Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:36pm
HERITAGE CARE CENTER in Fairbury--Row 1-Dani Block, Angie Hein, Dezerae Davis, Monica Villeda. Row 2-Deb Mathiesen, Kelsey Herring, Lois Knigge, Becky Gausman, Heather Deuel, Mandi Barnts. Row 3-Susan Michels, Roger VanWesten, Thelma Schellhorn, Deb Nippert, Tina Bramhall, Joni Woodard, Kelly Smith. Contributed Photo
In the most recent survey administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Heritage Care Center was rated deficiency-free for a third consecutive year.
It is unusual for a skilled nursing and care center to receive a deficiency-free survey, meaning all services provided at this care center meet or exceeded all state and federal standards. All skilled nursing and care centers are inspected annually to evaluate services and renew state licensure. Unannounced, surveyors come in to interview, observe, and check records for at least four days. If each of the hundreds of regulations are met, the skilled nursing and care center is awarded a “deficiency-free” survey.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:31pm
Livingston Enterprises Inc. may be expanding. The swine operation, which has its headquarters in Fairbury, could add more than 30 jobs to the local economy if a proposed 7,200-head sow facility is built near Endicott next year. The corporation has several units in Jefferson County. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-News
A proposed swine facility near Endicott could add more than 30 new jobs to the area next year.
Bruce Livingston, who is the owner and president of Livingston Enterprises Inc., said the 7,200-head sow unit that would be located a mile and a quarter north of Endicott would add 30-35 new jobs to the area, including new employees, or team members as he calls them, to work in the unit and supporting businesses such as those that deliver feed. He said the expansion would also help the local economy with a boost in taxes and electricity use.
Livingston said the proposed facility is still in the permitting stages, although he is hopeful that the permits would be issued in the next 4-6 months. Livingston could then break ground on the breed-to-wean-facility.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:29pm
After 13 years of heading up the District 8 school system, superintendent Fred Helmink will be retiring at the end of June.
During the Local Focus program which aired last week on local radio station KGMT/KUTT Helmink said it was time to move on but gave no concrete reason for leaving the Fairbury school district.
"Kathy (Helmink's wife) and I decided to make the announcement together," he said. "I will be looking for another position whether it be inside or outside of education."
"It has been 13 fantastic years but I think the timing is right with three new board members coming on," Helmink added. Three new members were elected to the school board and will take office early next year: Sharon Ebke, Barb Arner and Alan Stall.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:23am
For many the upcoming holiday season is a time of joy, of thanks, family, friends and giving. But for others this typically joyous time of year is difficult.
According to Ryan Bailey, family and community services manager for Blue Valley Community Action, while many people enjoy sending and receiving gifts for Christmas, there are many people, particularly children, in the Fairbury area who will receive no gifts this Christmas due to hardship.
In what has become an annual holiday custom BVCA along with the support of American National Bank, First National Bank and Union Bank, all of Fairbury, have set up their Adopt a Family/Giving Tree program.
Bailey said Christmas trees have been put up in each financial institution. On the trees will be a card with a family's code. She said codes are used so that families and donors remain anonymous.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:39am
Linda Bauer, of Fairbury, was sworn in last Friday as a county judge of the First Judicial District by District Court Judge Paul Korslund. Bauer was the county attorney and a partner at Schwab and Bauer before being appointed in October to the new position by Gov. Dave Heineman. She will preside over county court cases in the counties of Jefferson, Saline and Thayer. She replaces Judge J. Patrick McArdle, of Crete, who retired at the end of July. Photo by Fairbury Journal-News
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:37am
The Diller Seniors Card Party was held Nov. 18th. High scores for Pitch were Carl Lytle, Kathie Menck. Low scores were Lois Bures and Betty Habka. Door prize was won by Eva Renz. Hostesses were Betty Lawrence, Jan Gold, and Eva Renz. Next Card Party will be Dec. 16th. All are welcome! ( We have Gift certificates. They make Great Christmas Gifts.)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:35am
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth hosted the area Reformation service Sunday afternoon, November 2nd. Pastor Joel Schroeder, of Mount Olive Lutheran of Overland Park, KA was the guest preacher. Special music consisted of a children’s choir, an adult choir, a men’s choir, and hand chimes. A supper was served at the close of the service.
June Weichel and Cassie Bienhoff traveled to Eldorado, KA for a three stay visit at the home of Damien and Brooke Haugenstein, Courtney, Justus, and Karisa.
Tom and Connie Seevers hosted their card club Saturday, November 1st at their home in Lincoln. Winning high prizes were Robert and Nance Heidemann. Low prize winners were Gordon and Maril Freese.
Esther Weichel hosted her ladies’ card club Tuesday, October 28th. Ila Burger had the high score and Lois Bessler was second high.
Shawn Freese was a Friday visitor of his grandmother, Lillian Freese.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:34am
The Plymouth Cloverleaf 4-H Club met November 9th 2014 at the Plymouth Community Center. The meeting was called to order by President Megann Freese. Old business included Trunk or Treat on Halloween, Veterans day craft fair. Our Christmas party will be held on Sunday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m. There will be a $5 gift exchange for members who want to participate.
New business: January 2nd the Extension office will hold a winter workshop on January 2nd. 4-H Achievement Day will be held Sunday, January 4th at 5:00 p.m. We will be collecting food for the food pantry at the next meeting. We will then do the gift exchange and a pot luck meal.
A game was played by the recreation committee, Presentations were done by Likens, Hueske’s and Holtmeiers. Then boxes for Operation Christmas Child were packed to send.