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Wed
02
Mar

New Community Survey Brings Need For Volunteers

The City of Fairbury is seeking guidance from its citizens in the form of a citizen satisfaction survey to help determine which improvement projects to set as priorities.
These surveys, which will be issued on March 19, will also serve to gather information which will be used to apply for grants in order to fund some of the larger projects.
City Administrator Collin Bielser explained that it is important for people to provide accurate information in the survey because it will affect the city’s eligibility to receive certain funds.
“It’s for federal purposes, to be eligible for federal grants, which is very important to Fairbury,” said Bielser. “We’ve benefited many times with federal grants to do projects in town numbering hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Wed
02
Mar

BVCA Receives $300,000 Grant To Help At-Risk Youth

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is awarding $300,000 over two years to the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA). The funding will be used to build a Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) to serve young people in need across Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Thayer and York Counties.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to work with the BVCA on this important project,” said Troy Gagner, Nebraska Children’s Connected Youth Initiative lead. “The partnerships they’ve built and the plan they’ve put together have the potential to make a major impact on the youth and young adults who need the most help.”
Wed
02
Mar

The Few, The Proud...

GOOD TIMES, GOOD FRIENDS--Joe ‘Pep’ Vocelka, center, was recently honored by members of the Homestead Leathernecks and the Greater Omaha Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Vocelka is joined by Bob Cope, right, and Duane Tunnhill, left. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Once a Marine, always a Marine. That mantra of brotherhood has been recited for generations by members of the elite group called the United States Marine Corps.
A group of Marines met in Fairbury last week to pay homage to one of their own. Members of the Greater Omaha Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Homestead Leathernecks, Beatrice chapter of the Marine Corps League, met at Griffey’s in downtown Fairbury to tell stories, have a good meal and spend time with Joe ‘Pep’ Vocelka. 
Vocelka was a member of the Omaha chapter of the Marine Corps League and is now living with son and daughter-in-law, Mick and Angie Vocelka, in Fairbury.
He was presented with a special coin for his service to the Marine Corps League in Omaha.
Vocelka was joined by Duane Tunnhill. The two fought at Iwo Jima during World War II.
Wed
02
Mar

City Council Meeting 3-1-16

Tue
01
Mar

Gerald L. Petet

Gerald L. Petet 62 of Fairbury passed away Feb. 28, 2016 in Fairbury. He was born Sept. 13, 1953 at Beatrice, NE
Survivors include sister: LouAnn Jenkins of Central City, NE., nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday March 7, 2016 at Evergreen Home Cemetery at Beatrice, NE. 
Memorial are to family’s choice.  
Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Tue
01
Mar

Jefferson County Highway Supt. Resigns

Tue
01
Mar

Hansel resigns as Jefferson County Highway Superintendent

FROM TODAY'S COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S MEETING:

Jefferson County Highway Superintendent, Bill Hansel has resigned. His last day is March 11. He cited another job in a different county during his address to the commissioners.

Mon
29
Feb

Matmen on Saturday

Fri
26
Feb

Patrick Roskilly

Patrick J. Roskilly of Hanover, KS. passed away Feb. 25, 2016 in Hanover. He was born March 20, 1957 at Mexico, MO. Survivors are sister: Jocelyn (Jodi) Pickard and husband Doug of Wichita, KS., brothers: Rollie Roskilly of Lincoln, Quentin Roskilly of Eunice, LA., Ben Roskilly and wife Amy of Dublin, TX., Mark Roskilly and Wife Deb of Omaha, numerous nieces and nephews.

Fri
26
Feb

Alida Dorothy (Brandt) Freese

Alida Dorothy (Brandt) Freese, 77, entered into eternal rest on February 26, 2016. She was born December 3, 1938

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