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Cyberbullying-A New Twist On An Old Behavior

Technology, its a wonderful thing when it works. It holds all sorts of information and through it, one is able to stay in touch with the world. Unfortunately, it also allows people to stay in touch that you may not necessarily want in your life.

Terminology is changing just as fast as the technology. Have you ever heard of 'flaming' or 'trolling', or how about 'happy-slapping' or 'photoshopping'? These are all terms for different types of cyberbullying. .

Cyberbullying, a new term for a relatively new technology. It is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another individual. Technology has given the school yard bully a whole new platform to stand upon. It also makes it easier to be a bully and pull in others to help.

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Abstract & Title, Inc. Helps Fill Back Packs

Blue Valley Community Action has been working hard to make sure that every child starts the year off right with all the supplies he/she needs for a successful school year, according to Ryan Bailey, BVCA Family and Community Services Coordinator.

BVCA received a welcome donation on Monday from local business, Abstract & Title, Inc. owned by Michaela and Donald Call and Adrian Call.

"Knowing that kids are the key to our future, we feel strongly that a full backpack filled with the right tools for learning are the keys for a successful day," Michaela said.

The Calls donated $250 to the project.

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Skyrocketing Insurance Costs Hit District 8 Coffers With Unexpected Expense

Fairbury Superintendent of Schools Fred Helmink gets a little jittery when talking about District 8 finances. And what school superintendent wouldn't? With rising costs of operations, increased federal mandates and continuing cuts in state aide, Fairbury like most other rural Nebraska school districts, is always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

"It seems like we're always bracing for some sort of bad news when it comes to monies," he said.

On Monday, the other shoe did drop for the Fairbury district. Helmink told members of the district 8 board of education that an unanticipated increase in insurance premiums has manifested itself into an additional $25,000 worth of premiums.

"We sure didn't expect that, it's a huge hit," Helmink said. "Our property insurance is up, but our workman's compensation insurance took an even bigger jump."

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"Welcome Back to School Night"

Elementary students and family members are invited to attend this year's Welcome Back To School Night at Central Elementary and/or Jefferson Intermediate schools on Monday, August 15th anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

This is the best opportunity once school has begun for families to visit their child's new classroom and to meet their child's new teachers. Third grade orientation for new third grade students will take place in the Jefferson cafeteria at 5:00 p.m. on August 15th as well. The first day for students is Tuesday, August 16th with an early dismissal scheduled on the 16th.

For families' convenience, cafeteria staff will be available to process meal account deposits during this year's event. Representatives from the Fairbury PTA will also be available to share planned programs and activities, school spirit wear designs, volunteer opportunities, and membership details.

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Meet And Greet Fairbury's New Teachers

Everyone is invited to welcome this years' new teachers to our community this Friday, August 12 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Wally's Sports Bar & Grill (back room) for complimentary appetizers. Hosts for the event are the Fairbury School Foundation and Fairbury Chamber of Commerce.

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Commissioner Yost Questions County Clerk's Travel Expenses

Two weeks ago the Jefferson County Commissioners were presented with a proposed budget by Brian Blobaum, CPA.

The county department heads then presented their budgets being told that they were to not go over one percent of last year's budget.

Yesterday as the commissioners were reviewing the County Clerk's budget they were asking for justification of different budget items. Commissioner Marvin Yost asked many very pointed questions.

Initially he was questioning the fact that the County Clerk had put in money for a part-time position as well for possible overtime by her employees. He pointed out that she had not made use of this money in the past.

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County Commissioners Scale Back IT Position

Jefferson County Commissioners have been closely examining dispersion of monies throughout the county. One of the areas that was being looked at very closely was the Information Technology (IT) position held by Tamera Holle.

It was decided at the conclusion of a 20 minute executive session, this past Tuesday, that the position of Information Technology (that currently staffs all of Jefferson County computer services) would be scaled back from a full time position to a part time position.

Commissioner Marvin Yost made the motion that due to lack of funding the IT position would move from a full time job to part time. The position moves from a full 40 hours a week with benefits to a 25 hour position at $25 an hour, without benefits. The position will be solely at the Law Enforcement Center and Emergency Management.

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Lester Miller

Lester W. Miller, 87, died Aug. 8, 2011, at Fairbury, Neb.

A rosary service will be 8 p.m., Thursday, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington.

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Work Is Underway

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Camp Jefferson Dining Hall Project Gets Another Boost

Camp Jefferson's goal of constructing a new dining hall is one step closer to being met

after a recent donation.

The Pfaff family, along with the First National Bank of Fairbury, has contributed $30,000 towards the project.

"The camp needs financial support from the Fairbury community," according to Vernon Pfaff, bank CEO. He noted that the camp is not a money making venture and that volunteer boards do not have the ability to do major fundraising like other charitable organizations with a paid staff.

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