Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52am
ONLINE--A map and information about those buried at Fairbury Cemetery, left, can be accessed from any computer or mobile device through a website from Prairies Wind Systems of Indianola. Right, the electronic directory has all of the information, sans 2010 to present, in its database to be examined by those visiting the cemetery. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Cemeteries typically do not change with the times. For hundreds of years cemeteries have remained the same, however, Fairbury’s cemetery is moving into the future.
A new kiosk was recently installed in the cemetery that features a digital data base with information about everyone buried there, including date of birth, death and a map locating where in the cemetery the plot is located.
The project started a year and a half ago and started further back than that with a simple phone call.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:39am
BLACKENED--A potential cooking hazard resulted in extensive fire, smoke and water damage in the kitchen of LEI in downtown Fairbury. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
On June 5 at around 12:49 a.m. the Fairbury City Fire Department, along with the Fairbury Rural Fire Department and the Fairbury Police Department responded to a fire at LEI.
Upon arrival fire department officials indicated heavy smoke and fire was found in the back kitchen area of the building. The fire sprinkler system had extinguished much of the fire and local personnel then completed securing the scene.
An unknown number of employees living in the basement of the building evacuated the premises. No injuries were reported from the incident.
The cause of the fire is believed to be from cooking equipment being left on in the kitchen.
“The fire alarms and sprinkler system did its job of saving the building and most importantly, warning occupants of immediate danger,” Chris Goeking of the Fairbury Fire Department said.
By 4:19 a.m. the scene was cleared by the fire department.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:38am
This youngster learns the time-honored tradition of holding a firearm during the various demonstrations at Rock Creek Trail Days on June 4. Visitors from throughout the region and state attended the annual celebration of the Nebraska plains. The two-day event featured several demonstrations, from a black powder shoot to blacksmithing and apple butter making. This year’s added event included David Marsh, performing with a variety of instruments a wide array of music from the plains. For more photos of Rock Creek Trail Days, along with other events from the weekend, please turn to Page 8 and 9. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:36am
Nearly a hundred houses down. Nearly another hundred to go.
On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council voted unanimously to support a measure to allow city administrator Collin Bielser to seek out funding mechanisms that would allow the municipality to raze nearly a hundred homes in the city. Bielser told city leaders that since 2009 some sixty-eight vacant dwellings have been torn down as part of Fairbury's community revitalization program.
"And I'd say that we have (at least) another 68 houses to go," he said.
Bielser noted that annually Fairbury spends approximately $30,000 tearing down run down houses. Last year that figure jumped to a whopping $60,000 in expenses, he said.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:28am
MAKING A CASE--Dennis Kenning, left, talks with the Jefferson County Clerk Cynthia Newman, center, and Commissioner Mark Schoenrock, along with the rest of the county commissioners, about the Jefferson County Historical Society on Tuesday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The Jefferson County Commissioners have been thrust into the situation involving the Jefferson County Historical Society after a group of concerned citizens addressed the county officials at the Tuesday commissioner meeting.
Over 20 people showed up to the meeting and the commissioners reconvened in the district court room to accommodate the influx of citizens. Dennis Kenning and Megan Sothan addressed the commissioners with concerns they had in regard to the historical society, including a recent letter of review from the state auditor’s office.
Kenning asked if the commissioners wanted to move to executive session because the matter dealt with taxpayer funds and JCHS curator Denise Andersen, who was present at the meeting. Andersen said she was not an employee of the county and Jefferson County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz was consulted, noting that if Andersen did not have an issue with the discussion in an open meeting it could proceed.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 8:11am
John Phillip Hajek, 99 of Beatrice passed away on June 4, 2016. He was born on Oct. 2, 1916.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews: Raymond Hajek, Dorothy Grell, Adelaide Hruska, Theresa Wissenburg, Mary Ann Wolcott, Francis Hajek, Annamae Soucie, Rita Leonard, Betty Sieck, Albert Hajek, Jr., Eugene Hajek, and Paul Hajek among many other relatives.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. at Vance-Gerdes Funeral Home in Odell. Rosary will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Ferdinand Boehme and Father Loras Grell on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Odell.
The American Legion #123 of Odell will conduct the military services at the Odell Czech Cemetery, where John will be buried.
Memorials have been established to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Odell.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:39am
James V. Schroeder, 77, Beatrice died June 6, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice. He was born May 24, 1939 to Glen and Hilda Schroeder. He grew up on the family farm southwest of Plymouth and was the youngest of three children. Jim attended elementary school at St. Paul’s Lutheran and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1956. He joined the Nebraska National Guard at Crete in 1957 and served six months active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Chaffee, Ark.