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Tue
09
Sep

A Boy’s Best Friend

My son stole my calf. My tame, slick-coated, grain-loving, bottle-raised calf. 
Her name is Euphegenia, as in Mrs. Doubtfire. 
This black calf with a black and white speckled face is maybe 600 pounds, and she was a year old in May. She’s quite small; I’m not sure when and what we will breed her to. But she’s a pet and owes her life at our farm to her beloved mother. 
Her mother, who wasn’t 850 pounds soaking wet, came to Haddam from Colorado with a semi-load of red Angus heifers that Michael took care of one summer. This all-black, big-eared calf was apparently a foster calf for an Angus cow and was sent to Kansas with her pen mates for lack of any other idea of what to do with her. 
She must have had tropical bloodlines because, even in the dead of winter, she was as slick and short-haired as a cow in June, and she had only half of a tail. It must have froze off in the Colorado winter.
Tue
09
Sep

Wal-Mart May Finally Be Doing The Right Thing

J-N Commentary 
Fred Arnold, Publisher/Managing Editor 
 
It’s no secret that most of us in the newspaper business are not all that fond of Wal-Mart. It’s not necessarily because they don’t advertise in print, which by the way they don’t. Even though we are the first guys they call when they want a picture in the paper touting some donation they made.
 Rather it’s because what they have done to community Main Streets across the country. Think back to before a given community had a Wal-Mart. Remember what those downtowns used to look like. Fast forward and look at downtown now. Very little retail. If a town is lucky those vacant store spots have been taken up by professional people. You know: insurance, chiropractors, accountants,dentists...those guys. If you’re lucky a specialty shop or two.
Tue
09
Sep

Ice? No Thanks, I’d Rather Stick My Feet In The Warm Surf

 The things you miss when you’re out of the office for two weeks.
 During a week long business stint in New York, followed by a much-needed fishing vacation with my son in Minnesota I missed a lot of things. I found out that screen legend (and one of my favorite actresses) Lauren Bacall died. That left me a little blue.
 But the biggest thing I found I missed is something called “the ice bucket challenge.” Apparently it was originally thought up by professional athletes as a means of raising funds and awareness to ALS more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s” Disease. 
Tue
09
Sep

Fairbury Lady Jeffs Suffer Season-Opening Loss To Freeman


FAIRBURY SHORTSTOP SYDNEY MILLER slaps a tag on the leg of a sliding Freeman baserunner trying to steal second base in the third inning of last Thursday’s season-opening home game against the Lady Falcons. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
 Fairbury opened its 2014 softball season dropping a 13-5 home game last Thursday evening against Freeman.
The Lady Jeffs out hit Freeman, 12-8, but its defense committed nine errors in the field during the seven inning game.
Freeman scored single runs in the first and third innings, before stretching its margin to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Fairbury got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring two runs off a two-run double by Halle Knigge to draw within two runs at 4-2.
The Lady Falcons answered back in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs off one hit and three errors.
Fairbury scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out RBI single off the bat of Taylor Schroeder.
Tue
09
Sep

Fairbury Starting their 2014 Season


FAIRBURY FRESHMAN JACOB JOHNSON, No. 22, fights for additional yardage for the Red team while being tackled by Brett Wanamaker, No. 25, and Nate Klaumann, No. 8, during action Friday evening in Fairbury’s football scrimmage held at the Fairbury Sports Complex. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
 Fairbury opened its 2014 softball season dropping a 13-5 home game last Thursday evening against Freeman.
The Lady Jeffs out hit Freeman, 12-8, but its defense committed nine errors in the field during the seven inning game.
Freeman scored single runs in the first and third innings, before stretching its margin to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Fairbury got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring two runs off a two-run double by Halle Knigge to draw within two runs at 4-2.
The Lady Falcons answered back in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs off one hit and three errors.
Fairbury scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out RBI single off the bat of Taylor Schroeder.
Tue
09
Sep

