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Plans for Nebraskas 150th Announced

On the eve of the 147th anniversary of Nebraska statehood on March 1, leaders of the committee responsible for organizing the 150th anniversary of statehood unveiled plans and the official seal for the event in a news conference in the capitol rotunda. The 150th anniversary of statehood will be known as the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

Leaders are committed to making this much more than just a statehood day celebration. Plans are being developed to utilize the opportunity to enhance historical education, economic development and the national image of the state.

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Two Businesses Complete Grant Funding Obligations

Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward says there is proof positive that an economic development program can and does work in Fairbury.

On Tuesday,members of the Fairbury City Council approved a pair of resolutions noting that Sweet Creations and Pure Serenite Spa, both of Fairbury, have fulfilled their obligations associated with performance based economic development grants totaling $125,000.

Sweet Creations completed two separate grant allocations, one for $20,000 and the second for $80,000, while Pure Serenite completed their grant obligation for $25,000.

It is good to see that we do have some good, quality businesses in Fairbury who are making use of the grant funding processes and are doing things the right way, Ward said.

Alsoon Tuesday,city leaders approved a measure that would allow the Fairbury Police Department to hire a full-time replacement officer.

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Donkey Basketball Event Coming March 23

Come join in fun and laughter as friends and neighbors play Donkey Basketball in Fairbury on Sunday, March 23.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School and is a fundraiser for the Fairbury FFA Alumni.

The first match up will be the Fairbury FFA vs. Girls Rule featuring cheerleaders and other female athletes and club members from Fairbury High School. The second match up will be Team Awesome, a team of Fairbury area business persons, vs. the Fabulous Fairbury Faculty. Watch for names of all team members to be released soon! The championship will face off the winners of the first two match ups. Announcer for the afternoons event will be local radio personality Trevor Steinmeyer, KUTT-KGMT radio.

You cant help but be entertained when watching your friends and neighbors play basketball while riding donkeys, said Lana Likens, member of the Fairbury FFA Alumni.

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Cowgirls Have to Eat Too!

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Kiwanis Members Tiffany Pfaff, left, and Nicole Durning serve pancakes and sausages to Regan Kapke and Felicity McCardle Feb. 27 at Fairbury High School. The pancake feed is a Kiwains fund raiser at Family Fun Night.

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Filing for Jefferson County Election Ends

The last day to file for election was Monday, March 3.

The following Jeffersonians have filed for positions.

Mary Banahan of Steele City has file for the County Assessor position. Linda Bauer has filed for County Attorney and M. Cynthia Newman has filed for County Clerk both of whom are from Fairbury. Shawna M. Taylor, Sheryl L. Joubert, Delores K. Jordening and Julie L. Earhart, all from Fairbury, have filed for County Clerk of District Court.

Filing for County Commissioner District 1 are Arthur Craig Jr. of Diller, Matthew R. McCord of Fairbury and Robert Crome of Diller. Filing for County Commissioner District 3 are Michael Dux and Delayne Pfingsten both of Fairbury.

Nels L. Sorensen has filed for County Sheriff and Leroy Bast has filed for County Treasurer.

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Commissioners Have Two Executive Sessions

The Jefferson County Commissioners had to go into executive session twice Tuesday morning during their regularly scheduled meeting due to personnel topics.

Jefferson County Highway Superintendent Bill Hansel discussed general topics and then went into executive session requesting that his lawyer remain in the room along with Jefferson County Attorney Linda Bauer.

The attorneys name was James C. Zalewski from the DeMars-Gordon-Olson-Zalewski-Wynner firm in Lincoln. The executive session began at 9:23 a.m. and continued until 9:54 a.m.

The executive session concluded with no action taken.

Additional business included a second executive session with just Bauer and the commissioners present but no action was taken at the conclusion of either executive session.

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Lady Jeffs Are Going to State!

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The Fairbury Lady Jeffs celebrate after beating Columbus Scotus Friday in the district title game, played at Lincoln Christian School. The fourth-seed Lady Jeffs open the 2014 Nebraska State C-1 Basketball Tournament Thursday morning at 10:45 against fifth-seed Platteview at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. For more see inside todays Fairbury Journal-News.

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Fairbury Administrator, Former Principal Seek Meridian Leadership Post

A current principal within the District 8 school system as well as a former administrator at Fairbury are among six candidates seeking the superintendent position at Meridian.

Randy Kort, a second-year principal at Jefferson Intermediate in Fairbury and Terry Kenealy, the former principal at Fairbury Jr. Sr., High School from 1992-97 are seeking to fill the position to be vacated by current Median superintendent Russ Gade.

Gade tendered his resignation last month, effective at the end of the current school year.

The other candidates seeking the Meridian job include: Randall Butcher, a school counselor from Arnold; Dr. Randy Freeman, interim superintendent from Marysville, Kan.; Michael Shoff, after school program coordinator from York; and Darren Tobey, principal at Southern Valley at Oxford.

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Tri County has Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tri County has Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for Thursday, March 20.

Students will attend classes on that day with an early dismissal at 1 p.m. Secondary school conferences will be from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parents/guardians may pick up their sons/daughters report card at conferences from Mrs. Spilker at her table in the High School Gym.

Conferences will be in the high school gym for grades 7-12. Mr. Uher will be available to visit or assist. Mrs. Spilker will be available for counseling questions. Kindergarten-Grade 6 conference will be arranged by appointment. Conference information will be sent home with a scheduled time for the conference.

Parents who are unable to attend conferences on March 20, but would like to conference with a teacher or teachers, should call or email the school so arrangements for a meeting time can be made.

There will be no school on Friday, March 21.

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Missoula Childrens Theatre Auditions Announced

Missoula Childrens Theatre Auditions Announced

Auditions will be held for Missoula Childrens Theatre (MCT) production of Blackbeard the Pirate on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the 47 gym from 4 to 6 p.m. Those auditioning should arrive at 4 and plan to stay for the full two hours.

Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.

Approximately 60 roles are available for local students. All students K-6th grades are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary.

Most students will rehearse around four hours each day, Monday through Friday.

The performances are scheduled for March 29 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Berkley Fine Arts Center at the High School.

For more information, call Joy Barton at (402) 729-5605 or joy.barton@fairburyjeffs.org.

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