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01
Apr

Light It Up Blue Gala


The Third Annual Light It Up Blue Kick Off Gala was held last Saturday night at the Elks Club. Approximately 350 attended the event geared to raise autism awareness. Pictured, Chloe and Hailey Christ, Three’s Pieces members, capped off the evening with climbing on stage and singing a duet. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
01
Apr

Jefferson Intermediate Quiz Bowl


Fairbury A Team Earns 2nd Place Medal---This group of sixth graders took second place at the Thayer Central Quiz Bowl in March. The team made it to the championship round against Diller-Odell. Members shown holding their second place medals, include, left to right, Josh Robertson, Brynn Novotny, Melissa Kramer, Brylee Yantz and Ty Tucker. This was the first competition for the Fairbury School. Eleven teams competed. (Contributed Photos)
Wed
01
Apr

school lunch menu 4-1-15

Fairbury Jefferson and Central 
Elementary Schools
Thursday, Apr. 2: ROAST TURKEY W/ HMD BREAD; PBJ Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Strawberry Shortcake.
Friday, Apr. 3: NO SCHOOL
Monday, Apr. 6: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Apr. 7: MACHO NACHO; Turkey Wrap, refried beans.
Wednesday, Apr. 8: CHICKEN GRAVY W/HMD BREAD; Tuna salad on bun, mash potatoes. 
High School
Thursday, Apr. 2: ROASTED TURKEY W/HMD BREAD; Hamburger on bun, mash potatoes, gravy, strawberry shortcake.
Friday, Apr. 3: NO SCHOOL
Monday, Apr. 6: NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, Apr. 7: MACHO NACHO; Chicken & cheese flatbread, refried beans.
Wednesday, Apr. 8: CHICKEN GRAVY W/HMD BREAD; Cheeseburger on bun, mash potatoes. 
Wed
01
Apr

Trading A Jeff Man For A Mustang

 Meridian Public Schools is up 51 students – 30 percent – since last May, and superintendent Randy Kort said students who are optioning out of their home school districts and into Meridian are contributing significantly to the increase. Meridian has 84 students optioning in to the rural Daykin school, up from only 30 students who optioned-in just two years ago. Nearly a third of the district's students come from Fairbury. 
Students who option in to Meridian bring big money to the small school district, which had such small class sizes a few years ago that some grades were combined. The district receives about $7,000 in equalization funding  for each student who options in to the school, Kort said, which helps make up for the money the district doesn't get from property tax funding, which is only received by school districts for in-district students.  Meridian received about $325,000 last year in funding for students who came to Meridian from another district. 
Wed
01
Apr

Livingston Fire Ruled An Accident

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's office says a fire that did significant damage at the Livingston Enterprises hog operation south of Reynolds last week has been ruled an accident.
According to deputy fire marshal Ray Nance, the state office has been working with an insurance company to bring in heavy equipment in order to complete their investigation. Nance did not say exactly what triggered the blaze in which seven buildings were destroyed at the more than 10,000 animal facility.
No dollar estimate has been made available from the fire. And no numbers of animals that were either killed directly or indirectly from the blaze was made public in the fire marshal's report.
Wed
01
Apr

NDOR To Host Public Meeting Thursday For Possible Viaduct Replacement Project

The Nebraska Department of Roads will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday at the Community Building in City Park to discuss the possible replacement of the US 136 viaduct west of Fairbury. The meeting will be conducted from 4-6 p.m.
Identified as ‘Fairbury West Viaduct,” the state of Nebraska project is proposing to replace the existing viaduct which spans the Union Pacific double main line tracks. Reconstruction of the approaching roadway segments as well as increasing a grade raise is also proposed.
 According to a press release from the NDOR the existing guardrail would be removed and new guardrail installed. Existing surfaced driveways and intersections would also be reconstructed as well as regrading the foreslopes and ditches.
The proposed project would require detouring US 136 traffic for up to a year. The scope of the project calls for construction to begin as early as Fall 2016 and be completed by Winter 2017.
Wed
01
Apr

“We Want To Know How You’re Going To Handle A Tornado Event”


Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward, left, and police chief chad sprunk right, were in attendance at last thursday’s multi Operation take cover meeting.(Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
 It's all about knowing what to do.
 A group of nearly 40 people made up of health care officials, emergency management personnel and civic leaders attended a program called "Operation Take Cover" at The Heritage Care Center meeting room in Fairbury last week.            The event, which was sponsored by Public Health Solutions was designed primarily for health care officials and their responses during  tornado event. In addition to a contingent from Jefferson County the meeting was teleconferenced with health care officials from throughout 15 area communities from Jefferson, Gage, Fillmore and Saline Counties.
 Jefferson County EMS director John McKee told the Journal-News that while a large portion of the meeting was "off the record" due to the potential sensitive nature of thing that can occur during a catastrophic event, he said the goal of the meeting was simple.
Wed
01
Apr

Neal W. “Fritz” Frederick

Neal W. “Fritz” Frederick, 92 of Fairbury, NE, died March 29, 2015 in Fairbury. He was born July 6, 1922 to Andrew & Hazel (Arndt) Frederick in Beatrice, NE.
Survivors are son Fred and cousins.
Services will be Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Fairbury with Darlene Novotny officiating. Memorials will go to the Family’s Choice. Burial will be in Fairbury Cemetery. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Wed
01
Apr

Karlene Elaine Harris Brueggemann

Karlene Elaine Harris Brueggemann age 60 of Fairbury died March 31, 2015. Karlene was born second oldest to Larry Harris and Barbara Bigley Harris, on February 21, 1955 at Auburn, NE.  Karlene received her education at Auburn Public Schools.  She graduated with the “Betty Crocker Home Maker of Tomorrow” Award in 1972

Tue
31
Mar

Delbert Yost

Delbert Dean Yost was born on May 30th, 1929 Northwest of Plymouth, NE.  He was born to George & Emma (Schachenmeyer) Yost. Del passed away- March 26th 2015 in Lincoln, at the age of 85 years.  Delbert was baptized & confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Plymouth, NE.  Delbert attended school district 76 and district 43 parochial school and graduated in May of 1946 from Plymouth High School.  He then moved to York, and worked 2 years on his Uncle Art Schachenmeyer’s farm, where he drove a grain and stock truck.  He came back to Plymouth and worked for farmers around home.  In 1950 he went to work for Norris Public Power District in Beatrice.  In 1951 he was drafted to the army for the Korean War.  He took 8 weeks of basic training and 10 weeks auto mechanic training before being deployed overseas to Japan, where he instructed Japanese and Philippino soldiers with an instructor translating words to him.

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