Sept. 3, 2014

Police Report 
Aug. 18: Report of a male issued a citation for driving under suspension in the 600 block of 12th Street. 
Aug. 20: Report of a male issued a citation for driving under suspension in the 700 block of G Street. 
Aug. 21: A parked 1999 Chrysler owned by Nichole L. Myers, of Fairbury, was on the west side of H Street just north of 10th Street when the vehicle was damaged by an unknown vehicle. Damages were estimated at $1,000.
Aug. 21: Report of a male arrested during a traffic stop in the 600 block of 9th Street for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and an open container of alcohol.
Aug. 25: Report of a citation issued for a dog running loose in the 600 block of 3rd Street. 
Aug. 28: Report of a suspicious noise in the 900 block of 8th Street. 
Tue
09
Sep

Three People Transported to JCHC

A 19 year old Fairbury man was transported to Jefferson Community Health Care Center Saturday following an accident south  west of Crystal Springs.
Davian Snyder was driving a two door, Grand Prix.  There were five people in the car, the driver and two passengers were transported to JCHC.  Restraints were in use by one occupant,  the air bags did not deploy.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officers were called to the single car accident  Saturday, August 30 at approximately 4:33 in the afternoon.  The car was westbound on Crystal Springs Road when it lost control  on the curve and slid into the ditch hitting a utility pole.    The accident occurred one half mile south of Crystal Springs Road on 566 Ave.
Emergency Services responding were Jefferson county Ambulance Dist. #33 and the Jefferson county Sheriff’s Office.
Tue
09
Sep

Some Area School Show Enrollment Gains

School districts have posted their enrollment figures and the results are mixed.
Two of the four school districts in our area are reporting an increase in the number of students who are enrolled for the beginning of the 2014 school year.
Meridian shows the greatest increase in numbers over last year.  Their enrollment is up 43 students as compared to last year with 174 students currently enrolled K-12.  
“It is really hard to explain why numbers go up or down for a school district,” Randy Kort, Superintendent for Meridian Schools, said.  “Meridian is really unique in most schools across the state.  Each year it can be so different. This year’s senior class is 28 which is one of largest classes this district has had in years and our class sizes are between 10-17. We are happy with the numbers and hope that the trend continues but it is really difficult to predict from year to year.”
Tue
09
Sep

Change In Seasons, Lack Of City Adm. Won’t Slow City Council Resolve


Dilapidated Homes in Fairbury are in the cross hairs as the city takes aim at properties that need clearing. This home at Eighth and I Streets shows the level of disrepair. Photos by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News.
One of the primary duties of Fairbury's City Administrator was to ensure that local run down properties were dealt with. With the non-renewal of former City Administrator Joe Parker's contract local residents who have neglected their properties might assume they are getting a reprieve.
But according to Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward those people are wrong. Dead wrong.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Ward said. "If anything we are stepping it up and increasing our determination to make sure people who are outside of the law are taking care of their obligations."
Ward said that he and the Board of Health met for approximately four hours after the last city council meeting in August to dot the "i's" and cross the "t's". 
Tue
09
Sep

August 27, 2014

Police Report 
Aug. 10: Report of an accident in the 2100 block of K Street. 
Aug. 10: Report of trespassing in the 1000 block of Nelson Street. 
Aug. 10: Report of a custody issue at Jefferson County Jail. 
Aug. 11: Report of criminal mischief in the 900 block of 3rd Street. 
Aug. 11: Report of a disturbance in the 700 block of 3rd Street. 
Aug. 11: Report of a dog running loose in the 800 block of B Street. 
Aug. 11: Jason N. Wellsandt, of Lincoln, was backing a 2004 Chevrolet owned by Robert and Diane K. Wellsandt, of Diller, from a backyard at 812 D Street into the alley when the vehicle collided with a parked 2001 Toyota owned by Christopher B. Snider, of Fairbury. Damages to Wellsandt’s vehicle were estimated at $1,800. Damages to Snider’s vehicle were estimated at $2,200. 
Aug. 12: Report of harassment in the 300 block of West 4th Street. 

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