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Local Pool Likely At End Of Life

Kevin Pryor of the engineering firm Olsson & Associates of Omaha  confirmed what many in Fairbury have long thought: “You’re swimming pool is either at or near the end of its life expectancy.”
Pryor, who spoke to members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday said that as part of a parks master Plan and Feasibility study his company reviewed the bath house, basin and mechanical aspects of the municipal pool. He said the review found that:
“The bath house is in pretty good condition but it is just not compliant with rules and regulations. Communities do not have open air changing areas any longer.
“The basin area in the deep ends has some weak concrete or hollow areas and as such probably needs to be replaced. I am also very surprised that you are allowed to have competitive swim meets in that basin; it does not conform to any of the current codes.
“And the mechanical equipment is old but operational.”
Wed
22
Jun

Proposed Courthouse Celebration

Rose Wiegert and Peggy Galloway attended the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, to propose a celebration event for the 125th anniversary of the Fairbury Courthouse. The County Courthouse was originally built in 1891 and there have been previous anniversary celebrations, including the 100th anniversary. The proposed date is September 10, 2016 and a hypothetical schedule of events was prepared prior to the meeting, including a parade, guest speakers, re enactors, food and craft vendors and even kids games. 
If approved, organizers would like to have the courthouse opened up for a quilt show and it will need to be opened for restroom access. Renovations to the Courthouse will not be completed by the proposed date but it is not anticipated that the work being done will interfere with the celebration in any substantial way.
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22
Jun

JCHS To Meet July 8

The July Jefferson County Historical Society will meet on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum.

Date: 
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 6:30pm
Wed
22
Jun

Corn Meeting Friday

On June 24 legal representation will be will be at Griffey’s in Fairbury at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the on-going suit between corn producers, handlers and Syngenta.

Date: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 5:30pm
Wed
22
Jun

Pool Closed on June 29

The Fairbury public pool will be closed on June 29 for a swim meet.

Wed
22
Jun

Bonham Holding Groundbreaking

HIDDEN MESSAGES--During a clean-up day on Friday at the Bonham Theater, volunteers found under a stripped down wall several names painted dating back to 1990. A groundbreaking event will be held June 27 at the Bonham Theater. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Nearly four years ago, the citizens of Fairbury were given a 50,000-piece puzzle to solve in trying to reopen the historic Bonham Theatre in the downtown area. 
Making things fit took a lot of time and effort through fundraising, planning and logistics, but slowly and surely the picture became more recognizable. Fast-forward to today, and many of those pieces have come together sufficiently so that the theatre’s organizational group, Bonham Theatre Project, is ready to launch its renovation. The groundbreaking/renovation set for Monday, June 27, will kick off construction and remodeling in July.
Wed
22
Jun

Commissioners Hold Off On Swine Facility Permit Decision

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners held a hearing on June 21 for a Social Use Permit, file 04-16, for a Livestock Facility C swine confinement operation in the Eureka district of the county.  
The facility being proposed is a 7,500 sow breeding operation. The project is a partnership between Bruce Livingston, owner of Livingston Enterprises Inc. and Ron Olson, who currently owns the land. According to Livingston, it would be comparable to other facilities built by Livingston Enterprises Inc. Livingston estimates the facility, “Will create about 30 to 35 jobs.”
Wed
22
Jun

NRD, City Working On Water Study To Expand Services

MINDFUL--With hot temperatures and long stretches without rain, the LBNRD is asking rural water customers to be mindful of outdoor water use this summer. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

The Little Blue Natural Resource District and the City of Fairbury are working together to solve the problem of fixing an aging water system and providing more water for rural customers.
Last week the Little Blue NRD asked customers in the Little Blue Public Water Project to begin conserving water by not having any outside water usage. 
“We ask the patrons of this project to be mindful and watch how much water they use,” Kevin Orvis of the LBNRD said. “We don't want to get into a situation where we have loss of pressure or anything like that.”
Customers were asked to not have any outside water use, including not watering their lawn and gardens, keep swimming pools filled and not drained and re-filled multiple times as well as filling trucks with water from the project for spraying.
Wed
22
Jun

Canning Truck Shuts Down LTL Lanes

CLOSED--Canning Truck service has decided to cease operations after being in business since 1934. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

The state’s second-oldest continually operating LTL freight company has closed their doors. Canning Truck service president Fred Arnold announced this week that effective last Friday the company has discontinued hauling small batch freight and will sell off the asset portion of its fleet.
Canning, which has been in business since 1934 is second only to Brown Transfer of Kearney as the second-oldest continually operating freight hauler in Nebraska. Arnold said company owners will focus their efforts on their growing owner/operator division.
“The name Canning has been around a very long time but with increased government rules and regulations and with an aging fleet it is getting very cost prohibitive for a small asset-based carrier to be able to compete with bigger companies,” he said.
Wed
22
Jun

Historical Society Curator To Resign In July

It may be called the “Showdown at the Depot.”
A group of concerned citizens attended the special meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society on Tuesday to find out what direction the historical society was leaning toward in regard to the Steele City Flea Market and Tractor Show in September.
The crux of the issue comes from advertising and promoting the event. JCHS curator Denise Andersen was approached by Steele City citizen Dennis Kenning about helping promote the event. 

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