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Merry Christmas!

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Community Service Award Nominations Wanted

If you know of someone who has contributed to the betterment of the community over a period of time they may be eligible for the community service award.

The nominee should be a member of the community who has devoted a considerable amount of their own time and effort to the betterment of the community and/or surrounding area. This should be done on a volunteer basis over a number of years. The services include but are not limited to educational, recreational or cultural activities. Active membership in service clubs, fraternal groups and religious or church organizations should be given consideration in addition to individual activities. Elected and appointed positions on governmental bodies are also indicators of community services. To receive an application form, call the Fairbury Chamber office at 729-3000 or stop in at 518 E Street. Nominations due by January 16, 2012.

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Area Residents Approached With Airport Sob Story; It's A Scam

Fairbury Airport Authority board member Sandi Decker wanted to make one thing clear: there are no airplanes at the airport tied up in customs.

"Pure and simple it's a scam," she said. "Obviously the people doing this have no idea what size of airport we have here."

Decker told the Journal-News late Tuesday that she had received at least two calls from area residents. The individual on the other end was purportedly a representative from the Fairbury Airport.

"What they are telling people is that an airplane is being held in Fairbury in customs and that there is a sweepstakes prize for them on it; in order for them to release that prize they need to send money."

Decker said no one from the local airport is making any calls regarding this and that there are no planes being "held."

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Official Lighting Ceremony Thursday Night

The Fairbury Journal-News would like to thank all of the sponsors for showing community support in acquiring the Christmas Lights for both downtown and the Welcome to Fairbury signs. We are sponsoring an Official Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 22nd from 5-8 p.m.

Lighting will be at 6:00 pm on the North side of the Courthouse. The whole community is invited! Come celebrate our Great Community and the spirit of the season of helping others.

Girl Scouts will have pictures with Santa at 413 5th Street also have gift wrapping available to help you finish up your wrapping. Proceeds to benefit the Girl Scout Cabin in the Park.

Acts in Motion and Thom Hunt will be doing gingerbread houses with the kids at Thom Hunt Studio at 515 5th Street. Thom is also making a larger Gingerbread house out of Concrete for Auction Proceeds to benefit the Rescue Truck Equipment Fund.

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Hattle Donates To Camp Project, Makes Good On Promise To Support It

Construction of the new dining hall at Camp Jefferson is underway, and now that the building is being erected, a local donor has made good on his promise to support it.

Ed Hattle donated $25,000 towards the dining hall project at the beginning of Camp Jefferson's fund drive. He pledged an additional $25,000 if construction began this fall in the hope of encouraging the Board and the community to move forward with the project this year.

The camp's fundraising efforts are ongoing. The Board secured interim financing so construction could begin, but is actively seeking donations and pledges of any size. Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 174, Fairbury, NE 68352.

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Hattle Donates To Camp Project, Makes Good On Promise To Support It

Construction of the new dining hall at Camp Jefferson is underway, and now that the building is being erected, a local donor has made good on his promise to support it.

Ed Hattle donated $25,000 towards the dining hall project at the beginning of Camp Jefferson's fund drive. He pledged an additional $25,000 if construction began this fall in the hope of encouraging the Board and the community to move forward with the project this year.

The camp's fundraising efforts are ongoing. The Board secured interim financing so construction could begin, but is actively seeking donations and pledges of any size. Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 174, Fairbury, NE 68352.

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Commissioners' Meeting Dec. 20, 2011

General Business

*Commissioner's went into executive session with Vicki Haskell and Rose Wiegert. Upon conclusion of the executive session Haskell submitted the resignation of Chris Almanza as of Friday.

*Andy Snyder of Smith Hayes Financial Service Corp and Chad Jurgens of Jefferson Community Health Center brought forth a resolution to reinstate and appoint board of Trustees of JCHC Hospital Authority Board. This is requested as they want to rewrite the bond at a lower interest rate and save some money for Cedarwood. Trustee members are Brian Blobaum, Joe Chilen, Glen Blobaum, Jack Wesch and Alan Stall.

*Commissioner Michael Dux noted that the commissioners had always been Building and Grounds committee and felt that at present there was no need for a formal committee. No action taken at this time.

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County Ponders Over Diller Project Payment

Jefferson County Commissioners serve as overseers of county projects and work to assure that all county monies are handled responsibly. Tuesday's meeting a question surfaced as to the handling of a project that was to be completed in the year 2011 but fell short due to paperwork issues.

Diller was slated for a safe route project which basically entailed placing sidewalks for pedestrian safety in specified areas. In order for this project or any project to be completed an individual is appointed as a Responsible Charge (RC). Most generally for the county this is Bill Hansel, Highway Superintendent. The RC is responsible for filing and keeping track of paperwork as well as assuring the progress and quality of the job is adequate. The RC is then granted a $5,000 wage for this service in the Jefferson County.

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Ruth Wilt

Ruth Wilt, 101, of Fairbury, Neb., died Dec. 19, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Services are pending at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury.

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Paul Fredrick Busing

Paul Fredrick Busing was born on Aug. 29, 1919 on the family farm by the Alexandria State Lakes to George and Elizabeth (Landkamer) Busing. He died Nov. 27, 2011 in Fairbury at the age of 92 years, 2 months and 28 days.

He attended District 10 and District 77 schools near Alexandria. He farmed with his dad and also did custom farming until entering the US Navy in February, 1944 serving aboard ship in the Pacific until his discharge in May 1946. Upon his discharge, he returned to Alexandria and took over the farming the home place.

He was united in marriage to Iola (Dibben-Sims) on May 17, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria. Together they raised 11 children. They lived on the family farm near Alexandria until 1952, when they moved to an acreage southwest of Fairbury.

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