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Car/deer injury accident

At approximately 2152 the 8th of June 2012 Jefferson County Communications received a call of a car/deer injury accident ½ mile east of Harbine, Ne. The report indicated that the driver of the vehicle had struck her head in the crash and was off the road and requesting assistance. The driver of the vehicle Suellen Johnson 54 yoa of Fairbury was driving a 2011 Mazda CX9 SUV.

The deer struck the left front corner and side of the vehicle. Johnson was transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by Diller Rescue with non-live threatening injuries. Restraints were in use and the vehicle sustained approximately $4500. Damage. Emergency services responding to the crash were Diller Fire and Rescue, Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33, Jefferson County Rescue and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Warrant Arrest/Possession of Methamphetamine

On May 31, 2012, Members of the Metro Fugitive Task Force and Deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence located at 211 E Endicott located in Plymouth Nebraska. While subjects were at the residence a felony arrest warrant out of Lancaster County Nebraska was served on a male individual identified as Paul Moats and he was taken into custody.

Also arrested at this time for an unrelated incident was a male subject identified as Douglas Beu of Fairbury Nebraska for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Theft and official misconduct

A court hearing the afternoon of the 22nd culminated an investigation of nearly 1 ½ years with a plea to theft and official misconduct. These charges stem from an incident at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Former Deputy Sheriff Keith Fisher had been investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol for theft of funds from the Jefferson County Jail account over a period of three years. Deputy Fisher was allegedly using Jail funds to purchase clothing and equipment for himself without authorization.

When this was discovered Fisher employment was terminated. The investigation was turned over to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol. On July 19th 2011 Fisher was arrested on a felony theft warrant by officers of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He posted 10% of 10000.00 and was released from jail that same day. A jury trial had been scheduled for Jefferson County District Court on May 23rd 2012. On May 22nd 2012 Fisher entered plea’s of No Contest to one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of official misconduct. Judge Paul Korslund ordered a presentence investigation and sentencing is scheduled for 27th of July at 1:30pm.

Manufacture of Methamphetamine

At approximately 0700 the 18th of May 2012 officers of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for drugs at the residence of James Jay Rasmussen. Officers located items consistent with the manufacture of Methamphetamine. These items were rendered safe to collect as evidence and disposed of by certified meth lab technicians. Rasmussen 50 yoa was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Officers are still attempting to contact a female subject believed to be involved in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Fairbury Rural Fire District, Ambulance District #33, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Public Health Solutions and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Columbus Man Arrested In Connection With Child Prostitution Case

(Lincoln, Neb.)-A 37-year-old Columbus man is in the Lancaster County Jail lodged on a charge of sexual assault of a child in connection with a child prostitution case out of Buffalo County.

Donald Grafe, 37, Columbus was taken into custody without incident on Saturday, May 5, at his home in Columbus. Investigators say Grafe had sex with a 14-year old girl at a truck stop in Lincoln, sometime between March 24 and April 11. The sex was arranged by Michelle Randall, 35, Upland. Randall is currently being held in the Buffalo County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

The case began when investigators were provided information of a craigslist personal ad offering female companionship in the Kearney area.

Grafe’s arrest follows the arrest of Alex Rahe, 28, Omaha. Rahe was taken into custody on May 2, and lodged in the Buffalo County Jail on a charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child.

“This is a very disturbing case,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Our investigators working this case have nearly 30 years of experience and cannot recall a time where children so young were being sold into prostitution.”

Three female children living in the Randall home have been placed in protective custody with the State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Warrant / Assist Other Agency

At approximately 1029 hours on 5-8-2012, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Nebraska State Patrol in the execution of an arrest warrant at 405 South A Street in Blue Springs, Nebraska.

David R. Mueller age 53, was arrested on an active arrest warrant issued out of Gage County Court for two counts of Deliver with Intent to Deliver Exceptionally Hazardous Drug Class 2 Felony.

Mueller was taken into custody without incident at his residence by the coordinated efforts of: The Nebraska State Patrol, Gage County Sheriff's Office, SEADE Task Force and the U S Marshals Office Metro Area Fugitive Task Force consisting of: Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Police Department, Saunders County Sheriff’s Office, Gage County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska State Patrol.

Mueller is currently in custody at the Gage County Detention Center awaiting his appearance in court.

Benefit for Doug Friesen

Poker Run Benefit for Doug Friesen
(Recipient of a Recent Heart Transplant) Saturday, May12, 2012
Registration Fee $20
1st Drawing 12:00 noon - Pla-Mor Lanes, Fairbury 2nd Drawing - Salty Dog, Steele City 3rd Drawing - Dog House, Wymore 4th Drawing - Side Trek, Harbine 5th Drawing - Chuckles, Fairbury
At Chuckles Afterwards Sandwich Plates $5.00 featuring C.B Snider 50/50 Drawing Silent Auction Dance To Follow, Featuring Larry the DJ

Pet Food Pantry Distribution

The next Fairbury Pet Food Pantry Distribution will be held on Wed. May 16, beginning at 11 a.m. until gone. Distribution will be held at the Blue Valley Community Action Building, 624 5th Street. Only dog food is available at this time.

For more information about Voice for Companion Animals, visit their website at:, or contact their Director, Gayla Hausman, at

Arrests Made in Child Prostitution Case

(Kearney, Neb.)- Two people are in jail following a Nebraska State Patrol investigation involving the forced prostitution of a 14-year old female.

The arrests follow a weeklong investigation in which investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol were provided information of a Craig’s List personal ad offering female companionship in the Kearney area. On Thursday, April 26, a 35-year old Upland woman was arrested at a Kearney motel, after she offered an undercover officer the services of a 14- year-old female.

A search warrant was served on April 26, at the Upland home of the 35-year old woman, where investigators recovered computers and other electronic devices. The continuing investigation led to the arrest of a male suspect in Omaha.

The 35-year-old female is being held in the Buffalo County Jail on a charge of conspiracy to commit sexual assault of a child and child pornography. Her name is being withheld to protect the identity of the 14-year-old child victim.

38-year-old Alexander C. Rahe, of Omaha was arrested, May 2, without incident at his residence in Omaha. He is being held in the Buffalo County Jail on a charge of 1st degree sexual assault of a child.

The investigation remains ongoing

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet

FAIRBURY – The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solarium Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health Center. Please note the change in meeting date and time from our usual date because of the Memorial Day holiday.

The program will be a DVD, “Caregivers,” about caring for people in different stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. We will be watching Part 6. The program is designed so segments can be watched individually. A support group is a gathering of people with common problems, needs and interests which allows them to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to survive the shared problems. It may include family members, caregivers, friends and other individuals interested in sharing information and giving and receiving support.

Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease themselves are also welcome to attend the meetings. The support group is open to anyone interested in attending. There is no charge and no membership commitment. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Lana Likens at 729-6855.

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership to Spotlight Poverty and Economic Challenges Facing Southeastern Nebraska Residents in Annual Report Release

As Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) wraps up its 45th Anniversary, it is pleased to release its 2011 Annual Report. In addition to programmatic statistics, the report also includes a summary of information from the 2011 state-wide survey conducted by Community Action of Nebraska. The survey examined financial literacy among Nebraska families and how they deal with money.

BVCA’s Annual Report indicates that the organization is serving many more individuals with no health insurance of any kind and that overall client numbers are up almost 9% in a single year. “Our pantries have been assisting more families and we have weatherized more homes this past year than most recent years. While demand for services has increased, resources are ever tighter and will be getting even tighter in the future,” BVCA’s CEO, Richard Nation, commented. Other information in the annual report highlights views of participants and employees. The full annual report and the 2011 Survey on Financial Behaviors Among Adults can be accessed on BVCA’s website at

As elected officials in Washington discuss balancing the budget, deficit reduction, and spending cuts to key human services programs, tens of millions of Americans across the country are struggling financially. Many are unemployed and have been for months. Others have lost their homes and are staying with friends or in shelters. Some have depleted their savings and are going into debt. Many children and families—once solidly middle class—now rely on food stamps and free school lunches for their meals. Others have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership will call attention to these and similar problems facing low-income residents of the Blue River region throughout May during National Community Action Month. National Community Action Month highlights Community Action Agencies’ work helping millions of families and individuals escape poverty each year.

The agency will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. This year’s National Community Action Month commemoration comes at a time when millions of Americans are hurting financially and having difficulties finding new jobs after being laid off due to the economy. Nation commented, “People across the country are feeling discouraged due to the troubled economy. Long before the Great Recession, Blue Valley Community Action Partnership has been assisting people during their most difficult personal and financial situations and helping them see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We give people hope and a specific plan that successfully guides them down the path to economic stability.”

The national office of the Community Action Partnership designates May as National Community Action Month to recognize Community Action Agencies’ work fighting poverty on the local level. Each year, Community Action Agencies help 20 million Americans achieve and maintain financial stability through programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, financial education, housing, child and family development, energy and rent assistance, homeless assistance and transportation.

“Services offered by Blue Valley Community Action Partnership and Community Action Agencies across the country are so critical, especially when you’ve got millions of people facing an uncertain economic future,” said Don Mathis, President and CEO of the Community Action Partnership. “These are people who worked hard and played by the rules, but now the pressures of long-term unemployment, foreclosures, and dwindling savings are putting a tremendous strain on them. Programs like Community Action are vital to ensuring that the American Dream remains a reality.”

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership operates in much of southeast Nebraska and in part of northern Kansas. It serves over 13,000 low and moderate income families of the region annually.

The benefits of being two faced

What is childish behavior? I’ve seen 70 year old ladies exhibiting what would be termed “childish behavior” so I like to refer to “childish behavior” as just plain behavior. Children can be very cruel to each other and lack the experience of knowing what their actions could cause so hopefully with age, this behavior reduces or stops all together. But we all know people who are old enough to know better and still act like children.

In psychology, there are several personality disorders that predispose some people to act out and they are unable to learn from what they are doing to others. An example of this would be the Histrionic personality disorder which is described by the American Psychiatric association as “a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriately seductive behavior, usually beginning in early adulthood. These individuals are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious”

Another disorder is the Borderline personality disorder which is described as “marked by a prolonged disturbance of personality function, characterized by unusual variability and depth of moods. These moods may secondarily affect cognition and interpersonal relations”

People with these disorders have a harder time dealing with interpersonal reaction than the average person, and can explain some of the behaviors you deal with in public. But what about those who are your average Joe who can’t seem to interact in a healthy way with others?

The title of this article is “The benefits of being two faced” which is a bit of irony in that I don’t think there is a long term benefit of being two faced. Most people have met others who like to play them against each other in a tug of war to start and prolong conflicts. For some reason these conflicts provide a satisfaction in their mind and a reward that keeps the behavior going. If they are good at it, they can manipulate their subjects for a very long time.

If you are a fan of the reality television show “Survivor” the “two faced” manipulator is actually rewarded with a prize at the end and shown to be some sort of hero. In real life, this person would be the despised wretch that can bring any social organization to its knees. It may be popular entertainment to watch people get manipulated, but in real life it can cause all kinds of grief and problems, especially in work situations.

In researching for this article, I asked some people what they felt the benefits of being two faced were, these are some of their replies.

