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Mar

Parent Mtg

The annual parent meeting of the Fairbury Community Girls Softball Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at the Commons Area at Fairbury High School. The meeting will include election of board members and information on the 2016 season. If you have not signed up for softball and wish to play this summer, or for more information, contact Lana Likens at  llikens@hotmail.com or 729-5792.

Date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 6:30pm
Wed
09
Mar

Citizen Satisfaction Survey

The City of Fairbury is in need of volunteers to conduct a Citizen Satisfaction Survey this spring. This survey will assist the Governing Body and City staff with future resource allocation, and this survey is also necessary for the City to continue receiving Federal funds. 
Possible future projects that could be funded with these Federal funds include but are not limited to; walking trails, park improvements, new swimming pool, infrastructure projects, and more. 
Zoning Administrator, Laura Bedlan will be conducting an orientation for survey volunteers beginning on March 19th. 
For more information, please contact Laura Bedlan at 402-729-5261.
Wed
09
Mar

Stop in Friday to FJN for Savings

 Daylight Savings Time is March 13 but savings in the daylight will start Friday,  March 11 at the Fairbury Journal-News.
Huge discounts will be available for new subscribers to the print edition of the paper with a 50 percent discount on online subscriptions.
From 8-9 a.m. new subscribers or those wanting savings on online subs have one hour to stop in the news office, 516 Fifth Street, to get 50 percent off of online subs and new subscribers (must not have had a print sub in the last year) for 30 percent off.
The savings will incrementally drop until 11 a.m. when the promotion ends.
There will also be other specials from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., on March 11.
Wed
09
Mar

Village Board Takes Action To Fix Water Problem

Citing Sources--Kathy Carter, a citizen of the Village of Steele City, along with two others made an official request for the village to provide bottled water because of high nitrate levels in the drinking water. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Steele City’s Village Board reluctantly approved a plan to resolve the issue of the village’s water supply testing high for nitrates for nearly 10 years.
At their meeting on Monday night, the board discussed the options that were available and decided that the plan to pipe water from Endicott to Steele City was the only feasible option to resolve the issue. The village has been under administrative order to resolve this issue since 2009. Before the vote, Ralph Broadston, board member, emphasized that this was the only plan that would work.
“The other solutions we’ve discussed a little bit in the past, we’ve found are just not viable,” said Broadston. “And even as good, bad, indifferent this project is, it’s basically been determined that it’s about the only viable option we do have left that we can do.
Wed
09
Mar

Commissioners Discuss Possibility Of A New Facility

During their meeting on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners and other county officials discussed the need to construct a new building to house the ambulance department, equipment used by John McKee, emergency manager, and other items owned by the county.
The proposed solution is to erect a building in the vacant lot southwest of the Law Enforcement Center.  Sheriff Nels Sorensen explained why there is a need for this building.
“Basically, one of the main things we started the project for is that we have 10 vehicles, trailers that we have spread out all over, parked outside,” said Sorensen. “We’ve got stuff scattered out. We’ve got a lot of equipment, a lot of sensitive stuff that we’d like to get into one spot.”
Wed
09
Mar

Tri County School Board Makes No Changes To Contracts

After discussion at the Monday night school board meeting, Tri County will not be making changes to any of the duties to any principal within the district.
The notion of separating activities director from the high school principal, an idea bantered by the board, upset some Tri County patrons, feeling this was a move to put pressure on high school principal Matt Uher to leave the district. Around 25 people attended the meeting, with two addressing the board specifically in support of the performance Uher was doing within the district as activities director and principal.
The agenda at the March board meeting included the discussion and possible approval of changes in the provisions of the principals contracts.
“I think we should let the superintendent make the decision with our goal of improving secondary education,” Doug Stokebrand, Tri County School Board President, said.
Wed
09
Mar

Five Businesses Caught Selling Alcohol To Minors

Five businesses in Jefferson County were found to be non-compliant during a routine compliance check conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol; they were caught selling alcohol to minors.
On Feb. 27, the Nebraska State Patrol tested 20 businesses to ensure that they were not selling alcohol to minors. They worked in correlation with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deb Collins, public information coordinator for the Nebraska State Patrol, explained that five businesses failed the test and were issued citations.
“We had five out of twenty that sold to a minor,” said Collins. “It’s a routine thing that we do. Compliance checks are conducted to ensure that businesses are complying with the state’s alcohol laws and to decrease youth access to alcohol. They check for the license, and they check to see whether they are selling to minors or not.” 
Wed
09
Mar

Teen Support Important In Project

Public feedback, more importantly teen and tween feedback, is needed to help guide the direction of a group of citizens wanting to help improve the local parks in Fairbury.
The group of citizens met on March 3 at The Fairbury Journal-News to discuss options for leftover funds from fund raising from the Frontier Fun Park. A project to repair the fun park was completed last fall and approximately $5,000 was left over. Those involved with the project decided to use those funds to improve not only the local parks, but the lives of the youth of Fairbury, in particular those from the ages of 10-15.
Ideas discussed by the group included a basketball court at McNish Park, an area of benches for teens to congregate at City Park and a skate park at McNish Park.
Wed
09
Mar

City To Accept Credit, Debit Cards For Electric Bill Payments

Customers of the City of Fairbury will soon be able to pay their electric bills with either a credit or debit card. But according to Fairbury City Manager Collin Bielser that convenience will come with an extra fee.
     Bielser received the ok from members of the local city council last week to implement a credit and debit card program, "People who use this service will be subject to a 2.4% fee on the total of their utility bill," he said.
     The city administrator stressed that fee would only be charged for those paying with "plastic." Persons who pay by cash or check will not see a user fee. Bielser said his office has received many inquires from people who want to pay by credit or debit card. 
Wed
09
Mar

Quick Quips

* It is that time of year again. As an adult, it is time to get the rakes, tree trimmers and mowers out and start sprucing up the yard. As a kid, it is time to get the bicycle out. 
As we were moving, the bikes were in a storage unit. Now that we have settled in, I need to get tubes replaced, brakes examined and everything ready to go for long bikes rides this spring and summer.
Staying with my sister in California as a youth I would see the low rider bicycles in the neighborhood. They were beautiful, albeit expensive. As an adult, my wife and I can’t afford that fixer-upper muscle car, so I have bicycles. I design low riders, build and/or fix and re-sell them. This hobby reached a pinnacle when Sunny Kontor, head of Saline Eldercare, used to drop bikes off at my office for me to fix up for local kids.

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