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Dec

New Chamber Members

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of its November election! 

 

Three community members have been elected to each serve a three year term on the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Jill Davis (Fairbury Public Schools) has been elected to serve a second term.  Dani Kettelhut (Fairbury Dental Associates) and Justin Newton (Riverside Chevrolet) are new members to the Board.  Dani and Justin will replace Brooke Schwab and Justin Schultis who have completed their terms.  Thanks to Brooke and Justin for their years of service.

Wed
10
Dec

Lifetime Of Storytelling Leads To Book Writing

Chuck Bright said he has always enjoyed making people laugh.
He also enjoys telling stories to his granddaughter, Micah, he said. 
“I like to come up with off-the-wall stuff that will make people smile,” he said.  
But Bright said he never planned to go to the lengths of book writing to accomplish that goal. 
“People who heard my stories said, ‘You ought to write books for kids,’” said Bright, who lives in Plymouth.  
Eventually he began to consider the idea. 
His daughter, Alicia Friesen, of Fairbury, said he has been telling made-up stories and singing silly songs since she was a child. 
“Just as life happens he makes things up,” she said. “He would always share stories at the dinner table or when traveling. 
Wed
10
Dec

Goltz Named New County Attorney

Jeff Goltz, of Lincoln, was appointed by county commissioners last week as the county attorney for Jefferson County. He takes over for Linda Bauer, of Fairbury, who was appointed by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman as a county judge for the First Judicial District. 
Goltz, who said he plans to move to Fairbury, had been the deputy county attorney since September 2013. He was one of three candidates interviewed by county commissioners for the job. His annual salary will be $57,002. 
Goltz was previously the deputy county attorney for Richardson County, located in the southeast corner of Nebraska, from 1994-1998 and was county attorney there from 1998-2007. He was the staff counsel for Health and Human Services from 2008-2010 before having a private law practice in Beatrice from 2010-2013. 
Wed
10
Dec

Fairbury Teachers To Receive Raises Next Year

Teachers at Fairbury Public Schools will get raises next year. Members of the school board met Monday night and approved a total package increase of 4.87 percent for teachers. The package includes salary, retirement and insurance, among other things. The base salary for new teachers was also increased $750 for the 2015-2016 school year. Superintendent Fred Helmink said Fairbury teachers had one of the lowest base salaries in the state before the raise. The new base salary will be $32,800.
"I had a comparability study done this year," Helmink said of teacher packages. "Out of 11 schools Fairbury was slightly below the median, so we felt this year we ... need to get them paid above average. Fairbury was one of the lowest base salaries, but [Fairbury teachers] have other things to help make that up."
He said Fairbury Public Schools pays full health insurance for teachers, which is not the case for all area school districts. 
Wed
10
Dec

Pictures With Santa

Bring non-perishable items, toilet paper or cash to donate to the food pantry and have your picture taken with Santa. You will receive a 4x6 print of your picture available for pick up at the store.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7pm at Selectel Wireless, 415 5th St., Fairbury.
Wed
10
Dec

Seeking Input For SCC’s Future

Southeast Community College is seeking input from community members regarding the future direction of the College. A community meeting with the College has been scheduled for:
 Wednesday, Dec. 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Union Bank & Trust, 1313 K St., Fairbury.
 SCC looks forward to people providing constructive feedback during the forum. SCC is committed to working with the community to help grow the local economy.
Light refreshments will be served.
 
Wed
10
Dec

You Drink & Drive You Lose Crackdown

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & Drive, You Lose Crackdown, which will begin on December 12, and end on January 1, 2015. During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for alcohol violations. The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS. With the goal of increasing alcohol violations enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to decrease the number of accidents in general as well as alcohol related accidents.

Wed
10
Dec

Kicking off the Holidays


SANTA WAS IN FAIRBURY--Santa was in town last Friday evening during the Festival of Trees in the courthouse. Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News
Wed
10
Dec

Livingston’s New Facility Discussed At Commissioners Meeting

More than two dozen people – many of them from the Endicott area – attended a portion of Monday’s county commissioners meeting to discuss, or hear discussion of, a proposed 7,200 head breed-to-wean hog confinement facility that would be located about a mile north of Endicott. Several people made formal statements to commissioners during the hour-long hearing while several more shouted out questions or statements, often interrupting speakers. The commissioners will approve or deny a permit for the facility at the Jan. 6 meeting. 
Except for a statement by commissioner Michael Dux at the end of the hearing, the board largely avoided taking part in the often unfacilitated discussion, which was moved to the district court room to accommodate the crowd. 
The hearing was the result of Bruce Livingston’s request for a permit to construct a swine facility.
Wed
10
Dec

Climate and population change concerns for irrigation practices

By Angela Hensel, Nebraska News Service

 

 

LINCOLN--For many ag producers in Nebraska, especially in the western part of the state, irrigation is a necessity.

"Without irrigation, at least half the state would probably be unable to produce irrigated crops," said Alan Corr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator for West-Central Nebraska.

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