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Wed
13
Jul

Commissioners Discuss Ambulance Building Proposals

by Matthew Saxton
Jefferson County should have a new ambulance building by the end of 2017.
That was the word from commissioners during their regular meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners discussed proposals they had received from four companies interested in pursuing the project.
But before they decide, they want to meet with the members of those companies face-to-face.
Commissioners plan to hold a special meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10. Each of the four companies that have submitted proposals will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas and 10 minutes to answer questions. The board members said they then would choose a company at a later date.
The four companies that have submitted proposals for the 80- by 140-foot building are Erickson Sullivan, Davis Design and Berggren Architects, all of Lincoln; and Peters and Associates, of Omaha.
Wed
13
Jul

Committee Approves Swine Permit

by Timothy Linscott
Another hog confinement facility in Jefferson County is one step closer to a reality.
A request for a special use permit for a 9,000 head swine confinement facility a half-mile east on the north side of the southwest quarter of the intersection of 712 Road and 576 Avenue, Pleasant Precinct was heard July 7 by the county planning and zoning committee.
The request for the permit came from Brian Genrich. However, planning and zoning board member Bruce Livingston, who is both a member of the planning and zoning board and is involved in the project, excused himself from an July 7 board meeting before speaking on behalf of Genrich.
Livingston will own the confinement facility, but it will be on Genrich’s property.
Wed
13
Jul

WALKOUT

by Matthew Saxton
The “Showdown at the Depot” might be over, but hard feelings and questions about the future of a fractured non-profit organization remain.
“They knowingly violated open meeting laws,” said former Jefferson County Historical Society curator Denise Andersen about a meeting that ended, then continued, after board members resigned last week. “They may think they have officers, but they don’t.”
On Thursday, the regular JCHS meeting began as most have. The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. Then its members paid its bills.
That’s when things got interesting. Roseanne Zach, now former secretary of the board, read Andersen’s letter of resignation. Andersen did not attend the meeting.
Wed
13
Jul

Meridian OKs $1.14M Gym Addition

by
Matthew Saxton
 
Meridian Public School is getting a second gym at what its design-build team said is a “turnkey price.”
The school board unanimously approved Monday evening building the new gym at a price just shy of $1.14 million. Superintendent Randy Kort said the 72- by 100-foot addition will be used for sports practice, physical education classes, recess and possibly junior varsity athletic events.
“It’s extremely fast-paced,” said Ayars and Ayars representative Gary Tucker, who presented the board with options to add sprinkler systems, storage and a storm shelter for about an additional $256,000 or more depending on the option.
Ultimately, board members decided to build just the gym and hold off on the extras.
Tue
12
Jul

Robert R. Stahl

Robert R. Stahl, 84 of Fairbury, NE, passed away July 11, 2016 in Fairbury.  He was born to Herman and Norma (Harvey) Stahl November 21, 1931 in Diller, NE.  He was a Korean War Army Veteran.

Survivors are daughters Valerie (John) Griffin of Glasco, KS, Brenda Grummert of Salina, KS, and Teresa (Kurt) Ruhmann of Chesterton, IN, 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home with Lana Likens officiating.  Burial will be in Prairie Home Cemetery, Diller, NE.  Memorials to the  American Legion, V.F.W. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
11
Jul

Patricia Watson

 
Patricia Watson, 56 of Fairbury passed away July 9, 2016 at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.  She was born June 8, 1960 to Donald and Norma (Polage) Haddan in Fairbury. 
Survivors are husband Doug, son Seth, sister Maxine Haddan, all of Fairbury, sisters-in-law Judy (Scott) Ryan of Omaha, Joyce Graves of Hastings, and Pam (Larry) Fisbeck of Oklahoma City, OK.
Cremation has taken place.  Private family services will be at a later date.  Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
 
Mon
11
Jul

JCHS interview with Megan Sothan

Mon
11
Jul

Possible strong storms today through Wednesday

Possible strong storms today through Wednesday. There is also a chance of heavy rain so flash flooding is possible.

 

Temps today will be in the upper 90's with the heat index of 100 to 107 degrees. Use caution if you plan to be outside today. Winds also will be gusting around 30mph. It will feel like a blast furnace.

 

Monitor current NWS forecasts for any updates.

Wed
06
Jul

Start, Stop, Start, Stop

SAFE—Fairbury American Legion Juniors Austin Barnts slides in safely at second base on a sixth inning steal attempt, as Wymore’s second baseman has the ball pop out of his glove in action last Thursday evening on Wymore’s home field at Arbor State Park. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Fairbury’s American Legion Juniors baseball team found the going tough at times last Thursday evening (June 30) in its second road game of the week versus Wymore.
Several times in the game Fairbury’s intensity wasn’t that strong on the mound or at the plate, and that came back to bite the squad, as Wymore rallied from a 4-3 deficit to earn a 12-7 win on their home diamond at Arbor State Park in Wymore.
Fairbury started the game scoring two runs in the top of the first off three base hits.
With one out, Tanner Novotny singled, advancing to second on a passed ball, and scored the initial run for Fairbury on a two-out RBI triple off the bat of Zach Holes.
Marshall York followed with a RBI single scoring Holes for a quick, 2-0 lead.
Wymore answered back in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own.
The big hit of the inning was a two-out two-run home run blast by shortstop Ethan Zvolanek.
Wed
06
Jul

Pass it on

This coming Friday, July 8, will mark five years since my grandpa passed away. I still can remember the day like it was yesterday. In a whirlwind my family’s lives changed. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, could be a song on the radio, an iced tea, seeing something on TV and wondering just what he would think about it…the list goes on.
If there was one thing I could have a do-over on, I would have listened to him more. Not just his stories, but his lessons, his experience.  It’s something I can never get back, and for that I am truly sorry. My point in all this is—coaches are coaches for a reason.

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