Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:59am
It’s the political season and I get drawn into politics like a fly does to honey. Maybe being around politics professionally for going on 40 years has gotten me hooked but people always seem to ask me “So, what do you think?” And I usually tell them.
Last week I was asked who I was going to vote for Hillary or Donald.
My answer was very matter of fact: neither. I have puzzled over this for a while now and I respect certain attributes of both candidates. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton has the working knowledge of politics on her side. No mater how repugnant that may be. And no one can question the business acumen of Donald Trump. You don’t get that far ‘up the pole’ without understanding finances. Again no matter how distasteful.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:59am
There’s a business in Fairbury that should be ashamed of itself for not doing more to help the Jefferson County Fair. In fact, it’s almost inexcusable that the business I’m mentioning didn’t come up with more ways to help—before, during and after.
To which business do I give this cloak of shame? The Fairbury Journal-News.
Yes. That’s correct. The FJN could have and should have done a better job supporting its own agricultural community into which it is fully engrossed. But before you think I’m either writing my resignation letter or that I’ve gone nuts, let me prepare you: I thought it only fair to take the heat first.
Now, about the rest of you. Shame on you for not doing more to support the Jefferson County Fair. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:46am
As Nebraskans like to say, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.”
Actually, this time, it’s both.
“We’re basically going into a pattern,” said state climatologist Al Dutcher. “But early last week, with the impending heat, we began seeing models that would bring us a ‘dome of doom.’”
The heat index—a combination of what the air “feels like” as a result of high temperatures and high humidity—is what worries Dutcher and others. The National Weather Service in Omaha declared Tuesday an excessive heat warning for the entire region. That warning was to begin at 1 p.m. today and last through 8 p.m. Friday.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:46am
Grab your blue jeans and come live out some of your country dreams this week during the 2016 Saline County Fair in Crete’s Tuxedo Park.
The fair, which has entertained Saline County area residents for more than 125 years, is slated to kick off today with 4-H horse show and conclude Sunday, July 24 with the 4-H Premium Auction.
Fairgoers should appreciate a number of entertainment and competition events from a new PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) rodeo on Saturday to the immensely popular Galaxy of Stars Regional Talent Search preliminaries and the Friday Night Concert series headliner—country music legend Mark Chesnutt.
“We try to provide some event that very person can enjoy,” said Saline County Ag Society Inc. president Kent Musil of Western. “From antique tractors, school art, textiles and 4-H and FFA project exhibits to mutton busting, a family feed, Figure 8 races, livestock and small animal shows.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:42am
July 7: Maria Nimfa Stirm, a single woman, to James J. Stirm, a single man; Lots 3, 4 and 5, Block 22, 2nd Addition to Steele City. Subject to easements.
July 7: Steven J. Eisenhauer, a single person, to Bradley D. Eisenhauer; (5) separate tracts of land in the NE ¼ of Section 27, Township 4 North, Range 3 East of the 6th P.M.
July 8: Genrich Lawn & Tree Care Inc., a Nebraska Corporation, to Terasa L. Bauer and James Lange, as joint tenants; Lot 19, Except the West 15ft thereof, and all of Lots 20 and 21, Block 4, Original Town of Plymouth. Subject to easements.
July 8: Kenneth C. Spry and Jennifer A. Spry, husband and wife, to Kevin Belding; Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 7, Original Town of Jansen. Subject to easements.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:41am
It were as though someone had turned the heat off at the Jefferson County Historical Society and everything had cooled down.
Members of the reorganized JCHS board met Tuesday for a special meeting. It was in stark contrast to the one held just 12 days earlier, when four board members and the former curator resigned in a stifling hot, crowded room at the Rock Island Depot.
“Things are coming together,” said Megan Sothan, the vice president of the board and interim director of JCHS.
The board discussed relatively few items on an agenda made available to the public: an update on changing the three main exterior locks; asking for volunteer help mowing grass and attending to various properties; approving the inspection of an alarm system; updating the public on the society’s request for county funding; and agreeing to waive an audit for this year since the new board just got started.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:39am
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds hosted the county’s annual agricultural fair from July 14 through July 17. In addition to 4-H activities, animal showings, livestock auctions and a carnival, the Jefferson County Fair included JayHusker midget car racing and a rough stock rodeo. Above, Jeanna Brown, 12, of Utica, gets dragged through the horse arena dirt Saturday evening as she tries to mount a buckskin during the Wild Pony Race. She and her two sisters—Masa and Kia—had only minor injuries from the event. At left, William Claycamp of Beloit, Kan., shows son Caleb how to fine tune a racer during the JayHusker event Saturday night.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:14am
The numbers look good. The crowds look good. And the events are well attended.
Fairbury City Museum President Ben McBride had nothing but positive things to tell members of city council during their meeting Tuesday as he gave his annual report. McBride said total visitors had nearly doubled from the previous year, as had donations.
“Our visitors were at 1,158 as compared to 759 from the previous year, and in donations we took in $4,465 compared to $2,800 from the prior year,” he said.
McBride also said this year’s grand opening of the new fossil room, which was the culmination of five years’ work, is quite unique for a museum of the city’s size to have.
“I think we’re definitely doing something right at the museum and it is starting to show,” he said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:14am
The former Alexandria Groceries could belong to the Village of Alexandria next month—if the village is the winning bidder of a sheriff’s sale.
Village board members unanimously passed a motion July 13 to set its bid limit at $100 for the property at 309 Harbine Street. If the village has the winning bid, it also will be responsible for two years of back taxes.
“It’s already kind of in disrepair, and if it got any worse, it would affect [the village’s] building,” said board Chairman Jeremy VanWesten, referring to a common wall the building share’s with the town’s library.
VanWesten said both the roof and the floor have collapsed on the building, which has been vacant for about 10 years. If the village is able to acquire it, he said it will have to tear it down.
“It’s in pretty bad shape, beyond salvation,” said VanWesten. “If I was a millionaire, I’d probably try to save it.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:18pm
Mary Jane Wendland, 88, of Columbus, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Morys Haven Nursing Home, Columbus.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Federated Church, Columbus, with Pastor Edward Yang officiating.
Private family interment in the Columbus Cemetery will precede the service.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gass Haney Funeral Home. The family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are to be directed to the Federated Church.