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Frost Frolic


FROST FROLIC HOLIDAY MARKET held at Fairbury Jr/Sr High School this past weekend was attended by over 1400 shoppers. The event was sponsored by Bonham Theatre Project as a fundraiser. Next year’s event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
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Nov

Heritage Care Center Receives Award


Beth Block, Administrator of Heritage Care Center
Receiving Bronze National Quality --Heritage Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Contributed Photo
 
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Nov

Ebke Earns Late Victory In 32nd Race


FATHER-DAUGHTER CONGRATULATIONS--Fairbury attorney Ron Schwab congratulates his daughter Laura Ebke following Tuesday’s election. Ebke rallied to beat Phil Hardenberger for the District 32 Legislative seat. Photo by Vicki Check/Fairbury Journal-News
1980 Fairbury High School graduate Laura Ebke is the newest representative to the Nebraska Unicameral. Ebke, a resident of Crete rallied from an early deficit to beat her opponent Phil Hardenberger, also of Crete, to claim the 32nd Legislative District seat.
 Final vote tally for the non-partisan state senate position was Ebke 6,058 votes compared to Hardenberger who had 5,832 votes. The margin of victory was 51% to 49%. The 32nd Legislative district is comprised of Jefferson, Thayer, Fillmore and Saline Counties as well as a portion of southern Lancaster County.
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Nov

Road Efforts Get Big Boost By Voters

Roads in Fairbury and Jefferson county will be seeing improvements moving forward.
 On Tuesday voters from the City of Fairbury and Jefferson County both approved measures that would move more funds to the repair and maintenance of local roads thanks to the passing of two separate measures.
  Fairbury voters narrowly approved a half percent increase in sales tax by a vote of 527 to 516. The additional funds will be used to repair city roads, curbs and gutters.
  "This is a very important issue that we needed to pass," Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said. "Roads have gotten to be such a hot button issue; people have demanded better roads but because of a shortage of funds honestly this is the only way we are going to be able to repair them." The mayor said he felt an increase in the sales tax was the most fair, equitable way to get the extra funding.
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Nov

Halloween Gunshots Prove Mystery For Fby. Police Dept.

A series of gunshots fired in the 1000 block of A Street in Fairbury on Halloween have prompted the Fairbury Police Department to ask for people with information relative to the incident to step forward.
According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk officers were dispatched to the location at approximately 11:31 p.m. reference an argument.
 "While officers were heading to the location they were informed that gunshots were heard coming from the area and a small dark-colored pickup was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed," he said.
 Sprunk said when officers arrived they spoke with several  witnesses who "indicated there was a lot of yelling then they heard what appeared to be four gunshots fired," he added. Officers searched the area and located  four empty hand gun casings located in the yard of a nearby residence. 
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Nov

Trunk or Treat


TRUNK OR TREAT held on the square last Friday had many children in costume gathering their goodies as well as and many local businesses and participants with decorated trunks. Photos by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
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Nov

District 8 School Board Provides Close Races

Three out of four people elected to the district 8 school board in Fairbury will be fresh faces following Tuesday night's general election.
 Sharon Ebke of rural Fairbury was the top vote-getter in an election that had five people running for three four-year terms. She received 1,300 votes. Joining her on the board as a new comer will be Barb Arner, also of rural Fairbury who had 809 votes. Incumbent Vickie Banahan, who serves as school board president, received the second most votes with 1,107.
   School board incumbent Tammi Davis lost her seat receiving only 690 votes. Challenger Carole Sprunk lost out on the third open spot by 49 votes. She received 760 votes. Incumbent Chris Ruzicka did not re-file for her seat.
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County Voters Follow Along State Lines

 Jefferson County voters followed lock step in line with the rest of Nebraska voters regarding key races Tuesday night.
  In the race for governor, County residents supported Republican Pete Ricketts over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook 1,407 to 1,011.
  Senate candidate Republican Ben Sasse received the lion's share of county votes of Democrat Dave Domina 1,813 to 728.
  Initiative 425, otherwise known as 'The Minimum Wage Bill' was approved by Jefferson County voters 1,379 to 1,134.
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Nov

First Friday Art Walk Nov. 7

First Friday Art Walk Nov. 7
 
Fairbury’s First Friday event is scheduled for Friday, November 7th in downtown Fairbury. Beginning at 5 p.m., Stops include Jefferson County Art Guild, Campbell Bros Circus Mural, New Earth Clay Pottery, Blue River Archery, Stagecoach Mall. For more information log on to: www.fairbury.com. Relay for Life team will  be hosting a wine tasting inside Stagecoach Mall. 
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Nov

Six Nominated For Fairbury Chamber Board

 Representatives from six local businesses have been nominated for three open positions on the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
   They are: Jill Davis from the Fairbury Public School system; Ashley Kats from Prairie View Industries; Dani Kettelhut from Fairbury Dental Associates; Justin Newton of Riverside Chevrolet; Nick Schacht of Westin Packaged Meats and Nichole Siebolt of Loveland Products.
  Candidates for directors can also be nominated by petition bearing the signature of at least five percent of the total members ion good standing. all voting ballots must be returned to the Chamber office by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

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