“I don't think there is a benefit from it at all. If someone finds out you talked crap about them you’re screwed. Some women do this because they need to feel cool I guess, but I think it's cowardly. I think those that do this may be blowing off steam about the third party not intending for them to ever hear it. I also wonder if perhaps in trying to play nice and keep the peace with someone they don't care for they come across as two faced. I'm a pretty straight shooter if I have a beef with someone I tell them in a nice way. Furthermore if you’re going to complain to someone about someone else in confidence you should be darn sure they wouldn't tell the other person. I've never seen the benefit of breaking someone’s confidence because all parties involved get hurt in some way. If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all and if you hear someone venting about someone else take it with a grain of salt they may just be having a bad day. I know I'm like a walking fortune cookie or something”

“I think that people do this when they don't have the nerve to tell you what they really think about you or don't agree with what you might be doing. Some people also do it in the name of "being nice" and not wanting to hurt your feelings.”

“Because either they like the drama or the negative attention that they get from it. Some people just don’t know how to seek out the right type of attention from people which would be positive attention so they seek negative attention by doing things like being two faced. It is just easier that way for them i guess”

“People think they are better than some people but they are no better than i and you they try to run your name down in the ground but it don’t work most of the time to me it’s called bulling they think they are better than us”

“Because either they like the drama or the negative attention that they get from it. some people just don’t know how to seek out the right”

So what do you do with the two faced manipulator once you have discovered what they have been doing? Well, the old adage, ignore it and it will go away is probably the best way to extinguish this behavior but it is very difficult because anyone who is a master manipulator has the skills to continue to suck you in to their plot and keep up the drama. Option two is to confront the manipulator and again they probably have the skills to reverse it back on you and make you think they are helping you by doing what they are doing.

I wish I had the answer to this question, and in fact there is probably no cookie cutter answer because behavior is like a river. You can’t contain it and it changes constantly to fit the container it is in. If a child parent hops to get what they want, it is usually an easy fix when the parents get together and plan not to allow this behavior, but if the same behavior is being expressed by a coworker and it’s your job at steak, it can be much harder to stop the behavior. You’re attempts to extinguish may actually lead to to manipulator turning against you in the end once they feel threatened.

My best advice is to shut your mouth and not give the manipulator any ammunition to use and not act like you are doing it. Two faced people are like computers, garbage in, equal’s garbage out and if you refuse to give them garbage it should end. The hard part is not allowing them to suck it out of you. You have to be strong and resist and maybe move into a cave.

The other option is to get together with the person the manipulator is putting you up against and catch them red handed. It may stop, it may not and most likely they will move onto another target. You can’t put them in jail, you can’t cut out their tongue, all you can do is try to manage their behavior and not allow them anything they can use to cause problems.

In other words, if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut, no matter how hard that may seem.

HELP Prevent Suicide in Beatrice Training -- May 2nd

Gatekeeper Training coming to Beatrice May 2nd

Gatekeeper training is for anyone who comes in contact with youth. This training contains basic information about suicide, how to spot someone at risk and what to do or say. The training model endorsed by the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition for use in Nebraska is QPR (c) (Question, Persuade and Refer).

There is also a training session at the Beatrice High School, at 2:30pm on the same day.

If you are going, PLEASE CALL Christina Lyons to register: 402- 223-1500 ext 1059 so they will have enough material on hand at event...OR...Simply, register online at:

This is OPEN to the public, and with the Gage County Suicide rate at almost THREE times the national average, it's time for ALL OF US to get involved!!!

May 2nd from 6-7:30 at the 429 Factory and on May 9th at the BHS Hevelone Center from 2:30 - 4:00

Bras for causes

(Beatrice)-WE NEED BRAS--bras for causes! Please, ladies, clean out your drawers and donate your bras to Women for Racing! It doesn't matter if they are old or new, white or colored, big or little--we can use them! We are "hooking up" with different organizations and "supporting" them with this unique fundraiser!

100% of the proceeds will be divided between the Wounded Warriors, Juvenile Diabetes, Out of the Darkness, Women for Racing, and the Gage County Ag Society. Just let one of the Women for Racing girls know or get ahold of me on here! Thank you!!

Contact Cindy Essam at

Why can't we all get along?

It's a simple question, and I think it has a simple answer. Human beings have not evolved to get along. Let me explain, and this is just my opinion. For 100,000 years humans lived in small groups that depended on each other to survive. That group could be called the family group and is the main reason why families are the one group that usually sticks together during good times and bad.

Other groups who came in contact with each other usually didn't do so to exchange niceties and have tea; they usually showed up to take what you had so they could survive. It has only been in the last few hundred years that the human race has now changed into a society where you go to school, and fill out job applications for work.

So what does this mean? It means that people you never would have hung out with outside of school or work are put together into groups and expected to live like the family group when in fact it is more like the territorial small group situation described above. These people have no vested interest in your survival, only their own and act accordingly.

Does this make us sound uncivilized? Of course it does. Civilized is only an illusion that can be broken by the smallest of things, like a power outage. See how much looting goes on during a black out and how much crime takes place when no one is looking.

This may sound like I am saying people are inherently bad. I don't think bad is the proper word. People are self-serving and will do what it takes to benefit themselves or their immediate family unit. As a writer, I have often looked to motive for the stories I have written, and after all these years, it is self-preservation that seems to be the root of it all.

The altruistic trait in some people seems at odds with the norm of society. The story of the Good Samaritan is preached and taught to show us that there is more in this world than ourselves and that giving is better than receiving. So why isn’t that the norm?

Like I said before, people are motivated by what they can do for themselves and it doesn’t take much for them to dislike in others what they can’t have for themselves. May it be envy or jealousy; these emotions are the core of the conflict of why we just can’t seem to get along.

In doing research for this article, I asked some people what they saw in others that made them dislike people. These are some of their answers.

“Looks aren't a big deal when it comes to people or friends for me personally. People are born with their looks, I won't dislike them for that, I would expect the same from others to me. With personality, it kind of goes with my first comments I guess, I don't like people with hateful or superior personalities. I'm a lot more easy going about people in general than some people, so it’s hard for me to give you anything specific. I give everyone their fair chance to show me who they are, and I decide later to dislike the rude, mean, hateful ones.”

“It always makes me uneasy when I'm meeting a person for the first time and they don't smile. Also when they say inappropriate things or curse a lot it's like wow we are not close enough for you to tell me a dirty joke yet, show some respect I'm a lady. The physical is people who have bad breath or people who stand way too close like they don't respect the personal bubble policy.”

“Bad attitudes, people that are rude, don’t seem to care about who they offend, how the treat their families, drugs/drunks, no eye contact means they are hiding things, people that only talk about themselves”

Someone who thinks they are better then, has everything ,knows everything , has done everything ,when in fact you know they haven't and don't. Why put up that front and not be real?”

“Honestly for me it’s a couple things. Bad sense of style, like if the clothes they wear have holes or are dirty, don’t match. I hate ugly facial hair, if its trimmed nicely and well groomed that’s great but if they look like a caveman, no. Or if they are trying too hard to look and act like a badass when in all reality they aren’t even close.”

“People that are self-absorbed, greedy, bad grooming skills, and the people that have a comment for everything someone says.”


" I hate when people judge others. I don't care if you are dressed nice or have money or have looks or are clean or anything. I always like when a person talks with you and just plain acts normal, no judging once so ever. Everyone has something to say, everyone has a story and some of those people that others look down on are the most interesting people of all. Alot of people just don't give them a chance to speak up and be heard. Everyone has a heart and loves attention to a point, give it to them and you might really be surprised what you may learn from them."

So what does this all mean? It means that you constantly have to cover your ass and put on a show to keep others at bay. Ask a pride of lions what a chain of command is and they would say, if I can kill you, I’m at the top. It doesn’t work that way in our society, we have laws against killing so we find other ways to get to the top that aren’t much better than getting out baseball bats and clubbing the guy in charge. Sometimes the club is just a metaphor for something else used to take down who you need to take down.

Why do we even have laws? Well, I can only suppose it’s to keep our new larger groups in line. Back in the day the law was whoever was the biggest and strongest, now it’s written down and handed down by judges and can we say it’s fair to this day?

I’m not saying that we should have a hippie style utopia where we all share the wealth and sit around smoking dope and getting along. I don’t think that would even last very long. It’s not human nature to get along and anyone who has been picked on by a bully in the school yard as a kid knows that.

So how do we fix this problem? There is no answer. We evolved too fast for our own good and we are unable to play together. Humans are not nice by nature, we have to be taught this behavior and for a few hundred years we have got by as best we can. But don’t be fooled, it wasn’t that long ago we were living in huts and living on the edge of survival and those lessons are hard to toss in order to get along in a larger society. We are a small group society evolved into a large group dynamic and sometimes the puzzle pieces just don’t fit so well.

Gov. Heineman Signs Middle Class Tax Relief for Hard-Working Nebraskans

(Lincoln, Neb.) - Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 970 into law, which provides tax relief for hard-working, middle class Nebraskans. The Governor’s plan provides $97 million in tax relief over three years.

“My highest priority for this legislative session has been tax relief for Nebraska’s hard-working, middle class taxpayers,” said Gov. Heineman. “While I believe there should have been more tax relief provided to Nebraskans, I view this bill as the beginning of future efforts that will allow Nebraskans to keep more of their hard earned dollars.”

The Governor highlighted the progress made in Nebraska’s tax climate improving from 45th to 30th since 2006 in the Tax Foundation’s state rankings. However, Gov. Heineman noted that there is more work to be done and middle class Nebraskans need tax relief.

LB 970 was introduced by State Senator Abbie Cornett of Bellevue, on behalf of Gov. Heineman. The bill provides individual income tax relief by lowering the rate of the lowest three income tax brackets in 2013. In 2014, tax brackets will be expanded in a way that will include greater amounts of income being taxed at the lower rate.

“I would like to thank Governor Dave Heineman for giving me the opportunity to introduce LB 970,” said Sen. Cornett. “LB 970 is a down payment towards real tax relief for working Nebraskans. It is the first chance in a number of years, to give something back to the citizens of this great state.”

Additionally, Gov. Heineman signed three economic development bills into law, aimed at continuing to improve Nebraska’s competitive edge for job creation.

Two vehicle injury accident

On 4/9/2012 at approximately 1530 hrs the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Springs Fire, Wymore Fire and Rescue, Beatrice Rescue and Star Care responded to a 2 vehicle injury accident on Hwy 77 and Osage Rd. A semi-tractor and trailer with an over-sized load was involved in the injury accident with a 2004 Dodge Durango. The semi-tractor and trailer was northbound on Hwy 77 and the Dodge was south bound. At approximately Osage Rd both vehicles collided causing heavy damage to the Dodge and injuring the driver.

At the time of the accident there was heavy smoke across the road from a burn permit issued grass fire near the road way. Kristina Scheele age 33 from Marysville KS, the driver of the Dodge received non-life threatening injuries and was life flighted to Bryan LGH West and the driver of the semi-tractor Frank Lukach age 55 from Paris Ontario Canada was not injured.

Two vehicle injury accident

On 03-29-12 at around 1527 hrs, Adams Fire, Adams Rescue and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a two vehicle injury accident at S 148th Road and Levi Lane, west of Adams. A 1997 Mercury Marquis Grand driven by 93 year old Edna Walker of Adams, was traveling east on Levi Lane and drove on to S 148th Road, where it was struck by a southbound tractor trailer driven by 55 year old Dean Schoneweis of rural Adams. Ms. Walker was injured in the collision

She was transported by ground ambulance to Bryan LGH West for treatment. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. The airbags in Ms. Walker’s vehicle did deploy. It is unknown if she was using her seat belt. Mr. Schoneweis may have sustained minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been a factor in the accident. The accident investigation is ongoing.

