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9-10-14

Police Report 
Aug. 20: Report of a suicide attempt in the 500 block of E Street. 
Aug. 23: Report of a juvenile runaway in the 800 block of 5th Street. 
Aug. 27: A parked 2013 Dodge owned by State of Nebraska 65 was damaged in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Cameras did not show what damaged the vehicle. Damages were estimated at $1,500. 
Aug. 27: Michael J. Rempel, of Fairbury, was backing from a parking space on 9th Street near B Street in a 2000 Chevrolet when the vehicle collided with a parked 2006 Ford owned by Ashley D. Cook, of Fairbury. There were no damages to Rempel's vehicle. Damages to Cook's vehicle were estimated at $2,000. 
Aug. 28: Report of a dirty house in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
Aug. 28: Report of a male issued a citation in the 1500 block of K Street for driving during revocation. 
Aug. 28: Report of damage to a car in the 900 block of 5th Street. 
Wed
10
Sep

Hebron’s Casey’s is Getting a Facelift


Casey’s is getting a facelift starting with the gas pumps. Casey’s central office said that all the work should be complete by mid to late November. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
The backhoes are digging and loaders are moving dirt and presently Casey’s in Hebron, although open for business is presenting customers with a few obstacles to get into the store.  The actual store renovation hasn’t even started yet.
The pump area presently is out of order as the area is being cleared for an extra pump as well as all tanks being checked for possible leaks.  They will putting in a third pump station as well as upgrading the pump system that was in place.
“We decided that it was best to make sure that everything is in working order since we are updating the store and the pumps,” said Brad Paul, area manager for Casey’s.  “It’s the company’s intention to update the store as well as enlarge it to better meet the needs of the community.”
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10
Sep

Many Questions, Few Answers On Agrium Job Loss, Closure

By Fred Arnold
 
Nearly a week after employees at Agrium in Fairbury were told that between 30-50 people would be losing their jobs, there have been few answers as to why the producer of agricultural fertilizer products is shutting down.
An employee at Agrium who spoke to the Journal-News on condition of anonymity said last week that company officials called a meeting announcing that the dry portion of the fertilizer manufacturing plant will be shut down. Following the meeting all employees were sent home for the next two days.
 He told the Journal-News that plant officials said the fertilizer facility would keep running through October and then begin the shut-down process. Loveland Products, which manufactures “wet fertilizer” adjacent to the Agrium plant will take over the facility and operate it as a warehouse.
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10
Sep

DEQ Approves Expansion Request for LEI

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a letter to the Jefferson County Commissioners that they approved the application by Livingston Enterprises to modify construction of their operating facility of the animal feed operation.
Jefferson County Clerk, Sandy Stelling, has given the original letter to Planning and Zoning  Manger, John McKee.  He will notify the Planning and Zoning Commission and they will schedule a hearing before any further action can be taken.
Wed
10
Sep

Traffic Stop Program Results In Numerous Citations, Warnings

One hundred thirteen citations and warnings were issued in Fairbury as the Fairbury Police Department along with Nebraska State Patrol conducted a DUI Safety Checkpoint on August 28.
 As part of the nationwide “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” crackdown, which ran from August 15 through Sept. 1 of this year locally 22 citations were issued. By count:
One arrest was made for an outstanding warrant, four citations were for speeding, two citations for stop sign violations, one for traffic control signal, one for no proof of insurance, three for no operator’s license, one for possession of drug paraphernalia, three for driving under suspension, one for driving under revocation, one for duty to carry/exhibit operator’s license, one for no proof of ownership, one for fictitious plates, one for operation of an unregistered vehicle, one for failure to yield and one for selt belt violation.
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10
Sep

Loss of State Aid Largest in School History

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
District 8 is going to lose nearly three quarters of a million dollars in state aid for the current school year.
According the Superintendent Fred Helmink state aid for the District 8 School  has dropped $723,718.  This is the largest decrease in state aid to the Fairbury schools in state aid history.  This drop represents a 77.49 percent decrease in state aid.
After crunching numbers and looking at property valuations  Helmink told Fairbury School Board at Monday’s meeting, even with the cut in state aid, he was able to present a budget with a levy asking of 94 cents.  This is a one cent decrease from last year.
Wed
10
Sep

County OK’s Small Budget Hike of 1%

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
Figures are in and Jefferson County Commissioners plan to increase their budget by one percent.  The proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year is $19,089,286.99 as compared to $17,621,670 for fiscal year 2014.
“This one percent is what we are approving today is to serve as a buffer for the year’s budget,” Commissioner Michael Dux said.  “The county valuations have increased to the point that we are able to build in this extra for our budget.”
County valuations have  increased 36 percent from 2014.  The property tax asking for 2015 is $5,130,965.32 which includes ambulance district, historical society and the county fire districts.  The county will be asking for a 40 cent levy.
The board spent approximately three weeks going over each individual budget with the different department heads.  The final numbers allow for a slight increase across the board for all departments. 
Wed
10
Sep

Assessor’s Office to Get Tough on Non-compliance

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
The Jefferson County Assessor’s Office has identified $600,000 in undeclared personal property in the Jefferson County Area.  
“The assessor’s office can and is going through worksheets and reports for not only this year but up to three years back,” County Assessor Vicki Haskell said.  “If we find that there is personal property that has not been filed  our office can assess taxes on the straight value as well as penalty and interest for each item that we find.”
Wed
10
Sep

Vehicle Strikes Unattended Car West Of Jansen

No one was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident on Highway 136 west of Jansen Tuesday.
Cody Lee, age 23, of Fairbury  was driving a 1999 Acura when he struck a parked, disabled vehicle owned by Sharon Oliver of Fairbury. The Oliver vehicle, a 2003 Pontiac was unattended.
 According to a report from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Lee reached down to pick up an object in his vehicle and ran into the rear of the Pontiac. Both vehicles were a total loss.
Lee was not wearing a seat belt but the airbags did deploy in his vehicle according to the Sheriff's office. He was transported to Jefferson Community Health Care Center in Fairbury by ambulance with non life threatening injuries.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash.
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10
Sep

Grandparents Day

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