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Thu
07
May

Weathering the Storm-Tips to Avoid a Second Disaster

Weathering the Storm-Tips to Avoid a Second Disaster

 

LINCOLN – Home repair and cleanup frauds are especially common after a natural disaster hits. Unfortunately, these storms tend to attract con artists and criminals who are hoping to take advantage of distressed homeowners. It's important to be very careful about hiring anyone to work on your home.

Thu
07
May

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted, Voluntary Evacuation Still in Effect, Return at your Own Risk

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted, Voluntary Evacuation Still in Effect, Return at your Own Risk.

Report from the Fairbury Police Dept.

Thu
07
May

Natural Gas Safety Advisory For Fairbury and DeWitt Residents Affected by Flood Waters

As a safety precaution, technicians from natural gas provider, Black Hills Energy, are working with emergency officials in the communities of Fairbury and DeWitt to temporarily shut off natural gas service to customers in the areas affected by flooding.

Black Hills Energy will turn off the natural gas at locations affected by flooding as a safety measure to avoid the risk of natural gas leaks that may occur when equipment or appliances are submerged and pilot lights are extinguished.

Thu
07
May

Waters Near DeWitt

Thu
07
May

Flood Waters Decimate West Fairbury

Area flood related  closings: Hwy. 8 near Reynolds is closed. Hwy. 15 south of Fairbury, Hwy. 8 near Hebron is covered,Hwy. 136 and river road is covered, UP tracks from Hwy. 136 to Maple st are washed out. Fairbury City Park is closed. Maple and Ash Streets are being evacuated with more evacuations possible.

Please respect the barricades and emergency crews.

Wed
06
May

City Ok's Administrator Salary Package, Hopes To Present Proposal Later This Week

 
On Tuesday city leaders gave unanimous approval to a salary proposal that will be presented to Collin Bielser of Baldwin City,Kan., in hopes of landing him as the new city manager for Fairbury. Under terms of the agreement which will be presented to Bielser later this week, if he accepts the job he would be paid $86,400 a year, plus given a $3,000 a year vehicle allowance and $600 annually for cell phone reimbursement.
 Prior to the vote councilman Phil Rogge said that the presented salary was much more than the $73,000 package given to former city administrator Joe Parker.
 “I realize he has a lot of background in economic development and he is our unanimous choice for the job but I was just wondering why the sizable increase over what we were paying the former city administrator?”
Wed
06
May

After Nearly 1/4 Century Goodyear Business To Exit Fairbury

Twenty four years ago the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company based in Akron, Ohio approached then Fairbury Printing & Office Supply (now McBattas Packaging & Printing), located at 515 Fifth Street in downtown Fairbury with a unique problem: how to print bar codes and variable data on automotive fan belt sleeves. 
 "Do that and you will have all of Goodyear's belt business in North America," former purchasing manager out of the Goodyear Lincoln plant Vern Hartman told Fairbury Printing officials.
  The race was then on. 
Wed
06
May

Jefferson County is in a Tornado Watch until 9pm tonight

A Tornado Watch has been issued till 9pm.

 

Storms are already starting to build in Kansas and are moving northeast.

 

The severe risk increases today. Storms are expected to fire after the 4pm to 5pm time frame. Jefferson County is in the “enhanced” risk area for all modes of severe weather. There is a good chance of heavy rain too.

 

The risk for severe weather continues every day through Sunday and maybe into Monday.

 

Stay tuned to a media source and NOAA weather radio for changes in the weather.

Wed
06
May

Attorney Seeks Change Of Venue In Sex Crimes Case

  The attorney for a rural Fairbury man charged in a sex crime case against an unnamed minor is seeking to have his jury trail moved to another location.
  Joe Murray, from the law firm of Germer, Murray and Johnson of Hebron told the Journal-News yesterday that he has filed a Change of Venue Motion in Jefferson County District Court asking that a trial for his client, Dwain Junker be moved. Murray said their is reason to believe Junker could not get a fair and impartial trial in Jefferson County.
     He said Junker is the defendant in a pending criminal prosecution scheduled for trial in Jefferson County District Court. Murray said the trail is scheduled to begin on May 26.
  "As the result of an article appearing in The Fairbury Journal-News on February 25, I have filed a motion to change venue," he said. 
Wed
06
May

Elks Honors Night


The Fairbury Elks Lodge hosted their annual honors night last weekend. More than 160 high school juniors and seniors from throughout the area were honored for academic and personal achievements. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)

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