Health Today Features “Healthy and Easy Stir Fry Meals”

FAIRBURY – The topic for the next Health Today session at Jefferson Community Health Center will be “Healthy and Easy Stir Fry Meals” by Jackie Wesch and Mary Kay Deger of the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19, with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. The program is held in the southwing education room. Enter through the door marked “Education Room.”

Health Today is held in the Southwing Education Room. It is free and open to the public. Health Today is a free noon-hour program offering health and wellness information to area residents. “Health Today” programs are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month.

A light lunch is available at noon for a free will donation. Guests are also welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the program.

Pre-registration is required in order to allow for adequate seating and food. To register, call Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402)-729-6855. For other sessions, pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the Solarium Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health Center.

The program will be a DVD, “Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s: What You Need to Know,” with presenter Heather J. Cianci PT MS GCS.

The Parkinson’s Support Group typically meets on the first Monday of each month at JCHC. The group is designed to provide an opportunity for area residents to share their experiences with Parkinson’s disease. For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402)-729-3351.

Semi Driver Cited for Drug Use Following Pursuit

(Omaha, Neb.)- The driver of a semi trailer truck is jailed after leading the Nebraska State Patrol on an Easter Sunday pursuit in Omaha.

Around 9:45 p.m., Sunday, April 8, the Nebraska State Patrol responded to reports of a semi driving recklessly on Interstate 80 near Omaha. The semi was also believed responsible for a non-injury accident in Sarpy County. A trooper attempted to stop the semi near the Highway 50 exit (mm 440). The driver failed to stop and continued to operate the semi in a reckless manner, traveling at speeds ranging from 40 to 70 mph, before coming to a stop on I-80 near 42nd Street.

The driver of the semi, Pamela L. Spring 44, Urbandale, Iowa was arrested without incident. A methamphetamine pipe was seized from the semi. Spring, was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of an accident.

The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Omaha Police Department

Marijuana Seizure Leads to Two Arrests

(Lincoln, Neb.)- A traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 near the Waverly exit led to the arrest of two California men after troopers seized 62.4 lbs. of marijuana.

Around 8:19 a.m., Thursday, April 5, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2012 Chevy Traverse for speeding near the Waverly exit on I-80. An NSP canine alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the rear of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 62.4 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was contained in two duffle bags in the cargo area of the SUV.

The driver of the vehicle, Sean Cassidy, 46, Laytonville, Calif., and a passenger in the vehicle James Morton, 52, Woodland, Calif. were both lodged in the Lancaster County Jail each on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Salad Festival Set for May 3

FAIRBURY -- The Spring Salad Festival of the Jefferson Community Health Center Auxiliary will be held on Thursday, May 3, at the Fairbury Elks Club.

The salad festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets will be $5 in advance, and $5.50 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Jefferson Community Health Center, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, First National Bank, American National Bank, Union Bank and Trust, Great Western Bank, and the Jefferson County Extension office.

The Spring Salad Festival is the main fund-raising event of the auxiliary. The auxiliary provides scholarships to students entering medical fields, provides Christmas gifts for residents of the Gardenside long-term care at Jefferson Community Health Center, and provides volunteer help at JCHC in a variety of projects. Anyone interested in more information about the auxiliary or the salad festival should contact Lana Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Safe Kids Fillmore Jefferson Saline Child Passenger Safety Technicians Attend Training

Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians Sharon Vandergift, Carrie Branson, and Rachel Naiman attended the CPS technician update in Kearney on March 22. All three are affiliated with Safe Kids Fillmore Jefferson Saline. They attended break out sessions focusing on common misuses and tips for installing car seats, update on healthcare regarding the Angle Tolerance Testing (done on premature babies), and an update for Senior Checkers and filling out the "new" paperwork provided. Branson and Vandegrift also attended the Buffalo County Car Seat Check Event. Both commented they saw the "most interesting install yet". There were 58 techs on site and 78 seats checked.

On Wednesday, March 23, all 3 spent the day listening to special presentations. Mike James, Alabama Statewide CPS Coordinator, presented LATCH today and tomorrow and then Airbags and what that means to parents with children. On hand during this time was a 2012 Ford Fusion with the new inflatable seat belts. During a "working" lunch, Sherri Cannon, Regional Program Manager for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 7 office in Kansas City, Missouri, presented the timeline and history of NHTSA and Safe Kids.

After lunch, many enjoyed the wisdom of Dr. Laura Jana, Omaha-based board certified pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author, and long-time CPS advocate, presented Child Safety Seats-it's not just about the crash. Dr. Jana also handed out and autographed her new book, "Amazing Me, It's Busy Being 3!". Then the highlight of the conference, the unveiling of the "new" car seats and tips and tricks for installing. This is also the time techs are allowed to "play" with the seats.

Safe Kids Fillmore Jefferson Saline reminds parents to check the state law and AAP recommendations for car seat safety. Safe Kids also thanks the community for supporting our Safe Kids FJS Chapter.

Safe Kids Fillmore Jefferson Saline
Warns About The Risks Of Heatstroke

As outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rise. That’s why Safe Kids Fillmore Jefferson Saline has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children.

“More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more than 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own,” said (LOCAL OFFICIAL). “In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, we want to urge all parents and caregivers to do three things:

1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended;
2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car;
3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away.

Look before you Lock campaign

WASHINGTON – With unseasonably warm temperatures already striking many areas around the country, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced its first-ever national campaign to prevent child heatstroke deaths in cars, urging parents and caregivers to think "Where's baby? Look before you lock." Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14, with at least 33 fatalities reported in 2011 alone.

"This campaign is a call-to-action for parents and families, but also for everyone in every community that cares about the safety of children," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "It is hope that the simple tips from this campaign will save lives and help families avoid unnecessary heartache."

Voice for Companion Animals

Voice For Companion Animals will hold the first distribution from the Fairbury Pet-Food Pantry on Wed. April 18th, beginning at 11 a.m. until gone, at the Blue Valley Community Action Building, 624 5th Street Fairbury, NE. Anyone who qualifies as low income, is on disability, on Social Security, or experiencing a financial hardship may get pet food.

We are currently distributing dog food only. Pet(s) receiving this donation are for personal companionship and can not be for breeding, profit, or sport. We currently have a three pet limit, or three bags per household.

Although the pet food is donated, the cost of transportation is not. We ask for a donation of $1.00 to Voice for Companion Animals for every bag of pet food provided--to help offset this cost. .

For more information about Voice for Companion Animals, visit their website at:, or contact their Director, Gayla Hausman, at

Battle of Shiloh all over again

Civil war reenactment has been a hobby for Fairbury locals Matthew and Missy Schultz for several years now and recently they returned from the 150th reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh Tennessee. “ The Battle of Shiloh was the when the army of the west was encamped near Shiloh Tennessee, they were being led by Grant and Sherman and they didn’t think there were any rebels around, they thought the nearest rebels were eighteen miles away so they camped. The army of the Mississippi was coming up north and they attacked them and basically overtook the camp.”

Schultz is a member of the Missouri Irish Brigade out of Kansas City Missouri which is a reenactment group of the seventh and thirtieth consolidated company of Irish volunteers. They became active with the group after meeting with a group of reenactors who were performing in Diller Ne. “I had a picture of my great, great, great grandfather in his civil war uniform who was from Missouri and his obituary read that he was part of the seventh Missouri infantry which would have been of that unit (in Diller) so I took them the picture and they researched it and he was actually a member of the seventh Missouri militia cavalry and they asked me if I would be interested in participating in the future and I said yes, I’ll come try it.”

This last reenactment was Schultz seventh reenactment since the meeting in Diller. Schultz assumes the role of a private when he participates and was at Shiloh for two days and had to leave early due to the weather. The first day was marching three miles in the rain and then fighting the rebels. “It was wet, cold and loud and really neat because I’ve never been to one with so many cannons and the fog of the battle made it so you couldn’t see ten feet in front of you. There were that many cannons and that many people shooting rifles. “ Asked how they kept the injuries manageable, Schultz replied, “They have EMT’s and ambulances set up on site, and no one was allowed to put balls in the rifles. “It was powder and cap and that’s all you used, and it works fine. When you shoot at people you aim up because we used real guns, if you put a ball in it, it will shoot and it will kill someone. When you shoot at the other side, you don’t aim directly at them.”

This year’s reenactment was held on privately owned ground where the real battle of Shiloh was fought, the next year the National Parks Service will take over the land and the battle will have to be held in a different location. “This year there was over six thousand reenactors making up the Union, Confederate, artillery and cavalry and that does not count the civilian reenactors on hand.”

Schultz shared one memory that stood out was the sunrise over all the cannon smoke. “We started by four thirty in the morning and we had to march to the battle field when the sun came up over the field. There were probably thirty cannons on the Union side and another thirty on the Confederate side and they would shoot, boom, boom, boom, boom in a row and while one shoots the others start reloading and all that smoke went up over the battle field. Then the sun came up over the trees through the smoke. “

School bullying
Jessica Brandt

School bullying is not a new phenomenon and has traditionally been thought of as a normal part of childhood or growing up. The common saying “boys will be boys” is an example of how aggressive behavior exhibited by male children is minimized or rationalized as somehow natural. Additionally, some individuals actually believe that children bullied are subsequently toughened up and, as such, better prepared for the harsh realities of adulthood. Not only are these types of beliefs ill conceived, childhood bullying is associated with adult antisocial behavior, such as criminality, and limits opportunities to attain socially desired objectives.

Research regarding the phenomenon of bullying has allowed us to better understand this significant problem within its social context and apart from a categorical, dichotomous, or bully/victim dyadic pattern. That is, bullying involves multiple participants and some research indicates that many bullies are also victims of bullying as well. Thus,what results is a dynamic rather than static model of bulling that can involve a victim, bully, bullyvictim, bystanders, and structural participants such as the school and family.

A greater understanding of the roles and characteristics of bullying participants is important if effective anti-bullying policies are to be implemented. This understanding, coupled with the tragic incidents that have resulted from this form of aggression, has heightened public concern and national anti-bullying campaigns are now commonplace. The National Crime Prevention Strategy implemented a large number of anti-bullying projects as part of their commitment to crime prevention through social development. A number of different definitions appear throughout literature and although they differ in many respects they all share one thing in common: bullying, by nature, is a form of aggression. Wikipedia defines bullying as “bullying is a form of aggression in which one student, physically or psychologically abuses a victim over a period of time” the website also stated that “bullying is the aggressive behavior arising from the deliberate intent to cause physical or psychological distress to others”. Bullying is repeated attacks—physical, psychological, social or verbal. Bullying is about power through aggression and, bullies may acquire power by victimizing others physically, emotionally, or socially. However, the most insidious part of the bullying phenomenon is its cyclical nature. That is, as bullies gain more power over there victims their victims grow increasingly defenseless.8

The book "101 Facts about Bullying" by Meline M. Kevorikan and Robin D'Antona stated family demographics and family socialization processes have an indirect effect on bullying and victimization. That is, low socioeconomic status, unemployment, and being young parents was related to negative parenting practices and externalizing behavior problems in children. Hostile interactions between parents and their children, as well as inconsistent parenting practices may act as a catalyst in perpetuating aggressive behavior and bullying. In addition to familial factors that can perpetuate aggressive bullying behaviors by children there are also a couple of significant school factors that contribute to bullying dynamics. Teachers may foster bullying by failing to intervene in bullying behaviors when necessary or by failing to promote respectful interactions between students as a part of their curriculum. Studies show that teachers (a) tend to report lower prevalence rates of bullying than students (b) do not always correctly identify bullies, and (c) typically do not feel confident in their abilities to deal with bullying. As such, it is important that bullying prevention programs first consider the potential need for a comprehensive training period with teachers to ensure that the programs implementation will be effectively supported.

