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Dec

Josie The Thanksgiving Lamb

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means that it is officially lambing time. We don’t need a calendar to know when lambing begins; it’s all based on the holidays. The lambing season for our flock is Thanksgiving Day to Valentine’s Day with at least half of the flock lambed by New Year’s Day. 
Last year triplets were born two days before Thanksgiving and started the lambing season, so when Thursday evening chores came this year and we still had no lambs, I was ready to declare the season off to a slow start. But by dark we had our first lamb, and we were back on track. 
Kane was still awake when we made the lamb discovery, and he was so excited that he had to come outside and help crate the new family. He instructed me to grab the mother so that he could carry the lamb. For the next hour all he could do was talk about that new little lamb, which happens to be an all-black female. I get a couple black lambs a year, and they are usually rams. 
Wed
03
Dec

Letters to the Editor

Bring Back Pride 
In Our Country
 
Editor:
It’s like a cancer or maybe worse.
It starts in places that aren’t noticed or is just ignored because of our own choice with our hopes and prayers that maybe it will go away. I am talking about the radical Islamists population and their demands that are being met with what, to me, is practically an apology from the American people.
The latest, that I am aware of, is in one of the largest school districts in Maryland. the school district has chosen to remove and leave to remove and leave off any reference of Christian holiday from their school calendars.
Isn’t that great? If the partons of those schools choose to ignore things like that, the cancer will spread even faster and farther. So far there isn’t any real cure.
Wed
03
Dec

Chance Meeting Causes Me To Think About Our Community

I’m always thinking about something. My mind rarely shuts down. Whether it’s a rare ability I am not quite certain but I do possess the knack for being able to think about several things all at once. Brain multi-tasking you might say.
 I was doing just that one day last week while exiting the Journal-News office. While thinking about something I hurredly left the office and nearly ran head first into Fairbury attorney Joe Casson who was equally hurrying somewhere.
  For those who don’t know Casson, at one-time Jefferson County Attorney, has thrown his hat into the ring to again be county attorney. Casson is among three seeking the position created when county attorney Linda Bauer resigned to be appointed Jefferson County Judge.
Wed
03
Dec

Casting Support For Local Industry Expansion

Livingston Enterprises is at it again.
Livingston, one of the state’s leading hog producers is making ready for another expansion. This will be their third such growth spurt in recent years.
 The new plan on the table calls for the construction of a 7,200 sow unit on approximately a half section of ground near Endicott. The operation would bring between 30 and 35 new jobs to the area.
 Some people get unnerved when they hear or read about a new hog facility coming to the area. But locals and others with concern should put the nail-biting to rest. The Livingston corporation has always been in strict compliance with agencies such as the Department of Environmental quality and the Environmental Protection agency. The local hog producer has met and often exceeded every standard set forth by the government.
Wed
03
Dec

12-3-14

Police Report 
Nov. 19: Neal W. Frederick, of Fairbury, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet north on E Street when the vehicle collided with a parked 2007 Chrysler owned by Gary E. Lutjemeier, of Morrowville, Kan. Damages to each vehicle were estimated at $1,500. 
Nov. 20: Report of an aggressive dog in the 800 block of D Street. 
Nov. 20: Report of criminal mischief in the 100 block of West 5th Street. 
Nov. 21: Report of a possible disturbance in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
Nov. 21: Report of a suspicious male in the 1000 block of A Street. 
Nov. 23: Report of suspicious activity in the 900 block of 8th Street. 
Nov. 24: Report of a male arrested on a Lancaster County warrant in the 1200 block of Oak Street. 
 
Sheriff’s Report
Nov. 18: Report of trespassing in rural Fairbury. 
Wed
03
Dec

School Lunch Menus 12-3-14

Fairbury Jefferson and Central 
Elementary Schools
Thursday, Dec. 4: TERIYAKI CHICKEN W/ HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich and  rice/vegetable casserole.
Friday, Dec.5: PIZZAWICH; Tuna Salad on Deli bun and corn.
Monday, Dec. 8: MEATBALL SUB; Chicken Salad on bun and roasted seasoned carrots.
Tuesday, Dec. 9: CHICKEN GRAVY OVER/BISCUIT; PBJ Sandwich, Green Beans and Double C. Chip cookies.
Wednesday, Dec. 10: J – PIZZA HUT SAUSAGE PIZZA, C- CHICKEN NUGGETS W/HMD BREAD; Chef salad and california blend.
 
High School
Thursday, Dec. 4: TERIYAKI CHICKEN W/HMD BREAD; BBQ beef rib on bun, rice/vegetable casserole and carrots.
Friday, Dec. 5: PIZZAWICH; Chicken Wrap and mixed vegetables.
Monday, Dec. 8: MEATBALL SUB; Chicken & cheese flatbread and roasted seasoned carrots.
Wed
03
Dec

Blue Valley Bowl Celebrates 50 years


The Blue Valley Bowl celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 1 in Hebron. Janice and Dale Klaumann of Hebron, the current owners, are the second generation to the own the business. Pictured from left to right is Dale, Janice and David Klaumann. Contributed Photo
Wed
03
Dec

Postal Service Delivering Packages Through Christmas

The Postal Service will be delivering packages 7 days a week through Christmas in Fairbury.
The Postal Service expects to deliver 470 million packages this packages this holiday season, an increase of 12 percent compared to last year. A similar increase is expected in Nebraska.
Growth in e-commerce and improvements to its Priority  Mail product line, including improved tracking and fee insurance, account for the surge in packages.
Wed
03
Dec

Mayor Says Economic Development Is Top Priority


NEW OFFICER-- Fairbury City Attorney David Bargen, left, swears in Josh Jacobi as the newest member of the Fairbury Police Department on Tuesday night. Members of the Fairbury City Council unanimously approved Jacobi’s hiring. He comes to Fairbury from Osborn, NE., where he served as police chief. (Journal-News photo by Fred Arnold)
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward is pretty blunt when he says what the city is looking for in a new City Administrator. "Strength in economic development is going to be our top priority. I have communicated this to the city council and they are in unanimous agreement," he said.
 Ward told the Journal-news that coming off the heels of this week's city council meeting, local leaders were beginning to put criteria together as they search for a replacement for long-time city manager Joe parker. Parker's contract was not renewed in may and the municipality has been without an administrator since that time.
 Two weeks ago council members voted to officially seek a replacement for Parker. Up until that time it had not been definitively stated a replacement would be sought after.
Wed
03
Dec

Youth Group Leader Arrested

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jim Bugbee of Washington, formerly a Steele City resident on Thursday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and commercial sexual exploitation of a child.
Bugbee, 42, is being held in the Washington County Jail and the case is still under investigation.
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Bugbee’s residence, 312 E 2nd, in Washington and is processing evidence from that search. Bugbee is being held on a $25,000 bond.
In a post on the Washington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page on Saturday, Sheriff Justin Cordry said the case has been expanding rapidly in terms of the amount of information that has been discovered, and the amount of information being given to them by youth group members and their families. 

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