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Juveniles Arrested For Participation In Break Ins

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Hyped Winter Storm Just All Wet


CLear the way--Crews from the City of Fairbury began clearing the snowfall from the streets at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Assistant Street Superintendent Laura Bedlan warned that because of the weight of the snow, some mailboxes may sustain damage. She encourages people to invest in devices that may prevent this damage from occurring as a result of the snow. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The snow storm that many expected to blanket the county in upwards of a foot of snow has left behind a small serving of what Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Dux calls “heart attack snow,” which he explained is because of the weight of the snow.
Jefferson County Emergency Manager John McKee explained that the reason why the area did not receive as much snow as originally predicted is because the track of the storm shifted.
“What we were getting, early on, is what they were supposed to be getting in Kansas, and we were supposed to be getting what’s along the interstate,” said McKee. “We got by with a little more rain and a little less snow.”
Electrical Line Superintendent Jim Moorehead stated that there were a few power outages on Tuesday due to the amount of ice on the power lines. He explained that he and his crew had the power back on in most places within an hour of the initial outage.
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Feb

One School Changes Conference While Another Applies For Change

As Tri County leaves the Southern Nebraska Conference behind to join the Pioneer Conference, Fairbury applies to fill the void in the conference.
Matt Uher, Activities Director at Tri County Public Schools, explained that this move to join the Pioneer Conference has been in the works for quite some time.
“The discussion for change has been in discussion for a few years as we discussed our enrollment figures compared to the Southern Nebraska Conference vs. the Pioneer Conference,” said Uher. “Our 9-11 grade enrollment for this next year will be 76, which places us in the NSAA enrollment of 28/53 schools in Class D1.”
Uher stated that the enrollment rates will likely stay the course in the mid to upper 70s. With this information, Uher believes that schools in the Pioneer Conference will be a better match. He also believes that there will be many benefits resulting from the change.
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Journal-News Named State’s Largest Circulated Non-Daily

The Fairbury Journal-News was recognized as Nebraska’s largest circulated non-daily newspaper by the Nebraska Press Association. The Journal-News is annually among the top read newspapers in the state but this year marks the first time they have achieved the top ranking.
For the past two years the Fairbury newspaper has been number two in the state among non-daily newspapers, but this year’s readership, listed at more than 10,375 each week, earned them the top spot. 
“We are all very honored and humbled to be named Nebraska’s top circulated non-daily newspaper,” FJN owner Fred Arnold said. “This is a testament not only to our staff who works very hard to put out a quality publication, but more so to our readers who, by sheer numbers, are saying they want our newspaper each week.”
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Feb

Few Officials Already Filed For Re-Election

Elected officials have until Tuesday, Feb. 16 to file for re-election.
The non-incumbent filing deadline is Tuesday, March 1.
Incumbents who have already begun to trickle in before the deadline include Jay VanWeston and Larry Miller, both for the Meridian School Board. Re’ne Scheer is also up for her Meridian School seat and, as of press time, has not filed.
For the Fairbury Public Schools board, three seats are up for election, including Richard Zimmerman, who resigned from his position in December. A replacement for his seat has not been assigned. Alan Stall and Jody Starr are the other two seats currently up for re-election. Starr has filed for re-election.
District 2 Jefferson County Commissioner, Brad Grummert, is up for re-election this year.
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Feb

DARE Program Given at Jefferson

January 11 was a very important day to sixth grade students at Jefferson Intermediate School.  
Retired State Trooper Wayne Trantham met with the students for their first day of DARE classes. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school officials noted that the district is appreciative of the support from the Fairbury Public Schools, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairbury PTA, among others within our community who offer financial assistance to provide this valuable program to children.  
DARE classes will take place from January through April  and the Graduation Ceremony will take place in May. 
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03
Feb

One Hundred Days of School


The third grade students at Diller-Odell celebrated the 100th day of school on Jan. 26. One of the projects they did was to collect 100 food items that would be donated to the local food pantry. The class collected 124 food items. (Contributed photo)
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Feb

Locals To Be Arrested For Charity

Is there a warrant out for your arrest?
In this case, it would be a good thing since it is all part of a Jail and Bail fund raiser for the 2016 Relay For Life of Jefferson County. 
Set for Friday, Feb. 19 at Stagecoach Mall, 20 plus community members will be picked up by local law enforcement volunteers for incarceration until each individual reaches his or her bail amount.
“Our relay team was looking for a fun way to bring in some donations and I thought we might give this a try. I know no one in the community has done anything like this for some time, so it should generate a lot of awareness for the Relay For Life locally,” Diane Schutt, team captain and organizer of the event said.
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Feb

Nebraska Library Commission Accredits Fairbury Public Library

Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director Richard Miller recently announced the accreditation of public libraries across Nebraska. 
The application for Public Library Accreditation was developed for Nebraska public libraries in order to assist and support improvements in Nebraska public library services. The purpose of the accreditation process is to establish expectations for governance, services, and resources for public libraries. 
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03
Feb

Sheriff Asks People To Be Aware Of Scams

Sheriff Nels Sorensen has received inquiries from people who are concerned about phone calls they receive that may be scams.
He reached out to the Fairbury Journal-News to help clarify an issue that some have asked him to investigate to see if a company from which they have received calls or letters.
“I have had a couple of folks stop into the office and tell me that they are getting correspondence from a company by the name of American Water Resources of Nebraska,” said Sorensen. “This is apparently a legit company, but it has many complaints against it.”
Sorensen emphasized that is important for people to be sure they know what they are purchasing before entering into any kind of agreement.
“Always do your homework before you agree to anything,” said Sorensen.

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