Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:15pm
The annual mountain oyster and burger fry for the Fairbury Rural Fire Department was held Oct. 30 at the VFW and was deemed a resounding success by organizers. Nearly 500 people were served, a record for the event. (Photo by Fred Arnold, Jr./www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:13pm
Representatives of the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury donated $1,000 from the Vetter Foundation to the Bonham Theatre Project on Monday. The Vetter Foundation matches funds to help community projects like the Bonham Theatre. Attending the check presentation were, front row, from left to right, Brooke Schwab of the Bonham Theatre Project, Francie McCown, Chrissy Hellbusch, Debbie Ebke of Bonham and Katie Buxton. Back row, Chelsea McCardle, Angie Clifford, Tina DeFrain, Maggie Spilker, Beth Block and Roger VanWesten. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:12pm
Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) is celebrating 50 years of improving the lives of the impoverished and working to prevent the number of people affected by poverty from rising by mitigating its effects.
While there have been changes to the staff in the last 50 years, Rick Nation, CEO of BVCA, explained that the organization’s mission has ultimately remained the same. He believes that this organization plays an integral role in the region by helping to develop the communities it serves.
“Our actual mission statement is ‘overcoming poverty by helping people, improving lives and strengthening communities,’” said Nation. “What we’re really looking at is bringing the whole community together to help solve low-income problems. It’s not just an agency; we are a community. Every program we do has some kind of collaboration with somebody.”
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:10pm
The Fairbury City Council isn't going to be quick to make a decision on a request to install stop signs along north H Street near Wal-Mart.
Members of the Street and Alley committee decided to table discussions on a measure to send to council members for debate which would call for the installation of four-way stop signs at 27th and 30th and H Streets. Residents along that corridor are seeking a solution to what they say is a growing problem of speeding traffic coming to and from the Wal-Mart area.
They have said that because of the increased traffic load there is more danger to pedestrians and children in the area.
Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk agreed that traffic in the area is going far too fast, but said he would be concerned by the possibility of a higher risk for accidents if four-way stop signs were put in.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:09pm
The Fairbury Elks Lodge invited Ray Lozano, a drug and substance prevention specialist and speaker, to give a presentation to area schools, as well as the community, on the dangers of marijuana use and alcohol abuse. Lozano presented to a group of people at the Elks Lodge on Monday night. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:05pm
Investment is More Than Money
Growing up, there were not near the activities available to youth like there is today.
If you really wanted to, I’m sure you would have no trouble at all finding a sport or activity for your kids every night of the week. Between our kids’ activities, we barely have time to breathe, let alone make supper every night (Thank goodness for Crockpots!) It may wear us thin, make us want to pull our hair out, or just wish for a couple hours of silence to catch a quick nap, or to try and keep the housework up; but the rewards we get are so much more.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:05pm
WIN ZONE--Fairbury senior Paige Eden (No. 5) goes airborne to send a kill over the net past a Johnson County Central defender on Monday. The Lady Jeffs picked up their first win of the season with a sweep of the Lady Thunderbirds in the first round of the C1-1 subdistrict tournament. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
It was a long time coming, but the Fairbury Lady Jeffs volleyball team finally got to experience the thrill of victory.
Fairbury, the fourth seed in the C1-1 Subdistrict Volleyball Tournament, played Monday evening at Freeman High School earning its first win of the season with an aggressive three-set sweep over fifth seed Johnson County Central in the opening match of the tournament.
The Lady Jeffs won by scores of 25-16, 29-27, 25-23.
Fairbury stormed out to a 5-2 lead behind the front row play Destiny Brown and Jessa Eden.
With the momentum still on its side, Fairbury pieced together a 6-0 run highlighted by a block and a kill from Jessa Eden on back-to-back plays, and an ace serve from Mikasa Lierman to open a 14-6 lead.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:04pm
TOUCHDOWN--Diller-Odell sophomore running back Tylor Smith (No. 35) holds the football up after scoring the Griffins’ final TD of the first half in last Thursday’s first round Class D-1 playoff game against Clarkson-Leigh. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Diller-Odell’s football squad entered its Class D-1 playoff game on a three-game win streak.
Spearheaded by a solid passing attack in the first half the tenth seed Griffins left the field at half with a 26-20 lead.
However, seventh seed Clarkson-Leigh got its engine revved up with a second half kickoff return by Dominik Harper and powered its way to a 52-26 first round Class D-1 playoff win last Thursday played on the Patriots’ home field at the Colfax County Fairgrounds in Leigh.
After one quarter, Diller-Odell maintained a 19-14 lead.
For over six and a half minutes neither team could mount any potent offensive drives in the second quarter.
Clarkson-Leigh caught a brake forcing and recovering a Diller-Odell fumble on the Griffins’ 32-yard line with 5:33 left in the first half.
Just over a minute later, the Patriots went back on top, as running back Bunner scored on a six-yard run.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:03pm
EFFORT--Colby Ensz battles through a tackle by Mike Walz of Hastings St. Cecilia during the opening round of C-2 football last Friday. (Photo by Amy Roh, Hastings Tribune)
Number one ranked Hastings St. Cecilia didn't miss a beat on offense in spite of cool and rainy conditions Friday evening, sprinting to a 48-6 victory over Tri County in first round action of the Class C-2 state football playoffs played at Duncan Field in Hastings.
The second seed Bluehawks (9-0) scored on their first five possessions in the first half enroute to opening a 35-0 lead at half.
On the night Hastings St. Cecilia had a balanced offense passing for 164 yards and racking up 168 yards on the ground.
Fifteen seed Tri County was limited to 137 yards of total offense with 126 yards gained rushing the ball.
First quarter scores for the Bluehawks included Grant Schmidt with 26-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Fischer for the opening score, Fischer with a 57-yard touchdown run, followed by a 63-yard pass from Schmidt to Dayton Sealey.
Schmidt booted all three PAT attempts for a 21-0 first quarter advantage.