CPSD (Crime prevetion through social development) seeks to address individuals who engage crime activity, or in this case those individuals involved in bullying, by addressing individual, family, and social conditions. Policies and programs under this model seek to address the underlying causes or conditions that lead children to, or put them at risk for becoming bullies and victims. As previously mentioned there are many factors that contribute to bullying dynamics including; the individual characteristics of bullies and victims, the group dynamics associated with bystander roles, family factors, teacher attitudes, as well as those things yet to be discussed like the school’s physical characteristics. Thus, the prevention of bullying under a CPSD model may attempt to thwart bullying by addressing the family dynamics of victims and bullies, by attempting to alter the school’s ethos, by targeting specific individuals or groups, or by implementing programs to prevent bullying from occurring in the first place. Therefore, CPSD focuses not only on the bully and victim but also on the family, the school and teachers, as well as peers and bystanders.

The influence that family characteristics and parenting practices have on bullying and victimization requires that these things be addressed if peer harassment is to be prevented. The American Education Research Journal make a number of recommendations to prevent bullying through family interventions. First, parents need to be educated about bullying and victimization problems, informed of the signs of bullying and victimization, and taught about how to effectively communicate with their children about difficulties they might be experiencing. Second, parents need to be informed about the relationship between ineffective parenting styles and aggression exhibited by children. Third, resources should be allocated to high risk families, such as those with low income or unemployment status. Finally, parents must be encouraged to get involved with their child’s school, communicate with other parents and the school’s administration, and to contribute in creating a school environment where bullying is not tolerated. There are a number of things that schools can do to create an environment whereby bullying is reduced and discouraged. According to Xin Ma (professor of a Canadian University), he summarized anti-bullying program strategies as: (a) promoting facts, not myths, about bullying; (b) dispelling beliefs about aggressive behaviors; (c) conducting a school-wide assessment of bullying; (d)developing a student code of conduct; (e) providing counseling services for both bullies and victims; (f) involving parents in the intervention process; (g) implementing intervention strategies specific to aggressive children; and (h) establishing a system of accountability and evaluation.

CPTED (Crime Prevention through environmental design) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. Oscar Newman, a famous architect help found this program. Another way to prevent bullying is to alter the school’s physical environment in order to reduce the likelihood that peer harassment behaviors will occur. The underlying ideas of CEPTED were adopted from the concept of defensible space. Defensible space is one in which bullying is inhibited “by creating a physical expression of a social fabric which defends itself” and where “an area can influence the behavior” of individuals. CEPTED approaches to prevention assume that bullies will be influenced by the costs and benefits associated with their aggressive behavior. Thus, bullying should be reduced if the costs of doing so outweigh the benefits. Staggering recess, lunch, and other between class times will minimize the number of bullies and victims present in a particular area at any one time. All recommendations are consistent with the intermediate goals of CEPTED: access control, surveillance, activity support, and motivation reinforcement. For example, reducing the amount of time students spend less supervised and increasing supervision in those areas where bullying is likely to occur provides both access control and increased surveillance. Implementing these CEPTED initiatives, coupled with a multi-faceted social development approach to bullying prevention, are likely the best way to achieve success in maintaining a bully-free school.

There is no doubt that bullying in schools adversely affects many children and, as such, requires the development of effective intervention and prevention programs. Bullying is prevalent in our schools and research has demonstrated that children involved in bullying and victimization may suffer long-term consequences such as criminality and depression. Thankfully, due to increased public concern regarding the devastating consequences bullying can have on children, many national anti-bullying campaigns and preventative measures have been initiated. Anti-bullying preventative measures deemed successful are clearly defined, rooted in sound theory, recognize that the bullying phenomenon is dynamic rather than static, and acknowledge that there are a multitude of participants that can be involved in bullying. Thus, programs that attempt to neatly categorize bullying participants as either aggressors or victims fail to recognize that many of those children bullied are in turn bullying others. Moreover, those children who witness bullying as bystanders many also require intervention program modules that address issues of diminished self-respect and self-confidence.

Furthermore, anti-bullying programs which focus solely on those contributing factors in the school environment fail to recognize that individual characteristics and family socialization processes have a direct impact on bullying and victimization. Therefore, it is important to adopt preventative measures that address, not only school conditions, but individual, family and social conditions as well. In the USA, the national strategy to prevent bullying in schools is rooted in a model of crime prevention through social development. This approach to bullying prevention encompasses a multitude of strategies in targeting the underlying causal conditions of bullying. Furthermore, CPSD recognizes that single factor or targeted interventions tend to underestimate the complexity of those conditions which contribute to the manifestation of undesirable behavior.

This recognition is the result of social science research and comprehensive meta-analysis that indicate that multiple simultaneous interventions are more adept at reducing bullying than single intervention strategies. Therefore, researchers recommend that anti-bullying initiatives be multi-faceted and sustainable for long periods of time. In addition to social development models of prevention, altering the physical environment of the school may be a nice accompaniment to other preventative measures. Increasing school surveillance, regulating when and where students will congregate in communal areas, increasing the legitimate interaction of students through activity development, and increasing social cohesion through motivational reinforcement are all examples of CEPTED. CEPTED initiatives alone may be of little value in diminishing school bullying, but when accompanied by other social development programs may prove successful. Determining the success or failure of CPSD and CEPTED initiatives is detrimentally important and requires both process and outcome evaluations. Those individuals who desire a quick and easy solution to the bullying problem found in schools will undoubtedly be left disappointed. However, even though there are no easy answers, there are things that can be done and that have proven to be effective. Bullying is not a school problem it is a social one. It is a problem that can be effectively managed, but that requires the collective cooperation of parents, school officials, and the larger community.

Two vehicle injury accident

On 03-29-12 at around 1527 hrs, Adams Fire, Adams Rescue and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a two vehicle injury accident at S 148th Road and Levi Lane, west of Adams. A 1997 Mercury Marquis Grand driven by 93 year old Edna Walker of Adams, was traveling east on Levi Lane and drove on to S 148th Road, where it was struck by a southbound tractor trailer driven by 55 year old Dean Schoneweis of rural Adams. Ms. Walker was injured in the collision

. She was transported by ground ambulance to Bryan LGH West for treatment. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. The airbags in Ms. Walker’s vehicle did deploy. It is unknown if she was using her seat belt. Mr. Schoneweis may have sustained minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been a factor in the accident. The accident investigation is ongoing.

R.I.P. Max, Mac, & Raini

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Traffic Stop Leads to Sweet Surprise

(Kearney, Neb.)- A Colorado man is jailed after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near the Kearney Interchange led to the seizure of 36 pounds of marijuana laced candy bars.

Just before 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, a trooper stopped a westbound 2001 Mercedes E320 for driving on the shoulder. A Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office canine indicated the odor of marijuana coming from the rear of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 36 lbs of packaged candy bars containing THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. The candy bars were in a box in the trunk of the vehicle. One gram of hashish was also seized from the vehicle’s console.

The driver and lone occupant of the car, Harrison Goldberg, 24, Breckenridge, Colo., was lodged in the Buffalo County Jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Accident Fatality

INCIDENT: At approximately 0730 the 28th of March 2012 a person reported a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 8 east of Fairbury. The reporting party stated that they did not see anyone around the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and upon arrival found a single vehicle in a field north of the Highway. The vehicle had received extensive damage. Law Enforcement located two subjects that had been ejected from the vehicle and were dead at the scene. From the investigation it was determined that the crash occurred at approximately 0100 the 28th of March 2012.

The vehicle was a 2003 Infinety G35 coupe. The vehicle had been east bound on Highway 8. The vehicle appeared to have had the right side tires go off of the road surface and in getting back on the road the driver over corrected. The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled numerous times coming to rest in a pasture.

Driver of the vehicle was McKinley Rempel 21 yoa of Fairbury, NE and the passenger was Raini Mitchell 21yoa of Fairbury, NE.

Restraints were not in use and speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by an accident re-constructionist from the Nebraska State Patrol. The investigation is on going.

Open House is planned for Voice for Companion Animals

An Open House is planned for Voice for Companion Animals (VCA). VCA is an animal welfare non-profit organization currently working in the Fairbury area. The mission of VCA is a simple one: to improve the lives of companion animals.

The Open House will be held at the E Street Thrift Store, 400 E Street, Fairbury, NE on April 14th, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be door prizes, face painting for kids, a coloring contest for kids 6 and younger, and refreshments. There will also be some foster kittens and a foster dog to greet the public. Bring the family.

For more information about Voice for Companion Animals, visit their website at:, or contact their Director, Gayla Hausman, at

Speaker Boxes Contain Marijuana

(Minden, Neb.)- Three people are jailed after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near the Minden Interchange, led to the seizure of 109 ½ lbs of marijuana.

Just before 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) trooper stopped an eastbound 2011 Nissan pickup for violation of the state’s move over law. The trooper was given consent to search the pickup. The search led to the seizure of 109 ½ lbs of marijuana. The drugs were located in speaker boxes in the bed of the pickup.

The female driver of the pickup, Hai Phi Kim Do, 23, Fresno, Calif., along with two passengers, Hanh Thi Kim Do, (FM), 27, Fresno, Calif., and Ron Le, 39, Vancouver, Wash., were each lodged in the Buffalo County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver

5 Star Bible Camp

July 16 - 18
Day Campers - Open to children 5 years of age (by July 15, 2012) - 3rd grade 1:00 - 6:00 pm with program on Wednesday. Children go home following program. Registration at 1:00 pm July 16.

Elementary Camp - Open to children who have completed 4th - 6th grades. This is an overnight camp. Go home following program. Registration is July 16 at 1:00 pm.

Youth Camp - Open to youth who have completed 7th - 12th grades. Registration at 9:00 am July 19th with closing July 22nd at 12:00 pm.

Registration forms will be available this Sunday at Praise and Pancakes - after Praise and Pancakes they will be available at the participating churches.

Praise and Pancakes
March 25, 2012 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Serving pancakes and auction of desserts and other items 7:00 pm - Concert by "Eternity Focus" Raffle to following concert - need not be present to win - items raffled - 32" flat screen TV, NE football signed by coaching staff, quilt

Garage Sale
Saturday, April 21 - 7:30 - 1:00 pm at the Fairbury Presbyterian Church Rolls and coffee - free will donation

Copa Fairbury highschool 2012

Single Vehicle Rollover Fatality Accident

On 3/16/2012 at approximately 1500 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Beatrice Rural Fire, and Beatrice Fire and Rescue responded to a single vehicle rollover accident approximately .25 mile west of SW 32nd Rd on W. Hickory Road. According to witnesses, the 1997 Ford Taurus driven by 86 year old Leo Krivan of Beatrice was westbound on W. Hickory Road approximately .25 mile west of SW 32nd Road when the vehicle lost control and left the roadway traveling into the north ditch. Upon impact, the vehicle rolled approximately 3.5 times before coming to rest on a large liquid propane tank. Krivan was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital then to BryanLGH West for life threatening injuries and later died.

