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Strong Winds Cause Damage Sunday Evening

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Jones, Parker, Lee Win Medals In Martial Arts At State Games

Adam Parker, Dustin Jones and Gerry Lee, have each won medals for Martial Arts in the Nebraska State Games. Adam Parker won a Gold Medal as first place competitor in the Men's All Ranks 17 & Over Super Heavy Wt. Division in Judo. Dustin Jones got a Silver Medal as second place competitor in the Men's All Ranks 17 & Over Heavy Wt. Division in Judo. Gerry Lee was awarded a Gold Medal for first place in the 184 lb Masters Division in Jiu-Jitsu.

All three men train at The Martial Arts Studio in Fairbury.

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Bauer Receives Gold Award

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District Court Judge Sentences Seven Last Thursday

Judge Paul Korslund sentenced seven individuals in district court last Thursday.

Shane-Marie Buster, 24, of Belvidere was sentenced on a probation violation from charges that originated on May 5, 2009. Information was filed on April 6, 2011 that stated Buster had violated her probation by testing positive for methamphetamine during two separate tests. Thursday, Judge Korslund revoked her probation and sentenced her to not less than three years or more than five years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections, sentence to run concurrent with Thayer County District Court sentencing.

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DeJong Murder Trial Continued Until September

Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer made the motion for continuance last Thursday for the jury trial of Susan DeJong. DeJong, 54, is the rural Fairbury woman accused of murdering her husband in March. The trial has been continued until Sept. 19.

Bauer made the motion for continuance Thursday afternoon because some evidence is still being processed by the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab. She stated it could be three weeks before her office gets those results back, which would be close to the original trial date of Aug. 29.

DeJong is currently incarcerated at the women's prison in York and was not present at Thursday's hearing, but her attorney, James Mowbray of the Nebraska Commission of Public Advocacy, objected to the continuance.

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Commissioner Meeting July 26, 2011

*Correction: It is noted that the figure that RC&D requested was $1,509.40 for the upcoming year not $15,094.00 as reported in the paper last week.

*Highway superintendent, Bill Hansel, reminded commissioners that the Scrap Tire collection is coming up. He will put an announcement in the paper when it is closer to remind public.

*Hansel requested to go to a two part Project Management Training the second week and last part of the partial week in August. He stated that the Memo strongly encouraged attendance by Federal Highway and Department of roads. Approved.

*Ambulance Manager, Joe Grubbs, reported that so far this month there have been 75 calls.

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Six-Day Mail Delivery Will Stay For Postal Customers

One of the hottest topics on Capitol Hill this summer, overshadowed only by the recent budget talks and looking government default, has been the spectre that U.S. Postal officials are seeking to eliminate Saturday mail delivery as a way to stop the bleeding of red ink by the USPS.

This past Thursday Journal-News publisher Fred Arnold along with a delegation of Nebraska newspapers publishers met with State leaders at Capitol Hill in Washington to seek their help in retaining six-day delivery. The group which included John Edgecombe of The Nebraska Signal at Geneva and Kurt Johnson of The Aurora News Register, along with Nebraska Press Association executive director Allen Beermann, met with Third District Congressman Adrian Smith and Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson.

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LB840 Funds May Be Transferred To Downtown Renovation Program

A public hearing will be conducted next Tuesday (Aug. 2) at 7:30 p.m. in the Fairbury City Council Chambers to determine whether a portion of the LB840 sales tax receipts can be transferred to a fund which administers downtown business renovation projects.

At issue is, should $29,000 be moved from the economic development fund and used in conjunction with Downtown Design Challenge Grant applications. This program has been set up to assist buildings in the downtown historical district with renovation projects as part of a matching funds initiative. Businesses can receive up to $3,000 which are typically used for storefront and facade improvement.

Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said the public hearing and consideration of funds transfer is being discussed because at present there are more applications in the works than the city-administered program has funds for.

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Local Post Offices On Chopping Block; May Be Closed As Part Of Re-structuring

In an aggressive proposal outlined by US Postmaster General Patrick Donahue late Tuesday he announced 3,700 post offices across the country will be studied for possible closure. The action comes on the heels of findings that show the USPS could report historic losses in excess of $8 billion this year due mostly to falling mail volumes.

In Nebraska 90 post offices have been set to be reviewed for possible closure. Locally they include postal facilities at Jansen and Endicott. Other communities post offices in the Journal-News area slated for possible closure include: Swanton, Ruskin, Ohiowa, Hardy, Byron, Carleton and Clatonia in Nebraska and Hollenberg, Haddam, Mahaska, Morrowville, Munden and Narka in Kansas.

In a prepared statement Postmaster General Donahue said customers are not using the offices as much as they used to.

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Ugly Storm, But Beautiful Finale

Strong gusts of wind brought down trees in Fairbury and surrounding areas Sunday evening.

"I know there was a semi blown over on Hwy 8 southwest of Fairbury," Jefferson County Emergency Management Director, John McKee said. "Some structure damages to homes was also reported."

The damage ranged from missing parts of roofs to trees taking electric services from the side of houses.

According to McKee a lot of trees were damaged, both large and small.

"Wind gusts were measured at 65 mph," McKee said. "There could have been areas with a little stronger gusts, but this is the only measured one we have. Straight line winds can do a lot of damage at any speed."

Several people in the area were without power for a period of time.

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