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Wed
08
Apr

Big Project Will Mean Big Delays


DETOUR ROUTE--motorists traveling west of Fairbury will be re-routed south of Fairbury on Highway 15, west through Reynolds on Highway 8 and will intersect north or south on Highway 81 at Chester. Travelers can expect a typical trip to Hebron to take 45 minutes or longer if they follow the official detour route. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Nebraska Department of Roads officials admit it's a big project; one that won't be without a certain amount of inconvenience. On Thursday NDOR officials unveiled a plan that calls for the replacement of the Highway 136 viaduct west of Fairbury during an open house meeting at the Community Building in Fairbury's City Park.
 The $3.4 million project is expected to get underway in the Fall of 2016 and not be completed until sometime during the Winter of 2017. State officials say the entire bridge will be closed to traffic for at least 15 months. There will be no access lane or shoe-fly construction to allow for any traffic.
Detour Route
During the more than year-long process of re-building the viaduct, motorists traveling west of Fairbury will be re-routed south of Fairbury on Highway 15, west through Reynolds on Highway at and will intersect north or south on Highway 81 at Chester. 
Wed
08
Apr

Could Proposed Rate Hike Make Electricity Unaffordable?

It's no secret that Fairbury's electric utility is running in the red. Last year the entity that provides electricity to much of Fairbury and the surrounding area lost well over $1 million. The Board of Public Works along with the Fairbury City Council have been trying to stem that loss by substantially increasing electric rates to consumers. Elected officials last year passed a 26.4% rate increase which would be phased in over two years.
Now that rate hike looks minimal as to what might be coming next.
Last week the BPW heard a report that even higher electric rates are needed to return the utility to solvency.
 In a report to the BPW Phil Euler of NMPP Energy put forth a recommendation that the City implement an additional rate hike of 6.1% yearly over the next four years. That would mean that by 2016 Fairbury electric customers would be paying nearly 51% more for electricity than they did in 2013.
Wed
08
Apr

Easter Egg Hunt


Easter Egg Hunt on the courthouse lawn in downtown Fairbury this past Saturday. Madison Arner of Endicott is on the hunt for eggs filled with treats. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
08
Apr

Mayor Ward: "Performance Based Grant Program Successful In Fairbury"

 Any way you slice it, it comes up a winner.
 That was the sentiment issued by Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward following Tuesday's Fairbury City Council meeting in which four local businesses were recognized for successfully completing the requirements for grants each were awarded.
 Craig Eberle from the Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) was on hand at Tuesday's meeting to note that each business listed had performed to their obligation for monies each received to further expansion and job growth. The businesses named and grant amounts were: Siebert Communications, $60,000; Pets Choice Pharmaceuticals, $252,500; Livingston Enterprises, $20,000 and McBattas Specialty Advertising, $20,000.  "I would like to congratulate all of these businesses for completion of the grant programs," councilman Tim Polson said. 'It's nice to see a government program that actually works," council member Phil Rogge added.
Wed
08
Apr

TRANSCANADA DONATION


TRANSCANADA DONATION- Mark Johnson, the community affairs representative with TransCanada is shown going over downtown lighting plans for the village of Plymouth with Plymouth resident Marvin Yost. Johnson and TransCanada presented the Plymouth community with a check for $5,000 last week, which will be used in updating downtown lighting in the community.(Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Tue
07
Apr

Guila Marie Bauer Vinkenberg

Guila Marie Bauer Vinkenberg was born December 19, 1925 to John H. and Margaret A. Schoen Bauer in Fairbury, NE and passed away March 27, 2015 at the age of 89 years 3 months and 8 days at Gardenside LTC. 
 She was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, NE on January 31st, 1926 by the Rev. Fred Korbitz and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church west of Gladstone, NE on April 2, 1939 by Rev. Marting.
She was united in marriage to Harold Vinkenberg on February 12, 1944 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville, KS by Rev. Paul J. Reith, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Fairbury.
 She attended grade school at Trinity Lutheran School and District 81 in Jefferson Co. Two years of High School in Gilead and 1 year in Fairbury.  Later in life she received her high school diploma through G. E. D. Classes.  She took several night courses at Southeast Community College in Fairbury. 
Tue
07
Apr

Erma June (Rempel) Prieb

Erma June (Rempel) Prieb, 89, passed away April 3, 2015 at Pleasant View Home, Inman. She was born July 12, 1925 in Jefferson County, NE the daughter of Henry G. and Helena Dalke Rempel. She was a member of the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman where she had played the piano for many years.  On June 27, 1954 she married Eldo Prieb at Jansen, Ne.  Her survivors include her husband Eldo of Inman, 3 sons, Mike (Beth) of Buhler, Conrad (Rita) of Buhler, Steve (Ruth) of Topeka, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 brother, Ken (Jenny) Rempel of Plymouth, NE.  She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, George and Richard.  Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman with Pastor Dwight Carter officiating.  Burial followed in the Zoar Cemetery, rural Inman.  Memorials may be sent to the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in care of Buhler Mortuary, Buhler.

Tue
07
Apr

Zelda C. Molzer

Zelda C. Molzer, 98, of Beatrice formerly of Plymouth died Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  She was born on June 15, 1916 at rural Clatonia and attended District #82 through the 8th grade.  She married Frank Molzer on June 16, 1935 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Kramer and they farmed in Lancaster and Saline counties.  They moved into Plymouth in 1987 and went into beekeeping as a business and a hobby.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Plymouth where she attended Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, sewing, quilting, gardening, fishing and music.  She lived at Samaritan Springs in Beatrice for six years before moving to Good Samaritan.
Tue
07
Apr

Martin W. Jordening

Martin W. Jordening, 87 years of age, of Lincoln, formerly of Fairbury, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. He was born July 18, 1927 to Conrad and Alvina (Drees) Jordening at Daykin. He grew up in the Daykin area and after graduating from Daykin High School, joined the U.S. Army. After returning from the service, he married Evelyn Grummert on September 3, 1950 at Peace Lutheran Church at Plymouth. Martin was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Daykin, holding many offices throughout the years including treasurer, trustee, elder and chairman. He was also a member of the Sportsman Club of Jefferson County.
Tue
07
Apr

Neal W. Frederick

Neal W. Frederick was born July 6, 1922, to Andrew and Hazel Arndt Frederick at Beatrice, Nebraska. He left this life on March 29, 2015, at the age of 92.
He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1941, where he played High School Football. From 1941 to 1942, Neal worked for the Hested Store Co. at Fairbury. He entered into active service with the U. S. Navy on December 17, 1942, and was discharged on January 29, 1946. He was united in marriage to Darlene Shinn on February 10, 1946.
For many years his career was a rural mail carrier for the Fairbury Post Office as well as renovating houses.
He was an active member of the Fairbury Christian Church; curator of the Fairbury City Museum; and a 25-year member of the Fairbury Cemetery Association.
Survivors are son Fred and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents and wife Darlene.

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