It's severe weather awareness week. Weathermen all across the state are reminding people about severe weather. Jefferson County Emergency Management is making sure citizens of Jefferson County is also prepared for severe weather. John McKee, Emergency Management Director, has already conducted his first storm spotter class in the county.
"This is the first year that Nebraska will require storm spotters to be credentialed," McKee said.
This requires the completion of two online classes as well as one class to attend in person. The classes are currently taking place all across Nebraska.
Presently Jefferson is in the process of making significant upgrades to the county's early warning system.
There are three new sirens that are being installed throughout the county. The sirens are larger and louder than our current sirens.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) recently announced 27 tourism marketing grants totaling nearly $125,000 for entities across the state. Grants are used to promote a variety of attractions and events in Nebraska, and are administered by DED's Travel and Tourism Division.
"Grants provided through this program are especially needed when economic times are challenging," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "Travel and tourism has had a long history of growth in Nebraska and provides income and employment opportunities throughout the state, including in our most rural areas."
Funding for tourism marketing grants comes from revenue generated by the state lodging tax. Applicants included 74 proposals requesting nearly $518,000 in grants.
Justin Lee Kunc was born July 19, 1978 to Franklin and Pamela Yost Kunc. He died Feb. 28, 2012 in Crete at the age of 33.
Survivors include his wife, Amanda; daughters, Tayley and Laney, all of Western; parents, Frank and Pam Kunc of Dorchester; brother, Jacob Kunc of Wilber and special friend, Melanie Veprovsky of Dorchester; sister and brother-in-law, Amber and Perry Shane of Atkinson; nephews, Oliver, Ian, and Case Shane; parents-in-law, Bradley and Dawn Hynek of Western; brothers-in-law, Colby Hynek of Western and Ethan Hynek of Hoxie, Kan.; grandparents, Delbert and Leoda Yost of Crete, Robert Kunc of Wilber; grandparents-in-law, Howard and Pauline Hynek of Endicott, Larry Haake of Daykin; aunts, uncles and cousins
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Irene Kunc and grandmother-in-law, Shirley Haake.
Irene E. (Nispel) Pearson, 89, of Plymouth, Neb., died March 13, 2012, at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.
She was born at Plymouth to Edward and Elizabeth (Boeckner) Nispel on July 16, 1922.
She attended grade school in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940. She attended Peru State Teachers College and graduated in 1944 with a Bachelors Degree in teaching, history and English. She taught the subjects at Bertrand and Deshler High Schools. She moved to Lincoln and worked for 5 years at Hardy's Furniture Store in the Interior Design and Decorating Department.
She met and married Robert Pearson on Dec. 16, 1949, while he was attending the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. To this union four children were born. After he graduated they decided to manage the family farm. The farm had been in the family for over 100 years.
Janis Kay (Dunback) Schroeder was born on July 12, 1944 in Belleville, Kan., to Deane and Dolores Dunback. She died Feb. 29, 2012, at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury surrounded by her family at the age of 67 years, 7 month and 17 days.
For nearly two years she fought a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the eldest of five children, and grew up on the family farm north west of Belleville. Until her eighth grade year she attended Victory School, a one room school house. She attended Republic High School in Republic, Kan., where she graduated in 1962. She took business classes at Fairbury Junior College.
Jo Ellen Schlick, 60, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 12, 2012 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; daughter, Ashley Schlick of Fairbury; sons, Kenneth Scarlet of Troy, Mo., Christopher Scarlet of Texas; grandchildren, Ronald David Smith Jr., Grant Lee Smith, Leighona Perry, Abbigail Cox, Jacob Scarlet, Brittany Scarlet; brothers, Doug DeRoy of Florida, Roger DeRoy Of Moscow Mills, Mo., Randy DeRoy, David DeRoy, Danny DeRoy, Jeff DeRoy, all of Missouri., sister, Mary Rogers of Missouri.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Chapel in Fairbury with Pastor Ken Hart officiating. Cremation has taken place. No viewing. A register book is available at the funeral home.
Dale L. Smith, 90, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 15, 2012 in Fairbury.
Survivors include his son, Gary Smith and wife, Mary of Lenexa, Kan.; daughter, Patti Becker and husband, Richard of Lincoln; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur Smith, Gaylord Smith and Clarence Smith, all of Jansen; sister-in-law, Mae Hansel of Yakama, Wash., Doris Grummert of Belleville, Kan.
Services were held March 19, at American Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor John Brink officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.
Lillian T. Molden, 90, of Fairbury, Neb., died March 14, 2012 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.
Survivors include her daughters, Elaine Sewell-Bothwell and husband, Richard of Barneston, Barbara Blincow and husband, Dean of Hebron; grandchildren, Joshua Hein, Jon Rickers and wife, Terra, Jessy Sewell, six great-grandchildren; sisters, Clarissa Pohlmann, Shirley Jean Schoen and husband, Norris, all of Fairbury.
Services were held March 16, at Zion United Church of Christ, rural Gladstone with Pastor Debra Valentine officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial was in the Fairbury Cemtery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.
Darlene M. Nespor, 77, of Fairbury, formerly of Endicott, died March 15, 2012 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin; sons, Nespor and wife, Lori of Omaha, Robert Nespor and wife, Julie of Golden, Colo., Wesley Nespor and wife, Allison of Lincoln, Michael Nespor of Eagle, Patrick Nespor and wife, Lee of Alexandria, Va.; daughter, Elizabeth Hartig and husband, Rod of Firth; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Merle Griffee of Fairbury.
Services were held March 20, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Fairbury with Father John Birkel officiating. Memorials to St. Michael's Church or Elk's Foundation. Burial was in the Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.