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  • WCA Presents Human Trafficking in Nebraska
    Sara Eliason will speak on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Bonham Theatre on Human Trafficking in Nebraska.
  • Close Race Could Merit Recount
    With an unofficial count from the county clerk’s office of 1475 to 1468 votes, Mary Banahan retains her position as Jefferson County Assessor. The provisional votes that are still being evaluated for the remaining races today were critical in this race. Having a race this close, however, may trigger an automatic recount.
  • Jeff Man Mascot Getting Facelift
    The Jeff Man mascot costume is getting an upgrade. 
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  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:00 AM
    Election week is over and the final tallies are being certified. As of the last unofficial tally released by the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, all races have been determined.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:00 AM
    The Village of Western has taken initial steps over the past few months to have a new waste water treatment facility built next year and possibly going into 2020.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:22 PM
    Sorensen noted that he will be adding four new sergeant positions to the roster. He wants to ensure there is always at least one on duty for day and night shifts. The sheriff noted that The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will officially be taking over the coverage and patrol of the City of Fairbury on December 18. 
  • Raw Emotion
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:40 PM

    Diller-Odell, Thayer Central Find Positives In First Round Losses At State Volleyball

    The Thayer Central and Diller-Odell volleyball teams ended their seasons on Thursday evening in Lincoln during the first round of state volleyball, but not without a fight from both squads.

  • Setting The Bar High
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:37 PM

    Pribyl Further Cements Her Legacy With Season Kill Record

    Setting a school record was never a thought.
    Helping her team be the best they can be was.

  •  Varsity Letters: The Nebraska State League Part Three 1922-1923
    Friday, November 9, 2018 5:37 PM
    The third iteration of the Nebraska State League began in January of 1922, when the league filed a claim with the National Board on the territory it expected to operate for the upcoming season. Naturally, the league expected Lincoln to be one of those cities. A snafu arose when the Western League also wanted a Lincoln team. The legalities get a bit confusing but the short version is that Western had what was described as “prior territorial rights” in Lincoln. The National Board gave the Western League until Febr. 20 to get a team up and running in Lincoln.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:55 PM
    It was Monday morning and I had my column for this week all put to bed, to use the parlance of the newspaper biz. Monday afternoon, I threw it aside and started work on a new one
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:54 PM
    It is a campaign promise that is needed and I know will be appreciated. President Trump noted that the rights of veterans needed to be bolstered and made a promise to take care of our veterans and he is doing exactly that, which I am a bit downtrodden that some media sources are not pointing this story out, only concentrating on negatives like his Tweet barrages or his handling of a trip to a cemetery during Veterans Day weekend.
  • Friday, November 9, 2018 5:25 PM
    Last Thursday I went up to Lincoln and stood on the steps to the capital building to show my support for all communities facing hate in this country. The evening was filled with speakers from local synagogues in response to the terroristic attack in Pittsburgh that claimed the lives of 11 people.
  • Melburn Michael "Mike" Martin
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 11:51 AM

    Melburn Michael "Mike" Martin, also lovingly known as "Pepa" or "Peeps", age 82, passed away on October 27, 2018, at Heritage Care Center of Fairbury, after a short illness.

    He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 2, 1936, to Elmer and Leta Martin. He was the youngest of five children born in Nebraska, and was pleased to discover he had siblings and their families in Wyoming, whom he was thrilled to meet several years ago.

    Mike graduated from College View High School in 1954.

    He married Maxine (Rogers) on October 5, 1958, in Fairbury, NE, and two sons, Michael and Mitchel, were born to this union. He was very proud of his sons.

    Mike owned and operated Anything Electric and Aqua Plumbing. An inspector of construction in hospitals and nursing homes, he traveled to many western states. Even though he kept a busy schedule, he also enjoyed coaching Little League baseball. In their later years, he and his wife also ran a popular restaurant, the Sober Cowboy, in Endicott, NE. He was a master at everything he did, proud of his work, and his work was always done well.

