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Wed
29
Oct

It’s Difficult To Understand The Apathy Of Local Residents

 There are two very important local issues on this Fall’s general election ballot: a measure in which the county is seeking to pass an $8 million bond to repair 30 miles of roads; an initiative that would increase the sales tax for Fairbury by one-half percent with proceeds used to repair city roadways. 
  Both issues are significant issues and will affect every resident of Jefferson County. Everyone who owns property would pay for the road repairs. Anyone who buys in anything in Fairbury would pay more in sales tax.
  Everyone pays. Everyone cares. Right? Well, maybe not on both counts. Apathy is running high as local and area residents are shamefully not taking the time to get informed on either issue.
Wed
29
Oct

School Lunch Menus Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Fairbury Jefferson and Central 
Elementary Schools
Thursday, Oct. 30: BREAD PORK PATTY, W/HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich, mashed potato and gravy.
Friday, Oct. 31: PIGS IN A BLANKET; Turkey/cheese flatbread, baked beans and brownies.
Monday, Nov. 3: HAMBURGER ON BUN; Turkey sandwich and tater tots.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: CHICKEN TETRAZINNI W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese flatbread and seasoned carrots.
Wednesday, Nov. 5: CHICKEN & CHEESE ENCHILADA; Tuna salad on bun and corn.
High School
Thursday, Oct. 30: BREAD PORK PATTY, W/HMD BREAD; Roasted chicken on bun, mashed potato and gravy. 
Friday, Oct. 31: PIGS IN A BLANKET; Cheeseburger on bun, baked beans and chocolate chip cookies.
Monday, Nov. 3: CHEESEBURGER ON BUN; Chicken & cheese flatbread and tater tots.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: CHICKEN TETRAZINNI W/HMD BREAD; Pizzawich and seasoned carrots.
Wed
29
Oct

A “Yes” Votes Mean Improving Fairbury’s Roads, A “No” Vote Means Leaving Them As Is

It's that simple.
Fairbury residents will be asked during the Nov. 12 Fall General Election if they would support a half percent increase in the sales tax. The rate would increase from 7 to 7.5%. The increase, if approved, would be used to fix streets within Fairbury. 
Last week two informational meetings were held in the basement of Union Bank to answer any questions the public might have on the upcoming ballot. Members of the Fairbury City Council voted last month to place the initiative on the ballot.
 In a prepared statement issued to the public, the reasoning for seeking the sales tax hike is as follows:
* Fairbury is facing continued revenue shortages.
* The streets and infrastructure are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.
* The funds generated by the sales tax increase  will be designated only for streets and infrastructure.
Wed
29
Oct

Central Students and Staff Will Be Putting Best Foot Forward

New clothes, new book bag, and new shoes are all part of regiment for the beginning of the school year for many students.  Not all kids are that lucky.  Often teachers will greet their new classroom and notice that there may be a child or two that are wearing what would only pass as a poor memory of what a shoe should be.  It is frustrating to school personnel but there is little that can be done to help.
This year Central School is going to be able to offer more help in the shoe department.  A local service group has chosen Central Elementary to be the recipient of a Rural Service Grant.  Through this grant everyone at Central Elementary (grades K-2) students and adults who work with them will receive a new pair of shoes.
Wed
29
Oct

Don’t Forget To Set Clocks Back Nov. 2

Daylight Saving Time Ends on Nov. 2. Make sure to set your clocks back on Sunday. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov. 2 than the day before. There will be more light in the mornings.

Wed
29
Oct

Black Hills System Upgrade On Track In Fairbury

Black Hills Energy’s four-month project to upgrade the Fairbury natural gas distribution system remains on budget and on schedule to be completed in early December.
The utility’s contractors currently are installing new gas mains and service lines in the business district. Most of the work is confined to alleys and side streets. Open holes in sidewalks and parking areas will be surrounded by barricades, and some walkways will be closed temporarily.
  More than eight miles of bare steel natural gas mains are being replaced with new polyethylene lines, and approximately 400 natural gas service lines to individual homes and businesses are being partially or totally replaced. The newer technology is more resistant to corrosion and adaptable to the changing needs of the community and will increase system integrity.
Wed
29
Oct

Rural Residents To Bear Majority Of Tax Increase If Bond Passes

If a proposed $8 million bond currently before Jefferson County voters passes next Tuesday, the majority of any new taxes will be passed on to rural residents.
During Tuesday's third and final hearing regarding next week's bond election for improving approximately 26 miles of roads, Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Dux was pointed when he said if the bond passed, rural taxpayers would be paying the majority share.
 "Valuations of farm land are going up so yes 85-86-87% of the money to pay for these projects would come from the rural areas," he said.
 The commissioner told the small crowd that if the measure does not pass more than likely hard decisions will need to be made as to what kinds of roads people will drive on.
Wed
29
Oct

City Residents Would See Water Rates Jump With Treatment Plant

City of Fairbury officials contend that the day is probably coming when the Environmental Protection Agency will force the municipality to install a nitrate treatment plant. But according to Larry Naiman, that day is not today, not yet anyway.
“Right now today our numbers are good,” he said. “But we have all read the reports and seen the figures. Those numbers are rising and higher nitrates are creeping close to our water supply. People need to know what they’re looking at and facing.”
And according to Naiman, who serves as assistant superintendent of utilities, is a bill of nearly $6 million. Drawing board plans call for the construction of  a nitrate treatment plant near the present power plant which would carry an estimated price tag of $5.5 million. Fairbury utility customers could expect to see their water bills increase $24.21 per month over what they currently are paying.
Wed
29
Oct

Endicott Hayrack


ENDICOTT HAYRACK RIDES this past Saturday in Endicott. The event is put on by volunteers from around the area. All the money that is raised through this event is returned to the community for repairs or special projects. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News. More photos under this weeks newspapers by date in photos section.
Wed
29
Oct

Assistance to Homeowners Experiencing Storm Damage

Gov. Dave Heinemann announced in August that grant funding from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) would be available to assist residents in six (6) counties throughout southeast Nebraska that sustained damage to their owner-occupied residences by the storms during May and June of 2014. 
To qualify for the program, storm-damaged properties must be owner-occupied in nature, be connected safe, sanitary and adequate water supplies and sewage disposal facilities; current on all property taxes; in a condition suitable for repair at a reasonable cost to the program; must have proof of homeowners insurance policy that was in effect at the time of the storms in May and June of 2014.; and the resident owner must have incomes at or below 120% of the area median income for their respective county.

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