Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:45pm
It takes a lot of patience and hard work to foster children. For Fairbury resident Elaine White the foster program provides her family with the chance to help children and their families to re-unite.
“We have fostered 21 children in our home so far, but to become a foster parent you must first go through training at a foster agency of your choice,” White said. “There are a lot of foster agencies to choose from and once you choose, the agency will help set your training schedule.”
Before a family can foster, they must go through 30 hours of training that cover topics geared toward helping foster children and their families. After the training is complete the agency will conduct a home study to make sure the household is safe. If everything clears, the family can begin fostering children.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:43pm
Instructional Softball was offered in July by Fairbury Girls Softball. Participants were: Front -Kate Hynek, Iaunna Lucking. Riley Kapke, Bridget Heidemann.
Middle-Madison Hadden, Aubrie Hynek, Taryn Hinman, Javohne Atkins and Emma Kroon, Back- Kirk Weichel and Tommi Mitchell. (Contributed Photo)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:38pm
On Sunday, concerned citizens will join together to fix the issues found at the Frontier Fun Park in Fairbury's City Park.
The people leading this charge are community members Shandi Brown and Thad Corbin. When they saw that this was a great need, they started to look for help from others who share similar concerns over the state of the Fun Park.
Brown started a crowdfunding project online on July 7, which was intended to raise $20,000 from donors online for repairs to the Fun Park, McNish Park and the City Pool. Within 25 days, the community raised a substantial amount to fund these projects.
“It's a little over $4,000,” said Brown. “I think our goal was $1,200 and I set it up at about 11 o'clock at night. When I woke up in the morning, we were already almost at our goal.”
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:37pm
State Puts 136
Viaduct Project On Hold
A plan to close the Highway 136 viaduct west of Fairbury for up to a year while a new structure would be put in place has been put on hold.
Members of the Fairbury City Council were informed Tuesday that the State of Nebraska has put a temporary hold on the project, which was planned to begin in 2016 and take up to a year to complete.
According to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury, the municipality was notified that because of floods, which ravaged the area earlier this spring, officials from the Union Pacific Railroad were considering the possibility of raising the track roadbed by five feet. Bedlan said that flood waters damaged the trackage and, for a time, delayed trains through Fairbury.
"The viaduct project has been put on hold for the time being while the Union Pacific conducts a feasibility study to raise the roadbed," she said."
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:36pm
The unemployment level for Jefferson County indicates that the local economy has been revitalized since the recession of 2008 struck.
According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, in January 2010, the unemployment rate for Jefferson County peaked at six percent, meaning 256 people were without work. Since that time, there have been variations to the level of unemployment, but there has been an overall decrease.
As of June 2015 there are only 113 people in the county without work. This puts the rate of unemployment at 2.6 percent. This drop in the unemployment rate is a sign that Fairbury's economy is reviving from the recession.
While there has been a drop in the number of people who are unemployed, it is important to also look at the number of people who claim unemployment insurance benefits. According to data from the Department of Labor, there has been a 63 percent decline in the average number of weekly claims.
Submitted by Contributed on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:34pm
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & You Drive, You Lose crackdown, which will be beginning on August 21, 2015 and ending on September 7, 2015. During this period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for DUI enforcement. The extra time worked by deputies will then be paid by the NOHS. With the goal of increasing DUI enforcement, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office hopes to decrease the number of injury accidents which occur in the county.
The Sheriff’s Office will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.