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Apr

2016 FHS Prom Candidates

The 2016 Fairbury High School prom candidates are as follows: front row, left to right, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paige Eden, Anna Schouboe, Lindsay Lee. Back row, Lane McClain, Cody Huss, Mark Kroeker. Not pictured: MaKayla Fletcher, Tyler DeBoer, Justyn Franklin. Prom will start with the grand march at 7:15 p.m. on April 16 at the ‘23 Building. Crowning will be held immediately following the march. Prom is from 8-midnight with the theme being a masquerade, “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
13
Apr

Weather Seminar Accomplishes Goals

BJ Fictum, left, the Saline Weather Services Coordinator, introduces Dave Clabaugh of the Lower Big Blue NRD during the DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) presentation on the May, 2015 flooding that ravaged DeWitt and the surrounding area. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

The 2016 Southeast Nebraska Severe Weather Workshop and Spotter Training was held on April 10 and the event accomplished its mission, according to Saline Weather Services Organizer BJ Fictum.
“We’ve always had the objective to educate and entertain and I think we did that Sunday afternoon,” Fictum said.
A crowd of approximately 175 spectators and spotters attended the annual event, now in its 24th year, which is an average crowd, according to Fictum.
Seminars included a 2015 severe weather re-cap and 2016 outlook by Dr. Ken Dewey of the University of Nebraska and “Man vs. Flood,” presented by DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) and the Lower Big NRD. The presentation dealt with the May 2015 flooding that damaged much of the region, devastating the Village of DeWitt.
Spotter safety techniques and storm photography was also a highlighted session.
Wed
13
Apr

Survey Crucially Important For Improving Entire Community

The City Volunteers have completed their Citizen Satisfaction Survey distribution and have returned all of the surveys that they were able to.  
If for some reason your survey was not picked up or you have not yet completed your survey please complete it and return it to the City offices at 612 D as soon as possible, we will continue to except hand-delivered surveys until April 15th. This survey is extremely important for Fairbury’s future development 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. 
Wed
13
Apr

JCHC Donates To Autism Group

Employees at Jefferson Community Health Center held a ‘Wear Denim Day’ on Friday, April 1 in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
Donations were taken for wearing denim to work and JCHC presented Cheryl Lofing of Three’s Pieces, a local autism support group, with $155 from the denim day earlier this week.
 
Wed
13
Apr

Grand March Saturday

The 2016 Fairbury High School pre-prom grand march will be held Saturday, April 16 at the ‘23 Building. The red carpet introduction of singles and couples will begin at 7:15 p.m. Class pictures will then be taken and the crowning to be held immediately following. Prom is to start at 8 p.m.

Wed
13
Apr

Sheriff’s Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  
Bring your pills for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE. 
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.  
Wed
13
Apr

USDA To Honor Steele City, Endicott At Earth Day Celebration

On April 20, at 2:15 p.m., representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will honor the villages of Steele City and Endicott at an Earth Day event that will take place at the elementary school in Diller.
The event was made in order to honor the two villages for their collaboration on improving their water systems.
Mayor of Steele City Tammy Katz explained that all are invited to attend this celebration, and she hopes that many people will attend.
“I think the engineer’s (for the water project) going to be there, and the USDA’s going to be there,” said Katz, “and it’s open to the public as well.”
Chris Zabokrtsky, Mayor of Endicott, explained that she is excited for this event to happen and believes that working with Steele City on improving the water situation will be beneficial.
Wed
13
Apr

The Library: “An Invaluable Part Of The Community”

Cataloging--Librarian Lauren Stewart sorts through books to ensure they match the inventory of the card catalog. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

When was the last time you checked out the changes at the Fairbury Public Library?
This week is National Library Week, which brings with it the opportunity for people to reconnect with their local library.
Library Director Debbie Aden hopes that people will come to see the exciting changes to the library’s collection, which includes more than books.
“I want people to know what we have here,” said Aden. “We have a relatively big collection, and we’re getting more DVDs; we’re trying to keep that collection up to date.”
Aden explained that there is also a large selection of e-books and audiobooks available through the library’s Nebraska Overdrive system. On Thursday evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the library staff will be available to assist people in connecting with that system so that they can access those materials.
Tue
12
Apr

Lyle Quinn

Lyle B. Quinn 97 of Fairbury, NE. passed away March 14, 2016 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. He was born November 26, 1918 in Fairbury Survivors are children: Dr. James (Susan) Quinn of Nebraska City, NE., Mary Beadle of Columbia, MO., Mike (Julie) Quinn of Fairbury, John (Darcy) Quinn of Havana, FL., 5 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Mary Frances (Quinn) Kenney of Columbia, MO. Cremation has taken place.

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12
Apr

Robert Fox

 
Robert "Bob" M. Fox of Fremont, age 64, passed away April 4, 2016, at Fremont Health Center.
 Bob was born in Fairbury, Nebraska on April 16, 1951, to Dale and Madeline (Brown) Fox.  He attended Fairbury High School, graduated from Hastings High School and later enlisted in the Navy.  Bob was a radar and sonar technician during his time in the service and as a result he was able to travel all over the world.  After completing his second tour in the Navy, Bob returned to Nebraska and currently worked as a safety guard.  Bob married Shirley Mees in Hastings, Nebraska, on November 28, 1981.
 
Bob loved to hunt, fish, and play golf and enjoyed anything sports related.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell stories.
 He is preceded in death by his father Dale and infant brother Timothy.

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