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    Sara Eliason from the Women’s Center for Advancement in Omaha discusses the map displaying human trafficking in Nebraska. She noted that human trafficking is not only in large metro communities, but in smaller communities as well. Eliason had a presentation on human trafficking Wednesday night at the Bonham Theatre with many in attendance, going over signs of human trafficking and what people can do to help. To report signs of human trafficking, call 888-3737-888 or text 233733. Look for more details in the Wednesday, November 21 edition of the Journal-News.
  • 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.
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  • Friday, November 16, 2018 4:57 PM
    On National Rural Health Day, Jefferson Community Health & Life announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. This is the second consecutive year for JCH&L to receive the Performance Leadership award in all three categories which are currently recognized.
  • Friday, November 16, 2018 4:39 PM
    Superintendent of Fairbury Public Schools, Stephen Grizzle gave an official report on the progress of the facility improvement project to the Fairbury Board of Education. At the last meeting, Grizzle informed the board that it was a possibility that due to projected bid estimations they would be able to do only one of two projects. 
  • City Makes Decision For New Biometric Time Keeping Device
    Friday, November 16, 2018 4:39 PM
    Mary Renn of the City of Fairbury City Offices gave a special presentation to the City of Fairbury City Council Tuesday November 6 about updating the time keeping and moving toward a direct deposit system. 
  • Diller-Odell Sophomore Setter Accomplishes “No. 1 Dream” By Committing To Cyclones
    Friday, November 16, 2018 5:04 PM
    Playing Division I volleyball in a Power 5 conference is a goal that many have, yet few are able to attain.
    For Diller-Odell sophomore setter Addison Heidemann, work to become an elite volleyball player began in the fourth grade – a time when she began to play club volleyball with VCNebraska.
  •  Varsity Letters: The Nebraska State League Part Four 1922-1923
    Friday, November 16, 2018 4:59 PM
    Lee Fairchild was selected to be manager of the Fairbury team, now called the Fairbury Jeffersons. Fairchild had previously played ball with Minneapolis in the American Association and with Des Moines in the Western league. He came highly recommended by Ed Reichle, who played on the Fairbury team in 1922, when the Fairbury Coyotes won the pennant.
  • 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.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 5:03 PM
    “True friends stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde
  • Friday, November 16, 2018 5:03 PM
    Last week I wrote a piece in this very spot talking about the communities being targeted by hate and by remaining silent about it we feed into the festering hatred and the discrimination will continues unchecked. 
  • 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
  • Dr. James Richard Hughes
    Friday, November 16, 2018 10:26 AM
    Dr. James Richard Hughes age 90, died on November 11, 2018 in Lilburn, Georgia. He was born May 3, 1928 in Steele City, Nebraska to Jack Floyd and Elizabeth (Starr) Hughes. Growing up in Fairbury, Nebraska, he attended Fairbury High School graduating in 1945. Jim married Barbara Marie Compton in West Des Moines, Iowa in 1956, moved to Chicago, Michigan, then New York State and had five children.

    He served in the US Army in the Korean War then continued his service in the Air National Guard. After 25 years, Jim retired as a Colonel from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Burnt Hills, NY.

    Jim had a degree in Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Nebraska, a Master’s Degree from the American Conservatory of Music and a PhD from Michigan State. Early in his career, he worked as an English teacher, music teacher and choir director from 1950-1971 at various schools in the Midwest.  Jim taught music education and supervised student music teachers for Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in New York from 1974-1997.

    The family moved to Cambridge, NY in 1981 and restored a 13-room house built in 1851 on North Union St. Jim and his family hosted foreign exchange students from six different countries over the years. He moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006.

    He was a lifelong supporter of music and the arts, attending concerts, musicals and visited many museums. Jim enjoyed his family, traveling, playing piano, doing puzzles, discussing politics, gardening and reading. Even at 90, he was a lifelong learner. Jim still enjoyed taking online courses and reading three books at a time.

    Jim was predeceased by his wife Barbara Marie (Compton) Hughes and his son Todd Alan Hughes. He is survived by his children Mary Elizabeth Hughes of Cambridge, NY, Scott (Bijayshree) Hughes of Lilburn, GA, Nathan (Janet) Hughes of Queensbury, NY and Sarah (Ralph) Harrington of Cambridge, NY; grandchildren Richard Hughes, Supriya Hughes, Sumita Hughes, Nilesh Hughes of Lilburn, GA; Jack and Warren Hughes of Queensbury, NY; Clayton and Jacob Harrington of Cambridge, NY; niece Carolyn (Dan) Rogers of Dallas Center, IA and nephew Robert McNurlen of Des Moines, IA. He will be greatly missed.

    Services will be private. Donations in memory of Jim can be made to the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 or to Boys Town, 100 Flanagan Blvd., PO Box 5000, Boys Town, NE 68010.  Jim was a longtime donor to both organizations.

  • 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.

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