Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:22am
Amy Wiedel of Fairbury won $1,000 in the H&R Block 1,000 win $1,000 Daily sweepstakes. Pictured, from left to right, Nathan Schroeder, Jan Gunther, H&R Block, Brayden Hamm, Wiedel, Brent Hamm, and Dennis Wurm of H&R Block. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:21am
Hammers will be flying Monday, Feb. 8 as the renovation project at the Jefferson County Courthouse begins, which will affect some of the services that are offered at the courthouse.
County Commissioner Mark Schoenrock reported that the construction project will begin in the basement of the courthouse. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, which is only open on Wednesdays, will be temporarily relocated to the commissioners room on the main floor.
Travis Arnold, groundskeeper at the courthouse, explained that through the duration of the construction project, part of the parking space will be made a no-parking zone in order to accommodate the construction company.
“Basically, they’re wanting to reserve some parking on the west side of the courthouse, on the north end of the lot,” said Arnold. “We’ve got that arranged with the city.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:20am
On Jan. 22 a large group of elementary students participated in the annual cheer camp at FHS. The girls performed at the halftime of the Lady Jeffs versus Lady Dukes of York game. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:18am
CLear the way--Crews from the City of Fairbury began clearing the snowfall from the streets at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Assistant Street Superintendent Laura Bedlan warned that because of the weight of the snow, some mailboxes may sustain damage. She encourages people to invest in devices that may prevent this damage from occurring as a result of the snow. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The snow storm that many expected to blanket the county in upwards of a foot of snow has left behind a small serving of what Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Dux calls “heart attack snow,” which he explained is because of the weight of the snow.
Jefferson County Emergency Manager John McKee explained that the reason why the area did not receive as much snow as originally predicted is because the track of the storm shifted.
“What we were getting, early on, is what they were supposed to be getting in Kansas, and we were supposed to be getting what’s along the interstate,” said McKee. “We got by with a little more rain and a little less snow.”
Electrical Line Superintendent Jim Moorehead stated that there were a few power outages on Tuesday due to the amount of ice on the power lines. He explained that he and his crew had the power back on in most places within an hour of the initial outage.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:17am
As Tri County leaves the Southern Nebraska Conference behind to join the Pioneer Conference, Fairbury applies to fill the void in the conference.
Matt Uher, Activities Director at Tri County Public Schools, explained that this move to join the Pioneer Conference has been in the works for quite some time.
“The discussion for change has been in discussion for a few years as we discussed our enrollment figures compared to the Southern Nebraska Conference vs. the Pioneer Conference,” said Uher. “Our 9-11 grade enrollment for this next year will be 76, which places us in the NSAA enrollment of 28/53 schools in Class D1.”
Uher stated that the enrollment rates will likely stay the course in the mid to upper 70s. With this information, Uher believes that schools in the Pioneer Conference will be a better match. He also believes that there will be many benefits resulting from the change.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:16am
The Fairbury Journal-News was recognized as Nebraska’s largest circulated non-daily newspaper by the Nebraska Press Association. The Journal-News is annually among the top read newspapers in the state but this year marks the first time they have achieved the top ranking.
For the past two years the Fairbury newspaper has been number two in the state among non-daily newspapers, but this year’s readership, listed at more than 10,375 each week, earned them the top spot.
“We are all very honored and humbled to be named Nebraska’s top circulated non-daily newspaper,” FJN owner Fred Arnold said. “This is a testament not only to our staff who works very hard to put out a quality publication, but more so to our readers who, by sheer numbers, are saying they want our newspaper each week.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:15am
Elected officials have until Tuesday, Feb. 16 to file for re-election.
The non-incumbent filing deadline is Tuesday, March 1.
Incumbents who have already begun to trickle in before the deadline include Jay VanWeston and Larry Miller, both for the Meridian School Board. Re’ne Scheer is also up for her Meridian School seat and, as of press time, has not filed.
For the Fairbury Public Schools board, three seats are up for election, including Richard Zimmerman, who resigned from his position in December. A replacement for his seat has not been assigned. Alan Stall and Jody Starr are the other two seats currently up for re-election. Starr has filed for re-election.
District 2 Jefferson County Commissioner, Brad Grummert, is up for re-election this year.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:15am
January 11 was a very important day to sixth grade students at Jefferson Intermediate School.
Retired State Trooper Wayne Trantham met with the students for their first day of DARE classes. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school officials noted that the district is appreciative of the support from the Fairbury Public Schools, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairbury PTA, among others within our community who offer financial assistance to provide this valuable program to children.
DARE classes will take place from January through April and the Graduation Ceremony will take place in May.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:14am
The third grade students at Diller-Odell celebrated the 100th day of school on Jan. 26. One of the projects they did was to collect 100 food items that would be donated to the local food pantry. The class collected 124 food items. (Contributed photo)