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Feb

Going Up


Going Up-After gas prices hit near seven year lows two weeks ago, prices have again begun a slow, steady climb. Gas prices in Fairbury were as low as $1.97 a gallon earlier this month but have risen to the recent price of $2.19. Diesel, which was also at five year lows has also risen along with other fuel. Journal-news photo by Fred Arnold
Wed
18
Feb

City Officials Say Rental Inspections Underway, Urge Program Compliance

 "So far it's not been too bad," Fairbury City Zoning Administrator Laura Bedlan said of the new rental housing inspection program.
  Bedlan told members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday that while some of the landlords in Fairbury who rent property have turned in the appropriate paperwork, a majority have not.
 "About one third of the landlords have complied with the law, the rest need to understand that they have to as well," she said.
 Bedlan emphasized the following criteria for people who rent houses."
  * If they received a letter from the City they need to respond. Either sign up for an inspection or give a reason why they feel their property is exempt.
  * If you are a renter and get a postcard make sure you are ok with the scheduled date of the inspection and return it to the city.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury To Start New Annexation Project

The city of Fairbury is working on expanding their borders. On Tuesday the local governing body set March 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the time and date for a public hearing for a new annexation project.
According to city zoning administrator Laura Bedlan the pending project encompasses business and land along the city's northeast corridor.
"What we're looking at from a business standpoint is an area that takes in Countryside Vet Clinic, Ace Hardware, Fairbury Coop as well as the Fairbury Rural Fire building, the former Massey Ferguson dealership and land owned by Northgate Development," she said.
 Bedlan said the hearing will be open for public comment by anyone, not just those who would be affected by the pending project.
 "We've had a couple of people come in and ask some questions about this project but no one has been in and said they are opposed to it so far," she said.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury To Start New Annexation Project

The city of Fairbury is working on expanding their borders. On Tuesday the local governing body set March 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the time and date for a public hearing for a new annexation project.
According to city zoning administrator Laura Bedlan the pending project encompasses business and land along the city's northeast corridor.
"What we're looking at from a business standpoint is an area that takes in Countryside Vet Clinic, Ace Hardware, Fairbury Coop as well as the Fairbury Rural Fire building, the former Massey Ferguson dealership and land owned by Northgate Development," she said.
 Bedlan said the hearing will be open for public comment by anyone, not just those who would be affected by the pending project.
 "We've had a couple of people come in and ask some questions about this project but no one has been in and said they are opposed to it so far," she said.
Wed
18
Feb

Sheriff Sorensen: “People Trying To Scam Local Residents”

 The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is conducting two investigations on a pair of scams that have infiltrated this area.
 According to Sheriff Nels Sorensen his office has received a large number of complaints in recent months regarding  scams and fraud.
 "There has been a scam in the area that tells citizens they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service," Sorensen said. "In one case someone was told if they do not pay this money they will be arrested."
  Sorensen stresses that the IRS does not contact people by phone if they owe them money.
  "All dealings they will have with the Internal Revenue Service should start with a certified letter that comes from the Internal Revenue Service."
Wed
18
Feb

Commissioners Turn Down Road Request From Plymouth

A representative from the Village of Plymouth went to the Jefferson County Commissioners last week hoping to get a commitment for financial assistance on a local road project. What he got instead was a fairly short and sweet, "no."
Plymouth Village Board member Fred Meyer told county commissioners that because of increases traffic on the road that connect Highway 136 with Highway 4, approximately six blocks of blacktop that runs through Jefferson County's second largest community is "getting pretty beat up." He said increased semi traffic is the primary cause for the road woes in Plymouth.
 State of Nebraska Highway Engineer  Rex Behrends said that while the six blocks that needs repair is owned by the village of Plymouth, most of the damage comes from what he called out of county truck traffic.
Wed
18
Feb

White out Conditions Results In Tuesday Accident

A 71-year old Reynolds man was taken to Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury on Tuesday following a car/semi accident on Highway 8 just east of Reynolds.
 According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office a vehicle driven by Jimmy Groathouse of Reynolds struck from behind a 1970 Peterbilt semi with trailer. The sheriff’s office said the semi truck driven by Roger Weathersbee, 31, or Concordia, KS., had stopped to lock the axles for traction and was starting to proceed when he was hit by Groathouse.
Because of near white out conditions Groathouse was unable to see the semi or trailer. The vehicle driven by Groathouse was considered a total loss. The semi suffered minor damage. Groathouse was taken to JCHC for non life threatening injuries.
Wed
18
Feb

After More Than A Year Bowling Alley Opens In Fairbury

Fairbury's Pla Mor Lanes is back in business. The downtown bowling alley officially opened last Friday to a large crowd after a soft opening on Thursday. Owners said the venue offers eight lanes for bowling and snacks including pop, candy and pretzels. The cafe is expected in the next two months. 
Nathan Rogers, who owns the business with his brother, Jason, and father, David, all of Gilead, said all bowling lanes were full from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, and the business continued to be “swamped” all day Saturday. Sunday's crowd was slightly lighter but still kept the Rogers busy, Nathan Rogers said. 
The family bought the business at auction in October and had hoped to open the cafe and bowling alley at the same time, Nathan Rogers said. When people expressed their desire to have the bowling alley open as soon as possible the family focused on getting it ready first. 
Wed
18
Feb

Third Generation Follows In Parents’, Grandparents’ Footsteps


​Linda Bauer and Laura Ebke, along with their brother Barry Schwab, not pictured, are following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. Ron Schwab, above, and Gwen Schwab, not pictured, attribute their children's work ethic and participation in local organizations and government to grandparents and the Fairbury community. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-News
Gwen Schwab said all five of her children were eager to get out of Fairbury when they left for college. She didn’t expect them to move back and raise families in the area. 
Three of them have. 
Linda Bauer and Barry Schwab have returned to their hometown while Laura Ebke lives in Crete. But both Gwen Schwab and Ron Schwab are quick to deny credit for raising children who have become prominent and contributing members to their hometown community. The credit, they said, goes to hard-working grandparents and character built by life in the small town.
“Every one of my children has a great work ethic,” Gwen Schwab said. “That can’t be taught by a mom or a dad.”
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Police Report
Feb. 4: Report of animal neglect in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
Feb. 4: Report of a theft in the 800 block of 17th Street. 
Feb. 4: Report of fraud that occurred out of state. 
Feb. 4: Report of a traffic stop in the 800 block of L Street. The driver did not have a license, and the vehicle was towed. 
Feb. 4: Report of a theft in Fairbury. 
Feb. 4: Victoria L. West, of Fairbury, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet owned by Brian Vculek, of Fairbury, through the parking lot near 22nd Street and H Street when the vehicle slid on the ice and collided with a parked 2006 Ford owned by Rick Robertson, of Fairbury. Damages to Robertson's vehicle were estimated at $1,200. There were no damages to Vculek's vehicle. 
Feb. 5: Report of a burglary alarm in the 800 block of 22nd Street. 
Feb. 5: Report of a parking dispute in the 800 block of 3rd Street. 

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