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May

Saying Goodbye

Central Elementary School first grade teacher Hannah Simpson says goodbye to students last Friday as not only did the school year conclude, but Simpson will be teaching at Tri County next year. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Getting Ready For Summer

-Volunteers hold up the bleachers at the softball complex in Fairbury last week so cleaning of the facility can continue.

Wed
18
May

Free Fishing May 21

Optimist Club will hold the Annual Tom Wright Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, May 21 at Crystal Springs Lake.
Registration at 9 a.m. A FREE hot dog lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Prizes will be awarded. Youngsters may bring their own fishing gear. Free poles will be loaned on a first come basis. NO Nebraska fishing license is required on May 21 so adults may accompany children. For more information, Contact Twyla Bray at 402-729-2661 or Diane Schutt, diane_schutt@yahoo.com or any Fairbury Optimist Club member.

Wed
18
May

Click It Or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign which will begin May 23, 2016 and ending on June 5, 2016.
During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt violations. The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.

Wed
18
May

FHS Finds Its New Coach...Again

The wait is over. On Tuesday afternoon Fairbury Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Grizzle announced that Travis Steinhoff has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach for the Jeffs next season.
Steinhoff is currently a Spanish instructor at Waverly High School and is endorsed for both Spanish and physical education. Steinhoff will be the new physical education instructor as well as head basketball coach at FHS, replacing Adam Brill. It was announced last week that Brill would be leaving FHS to become the new head boys basketball coach at Norris.
A native of Crete, Steinhoff attended UNK before starting his teaching career in Texas, where he had coaching experience. Last year Steinhoff made it back to Nebraska where he not only taught Spanish but was an assistant basketball coach.
Wed
18
May

FJN Starting Drive To Help Trails In Fairbury

It will be similar to a walk in the park for local residents wanting to help develop trails in Fairbury.
On Saturday, June 11, the Fairbury Journal-News will be sponsoring the “Fairbury Trail Challenge Fund Raiser.”
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the courthouse square. Teams of five will walk the square to match their pledges to help raise funds for trail projects in Fairbury.
One lap around the square is a $10 pledge. Teams can register with the form in this week’s issue of the Fairbury Journal-News, or stop at the news office at 516 Fifth Street to pick up a form. Teams have until the day of the event to turn in pledge sheets and funds raised to the news office or at the registration booth on the square on June 11.
There is a $25 registration fee per team.
All proceeds from the event, including registration fees, will go to the city for trail projects in Fairbury.

Wed
18
May

Calling All Special Advocates

With a large number of cases in Jefferson County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is in need of more people to help children.
Program Coordinator of Southeast Nebraska CASA, Don Cook, explained at a recent commissioners meeting that there are currently more cases in Jefferson County than there are advocates.
“We have roughly 15 cases, and we have some others that may be coming up,” said Cook. “Right now, we’re dealing with nine families, 15 juveniles, and I have three active volunteers. One of those is on leave. So, I have two volunteers right now that have juveniles. The two who are working are both doing an excellent job.”
Although in the past there have been events and advertisements to promote CASA, Cook explained that so far, these events have not garnered any volunteers.
Wed
18
May

Imposing Weight Limits

At their meeting, the Steele City Village Board discussed the idea of setting weight limits on certain streets in the village in an effort to help the infrastructure.
Carole Bender, citizen of Steele City, stated that she believes having a weight limit on the roads may save the quality of the roads, as well as improve safety since the roads are narrow.
Mayor Tammy Katz explained that many villages are imposing a weight limit of five tons, and that it was an option to be discussed.
Board Member Bill Scheele believes that having a weight limit would not help because there would be no way to enforce it.
Dale Ebeling, another board member, explained that if a weight limit would only work on certain roads and that there would have to be some roads without that limitation.
“I’d consider the off streets; the residential streets,” said Ebeling. “You’re not going to keep all the trucks out of town.”
Wed
18
May

Looking For The Best Use Of Funds

The county is working to determine the best course of action to take when utilizing the money left from the bond on the PWF project, which will begin construction in June, in order to improve the roads in Jefferson County.
At their meeting on May 10, the commissioners discussed the options for the funds with Interim Highway Superintendent Tim Farmer, of Speece-Lewis Engineers. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock asked Farmer about the bond and what he had in mind for projects that could be accomplished with the funds available.
“What would your recommendation be on that $500,000?” Schoenrock asked. “How can we best use that money for the betterment of Jefferson County roads.”
Wed
18
May

The Big Day

Tyler DeBoer, Alfred Davis and Nick Christiansen await their names to be called during Sunday’s graduation ceremony at Fairbury High School.

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