Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:58am
120th Annual Diller Picnic is June 23- 25. A few of the activities that will be held include: a parade, carnival midway, pasture golf, bingo, free family entertainment in the park, Nebraska Bush Pullers tractor pull, mud drags along with plenty of fun and food.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52am
ONLINE--A map and information about those buried at Fairbury Cemetery, left, can be accessed from any computer or mobile device through a website from Prairies Wind Systems of Indianola. Right, the electronic directory has all of the information, sans 2010 to present, in its database to be examined by those visiting the cemetery. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Cemeteries typically do not change with the times. For hundreds of years cemeteries have remained the same, however, Fairbury’s cemetery is moving into the future.
A new kiosk was recently installed in the cemetery that features a digital data base with information about everyone buried there, including date of birth, death and a map locating where in the cemetery the plot is located.
The project started a year and a half ago and started further back than that with a simple phone call.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:39am
BLACKENED--A potential cooking hazard resulted in extensive fire, smoke and water damage in the kitchen of LEI in downtown Fairbury. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
On June 5 at around 12:49 a.m. the Fairbury City Fire Department, along with the Fairbury Rural Fire Department and the Fairbury Police Department responded to a fire at LEI.
Upon arrival fire department officials indicated heavy smoke and fire was found in the back kitchen area of the building. The fire sprinkler system had extinguished much of the fire and local personnel then completed securing the scene.
An unknown number of employees living in the basement of the building evacuated the premises. No injuries were reported from the incident.
The cause of the fire is believed to be from cooking equipment being left on in the kitchen.
“The fire alarms and sprinkler system did its job of saving the building and most importantly, warning occupants of immediate danger,” Chris Goeking of the Fairbury Fire Department said.
By 4:19 a.m. the scene was cleared by the fire department.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:38am
This youngster learns the time-honored tradition of holding a firearm during the various demonstrations at Rock Creek Trail Days on June 4. Visitors from throughout the region and state attended the annual celebration of the Nebraska plains. The two-day event featured several demonstrations, from a black powder shoot to blacksmithing and apple butter making. This year’s added event included David Marsh, performing with a variety of instruments a wide array of music from the plains. For more photos of Rock Creek Trail Days, along with other events from the weekend, please turn to Page 8 and 9. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:36am
Nearly a hundred houses down. Nearly another hundred to go.
On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council voted unanimously to support a measure to allow city administrator Collin Bielser to seek out funding mechanisms that would allow the municipality to raze nearly a hundred homes in the city. Bielser told city leaders that since 2009 some sixty-eight vacant dwellings have been torn down as part of Fairbury's community revitalization program.
"And I'd say that we have (at least) another 68 houses to go," he said.
Bielser noted that annually Fairbury spends approximately $30,000 tearing down run down houses. Last year that figure jumped to a whopping $60,000 in expenses, he said.