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May

Fairbury Junior High Boys, Girls Dominate Own Invite

Fairbury’s seventh grade girls and eighth boys track and field teams won its own team titles at the Fairbury Invitational held April 27th.
The seventh grade girls scored 106 points to win the five-team invite.
First place individual champions were Izze Schwab winning the discus and the shot put with marks of 67’0” and 22’ 8.50”, Sara Huss, 195-meter high hurdles, 31.42, and the 400-meter relay in a time of 59.2.
Second place finishes were turned in by Jillian Caroon, discus, 64’8”, Jaelle Johsnon, high jump, 4’0”, and Claire Shumard, long jump, 15’10”, triple jump, 28’2”, and the 400 in 1:12.02.
Scoring points with third place finishes included Huss, discus, 63’11”, and 55-meter hurdles, 10.20, Caroon, shot put, 20’11”, Schwab, triple jump, 25’ 11.50”, Cora DeBoer, 100, 14.10, and the 200 at 29.41, Hannah Knigge, 800, 2:54.80, and the 1600-meter relay with a time of 5:07.43.
Wed
13
May

Diller-Odell Finishes Second, Third, Tri County Places Third, Fourth At Freeman Invite


DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORE CORINA LOTTMAN sails over a hurdle in her lane during the running of the 100-meter high hurdles at last Tuesday’s Freeman Invite held in Adams. Lottman placed third in the 100-high hurdles with a time of 17.8, and she finished first in the 300-meter low hurdles later in the day in a time of 51.6. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
After competing in their respective rugged conference track meets on May 2nd, Diller-Odell and Tri County squared off against stellar competition at last Tuesday’s 12-team Freeman Invite held on the Falcons track in Adams.
With tough competition in both the boys and girls divisions every point scored proved key in a pair of tightly contested team races.
In the boys team race, Deshler came out as team champion scoring 67 points, while Diller-Odell was runner-up with 59 points, and Tri County finished third chalking up 57 points.
For the Griffins, the squad scored in 12 events, including one first place individual event, and one first place relay.
Senior Stetson Meyer won the high jump with an effort of 6’2”, and the Griffins’ 1600-meter relay foursome of Jordan Herbst, Christian McCown, Austin Vitosh, and Meyer won the race turning in its fastest time of the season at 3:36.50.
Wed
13
May

Letters to the Editor

Editor:
“Incredible!”  Webster’s dictionary defines incredible as “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed.”  
Incredible is the word that comes to mind to describe what took place in the Tri County school district starting Thursday morning, May 7th.  
First, how incredible what one small rain drop can do when it is combined with so many more.  The devastation of the flooding of the communities and crop land in the district had an adverse effect on lives of the families affected by those raindrops.  How incredible are raindrops?  
Secondly, how incredible is the Tri County staff and Tri County community?  As people from the communities, who were displaced from their homes, arrived at Tri County Public Schools, staff members demonstrated their incredible concern for people.  Staff members left their classroom to tend to children, adults, and the elderly who were in need.  
Wed
13
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.
Wed
13
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.
Wed
13
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.
 
Wed
13
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.
Wed
13
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.
Wed
13
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.
Wed
13
May

5-13-15

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

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