Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:25am
The county is looking for a way to improve its cyber security in order to prevent people from hacking into information, or holding county computers hostage through viruses and ransomware.
At the Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Brad Eisenhauer, head of the county computer IT department, informed the commissioners that some of the county’s email accounts were hacked.
“Last week we had some email issues with some of our accounts,” said Eisenhauer. “We found out that some of the passwords we were using were not real secure. One of the accounts was hacked and used by somebody else to send a bunch of spam.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:24am
Gale Pohlmann was appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of commissioners, left by Commissioner Brad Grummert’s passing, by a committee comprised of County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz, County Treasurer Leroy Bast and County Clerk Cynthia Newman.
Pohlmann was sworn in Wednesday morning by Judge Linda Bauer. From there, he and the other commissioners began interviewing candidates for the Highway Superintendent position. He explained that the next few weeks will be challenging, but that he hopes to make informed decisions about issues that affect the county.
He explained that this is not the first time he has been involved in politics. He has been involved with a hog operation for 45 years; during that time, he became a member of the Nebraska Pork Producers and has served as an officer for that organization.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:23am
The Fairbury Clinic will join Jefferson Community Health Center as of July 1.
The JCHC board of directors and the Fairbury Clinic physicians have been discussing possibilities for integration for more than a year. Both groups signed a purchase agreement this week.
“JCHC has worked very closely with the Fairbury Clinic for many years, and looks forward to continuing to work together be our community’s most trusted partner in health care,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC CEO.
As a part of the agreement, the physicians will join the team of employees at Jefferson Community Health Center. Fairbury Clinic employees will also be offered employment with Jefferson Community Health Center.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:22am
After a successful 10-year run, the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce wishes to announce that it has hosted its final Jefferson County Spring Expo.
The Chamber feels there was a tremendous opportunity to work with area businesses and community leaders when putting this event together each year. The intended goals were achieved in that this occasion provided local businesses, healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations an avenue to showcase their products and services for the public to enjoy all in one location. In addition, it provided an opportunity for vendors to network with each another.
Knowing that as time passes, the needs of our community change.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:22am
A Striking Pose--Members of the Jefferson County Fair Board broke ground on a new construction project at the fairgrounds to build restrooms and a concession stand near the horse arena. Pictured are board members (l-r) Dennis Kenning, Lois Welsh, Ann Freese, Kevin Johnson, Dennis Traeger, Bob Weise, Bill Runge, Jennifer Kapke and Tony Likens (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
On Saturday, members of the Jefferson County Fair Board broke ground on a new construction project at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to build a new concession stand and restroom facility near the horse arena.
Fair Board Member Dennis Kenning explained why the board decided to construct such a facility.
“The need has always been there,” said Kenning. “Our present concession stand made it difficult to meet health code rules. For the fair and larger events, portable restrooms had to be brought in, and they do not meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) rules. We have always wanted to make sure that all can enjoy the fairground events.”
Lois Welsh, president of the Fair Board, explained that construction of the facility is currently under way and that the construction crew has guaranteed that it will be completed by the start of the Jefferson County Fair.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:21am
At their meeting on Monday, the District 8 School Board approved the hiring of nine teachers, as well as recognized students of all ages for their dedication to various activities.
Jeremy Christiansen, principal at Jefferson Intermediate, and Nicholas Kroon, who will be principal at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School beginning with the 2016/17 school year, explained the qualifications for each of the teachers to the board.
Board Member Barb Arner made a motion to hire the new teachers, and Board Member Sharon Ebke seconded the motion. All board members present voted in favor of the motion.
The teachers that were hired include Logan Katz, business; Ashton Feldkamp, science; Tammi Mans, family and consumer science; Brandee Goosman, elementary; Michaela Schroeder, elementary; Becky Urian, elementary; Taylor Lyons, elementary; Megan Pachta, secondary special education, and Brittany Talbot, preschool.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:15am
It was a packed house at the Endicott Town Hall as the Endicott Town Hall Players performed their rendition of “Radio Razzle Dazzle,” during the matinee showing on Sunday. Pictured are actors and actresses (l-r) Fred Cowels, Larry Lange, Cassie Nelson and Deb Sutton. Proceeds from this performance go to fund projects within the village. The players also accepted donations during the intermission of the show, which will help to fund the costumes, set and props for the group’s next performance. Director Cheryll McAtee was pleased with the turnout and is grateful to have so many people attend the performance. She also recognizes the large amount of time the actors and actresses dedicated to making the performance happen. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:14am
The 2016 Fairbury High School prom candidates are as follows: front row, left to right, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paige Eden, Anna Schouboe, Lindsay Lee. Back row, Lane McClain, Cody Huss, Mark Kroeker. Not pictured: MaKayla Fletcher, Tyler DeBoer, Justyn Franklin. Prom will start with the grand march at 7:15 p.m. on April 16 at the ‘23 Building. Crowning will be held immediately following the march. Prom is from 8-midnight with the theme being a masquerade, “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:13am
BJ Fictum, left, the Saline Weather Services Coordinator, introduces Dave Clabaugh of the Lower Big Blue NRD during the DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) presentation on the May, 2015 flooding that ravaged DeWitt and the surrounding area. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The 2016 Southeast Nebraska Severe Weather Workshop and Spotter Training was held on April 10 and the event accomplished its mission, according to Saline Weather Services Organizer BJ Fictum.
“We’ve always had the objective to educate and entertain and I think we did that Sunday afternoon,” Fictum said.
A crowd of approximately 175 spectators and spotters attended the annual event, now in its 24th year, which is an average crowd, according to Fictum.
Seminars included a 2015 severe weather re-cap and 2016 outlook by Dr. Ken Dewey of the University of Nebraska and “Man vs. Flood,” presented by DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) and the Lower Big NRD. The presentation dealt with the May 2015 flooding that damaged much of the region, devastating the Village of DeWitt.
Spotter safety techniques and storm photography was also a highlighted session.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:12am
The City Volunteers have completed their Citizen Satisfaction Survey distribution and have returned all of the surveys that they were able to.
If for some reason your survey was not picked up or you have not yet completed your survey please complete it and return it to the City offices at 612 D as soon as possible, we will continue to except hand-delivered surveys until April 15th. This survey is extremely important for Fairbury’s future development for two reasons. First, this survey is imperative for the City of Fairbury to continue receiving Federal Funds for community projects.
Over the last few years, Fairbury has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in Federal grants. Past projects have included money to purchase a fire truck, funds to renovate the Bonham Theater, and assistance for homeowner housing rehabilitation and demolition.