Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:32pm
The April Health Today session will feature “Autism: What You May Not Know” by Tim Linscott, Fairbury Journal-News publisher. The April session will be held on Wednesday, April 6, in the Conference Rooms at Jefferson Community Health Center. The free educational program will begin at 12:20 p.m.
April is Autism Awareness Month. As a parent of a child with autism, Tim will help teach about what autism is, and how a community can help support families who deal with autism.
Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health Center.
The educational sessions are free to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCHC cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:32pm
What A Blaze--Last Wednesday afternoon, the Steele City Fire Department responded to a call about a fire reigniting from a prescribed burn the previous day. Diller Fire and Rescue, Odell, and the Fairbury Rural Fire Department were called for mutual aid. They battled the blaze for over five hours. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Last Wednesday, a fire ravished a section of land directly south of Endicott Clay Products, near the state line.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the Steele City Fire Department received a report about a fire near the intersection of 703 Road and Lima Avenue. Jerad Blocker, chief of the Steele City Fire Department, explained that the fire was caused by some re-ignition from a prescribed burn that took place the previous day.
“There was a burn the day before,” said Blocker. “Someone had burned some brush piles that rekindled. It was a prescribed burn, which went fine. They just decided to light back up after the winds came up that afternoon.”
The Fairbury Rural Fire Department, Diller Fire and Rescue, and the Odell Fire Department were contacted for mutual aid for this fire. As Blocker explained, the firefighters were battling more than the blaze.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:31pm
After years of service, District Court Judge Paul Korslund is set to retire on Friday, leaving behind him a career dedicated to improving the region through the judicial system.
Korslund explained that he was inspired to become a District Court Judge by his previous experience with the judicial system.
“I was a county judge in the ‘70s, so I’d had some experience being on the bench,” said Korslund. “Then I went back into practice. I did mostly trial work in the law firm I was with, so most of my work was in the District Court at that time. I did a lot of domestic-relations cases. We did not have a public defender during those years, so, it was mostly by court appointment that criminal cases were handled.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:30pm
Seeking Input--Volunteers for the City of Fairbury Collin Bielser (left) and Shaun Friedrichsen (right) pass out the 2016 Citizen Satisfaction Surveys door to door. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Over the next few weeks volunteers will be knocking on doors distributing a Citizen Satisfaction Survey to every household in town.
Completing this survey is extremely important for Fairbury’s future development. This survey is important for two reasons. First, this survey is imperative for the City of Fairbury to continue receiving Federal Funds for community projects.
Over the last few years, Fairbury has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in Federal grants. Past projects have included money to purchase a fire truck, funds to renovate the Bonham Theater, and assistance for homeowner housing rehabilitation and demolition. This survey will also ask citizens for their input on the level of city services provided.
Results from this survey will demonstrate to City leaders what the City is doing well and what areas we can improve. Feedback from this survey will be taken into account for future budgeting initiatives.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:29pm
At a continuation of their meeting from the previous week, the Jefferson County Commissioners reviewed proposed changes to the courthouse renovation project that could help to better accommodate the County Court and to limit security concerns.
Wim Kersten, project manager at Berggren Architects, explained what the proposed change would entail.
“This is a brief change,” said Kersten. “In our original plan, we had a door, in order to get this secure loop, that went through probation and another door to get access to the court office. In essence, what we created was a space that was basically a corridor without walls.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:28pm
The April Friday Art Walk is scheduled for Friday, April 1 in downtown Fairbury with several events planned, starting at 5 p.m.
John Borch of Fairbury is the featured artist at the Jefferson County Art Guild (511 5th Street) and will be showing a collection of his photographs. A sampling of his works are currently on display at Fairbury Dental Associates. Sisters Used Books (415 5th Street) on the north side of the square will feature author Pamela Hoge of Chester, Ne. Hoge has published a book of poetry and will be on hand to sign books until 7 p.m.
Old Library Gallery, a pop up gallery located inside Big Bamboo Studios (520 5th Street), will feature the works of several local, national and international artists. Stop in for refreshments from 5–7 p.m.
The Tasting Room, located inside Stagecoach Mall (508 E Street) will be featuring 1970s style Christian Coffeehouse music from 6 – 9 p.m.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:21pm
The Fairbury Optimist Club will host a free Scotts® Major League Baseball® Pitch Hit & RunTM Competition for area youth.
The competition is on April 9 at the Fairbury Softball Complex. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the contest starts at 10 a.m.
Pitch Hit & Run TM is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.
Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2016 MLBTM All-Star Game®.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:20pm
The Endicott Town Hall Players are looking forward to presenting their rendition of “Radio Razzle Dazzle” at the Endicott Town Hall on Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10. The show will feature actors and actresses (l-r) Deb Sutton, Fred Cowels, Brandon Bonar, Larry Lange, Cassie Nelson and Mercedes McClure. The Endicott Town Hall Players have been performing plays since 2003. “Radio Razzle Dazzle” will be the tenth performance of the group. For more information, or for tickets, contact any one of the cast members, or Cheryl McAtee at 402-300-0080. The proceeds will be used for projects within the Village of Endicott. McAtee explained that the Endicott Town Hall Players began their performances in 2003 as part of a goal set by Mitch McAtee to “continue with the Endicott tradition of small-town gatherings that make it unique from big-city life.” McAtee and the other cast members are grateful for all of the support the area communities have shown and hope to continue to provide entertainment to the region. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 6:15pm
Shirley A. Johnson 86 of Fairbury passed away March 24, 2016 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. She was born October 22, 1929 at Chicago, Illinois.
Survivors are Daughters: Sue (Bob) Yoachim of Arkansas City, KS., Julie (Bob) Dein of Fairbury, Candie (Bob) Kujath of Fairbury, Son: Rick (Laura) Johnson of Fairbury, 7 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. A register book is available at the Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm Friday April 1, 2016 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, with Pastor Fay Hubbard officiating. Memorials to Family’s Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.