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Dec

Letters to the Editor

Church Pastor Says Articles 
Have Re-Focused His Thoughts 
Editor:
The past few weeks you’ve published several letters and articles expressing distress at the decline of so-called Christian values in this country, the presence in this land of those ‘made in the image of God’ labeled “illegals,” and the presence in this community of human beings you compare (however obliquely) to cockroaches. At first these were a source of grief for me. Soon, however, these pieces became an opportunity to frame once again, in the midst of this anticipatory season, what Christmas means – God’s preferential option for the poor and senselessly astonishing choice to pitch God’s tent with the vulnerable and the desperate.
Wed
10
Dec

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Politically Correct

There’s really no way to talk about some subjects without coming off wrong to a certain segment of the population. And the older I get the less likely I am to always find a way to be diplomatic. But as I enter the national stage just a bit I am really not inclined to tip toe about and risk not offending any segment of the population.
I have watched the last couple of weeks with keen interest on the topics of immigration reform and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. I don’t understand.
 Certainly I am not against any person or group of people who want to be in the United States, legally. Note the term “legally.” If people who are illegals want to become U.S. citizens and take the time to go through the work and tasks it takes that’s great. 
Wed
10
Dec

Incident Of Montana Escapee Should Be A Wake-Up Call For All

Quite frankly we don’t expect it to happen here.
 Crime in Fairbury.
 The news of a Montana State Prison inmate’s capture and subsequent arrest in Fairbury is little more than two weeks old, yet it still is very fresh in the minds of local residents. And it should be. While we all talk about “wow, can you believe that this actually happened here?” We should take this news like “this does” happen here.
 For about as long as anyone can remember, Fairbury has never been considered a hotbed of criminal activity. In fact, many jokingly compare Fairbury to the mythical town of “Mayberry” from the old Andy Griffith television show. The notion that law enforcement does or has to do anything more than pick up stray dogs, give parking tickets and do traffic patrol during parades is just that...a notion.
Wed
10
Dec

Jefferson County Church Challenge

2014 Jefferson County Church Challenge
& Food Pantry donations 
1,284# Peace United Methodist-Plymouth
1,111# Zion Lutheran-Harbine
899# United Methodist Church-Fairbury
891# United Methodist-Daykin
808# American Lutheran-Fairbury
746# Immanual Lutheran-Daykin
525# St. Paul’s Lutheran-Plymouth
374# Jansen Bible Church
328# Presbyterian Church-Fairbury
Wed
10
Dec

Nebraska Counties Eligible for USDA Emergency

Joni Johnson Executive Director for the Jefferson County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that family farmers in five Nebraska counties are eligible to apply  for low interest Emergency (EM) loans due to physical and production losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, high winds, and hail conditions.  Those counties are Gage, Jefferson, Pawnee, Richardson and Thayer.
These  Nebraska counties became eligible for this assistance because they are contiguous to one or more of the Kansas counties that were designated as primary affected counties on November 26, by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Wed
10
Dec

Click It Or Ticket Results

The Fairbury Police Department participated in the nationwide Click it or Ticket campaign which ran from November 24, through November 30.  During that time there was increased patrols.  The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).  This grant allowed Officers to work extra time to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt enforcement. The extra time worked by officers will be paid for by the NOHS.
During the enforcement dates 13 warnings and citations were issued.  One arrest was made for an outstanding warrant.  
Prior to the date of November 24, the Fairbury Police Department conducted a survey in Fairbury on seat belt usage.  It was found that out of 100 vehicles observed only 43 percent of drivers were wearing their seat belts.
Wed
10
Dec

School Lunch Menus 12-10-14

Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools
Thursday, Dec. 11: SAUSAGE LINKS W/PANCAKES; Tuna salad on bun and tater tots.
Friday, Dec. 12: MINI CORNDOG NUGGETS; Turkey & cheese flatbread and baked beans.
Monday, Dec. 15: CHICKEN STRIPS W/ HMD BREAD; Tuna salad on deli bun and broccoli.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: SALISBURY STEAK W/HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich, mashed potatoes w/gravy and chocolate cake.
Wednesday, Dec. 17:  J – TACO FLATBREAD; C – PIZZA HUT SAUSAGE PIZZA; Chef salad and fresh veggies.
High School
Thursday, Dec. 11: SAUSAGE LINKS W/PANCAKES; Chicken wrap and tater tots.
Friday, Dec. 12: MINI CORNDOG NUGGETS; Roasted chicken on bun and baked beans.
Monday, Dec. 15: CHICKEN STRIPS W/ HMD BREAD; BBQ rib on bun and broccoli.
Wed
10
Dec

Runza donates portion of sales


Great Books for Great Kids--Sabrina Koch, Fairbury Runza Restaurant manager, presents a check for $320.06 to Karen Fox, director of the Fairbury Public Library. The check represents 15% of a day's sales during Runza's annual Great Books for Great Kids promotion. The Library uses the money raised to purchase books for the children's summer reading program. Contributed Photo
Wed
10
Dec

New Chamber Members

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of its November election! 

 

Three community members have been elected to each serve a three year term on the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Jill Davis (Fairbury Public Schools) has been elected to serve a second term.  Dani Kettelhut (Fairbury Dental Associates) and Justin Newton (Riverside Chevrolet) are new members to the Board.  Dani and Justin will replace Brooke Schwab and Justin Schultis who have completed their terms.  Thanks to Brooke and Justin for their years of service.

Wed
10
Dec

Lifetime Of Storytelling Leads To Book Writing

Chuck Bright said he has always enjoyed making people laugh.
He also enjoys telling stories to his granddaughter, Micah, he said. 
“I like to come up with off-the-wall stuff that will make people smile,” he said.  
But Bright said he never planned to go to the lengths of book writing to accomplish that goal. 
“People who heard my stories said, ‘You ought to write books for kids,’” said Bright, who lives in Plymouth.  
Eventually he began to consider the idea. 
His daughter, Alicia Friesen, of Fairbury, said he has been telling made-up stories and singing silly songs since she was a child. 
“Just as life happens he makes things up,” she said. “He would always share stories at the dinner table or when traveling. 

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