Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:55am
The Jefferson County Democrats will host their caucus on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. In order to participate, you must be registered as a Democrat. People will have the chance to register or change party affiliation at the caucus.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:53am
Fairbury Rural Fire Department personnel will be available to write permits for prescribed burning from 6-8 p.m., at the fire station (3020 Industrial Avenue), every Monday in March. Please bring current copies of land maps, available at FSA office, to expedite process. Call Barry Schwab at 402-587-0738 with questions.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:52am
In an unexpected move, Jefferson County Highway Superintendent Bill Hansel stated he found a new job in and resigned from his current position during the commissioners meeting on Tuesday.
“I’ve been giving this a lot of thought,” Hansel said. “A lot of thought. And I got a job offer at a different county. And so, this letter here is to inform you guys that as of 3-11, I resign my position as highway superintendent for Jefferson County.”
Hansel emphasized that the commissioners did not ask for his resignation, citing a closed session that took place earlier in the meeting that lasted from 9:19 a.m. to 9:34 a.m.
“In the closed session, they didn’t ask me to resign,” Hansel said. “I want to make that clear.”
Commissioner Mark Schoenrock thanked Hansel for his service to the county and asked if the resignation would have an effect on any other employees at the Highway Department. Hansel confirmed that it would.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:50am
It's no secret that Fairbury's electric utility is in the tank. Having lost more than a million dollars in each of the last two years and well over half a million dollars the year prior the city utility is bleeding red ink.
On the consumer side rates have increased; and increased substantially. City of Fairbury customers paid 13.2 percent more for their electricity a year ago and are scheduled for another 13.2 percent hike this year. Rate increases for 2017 and 2018 are also in the works.
Still Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser told local city council members on Tuesday that by comparison the rates that are being paid by local consumers really aren't all that bad.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:44am
Holding History--Pa’Ren Sims, curator of the Fairbury City Museum, holds one of the fossil exhibits to be displayed in the new fossil room. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
On March 12, the dinosaurs that once roamed the land that became Jefferson County will be brought back to life—sort of.
After five years of planning and work, and thousands of volunteer hours, the City Museum’s new fossil room will be open for people to explore a collection of fossils, all of which were found in Jefferson County.
Pa’Ren Sims, curator of the City Museum, explained that the idea for having a fossil room came about when she stumbled upon a collection in storage.
“About five and a half years ago, I was on the Fairbury City Museum Board,” said Sims. “During one of our work nights, I discovered all of these fossils in boxes in the store room that had never had any attention. They had been donated clear back from when they were found in 1927. I made that my project.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:43am
After much deliberation, construction on PWF road is set to begin in June 2016 after the commissioners approved the lowest bid on the first segment of the project at their meeting Tuesday.
The first segment of the PWF reconstruction project consists of a six-and-a-half-mile stretch of the PWF from Highway 15 to 575 Ave. The bid for this project was awarded to Werner Construction of Hastings for a total of $6,909,676.53, with a tentative completion date of June 2017.
Commissioner Mark Schoenrock explained that he wishes the county were able to complete a larger portion of the road, but the cost is too great at this time.
“We’ve had an opportunity to study these over, and we know we have roughly eight million dollars available,” said Schoenrock.
The funds for this project, Commissioner Michael Dux emphasized, were voted on and approved by the citizens of Jefferson County.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:42am
Daylight Savings Time is March 13 but savings in the daylight will start Friday, March 11 at the Fairbury Journal-News.
Huge discounts will be available for new subscribers to the print edition of the paper with a 50 percent discount on online subscriptions.
From 8-9 a.m. new subscribers or those wanting savings on online subs have one hour to stop in the news office, 516 Fifth Street, to get 50 percent off of online subs and new subscribers (must not have had a print sub in the last year) for 30 percent off.
The savings will incrementally drop until 11 a.m. when the promotion ends.
There will also be big discounts on the Fairbury Pictorial History Books during the same time frame, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., on March 11.