Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:54pm
• The passing of Muhammad Ali provided me with a teaching lesson for my oldest daughter, Adaline. She asked who he was and why it was significant he passed away.
I explained he was a controversial figure that polarized the world with his behavior, thoughts, words and deeds. Ultimately, he became a silent figure for human rights in his later years.
“What did he do for a living?” she asked.
“He was a pretty good athlete,” I responded.
I remember in my youth watching Ali fights with my father. There was always a retrospective or fight night program where some of his bouts were featured. My father was a former professional boxer and he would sit with me and go over the fine points of the fight. Often, he’d be standing in the living room shadow boxing and showing me some of the ‘sweet science’ behind boxing, and Ali in particular.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:52pm
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:50pm
By Gordon Hopkins
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:49pm
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:49pm
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)
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:48pm
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.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:47pm
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.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:46pm
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.