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May

No Camping In Fby City Park

To some local and area residents who were regular campers at Crystal Springs, it seemed a natural fit that while the recreation area remains closed due to floods they be allowed to camp in the Fairbury City Park.
   But think again.
  On Tuesday members of the local city council unanimously denied a request to use that park for camping while Crystal Springs is being cleaned up and may remain closed for up to another month.
  According to council member Brad Kuzelka a city committee looked at the proposal and deemed the park simply was not set up to handle camping.
Wed
20
May

Coach Mahlman Steps Down After 46 Years Of Heading Up Track Meet


Coach Don Mahlman, left, and Kiwanis member Bill Runge, right, announce that Mahlman has decided to step down as head coach of the annual Kiwanis Club Track Meet after 46 years. (Photo by Vicki Check)

The Kiwanis Track Meet will never be the same.  Bill Runge of the Kiwanis announced at the track meet this past week that “Coach” Don Mahlman is stepping down as the head man.  Mahlman has been in charge of the meet since 1969, 46 years later he is deciding to let someone new take over.  He has witnessed many records set over the years, and many records broken.  According to Mahlman, he is still willing to help in some way, but he will just not be in charge of the track meet anymore.  Runge asked the crowd if any parents or grandparents in the crowd had participated in the meets with Mr. Mahlman.  Several in attendance raised their hands and could remember sitting on the track listening to the “talk” Mr. Mahlman always gave laying out the rules and how to follow them.  Tiffany Pfaff presented Mahlman with a bouquet of flowers and thanked him for his years of service to the Fairbury youth.

Wed
20
May

Tape Up The Principal


Fairbury JEFFERSON INTERMEDIATE principal Jeremy Christiansen was taped to the wall on Tuesday May 19, at the Old Armory Building in Fairbury as part of the fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes. The schools raised a total of $610.85. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
20
May

McBattas Packaging And Printing Receives 15 Awards In Five-State Print Competition

McBattas Packaging and Printing with offices in Fairbury, Nebraska and Belleville, Kansas has received 14 awards for outstanding achievement in printing in the annual Star of Excellence Awards, a five-state printing competition hosted by the Printing Industry Midwest, the region’s trade association for printing, communication and graphic arts industry.
Competing against entries from printing and graphic arts firms throughout the Midwest, McBattas received awards from best in class and best in division. 
“We are very proud of our winning team,” said Owner Fred Arnold. “It is an honor to be recognized by the industry as a company that produces top quality, award winning materials.”
PIM President David Radziej agrees, “This was a close competition with a very impressive standard of entries. The judging process was very challenging. McBattas should be proud of the company’s achievement and the excellent work done by employees.”
Wed
20
May

Crystal Springs Clean-Up

Crystal Springs Park experienced extensive damage due to the recent flooding. The lower park area had been completely under water and some flood water is still being pumped out.
According to Larry Naiman Assistant Superintendent of Utilities for the city of Fairbury, the Crystal Springs water filtration plant will need to be restored and camping electrical boxes will need inspected for safety before used by the public.
Crystal Springs provides Fairbury with about 85% of it’s water requirements and with the Crystal Springs filtration plant being damaged, the city is reliant upon the sole production of the east well site. 
“Invading species of fish may now inhabit the lakes since the flood waters also came from nearby rivers, we’ll have to wait and see what happens in time,” said Naiman. 
Wed
20
May

National Police Appreciation Week


In honor of National Police Appreciation Week, the Fairbury Assembly of God Church thanked local law enforcement departments and first responders with flags, cards and a dinner at the Law Enforcement Center in Fairbury. Left to right is Bill Seher, Aaron Christ and John McKee. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
20
May

National Nursing Home Week

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, a wide variety of entertainment and programs were offered at Gardenside long-term care. On Wednesday, May 13, Linda Garcia, a speaker sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the State of Nebraska, told stories about Abuelas and Abuelos (grandmothers and grandfathers.) Residents also were given the opportunity to try Mexican breads. Pictured is Garcia showing a toy iron to Gardenside residents. Earlier in the week, students in Maryann Johnson’s Spanish II class did presentations for the residents on Hispanic culture. Programs included a wide variety of topics – such as soccer, salsa dancing, Cuba, and more. (Contributed Photo)
 
Wed
20
May

Local Teams, Individual Recognized In Live Well Team Challenge

The 2015 LiveWell Team Challenge finished on May 1, and local teams and individuals were recognized in this year’s challenge.
AHLRIGHT finished third in the Nebraska Total Fit team competition. The team had an average of 541.91 miles per team member. Also participating from Jefferson County in the division were Shakin’ Bacon, which finished 13th in the Total Fit division, with an average of 439.53 miles per team member; and Positive Impact, which finished 25th in the division, with an average of 319.64 miles per person. There were 42 Nebraska teams in the Total Fit division.
Team Tickles Park was 28th of 71 teams in the Fresh Start division for Nebraska teams with an average of 202.81 miles per team member.
Lana Likens of the Positive Impact team finished in the top 10 for individuals for Overall Healthy Weight.
 
Wed
20
May

Schlichtman Ribbon Cutting in Diller


The Diller Community Club celebrated with a ribbon cutting for a new business, R E Schlichtman Earthmovers on May 14th. Cutting the Ribbon are Rob, Vonnie and Mason Schlichtman and members of the Diller Community. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
20
May

Hebron To Host Memorial Day Event

The Color Guard, re-enactors in period uniform and a speech by Abraham Lincoln are a few of the events that will be featured on Memorial Day at 10 a.m. at the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron. The American Legion, VFW and community will remember all veterans and celebrate the 150th year of the end of the Civil War. 
Guest speaker Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary Todd (portrayed by Fred and Bonnie Priebe) will arrive by horse-drawn carriage. There will also be an appearance by General Ulysses S. Grant. 
Re-enactors in period uniform include Union Solider Color Guard and drummer boys and the community choir singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic and a POW Hymn. There will also be a World War II P51 Fighter fly over and a recitation of Nebraska’s part in the Civil War. Thayer County’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipients will also be recognized. 

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