Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:11am
Carol Lynn Kolling, daughter of Ernst and Jane (Ferguson) Kolling, was born June 26, 1952 at Deshler. She passed from this life Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 at Thayer County Hospital in Hebron at the age of 63 years.
Carol lived with her parents near Deshler until 1961. When she was nine years old she entered the Beatrice care facility for those with special needs. In 1980 she moved to the Region V care facility in Fairbury, where she received much loving care. Carol lived in Fairbury for 28 years until the facility closed and she entered the Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home in Hebron on Jan. 8, 2008. She received such wonderful care by those at the home and she was closer to her family who were able to spend time with her on a regular basis. Carol was loved by all who knew her.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:08am
On Monday, Jan. 4, a frost covered the area, blanketing the region with a soft, white glow as the sun emerged late afternoon. Despite the chilly conditions, Crystal Springs in Fairbury saw a bevy of activity, including campers and several vehicles drive through to witness the picturesque surroundings. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:07am
Renovations on the way--The renovation project to bring the Jefferson County Courthouse into compliance with the Fire Marshall’s requests, and to move offices within the courthouse is scheduled to begin soon with a projected completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners started the new year with the major decision at their meeting Tuesday to award a bid for the courthouse renovation project after a two-to-one vote on the motion.
This project, which has been in the works since the Fire Marshall issued an ultimatum that the 124-year-old building must comply with the fire code, has taken approximately two years to reach this point.
The project will focus on making the building compliant with the fire code, as well as moving some of the offices within the building. The courthouse will remain open during construction and should not affect day-to-day business.
Before making a motion to approve one of the bids that were submitted by two construction companies, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock began by explaining the situation and that it is a tough decision to make since every issue at the courthouse can’t be addressed in this renovation project.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:06am
New pagers are in store for the Fairbury Volunteer Fire Department after the City Council meeting that took place on Tuesday.
The volunteer fire department, which currently uses the Motorola Minitor V pager, has recently been having difficulties with them. Chief Chris Goeking explained that the repair costs are beginning to add up quickly.
“Basically what we have is outdated pagers,” said Goeking. “We’ve been sending them in very frequently at about $100 a pop per pager to have them work on them. They’re old, and they keep falling apart.”
Goeking explained that he consulted Chief of Police Chad Sprunk and found that the police department is experiencing similar issues with their pagers. Goeking believes that it would be much better to just replace the pagers rather than continue to send them in for repairs. He requested the purchase of the Motorola Minitor VI.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:05am
On December 30th, the Beatrice Community Players presented “Stranded in Wonderland.” The play featured various fairy-tale characters out of place in Wonderland. The production was taught by Rebecca Wilson. The cast consisted of kids from Grades 1-5 from area schools. The kids came up with the idea for the play, and over the course of two days worked together to finalize the production. Pictured left to right are: Ashton Hofeling, age 9, of Beatrice as the Queen of Hearts, Mallory Schwab, age 7, of Beatrice as Tinkerbell, Jalen Reiman, age 9, of Beatrice as Belle and Rylee Gill, age 7, of Fairbury as Alice. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:03am
The Xi Alpha Theta Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority raised money through free-will donations, made during the Fairbury Community Concerts, to donate to the Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) Food Pantry. The sorority donated $300 to the food pantry. The Xi Alpha Theta Chapter asks for free-will donations at each of the concerts, announcing where the donations will go at the beginning of each concert. This donation to the food pantry is the result of the free-will donations from the last two concerts. Pictured are (l-r): Kerry Meyer, sorority member, Larissa Elvin, FCS Coordinator at BVCA, and Carol Bauer, sorority member. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)