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Jun

No Additional Work Planned On Levy For Now

  Nearly a year ago the Army Corps of Engineers contacted representatives from the City of Fairbury regarding the structural integrity of the levy system that surrounds the west and south portions of the city.
 According to assistant street and alley superintendent Laura Bedlan there was concern that Fairbury might have to undertake a costly and lengthy process to get the levy re-certified. 
 "There is concern by the Army Corps that following Hurricane Katrina when many of the levies failed around New Orleans that the levy system in the U.S. needed to be re-evaluated," she told the Journal-News in 2014.
 But in light of recent flooding that has plagued much of southeast Nebraska in the last six weeks Bedlan said Fairbury's levy has had 'trial by fire' and passed with flying colors. She said other than some minor drainage issues along the southern border the barrier which protects Fairbury from flooding is holding up well.
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17
Jun

Will It Continue To Flood?

Constant rainfall and small amounts of dry weather have taken a toll on Jefferson County.
Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climatologist stated, Fairbury has officially received 10.40 inches of rain, throughout the month of May and on average only receives 4.04 inches in May. 
“In June so far, Fairbury has already received 7.09 inches, which is triple the average amount for the entire month,” Dutcher said.
The humidity levels are continuously rising due to the extra moisture and if there are no natural breaks in the weather it will begin to affect crop growth, the climatologist said.
“As long as we can get some dry weather breaks, the corn crop in July should help soak up some of the extra moisture,” Dutcher said.
The levels in the channels are so high that it's a taking quite awhile to evacuate water and high levels in the channels are lasting longer due to constant precipitation. 
Wed
17
Jun

Sba Offers Assistance To Nebraska Businesses And Residents Affected By The Severe Storms

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nebraska businesses and residents in Jefferson, and other area counties affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, high winds, and flooding that occurred May 2-11. The Small Business Administration acted under it’s own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request they received from Gov. Pete Ricketts on May 22.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Nuckolls, Saline, Seward, Thayer, and York counties in Nebraska; and Republic and Washington counties in Kansas.
Wed
17
Jun

The Mail Must Go Through


155th Anniversary of the Pony Express Annual Re-Ride--Maggie Pryor, the Pony Express rider started out at Rock Creek Station near Fairbury June 16 on the annual ride. She'll ride two miles and switch with another rider, and that pattern will continue until the ride is complete on June 19. (Photo by Ashley Jensby/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
17
Jun

Overflowing Rivers in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is at risk of continuing flooding conditions throughout the summer months.
John McKee, Jefferson County Emergency Services Manager, “after the last couple rains we have had, the land in Jefferson County is completely saturated.”
The Little Blue River outside of Fairbury is filled to it’s banks and is at 17.66 ft., but if it rises above 18.05 ft. there will be minor flooding. The river reached 25.42 ft. on May  7, 2015 which considered major flooding conditions, but on June 5, 2015 the level was at 18.84 ft.
“If the Little Blue River does end up flooding again, it may have an affect on the roads, but I’m not sure yet,” McKee said.
Since the land is so saturated it will continue to hold water and when the rivers overflow, the water wont be soaked into the ground, creating flooding conditions when it rains. 
Wed
17
Jun

Free Fishing Day At Alexandria


Rick Ball, groundskeeper for Alexandria State Park showed kids tips on fishing. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
17
Jun

6-17-15

Police report
May 20: Collena Laschanzky, of Beatrice, was stopped at a stop sign at 14th and E Streets in a 2002 Chrysler when the driver said she was not paying attention and collided with the back of a 2005 Dodge driven by Sara E. Stewart, of Fairbury. Damages to Stewart’s vehicle were estimated at $1,000. Damages to Laschanzky’s vehicle were estimated at $2,000. 
June 2: Report of a protection order in the 1700 block of G Street. 
June 2: Report of a dog bite in the 1400 block of 6th Street. 
June 3: Report of a juvenile complaint in the 400 block of L Street. 
June 3: Report of a sexual assault in Fairbury. 
June 3: Report of a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of F Street. 
June 3: Report of an attempted suicide in Fairbury. 
June 4: Report of a disturbance in the 100 block of 5th Street. 
Wed
17
Jun

Side Trek's Horseshoe Tourney


Side Trek's Doubles Horseshoe Tournament in Harbine:(front L-R): 1st Place: Larry Wise/Dale Caldwell, back R-L, 2nd Place: Robert Eyer/Mike Bock, 3rd Place: Jeff McDaniels/Jason Urich, 4th Place: Tony Stotler/Chester Stotler.(Contributed Photo)
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17
Jun

Tri County High School Washington, DC Trip

Eleven recently graduated seniors and three teacher sponsors from Tri County High School toured the nation’s capital from May 26-31. The trip is an annual tradition for the school, which has sent groups there for over 40 years. Highlights of the week included visits to the U.S. Capitol, White House, National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, and the Library of Congress. Student favorites included seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center, a Night Tour to view the monuments and memorials, attending the Marine Parade at Marine Barracks, and a boat excursion to Mount Vernon. Tri County students on this year’s trip were; Alexander Eriksson, Megann Freese, Tyler Haake, Brendan Hahn, Alysha Johnson, Ashley Scheele, Brayden Schultis, Chance Siebrandt, Shane Vorderstrasse, Ken Yates, and Aaron Zimmerman. Bryce Simpson, American Government teacher at Tri County planned the trip.

Wed
17
Jun

Winners of Youth Adventure Race

The 2015 Youth Adventure Race had 9 teams participating, for a total of 18 youth ages 8-18. The race was held Friday, June 5 in the Fairbury area.
Winners were:
First place: Victors, Jacob Miller and Eli Clark, 54:15; Second place: Jamacan Hopscotch Mafia, Sydney Bontrager and Katie Patton, 64:15; Third place: The Dominators, Ellie Ohdle and Malloree Biehl.
Also participating in the event were: Twisters Sisters, Celia Bontrager and Avery Saltzman, 1:25:30; Silent Men of the Dark, Nolan Miller and Braden Miller, 1:29:40; We Got the Runs, Jack Holsing and Cole Siems, 1:35:44; Agony of DeFeet, Ben Holsing and Caden Bales, 1:36:31: Chuggingtons, Beckett Chappell and Jax Biehl, 1:37:47; and Chafing the Dream, Colton Bales and Carter Siems, 1:40:06.
The Youth Adventure Race, for 2-person teams of youths ages 8 to 18, included about 4 miles of mountain biking, running, rafting and mystery events.

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