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May

Write It, Sign It, Mean It

Having an opinion, a voice in this nation, has always been important to me. Having that voice be heard in the local newspaper has also been equally important to me.
There have been letters to the editor about politicians, situations in town, and, yes, hemorrhoids, in this publication. Everyone writing about those points of view have written their names at the bottom of their letters or had verifiable signatures and addresses.
Two letters came across my desk the other day that had some very valid points. The letters were written by people that felt passionate about a topic and felt the need to want to warn the public. They felt passionate, but not enough to sign their name.
One letter concerned a political race, term limits and some other issues facing this great land. For the life of me, however, I cannot find “A Concerned Nebraska Voter,” in the phone book, nor can I find the city “Nebraska Voter” on the map.

Wed
11
May

So Even Insurance Companies Aren’t Making Money On Health Insurance Now?

Every month when I pay my health insurance premium I grimace. Yes I am in pain, but nothing physical; it’s more of a “pain in the ass” kind of pain.
Regular readers of this column know I make no qualms when it comes to giving my opinion of The Affordable Care Act. In case you have forgotten or are a first-timer here it is: people who used to be able to afford heath insurance no longer can, those who couldn’t afford it before still probably cannot.
I wholeheartedly respect the opinions of those folks who “take the other side” and feel that Obamacare is a good deal. Many of these people are my friends and I really do think having two opinions is what makes the world go around.
But as for me, my insurance went up over 25% last year. I did get pregnancy and prenatal added to my policy though. Ummmm?

Wed
11
May

Garden Assistance

Seeds of Hope Youth Garden: Volunteers are needed to assist with a gardening project. The Fairbury Elks Lodge is partnering with the FYI Center Youth Garden and the location is south 6th Street between D and C Streets (the old Trindel Service Station).
The project is geared to teach youth to prepare, plant, maintain, harvest, preserve and store the fruits and vegetables grown over the summer.

Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 9:30am
Wed
11
May

Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day for the Jefferson County Historical Society. We will work in Steele City on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 1 p.m. Meet at the Tractor Shed.

Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:30am
Wed
11
May

Farmers Market

Fairbury Farmers Market is Moving to Cornerstone Community Center (old Walmart Parking lot) for Wednesday’s Market starting June 8 at 4:30 p.m. to sellout.
No Market on Saturdays.

Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:30am
Wed
11
May

Happy Birthday

A block party was held last Thursday as Blue Valley Community Action celebrated 50 years of service to the community. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
11
May

“It’s Only Make Believe”

A dance recital by Studio 3 was held May 7 in Fairbury with two shows delighting audiences with a variety of dance styles and music. Age ranges for dancers included pre-school to high school seniors. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
11
May

Meridian Examines Adding A Second Gym

Build for the future, or save for the future. That was the bare bones topic of a special meeting last week at Meridian High School where school board members presented the idea of building a second gymnasium onto the school.
Community members came out to voice opposition or support for the project and hear from Design Build Procure, a firm hired to facilitate the process.
Meridian Superintendent Randy Kort explained that the project is being proposed for several reasons, including a concern for the safety of students.
“Students are sometimes are here at 6 a.m.  And here until 8 or 9 o'clock at night,” Kort said.
Wed
11
May

Commissioners Approve $25K Tech Contract For Email

The commissioners approved a measure that would, according to the county’s computer IT, Brad Eisenhauer, help to improve the email security for the county government and the law enforcement center.
Eisenhauer presented a plan to the commissioners for the county to host its own email, since one of the county emails was recently hacked and used to send spam emails. According to Eisenhauer, having the servers would help to increase the ability to secure the server.
The cost to implement this measure, which is inclusive of the software, training and service, is $25,000. Commissioner Gale Pohlmann asked Eisenhauer if the cost would fluctuate. Eisenhauer responded that the cost would likely not vary.
“The $25,000 is all inclusive,” said Eisenhauer. “The plus or minus five percent is if the scope of work takes a lot longer, or we come up with extra work. Then, they may have to adjust their prices accordingly.”

Wed
11
May

Brill Is One And Done At FHS

Fairbury High School Athletic Director Nicholas Kroon told the Fairbury Journal-News late last week that the search for a new head boys basketball coach has already started and the district has, “a couple of hot leads right now.”
It was announced last week through multiple media outlets, including the Fairbury Journal-News that FHS head boys basketball coach Adam Brill, a Lincoln Pius X graduate, will be leaving the district to coach at Norris next year. The Fairbury School Board confirmed the departure on Monday at the regular school board meeting.
“Our goal would be to find a suitable replacement ASAP especially with summer activities right around the corner,” Kroon said, noting that summer basketball activities will go forward as planned and he was interviewing a few candidates for the position.
“As of now all summer things will go on as scheduled. Changes could happen with a new hire though.”

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