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Farm Safety Day

Farm Safety Day was held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on July 29. Ninety eight children and youth were in attendance with 52 volunteers helping out. Norris public power gave demonstrations on the strength of electricity, the Fairbury Fire Department had the demonstrations on dangers in a home setting, the weather and what you need to do to prepare for weather emergencies was another area. Ambulance District 33 brought their ambulance and showed participants how to do CPR. Photos by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

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First Human Case of West Nile Reported in Our Health District

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the Public Health Solutions (PHS) 5 county health district (Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer Counties) was reported on Sunday, the week of July 13. This along with an above average report of mosquitoes in our district should be a reminder that residents should take precautions to avoid mosquitoes by eliminating standing water and outside exposure at dusk and dawn. When you are out, wear long sleeves and pants and wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary from person to person but can include fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Contact your health care provider. Less than 1 in 100 people will develop severe illness characterized by a high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, coma and paralysis.

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National Day Out is Tuesday

Dunk tanks, watermelon and various first response vehicles will be a part of this year's National Day Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event's purpose is to give members of the community a chance to see first responders' equipment and get to know the local fire fighters, police and sheriff's deputies and ambulance personnel.

The event will be from 6-8 p.m. in the drive south of the swimming pool in Fairbury.

Event organizer Travis Arnold said National Day Out has been going on for years in larger cities.

It was originally set up in large communities where people could get together for a safe night out, he said.

I got interested in doing one here after going to Wymore's two years ago.

TransCanada has donated bottled water for the event, Arnold said, and local churches have donated about $120 worth of watermelon.

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Slow Moving Plans for Courthouse Renovation Frustrates Commissioners

Photo caption: One large renovation to meet fire marshals requirements will be to close the south stairs at the third floor level to create a smoke barrier. The long awaited Jefferson County Courthouse renovation may move one step closer next Tuesday when the the architectural firm Berggren and Associates meet with the Jefferson County Commissioners. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

It really is frustrating, Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Dux said. I expected to be much further along than we are now.

We really have been in the dark, County Commissioner Brad Grummert said. It is not exactly what we expected in terms of time. Its the architect that held us up on this part.

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Local First Responders National Night Out

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fairbury City Park. Local First Responders will be hosting a National Night Out. The event will be held on the west side of the Fairbury City Park, south of the pool. This is an opportunity for kids and adults to get to see the equipment and vehicles each department uses and meet the people from the Fairbury City Fire Department, Jefferson County Rural Fire Department, Jefferson County Rescue/First Responders, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Sheriffs Department, Fairbury Police Department.

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Filing for Village of Steele City Board

Mary A. Banahan has filed for Village of Steele City Board. If elected as assessor she can hold both offices as the village one is a low office.

Non incumbents have until August 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to file.

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Accident Victim In Critical Condition

A 21-year old Manhattan, KS woman remains in critical condition on Wednesday following a train pedestrian accident last Saturday.

Mandy L. Horvath was flown from the accident scene in Steele City by Star Care medical helicopter to a Lincoln hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Jefferson County communications received a call that a pedestrian had been struck by an empty westbound Union Pacific coal train. Upon arrival at the scene emergency services personnel found Horvath lying on the track beneath the train.

The Jefferson County Sheriffs office reported the victim had undergone a second surgery for unspecified injuries. An investigation is on-going. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this incident.

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JCHC Presented with Four Junior Resusci-Annes

Photo caption: New-Car Dealers Strengthen JCHCs CPR program by presenting four Junior Resusci Annes to their CPR program. Pictured left to right are Larry Cote/C&O Ford, Alan Stall/Riverside Chevrolet, Twila Scheetz/JCHC Coordinator, Pat Sullivan/vice president Dealer Relations NADA. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal-News

Twila Scheetz recognized a need, completed the application to National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADA Foundation).

Wednesday Scheetz and Jefferson Community Health Center (JCHC) were presented with a Little Junior Four Pack to be used in CPR training.

Sheetz who is an RN at JCHC as well as the Rehab Coordinator, CPR Instructor for the community is the individual who completed the application and coordinates CPR training.

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Trail of Treasures Vendor Forms Due Aug. 8th

Tourism promoters along Nebraskas Heritage Highway 136 in southeastern Nebraska are planning a third flea market event along the byway, scheduled for October 3-5.

The deadline to sign up for a sale has been extended. Anyone wishing to become a vendor for this years event must sign up by August 8th. Information about the Trail of Treasures flea market event can be found on the Heritage Highways website, www.HeritageHighway136.com or by logging on to www.HeritageHighwayFleaMarket.com.

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Westin Donates to Bonham Theatre Project

Photo caption: Donating the $5,000 check from Westin Packaged Meats to BTP is Patty Behrends, Office Manager, Ron Schacht, General Manager, and accepting the check is Debby Ebke, Treasurer of BTP. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

Westin Packaged Meats donates $5,000 to Bonham Theatre Project.

Westin Packaged Meats of Fairbury announced this week that it will donate $5,000 to Bonham Theatre Project (BTP) as part of their ongoing commitment to the project. They have previously donated $5,000 in 2013.

We want to see the Bonham Theatre Project successfully complete the renovations of the theatre so that the citizens of Fairbury will once again be able to enjoy movies there, said Ron Schacht, General Manager of Westin Packaged Meats.

Since April, the Bonham Theatre Project has been active in securing matching grant monies from various sources including The Sherwood Foundation for $50,000.

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