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Letters to the Editor

The United States of America
We stand so proud and unafraid.
We have stood on many battlefields-even our own.
We have rallied to meet the grade.
Our banner and our flag we do not yield.
With the blood of many peoples pulsing through the heart of this land.
And many faiths rising high from  the steeples...
still it is together-united we stand.
1492-1776-2000 and beyond, our footprints on every continent, our language in each to be found.
The quality of life, a value we believe in.
A standard to which we must always be bound.
 
With faith in ourselves. With faith in our God.
With faith in our technology. With faith in our future.
We stand proud and unafraid.
The vast expanse of space before us.
We stand so very proud to meet the standard-the grade.
Wed
15
Jun

Orlando Shooting Is Not The Nation’s Worst Massacre

I really try to stay off of the national stage as much as possible. There are enough national pundits out there who can do larger scale work, my thoughts aren’t perhaps needed.
But when it came to the tragic shooting event in Orlando, Florida over the weekend everyone has it wrong. I have waited and watched to see if it would be corrected by any one but it has not. 
All forms of national, region and local media have heralded it as “the worst mass shooting in American history.” Our political leaders have even heralded as much.
However, the fact it...it is not the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.
The worst shooting, occurred in 1890 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when more than 300 native Americans, mostly Lakota Sioux, were slaughtered at the hands of...the United Stated Government.
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15
Jun

Let’s Not Solve This Problem

This town has a problem. Fairbury has a stress point that very few communities have and it has been going on for years.
The Journal-News sponsored a trail walk to help solidify walking trails in Fairbury and due to several factors, the heat, scheduling, etc., the teams did not come out in droves as hoped. The funds raised were not as hoped.
Do people not care? Was this particular cause not worthy of time and funds from locals? Or do they care too much? Here at the paper, we get hit up weekly for a charity or a cause. Someone is always asking for money, donations or publicity for an event promoting a cause. I know we are not alone in having to deal with someone always wanting and/or needing help. Several business owners have told me that there is always something going on, a charity event that is for a good cause that just needs a little help.
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Jun

Kids Connection Receives $67,500 Grant From USDA

By Gordon Hopkins
FJN/Special Contributor
On Tuesday, June 14, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners met to discuss the ongoing construction at the Courthouse. 
Renovations are on schedules with an estimated completion date in November. Tyler Pulec of Cheever Construction Company, which is handling the construction project, stated, “There haven't really been any roadblocks.”
During the renovations, cracks were discovered on the ceiling near the doorways of the courtroom and the district court office. However, when structural engineers were first consulted during the planning stages of the renovation project, no structural issues were found. The cracks will therefore be patched and covered up. 
 
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15
Jun

Sheriff, FPD Participate In Click It or Ticket

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Fairbury Police Department both participated in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign,which ran from May 23, 2016 through June 5, 2016. During that time period there were increased patrols. The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant allowed deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrols for seat belt enforcement.
During the enforcement dates, county deputies contacted 99 vehicles. Of these 99 vehicles, 29 citations were issued. In addition there were a total of 81 warnings/defect cards issued. Some of the citations had more than one charge on them.
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JCHC Wins Trails Challenge

On Saturday, June 11, the Fairbury Journal-News sponsored the “Fairbury Trail Challenge Fund Raiser” with funds going toward trail programs in Fairbury. Teams collected pledges and walked laps to help provide funds for trail projects in Fairbury. The Jefferson Community Health Center team was the top pledge raising team, with the top individual pledge raiser being Jim Phelps of the Journal-News. Pictured, from left to right, Erin Starr, Lana Likens, Kristina Dux, Sandy Bauer and Julie Dein. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Jun

JCHS Wading Through Rules On Ads

Communication may be the key for this year’s Steele City Flea Market and Tractor Show.
On June 7 the Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) met to discuss advertising for the event and a wrinkle in rules and regulations may mean a change in sponsorship for the event.
Steele City resident Dennis Kenning agreed to do promotional flyers and advertising for the annual event, slated for September 17-18. Kenning sold advertising for promotional materials and was going to collect funds, pay for the materials, with money left over to be used for a band in the afternoon of the Steele City event as well as the cost of the sled for the tractor pull, according to JCHS curator Denise Andersen and Kenning. 
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Jun

The American Way

Left: Local Scouts, Kyle Baird, left and Hayden Bear took part in a Flag Day ceremony at the Fairbury Elks Lodge on Tuesday. The event helped provide some American pride and respect to the United States flag.

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Jun

Special Account Set Up For Addilyn Moreno

On May 10, Paige Moreno went in to the Fairbury Clinic for a routine pregnancy checkup, what followed no one was ready for. In the course of the checkup, an ultrasound was ordered, and an abnormality of the heart was spotted in the baby.  The doctor sent Paige and her husband, Jackson, to Bryan in Lincoln.  
The next day, May 11, they welcomed baby Addilyn into the world. The following day, May 12, the family was sent to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.  
Children’s in Omaha would be the Moreno’s headquarters for the next several weeks as Addilyn battled through, among other obstacles, an open heart surgery to correct the issues spotted in the earlier ultrasound.  
They were packed and ready to finally go home until an infection developed over this past weekend, now, according to Paige, they are hoping to be home in a week.
Wed
15
Jun

Near Fatal Fall Draws Ire Of OSHA

It only takes a second for the life of a person to change.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Omaha Area Office has confirmed it has started an investigation into an incident at Westin Packaged Meats on June 9.
Last Thursday at approximately 11:05 p.m. a 54-year-old man suffered severe head trauma after he fell while accessing the roof of the bacon plant owned and operated by Westin Packaged Meats in Fairbury.
The name of the employee has not been released. There were no witnesses to the incident and he was last seen with a work light climbing a ladder.
The worker was climbing the ladder in an effort to access the roof and clean roof vents, according to initial OSHA reports. The cleaning of the roof vents are routine weekly maintenance at the facility and are done between two to three times each week.

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