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Wed
10
Jun

Board Bids Farewell To Supt.

 
Fairbury Public Schools board members had a presentation at their meeting Monday night to recognize retiring superintendent Fred Helmink, who will leave the district at the end of June. Board member Richard Zimmerman read a list of district accomplishments during Helmink's 13 years, including facility improvements. Helmink told board members that he wasn't the one responsible for the district's achievements. 
“It was not 'You did this, you did this, you did this,'” he said. “It was 'we.'”
Helmink told board members and administration to “keep up the good work” and “thank you for the memories.”
In other business: The principals updated the board on summer activities in the district. They said the summer lunch program began last week and served 64 lunches during one of those days. They said 75-100 lunches was average last summer, and they expect the number of lunches to increase once the many summer camps conclude. 
Wed
10
Jun

Fun Park To Get The Wrecking Ball?

 
The 20 year old equipment is showing its age. Wooden planks are falling off, nails are showing through, equipment is missing parts, and surface wood is peeling and has begun to warp. 
According to Laura Bedlan Fairbury City Engineer, the city is low on employees due to downsizing, so keeping up with the damages has become more difficult she said.
“Our park employee reviews the equipment at least once a year so that we can order products or fix damages, but if anyone comes across something that needs fixed call the city and we'll fix it as soon as possible,” Bedlan said.
Ava Bowers, a local three year old, recently fell through a loose board at the Fun Park and now has a large scar on her thigh. Local mother Kovannia Dunn, has had to pick up broken glass every time she has visited the park. 
Wed
10
Jun

Right Of Way Sign Off For PWF Sluggish

Many of the landowners in Jefferson County owning property along the PWF signed the right of way agreements during a meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd. Bill Hansel, Highway Superintendent for Jefferson County, has to get landowners signatures before construction can begin. 
“Fifty people showed up to the meeting, but so far only 20 have signed and one landowner would like to be paid before he signs,” Hansel said.
Construction may begin late this summer or fall, but full road construction is set to begin in the spring of 2016. The construction will be a complete restoration of the PWF highway.
“At this time we are trying to get Right of Way from all the landowners effected by this project, until we have the ROW nothing can be done,” Hansel said.
Michael Dux, Jefferson County Commissioner, said that “The Roads Department will begin construction on the west end of the highway and continue east until they are finished,” Dux. 
Wed
10
Jun

Jefferson Co. Real Property Valuations

Property valuations will rise on average,10.11% in Jefferson County by the end of 2015.
In Jefferson County the rise in value percentage should be an average of 3.63% in residential and recreational property. The percentage should rise on average, 2.91% in commercial and industrial property and the agricultural property on average, should rise 12.02%.
Mary Banahan Jefferson County Assessor said, “The valuations rise based on sales studies in the various market areas.”
Property valuations have increased 11.02% from 2014-2015, resulting in a valuation increase of about $20.84 billion dollars. Real property valuations are set by the county assessors and are subject to review during statewide equalization proceedings.
Wed
10
Jun

West Nile Confirmed in Jefferson County

 
Three confirmed mosquito infections with a positive result for the West Nile Virus have been found in Jefferson County.
Where there has been significant heavy rainfall, greater mosquito activity can be anticipated.
According to Kim Buser an RN and Surveillance Coordinator at the Public Health Solutions in Crete NE, DHHS has them trap mosquito's to test the species and using the information found, figure out what species can carry the West Nile Virus. “The Culex Mosquito is the major carrier of the West Nile Virus that we have found so far,” Buser added.
Wed
10
Jun

Fourteen Citations Resulted From “Click It Or Ticket”

The Fairbury Police Department participated in the nationwide Click it or Ticket campaign which ran from May 18 through May 31.  During that time period there were increased patrols.  
The extra patrol time was made possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) in which 14 citations were issued.  This grant allowed Officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt enforcement. The extra time worked by Officer will be paid for by the NOHS.
Wed
10
Jun

6-10-15

Police report
May 21: Report of a disturbance in the 800 block of 7th Street, which resulted in an arrest. 
May 21: Report of a dog running loose in the 800 block of 7th Street. 
May 21: Report of a juvenile complaint in the 1000 block of E Street. 
May 21: Report of barking dogs in the 300 block of H Street. 
May 21: Report of criminal mischief in the 800 block of Maple Street. 
May 22: Report of a disturbance in the 700 block of F Street. 
May 23: Report of an assault in the 900 block of C Street.
May 23: Report of a disturbance in the 1000 block of Lindell Street. 
May 24: Report of an uncontrollable child in the 1000 block of 9th Street. 
May 24: Report of a theft in the 1300 block of D Street. 
May 24: Report of a disturbance in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
May 25: Report of an off road vehicle on sidewalks. 
Wed
10
Jun

If People Are Bored Then They Want To Be Bored

Weekends just exhaust me. The truth is I am usually quite glad to go back to work each Monday so I can rest up a bit, sip my morning coffee and read the paper before the madness of Monday through Friday starts.
 And as hectic as the work week can tend to be, it usually pales in comparison with weekends. You see one of the pluses (or minuses depending on how you look at it) of owning and running a community weekly newspaper is all of the events you have to go to. For well over 35 years when the weekend rolls around I usually have to go somewhere to cover and event or take a photo.
 This in and of itself is a blessing. I get to meet lots of interesting people and ratchet up my smarticles just a bit, learning new things I either didn’t know or had forgotten.
Wed
10
Jun

We Haven’t Done All We Could To Save The Frontier Fun Park

 For those of us who were there 20 years ago the words written on page 1 of this edition are like a punch in the gut: “The Frontier Fun Park is in danger of being replaced.”
  Our lead story this week reports that the Fun park, the mainstay of Fairbury City Park is in danger of being demolished. Reports from our local municipality heads indicate that the structure, which is one of the oldest and largest wooden playgrounds in Nebraska, has fallen into disrepair. Portions of it are unsafe. Children are getting hurt. Regular maintenance is only a memory.
 Silently we wondered if this day wasn’t getting closer. Each year as City budgets are tightened and there is less funding, resources and manpower to help take care of our parks and playground equipment, the Fun Park and other areas have suffered.
Wed
10
Jun

It's Finally Summer

It’s officially summer, and if I didn’t know it by the calendar, I would know it by all of the youth who are out and about these days. I took my boys to the park on Sunday, and the kids at the pool sounded like they were having a great time. The pool looked packed, and from across the road I could hear the screams and laughter and loud voices. It was great to hear people having so much fun, especially on such a nice, warm, sunny day. These are the sights and sounds of summer.
During my lunch hour and days off I have seen a lot more high school aged people working at retail stores and restaurants. I was one of those people who worked every hour I could get during the summer. I needed money, and I was the first to volunteer for extra hours. By my senior year I was frequently working overtime, and I loved that paycheck. I also loved my job too, and it didn’t seem like a job.

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