non-tumbling cheer routine, fourth place in the Hip-Hop routine and third place in the Pom routine.

The squad was also honored with the "Spirit Award", which is presented to the team showing spirit, encouragement to other squads, crowd leading ability and sportsmanship.

Team members include, Nikki Krupicka, Crystal Brakage, Michaela Kapperman, Bethany Lintz, Yesenia Nunez, Miranda Johnson, Ashley Hansel, Melanie Baxa, Rebecca Taylor, Brianna Jackson and Coach Deanna Brakage.

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Steele City Village Life

Not many people become legend. One man who lived in Washington County, Kansas became a legend in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was Indian John. Indian John was a pioneer, plainsman, scout and remembered most of all as a medicine man and healer.

Indian John was born John Jacob Derringer in 1832 in Holmes County, Ohio. His mother was half Blackfoot Indian and half French. His father was Pennsylvania Dutch Amish.

At a young age John had a keen sense of observation and could observe people and perceive their illness.

In 1842, at the age of ten, John and a friend headed west in search of gold. When he reached St. Joseph, Missouri he was befriended by an Indian couple, Makes-Good Medicine and his wife Big Hand. John observed the collection of plants, the preparation of medicines and the art of healing.

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Just Around The Corner

Optimist Speech Contest

Fairbury Optimist Club Speech contest for area youth under 19 years of ages. Speeches are limited to four to five minutes on the topic of "If I were Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I would Address would be..." For more information, contact Judith Conway Kluge at 402-729-6370 or e-mail bkluge59@yahoo.com. Fairbury Optimist Club Speech contest will be held on Sunday, March 20 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury.

Benefit Supper

There will be a Benefit for Kelsey Manchester on Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Swanton Auditorium, Swanton. Serving BBQ pork sandwich meal free will donation. Kelsey is recovering from her illness with bacterial meningitis. Proceeds will help cover hearing aids and medical expenses. To donate, contact, First Tri County Bank, 402-448-2285.

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SCC Choir, 'After The Storm' To Perform Free Concerts

Southeast Community College's Choir and "After the Storm" vocal music ensemble are scheduled to perform concerts in Lincoln and Beatrice.

The groups will perform together at 7 p.m. March 12 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 S. 40th St., Lincoln, and again at 7 p.m. March 13 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 608 Elk St., Beatrice.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

Dr. Ken Hoppmann, director of SCC's Music Department, said the concerts would be "a celebration of music" where there is no single theme.

"The students have worked very hard during this Winter Quarter and are ready to perform," Hoppmann said. "We're grateful to have these two opportunities to showcase the students' talent."

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Stormchasing, Spotter Training To Highlight Regional Severe Weather Seminar, March 13

The Regional Severe Weather Seminar will continue its 18-year tradition of severe weather safety and preparedness education this Sunday (March 13) with presentations on the national VORTEX 2 tornado research effort, Central Plains stormchasing and the 2011 National Weather Service spotter training.

Communications, mass casualty and emergency management equipment and displays will all be part of this Sunday's seminar, according to B.J. Fictum, Saline County emergency management coordinator.

The free public event held at Saline Center Hall southwest of Dorchester on Highway 15, begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until about 5 p.m., including a free lunch and outdoor displays (weather permitting).

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