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Wed
27
Jul

Budget Talks Begin

The good news is that Jefferson County residents likely will not see a property tax-rate increase this fiscal year.
The bad news is that some property owners will pay more in taxes anyway.
Commissioners met Tuesday with Brian Blobaum, the accountant who prepares annual budgets for Jefferson; Thayer; and Saline counties. Although Blobaum advised the commissioners that the numbers were very preliminary, he also said a property tax increase will not be necessary for the fiscal year that began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2017.
Still, as Blobaum told commissioners, the general budget still has several missing components before the final total will be available.
“This is certainly not going to be where we are going to end up,” said Blobaum about the preliminary budget, which projects expenses totaling about $23.6 million.
Wed
27
Jul

Soldiers in the ARMY OF GOD

The 5 Star Bible Camp spent its first full day July 22 praying, studying, and serving as community missionaries. At top, the entire camp prays together before its afternoon meal at Camp Jefferson. Bottom left, campers get ready to canvass Fairbury to collect food for families after an evening pizza party at City Park. Bottom right, campers Chayton Diller, Michaela Buchli, Tony Grummert and co-chairwoman Karen Dux collect food from Laureen Koehler at her home. The camp runs through July 28. Photos by Matthew Saxton/www.fairburyjournalnews.com

Wed
27
Jul

Little Blue Water Allows Reconnection for Special Case

In another water district, turning on an existing hookup for a family would be a no-brainer.
But in the Little Blue Public Water Project, adding a tap is a whole different story.
Board advisers had to consider Monday night if they would allow a family that recently moved onto a farm belonging to Cheryl Huss could be allowed to turn on the previously active pump at their home. They ultimately chose unanimously to do so—but not before significant discussion among the board members and a rally from the more than 20 people who attended the meeting in support of addiing the additional hookup.
The problem is that the water project already is tapped out with the number of users. It has the capacity for 400 hookups and serves 1,400 customers, according to Little Blue Natural Resources District project manager Kevin Orvis.
Wed
27
Jul

Galaxy of the Stars

Participating in the Galaxy of the Stars competition at the Saline County Fair on July 20 were, front row, from left:
Renate Erasco, Gage Devall, Sierra Bond, Autumn Wissenberg, Emma Nguyen. Second row, from left: Sarah Koca, Peyton Hoge, Lisa Dohman. Back row, Nicole Hall, Ken Hoge, Ron Grimes. Ken Hoge, Nguyen and
Dohman advanced on to the Galaxy of the Stars competition to held Sept. 3-4 at the Nebraska State Fair.
Photo by Timothy Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Wed
27
Jul

Elvis Is In The House

On July 22, Lincoln native Joseph Hall performed his one-man show in tribute to Elvis at the Fairbury VFW to a packed house. Hall was a finalist on America’s Got Talent and regularly performs in Branson, Mo., and around the world. He is recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute performers on the planet. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
27
Jul

Blue Jeans and Country Dreams

The Saline County Fair offered a variety of fun during its run through Sunday of this week. A Mutton Busting
contestant tries to hold on to her ewe as she plows through the horse arena during the Saturday evening
rodeo event in Crete. 
Wed
27
Jul

Added content to the Fairbury Journal News coming Aug. 1!

Tue
26
Jul

Camp Noah with DART team

Dewitt Area Recovery Team is partnering with Camp Noah to provide a safe, caring and interactive environment for children to build resiliency skills after the 2015 flood that affected DeWitt and the surrounding communities.

Fri
22
Jul

James O. Lugenbeel

James O. Lugenbeel, 85 of Fairbury, NE passed away July 20, 2016 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.  He was a Korean War Navy Veteran. Survivors are Wife: Nina Lugenbeel.

Services will be Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury with Pastor Randy Novotny officiating. The family will greet friends Monday evening from 6 – 8 at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Fairbury Cemetery with full military rites. Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements

Fri
22
Jul

Mary M. Ward

Mary M. Ward, 63 of Reynolds, NE passed away June 24, 2016 at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln.   

Survivors are husband John Ward of Fairbury, children Dennis Corbin, Rob Corbin and Reva Ward, sister Esther McAdam, brothers Jim and Will Corbin, grandchildren Ethan & Ashton Corbin and Dante Ward. 

 Her Memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Novotny officiating. 

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