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A Ground-Breaking Experience

A Striking Pose--Members of the Jefferson County Fair Board broke ground on a new construction project at the fairgrounds to build restrooms and a concession stand near the horse arena. Pictured are board members (l-r) Dennis Kenning, Lois Welsh, Ann Freese, Kevin Johnson, Dennis Traeger, Bob Weise, Bill Runge, Jennifer Kapke and Tony Likens  (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

On Saturday, members of the Jefferson County Fair Board broke ground on a new construction project at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to build a new concession stand and restroom facility near the horse arena.
Fair Board Member Dennis Kenning explained why the board decided to construct such a facility.
“The need has always been there,” said Kenning. “Our present concession stand made it difficult to meet health code rules. For the fair and larger events, portable restrooms had to be brought in, and they do not meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) rules. We have always wanted to make sure that all can enjoy the fairground events.”
Lois Welsh, president of the Fair Board, explained that construction of the facility is currently under way and that the construction crew has guaranteed that it will be completed by the start of the Jefferson County Fair.
The total cost of the project is $77,500.
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Apr

School Board Hires New Teachers, Recognizes Student Achievements

At their meeting on Monday, the District 8 School Board approved the hiring of nine teachers, as well as recognized students of all ages for their dedication to various activities.
Jeremy Christiansen, principal at Jefferson Intermediate, and Nicholas Kroon, who will be principal at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School beginning with the 2016/17 school year, explained the qualifications for each of the teachers to the board.
Board Member Barb Arner made a motion to hire the new teachers, and Board Member Sharon Ebke seconded the motion. All board members present voted in favor of the motion.
The teachers that were hired include Logan Katz, business; Ashton Feldkamp, science; Tammi Mans, family and consumer science; Brandee Goosman, elementary; Michaela Schroeder, elementary; Becky Urian, elementary; Taylor Lyons, elementary; Megan Pachta, secondary special education, and Brittany Talbot, preschool. 
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Spreading Joy Through Theater

It was a packed house at the Endicott Town Hall as the Endicott Town Hall Players performed their rendition of “Radio Razzle Dazzle,” during the matinee showing on Sunday. Pictured are actors and actresses (l-r) Fred Cowels, Larry Lange, Cassie Nelson and Deb Sutton. Proceeds from this performance go to fund projects within the village. The players also accepted donations during the intermission of the show, which will help to fund the costumes, set and props for the group’s next performance. Director Cheryll McAtee was pleased with the turnout and is grateful to have so many people attend the performance. She also recognizes the large amount of time the actors and actresses dedicated to making the performance happen. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Apr

2016 FHS Prom Candidates

The 2016 Fairbury High School prom candidates are as follows: front row, left to right, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paige Eden, Anna Schouboe, Lindsay Lee. Back row, Lane McClain, Cody Huss, Mark Kroeker. Not pictured: MaKayla Fletcher, Tyler DeBoer, Justyn Franklin. Prom will start with the grand march at 7:15 p.m. on April 16 at the ‘23 Building. Crowning will be held immediately following the march. Prom is from 8-midnight with the theme being a masquerade, “Dancin’ in the Moonlight.” (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Apr

Weather Seminar Accomplishes Goals

BJ Fictum, left, the Saline Weather Services Coordinator, introduces Dave Clabaugh of the Lower Big Blue NRD during the DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) presentation on the May, 2015 flooding that ravaged DeWitt and the surrounding area. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

The 2016 Southeast Nebraska Severe Weather Workshop and Spotter Training was held on April 10 and the event accomplished its mission, according to Saline Weather Services Organizer BJ Fictum.
“We’ve always had the objective to educate and entertain and I think we did that Sunday afternoon,” Fictum said.
A crowd of approximately 175 spectators and spotters attended the annual event, now in its 24th year, which is an average crowd, according to Fictum.
Seminars included a 2015 severe weather re-cap and 2016 outlook by Dr. Ken Dewey of the University of Nebraska and “Man vs. Flood,” presented by DeWitt Area Recovery Team (DART) and the Lower Big NRD. The presentation dealt with the May 2015 flooding that damaged much of the region, devastating the Village of DeWitt.
Spotter safety techniques and storm photography was also a highlighted session.
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Apr

Survey Crucially Important For Improving Entire Community

The City Volunteers have completed their Citizen Satisfaction Survey distribution and have returned all of the surveys that they were able to.  
If for some reason your survey was not picked up or you have not yet completed your survey please complete it and return it to the City offices at 612 D as soon as possible, we will continue to except hand-delivered surveys until April 15th. This survey is extremely important for Fairbury’s future development for two reasons. First, this survey is imperative for the City of Fairbury to continue receiving Federal Funds for community projects. 
Over the last few years, Fairbury has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in Federal grants. Past projects have included money to purchase a fire truck, funds to renovate the Bonham Theater, and assistance for homeowner housing rehabilitation and demolition. 
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JCHC Donates To Autism Group

Employees at Jefferson Community Health Center held a ‘Wear Denim Day’ on Friday, April 1 in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
Donations were taken for wearing denim to work and JCHC presented Cheryl Lofing of Three’s Pieces, a local autism support group, with $155 from the denim day earlier this week.
 
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Grand March Saturday

The 2016 Fairbury High School pre-prom grand march will be held Saturday, April 16 at the ‘23 Building. The red carpet introduction of singles and couples will begin at 7:15 p.m. Class pictures will then be taken and the crowning to be held immediately following. Prom is to start at 8 p.m.

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Apr

Sheriff’s Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  
Bring your pills for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE. 
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.  
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Apr

USDA To Honor Steele City, Endicott At Earth Day Celebration

On April 20, at 2:15 p.m., representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will honor the villages of Steele City and Endicott at an Earth Day event that will take place at the elementary school in Diller.
The event was made in order to honor the two villages for their collaboration on improving their water systems.
Mayor of Steele City Tammy Katz explained that all are invited to attend this celebration, and she hopes that many people will attend.
“I think the engineer’s (for the water project) going to be there, and the USDA’s going to be there,” said Katz, “and it’s open to the public as well.”
Chris Zabokrtsky, Mayor of Endicott, explained that she is excited for this event to happen and believes that working with Steele City on improving the water situation will be beneficial.

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