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A Diller a Dollar - by Sharon Ocker

You know how it goes. Sometimes you think you've said enough, but just have to add a little more. These are very short stories, a bit of that. But they make for good memories for me and I hope for you.

I don't know where the idea came from, but for several years we had special programs for the whole school. They were held in the gym and were kind of cultural extenders. I only recall a few of them, but they were very good and well received.

Tue
12
Apr
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Steele City Village Life

Arthur Bower was born in Swawge, Dorset County, England on May 1, 1845. He was one of three brothers and one cousin who immigrated to the United States. They were farmers and stone cutters.

He married Mary Ann Bower on June 20, 1863 at the same place and they lived in London, England for four years. Then they crossed the Atlantic Ocean to American and settled in Rock Island, Illinois.

The Jefferson County, Nebraska records indicate Arthur purchased land in 1877 in section 34, township 1 range 3 in Endicott Precinct. The 1880 United States Census for Jefferson County states that he was a farmer, age 25, born in England and his wife Mary was age 32 and keeping house. They were the parents of two daughters, Mary age 9 and Anne age 7, both born in Illinois.

Tue
12
Apr
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Legislative week in review, April 5-8 By Krista Vogel, Nebraska News Service

Lawmakers advanced a bill to reform foster care April 7. Legislative Bill 177, introduced by Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, would require adult relative notification within 30 days when a child is removed from his or her home. The Department of Health and Human Services would also be required to take measures to keep siblings together or provide interaction for those in separate homes, and each child would receive an assessment of individual needs as he or she leaves the foster care system.

Fri
08
Apr
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School aid bill passes first round unanimously By Steven Cain, Nebraska News Service

Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously on April 6.

Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraska's districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.

Equalization aid is the single largest piece of the state's school aid formula, representing nearly 90 percent of the total. The equalization aid is the difference between the district's needs and resources. So with property values going up, school district resources are going up, and equalization aid is going down.

Thu
07
Apr
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DeJong Enters Not Guilty Plea To Murder Charge

Susan DeJong, 54, appeared in District Court this afternooon in front of Judge Paul W. Korslund and pled not guilty to first degree murder, a Class IA Felony. Present with DeJong was her attorney, James R. Mowbray. DeJong is suspected of violently beating her husband at their home March 11. The 52-year-old man died a few hours later.

DeJong's jury trial is scheduled to begin 8 am. on Aug. 29, 2011 and a one week period has been set aside for it. After entering her plea of not guilty and being informed of the possible penalties this felony charge may carry, she was then transported back to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center where she is being held without bond.

Thu
07
Apr
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Reinsche Sexual Assault Trial Takes Strange Twist

A 24-year old woman who accused a former Fairbury businessman of sexual assault in the early 1990s may go to jail if she doesn't testify against her accuser.

The sexual assault trial of Glen Reinsche, formerly of Fairbury, was scheduled to begin on Monday. However the woman who claims he sexually molested her when she was seven years old has refused to testify against the one-time resident.

Reinsche's accuser, who was around seven years old at the time the alleged assault took place, had been ordered last Friday by Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt, Jr., to serve 90 days in jail for contempt of court if she refused to testify. The woman, who has remained unnamed but is listed as Reinsche's step daughter, has appealed Judge Merritt's ruling.

Thu
07
Apr
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Weather Conditions Are Key To The Success Or Failure Of Controlled Burns

This past weekend the county seemed to be a haze with smoke and fire debris from area controlled burns.

Controlled burns are important for managing unwanted weeds and trees and to rejuvenate the soil.

A total of 64 burn applications for pasture and CRP burns have been received by the Fairbury Rural Fire Department to date.

According to Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause, those doing controlled burns have been safe and successful.

"We have only had three out of control fires called into us so far, with two being mutual aides, and last year we only had a total of six out of control brush fires. This tells me that people are being safe and following protocol on controlled burns."

The department has been holding pre-burn classes to remind those intending to burn about the guidelines and specifications to a successful controlled burn.

Thu
07
Apr
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Weather Conditions Are Key To The Success Or Failure Of Controlled Burns

This past weekend the county seemed to be a haze with smoke and fire debris from area controlled burns.

Controlled burns are important for managing unwanted weeds and trees and to rejuvenate the soil.

A total of 64 burn applications for pasture and CRP burns have been received by the Fairbury Rural Fire Department to date.

According to Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause, those doing controlled burns have been safe and successful.

"We have only had three out of control fires called into us so far, with two being mutual aides, and last year we only had a total of six out of control brush fires. This tells me that people are being safe and following protocol on controlled burns."

The department has been holding pre-burn classes to remind those intending to burn about the guidelines and specifications to a successful controlled burn.

Thu
07
Apr
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Work To Begin On Highway 8 Monday

Highway resurfacing work is scheduled to begin April 11, on Nebraska Highway 8, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Resurfacing of Highway 8 begins at the junction of Highway 15 and Highway 8, and runs west and south for about seven miles, ending at Thompson. Two-way traffic will be maintained in the work zones at all times with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should expect up to a 15-minute delay in work zones. Work is anticipated to be complete by the end of May.

The Department of Roads' manager for this project is Allen A. Vandegrift. Motorists are asked to drive with caution through work zones.

Thu
07
Apr
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Mayor Signs Agreement To Proceed With K Street Re-surfacing

At least one section of street running through Fairbury is going to be repaired.

On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council authorized Mayor Homer Ward to sign an agreement with the State of Nebraska calling for a road improvement plan with the State of Nebraska Department of Roads to re-surface K Street.

The project calls for K Street, also known as Highway 15, to be milled down and replaced with asphalt. The scope of the improvement will run from Fourth Street to 15th Street, near the entrance to Maatsch's Food Shop.

According to assistant Fairbury Street and Alley Superintendent, Laura Bedlan, no time frame has been given for when the project would begin.

"The first thing that had to happen was for the mayor to sign the agreement with the State," she said. "I think it is fair to assume that the project will be done during this Spring/Summer."

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