At the time of this release seatbelts were not in use and alcohol was not a factor. An investigation and accident reconstruction is currently being completed by the Gage County Sheriff’s Office.

Spring Nationals, Beatrice Speedway 2012

Community Action Agencies to Release Study of Financial Behaviors Among Adults in Nebraska

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of its 2011 Community Assessment Focus Survey on March 13, 2012.

The Community Assessment Focus Survey Report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska conducted in May of 2011. The assessment survey asked questions covering several topics including: financial behaviors, financial services, resources and planning for the future.

The intent of the survey was to discover the financial challenges faced by Nebraskans, to deepen our understanding of financial decisions Nebraskans are making and assess their knowledge and general attitudes about money. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska will use the results to evaluate and revise their financial literacy and education in programs and services to better fit the needs of the community.

Key findings in the survey reveal the hard financial choices faced by many living in the state. Of those surveyed 85% feel emotionally stressed about money, 60% stated that they run out of money to pay for living expenses, and 61% worry about job security.

This focus survey report is intended to complement the more comprehensive State and Regional Community Assessment completed in 2010 (available at and future documents being developed by Community Action of Nebraska.

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are private, non-profit organizations dedicated to helping low-income people attain self-sufficiency in all 93 Nebraska counties. The agencies are established under federal law to combat the presence and impacts of poverty in communities across the US. Programs commonly administered by CAA’s include employment assistance, home weatherization, Head Start and Early Head Start, food assistance, housing assistance and utility assistance.

For further information, contact Ardi Hoins at Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) at 402-729-2278. These reports are also available at

Injury Accident PWF Road

(Fairbury)-DETAILS OF INCIDENT: At approximately 0758 the 16th of March 2012 Jefferson County Communications received a call of a three vehicle accident at the intersection of the PWF Road and 573 Ave. Emergency services were dispatched. Upon arrival it was found that there were only two vehicles involved. Vehicle #1 was a 1991 Chevy pickup driven by Harold Germer 51 yoa of rural Fairbury, NE. Vehicle #2 was a 2008 Dodge pickup driven by Doyle Wolken 57 yoa of rural Diller, Ne.

Vehicle #1 was northbound on 573 Ave and did not stop at the stop sign. Vehicle #2 was east bound on the PWF Road. Vehicle #1 struck Vehicle #2 in the right side causing that vehicle to enter the north ditch and rolled multiple times coming to rest on its left side in a field. Vehicle

#1 came to rest on its wheels facing west on the north side of the roadway. The driver of Vehicle #1 was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of Vehicle #2 was wearing a seatbelt and exited the vehicle on his own power. Both Vehicles were totaled. Both drivers were transported to Jefferson Community Health Center by Jefferson County Ambulance District 33. Germer was later transported to a Lincoln hospital for treatment of injuries.

A contributing factor in the crash was very heavy fog with almost zero visibility.

Emergency Services responding to the crash were Jefferson County Rescue, Fairbury Rural Fire, Jefferson County Ambulance Dist. #33, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Injury Accident

On Thursday, March 15, 2012 at approximately 2155 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and Wymore EMS responded to a single vehicle injury accident which occurred on South 51st just north of Sage Road in rural Gage County.

The reporting party, who is also a member of Wymore EMS, advised she had heard a motor vehicle accident near her residence. She advised she responded to the accident and attempted to provide medical attention to the driver. She advised when she made contact with the driver he became agitated and would not let her provide aid. The driver then began walking east bound in an open field away from the accident scene.

A search of the area was immediately conducted by the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, the Wymore Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol for the location of the driver. During the search, the Nebraska State Patrol Airwing helicopter was utilized. After searching the area for approximately 4 hours, it was determined the driver of the motor vehicle was not in the area.

The driver of the motor vehicle was identified as 55 year old Bruce Goes of Wymore. After conducting an accident investigation, it was determined that Mr. Goes was traveling south bound on South 51st just north of Sage Road. Mr. Goes lost control of his white Chevrolet Silverado pickup for an unknown reason and entered the east ditch and rolled numerous times landing on the driver’s side of the pickup.

Airbags did not deploy in the vehicle and the seat belt usage is unknown. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Mr. Goes location is still unknown as of 4:00 a.m. on 03/16/2012. If anyone has any information with the whereabouts of Mr. Goes, they are encouraged to contact the Gage County Sheriff’s Office at 402-223-5221.

Sheriff's department takes part in special training

(Fairbury)-Recently, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department underwent special training by the Frontrange training and consulting company out of Loveland Colorado in special tactical interventions. According to Chief deputy Matthew Shultz, “We trained along with some officers from the Fairbury police department as well as officers from the Cheyenne county sheriffs department, the Oglala Sioux tribe from the Rosebud tribe north of Valentine, and Friend police department.”

The training consisted of basic tactics, marksmanship and basic shooting skills, using diversionary devices, and entry techniques. The class was a week long from March third through the ninth and was broken into classroom, shooting skills and practical exercises. Asked what this training did that was different from everyday law enforcement, Shultz replied, “This isn’t actually S.W.A.T., we are not considered a S.W.A.T. team because we are not equipped to do certain things that they do. We are not going to be repelling out of helicopters and things like that. It’s an emergency response team is what it is. We get trained on a lot of things that S.W.A.T. does.

In the past, and there are still some things we have to call Lincoln on, we’re not capable of doing an entry on a residence where we know there is a meth lab going on per se, we don’t have the $750 suits to put on and then throw away. They have a lot more money than we do. A majority of the search warrants we’ve done we could do ourselves now without calling Lincoln. We have called S.W.A.T. in the past and now we are capable of doing that ourselves. We wouldn’t need to call them unless we needed an exorbitant need of man power.”

Asked what prompted the training, Shultz added, “It’s not getting any safer out there and it’s better to have our own capabilities than rely on others especially in situations where we can’t afford to wait five hours for assistance. I think our training here is very high compared to other counties in our state. We hired Frontrange to come down and teach the class and the training center put it on their website for advertisement for other agencies to participate.

All eight of the local officers who were trained are either full time sheriffs officers or reserve officers through the sheriffs department. “It’s not a joint team though the police department, anyone who trains with us is a reserve officer with the sheriffs department. It’s all under the command of the sheriffs department.”

Without giving any secrets away, Shutz shared that the team learned entry tactics of clearing rooms and moving eight people in and out of an environment and keeping everyone safe. “We are not up and running yet,” Shultz added. As part of the training, Shultz has to attend a special tactical leader training course to run the group. “There are still some things we need to figure out, but everyone is basically trained. We have an agreement with Gage and Saline county and we will help if they need assistance. It is getting more and more dangerous to do police work.” Shultz added.

Monday Traffic Stops Net 162 Pounds of Marijuana

(Lincoln, Neb.)- Two separate traffic stops on Monday, March 12, led Nebraska State Patrol troopers to seize 162 lbs of marijuana.

Just before 2:00 p.m., on Monday, March 12, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2011 Toyota Camry for following too close on Interstate 80 near the Lincoln Airport exit. The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The search led to the seizure of 108 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was located in luggage in the trunk of the car.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Misty R. Allen, 35, Claremont, N.C., was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

A traffic stop in Seward County a little earlier in the day led a trooper to seize 54 lbs of marijuana. Just before 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 12, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata for speeding near the I-80 Pleasant Milford exit. Upon contacting the driver the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 54 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana was located in a suitcase in the trunk of the vehicle.

The driver and lone occupant of the Hyundai, Alexander Mamic, 32, Seattle, Wash. was lodged in the Seward County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Governors to Meet and Discuss Eco-Tourism & Economic Development

(Lincoln, NE) Gov. Dave Heineman announced today he will host Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado for an upcoming visit to Nebraska on Friday, March 23. The Governors will meet to discuss common efforts and issues related to eco-tourism and economic development.

“I look forward to welcoming my fellow governors to our state to see the crane migration and discuss eco-tourism,” said Gov. Heineman. “Eco-tourism is vital in Nebraska where 97 percent of the land is privately owned. Forging partnerships with private land owners is critical in providing access to our many attractions including beautiful landscapes and bountiful hunting opportunities.”

Catherine Lang, Director of the Department of Economic Development added, “More and more travelers are interested in ecotourism. Nebraska offers a rich and diverse landscape that appeals to a variety of travelers from hunters to bird watchers. We are always striving to keep Nebraska beautiful and attract tourists to enjoy our state.”

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Single vehicle injury accident

On March 11th, 2012 at 0002 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle rollover accident near the address of 14027 E. B-Line Road in rural Blue Springs. Kenya B. Naumann (17 years old) was traveling east on E. B-Line Road approximately ½ mile east of S. 134th Road in her 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. The driver hit a patch of loose gravel and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle entered the north ditch, rolled one time, and landed back on its wheels. The driver was later transported to the Beatrice Community Hospital by a family member where she was treated for minor injuries.

Naumann was the only occupant of the vehicle and was wearing her seat belt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Hit & Run Driver Arrested Following Pursuit

(Lincoln, Neb.)- A 25-year old Lincoln man is in jail after causing an accident and leading troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol on a six mile long pursuit.

Just before 11:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, troopers observed an accident at North 27th Street and Interstate 80. A 1999 Buick Regal, northbound on 27th Street clipped a 2008 Kia Optima, before running a red light and striking a 2011 Ford Explorer attempting to turn left onto 27th Street. The Buick stopped for a few minutes then took off northbound on 27th street.

A trooper attempted to stop the Buick, but the driver failed to comply and a pursuit ensued. The Buick headed westbound on I-80 before getting off at the Lincoln Airport exit. The vehicle then continued toward the airport on Northwest 12th Street, before turning onto North Park Road. At NW 31 Street & North Park Road troopers deployed spike strips, successfully flattening three of the vehicles four tires. The vehicle then came to a stop.

The driver of the vehicle refused to show his hands or follow commands given by officers. A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (LSO) K-9 was called in. The suspect driver still refused to exit the vehicle continuing to resist arrest. A taser was used by an officer with the Lincoln Police Department to subdue the suspect, who was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

The suspect, Cody J. Flanagan, 25, Lincoln, was transported by ambulance to Bryan LGHWest where he was treated and released. He was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail on charges to include, hit & run with injuries, willful reckless driving, flight to avoid arrest, 3rd offense driving under the influence, driving under suspension and speeding.

The driver of the Kia involved in the initial accident was uninjured. The driver of the Explorer, received minor injuries and was treated at Bryan LGHWest.

The pursuit lasted eight minutes and reached speeds of 90 mph. The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Police Department.

Baby Abram Beats the Odds
Dorinda Renae Van Asperen

Baby Abram came into the world on December 7, 2011 with odds stacked against him. His mother, Dorinda, was admitted to Saint Elizabeth in premature labor just 21 weeks into her pregnancy. Despite every effort to sustain her pregnancy, Abram was born at 22 weeks and weighing a mere 14.4 ounces. The odds were daunting. Given his early arrival, weight, and undeveloped organs, Abram had a 4% statistical chance of survival, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Infant Development. Dorinda and her husband Marty placed their faith in God, praying that the doctors and nurses at Saint Elizabeth would be able to save their child.

