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17
Sep

Is Society Really Changing?

I have come to the realization in the last year or so that society is changing. My generation does things differently than my parents’ generation and my grandparents’ generation. That is good and bad.
The good news is that people of my generation are more accepting of people who are different than themselves. Through television and social media we see at an early age that the world is made up of all kinds of people, and I think we 20 and 30-somethings are less shocked at the thought of women and people of color in high-power positions. We are becoming a more liberal society, and there are good things and bad things about that.
Thanks to liberal thinkers women can vote and black people have the same rights as whites, and I think that society continues to become more liberal with each generation. Look how many states now recognize gay marriages.
Wed
17
Sep

Letter To The Editor

How deep does the corruption in Nebraska run? Since the passing of LB1098, “Senator Carlson’s Water Task Force,” the NRDs’ zeal for power and redistribution of the wealth has only intensified. Why do the NRDs persist in threatening citizens with property forfeitures if they fail to comply with the government’s heavy hand? Since when does depriving landowners of the ...fruits of their labor so that private developers can make a buck constitute good public stewardship? Various NRD staff and board members argue that they are just doing the people’s business, but this is nothing more than rhetoric. It has to be. Otherwise, why would the Upper Elkhorn NRD overtly halt the implementation of new irrigation wells in the face of rising groundwater levels?
Wed
17
Sep

Just Clean Your Junk Up For Cryin’ Out Loud

Attention Keepers Of The Crap:
 
 Before you get lost in the clutter of words that is to follow, if you take one thing away from this column remember that it’s no crime to be poor but you don’t have to be dirty. 
 You can thank my Mom for the above comment. She always drilled that into my head. Now, having said that please go outside to what ever junk pile is around your house, yard, vacant lot, garage, building or lean-to and pick up your crap.
 I know that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, a man’s home is his castle, private property is just that....private...blah, blah, blah. But some of us like to live in or  near clean neighborhoods too. Looking at engine blocks hanging from trees, couches sitting in the front yard, and stacks of lumber next to broken bicycles and long ago broken washers and dryers gives me indigestion. Honestly I have enough things that give me indigestion the way it is.
Wed
17
Sep

Senseless Act Of Vandalism Shakes Belief In Local Humanity

The Journal-news spends countless hours, days, weeks, months and year extolling the virtues of Fairbury. We preach, talk up and tout what a great place it is to live, work and raise a family. Midwestern living at its best. Salt of the earth people.
 But an act of vandalism last weekend at Blue Valley Community Action in Fairbury has left our beliefs somewhat in question.  Sometime over this past weekend a person or persons broke into BVCA and engaged in odd, random illegal acts. While none of the more expensive electronic items were stolen, nor were client files accessed, things like snacks, pop and change from workers’ desks were taken. Blankets were also stolen as were items used for the WIC Program.
 Toilets were stuffed with toilet paper but not flushed and most disgusting of all someone defecated in one of the offices and cleaned themselves with a window curtain.
Wed
17
Sep

Drug Take Back Sept. 27

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Sheriff’s Office at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE   (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Wed
17
Sep

Trail of Treasures

The Bonham Theatre Project is organizing a garage sale during this year’s Trail of Treasures and will be accepting donations September 25th and 29th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bonham in downtown Fairbury.

Wed
17
Sep

Lady Jeffs Home Opener


THE Lady Jeffs opened up their 2014 HOME Volleyball season by hosting Columbus-Lakeview. Pictured is Cheza Troxel. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
Wed
17
Sep

TransCanada To Host Tour of Pump Station Friday

TransCanada will be hosting a tour of their pump station straight east of Steele City on Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. The US Chamber of Commerce will be present for the tour. TransCanada. The public is invited to attend.

Wed
17
Sep

NIE Program Starting

The Fairbury Journal-News will be participating in the NIE Program again this year. Starting with Fairbury Schools. We will have a special monthly tab with a different school featured each month with students making ads for the local businesses and students writing stories.  
If you haven’t yet been contacted or we have inadvertently missed you and you would like to be a sponsor or have an ad in the tab, please contact the Journal-News office at 402-729-6141.
Wed
17
Sep

Agrium Officials ‘Promise” Bonus For Workers To Stay On Through Closure

Workers for the 'dry side' fertilizer plant at Agrium Technologies have allegedly been told they will be offered a bonus and severance package if they agree to stay on through the plant's closure later this Fall. Last week the company announced it would be shutting down a large part of the facility with between 33 and 50 workers losing their jobs.
  A worker at the plant who wished to remain anonymous said the plant is completing existing orders but no new fertilizer orders will be taken.
"We have been promised a severance package but I don't have a lot of faith in the type of package they are offering," he said. "We have also been promised bonuses if we stay and help close the plant down. But again I don't have a lot of faith in them (management)."

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