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May

Need Emergency Housing?

If you have been displaced by the flood and need housing...Parkview Apartments has a limited number income-based units available through Parkview Apartments. Please bring your ID, social security card for members of your household. Regular hours are 9-4 or by appointment.
Parkview Apartments, 105 W 5th St., Fairbury, NE 402-729-3451.
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May

PHS Water Testing

With all of the flooding in area counties, Public Health Solutions would like to remind residents, particularly those living in Jefferson, Saline, Gage, and Thayer Counties, access is available to a water testing lab. People who have private wells and may be affected by flooding or standing water are encouraged to have their water tested.
For more information call our office at 402-826-3880.
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May

Click It or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign which will be beginning on May 18, 2015 and ending on May 31, 2015.  During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).  This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt violations.  The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.  With the goal of increasing seat belt enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to increase the number of people wearing seat belts.
 
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May

Cool Weather Streak In May

This cool weather streak has me wondering when the 60 degree days will be behind us for a while. I hate seeing temperatures in the 60s now that we are into May, and Monday’s 50-degree weather was unpleasant. My hands were actually cold without gloves that morning. 
I do think it’s funny that we complain about it being cold at 50 degrees now, even though a few months ago we would have been celebrating the warm weather and leaving our coats behind if it hit 50. 
I’ve seen some people who are so desperate for summer that they’ve been running around in shorts and sandals for weeks, even on days when it was in the low 60s. I’m cold most of the time, so it has to be pretty warm for me to wear shorts in the spring.
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May

Does History Die If We Can’t Afford To Showcase It Anymore?

 By all accounts I had a pretty good time in Steele City last weekend. It has been a while since I last went to a Living History Weekend. And while Steele City isn’t on my usual route to just about anywhere I am going I usually learn something every time I go there.
 Last week I learned both good and bad. The good part was that after spending quite a bit of time in the Blacksmith Shop I came away thinking that was something I would like to learn more about. In my younger days I used to tinker a lot with things; making stuff out of other stuff. I think I could get into that.
 The bad thing I came away with was that Living History Weekends might go away. Denise Andersen from the Jefferson County Historical Society told me that this may be the last year for the events. Low turnouts of people, dwindling numbers of volunteers to man places like the Bank, the Livery Stable, Ag Barns and the like are making it difficult to keep these treasures going.
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May

Mother Nature Plays A Sad Hand For Our Community

 Many of us watched both adults and kids alike wandering about and wading through the high tide of flood waters in streets, alleys and culverts in our community last week. Extreme high levels of rainfall further up the Little Blue valley caused flooding in Fairbury the likes not seen for well over 50 years.
     While many of us marveled at just how fast the water rose and watched as residents of Fairbury along the west end were evacuated from their homes we should stand reminded of the tragedy that has befallen us as well. The death of longtime Fairbury resident Betty McMullen leaves all of us feeling somber.
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May

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Sheriff’s report
April 30: Shane E. Johnson, of Fairbury, was driving north on 569 Ave. approaching the PWF intersection in a 1997 Ford owned by Emily A. Fry, of Fairbury, when the brakes failed at the stop sign. The driver made a hard left turn, which caused the vehicle to slide into the ditch. Damages were estimated at $1,500.
May 1: Spencer J. Feldkamp, of Fairbury, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet south on 575 Ave. south of 719 Road when the driver failed to see the driveway he intended to enter. He stopped just past the driveway and began to reverse the vehicle back to the driveway entrance when he failed to see a 2010 Ford owned by Randall L. Weise, of Jansen, behind him. The vehicles collided. Damages to Weise’s vehicle were estimated at $1,500. Damages to Feldkamp’s vehicle were estimated at $500.
May 5: Report of a suicide attempt in Diller.
 
 Police report
Wed
13
May

Fairbury School Board Members Move Forward On First Phase Upgrades

Fairbury Public Schools board members accepted a roof bid, selected a van bid and approved the first phase of upgrades to district buildings at Monday night's meeting. 
Before board members voted to approve the three action items, Superintendent Fred Helmink said, “I think our budget is going to be a little tight this year. We're going to have to decide how to pay for things.”
The board voted to spend about $120,000 to fix the junior/senior high school's negative air pressure, which an official from energy savings company Trane told board members last month was “the worst building” he had seen in 35 years in terms of air pressure. 
The board will spend $96,000 to install a roof-mounted make up air fan to the kitchen to pump in fresh air. Another $24,000 will be spent repairing and rebalancing the 10 faulty energy recovery ventilators so that they supply more air than they exhaust. 
Wed
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May

2015 DARE 6th Grade Graduates

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13
May

Ambulance Director Hired

Alan Rosenthal has been hired as the new Jefferson County Ambulance Director. He started this week.
Alan is from the Plymouth area and will be taking care of billing, scheduling and reports to commissioners as some of his new duties for the department.
 

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