Abram's life was dependent on three things: his lung development, having accessibility to specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) equipment, and his own will to live. Abram's determination to survive was immediate when he exhibited tiny yet deliberate efforts to breathe. But despite the early rally, he was soon in trouble. The ventilator he needed to breath was causing trauma

Dorinda Trauernicht lovingly gazes at her son.

To his tiny lungs. As a rescue effort, Abram was switched to a High Frequency Jet Ventilator to keep his lungs working and at the same time allowing them to heal. As his lungs developed, his breathing tube was removed and Abram was stabilized via Biphasic CPAP - which delivered oxygen to Abram via tiny nasal prongs. He was also connected to six different IV pumps to deliver very small and precise amounts of nutrients and medications - totaling a mere ½ teaspoon per hour in fluids.

But after all he has been through in his short life, he is still here, still fighting, and still being lovingly cared for by the doctors and nurses in the Saint Elizabeth NICU. Now weighing over 4 lbs., he gained one pound in a single week. He recently took his first bottle. As his lungs continue to develop, he is becoming less reliant on breathing assistance. Baby Abram, who once had a daunting 4% chance of survival, will now almost

Marty Trauernicht holds his tiny son, Abram. certainly be going home - likely on his original due date, which happens to be Marty's birthday.

"Abram loves his dad the most," Marty joked.

Saint Elizabeth Foundation is proud to have provided some of the specialized equipment that Abram needed. The generosity of many donors has allowed us to make the most advanced, specialized equipment available to give babies like him the best chances for survival. But the needs are ongoing. The Foundation is currently raising funds for two important NICU needs: new, state-of-the-art monitors and upgrading to electronic medical records.

An electronic medical record (EMR) automates tedious, time consuming and potentially error prone tasks in the NICU. This can help save lives, improve outcomes and shorten length of stays for our tiny patients. A robust NICU specific EMR system can record and communicate infant vital signs, fluid intake management, lab work and screening tests. The electronic trending of this information then alerts medical staff to subtle changes that can alter the course of treatment and plan of care. Parent teaching, interactions and communication are easily documented and tracked. The physician EMR section includes time-saving standardized notes and automated discharge summaries. Having all infants in a computerized system also allows for limitless options in querying specific gestational ages, diseases or complications.

New monitors allow respiration trending (for more accurate monitoring of oxygen levels), carbon dioxide monitoring, interfacing with a paging system to alert staff when necessary, quicker alerts to staff at early signs of infection, and greater accuracy in determining a baby's ability to safely ride home in a car seat.

Dorinda and Marty have been overwhelmed by the level of support they have received from the staff at Saint Elizabeth and from perfect strangers. A nurse knitted a hat for Abram, and they have gotten many emails and gifts from other NICU families. "They have prayed for us," Dorinda said. "People we don't even know. Even the receptionists in the lobby stop me and ask about Abram. [They] give hugs and tell us they're still praying."

"How do you say thank you?" Dorinda asked. "Words don't seem enough. I tell everyone I know to go to Saint Elizabeth. The care is wonderful."

Svedja strikes again

Got a phone call today from a marketing firm in Lincoln who has had a run in with Mr. Terry Svedja, the man who put the ethanol plant in Jansen Ne.

What ethanol plant do you ask?, well, if you haven't seen my research on the subject and how it saved this town from being scammed, go here and be informed. He is still out there trying to make a buck from nothing.

Seems he is trying to create a new website that people can subscribe to and pay him for grain marketing advice, the only problem is the firm that is supposed to create the firm is getting sued by Mr. Svedja before it has even been created. A fight over lawyers fees. Mr. Svedja already has a grain marketing website but it must not generate any income. Anyway, I get a call about once every six months from someone who has had contact with this man and today was one of those days.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet

FAIRBURY – The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the Solarium Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health Center.

The program will be a DVD, “Caregivers,” about caring for people in different stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. We will be watching Part 3. The program is designed so segments can be watched individually. A support group is a gathering of people with common problems, needs and interests which allows them to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to survive the shared problems. It may include family members, caregivers, friends and other individuals interested in sharing information and giving and receiving support.

Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease themselves are also welcome to attend the meetings.

The support group is open to anyone interested in attending. There is no charge and no membership commitment. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Lana Likens at 729-6855.

Fourth Annual Fairbury Cycling Tour Set for Saturday, May 12

FAIRBURY – The Fairbury Cycling Tour is your chance to ride your bicycle through Jefferson County – with lots of great company! This is the fourth year for this event, organized by the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.

The Fairbury Cycling Tour will be held on Saturday, May 12, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center in Fairbury. The ride begins at 8 a.m. There are five routes available:

  • 12 miles – Fairbury – Jansen – Fairbury
  • 25 miles – Fairbury – Endicott – Jansen – Fairbury
  • 48 miles – Fairbury – Odell – Fairbury
  • 60 miles – Fairbury – Odell – Harbine – Jansen – Fairbury
  • 70 miles – Fairbury – Odell – Harbine – Jansen – Endicott -- Fairbury

All routes will be on Nebraska highways, and start and stop in Fairbury. The ride is open to all ages. All riders must wear helmets. SAG support will be available until 2 p.m. from a roving vehicle equipped with bicycle supplies, water and food. Rest stops will be available along the route.

Registration is $30 until April 20, including a t-shirt. After April 20 through the day of the ride registration is $35, with no t-shirt. Children 12 and under ride free, and must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration forms are available at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center in Fairbury. For more information, contact the wellness center at (402) 729-6139; or Jackie Gregory at (402) 239-3559.

Cake shop moving into bakery building

(Fairbury)-The Country Cottage and Cakes unlimited are moving from the Prairie view mall to the old Smitty’s bakery location the 1st of April, 2012. The new establishment will feature cakes as well as baked goods and crafts. According to owner Tammy Lueker, “I’m trying to get down here sooner than that, but the goal is by the first.”

Asked why she decided to move the shop to the downtown area, Lueker replied, “There just isn’t any business up there. People really don’t come into the mall. I think our cake business is building and being down here it will build even more. We are still going to have speciality gifts as well as baked goods, nothing fried. coffee cakes, cup cakes, Danish’s, etc. and a coffee bar and soda pop.

We will have espresso, regular and iced coffee and free wifi internet. It will be a specialty shop to where people can come in and get goodies, order cakes and hang out. It will be more of a specialty coffee shop. I can’t wait to get going, I think the bakery part is really going to take off I mean we have taken off really good there. Down here we have store front visibility and up close parking."

Chad Sprunk annual police report

Speeding Stop leads to 72 Pounds of Marijuana

Just after 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2012 Ford Fusion for speeding in a construction zone just east of the Kearney Interchange in Buffalo County. A Nebraska State Patrol canine indicated the odor of drugs coming from the rear of the vehicle. A probable cause search led to the seizure of 72 lbs of marijuana from the trunk of the car.

The driver of the vehicle, Xay Vue (M), 38, Appleton, WI was lodged in the Buffalo County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver

Health Today Features “Get Your Plate in Shape”

FAIRBURY – The topic for the next Health Today session at Jefferson Community Health Center will be “Get Your Plate in Shape” by Lisa Edeal, RD, LMNT.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 15, with the program beginning at 12:15 p.m. The program is held in the southwing education room. Enter through the door marked “Education Room.” This program is being offered in honor of National Nutrition Month, and will be repeated (with no meal provided) on Monday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the Southwing Education Room and are free and open to the public.

Another related session, a Stir Fry Demonstration, will be held for National Nutrition Month on Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Southwing Education Room. This demonstration will be given by Jackie Wesch, personal trainer at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center. This session is also free, and is open to the public. No meal provided – this is strictly a demonstration. Health Today is a free noon-hour program offering health and wellness information to area residents. “Health Today” programs are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month.

A light lunch is available at noon for a free will donation. Guests are also welcome to bring a lunch to eat during the program. Pre-registration is required for Health Today. To register, call Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402)-729-6855. For other sessions, pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

For more information, contact Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development, at (402)-729-3351.

Join the Million Challenge!
By Kathy Helmink RN, CDE

Join the Million Challenge!

The American Diabetes Association’s is asking the public to “Join the Million Challenge” by rallying one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test beginning on Tues. March 27, the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Diabetes Alert Day, is held the fourth Tuesday in March, and is a one-day, “wake-up” for communities to take the Diabetes Risk Test to see if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Risk Test requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for type 2 diabetes. It shows individuals whether they are at high risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider and get screened. Diabetes by the Numbers Of the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, about 7 million have diabetes but don’t even know it. Another 79 million American adults have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Are You at Risk?

The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth. Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs at the time that they develop the disease. Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, or nerve damage that can lead to amputations.

Take Charge of Your Health Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

You can “Join the Million Challenge” by getting your free copy of the Diabetes Risk Test on Tues., March 27, in the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness center in Fairbury. The Risk Test is is also available online at, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342 -2383). Although Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year round. For those at risk for Diabetes, FREE Diabetes screening will be held in the Jefferson Community Health Center front lobby on Tuesday, March 27 in 3 different time sessions.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Colon Cancer Screening Kits Available FREE for those 50 and older

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Nebraska. While there is evidence that screening for colorectal cancer can significantly reduce mortality, only about 1/3 of adults over the age of 50 in Nebraska report having been screened in the last five years.

In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, the Cancer Coalition of Gage, Fillmore, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer counties will be distributing Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) colon cancer screening kits through local pharmacies and health fair events through the month of March.

In Jefferson County, FOBT colon cancer screening kits will be available to those 50 and older through Korbel Drug in downtown Fairbury, and the Jefferson Community Health Center Pharmacy. Kits will also be available at the Jefferson County Home and Garden Show at a JCHC booth.

Meth, Marijuana Seized in Weekend Traffic Stops

(Grand Island, NE)- Two people are jailed as Nebraska State Patrol troopers seize methamphetamine and marijuana during weekend traffic stops in central Nebraska.

Just before 9:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4, a trooper stopped a 1999 Nissan Sentra traveling southbound on Highway 34 in Hall County for a license plate defect. Upon contacting the driver of the vehicle the trooper observed open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. The driver also had an active warrant out of Saunders County. A probable cause search of the vehicle led the trooper to seize three ounces of methamphetamine. The meth was located under the dash of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Crystal M. Dahlke, 31, Grand Island was lodged in the Hall County Jail on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

On Saturday, March 3, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2007 Toyota Yaris for speeding on I-80 near the Kearney Interchange in Buffalo County. An NSP canine indicated the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 40 lbs of marijuana. The marijuana was located in luggage in the trunk and backseat of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Patrick R. Ondrozeck, 29, Bend, OR was lodged in the Hall County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver

When there were parents.
Tammy Lile

In the fifties the family dynamic was completely different. Men prided themselves on taking care of their families financially and protecting the family from financial and social collapse. Women admired and praised their men for providing and thus the head of the family had his crown. Women stayed home and cultivated the home and hearth nurturing and instilling strong values in the children through supervision and interaction. The discipline of children was shared with the mother being primary disciplinarian with“I have to tell your father about this” being the final straw and the transition into the ultimate stage of punishment. This may have led to a reddened back side to correct the problem which though painful, (the pain was less than a crash on a bicycle) was more a psychological pain of disappointing parent, being overpowered, being “taken down a notch” all of which are lessons taught throughout nature in child rearing practices and teach us consequences for our actions on a basic scale. The division of labor in a marriage was equal though there were many who did not see it as so.

