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Dec

Where Did All The Snow Go?


Declaring An Emergency--A snow emergency was declared on Sunday night in preparation for the large winter storm that was expected to cover Fairbury and the rest of Jefferson County in snow. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The major winter storm that was forecast to drop several inches of snow on Jefferson County early Monday morning managed to miss the area.
Ken Siemek, Chief Meteorologist at 10/11 News, explained that the brunt of the storm missed Jefferson County because its track went further east than what was being projected by the various models meteorologists use to produce weather forecasts.
“With these winter storms, the storm track is one of the most significant vagaries that there may be for trying to make predictions on snowfall, wind and things like that,” said Siemek. “When the track of the storm shifted to the east, it took the greatest snowfall potential east as well. So, we didn’t end up with near as much snow as the models were trying to indicate.”
Wed
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Dec

Snow Emergency Protocol

 On Sunday, in anticipation of the major storm that was predicted to strike Fairbury, the City declared the first snow emergency of the season.
  Chief of Police Chad Sprunk explained that it is important that people do not park their vehicles along any street that is on an emergency snow route. Laura Bedlan, Zoning Administrator for the City of Fairbury, explained why people need to move their vehicles and that the vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense if they do not comply.
  “When a snow emergency is declared the vehicles are required to be off of the snow routes so that the snow removal equipment can safely and effectively clear the streets along those routes,” said Bedlan. “(...) If you are concerned that there may be a snow emergency and you will not be able to remove your vehicle from a designated snow route immediately then we advise that you park your vehicle in a driveway or a nearby street that is not a designated snow route.”
Wed
30
Dec

Scheduling Options May Be Coming To FHS

A new option for the way the class schedule is handled at Fairbury High School (FHS) will be made available as long as there is enough interest shown by parents and students.
If enough students apply to take them, classes that last all year, rather than classes that terminate at the end of the semester, will be offered in certain subjects. Superintendent Stephen Grizzle explained that the school is trying to gauge the level of interest students have in this opportunity.
“Right now,” Grizzle said, “what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to see if there’s student interest in classes that have typically been semester, block classes, if they would have an interest in taking that class for a whole year in a half block, basically.”
Wed
30
Dec

Erik L. Brian Arrested on Several Charges

Erik L. Brian Age 31 of Jansen Nebraska was arrested on December 30, 2015 for Alleged Burglary (3 Felony), Possession of Burglary Tools ( 4 Felony), Possession of Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person (3 Felony), Possession of Stolen Property ( 3 Felony) and Obstructing a Peace Officer (1 Misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana Less Ounce and Possession Drug Paraphernalia.
Wed
30
Dec

Myron “Mike” Kraff

Myron “Mike” Kraff, 83, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.
 Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY.
He is survived by his son Kevin and daughter-in-law Leslie and their two children, Summer and Forrest.
Memorials are to be given to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.gerdesmeyerfh.com or www.parkerfuneralservice.com.
Services were Dec. 30, 2015 at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury with Lana Likens officiating. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery-Fairbury, NE.
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28
Dec

Mary Ellen Duis

Mary Ellen Duis 79 of Reynolds, Neb. passed away Dec. 25, 2015 in Houston, TX. She was born June 23, 1936 at Verona, MO. 
Survivors are Husband: Loren Duis of Reynolds, NE. Son: J. Alan and (Shirley) Dickey of Houston, TX., Grandchildren: Ethan, Faith, and Grace Dickey, Brother: Donald and (Clara) Cook of Kansas City, Kan. 
Services will be at 10:00 am Monday Jan. 4, 2016 at Cornerstone Community Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Dean Carlson officiating. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 pm Sunday Jan. 3, 2016 at the Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Pleasanton Cemetery – Pleasanton, KS. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
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28
Dec

Rosemary Haase

Rosemary (Murphy) Haase 85 of Lincoln, NE formerly of Bennet, NE passed away Dec. 25, 2015. 
Born Dec. 17, 1930.
Survivors include stepdaughter Joan (Carl) Ashman, Minden; stepson Jon (Sherry) Haase, Wayne;  brothers Tom Murphy,  Western,  and  Bill (Vicki) Murphy, Punta Gorda, FL. Sisters Margaret Gross, Lincoln;  Mildred (Dale) Hudec, Yucaipa, CA; Alice Keller-Spilker, Lincoln; Kathryn Schinker, Omaha; Eileen (George) Beasley, Las Vegas, NV; Anne (Dennis) Carmichael, Lincoln; sister-in-law Bonnie Murphy, Punta Gorda, FL.  Many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. 
0, 2015 at 7:00pm at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St., Lincoln. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 10:00 am, Saint Michael Catholic Church, 9101 South 78th street, Lincoln, NE.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Saint Michael Catholic Church, Catholic Social Services or The Alzheimer’s Association.
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Dec

Dixie Hansmire

Dixie Hansmire 84 of Fairbury, Neb. passed away Dec. 24, 2015 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. She was born December 5, 1931 in Fairbury.
 Survivors are Daughter: Rise Hansmire of Fairbury, Son: Greg (Teresa) Hansmire  of Fairbury, 2 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, Sister: Dorothy Reid of Fairbury, Brother: Finis (Linda) Reid of Hubbell, NE. Services will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015 at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Chapel in Fairbury. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery-Fairbury, NE. Memorials to the Family’s Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Wed
23
Dec

Holiday Joy From A Wiseman


Constructing a holiday spirit--Don Wiseman has provided a special display at his property for the last 10 years. He makes each decoration himself. This year, he unveiled a new addition he has named “Big Rudy.” He invites people to see these decorations and to spread the Christmas spirit. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Don Wiseman is inviting people to visit his display of Christmas decorations that he has made over the course of the past 10 years.
In a humble nature, Wiseman explained that making these wooden decorations is a way to pass time doing something he loves. He has invested countless hours over the years to making the decorations and painting them with close attention to detail.
“I’m just doing it as a public service,” said Wiseman. “I’ve been doing it for about 10 years. It’s not a full time job, or anything; it’s just something I do in between the other things that I do.” 
Wiseman believes that the inspiration behind creating these decorations comes from a combination of activities he likes to do, as well as passing on the spirit of Christmas to a younger generation.
Wed
23
Dec

Courthouse Project Delayed

The Jefferson County Commissioners have decided to wait on awarding a bid for the reconstruction project at the courthouse until the next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
This decision was made in order to allow Commissioner Brad Grummert, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting due to health-related issues, to provide input on the issue before the bid is awarded.
On Dec. 8, the commissioners opened the bids they received from two construction companies. Cheever Construction, of Lincoln, offered a bid for $1,542,000, and Lacey Construction, of Wahoo, offered to complete the project for $1,711,000. Neither of these bids included the cost to complete a lighting project.
Commissioner Mark Schoenrock explained that it was best to wait on making a decision like this until all three commissioners were present.

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