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NARVRE To Meet

(NARVRE) will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 6:45 p.m., at Mary’s Cafe in Hebron. If you are a former or current railroad employee you are invited to attend. Meet at the Rock Island Depot to carpool at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:45pm
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Booster Club

The Fairbury Booster Club will hold the annual meeting, Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the Commons Area at the Fairbury High School at 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 6:30pm
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Apr

Community Forum Offered In Western

A community forum “Right Services, Right Care, Right at Home” will be offered  on Tuesday, April 26 at 2-3 p.m. Location will be at the Struckman-Baatz Public Library in Western.

Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:15pm
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Nitrate Levels Elevated, Stable

When it comes to nitrates in a municipal water supply a low number is a better number. According to federal guidelines 10 ppm (part per million) is the magic number. Anything over 10 requires mandated action.
Fairbury is under that level but only slightly.
On Tuesday Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser told city council members that the latest quarterly test revealed that Fairbury’s water supply had nitrate levels ranging from 7.69 to 9.22.
“Our numbers are actually stable and don’t seem to be showing increases,” he said. “But we will keep watching them.”
Bielser said the two well fields were monitored with the Crystal Springs field showing the lowest nitrate level. The east well field was slightly higher. Approximately 80 percent of the water used by Fairbury customers comes from Crystal Springs.
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Apr

Changing Jobs In The County

The Jefferson County Commissioners have made several decisions considering specific jobs within the county as well as how certain duties and responsibilities are being altered.
First, the commissioners decided to hire Jason Eyer to serve as the new shop foreman and head mechanic at the highway department. Eyer explained that at one point he served as the shop foreman for 11 years at the Jefferson County Highway Department.
Also, the commissioners have decided to continue having Tim Farmer of Speece Lewis Engineers serve as the interim highway superintendent. Commissioner Michael Dux explained that some internal candidates are stepping up and will be receiving some increased responsibilities concerning the day to day operations at the highway department.
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Apr

City Escalates Electric Rates

Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser says it’s a step in the right direction.
On Tuesday members of the Fairbury city council unanimously approved a measure that would increase local electric rates by 5.6 percent. The new, higher rate will be effective starting with the May utility bills.
“I know no one likes the thought of paying a higher electric bill,” Bielser told the Fairbury Journal-News. “We have been trying to get the word out for a long time that as a utility we are paying more to buy our power and re-selling it to our customers for less than what we’re paying.”
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Apr

Police Department Upgrades Body Cams

The Fairbury Police Department has purchased new body cameras for every officer to use while they are on duty.
Chief of Police Chad Sprunk explained that his department has been using body cameras for approximately four years.
“For several years we have been testing out the various types of body cams that we wanted to go with,” said Sprunk. “Initially, it was just a little tiny camera that went on your chest. It wasn’t the greatest, so we started trying out the ones that go on your face. A few bad things that we came across with the durability of them.”
Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new law last week that would require every police department within the state to develop a policy about the use of body cameras. 
With the current trends in the world, Sprunk believes  that officers in all agencies will soon be required to utilize body cameras while interacting with the public.
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Apr

A Night To Remember

Anna Schouboe was crowned the 2016 Fairbury High School Prom Queen and Mark Kroeker was crowned King. The theme for this year’s prom was “Dancing in the Moonlight” and was a masquerade. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Apr

Special Use Permit Approved For Hog Confinement Facility

Tough Decisions--After a lengthy hearing on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a proposed hog confinement facility near Jansen. The motion to approve another facility south of Harbine failed during a vote. Another vote on the motion will occur during the commissioners meeting next Tuesday. Pictured are (l-r) County Clerk Cynthia Newman, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock, Commissioner Gale Pohlmann and Commissioner Michael Dux. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

After hearing from people on both sides of the issue, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a hog confinement operation near Jansen, while the motion to approve the permit for the facility near Harbine failed due to a one-to-one-to-one vote.
At the beginning of the hearing, Commissioner Michael Dux explained that the commissioners could vote only on approving or denying the permits based on whether the facilities met the requirements set forth by the planning and zoning regulations.
“This morning here, we are deciding on two proposed facilities,” said Dux. “We are not voting for the facilities; we are not voting against the facilities. We do not have that authority. We do not have that power. All we do is, we have the power to say they (the proposed operations) are in compliance or they’re not in compliance with the planning and zoning regs. We have no other authority.”
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Fairbury Golfers Struggle

You can’t blame it on the weather.
For one of the few days this season the weather was decent for participants to play rounds of golf.
However, the Jeffs varsity golf team’s play didn’t reflect the nice weather conditions, as Fairbury struggled to tenth place out of 16 teams at last Thursday’s York Invitational played on the York Country Club golf course.
Senior Nick Christiansen led the way for the Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 87.
Justin Peterson was second on the team carding an 88, Robby Meyer turned in a score of 94, Zach Reikofski shot a 103, and Anthony Moyer finished with a two-round total of 111.
Grand Island Central Catholic won the invite with a team score of 330. Fairbury finished with a team score of 372.
 

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