Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:11am
Thirty seven years is a long time to do anything.
Wind the calendar back 37 rotations are some of the things that happened included the winding down of Jimmy Carter’s presidency; the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations and McDonald’s introduced The Happy Meal.
Locally, Fairbury had a population of nearly 6,000 people; The Rock Island Railroad was still going strong and the community still was home to Southeast Community College.
Oh, and Larry Naiman started work for the City of Fairbury in the utilities department. Fast forward 37 years. Larry Naiman is still the only constant. That is until this Friday when he officially retires as assistant superintendent of utilities.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:09am
Brenda Lea (Zimmerman) Kerns, daughter of Richard and MaryAnn (Nun) Zimmerman, was born on March 9, 1963, at the Lynch Clinic in Fairbury. She went home to be with Jesus after a hard-fought battle with cancer on April 14, 2016, at the age of 53 years, one month and five days.
She was baptized on May 19, 1963, at Zion United Church of Christ, Gladstone, by Pastor Bryce Hecht. Her sponsors were her Aunt Arlene Zimmerman and Aunt Shirley Nun.
She was confirmed on April 3, 1977, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, by Pastor Norman Bangert.
Brenda attended school in Fairbury from Kindergarten through 12th grade. After graduating from Fairbury High School in 1981, she attended Southeast Community College in Fairbury. After SCC, she attended Joseph’s College of Beauty in Beatrice and became a cosmetologist and while living in Lincoln worked as a beautician and then worked at LaVon’s in Fairbury.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:08am
Eleanor Darlene (Weigel) Kenning was born March 15, 1923. She died on April 15, 2016 at the Heritage Care Center in Fairbury, Nebraska at the age of 93 years and one month.
She was the daughter of Earl and Cora (Hilder) Weigel. Soon after her birth she was baptized at the Congregational Church in Diller. She was confirmed there in 1935. She grew up on the family farm that her great grandparents homesteaded south of Diller. She attended elementary school at District 89 and graduated from Diller High School. She attended summer school at the Fairbury Junior College and the University at Lincoln. She taught elementary grades in Jefferson and Gage County.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:07am
Suzette Kay (Grone) Findley Mack of Ogallala, Neb., passed away April 17, 2016 at 65. She is survived by her husband Chet of Ogallala, son Travis (Renee) of Kansas City, Mo., daughters Tracy (Tim) and Stacy (Jeff) of North Carolina, step-son William-Casey (Emily) of Ogallala, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, one great-grandchild nearly here, mother Marjorie of Fairbury, brother Ron of Roenoke, Texas, sister Shirley of Lincoln, and brother Donnie of Fairbury.
Suzette spent her childhood in Steele City, where she was born Aug. 4 1950. When she was sixteen her family moved to Warsaw, Mo., where she met her first husband Rickey Findley. They were married Jan 1968, blessing her with three children Travis (1969), Tracy (1972) and Stacy (1977). Suzette grew an accomplished quilting business, traveled the country, danced, and enjoyed classic cars like her ‘65 Chevelle.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:05am
The General Squires VFW Auxiliary 3113 came to order with President Joy Graham presiding. Guard LaDonna closed the doors and Conductress Marge checked 12 member cards, Chaplain Linda gave opening prayer and Patriotic Instructor LaDonna gave patriotic instructions. We all said the Pledge to the Flag. Previous minutes were read by Secretary Zona and were approved. Treasurers report was given by Treasurer Cynthia and will be put on file. Correspondence was read by Secretary Zona. Batter up, Department newspaper. Department Convention will be June 9-12 in Kearney, Neb. National Convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reports have been sent in.
Charter was draped for Velva Seeman, Linda and Marge did the service.
We have a new By-laws and Ritual book since we are no longer just a ladies Auxiliary.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:03am
The Fairbury Journal-News had a fantastic year at the Nebraska Press Association annual convention on April 22-23 in Kearney.
The Journal-News won a record 15 total awards including a hat trick for social media coverage. For Best Use of Social Media, the Journal-News took first, second and third place. The May 7 area flood coverage won first place with judges comments including, “I liked that you used social media to get the word out about a potential dangerous situation in your area. Good job.”
The Mercedes Morrison attempted murder case was second for FairburyTV while the coverage of homecoming this year by FairburyTV and the Journal-News garnered third place.
Online coverage of breaking news was won by FairburyTV with the armed standoff taking the top category while FairburyTV was third in the same category with coverage of the escapee from sheriff’s deputies outside of Fairbury.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:03am
Many people attended the 12th annual “Put Your Foot Down Against Sexual Assault” 10K run/2K walk or run on Saturday to raise awareness about sexual assault, as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event was sponsored by the Hope Crisis Center, and all proceeds from the event are being used to help fund the services offered by Hope Crisis Center. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:01am
All Smiles--The United States Department of Agriculture--Rural Development hosted coloring and writing contests at the Diller-Odell Elementary School. The winners were: FRONT ROW (l-r): Hunter Maly, Landon Sunneberg and Ryleigh Vilda; MIDDLE ROW (l-r): Lilly Swanson, Erin Gegg and Joely Weers; BACK ROW (l-r): Madelyn Meyerle and Abby Vater. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Last Wednesday, students at Diller-Odell Elementary school celebrated Earth Day with the help of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and others.
State Director for USDA Rural Development Maxine Moul explained that this event is important because it teaches students to be good stewards of the planet.
“We’re celebrating Earth Day with young people who need to know about how we need to preserve our world, and how we can do that with various programs within USDA Rural Development,” said Moul.
She stated that at the event, the villages of Endicott and Steele City were being recognized for their collaboration on implementing a water project to update Endicott’s system and to improve the quality of water for Steele City.
“We have a unique project here in southern Nebraska with two communities, Endicott and Steele City, cooperating and partnering on new water systems for their two communities,” Moul said.