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Sprinkler System Malfunction at JCHC


At 11:45 a.m. Monday, March 16, fire trucks were dispatched to Jefferson Community Health Center because of the fire alarm being activated. Upon investigation, it was determined there was a malfunction in the sprinkler system which set off the fire alarm.
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Congressman Adrian Smith Visits MSA Brand Products At McBattas Printing


Pictured top left, Peggy Galloway, Business Development Manager of MSA Brand Products and Congressman Adrian Smith. Bottom photo is Congressman Adrian Smith and owner of McBattas Printing Fred Arnold. (Photos by Freddie Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)

Adrian Smith, United States Representative for Nebraska’s third Congressional District, was in Fairbury to visit McBattas Packaging and Printing in Fairbury Friday, March 13 in support of the American-made movement.
The McBattas plant is one of only eight factories in the United States that produces American flags. McBattas, located in northern Fairbury, provides world-wide printing, packaging, screen printing and embroidery services.
Congressman Smith toured the McBattas campus with owner, Fred Arnold and MSA business development manager, Peggy Galloway. The group discussed the impact of over-seas competition, employment shortage and injurious unemployment incentives.
“This administration has done nothing to emphasize the dignity of work,” Congressman Smith said.
The United States imported $4.0 million worth of American flags in 2014 — of that, $3.9 million were imported from China.

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Busy Week For Firefighters In Rural Areas


RURAL DEPARTMENTS from Steele City, Fairbury, Diller, Washington, Hanover and Hollenburg responded to the call which burned more than 600 acres. (Photos by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
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Plans For Fairbury City Adm. Progress

The long vacant position of Fairbury City Administrator is taking steps toward being resolved, albeit tiny steps.
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward told the Journal-News earlier this week that he has received several applications for the position which is being advertised nationwide. Ward said that while he isn't ready to make any of the applicants' names public, he added each is being reviewed.
"It looks like we have a wide array of people who have shown interest in the job," he said. "And as of right now the applicants will be reviewed by myself, and council members Ed Friesen and Doug Brown."
The position of city administrator has been vacant since last May when the contract of then administrator Joe Parker was not renewed. Ward said city leaders have made a concerted effort to fill the position, placing an emphasis on economic development.

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Second Annexation Reading Passes With No Comment

Two weeks ago a multitude of people attended the Fairbury City Council meeting to hear comment, ask questions and in some cases complain about a proposed annexation of properties along the northern city limits.
This week there was no one.
On Tuesday members of the local governing body gave second reading approval to a measure that would bring a series of properties into the corporate city limits which include: Countryside Vet Clinic, Scherbarth Ace Hardware, The Farmers Coop, the Fairbury Rural Fire Department, land owned by Northgate Development and the property more commonly known as the former Massey Ferguson building.
The measure was approved on a unanimous vote by the city council. No one from the community or those from the proposed affected areas were in attendance. The ordinance must be approved one more time before becoming law,

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Asst. Principal Leaving For Grand Island at Year’s End

Fairbury Jr., Sr. High School assistant principal and activities director, P.J. Smith, is resigning effective the end of the current school year. He will be accepting the assistant principal's job at Grand Island Northwest starting next Fall.
Prior to serving as assistant principal, activities director for the last three years, Smith had served as Math teacher, varsity wrestling head coach, assistant football coach for the Jeffs. He has worked in the Fairbury school system since 2004.
Smith said leaving Fairbury was a tough decision for him and his family but the Grand Island job allows him to be closer to his family. Smith hails originally from Burwell. He said he will be leaving Fairbury in July.

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FJN Is Second Largest Circulated Weekly

Readership and circulation for The Fairbury Journal-News continues to increase.
For 2015 the Fairbury-based newspaper has become the second largest non-daily newspaper in the state of Nebraska.
Audited figures from the Nebraska Press Association place weekly readership of the Journal-News at 8,835. Only the Ogallala Keith County News has a higher weekly readership in Nebraska.
Last year the Journal-news was ranked number three for non-daily readership statewide.

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Fairbury Native Retires As Winningest Pius X Coach

Jerry (Jakle) Moore, a 1980 graduate of Fairbury High School announced on Monday that he would be stepping down as head coach for the Pius X volleyball team in Lincoln.
Since taking over the Pius program in 1990 Moore has guided the Thunderbolts to seven state volleyball championships, including a record 20 consecutive state tournament appearances. His overall coaching record is 705-232, including four seasons as coach at Fairmont.
Moore was named the Lincoln Journal-Star girls' prep coach of the year in 1998 and 2012. he was also selected as national high school coach of the year in 2008 by PrepVolleyball.com and was a finalist for national coach of the year in 2014.
In an interview this week with the Lincoln Journal Star he said, "I thought I would be here for two years, then moving on into some kind of position in (college) sports information." Moore said he would be staying on at Pius X as business teacher and assistant athletic director.

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Hynek’s Flock Annual Pancake Feed And Auction


Hynek’s Flock Relay for Life --Maryn Strunk enjoys her pancakes Saturday evening at the 4-H building. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
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Praise & Pancakes Fundraiser

Praise & Pancakes draws large crowd last Sunday evening at the 4H Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by the 5 Star Bible Camp as a fundraiser. Above, Brad Seitz was one of the servers flipping pancakes. Right, Aaron Schultis displays a baked item to the crowd while son Justin Schultis takes bids. (Contributed Photos)

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