Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:08am
On Monday, Jan. 4, a frost covered the area, blanketing the region with a soft, white glow as the sun emerged late afternoon. Despite the chilly conditions, Crystal Springs in Fairbury saw a bevy of activity, including campers and several vehicles drive through to witness the picturesque surroundings. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:07am
Renovations on the way--The renovation project to bring the Jefferson County Courthouse into compliance with the Fire Marshall’s requests, and to move offices within the courthouse is scheduled to begin soon with a projected completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners started the new year with the major decision at their meeting Tuesday to award a bid for the courthouse renovation project after a two-to-one vote on the motion.
This project, which has been in the works since the Fire Marshall issued an ultimatum that the 124-year-old building must comply with the fire code, has taken approximately two years to reach this point.
The project will focus on making the building compliant with the fire code, as well as moving some of the offices within the building. The courthouse will remain open during construction and should not affect day-to-day business.
Before making a motion to approve one of the bids that were submitted by two construction companies, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock began by explaining the situation and that it is a tough decision to make since every issue at the courthouse can’t be addressed in this renovation project.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:06am
New pagers are in store for the Fairbury Volunteer Fire Department after the City Council meeting that took place on Tuesday.
The volunteer fire department, which currently uses the Motorola Minitor V pager, has recently been having difficulties with them. Chief Chris Goeking explained that the repair costs are beginning to add up quickly.
“Basically what we have is outdated pagers,” said Goeking. “We’ve been sending them in very frequently at about $100 a pop per pager to have them work on them. They’re old, and they keep falling apart.”
Goeking explained that he consulted Chief of Police Chad Sprunk and found that the police department is experiencing similar issues with their pagers. Goeking believes that it would be much better to just replace the pagers rather than continue to send them in for repairs. He requested the purchase of the Motorola Minitor VI.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:05am
On December 30th, the Beatrice Community Players presented “Stranded in Wonderland.” The play featured various fairy-tale characters out of place in Wonderland. The production was taught by Rebecca Wilson. The cast consisted of kids from Grades 1-5 from area schools. The kids came up with the idea for the play, and over the course of two days worked together to finalize the production. Pictured left to right are: Ashton Hofeling, age 9, of Beatrice as the Queen of Hearts, Mallory Schwab, age 7, of Beatrice as Tinkerbell, Jalen Reiman, age 9, of Beatrice as Belle and Rylee Gill, age 7, of Fairbury as Alice. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:03am
The Xi Alpha Theta Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority raised money through free-will donations, made during the Fairbury Community Concerts, to donate to the Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) Food Pantry. The sorority donated $300 to the food pantry. The Xi Alpha Theta Chapter asks for free-will donations at each of the concerts, announcing where the donations will go at the beginning of each concert. This donation to the food pantry is the result of the free-will donations from the last two concerts. Pictured are (l-r): Kerry Meyer, sorority member, Larissa Elvin, FCS Coordinator at BVCA, and Carol Bauer, sorority member. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:02am
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office participated in the nationwide “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” campaign, which ran from Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016.
During that time period there were increased patrols. The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
This grant allowed deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for alcohol related violations.
During the enforcement dates, Deputies contacted 146 vehicles, arrested one person for third offense DUI, one person for first offense DUI, two people for Driving Under Suspension (fourth offense), and two people for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).
There were 135 warning/defect cards and 42 citations issued. Some warnings and citations had more than one violation listed.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 01/05/2016 - 11:02am
Norman J. Covey 82 of Shenandoah, IA, formerly of Fairbury, NE was born March 19, 1933 at Hebron, NE. He was a Korean Navy Veteran.
Survivors are wife Norma of Shenandoah, IA, sons Nat Covey of Fairbury, NE and Nick (Deborah) Covey of Beatrice, NE, 2 grandchildren Nicole Covey & fiancée Sean Powell of Beatrice, NE and Niles Covey and fiancée Kellie Murnan of Lincoln, NE, one great-granddaughter Alexandria Covey of Beatrice, NE, one brother-in-law Robert Hurst of Fairbury and several nieces and nieces.
The family will greet friends at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home Wednesday January 6th from 5 – 7 p.m. A private family service will be held at the Fairbury Cemetery. Memorials will go to the Fairbury Cemetery Tree Fund. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:25pm
Alberta C. Smith 92 of Fairbury passed away Dec. 31, 2015 in Fairbury. She was born Oct. 18, 1923 in Endicott, NE.
Survivors are Daughters: Christine Love of Fort Collins, Colo., Debra and (Bob) Harrison of Lincoln, Maria Campos Burkley of Fairbury, Grandchildren: Matt and (Amelia) Love, Courtney Harrison and Fiance Christopher Lui, Allison Burkley, Emily Burkley, Great Grandson: Kingsley Lui, Special Friend: Ivel Carpenter. Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Gail Cross officiating. The family will greet friends Wednesday Jan. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home.
Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery-Fairbury, NE. Memorials to the United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.
Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:09pm
Carol Lynn Kolling was born June 26, 1952 at Deshler, Nebraska. She passed from this life Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Thayer County Hospital in Hebron at the age of 63 years.
Memorial services will be held 1:00pm Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Price Funeral Home, Hebron, Nebraska with the Reverend Rich Stevenson, Peace Lutheran Church of Deshler, officiating. Inurnment will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Deshler. Memorials may be made to the Blue Valley Care Home, Hebron. The register book may be signed this week at Price Funeral Home, Hebron, Nebraska who assisted the Kolling family with these arrangements.