FAIRBURY JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH--7th Graders: Dalton Petersen, son of Scott & Alyson Petersen; Jaelle Johnson, daughter of Jeff & MaryAnn Johnson. 8th Graders: Charly Lufkin, daughter of Carissa & Dan Lufkin; Brandon Hinrichs, son of Dan & Mary Hinrichs. Students were nominated by their teachers based on work ethic and behaviors in the classroom. Contributed Photo

Frozen Formal Coronation

Frozen Formal 
The FHS Student Council invites you to attend the Frozen Formal coronation on Saturday, January 24 at the Elk’s, 525 G Street.  The doors will open at 7:45 pm and coronation will take place at 8:00.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:45am

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Fairbury Jefferson and Central  Elementary Schools
Thursday, Jan. 15: SPAGHETTI MEAT SAUCE W/ROTINI & BREADSTICK; Tuna salad sandwich and green beans.
Friday, Jan. 16: CHICKEN STRIPS W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese wrap, cowboy beans and chocolate chip cookie.
Monday, Jan. 19: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Jan. 20: OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN W/HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy.
Wednesday, Jan. 21: C- CHICKEN NUGGETS W/HMD BREAD; J- PH PEPPERONI PIZZA; Ham sandwich, corn and brownie.
High School
Thursday, Jan. 15: SPAGHETTI MEAT SAUCE W/ROTINI & BREADSTICK; Pizzawich and green beans.
Friday, Jan. 16: CHICKEN STRIPS W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese wrap, cowboy beans and chocolate chip cookie.
Monday, Jan. 19: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Jan. 20: OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN W/HMD BREAD; Hamburger on bun, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Blues Festival To Benefit Bonham

The 2nd annual Winter Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 31st, in The Tasting Room, inside Stagecoach Mall in downtown Fairbury. The festival will run 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and feature three shows, a cash bar and BBQ ribs with all the fixin’s at 6pm. The festival is co-sponsored by and Totally Smoked BBQ. The festival will feature three shows, each spotlighting musicians who regularly play blues shows around the region.  
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 4:00am

School Board Takes Next Step In Superintendent Search

FAIRBURY JR-SR HIGH SCHOOL is looking to find a replacement for Fred Helmink for next school year. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Members of the Fairbury Public Schools board voted Monday night to hire search firm McPherson-Jacobson, LLC to conduct the superintendent search. Superintendent Fred Helmink will leave the district this summer. 
Board president Vickie Banahan said the search firm is a group of superintendents and former superintendents, and she said she thought they may have the best connections with those looking for a superintendent position. 
Also at Monday's meeting Helmink told the board that two-thirds of the district's staff are satisfied and fully engaged according to a November survey. He said the firm that conducted the survey said Fairbury is above the average when it comes to employees being satisfied. 
“They're doing what they want to do,” he said. “They're where they want to be.” 
The report showed that four percent of the staff said they were disengaged and dissatisfied. 
In other business:

Rental Inspection Program Goes Into Affect April 1

More than a year’s worth of effort to force safe living conditions in local rental properties will be realized on April 1.
 According to Laura Bedlan from the city of Fairbury  as of April 1, “No person shall rent, lease or occupy any rental dwelling unit that does not have a Certificate of Occupancy under the  rental ordinance from the City.” She added that a Certificate of Occupancy is not transferable between landlords or rental units and shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
 Bedlan said for the purposes of identifying landlords that will receive the initial application letter (sent by the City) the City will presume that properties occupied by people other than the owners are rental units.

Sen. Ebke Introduces Bill Allowing Conceal, Carry In Private Schools

Thirty-second district legislative Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete introduced a bill Monday (LB184) that would allow a permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a private,denominational or parochial school, private career school or college.
 As presented, the permit holder would have to be a member of the school’s security personnel. Nebraska law says that churches can allow designated security personnel to carry a concealed handgun.  According to Ebke, some of those churches also have schools.
Despite sponsorship of LB184, the Fairbury native said she is not willing at this point to suggest the same designation for public schools.
 “I am not ready to  go down the path of public schools” she said. “There are so many unknowns there. But I do think that private institutions want to have conceal, carry and that’s their choice. They don’t have to  but we should at least allow them to.”

Installation of new county officials

JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE--The installation of county officials was Jan. 8. District court judge Paul W. Korslund administered the oath of office. Pictured front row, from left are Shawna Taylor, clerk of the district court; Cynthia Newman, county clerk; Mary Banahan, county assessor; Art Craig Jr., county commissioner. Pictured back row, from left, are Michael T. Dux and Bradley L. Grummert, county commissioners; Jeffrey P. Goltz, county attorney; ​Leroy Bast, county treasurer; and Nels Sorensen, Jefferson County sheriff. Contributed Photo

Fairbury Jr/Sr High Honor Roll

Fairbury High Honor Roll
Coleman Bauer
Kailoni Bray
Spencer Feldkamp
Christopher Fisher
Nicole Graham
Dalton Hinrichs
Nathan Klaumann
Logan Kunc
Layne Livingston
Sabrina Long
Madison Neuerburg
Marshall Nichelson
Alexander Plummer
Madison Schlake
Cheza Troxel
J’Nan Wittler
Tyler DeBoer
Brooke Eisenhauer
Jane Graves
Seth Hart
Halle Knigge
Mark Kroeker
Lindsay Lee
Trevin Likens
Sydnee Seibolt
Kelsey Snyder
Kellsie Specht
Nathaniel Stapaules
Ryan Umland
Josey Zabokrtsky
Jonathan Engelman
Paul Mach

Hanson And Lynn

Rick and Laurie Hanson of Fairbury are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Barbara Rose to Ryan Charles Lynn son of Keith and Cheryl Lynn all of Lincoln.
Barbie is a 2003 graduate of Wahoo High School and Ryan graduated from Raymond Central in 2000.
Grandparents of the couple are Idonna Hanson and Don Aken of Fairbury, Barbara and Roger Fischer of Wahoo and Helen Lynn of Lincoln. Their big day will be May 2, 2015 in Wahoo.