Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:34pm
Question posed on death penalty
I am extremely sorry that I missed Senator Ebke’s town hall on August 29. As you are well aware, I was one of the circulators of the petition to restore the death penalty, and I would have liked to pose a question or two to Ms. Ebke regarding that effort.
It really isn’t anything she hasn’t heard from me before, but I think the public forum might have elicited a clearer response. I’m curious as to which of her constituents she was representing when she voted to repeal the death penalty?
She has told me that she didn’t believe the polls that had 73 percent of Nebraskans in favor of the death penalty.
Does she believe the 166,000 who favor putting the issue to a vote of the people?
Will she put as much thought and effort into fixing the broken system should the ballot initiative restore the death penalty?
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:34pm
Yes, I’m still here.
The above headline is my version of a twist on a quotation from American Author Mark Twain in response to those who had thought he died. In my case I have neither died, am not ill and have not left the keyboard or my office at the Journal-News.
It has been interesting to me the past three weeks since I named Tim Linscott as new publisher of the FJN, the amount of people who seem to think I have retired. Elected officials. Civic leaders. Business people. Friends, foes and folks who probably just as soon I were doing something else seem to weigh in on my looming absence.
Nope. Still here.
“What are you going to do with all of your spare time now,” I was asked at Kiwanis Club meeting a week ago. I replied that considering I was cutting my workload from 120 hours a week down to 80, I probably would have to find a hobby of some sort.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:32pm
Fairbury homecoming activities will include the annual parade at the square downtown on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Coronation of royalty will take place after the parade. A bonfire and pep rally will then be held at the Community Building in the City Park.
A tailgate will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.
The Jeffs football squad will be facing Johnson County Central.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:28pm
On Monday, Sept. 14, the District 8 School Board voted unanimously to approve a budget that will set aside money for future projects as well as fund a $3.223 million project to replace aging heat pumps as well as condensation drainage issues at Fairbury High School and Jefferson Intermediate.
Superintendent Stephen Grizzle explained that this project, which is to be undertaken by Trane, will begin in the spring and is expected to be completed before the 2016-2017 school year.
“At Jefferson, we’re basically taking the whole old system out and putting in a new system, in addition to new ceilings and more efficient lighting,” said Grizzle.
The board voted unanimously to approve this renovation project. At the meeting, Grizzle also discussed a roofing project.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:27pm
The Fairbury City Council approved the 2015-2016 budget on Tuesday and is moving forward with the coming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
Brian Blobaum of CPA firm Blobaum and Busboom, broke down the budget before the council approved it unanimously.
The upcoming property tax levy is 66 cents total per $100 valuation with the general fund tax request at $541,440 (47 cent levy) and a bond fund of $221,732 (19 cents).
“Technically, if you look at the valuation change for the city of Fairbury this last year, we had some growth of new properties added to the tax rolls,” Blobaum explained. “Those will pick up one percent, .95 percent to be exact, leaving a 1.92 percent increase on the prior existing properties, so a fairly conservative increase.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 1:27pm
A monthly grief support group at Cedarwood Assisted Living will be hosted by the Fairbury Presbyterian Church beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.
Sylvia Cross, co-interim pastor at the Presbyterian Church, believes that this will be a great way for people who are struggling with grief to cope with it in a positive way. The meetings will consist of sharing personal stories, praying and following a guidebook by Stephen Ministries to discuss resources.
She believes that this support group will be a valuable resource to anyone who needs help trying to handle the issues associated with grief.
“Grieving people often feel alone and they often feel that society moves on without them,” said Cross. “I think a support group is very helpful to people in that way.”
If people are interested in attending this group, Cross explained that they should call the Presbyterian Church at 729-6129. Anyone is welcome to join the group.