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19
Nov

"I Don't Want To Stand In Front Of The American Flag"


VETERAN CARMEN WHEATCRAFT--gives a presentation along with his gift of a commemorative pistol to The Jansen Legion. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
 Patriotism is more than just a word in the dictionary for Carmen Wheatcraft of Fairbury. For the 90 year-old World War II veteran it's a way a life, a source of pride and a word that never goes out of style.
"I get a little emotional sometimes when I talk about it," he said.
 Last week, Wheatcraft, a decorated veteran of what many call 'The last Great War' and one of a dwindling number of veterans who fought the Axis Powers from 1941-1945 gave a gift to honor a special event, to the Jansen American Legion. The gift: a gold-plated fully functional 45 caliber M 1911 Colt Pistol. The event: the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Wed
19
Nov

Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign which will be beginning on November 24, 2014 and ending on November 30, 2014.  
During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).  This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt violations.  The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.  
With the goal of increasing seat belt enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to increase the number of people wearing seat belts.
Wed
19
Nov

FHS Student Earns First-Ever “Believers and Achievers” Award At Fairbury

Nathan Klaumann a senior at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School has been chosen as a November Believers and Achievers recipient by the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA).
Believers and Achievers is a statewide program set up by U.S. Bank and the NSAA giving recognition to Nebraska’s future leaders.
 
Believers and Achievers has been designed to reward high school students in Nebraska for their excellence in academics and participation in Nebraska School Activities Association activities.
Starting in October and continuing through May, 2015, 48 Nebraska high school seniors will be honored as Believers & Achievers. From those 48 finalists, eight will receive $500 scholarships from U.S. Bank to the college or university of their choice at an end-of-the-year banquet in June.
These students will be recognized at NSAA State Championships throughout the 2014-15 activities year.
Wed
19
Nov

Fairbury Elks Lodge


MORE THAN 90 MEALS WERE SERVED SATURDAY AT THE FAIRBURY ELKS LODGE in the annual fundraiser for the Crippled Children’s Fund. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
Wed
19
Nov

Fowl Ordinance Lays An Egg; Council Says ‘No Birds In Fairbury’

 Local residents hoping to wake up to the sound of a rooster or going outside to gather some farm fresh eggs will need to move to the country. On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council let a measure die that would have allowed the creation of an ordinance for the keeping of fowl in the city limits.
 First Ward councilman Brad Kuzelka, a proponent of the measure said a potential initiative died in front of the Public Safety Committee as it was deadlocked with a 2-2 vote.
    “I made a motion to have the city attorney draft an ordinance so we could at least talk about it,” he said. “It was 2-2 so I guess we have nothing to talk about.”
  “An ordinance like this would be good for kids and stuff who want to have them (fowl) as 4-H projects,” Kuzelka added. “I think this is a place where we could give in a little bit to people instead of being criticized for holding people back.”
Mon
17
Nov

Mollie C. Achterberg

Mollie C. Achterberg, 101 of Deshler, NE pased away on November 13,2014 at Herbon, NE. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hebron,NE. with burial in  Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from noon – 8 pm at the Ahrendts Funeral Home, Deshler, NE.

Ahrendts Funeral Home in charge of Arrangement, 315 1st St., Deshler, NE 68340.

Fri
14
Nov

Low Pressure Systems Bring Precipitation, but Limited Drought Relief

Three low pressure systems brought cold weather and in some cases precipitation across the contiguous U.S. this week, including snow across the northern tier and rains in some areas of Texas, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor said.
 
Abnormally dry conditions, however, continued across the Mid-Atlantic. Streamflow deficits were noted in the region, and farther south, across Mississippi and Alabama.
 
Severe drought was introduced in some areas of southern Alabama, while moderate drought was expanded across western and north-central Alabama. Abnormally dry conditions were expanded across northern Louisiana and southern Alabama to reflect a lack of widespread precipitation.
 
Fri
14
Nov

Next "Vision for Education in Nebraska" hearing will discuss use of lottery funds

 An Education Committee hearing on Wednesday will consider the use of lottery funds for education, the last in a series of hearings at which Nebraskans have drawn similar conclusions as to how they would like to see that money be used in schools.

Thu
13
Nov

Fake IRS Phone Scam

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam targeting taxpayers. Victims are told they own money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are are then threatened with arrest or suspension of a business or dirver's license. 1. The IRS will not call you at home asking for personal information or payment, nor email you. If you get a call like this, report it at: 800-366-4484.

Wed
12
Nov

Early Miscues Cost Griffins In Loss To Friend


DILLER-ODELL SENIOR QUARTERBACK AUSTIN VITOSH No. 23, drops back to release a pass to an open receiver, as Friend defensive end Simon Sandberg, No. 9, applies pressure in first half action last Wednesday night in the D-1 State Football Playoffs second round game played in Friend. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
In the game of football one play can sometimes mean the difference between victory and defeat.
That was the case with Friend maintaining an 8-0 first quarter lead after recovering a Diller-Odell fumble at the Bulldogs’ three-yard line which swung the momentum in favor of Friend last Wednesday night in the second round of the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs played on the Bulldogs’ home field.
Friend never let Diller-Odell get closer than 11 points on its way to a 60-19 win.
Both squads defenses continued to play hard in the second quarter with the two teams combining to score just nine points.
Early in the second stanza, Friend increased its lead to 22-0 off an 11-yard run by Baptista.
Diller-Odell late in the quarter drove to the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line, but a 47-yard field goal attempt by Brady McMurray sailed wide-left.

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