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Jul

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Thank you for the coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bonham Theatre Project on June 27, 2016.  The headline, “Bonham Moves Forward” is accurate; the renovation of the Bonham Theatre is progressing. However, it was brought to my attention that the reporting of various numbers created some confusion. 
I offer the following as clarification and I hope it is helpful:
Net income Oct. 2012-May 2016/funds available to complete Phase 1:
Donations (individuals and businesses)     $353,029
Grants (awarded and received)         81,956
Net fundraising activities         29,983
Wed
06
Jul

Flea Market Is a Chance for Growth

This was the first Fourth of July Flea Market my wife and I have been to in many, many years. My kids have never been to one and my wife put it best: “I was ill prepared for the magnitude of such an event.”
She had to go three different times to see everything, juggle the kids and haul items she bought back to the van.
Vendors changed daily, the sights, smells and bargains were a lot to take in at once. There were thousands of people in the park and the community in general.
Where my wife saw a bustling event, I saw an opportunity. The flea market is definitely what Fairbury needs: A drawing point to the community.
Having a purpose to head to a community is vital to the economic growth of that town. Wilber has Czech Days. You go for the food, parades, history, culture, pageants and just plain fun for all ages.
Wed
06
Jul

Is Works Program a Solution?

Sometimes random things get written down on my notepad. Maybe not items quite worthy of a full-blown, dedicated column, but things I would like to note just the same. This is the week to share some of those.
This past Sunday, I watched a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” that spotlighted President FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The program, which was in existence from 1933 to 1942, taught skills and provided jobs to men ages 17-28.
The program, which planted nearly 3 billion trees, also constructed more than 800 parks nationwide; upgraded most national parks; and constructed a network of service buildings and public roads. In its nine-year run, the CCC taught skills to more than 3 million men who had difficulty finding jobs. Listed as a principal benefit was “improved physical condition, heightened morale and increased employability.”
Wed
06
Jul

Commissioners Approve Shop Work, Request Bridge Info

Jefferson County Commissioners have approved two contractors to perform work at the highway department’s county shop building. Highway supervisor Jason Eyer presented cost estimates for new floor tile and a new door at the shop.
“We could put carpeting in, and it would be cheaper,” said Commissioner Michael Dux during the board’s regular Tuesday meeting. “But it won’t stay clean. The tiles won’t stay clean, either, with highway workers coming into the shop in the winter with muddy shoes.”
However, the chairman said, the tile will be easier to maintain in the long-run.
Commissioners passed the motion 2-0 to hire Barber Furniture Co. to do the tile work and Fairbury Glass to replace the doors. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock was absent The total cost of the project will be about $6,000, commissioners said. Commissioners also said that these repairs do not have to be put out for bids.
Wed
06
Jul

Fairbury Council OKs $89K in Street Projects

The Fairbury City Council approved two street improvement projects on totaling more than $89,000.
In a pair of separate votes, city leaders cast their unanimous support to approve the bid from Pavers Inc., of Waverly, for approximately eight city blocks of asphalt overlay. The first project, at a cost of $65,576.20, will replace Eighth Street from C Street west to the Union Pacific Railroad right of way. The other project will replace a portion of Sixth Street from C to D and carry a cost of $23,449.25.
The two projects are part of the City’s One and Six Year Street Improvement Program. Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser said “You could just about throw a dart anywhere on a city map and find a road that need repaired.”
But, he added, both of the named roads carried a great deal of traffic and that “This is a good place to start.”
Wed
06
Jul

Concession Stand Dedicated At Fair

The new concession stand at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds was dedicated Tuesday, July 5 with a whole host of donors, saddle club members, fair board members and well-wishers in attendance. Fair board member Dennis Kenning addressed the crowd of over 30 people, thanking the donors, adding, “I hope this is a great addition for many years.” Lois Welsh, fair board president, cut the ribbon, and noted that the facility represents a long process of going from a borrowed bath tub filled with ice to keep drinks cold to a modern concession stand and restroom facility. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
06
Jul

Fairbury Clinic Merges with Jefferson County Health System

After decades of working together to keep the community healthy, Jefferson Community Health Center and the Fairbury Clinic became one organization on July 1.
“We believe we are better together, and as one organization can best serve the health care needs of our area residents for the future,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC CEO. “We are using the theme Better Together because that is why this change was made. We want to be the best we can to serve our area residents with healthcare for generations to come.”
The board of directors of JCHC and the physician owners of the Fairbury Clinic discussed possibilities for more than a year before making a decision in April to move forward with a plan.
Right now, patients will see no major changes, said Jurgens. The hospital did provide a list of answers to questions it has received from community members.
Wed
06
Jul

Commissioners Raise Salaries

Jefferson County employees will be getting a raise in January of next year.
Commissioners voted 2-0 Tuesday to increase salaries by 2.5 percent. The employees received a 2.25 percent beginning of this year. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock was absent from the meeting because he was in Utah. However, commissioners called him on the phone to discuss salaries before the two commissioners present—Chairman Michael Dux and Gale Pohlmann—voted on the matter.
“We need to maintain a good, fair, honest raise,” said Schoenrock via speaker phone.
Dux said that because of employee circumstances, the highway department employees did not get the 2.25 percent raise in January. However, he said, those workers will get one lump sum payment in arrears for that increase and will receive the 2.5 percent raise in January.
He also said not everyone who works for the county will get a raise.
Wed
06
Jul

Fairbury Woman Finds Missing Truck in Iowa

RECOVERED—Mitch Heidemann, left, and Lisa Burianek stand in front a tow truck that was stolen from M&D Auto Service. Burianek, also of Fairbury, found the truck by chance in an Iowa motel parking lot. (Photo by Matthew Saxton/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
06
Jul

Hallmark Shop Closes After 39 Years

FINAL DAY—Marcy Atkins packs the last of her Hallmark inventory. The store closed June 30. (Photo by Matthew Saxton/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

As Marcy Atkins stood among the last of her inventory and half-packed boxes, the owner of Fairbury’s only Hallmark store began to tear up.
“It’s hard to let go,” said Atkins, who opened the store in August 1977. The store went out of business on June 30.
“I’ve been planning to go out of business for about a year now,” said Atkins. “But it’s a slow process. There’s a time to let go.”
Atkins opened her store on E Street and moved to its current location next to Ray’s Apple Market in 1987. A former nurse from Sutton, Atkins moved to Fairbury 53 years ago with her now ex-husband.
She started selling Hallmark cards in her former husband’s pharmacy before opening her own store downtown.

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