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Jul

Hofstetter, Pollman Selected To NCA All-Star Basketball Game

A pair of 2015 high school graduates have been chosen to participate in the 2015 Nebraska Coaches Association Girls All-Star Basketball Game to be played Monday July 20 at Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.

Meridian graduate Blair Hofstetter will be a member on the Red Team, while Fairbury graduate Shelby Pollman will be a member of the Blue Team.

Players on the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Blue Team include Jenna Gillespie, Holdrege, Kaitlynn Harvey, North Platte, Marisa Lowe, Millard West, Abby Meader, Lincoln Southwest, Alicia Mountain, Elkhorn, Geena Piper, Norfolk Catholic, Shelby Pollman, Fairbury, Madeleine Simon, Lincoln Pius X, Kelsey Stithem, Kearney, Rachelle Tucker, Pierce, Shaneequah Watkins, Lincoln Northeast, and Mackenzie Willicott of Blue Hill.

Thu
16
Jul

Lady Jeffs Volleyball Camp Set For July 29-31

                                   Lady Jeffs Volleyball Camp Set For July 29-31

 

 

Girls in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Fairbury Lady Jeffs Volleyball Camp slated for July 29-31 at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym.

For three days the camp will stress fundamentals with practice and game-like drills. The hope is to improve volleyball skills as well as increase understanding of the game.

Campers will receive a camp t-shirt and quality instruction from junior high and high school volleyball coaches.

The camp will run from 10 a.m.-noon all three days, and the cost of the camp is $20.

Registration deadline for the camp is July 24, 2015.

Thu
16
Jul

LaMonte Drees

LaMonte Drees died on Sunday, July 12. The funeral is at Bucheres Funeral Home in Hickman at 10am on Friday July 17.

Reception to follow at American Legion Hall in Hickman.

Viewing from 4-7pm Thursday, July 16.

 

Wed
15
Jul

Rallying For The Death Penalty


Pro Capital Punishment--Bob Short believes having the death penalty in Nebraska is so important that he is attending area events, celebrations in hopes of getting enough people to sign a petition to get the measure on the ballot. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
by Shaun Friedrichsen  
 
Robert Short of Fairbury has declared war upon the status quo. 
  He has taken it upon himself to challenge the repeal of the death penalty in Nebraska by gathering signatures on a petition, which, if there are enough people who sign, will put the issue on the ballot.
  Short has been active with this issue since the death penalty was repealed in May. He explained that he was in contact with Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke before the vote occurred. After the vote, he was more than disappointed by the outcome.
 “I'm mad,” said Short. “Since the Senators up in Lincoln voted against the will of the people, I started looking for an outlet.”
Wed
15
Jul

Western Celebrates Community

Western will celebrate its heritage with its annual community celebration, the Western Old Settler’s Picnic on Saturday, July 18 at the park. This festival, which was started in 1897, has been a great way to keep the community’s history alive. 
The Community Club Food Stand will open in the park at 8 a.m.  At 9 a.m., multiple events including sand volleyball, a blacksmith demonstration as well as a tractor show will begin. At 7 p.m., the library bell will signal the beginning of the “invention then and now” parade. 
After the parade Janene Harris, a magician, will perform as well as a juggling group called Throw Together Jugglers. To end the celebration, at 11 p.m. there  will be a drawing for cash prizes.
Wed
15
Jul

Nebraska Dept. of Roads


Dee Jordening of rural Fairbury spoke to a representative from the Nebraska Department of Roads at a public hearing last week in Fairbury. The hearing was designed to answer questions regarding the Highway’s project in Fairbury which will run from the intersection of Highway 136 to Highway 4. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
15
Jul

Seventy Four Lodge Protests Over County Tax Valuations

Jefferson County has received a total of 74 property valuation protests, this year. Protest hearings began July 7, 2015 and once hearings conclude, decisions will be made.
“Valuations are set every year based on different factors,” Cynthia Newman, Jefferson County Clerk said. “Landowners may file property valuation protest's every year, so they can appeal to the Jefferson County Board and Assessor.”
The landowner must fill out a property valuation protest form, speak with the county board and assessor, the board will make their decision and mail it to the protestor, and if the protestor doesn't like their decision they may appeal to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. 
Wed
15
Jul

New School Supt. Grizzle Gives Expectations At School Board

 New Fairbury Public Schools superintendent, Stephen Grizzle, made his first appearance at a school board meeting, Monday. Grizzle officially began working for Fairbury Schools on July 1.
Grizzle spoke with the board, and other staff members, about his recent move to the area and his impression of Fairbury and its community.
“Things have been going really well, we've really transitioned to Fairbury and everyone I've met has been extremely helpful and friendly,” Grizzle said. “No one has shown any inclination that they are not proud of Fairbury, its community and school system, so far everything has been a lot of fun.”
Since school will be starting soon, Grizzle went on to discuss what he expects from the budget and preparation for the new school year. 
Wed
15
Jul

Jansssen family reunion

The Janssen family reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 at the First National Bank Burkley Center in Fairbury. There will be a 1p.m. carry-in dinner with drinks being furnished.

Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 1:00pm
Wed
15
Jul

Project Close to Completion


Digging deep, this Black Hills Energy crew works to remove the outdated gas lines on Seventh Street. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Wednesday, July 8, a crew from Black Hills Energy worked to remove the old gas lines along Seventh Street. This crew broke concrete to reach the lines at the intersection of Seventh Street and C Street.
  The project, which was scheduled to be done earlier, has been delayed multiple times because of the excessive amounts of rain. Brandi Johnson of Black Hills Energy explained that the project will be finished very soon.
  “We were hoping to have it done earlier this summer,” said Johnson. “It will take about three to four weeks to finish everything, but it depends a lot on the weather.”  

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