    Mike loved all of his family and friends and they were dear to him. He felt a very close bond with Jerry Gene, Gwen, and Chloe. He also felt a very close bond with Joe Cossel, his wife, Jo, and their precious little girl, Joeselle, who adoringly called him "Pepo". Those he counted among his special friends were Doug Zabokrtsky, Bruce Stanton, Orville Reinke, Delven Schipper, Dave Kettlehut, Marvin Stelling, Vic Flaming, Glen Rogers, Don Moser, Larry Rogers, and Roy McCord, Dan Duff and Marvin Hoy. His faithful canine friend, Sassy, was his constant companion for the last 17 years of his life.

    A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mike loved the Lord and believed in Him. He held the blessed promise in his heart of the soon coming of the Lord, knowing the dead in Christ will rise first, at the second coming.

    Mike leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Maxine; son, Mitchel, his wife, Marla, and their four children, Mason Melburn, Mattson, Michaela, and Marcus, and great-grandson, Michael Martin Lee, all of Crete, NE; grandchildren, Blake, Brett, and Bailey Martin, Barry Tompkins, and great-granddaughter, Riley, all of Texas; his Wyoming siblings, and their families.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; siblings Bonnie, Jerry, JoAnne, and Darlene; and son, Michael Monroe "Roe".

    A memorial service will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Fairbury Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Fairbury, NE. Memorials will go to Adventist Development & Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) Following the service, family and friends are welcome to a gathering with refreshments at the church. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:31 AM

    Kroll Funeral Home Hebron, NE 402-768-6165Patrica Ann Hergott of Hebron, NE the daughter of Ralph and Ferne (Cruise) DeWald was born January 9, 1928 in Powell, NE. She departed this life Monday, November 12, 2018 at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home in
    Hebron, NE at the age of 90 years.

    Mass of the Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church in Hebron at 10AM. Rosary service will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM. Officiant will be Father Rudy Oborny. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Kroll Funeral Home in Hebron, NE 2PM-6PM. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials in care of family. Condolences may be left at Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron, NE is in charge of arrangements.

  • Monday, November 12, 2018 10:16 AM

    Danford “Dan” L. Greenwood of Waukesha died on Thursday, November 8, 2018
    at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. He was born in Fairbury,
    Nebraska on October 8, 1937 the son of Leslie and Lorraine (nee Eggenberger)
    Greenwood. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was a
    member of DJ Martin American Legion Post #8. On August 11, 1957 he married
    his beloved wife Ruth Van Waning in Mahaska, Kansas. Dan worked in
    purchasing for various companies over many years, retiring from Broan
    Manufacturing in 2000. He was a longtime member of the Fifth Avenue Methodist
    Church in West Bend and the First United Methodist Church in Waukesha.

    He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruth of Waukesha and
    their children, Mark (Janell) Greenwood of New York City, Jodi (Steven) Hammer
    of Waukesha and Philip Greenwood of Middleton. He was the proud grandfather
    of Lauren Greenwood of Chicago, Kristen Hammer of Waukesha and Susan (Neil)
    Greenwald of Vernon and great-grandfather of Olivia Joy and Emily Rose
    Greenwald. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Betty Jo (the late
    LeRoy) Skrdla of Wilbur, NE, Victor (the late Elaine) Greenwood of Warsaw,
    MO, Judy Snider of Linn, KS, Albert (Nedra) Greenwood of Clay Center, KS and
    Dorothy (David) Vandaveer of Friday Harbor, WA along with numerous nieces,
    nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Visitation will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 9:30AM until time of
    the 11:00AM funeral service at First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin
    Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. Reverend Dan Schwerin will preside. Burial with
    full military honors will be held on Monday, November 19 th at 12:00 Noon at
    Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Please meet at
    the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to First United
    Methodist Church or to Camp American Legion, 8529 County Road D, Lake
    Tomahawk, Wisconsin 54539.

    Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Service is honored
    to serve the family.  For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-
    547-4035 or visit us online at for directions or to leave the
    family an online tribute message.

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