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Wed
30
Mar

Raging Fire Tears Through County

What A Blaze--Last Wednesday afternoon, the Steele City Fire Department responded to a call about a fire reigniting from a prescribed burn the previous day. Diller Fire and Rescue, Odell, and the Fairbury Rural Fire Department were called for mutual aid. They battled the blaze for over five hours. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Last Wednesday, a fire ravished a section of land directly south of Endicott Clay Products, near the state line.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the Steele City Fire Department received a report about a fire near the intersection of 703 Road and Lima Avenue. Jerad Blocker, chief of the Steele City Fire Department, explained that the fire was caused by some re-ignition from a prescribed burn that took place the previous day.
“There was a burn the day before,” said Blocker. “Someone had burned some brush piles that rekindled. It was a prescribed burn, which went fine. They just decided to light back up after the winds came up that afternoon.” 
The Fairbury Rural Fire Department, Diller Fire and Rescue, and the Odell Fire Department were contacted for mutual aid for this fire. As Blocker explained, the firefighters were battling more than the blaze.
Wed
30
Mar

A Career Of Big Decisions, Serving The Public Interest

After years of service, District Court Judge Paul Korslund is set to retire on Friday, leaving behind him a career dedicated to improving the region through the judicial system.
Korslund explained that he was inspired to become a District Court Judge by his previous experience with the judicial system.
“I was a county judge in the ‘70s, so I’d had some experience being on the bench,” said Korslund. “Then I went back into practice. I did mostly trial work in the law firm I was with, so most of my work was in the District Court at that time. I did a lot of domestic-relations cases. We did not have a public defender during those years, so, it was mostly by court appointment that criminal cases were handled.
Wed
30
Mar

Completing Community Survey Important

Seeking Input--Volunteers for the City of Fairbury Collin Bielser (left) and Shaun Friedrichsen (right) pass out the 2016 Citizen Satisfaction Surveys door to door. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Over the next few weeks volunteers will be knocking on doors distributing a Citizen Satisfaction Survey to every household in town. 
Completing this survey is extremely important for Fairbury’s future development. This survey is important 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. This survey will also ask citizens for their input on the level of city services provided. 
Results from this survey will demonstrate to City leaders what the City is doing well and what areas we can improve. Feedback from this survey will be taken into account for future budgeting initiatives. 
Wed
30
Mar

Commissioners Review Courthouse Construction Project

At a continuation of their meeting from the previous week, the Jefferson County Commissioners reviewed proposed changes to the courthouse renovation project that could help to better accommodate the County Court and to limit security concerns.
Wim Kersten, project manager at Berggren Architects, explained what the proposed change would entail.
“This is a brief change,” said Kersten. “In our original plan, we had a door, in order to get this secure loop, that went through probation and another door to get access to the court office. In essence, what we created was a space that was basically a corridor without walls.
Wed
30
Mar

Art Walk This Friday

The April Friday Art Walk is scheduled for Friday, April 1 in downtown Fairbury with several events planned, starting at 5 p.m.
John Borch of Fairbury is the featured artist at the Jefferson County Art Guild (511 5th Street) and will be showing a collection of his photographs. A sampling of his works are currently on display at Fairbury Dental Associates. Sisters Used Books (415 5th Street) on the north side of the square will feature author Pamela Hoge of Chester, Ne. Hoge has published a book of poetry and will be on hand to sign books until 7 p.m.
 Old Library Gallery, a pop up gallery located inside Big Bamboo Studios (520 5th Street), will feature the works of several local, national and international artists. Stop in for refreshments from 5–7 p.m. 
The Tasting Room, located inside Stagecoach Mall (508 E Street) will be featuring 1970s style Christian Coffeehouse music from 6 – 9 p.m.  
Wed
30
Mar

Fairbury Optimist Club To Host Pitch, Hit And Run Competition

The Fairbury Optimist Club will host a free Scotts® Major League Baseball® Pitch Hit & RunTM Competition for area youth.
The competition is on April 9 at the Fairbury Softball Complex. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the contest starts at 10 a.m.
Pitch Hit & Run TM is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.
Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2016 MLBTM All-Star Game®.
Wed
30
Mar

Mystery, Confusion and the Radio

The Endicott Town Hall Players are looking forward to presenting their rendition of “Radio Razzle Dazzle” at the Endicott Town Hall on Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10. The show will feature actors and actresses (l-r) Deb Sutton, Fred Cowels, Brandon Bonar, Larry Lange, Cassie Nelson and Mercedes McClure. The Endicott Town Hall Players have been performing plays since 2003. “Radio Razzle Dazzle” will be the tenth performance of the group. For more information, or for tickets, contact any one of the cast members, or Cheryl McAtee at 402-300-0080. The proceeds will be used for projects within the Village of Endicott. McAtee explained that the Endicott Town Hall Players began their performances in 2003 as part of a goal set by Mitch McAtee to “continue with the Endicott tradition of small-town gatherings that make it unique from big-city life.” McAtee and the other cast members are grateful for all of the support the area communities have shown and hope to continue to provide entertainment to the region. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Tue
29
Mar

Charles Weber

Charles Weber, 92 of Steele City, NE passed away March 26, 2016 in Lincoln.  He was born May 4, 1923 in Hollenberg, KS.
Survivor is wife Betty Weber of Fairbury.
Cremation has taken place.  No services are scheduled at this time.  Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mon
28
Mar

Shirley Johnson

Shirley A. Johnson 86 of Fairbury passed away March 24, 2016 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. She was born October 22, 1929 at Chicago, Illinois.
Survivors are Daughters: Sue (Bob) Yoachim of Arkansas City, KS., Julie (Bob) Dein of Fairbury, Candie (Bob) Kujath of Fairbury, Son: Rick (Laura) Johnson of Fairbury, 7 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A register book is available at the Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm Friday April 1, 2016 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, with Pastor Fay Hubbard officiating. Memorials to Family’s Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.
Mon
28
Mar

Richard Schwan

Richard C. Schwan 84 of Daykin passed away March 27, 2016. He was born December 21, 1931 at Daykin, NE.
 Survivors are Wife Hilde Schwan of Daykin, Son: Dan (Marsha) Schwan of Fairbury, Daughters: Debbie (Pat) Fuller of Ft. Worth, TX., Dee Schwan of Ft. Worth, TX., Darla Schwan of Bellevue, NE., five Grandchildren, four Great Grandchildren, Step Son: Corbin Bennett of Omaha, Sisters-in-law: Eleanor Schwan of DeWitt, Phyllis Jordening of Fairbury, Brother-in-law: Charles Houser of Daykin. Preceded by Parents, Wife Marjorie, Grandson Jeffrey Schwan.
Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday March 31, 2016 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury. The family will greet friends Wednesday March 30th from 6 to 8 pm at the Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial at the Eureka Cemetery-Daykin, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

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