Women’s lib was a wonderful idea. We gained the right to vote, have wonderful careers, and to become strong intelligent women who don’t have to rely on men to pave our way in society and the world among other freedoms. I am proud to be a strong willed and intelligent woman who has many choices and opportunities available to me as a result of this great movement. I do not have to remain married to an abusive man because I am unable to support the family if necessary.

With the many wonderful freedoms we have gained as a result of this movement , we have lost so much.

When women started going off to work, the raising of our children was then left to child care workers who are paid minimum wage, and to the teachers of our children who are also responsible for many other children as well. Parents’ roles went from primary role models and disciplinarians to seeing our children for a few hours and on the weekend making us weekend warriors in the world of child rearing.

The constant onslaught of outside values and beliefs was amplified by the latchkey situations being created by divorce rates skyrocketing when women realized that if we have to share the responsibility of financial resources for the family, we can do it on our own thus making us no longer dependent on a spouse who is less attentive to the families needs or god forbid, abusive. Balance in the marriage has shifted and while men still expect and at times demand the respect that they once had (many times even throwing temper tantrums like the small children we are raising) they are sadly not stepping up and providing emotionally and financially. The women leave their husbands and now our children have often only one parent as the other leaves skid marks down the driveway. As a result the remaining parent, many times the mother, is left to work two or three jobs while trying to provide food, shelter, and xbox games for the children.

The women’s liberation movement though necessary and empowering has left a void in the family structure and in effect has brought a great famine to the nation’s children in the area of parenting. I am not saying that women should not have gone into the work force…I am however, saying that when we did, someone needed to stay at home with the children running hearth and home. If the wife were working, the husband should have been raising our children. That, my dear reader, is true equality. That is where we fumbled the football.

Because both parents were working and generating more income, companies could charge twice as much for goods and services. Prices for houses and cars and all the amenities went up. Now we find ourselves in an economy where most of the time we either need two incomes or we need more than one job to pay the bills and provide for the family. We are stuck.

I am stuck. I am one of the afore mentioned single mothers, I have two boys whom I love very much but have little time to interact with. I work many hours, struggling to provide food, shelter, clothing, and shoes (shoes being a huge area of struggle as I have a 15yr old boy who skate boards leaving me replacing his shoes every three months if I buy the hundred dollar shoes and every couple of weeks if I buy the thirty dollar shoes).

In the moments that I have with my children, I laugh with them, hold them while they cry, discipline them, work on homework with them, and attempt to put my unique spin on the men that they will become. These moments are precious. These moments must have the ultimate impact on their development.

Being a parent is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination and my upbringing was not at all what I wanted to carry forward to my children. To counter this, when I got pregnant with my oldest son,

I started attending parenting classes and reading all the child psychology and parenting books I could get my hands on, devouring the information like a hungry Ethiopian child. I implemented many of the techniques learning how to think outside the box and adapt to handle many unexpected situations.

I found that the best way to reach my children and influence their behavior in a positive way was to work behind the scenes in many ways, talking with them and asking them questions to allow them to come to the correct solution rather than demanding their obedience. I am always adapting and changing my techniques but this has worked well for me in many difficult situations.

In the fifties we worried about communism. There was something sinister about having a government take your choices away from you. I remember studying communism in school in the eighties and thanking my lucky stars that I was born into a country where we were free to make our own choices and where we had a say in what our government does. I recently have come to the realization that I may have been mistaken. In our time of desperation, we are now allowing our government and our school system to step into the role of parent to our children.

When my boys started school, we lived in Louisiana. I was worried about the level of education that they would get there because I had been born and raised here in Nebraska and since as I said before, these teachers are spending more time with my children in a day than I get to, I wanted them to continue to instill the sense of responsibility and discipline that I had been implementing at home. My fears were unwarranted. My children thrived in the school system down south with both of them being placed in AP classes across the board. My oldest son had his IQ revealed to be 175 and my youngest was not far behind. This posed challenges in keeping them engaged but the schools were willing to work with me to think outside the box and keep them interested.

We moved back home to Nebraska. I was very excited to have them in the schools here because I knew that their educational experiences could only get better. By this time I had been a single mother for a couple of years and the struggle for income and time with my children was in full force, but since the schools had done such a great job working with my boys in the past, I was not worried.

I could not have been more wrong. I have battled with this beast since day one. I took my children to their first day of school here and my oldest son came home from third grade and informed me that they were studying information he had covered two years prior. He stated “Mom, they made me do the hokey pokey!” and emphatically stated that he did not want to go back. I spoke with the school explaining that he had been in diff classes down south and was not feeling challenged. My suggestions fell on deaf ears.

My children continued to work in accelerated classes until this year. Both have had multiple discipline issues due to their boredom and lack of interest in studies. I have spoken to multiple schools begging the administration to hold them back if they do not do the work so that my children can understand the impact of not doing your work. Their schoolwork is boring to them and with my work schedule I often must choose between making sure they actually go to school on time due to school starting after my shift does or being home in the evenings to make sure they get their homework done. In my situation there are no grandparents or family members to lean on.

They have no consequences for negative behavior. We have passed a “no child left behind” policy. This means that the government and the school system simply pushes our children further through the school to the next grade whether their grades are good enough or not. My children are simply skating along with negative behavior going unchecked and no desire to do well. My youngest son actually told me that studying was a waste of time because they would let him retake tests and it doesn’t really matter what grade he gets.

Our government believes that all children should get a trophy. How does that motivate our achievers to achieve? How does that motivate our underachievers to try? How does this prepare our children for the really real world?

I would love to discipline my children for their lack of motivation and teach them consequences for their actions. When they were young, I had a staircase in the hall that had 14 steps in it. When the children got rambunctious running through the house, I would stop them and make them walk calmly up and down the stairs ten times. This worked well until the school got involved. They called social services and had me investigated for child abuse. They did not charge me with anything but warned me that this could be considered excessive discipline. I asked them what the gym teacher did at school when a child misbehaved and they said that the teacher would make the child run laps. I asked what the difference was and the social worker just shrugged and told me to be careful. I hadn’t realized how much power our government had taken in our home lives until that moment.

Nebraska is attempting to pave the way for the rest of our country in an attempt to fill the void created in the home. We are losing more and more ground as parents and giving up our rights to discipline and teach our children.

More and more the government is telling us what is and isn’t acceptable for punishing our children in and out of school. They tell us that our children need to be on drugs to be able to comply with rules and pay attention. Our test scores are dropping dramatically with every child we drug at their request. The schools have suggested and at times tried to manage the drugging of my children in an attempt for them to control them. I ask you…If their discipline techniques are working, why must we turn our children into mindless drones so that they can sit in a classroom? I know that our educators must take child psychology classes and read many of the same books I studied on my own in order to become educators. Why then can they not step out of the cookie cutter discipline structures that they have set up to find a different way to reach our children?

We currently have several laws in effect and addendums to these laws that are attempting to give the schools and social workers more power in our homes. Currently, when a child is late or absent greater than 20 times a year whether the parent has approved it or not, the parent and child must go to court to determine if the child should become a ward of the state. This means that even if your child is in the hospital for 20 days, your child could have the State of Nebraska as a parent. Even with this development, your child will progress to the next grade whether the child passes or fails. Again, no consequences.

An organization of parents and educators has united in an attempt to help us give the parenting back to

the parents here in Nebraska. Nebraska Family Forum has been instrumental in working to reach our government with the voice of the parents. They have a wonderful website dedicated to the fight of the parent at . We must resume the role of parent to our children. We must fight to teach them consequences for their actions. Help our voices reach the ears of those who have the most time and impact on who our children are becoming. If we must rely on the education system to help us teach responsibility to our children, don’t you think that the message should be the right one? Action involves consequence. Our children are needing to see that there are consequences for their actions. If the educators cannot reinforce the discipline instilled by us in the few precious moments that we have with our children, then what are our children learning?

Flannigan's right hook and Musical Blades at VooDoo lounge in Kansas City


On March 1, 2012 at approximately 2352 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to 11466 West Lilac Road in reference to a tip they received concerning a possible MIP Party. Upon arrival, the responding Deputy and Troopers observed a large number of minors consuming alcohol along with a number of minors running from the residence. Approximately 43 minors submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test and all tested positive for alcohol. Three of the subjects that lived at the residence are being charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Reports will be forwarded to the Gage County Attorney for prosecution.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol encourages reporting underage drinking. To report underage drinking, please call 1-866-MUST-BE-21.

All reports will be aggressively pursued.

Troopers Track Down Wisconsin Sexual Assault Suspect

(Elm Creek, NE)- A tip by Wisconsin authorities led the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to arrest a Wisconsin Police Chief on an active warrant for sexual assault.

Just after 11:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2, NSP received a bulletin from the Sherriff’s Office in Vernon County, WI advising that Shay P. Larson, 29, Richland Center, WI, was believed to be in the area of the Elm Creek Interchange. Larson, the current Police Chief in the Wisconsin village of Readstown was wanted on a felony warrant to include charges of sexual assault, misconduct in public office, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

The information indicated Larson was driving a black 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix with Wisconsin plates. NSP dispatched several troopers to the area of the Elm Creek Interchange. Troopers searched and cleared several establishments in the area but were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle.

Updated information was received indicating Larson could possibly be driving a semi trailer truck. Just after 1:00 a.m., troopers made contact with a Wisconsin plated semi parked at a truck stop near the Elm Creek Interchange. The semi was one of approximately 75 big rigs parked at the truck stop.

Troopers located Larson in the semi. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Buffalo County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin

Injury Accident, DUI 5th, Driving Under Revocation

On Thursday, March 01, 2012 at approximately 1632 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Clatonia Fire and Rescue, and Cortland Fire and Rescue responded to a two vehicle injury accident which occurred at the intersection of West Highway 77 and West Highway 41.

A Dodge Dakota Pickup, driven by 46 year old Michael Powell of Michigan, was traveling southbound on Highway 77 when he met a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina turning north onto Highway 77 from West Highway 41 driven by 49 year old Richard Jacobs of Lincoln. Mr. Jacobs failed to yield to Mr. Powell. Mr. Powell was unable to stop his vehicle and collided with the Chevrolet Lumina.

The driver of the pickup was transported to BryanLGH West in Lincoln by Clatonia Fire and Rescue. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

The driver of the Chevrolet Lumina, Richard Jacobs, was arrested for Driving Under Revocations and Driving Under the Influence 5th Offense. Jacobs also has a total of six Driving Under the Influence convictions dating from 1990 to 2006.

Air bags were deployed in both vehicles and seatbelts were being utilized during the accident. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Confessions of a bartender

My name is Jessica Sewell but when I tended bar most known as Jessy. Mainly due to the crowd I started out serving to. I learned the trick of the trade of bartending at the American Legion Post 27 and I also worked at a downtown bar. I learned to mix drinks from some amazing folks their names are John and Brenda Garcia. Also I have to give it up to some great co workers I had at the time Joyce C and Larry R. There is another person who helped me on the path of learning the trade Kathy K. She knows her stuff when it comes to mixing drinks and is a well known bartender as well. She taught me how to put a spin on things. Like topping shot's with whip cream and chocolate syrup.

