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Volunteers Needed for Avenue of Flags

Volunteers are needed to help put out the Avenue of Flags around the Fairbury Courthouse for Memorial Day. They will be put out on Saturday, May 23 at 8am and will be taken down on Monday, May 25 at 2pm.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00am
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Senior Center

Joan Wells of Western Entertainment will be at Senior Center in Fairbury on Thurs, May 21 at noon.

Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
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May

EVACUATED


Looking south down the Union Pacific railroad tracks
 Dozens of people were given the mandatory order to leave their homes in parts of west Fairbury last Thursday as flood waters from the swollen Little Blue River threatened houses and buildings.
 The order came down from the City of Fairbury shortly before 7 a.m. as nearly 11 inches of rainfall northwest of Fairbury pushed the Little Blue to an all-time record high level of 25.42 feet shattering the old record of 24.33 feet set in 1992.
 According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk rapidly rising water west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks was deemed to be a life threatening event. He said his department was ordered to oversee the removal of residents from that area. He said residents were asked to leave immediately and were not allowed time to gather personal belongings. The evacuation order included Parkview Manor near City Park.
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May

Rumor of Levy Breach Just That, A Rumor

 Last Thursday floodwaters rose rapidly in western portions of Fairbury. In what has been termed a 'hundred year flood' the only thing that ran faster than the flood waters was...rumors.
 As early as 8 a.m. on Thursday local officials were being bombarded with statements noting either the dam or the flood control dyke that surrounds Fairbury, or both, had ruptured. While rapidly rising water filled many homes and basements west of the Union Pacific tracks Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk told the Journal-News he had heard the rumors but could not substantiate any of them.
 "The water was rising so fast we really couldn't see what was going on at the dam," he said.
 But according to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury the rumors were all just that...rumors. She said the systems put in place to protect Fairbury did not fail.
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May

Flood Waters Claim Fairbury Area Woman

Betty McMullen, 86, of rural Fairbury was found dead last Friday the victim of what Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen called “a flood related death.”
 According to Sheriff Sorensen, McMullen, who lived on the blacktop road south of Fairbury on the Crystal Springs road has been missing since Thursday, following torrential rains that caused the Little Blue River to flood.
 “Members of the Fairbury Fire Departments attempted to make contact and evacuate her ,” he said. “Her residence had been surrounded by flood waters.”
 Sheriff Sorensen said fire officials searched and could not locate McMullen at her residence or on the farmstead. He said during the initial search the basement of the house was completely full of flood water.
“The conditions were very treacherous for rescue personnel and the search was suspended until conditions improved,” he said.
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May

Crystal Springs Closed,City Park Is Open

 As of this weekend people wanting to use some or all of the City of Fairbury's recreational facilities have a 50-50 chance of finding them open. Last week's flooding of The Little Blue River decimated public parks and trails.
 According to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury Crystal Springs campground was the hardest hit. She said the area which encompasses three lakes and a campground is completely flooded and inaccessible.
 "It is closed," Bedlan said. "Everything was under water and the main road to Crystal has been washed out. We don't know when that area will be open again, there is a lot of damage to assess and repairs to be done." She also said the walking trail from the Fairbury Dam to Frederick Street is closed. “It was totally washed out and is going to need to be completely rebuilt.” Bedlan said.
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May

Residents impacted by flood waters are encouraged to get tetanus booster

Immunization Clinics Set for Jefferson, Saline & Thayer Counties

 

Residents impacted by flood waters are encouraged to get tetanus booster

Wed
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May

Coach Thanks Senior Athletes For Their Contributions

Tri County girls golf and boys basketball coach Cory Jensen wanted to express his thanks for what all his senior athletes have done in their respective programs at Tri County High School.
As the girls golf coach and boys basketball at Tri County High School, I have been blessed with a great group of individuals this year.
Due to the severe flooding that DeWitt endured last week, Tri County was not able to hold its annual Athletic Banquet.
“I want to give a special thanks to the parents, youth, coaches, booster club, coaching staff, and all those who have helped the programs over the last year,” said Jensen.
“Justin Epp, Wyatt Kowalski, Keldon Barr, Cody McCain, and Riley Ensz have been instrumental in the successes of Tri County throughout their high school careers. Each one of these individuals has qualities that will serve them well in the future,” remarked Jensen.
Wed
13
May

District Track, Golf Times Set

With most school’s having just a week or so left in the school year, track and field and golf teams are closing in on the home stretch of their seasons with district meets planned for this week.
Diller-Odell and Meridian’s track and field teams will compete in the D-1 District Track and Field Meet held today (Wednesday) at Bulldog Stadium in Auburn beginning with field events at 11 a.m., while running events are set to start at 2 p.m.
Fairbury’s track and field teams will participate May 14 in the B-3 District Track and Field Meet to be held at Concordia University in Seward. Field events get underway at 10 a.m., while running events will start at 2 p.m.
Tri County’s track and field teams will compete May 14 in the C-4 District Track and Field Meet hosted by Thayer Central High School in Hebron. Field events start off at 10 a.m., and running events will begin at 1 p.m.
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May

Fairbury Trap Team Finishes Season At Cornhusker Nationals

The Fairbury Trap Team finished it's season at Cornhusker Nationals otherwise known as State Trap in Doniphan NE  May 1-3.  There were a record high 1,585 Sr. High and 947 Jr. High participants from all over the state: Omaha to Scottsbluff and in between.
Fairbury Sr. High Team 1 with a score of 357x375 tied for 6th place with Millard West in 16's. There were 274 teams competing. Team members are Nathaniel Stapaules 69x75, Tyler Heidemann 72x75, Marshall Nichelson 70x75, Brock Barton 73x75, Jacob Maschmann 73x75.
Mark Kroeker 3rd place 18-19 yard handicap 66x75 and 10x10 in shoot off
The Sr. High shot 75 at 16 yards on Friday and 75 handicaps on Saturday
These are their results overall:
Brock Barton 141x150
Jacob Maschmann 136x150
Logan Kunc 135x150
Tyler Bray 135x150
Tyler Heidemann 134x150
Scylar Roop 133x150
Nathaniel Stapaules 129x150

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