Sen. Ebke Stood Fast Against Gas Tax

 Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke should be given a just amount of credit for her vote last week opposing a veto override vote to increase Nebraska’s gas tax.
 Albeit in a losing effort, Ebke was correct to oppose LB610, which will add a little more than six cents per gallon to what motorists pay at the pump in our state. Nebraska already has the 13th highest property tax and 15th highest income tax rates in the nation. To that, with the gas tax hike, we will have the 16th highest fuel tax in the United States.
  Proponents say the tax increase was needed to repair Nebraska roads. Sen. Ebke and those who oppose it claim that increasing taxes is not the right move for Nebraskans. We agree.


Police report
May 4: Report of a male arrested in the 500 block of D Street for threatening to kill another person. 
May 6: Report of criminal mischief in the 1300 block of F Street. 
May 6: Report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block of F Street. 
May 6: Report of a disturbance in the 100 block of 5th Street. 
May 6: Report of minors in possession of alcohol at Crystal Springs. 
May 6: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 1800 block of G Street. 
May 7: Report of barking dog in the 1800 block of G Street. 
May 7: Report of suspicious activity at Crystal Springs. 
May 8: Kristin M. Specht, of Fairbury, was backing a 2002 Pontiac from the gas pumps at Casey’s General Store when the vehicle collided with a parked 1996 BMW owned by Zachary Mansell. Damages to Mansell’s vehicle were estimated at $2,000. Damages to Specht’s vehicle were estimated at $900.

Cemetery Board Readies For Busy, Challenging Year

THE FAIRBURY CEMETERY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS stand next to the memorial wall which has names engraved of contributors. Pictured from left to right are Nat Covey, Kent Preston, Craig Mahloch-Superintendent, Louie Hanson, Bill Cummins Stan Stewart, Charles Endorf. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
The Fairbury Cemetery Association board is gearing up for what board members call another fantastic and challenging year. 
The Board’s goals are to maintain and keep a beautiful cemetery along with the buildings and the overall grounds. Right now there is a drawing fundraiser event going on with some prizes. 
the tickets are one dollar per ticket and the first place winner will get an Arien’s 21 inch mower. Second place will be a decorative headstone flower vase and 3rd place will be an engraving on the donor memorial wall at the entrance to the cemetery. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket should be able to visit with one of the manned cemetery entrances over the Memorial Day weekend or contact a board member. 
“We are so fortunate to have a great cemetery superintendent in Craig Mahloch who has a very good staff under him who works hard and diligently to keep the Fairbury Cemetery in such good condition.”

Death Penalty Debate

Nebraska lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service





Perfect NESA Math scores. Math was the only area of perfect scores. 8th graders: Isaac Robertson, Jayson Klauman, Toriann Likens, Tayler Shellhase, Sara Mitchell, (7th graders): Jillian Caroon, Isadora Schwab, Josephine Blatny. (Contributed Photo)
Academic Excellence
7th Grade
Chancellor Amundson
Josephine Blatny
Jillian Caroon
Bret Cole
Cora DeBoer
Kennedy DeBoer
Raven DeFrain
Jacqueline Deras
Sara Huss
Jaelle Johnson
Johnathan Kerwood
Hannah Knigge
Keith Lee
Melia Mitchell
Casey Nimmich
Darby Paulsen
Taylor Runge
Isadora Schwab
Claire Shumard
Bryanne Vculek
Devin Wanamaker
8th Grade
Rielee Achtemeier
Rusti Bassett
Autumn Branson
Destiny Brown
Michaela Buchli
Jared Engelman
Madison Gregory
Nichole Harris
Devin Holliday
Jayson Klaumann
Mikasa Lierman
Toriann Likens
Bryn Livingston
Delaney Miller

Area Student-Athletes Named Academic All-State

Thirty-eight junior and senior area student-athletes are honorees by being selected Academic All-State earlier this month by the Lincoln Journal Star.

Free Shuttle Service For State Track Meet

A free shuttle bus will be available to help relieve traffic congestion on Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23, during the Nebraska State Track and Field Meet held at Omaha Burke Stadium.
The shuttle bus will run on Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23, between the Westroads Shopping Center and Omaha Burke Stadium from 7 a.m. until the end of the meet.
Marked pick-up points, will be the following locations: The northeast parking lot off Nicholas Street at the Westroads, and on the south side of the stadium at Omaha Burke. The bus will pick up and deliver passengers on a continuous basis throughout the day.
This year a spectator may purchase a ticket at the Westroads before they board the bus and be dropped off at the south entrance of Burke High Stadium.

Bittersweet Scenario Christiansen, Peterson Qualify For State, FHS Golf Team Misses Out By Two Strokes

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE JUSTIN PETERSON gently putts his golf ball toward the cup during play Monday afternoon in the B-3 District golf meet held on the Southern Hills Golf Course in Hastings. Peterson placed seventh individually with an 18-hole score of 83. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Heading into Monday’s B-3 Golf District Meet held on the Southern Hills Golf Course in Hastings seven or eight teams had the opportunity to contend for one of three spots to qualify for next week’s Class B NSAA State Golf Championships.
Unfortunately for Fairbury, the Jeffs were left on the outside looking in, as the team finished two lousy strokes out of third place with a team score of 350.
Columbus Scotus won the B-3 District title with a score of 337, York finished second at 347, and Seward was third posting a score of 348.
Fairbury Jeffs golf coach Jed Martin felt bad for his squad just missing out on qualifying for the state golf meet.
“We knew going in that seven or eight teams had a chance to qualify in the 12-team field. The teams that finished second, third, and fourth were within three strokes of each other. Unfortunately our team was on the outside looking in. It was a disappointing day for our team,” said Martin.

Twenty-One Area Athletes Qualify For State Track and Field Meet

District competition at a trio of sites last week was filled with suspense and drama.
At the end of the two days, 21 area athletes will be representing their schools this weekend in Omaha.
Athletes from Diller-Odell, Fairbury, Meridian, and Tri County let their talent shine and earned their spots in the NSAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Fairbury: The Jeffs qualified four competitors from last Thursday’s B-3 District track meet held at Concordia Unversity in Seward.
Sophomore Patrick Ondrak was runner-up in the 3200-meter run in a season-best time of 10:21.21.
Fairbury’s 3200-meter relay team of Chris Fisher, Brent Hirsch, Ondrak, and Jacob Johnson placed third and qualified as an additonal qualifier in a time of 8:32.04.
As a team, the Jeffs scored 15 points to place 10th in the district meet which was won by Crete, scoring 93 points.

FHS Youth Football Camp Set For June 1

Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School will be the setting for a youth football camp slated for June 1 with camp time to run from 10 a.m. to noon on the Fairbury High School football field.
Counselors for the camp will be Jack Gangwish, University of Nebraska defensive end, Andy Janovich, University of Nebraska full back, Derek Garfield, Fairbury Jeffs head football coach, Matt Edson, Fairbury Jeffs offensive coordinator, Kam Lenhart, Fairbury Jeffs defensive coordinator, Keaton Sturm, Fairbury Jeffs junior varsity head coach, Mike Fisher, Fairbury Jeffs assistant coach and special teams coordinator, and Cory Schweitzer, Fairbury junior high head football coach.
Gangwish played 12 games for the University of Nebraska in 2014, with starts against McNeese State, Iowa, and USC.
Gangwish recorded 19 tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for loss. Gangwish is a native of Wood River, Neb.