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Anderson Faces Drug Charges For Meth Lab Found At Buckley Creek

In late December an abandoned methamphetamine lab was found at Buckley Creek Recreation area near Reynolds. Now a Kansas man is facing charges.

On December 29, 2010 Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputies as well as members of the Fairbury Police Department, Fairbury Rural Fire, Jefferson County Ambulance District #33 and Jefferson County Emergency Management were called to the area of Buckley Creek Recreation Area near Reynolds in reference to a possible methamphetamine lab that was discovered. Upon arrival an abandoned methamphetamine lab was discovered and was dismantled by Methamphetamine Lab Technicians from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Fairbury Police Department.

After almost two months of investigation, and with the assistance of the Marysville Kan. Police Department and the Marshall County Kansas Sheriff's Office charges are being sought against one individual.

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ATV Ban At Crystal Springs Put On Hold...For Now

A proposed ban on ATV and utility-type vehicles at Crystal Springs has been put on hold at least temporarily.

On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council were schedule to give third and final reading to a measure which would have implemented a ban on the specialty vehicles. The legislation, which is part of an ordinance change for the City had been given two previous "thumbs up" approval by council members.

But during its final reading before coming a law, the portion relating to ATVs at Crystal Springs was stricken.

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Council Postpones Moving Forward With TIF Study

A group of local businessmen seeking funding to help with infrastructure and utilities development for a new hotel planned near Wally's Sport Bar will have to wait a little longer to find out if they are going to get any help.

On Tuesday Tim Keelan from the consulting firm of Hanna, Keelan Associates of Lincoln spoke to members of the Fairbury City Council seeking approval to conduct a study to determine if an area near 14th and K Street could qualify for TIF (tax increment financing) through the creation of a new development area.

"We would conduct a blighted and substandard study and redevelopment plan with the ultimate goal of providing new business, improvements and economic development," Keelan said.

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Looking For Nominations For Pioneer Farm Awards

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers announced recently that nominations for the 57th annual Nebraska Pioneer Farm Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau, are now being accepted.

The program honors farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 years or more.

Each honoree receives an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.

Nominations forms can be obtained from the local County Fair Board Office, Jefferson County Extension Office or by writing the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Awards, 8707 West Center Road, Suite 101, Omaha, Ne. 68124 or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received by the county fair board office in which the land is found no later than May 1, 2011.

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Relay For Life Plans Kick Off Party On Feb. 24

When cancer strikes, it seldom takes a day off. After you have taken some time off to stay warm during this cold winter with your family, think about joining the battle against cancer with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, June 17, at the Fairbury City Park.

A Kick Off party will be held at the First National Bank, Fairbury at the Burkley Family Center, 511 E St., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to join in the celebration of the Sixth year of this event in Jefferson County. A highlight of the evening will be a guest speaker, one of the 2011 Heros of Hope for the Nebraska region, Michelle Bellsas. Michelle is a thyroid cancer survivor and has a truly inspirational story.

For more information or to get involved, call Brenda Riggle at 729-6419 or Krystal Schroeder at 587-0387.

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Landowners See Benefits of Open Fields and Waters Program

A little extra money is always welcome, and Nebraska landowners can cash in by signing up for the Open Fields and Waters program with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The program pays landowners to allow walk-in access to their property for hunting and fishing.

Gary Frerichs of Beatrice enrolled some pasture and timberland in Open Fields and Waters last year. He said Game and Parks staff made it easy to enroll, and they posted signs to mark access boundaries.

"I was skeptical at first," Frerichs said, "but it has been a win-win for me and the hunters who now have access to my land. The extra income helped pay for improvements on the property. I recommend Open Fields and Waters to anyone."

This year the Conservation Reserve Program-Management Access Program merged into Open Fields and Waters to create a single public access program.

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Are You Ready To Dial Area Code? New System Goes Into Effect On Feb. 26

Dig out your phone instruction book. It is only days away before you will have to dial 402 to make a local call. So if you have all your numbers programmed in to your phone, now is the time to make the change.

The reason for the change is the area code overlay.

What is an area code overlay?

Due to increased demand for telephone numbers, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the addition of a new area code, 531, for the same geographic area as the 402 area code. This is called an area code overlay. An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code or telephone number, but does require customers to dial the area code + seven-digit telephone number for all calls, including calls within the same area code.

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Fairbury FFA RED & BLUE Game

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Fairbury FFA RED & BLUE Game

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Laura Brueggemann

Laura L. Brueggemann, 92, of Daykin, Neb., died Feb. 15, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Maschman of Daykin, Donna Zabel and husband, Larry of Lincoln, Doris Zoubek and husband, Larry of Western; son, Robert Brueggemann and wife, Elaine of Gainsville, Texas; sister, Evelyn Schwisow of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church at Daykin with the Rev. Lawrence Fruhling officiating. Memorials to family's choice. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery, Western. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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