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Wed
18
May

Many Positives in Fairbury But Perception That Drugs, Run Down Housing A Problem

There’s a lot of good things about Fairbury. Who says so? Members of the Fairbury community itself.
On Tuesday Shawn Kaskie from the Center For Rural Research and Development at the University of Nebraska-Kearney reported findings of this past winter’s community assessment survey to members of the Fairbury City Council. In his presentation he noted that 89 percent of the population returned survey questions about the community and the responses were largely favorable.
“Fairbury is a unique community in that we have done a needs assessment survey on three occasions and the people here are engaged, involved and want to make your community a better place to live,” he said.
Kaskie said that Fairbury received very high marks for excellent city services such as law enforcement, fire protection and utility services. He also said that more younger and professional people are moving to Fairbury because of job opportunities and the “small town atmosphere.”

Wed
18
May

Do You Smell Something?

At approximately 5:05 p.m., The Fairbury City Fire Department received a call that there was a potential gas leak in the basement of a house located in the 800 block of Third Street. Officials searched for anything that could have been the source of the odor and determined that there was not a leak, and that there was no danger. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Carnival Of Love

Last Wednesday Gardenside Long-Term Care facility held a special carnival for residents, employees and families. Some of the prizes included hugs from local helpers. Tiffany Pfaff gives Eugene Musil a hug and kiss during one of the many carnival games. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Volunteers Needed For Garden Project

Seeds of Hope Youth Garden: Volunteers are needed to assist with a gardening project. The Fairbury Elks Lodge is partnering with the FYI Center Youth Garden and the location is south 6th Street between D and C Streets (the old Trindel Service Station).
The project is geared to teach youth to prepare, plant, maintain, harvest, preserve and store the fruits and vegetables grown over the summer.
If you wish to volunteer, come to the Garden on May 20, at 2 p.m. to share your knowledge. Any questions, please contact Barb Schmidt at 402-729-5947 or Jim Schroeder at 402-729-3350.

Wed
18
May

Swing, Swing, Swing

Morice Costello+4 played Polka at the VFW on Saturday night. Elmer Nemec of Crete sings and plays a polka favorite in Czech. (Photo by Fred Arnold/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Lawrence Taylor DeBusk

Lawrence Taylor DeBusk, M.D., passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016 after a long illness.
He is survived by Marilyn, his loving wife of 68 years, daughters Nancy (Don), Sharon (Tom), sons Steve, Jim (Tracey), Bob (Cheri), five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of life will be held on July 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Simon’s Church, 1860 Grant Rd., Los Altos, CA 94024.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Rd., Mountain View, CA 94040.

 

Tue
17
May

Robert Bartley

Robert Lee (Bob) Bartley (65) passed away Saturday May 14th 2016 at his home in Hastings, NE surrounded by his loving family. Born to Loland Bartley and Sarah (Williams) Bartley in Red Cloud, NE on January 5th 1951. He was the 7th of 8 children.
After graduating from Loup City Senior High in 1969 he served his country in the Army. When he returned to Nebraska, he met the love of his life, Kay Roesler of Western, NE.
They were married August 13, 1977 at Zion Lutheran Church in Montrose CO. Together they had 3 boys, Joshua Robert (Aryn), Luke Edward, and Jacob Ira (Allison). From the 3 boys, Bob and Kay would learn patience and have some of the most incredible memories and stories.
Josh and Aryn’s children, Reagan and Landon, were the light of his life and he was known as Pa. He was looking forward to being Pa for the 3rd time with Jacob and Allison’s baby Bartley in September.

Tue
17
May

Lawrence DeBusk

Lawrence Taylor DeBusk, M.D., passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016 after a long illness.
He was born in Endicott to Samuel and Minnie DeBusk. He moved to Fairbury in 1941 and graduated from Fairbury High in May 1943. He met his wife, Marilyn, in high school. They were later married in Aug. 1948. He enlisted in the Army in August 1943 and served three years in Panama with the Signal Corps.
Upon his return from active duty he earned his college and medical degrees from the University of Nebraska. He enjoyed a 32-year career as a general surgeon in Mountain View, Calif.; he was one of the founders of El Camino Hospital.
He was a member of the Santa Clara County Medical Society, California Medical Society, American Medical Association, San Jose Surgical Society and the American College of Surgeons.
During his leisure time he enjoyed spending time with his family, taking the family dogs for walks, golfing and salmon fishing.

Mon
16
May

Rev. Wilfred Johnson

Reverend Wilfred “Ron” Ronald Johnson age 75 of Texarkana, TX formerly of Alexandria died on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, TX.  A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, May 20, 2016 at New Life Christian Church in Alexandria.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
 Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.
Sat
14
May

Meredith (Katie) Shelafo (Mullins)

Meredith (Katie) Shelafo (Mullins) 
8/2/1940-5/10/2016
Survived by husband Chester Shelafo; brothers: John and Gary Mullins, and JT Rhoden and family; Sons: Drew and Michael; and many grandchildren. Memorial Details: Horan & McConaty http://www.horancares.com/

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