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Household Hazardous Waste Collections Sept. 12

The Five Rivers Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. will be conducting household hazardous waste collections in Fairbury at  the County Shop – 1415 A St (along HWY 136)
Friday, September 12th, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 
Items accepted include cleaning products, lawn & garden chemicals, paint, used oil, florescent light bulbs.
Contact is Jim Frager at 402-239-0786.
Date: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:30pm
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10
Sep

The Signs Are There. It’s Coming and I Don’t Like It

By Fred Arnold
 
Hooray Fall!
The heat has broken. We’re all going to Friday night football games in our sweatshirts and jackets. The air conditioners around town are turning off one by one and we’re all thinking about eating soup, baking bread and candy corn with peanuts. The stores have broken out the pumpkins, Halloween costumes and leaf rakes. 
 Welcome the Third season of the year.
  But before we get all excited and start thinking about seeing if our flannel shirts still fit for Fall yard work remember: “It is lurking out there.” Just beyond our view. Just over the hill. Not quite one of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Winter in all of it’s frigid ugliness is not far behind.
 The signs are all there.
Wed
10
Sep

Job Loss At Agrium Will Be A Big Blow To The Local Economy

J-N Commentary 
Fred Arnold, Publisher/Managing Editor
 
Last week’s news that at least a portion of Agrium Micronutrients in Fairbury will be closing is big news. Most unwelcome news.
 Whether you called it: Eagle-Picher, Tetra Micronutrients, Agrium, or any of the other names it has gone by, the agricultural fertilizer plant has been a part of the local landscape for many decades; well back into the 1970s in fact. And whether you cussed it, lauded it, discussed it or largely ignored it as a sometimes smelly part of the landscape everyone has to admit that it has been a very important part of the local economic landscape.
Wed
10
Sep

Letters to the Editor

In The End We Are At The Mercy Of The USPS
 
Editor:
I hope you, too, are enjoying this latest round of the newspaper exchange. I enjoy the opportunity to see other papers and how they cover their local news. And I am also getting to see that some of the problems that exist with the delivery of our newspaper are being experienced by newspapers in other parts of the country also.
 I am enclosing the August 20 edition of The Fairbury Journal-News, which I received this morning (September 4). It seemed a bit light to me when I pulled it from our post office box. That was because it contained only pages l -2A and 15- 16A. The remaining 12 pages did not make it on their 16-day journey from Nebraska to Missouri. What did arrive looked like it may have spent some time on the floorboard of someone's vehicle along the way. 
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10
Sep

Soon He Will Be Gone …

By Cynthia Scheer
 
My oldest child turned four on Tuesday. I’m going to sound like every mother on Facebook who follows the announcement of their children’s birthdays with, “I can’t believe he is four already,” but these have been the four fastest years of my life. 
I am still trying to figure out how it has been 10 years since I graduated from high school, and I think the speed of life makes our days fly by faster, but having children has certainly accelerated the speed of my life. 
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10
Sep

9-10-14

Police Report 
Aug. 20: Report of a suicide attempt in the 500 block of E Street. 
Aug. 23: Report of a juvenile runaway in the 800 block of 5th Street. 
Aug. 27: A parked 2013 Dodge owned by State of Nebraska 65 was damaged in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Cameras did not show what damaged the vehicle. Damages were estimated at $1,500. 
Aug. 27: Michael J. Rempel, of Fairbury, was backing from a parking space on 9th Street near B Street in a 2000 Chevrolet when the vehicle collided with a parked 2006 Ford owned by Ashley D. Cook, of Fairbury. There were no damages to Rempel's vehicle. Damages to Cook's vehicle were estimated at $2,000. 
Aug. 28: Report of a dirty house in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
Aug. 28: Report of a male issued a citation in the 1500 block of K Street for driving during revocation. 
Aug. 28: Report of damage to a car in the 900 block of 5th Street. 
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10
Sep

Hebron’s Casey’s is Getting a Facelift


Casey’s is getting a facelift starting with the gas pumps. Casey’s central office said that all the work should be complete by mid to late November. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
The backhoes are digging and loaders are moving dirt and presently Casey’s in Hebron, although open for business is presenting customers with a few obstacles to get into the store.  The actual store renovation hasn’t even started yet.
The pump area presently is out of order as the area is being cleared for an extra pump as well as all tanks being checked for possible leaks.  They will putting in a third pump station as well as upgrading the pump system that was in place.
“We decided that it was best to make sure that everything is in working order since we are updating the store and the pumps,” said Brad Paul, area manager for Casey’s.  “It’s the company’s intention to update the store as well as enlarge it to better meet the needs of the community.”
Wed
10
Sep

Many Questions, Few Answers On Agrium Job Loss, Closure

By Fred Arnold
 
Nearly a week after employees at Agrium in Fairbury were told that between 30-50 people would be losing their jobs, there have been few answers as to why the producer of agricultural fertilizer products is shutting down.
An employee at Agrium who spoke to the Journal-News on condition of anonymity said last week that company officials called a meeting announcing that the dry portion of the fertilizer manufacturing plant will be shut down. Following the meeting all employees were sent home for the next two days.
 He told the Journal-News that plant officials said the fertilizer facility would keep running through October and then begin the shut-down process. Loveland Products, which manufactures “wet fertilizer” adjacent to the Agrium plant will take over the facility and operate it as a warehouse.
Wed
10
Sep

DEQ Approves Expansion Request for LEI

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a letter to the Jefferson County Commissioners that they approved the application by Livingston Enterprises to modify construction of their operating facility of the animal feed operation.
Jefferson County Clerk, Sandy Stelling, has given the original letter to Planning and Zoning  Manger, John McKee.  He will notify the Planning and Zoning Commission and they will schedule a hearing before any further action can be taken.
Wed
10
Sep

Traffic Stop Program Results In Numerous Citations, Warnings

One hundred thirteen citations and warnings were issued in Fairbury as the Fairbury Police Department along with Nebraska State Patrol conducted a DUI Safety Checkpoint on August 28.
 As part of the nationwide “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” crackdown, which ran from August 15 through Sept. 1 of this year locally 22 citations were issued. By count:
One arrest was made for an outstanding warrant, four citations were for speeding, two citations for stop sign violations, one for traffic control signal, one for no proof of insurance, three for no operator’s license, one for possession of drug paraphernalia, three for driving under suspension, one for driving under revocation, one for duty to carry/exhibit operator’s license, one for no proof of ownership, one for fictitious plates, one for operation of an unregistered vehicle, one for failure to yield and one for selt belt violation.

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