Photo caption: Gov. Dave Heineman surveys damage done by the tornado at Beaver Crossing as he talks with with Terry and JoAnn Paulsen. It is expected that Gov. Heineman will issue a State Disaster Declaration later today, once his tour of the damaged areas in the state is complete.
That's the sentiment of Jefferson County Emergency Management Director John McKee following the aftermath of a conformed tornado early Sunday evening that caused more than $2 million in property and structural damage, but left none injured.
"It really could have been a lot worse,"McKee said. "anytime a tornado goes through an area it's not a good thing, but in this case it was a lucky thing."
McKee told the Journal-News that as far back as last Friday the National Weather Service was warning people to be on the look out for deteriorating weather conditions. He said that atmospheric conditions were poised for something big to happen. McKee said the Weather Service reported the tornado as an official EF1 (on the Enhanced Fujita scale) was 15.5 miles long and 500 yards wide.
"We were looking at warm, moist conditions, a high dew point and a cold front expected to crash in behind," he said.
(Reuters) - The United States Postal Service ended its second quarter with a net loss of $1.9 billion, as first-class mail volumes continued to tumble and the government was unable to provide relief, the agency said on Friday.
Its net loss for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31 surpassed the first-quarter's loss of $354 million, but it remained flat from the year-ago quarter. It was the 20th of the last 22 quarters that the agency has posted a loss, USPS said.
The Postal Service's most profitable product, first-class mail, fell by 4.1 percent in the second quarter as more Americans opted to communicate and pay bills via the Internet.
Liabilities totaling $64 billion exceeded current assets by $42 billion, adding to its dire financial situation, the agency said in a statement.
In the meantime, its shipping and packaging business remained a bright spot.
Fairbury businessman Dennis Brown was arrested early Friday on a burglary warrant issued by the Thayer County Sheriff's Department. Officers from the Fairbury Police Department apprehended Brown without incident and remanded him to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center.
The Fairbury Journal-News contacted the Thayer County Sheriff's Department for further details regarding the arrest and is awaiting a press release. No further details were available.
Diller-Odell's track and field teams will participate May 14 in the D-1 District Track and Field Meet held at Bulldog Stadium in Auburn starting with field events at 11a.m., while running events are to begin at 2 p.m.
Meridian's track teams will take part in the D-6 District Track and Field Meet on May 14 at Friend High School. Field events will start at 9:30 a.m. with running events set for 1 p.m.
Kara Riggle, a senior at Fairbury Junior-Senior High School, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO). Twelve $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the children and stepchildren of Nebraska county officials and employees.
The scholarship may be used for any costs associated with continuing education including, but not limited to, tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Recipients of the scholarship were selected through an examination of achievements in academics, co-curricular activities and life activities, as well as the submission of an essay entitled The Importance of County Government in Nebraska. Recipients must attend a post-high school educational institution located within the state of Nebraska.
On April 16, 17 and 18, the local Fairbury Skills USA chapter took part in the annual Skills USA leadership Conference that was held in Omaha.
This year 12 boys competed and entered various Skills related events.
This year the following boys took part in a 3 day conference and competed with other area schools all over the state of Nebraska.: Bryce Schouboe, Aaron Williams, Zach Snyder, Jared Herman, Gabe Dux, Kyle Bauer, Brett Wanamaker, Aiden Burkitt, Dalton Hinrichs, Chris Fisher, Alxzandr Allsman, and Zach Pearce.
Competitions entered this year included Bryce Schoube with Health Knowledge Bowl and mouse trap vehicle, Reed Williams with bridge building and Mobile Robotics, Zach Snyder in Mobile Robotics, Jared Herman with Power Equipment Technology placing 3rd in the state of Nebraska in engines and mouse trap vehicles.