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Mon
17
Aug

Virgil Schwisow

Virgil Wayne Schwisow, 88 of Idaho passed away on July 13. 
Survivors are his wife Joan, children and spouses, Wesley and Pam Schwisow of Oregon; Doyle and Susan Schwisow of Idaho and Debra and Chuck Hagedorn of Washington, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Mon
17
Aug

Clara Jacobson

Clara L. Jacobson 92, of Fairbury, NE, passed away August 12, 2015 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury.  She was born on April 5, 1923 in New Folden, MN. 
Survivors are daughters Solveig Bischoff of Beatrice, NE, Mary (Dick) Hoppe of Fairbury, Margit (James) Kegal of Chicago, IL, sons Peter (Anne) Jacobson of Wichita, KS, Paul(LaVonne) Jacobson of Lakeville, MN, Thomas (Kim) Jacobson of Panama City Beach, FL, 25 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, sisters Ruth Wold of Ankeny, IA, and Eleanor Nelson of Belmond, IA.
 Services will be Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 10:30 at American Lutheran Church in Fairbury with Pastor Brian Julin-McCleary officiating. The family will greet friends at the Funeral Home on Wednesday the 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Memorials are to the Family’s Choice.  Cremation no viewing.  Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
 
Fri
14
Aug

Two vehicle accident on Thursday on North K in Fairbury

Fri
14
Aug

DeWitt area Community Appreciation and Safety Day

Sunday, Aug. 16, at the DeWitt Community Center. event will run from 11am-2pm with a free lunch, many activites to follow.

Wed
12
Aug

Art Craig

Arthur E. “Butch” Craig, 63, of Diller died peacefully surrounded by his family at the Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  He was born on August 30, 1951 at Beatrice.

Wed
12
Aug

Senator Ebke to answer questions

Fairbury Town Hall

Jefferson Community Health Center (in the conference room)

2200 H Street

Fairbury, Ne 68352

 

Saturday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m.

Join Senator Ebke in Fairbury, Nebraska. Ask her your questions about her first session at the Legislature, discuss bills, or what her goals are; tell her your ideas; or just come for friendly conversation. This event will be in the conference room at Jefferson Community Health Center. Be sure to share with your friends in the area--the more the merrier!

Wed
12
Aug

Dist. 8 Welcomes New Teachers


NEW FAIRBURY TEACHERS--First (l-r): Thomas Dux (secondary agriculture), Stephen Grizzle (Superintendent), Adam Brill (secondary physical education), Chris Showman (secondary English), Ann Kujath (secondary special education). Second (l-r): Abigail Jones (secondary English), Paige Moreno (para at Jefferson), Aaron Leibel (secondary social studies), Paige Pfingsten (2nd grade), Nicholas Kroon (Assistant Principal/Activities Director). Third (l-r): Cassie Nelson (elementary special education), Trina Laufenberg (secondary special education), Haley Smiley (secondary special education). Not Pictured: Sarah Roesler (speech pathologist). (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Friday, Aug. 7, the community was introduced to the new teachers who have joined the staff at Fairbury Public Schools.
  This introduction was part of the Business After Hours event, which was hosted by the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce and the Fairbury Public Schools Foundation.  Fairbury Public Schools has hired 12 new people to their staff this year. The new teachers are excited to start the school year.
Abigail Jones, a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, explained that she has enjoyed all of the support she has received from the community as she settled into the community.
  “I really like it,” said Jones. “Lots of people have been really friendly and helpful just as I've been moving in and getting to know the town. It seems like a nice little town. I'm from Lincoln and it's just a whole different feel, and I'm really liking it.” 
Wed
12
Aug

Food Insecurity In Jefferson County

Although the number of people who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits has risen since 2011, it is still below the rate of food insecurity in the county.
   Those data, published in 2013, reveal that there are at least 930 individuals in Jefferson County who are considered food insecure. This means that 930 people, some of whom are children, do not have access to enough food at times, or they are making the decision to pay bills instead of buying food.
  Families in poverty are often forced to make such trade offs in order to prevent a rising amount of debt. SNAP benefits (commonly referred to as Food Stamps) exist to take some of this burden away from families who are in need. 
Wed
12
Aug

First Day of School


Smiles, Tears--Fairbury Public Schools started the 2015-2016 year on Wednesday. While parents generally seemed happy for school to start the same could not be said for all children.(Photo by Ashley Jensby/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
12
Aug

Contention At The School Board

  On Monday, the District 8 School Board in Fairbury agreed to raise the portion of the salary of the TeamMates Coordinator paid by Fairbury Public Schools by $459, but not without confusion and a cold reception. 
 During the meeting, Debby Ebke, a representative of TeamMates, advocated for the raise based on an agreement with former superintendent, Fred Helmink. The raise would help to cover some of the taxes associated with the coordinator's salary. Ebke explained the history of the program and why the coordinator deserved to be paid.
 “In early 2014, our TeamMates Board of Directors recognized that we needed to compensate our coordinator,” said Ebke. “It was too much to be expected to be all volunteer. We made a proposal, which was presented to [then District 8 Superintendent] Mr. Helmink. Mr. Helmink presented it to the Board and we were very happy that the Board saw the value in the program.

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