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Western Celebrates Community

Western will celebrate its heritage with its annual community celebration, the Western Old Settler’s Picnic on Saturday, July 18 at the park. This festival, which was started in 1897, has been a great way to keep the community’s history alive. 
The Community Club Food Stand will open in the park at 8 a.m.  At 9 a.m., multiple events including sand volleyball, a blacksmith demonstration as well as a tractor show will begin. At 7 p.m., the library bell will signal the beginning of the “invention then and now” parade. 
After the parade Janene Harris, a magician, will perform as well as a juggling group called Throw Together Jugglers. To end the celebration, at 11 p.m. there  will be a drawing for cash prizes.
Wed
15
Jul

Nebraska Dept. of Roads


Dee Jordening of rural Fairbury spoke to a representative from the Nebraska Department of Roads at a public hearing last week in Fairbury. The hearing was designed to answer questions regarding the Highway’s project in Fairbury which will run from the intersection of Highway 136 to Highway 4. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
15
Jul

Seventy Four Lodge Protests Over County Tax Valuations

Jefferson County has received a total of 74 property valuation protests, this year. Protest hearings began July 7, 2015 and once hearings conclude, decisions will be made.
“Valuations are set every year based on different factors,” Cynthia Newman, Jefferson County Clerk said. “Landowners may file property valuation protest's every year, so they can appeal to the Jefferson County Board and Assessor.”
The landowner must fill out a property valuation protest form, speak with the county board and assessor, the board will make their decision and mail it to the protestor, and if the protestor doesn't like their decision they may appeal to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. 
Wed
15
Jul

New School Supt. Grizzle Gives Expectations At School Board

 New Fairbury Public Schools superintendent, Stephen Grizzle, made his first appearance at a school board meeting, Monday. Grizzle officially began working for Fairbury Schools on July 1.
Grizzle spoke with the board, and other staff members, about his recent move to the area and his impression of Fairbury and its community.
“Things have been going really well, we've really transitioned to Fairbury and everyone I've met has been extremely helpful and friendly,” Grizzle said. “No one has shown any inclination that they are not proud of Fairbury, its community and school system, so far everything has been a lot of fun.”
Since school will be starting soon, Grizzle went on to discuss what he expects from the budget and preparation for the new school year. 
Wed
15
Jul

Janssen family reunion

The Janssen family reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 at the First National Bank Burkley Center in Fairbury. There will be a 1p.m. carry-in dinner with drinks being furnished.

Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 1:00pm
Wed
15
Jul

Project Close to Completion


Digging deep, this Black Hills Energy crew works to remove the outdated gas lines on Seventh Street. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Wednesday, July 8, a crew from Black Hills Energy worked to remove the old gas lines along Seventh Street. This crew broke concrete to reach the lines at the intersection of Seventh Street and C Street.
  The project, which was scheduled to be done earlier, has been delayed multiple times because of the excessive amounts of rain. Brandi Johnson of Black Hills Energy explained that the project will be finished very soon.
  “We were hoping to have it done earlier this summer,” said Johnson. “It will take about three to four weeks to finish everything, but it depends a lot on the weather.”  
Wed
15
Jul

Fairbury Dancers Receive National Honors In Wisconsin


THE EDGE competition dance team--Pictured are: Bottom row L to R: Kaitlyn Yeager, Crete Kylie Olson, Dorchester Ava Page, Crete Quinn Kasl, Dorchester, Grace Stewart, Lincoln Brooke Sasse, Deshler and Meghan Brandt, Byron. 2nd Row from Bottom L to R: Marisa Schmeckpeper, Amariah Walenta, Crete Saige Mach, Milford Emma Niemeier, Friend Regan Kolbo, Crete Brennan Kolbo, Crete Madison Sasse, Deshler Madeline Wittstruck, Milford Carly Rains, Dorchester and Hannah Wittstruck, Milford. 3rd Row L to R: Olivia Pomajzl, Wilber Luisa Bonilla, Dorchester Tiffany Bernasek, Milford, Sahmera Watson, Milford Shali McCright, Wilber Kassie Kent, Hebron JayLeigh Moormeier, Cortland Brianna Weers, Diller, Neleigh Weers, Diller Kaylie Rimel, Wilber Mikki Sasse, Deshler. Back Row L to R Jena Cottam, Hebron Cassidy Olson, Dorchester Alana Walenta, Crete Chloe Souerdyke, Hebron Lexy Bodfield, Crete Helen Walenta, Crete Josephine Blatny, Fairbury Lindsey Turner, Crete Grace Souerdyke, Hebron and Zoe Wells, Crete.
THE EDGE Dancers competed in Wisconsin Dells at Rainbow Dance Nationals  July 6 – July 11. THE EDGE is made up of dancers from Director Tamara Culhanes 3 studios, The Dance Project in Hebron, NE, Studio 3, in Fairbury, NE and Crete’s Dance Co. in Crete, NE. THE EDGE choreographers are Tamara Culhane, Tayler Culhane & Sara Pohlmann. Dances  consist of tap, jazz, pom, Lyrical, Hip Hop, pointe, character and contemporary.
Wed
15
Jul

Summer Lunch Program 7-15-15

Central Elementary Cafeteria Lunch Program
 
Free lunch for all children ages 1-18; Meals served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, July 20: Cheeseburger on bun, french fries. 
Tuesday, July 21: Popcorn chicken, fresh veggies, WG bread, dessert.
Wednesday, July 22: Breakfast 4 Lunch; Sausage links, french toast, hash browns.
Thursday, July 23: Mini cheese Calzones, corn.
Friday, July 24: Hot dog on bun, baked beans.
 
All meals served with fruit/fruit slush and milk.
 
Wed
15
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Area Will Miss Bob Brown of Western
Editor: 
History slowly passes into crevice with individuals and achievements quickly forgotten.
The history of Saline and Jefferson Counties was markedly effected by the recent demise of Bob Brown of Western. His mark was left indelibly on Western in many ways.
Bob Brown was part of historic grocery store operation in Western that still exists. He was responsible for getting geese for the American Legion goose feed in November and for the celebration Western has in July, he furnished the hamburger for the city stand. His activities included the American Legion, church activities and community projects.
Wed
15
Jul

Swimming Needs To Be Banned By Law At The Fairbury Dam

 Late last Sunday a member of our community lost his life while swimming at the Fairbury City Dam. As a community our thoughts and prayers go out to the Troxel family for this truly sad event. 
  Many in Fairbury are asking “why” and “how could this have happened?” The answers are very  painful to hear. The dam is a very dangerous place. The entire area is frought with perils: sunken trees and debris, pieces of concrete and rebar. Couple those with swirling currents and you have a recipe for disaster. Certainly the rash of floods Fairbury has experienced this year may also have had a hand in this tragic loss of life. 
 These kinds of things do not happen all that often in our community. But it has happened before. Moving ahead we need to make sure it does not happen again.

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