The best thing I learned about Kathy is to try new drinks. We spent hours pouring over books and trying new things. For the most part we had good judgment and they usually rocked. I still smile every time I hear the word Scooby snack. (lovely shot). I want to thank some of the strong female bartenders from around the area back in the day Caroline M, Brenda G, and Nancy T. They all I can say taught me how to take no bull.

Mixing drinks is just like cooking you got to do it with a little love. Everyone who knows me knows that my motto is I make everything with a little extra love. That’s what makes it so good. I was blessed to learn the old school way you should say. There is no pre mix drinks if I am serving also I can say I was the one who brought in a metal shaker with a lid . I couldn’t shake it as fast with a shaker and glass. The new shaker was so much easier and faster. I can say that some of my favorite drinks that I learned to make were Grasshoppers, a good old margarita, carrot cake shot's, fancy Jell-O shots, and there are just so many to name.

I got to say I had a few crowd favorites to I was well known there for making a mean Colorado bulldog, Liquid cocaine, Almond joy, tequila sunrise and a Washington apple. The toughest part of drink mixing is layer drinks you really have to know what to pour in order. One false move and it all blends together looking sloppy. During the fourth of July one of my most favorite drinks to make would get a good workout. The Bomb pop ahh yes the name say's it all. Them good old red, white and blue cold treat's on a stick. Only in a glass. The drink itself is layered them three patriotic colors also. Stir it up and it's purple. Totally fun drink and great tasting. Personally my favorite mixed drink is a Washington apple.

I also love to make drinks that just make someone go wow. The Washington apple is a crown royal drink that is super smooth. Hot apple pie is also one of the best winter time drinks ever. It so smooth and warms you up in a jiffy. Plus who doesn't love pie? If you want to give them a little extra treat top it off with some whip cream and a dash of cinnamon. Grasshopper are a cool minty blended drink that had a rich green color for St.Patricks day. I can honestly say I have tried just about every drink out there....but there is one that you couldn't get me to try that would be the famous Tom&Jerry's the New Year's day drink. For some reason a alcoholic egg nog don't appeal to me. There are so many different cocktails out there the most common have got to be your basic whiskey and coke, vodka sour's, rum and coke, gin and tonic, oh and who could forget a scotch and water. It's great though when someone gives you a little bit more of a challenge like a martini, daiquiri, long island ice tea or get crazy with something like a slippery nipple...Which leads me into another point. Do you know how hard it is at times to keep a straight face while bartending?? There are some super colorful names for drinks out there. Let’s see which ones I can pull out of my mind vault. Ok we got the cocksucker, Mountain dew me, sex on the beach, slow screw, between the sheet’s, Harvey Wall banger and my personal favorite of all time favorite a pee-wee Herman (jack&squirt). Oh the list of creative names could go on and on. One of the best part's of making them is enjoy then names for them. Not all of the names are dirty here are some more of the clean ones that I love the dark Vader, the dead Nazi, chocolate starfish, bazooka Joe, prairie fire, three wise men just to name a few.

I will also put out there that a well blended mixed drink is hard to get down to on the rocks is no problem. So what is they key for getting everything right in a blender? So many risk factor’s to strong, to weak or way to much left over. The key to it is taking the time to measure out what your making. Thank you Brenda G..She taught me the magic trick to make the best blended mix drinks. It's a satisfying feeling have the perfect amount requested for the order. These days I would say the hot drinks are well just the basic's rum and coke’s, flavored vodka with energy drinks, anything blended is always a hit to and it seems to me everyone is also into shot's these days.Jeager seems to get a workout in these parts. Personally I think the most popular thing served in a bar these days is still beer.

Also the best tip I can say is read. Bartending is just like any other trade you have to gain the knowledge.. The more you know the faster you can move. Make sure to keep your drinks presentable to use your limes, lemons, and orange wedge’s. Which keeps everyone happy. Also always check id's not matter what kind of rush you are in. The trouble you can get into for serving a minor is not worth the few minutes it takes to look. The biggest key to being a good bartender is people skills. No matter the situation you have to keep a smile on your face. It's a tough thing to learn how to do. I can recall many of night being so down and having to work through it.

At times it kind of makes you feel fake like you can't show the emotion. Multi tasking is another big key learn to carry four or five drinks at a time. Know your math skills and be able to think on the spot. Always keep your cool the biggest jerk can be bringing you down just smile through it that is where kill them with kindness comes into play. When in a rush I think they key is just move as fast as you can, keep that smile on your face, don't get flustered if you do it will only slow you down. Most folks understand if the place is packed and you’re the only one there. I was always blessed to have some great regular's that would always help me out in a pinch if they were there. They wouldn’t hesitate to wash some glasses, pick up the mop, change the keg or do whatever was needed to be done. My last point is learn when to cut people off. As much fun as it is to unwind and have a good time. To much can kills. Here are a few fact’s………

An ounce of alcohol contains the amount of calories equivalent to those in a baked potato or a glass of milk. In the United States, beer ranks fourth in consumption of any kind of beverage behind soft drinks, milk and coffee. Binge drinking is generally defined as the consumption of 5 or more drinks on 1 occasion. Although many drinkers speak of getting high, and initially experience alcohol as a stimulant, alcohol is actually a depressant. Each year, thousands of people choke on their own vomit while intoxicated. By the time students are in the eighth grade, 55 percent of students have at least tried alcoholic beverages.

Before I start this next section I want everyone to know I am not pointing a finger at any bar in the business this just things that I have seen throughout the years being in this line of work from different places. With all the fun of the job there is also a downside. Jealousy can be a huge issue in a place like a bar. So if someone sparkles a little more than another. It make that green eyed monster come out. Without saying it yes we work for tips. To be honest we are working for minimum wage. Our pay checks cover the bills. We do live off of tip money. By all means tipping is total must to. You would be amazed on how much TLC a drink can get over a few extra bucks. Another thing people may not realize is that when a band plays your drinks are usually higher.

Also no one ever speaks really about how much tips you make. Another thing I noticed is boy was there some gossip everyone always talking about someone or something. Yes people guys gossip just as much as girls do. When everyone knows everyone it seems like everyone get’s talked about. Most of the time the one’s that dish out are the one’s that can’t take it when it’s them getting talked about. I will also say that everyone has a different judgment of when someone has had enough. I can honestly say there were times I should have cut someone off and didn’t. I personally think everyone in this line of work has done the same thing. Some other things that may surprise you about bartending in some bar's (not any of the ones I worked for) switch liquor. Example say you order a captain Morgan and coke your drinks comes you pay the 3.75 or whatever. And little do you know that in the Morgan bottle is actually Sailor Jerry's a knock off. The bad thing with switching is sometime the alcohol content is higher. Yeah there are some shady bar owners out there.

Another thing that is a wee bit wrong with the line of work is the bosses or owners. Who chose to get behind the bar after sitting on the other side. That part of it bothered me. For one it is illegal and when your serving something that can seriously impair someone. You shouldn't be impaired while making it. Would you boil eggs while your drunk? Or because your in charge should you be playing keno or pickle cards. It happens. I also will point out always Hoover while using the bathrooms. You really don't know how clean they are. Also something I have seen is bands not being paid what they were promised. As a owner you take the risk when you book these people to play. You can never judge how big of a crowd your going to have. .

My customers were the best part of this job. Mind you the main crowd I served was much older. For the legion is club and not a bar. Some of my best memories are the music and the laughter. That place always seemed to be full of it when I was working. Many times I would sing right along. I tell ya what I can belt out "these eyes" by the Guess Who with the best of them. On the other hand I can no longer listen to the song "On a cover of a rolling stone" by Dr.Hook. It was play way to much but it still will bring a smile to my face remembering the times it was a jam for some ladies. I was blessed to spend most of my bartending years at a place that had the best atmosphere around.

I loved to shock them with my vast musical knowledge. The song Running Bear by Johnny Horton will always hold a little place in my heart! I loved hearing all the stories about the war’s and how thing were way back in the day. A lot of these people impacted my life so much. I thank them so much for helping me along the journey of personal growth. Seriously when you spend so many years with the same people they become your family. Let me tell you there was times I don’t know who knew more jokes me or some of the fella’s sitting at the bar. I always enjoyed watching a good game of shuffle board. Thank you Legion you did teach me well on that game.

For the most part this was my most favorite job ever. I loved the freedom of creating new tasty drinks and nothing beats watching someone enjoy a mixer that they never in their life thought they would try. One thing that I can say that made a impact on my life from working as a bartender was knowing that no matter if I only lent a ear for one minute or 30 I made some kind of impact and helped for that day. Nothing beat’s the feeling of working at place where someone walks in smiling just to see you there. Ahh the warm fuzzy kind of feeling. The downside of the job to me was all the death’s I went through while working there. No matter what anyone tells when someone leaves you sometimes it does take a piece of you with them. The range it what struck my heart cords natural, accidental and self inflicted. Yeah that is defiantly not a perk.

My other dislike was that I just didn’t have a boss. The Legion is a club ran by a board. So yeah there were a lot of times you would get boned on things. I have seriously never been terminated from a job without a reason until this one. It’s was amazing how a new boss could be such a bad apple. It broke my heart getting let go after so many years. I just had to look at as it wasn’t my calling plus the bitter feelings ended when I received a nice letter from unemployment stating they found me at no fault for getting fired. That seriously made me happy there is now no blemish by them letting me go. I was seriously let go for no reason other than the new boss of 6 months didn’t like me.

Since I can speak my opinion on this matter I would like to say the green eyed dragon bit her. I was better and she couldn’t hack that because she was the “boss”. Karma that is all I am going to say. I go on and on over that issue but I will save it for another day. Another thing sometimes the hours can get to you. Getting off between one and two am. Also there are no breaks when it comes to bartending you go and go some more. Mind you a rowdy drunk is also hard to deal with just stand your ground is all I gotta say. Let them know your running the show and no them.

So I am going to end with a few of my favorite stories bartending. When I first started out I was told on game day’s to wear my Husker red. Nice and all but I know nothing about football or trying to rock the color red. So I did break down and buy a Husker shirt only when I showed up for work they didn’t find the humor in my brown and pink Husker shirt. E for effort that is about all you can give someone at times. The best night that I can say ever was on a Christmas eve. I had two guy friends come in and I love them both so much all I can say is they can dance fabulous. So the crowd was around 15 people. Oh well my buddy Shawn decided to show off his dances moves.

The next thing I know a much older gentleman was breaking it down right along with him. He made it to the floor. The coolest moment between young and old that I have seen in a long time. Such a fun night that night. Another night we had a Easter egg hunt and a who can fit a hard boiled egg in your mouth contest. You could only imagine the giggles over that one. Yes it is true you can have no legs while drinking. One night a wheel chair had to be used. There was always stories floating around that the legion is haunted. Some have reported seeing people that weren’t there. I had a few hairy moments myself in the night nothing major just the feeling someone was there or watching me.

I will spill it that a local bar in town here is haunted. It would be the other one I worked in. Whew that place is a whole story itself. Anyways I will wrap up my rambles and hope you guys all enjoyed a small glimpse into one of the most enjoyable trades out there. Have a grateful day.

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