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Alice Goebel

Alice A. Goebel 95 of Fairbury, NE., passed away Feb. 28, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at Gerdes-Meyer Chapel in Fairbury, NE, with Lana Likens officiating. Burial will be in the Mahaska Cemetery at Mahaska, Kan. Memorials are to the family's choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Bonnie Vorderstrasse

Bonnie Jean (Stelling) Vorderstrasse, 65, died Feb. 26, 2011 at Gold Crest Retirement Center, Adams, Neb.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, Filley with Pastor Melody Brindel officiating. Burial will be at Filley Cemetery, Filley, Nebraska. Visitation will be held at Harman-Wright Mortuary on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family greeting from 6 to 7 p.m. A memorial has been established to Family's Choice with the mortuary in charge. A register book is also available online at www.harmanwrightmortuary.com for messages of condolence. Harman-Wright Mortuary, 623 Elk St., Beatrice in charge of arrangements.

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Betty Krajnik

Betty (Chab) Krajnik, 74, of Swanton, Neb., died Feb. 25, 2011 in Lincoln.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at Kuncl Funeral Home in Wilber. Memorials to family's choice to be targeted for a gift of Education and Reading. Burial will be in the Wilber Czech Cemetery, Wilber.

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Legislative news briefs Week ending Feb. 24, 2011

LINCOLN - A legislative bill goes through four steps following its introduction until it is signed by the governor, and bills are currently in all stages of the process. These briefs highlight some of the bills debated Feb. 22 to 25.

LB 19: Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill on Feb. 22 outlawing the synthetic drug K2. The bill, introduced by Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, was passed 49-0 and goes into effect immediately.

LB 383: Legislators advanced a bill to eliminate aid to cities, counties and natural resources districts, which would save the state an estimated $44 million throughout the next two years. The bill was introduced by Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue and is supported by the governor.

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Mildred Craig

Mildred M. Craig 87 of Hebron, NE., formerly Fairbury, NE., passed away Feb. 24, 2011 at Blue Valley Nursing Home in Hebron.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Robert Molby officiating. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery - Fairbury. Memorials to the First Baptist Church or Blue Valley. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury in charge of arrangements.

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Wilma Snell

Wilma E. Snell age 91 of Downs, Kan., formerly of Fairbury, Neb. passed away on Feb. 23, 2011.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 28,at 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

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Pictometry: New Tool For County

If you looked up and noticed a low-flying plane over Jefferson County last November, you might not have been on candid camera, but you may have been caught on Pictometry.

A company specializing in high-resolution aerial photography and topography mapping began capturing images in Jefferson County towards the end of last year. Now completed, the city and county have a wealth of new information that will benefit them in flood protection, development, emergency services and other areas.

"The possibilities of this tool are endless," said John McKee, Jefferson County Emergency Management Director said. "We are really excited about it."

The new Pictometry program, that will be accessible to several of the county's offices, and can be used in a variety of ways.

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Jefferson County Clerk Relieved Of Budget Duty

Jefferson County's budget will now be handled by a certified public accountant rather than by the county clerk as in the past 24 years.

At Tuesday's meeting the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of appointing Blobaum & Busboom PC in Fairbury to handle this year's county budget.

Commissioners Michael Dux and Marvin Yost were in favor of hiring a certified public accountant, while commissioner Arthur Craig Jr. was opposed.

An estimate from Blobaum & Busbbom was $40 to $75 per hour for a preliminary estimate of about $4,900.

This would take it out of the hands of Sandra Stelling, Jefferson County Clerk, who was paid last year $2,700 for her to handle the budget and do the tax rates.

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Local Manufacturer Featured On ION Network

Prairie View Industries of Fairbury will be featured this Friday at 5:30 a.m. on the ION television network.

Prairie View Industries is a light metal manufacturer specializing in the design and construction of modular access ramps, food service equipment and pontoon boats. The local industry will be featured on ION as an episode of "World's Greatest TV." The program highlights outstanding companies in varying industries.

PVI started in 1991 in Prairie View, Kan. and moved to Fairbury in 1994. It started out as a company that employed four people. Now the company sells their product worldwide and employs 85 people.

The company now sells its products to some of the major companies in the U.S. and also distributorships in Europe, Japan, Canada and the UK.

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Being Held in Fairbury-- CRP General Sign-Up Informational Meeting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up.

Pheasants Forever and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be hosting a CRP Informational Meeting at the Union Bank meeting room in Fairbury on Tuesday, March 1st to help answer questions about how to re-enroll expiring CRP, improve enrollment chances, and increase wildlife values. This will be one of series of meetings that will be held across the state in preparation for this CRP sign up. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

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