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Evelyn Wiedel

Evelyn Wiedel was born on Jan. 31, 1926 in Burke, S.D. and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Gorgen of Central City, Neb., on Dec. 14, 1932. She died Feb. 18, 2012 at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in Hebron at the age of 86.

She graduated from Central City High School in 1944 and from St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island in 1947. In October 1948, she moved to Hebron to work at the Hebron Hospital.

She met Henry Wiedel and they were married on Oct. 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hebron. They lived their entire life in Hebron.

She retired from the hospital in 1987 after almost 40 years of service.

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Lydia Schanze Dragoo

Lydia Schanze Dragoo was born March 19, 1920 on the family farm east of Fairbury, Neb. to Fred and Louise (Becker) Schanze. She died Feb. 4, 2012 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 15 days.

She was united in marriage to Charles Elwin "Tuffy" Dragoo of Mahaska, Kan.

After working at Junker Grocery, J C Penney and Montgomery Wards, she made her career as a dental assistant with Dr. Miles Banks of Fairbury. She worked for Dr. Banks for 28 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Mahaska Presbyterian Church, where she served twice as an Elder. She was also a city councilwomen for the City of Mahaska.

She loved the outdoors, which was seen in her yard, flowers and garden. When she couldn't go outside she loved to work word search puzzles.

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June C. Malloy

June C. Malloy, the daughter of Lewis Grant Cormack and Margaret Campbell (Cruickshank) Cormack, was born Sept. 27, 1937 at Aberdeen, Scotland. She died Feb. 16, 2012 at the Elk Ridge Village, Elkhorn, Neb., at the age of 74 years, 4 months, and 19 days.

She attended and graduated from Old Aberdeen Jr. Secondary and attended Webster's College at Aberdeen. She immigrated to Canada in 1958 to Toronto, Canada until 1968 when she returned to Aberdeen.

She worked at the Pirie Appleton & Company Papermill. In 1972, she met Tom Malloy and later was united in marriage on Nov. 7, 1977. Their travels took them to Las Pamas-Canary Islands, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Louisiana, and then Hubbell.

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Arlene A. Roesler

Arlene A. Roesler, 73, of Western, Neb., died Feb. 19, 2012 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

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Richard "Rich" L. Weers

Richard "Rich" L. Weers, 73, of Diller, Neb., died Feb. 18, 2012.

He is survived by his wife Judy; sons, Shawn and fiancée, Lestie Todd of Diller, and Steven of Lincoln; grandchildren, Marquis, Isaiah and Spencer of Diller and Michael, Vanessa and Rose of Lincoln; brother, Darrel and Nancy Weers of Lincoln; sisters, Shirley Lewis of Lincoln, and Carol Benzel of Byhalia, Miss.; father-in-law, Tobias Fritzen of Diller; sisters-in-laws, Susan and Bob Bauer of Fairbury, Nancy and Larry Etmund of Martell; brother-in-laws, Henry and Jan Gunther, Marion and Sheryln Fritzen, all of Diller, and Roger and Terri Fritzen of Cortland; special friend, Ben and Megan Larkins of Fairbury; many nieces and nephews, cousins.

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Dwaine L. Asch

Dwaine L. Asch was born Aug. 26, 1931 to Leonard and Ernestine (Luhring) Asch in Washington, Kan. He died Feb. 10, 2012 at the Grand Island Veterans Home in Grand Island, Neb. at the age of 80.

He farmed during his early years then enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from Oct. 17, 1952 to July 16, 1954 where he earned the Purple Heart and other metals.

He married Norla Mueller on January 1954, they later divorced in 1978.

He was a mechanic for Chrysler garages in Beatrice and Fairbury. He later opened his own mechanic business in Fairbury retiring in 1977 due to health reasons.

He was a member of the VFW and DAV Clubs in Fairbury.

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Harlan H. Johnson

Harlan H. Johnson, 87, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 22, 2012 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury, service.

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DeJong Murder Trial Begins

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Byrd Arrested For Alleged Attempt Of First Degree Murder

Ryan R. Byrd, 28, of Fairbury was arrested on February 19 for alleged criminal attempt of first degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and third degree domestic assault, according to Fairbury's Chief of Police Chad Sprunk.

"On Sunday morning, at approximately 3:14 a.m., the Fairbury Police Department received information that there was a physical altercation in the alley behind 612 G Street inside of a vehicle," Sprunk said. "Fairbury Police Officers were told that there was blood all over the vehicle and that one subject had been stabbed with a knife."

When officers arrived, they observed a female subject standing in the street crying. She advised that Ryan R. Byrd was in the vehicle with another male subject fighting. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed two male subjects in the vehicle covered in blood.

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DeJong Murder Trial Begins

Susan DeJong appeared in District Court Tuesday morning to face charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Judge Paul W. Korslund addressed the jury, giving them instructions before the trial began.

"You are the judges of the facts," Korslund said. "Rely solely on evidence in this trial, disregard anything else you many know about this case."

After those in attendance handed over their cell phones and passed through the metal detector, manned by Jefferson County deputies, the trial began shortly after 8 a.m.

Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer faced the jury at 8:23 with the state's opening statements and concluded her statements at approximately 8:50.

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