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May

City Ok's Administrator Salary Package, Hopes To Present Proposal Later This Week

 
On Tuesday city leaders gave unanimous approval to a salary proposal that will be presented to Collin Bielser of Baldwin City,Kan., in hopes of landing him as the new city manager for Fairbury. Under terms of the agreement which will be presented to Bielser later this week, if he accepts the job he would be paid $86,400 a year, plus given a $3,000 a year vehicle allowance and $600 annually for cell phone reimbursement.
 Prior to the vote councilman Phil Rogge said that the presented salary was much more than the $73,000 package given to former city administrator Joe Parker.
 “I realize he has a lot of background in economic development and he is our unanimous choice for the job but I was just wondering why the sizable increase over what we were paying the former city administrator?”
Wed
06
May

After Nearly 1/4 Century Goodyear Business To Exit Fairbury

Twenty four years ago the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company based in Akron, Ohio approached then Fairbury Printing & Office Supply (now McBattas Packaging & Printing), located at 515 Fifth Street in downtown Fairbury with a unique problem: how to print bar codes and variable data on automotive fan belt sleeves. 
 "Do that and you will have all of Goodyear's belt business in North America," former purchasing manager out of the Goodyear Lincoln plant Vern Hartman told Fairbury Printing officials.
  The race was then on. 
Wed
06
May

Jefferson County is in a Tornado Watch until 9pm tonight

A Tornado Watch has been issued till 9pm.

 

Storms are already starting to build in Kansas and are moving northeast.

 

The severe risk increases today. Storms are expected to fire after the 4pm to 5pm time frame. Jefferson County is in the “enhanced” risk area for all modes of severe weather. There is a good chance of heavy rain too.

 

The risk for severe weather continues every day through Sunday and maybe into Monday.

 

Stay tuned to a media source and NOAA weather radio for changes in the weather.

Wed
06
May

Attorney Seeks Change Of Venue In Sex Crimes Case

  The attorney for a rural Fairbury man charged in a sex crime case against an unnamed minor is seeking to have his jury trail moved to another location.
  Joe Murray, from the law firm of Germer, Murray and Johnson of Hebron told the Journal-News yesterday that he has filed a Change of Venue Motion in Jefferson County District Court asking that a trial for his client, Dwain Junker be moved. Murray said their is reason to believe Junker could not get a fair and impartial trial in Jefferson County.
     He said Junker is the defendant in a pending criminal prosecution scheduled for trial in Jefferson County District Court. Murray said the trail is scheduled to begin on May 26.
  "As the result of an article appearing in The Fairbury Journal-News on February 25, I have filed a motion to change venue," he said. 
Wed
06
May

Elks Honors Night


The Fairbury Elks Lodge hosted their annual honors night last weekend. More than 160 high school juniors and seniors from throughout the area were honored for academic and personal achievements. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
06
May

Three's Pieces receives donation


Three’s Pieces received a donation of $375.00 this past Tuesday from Wally’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fairbury. In April they had Blue drink specials all month long and proceeds from the sales of the blue drinks went to Three’s Pieces, local Autism Awareness Group. Pictured: Three’s Pieces, Hillary Christ and Wally’s owner, Shirley Bender. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
06
May

It's Soccer Season


IT’S SOCCER SEASON--Fairbury youth compete in the city park this past weekend.(Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
06
May

Three-Room School Still Going After Nearly 140 Years


ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOOL NEAR TOBIAS currently has a baptized membership of 334. (Contributed Photo)
Members of the Zion Lutheran Church have kept their Lutheran school going for 136 years, and Judy Bartels, who is the principal and head teacher, said the school located southeast of Tobias will continue to educate children as long as the congregation can keep it going. The school, which  is one of the oldest continually functioning schools in the area, has graduated hundreds of students. This year, the pre-school through grade eight school has only seven students, which Bartels said means extra one-on-one time for the kids. 
Bartels said the school had about twice as many students last year, but the summer departure of the upper grades principal caused some parents to decide last fall to send their children to Meridian Public Schools. The school, which has always had combined classes, now has four pre-schoolers, two kindergarteners and one first grader. 
Wed
06
May

Doyle D. Wood

Doyle D. Wood 55, passed away April 20, 2015 at his home in Jansen, NE. He is preceded in death by his Parents Marion & Alvera (Ebel) Wood, & Grandparents. He is survived by his wife: Virginia, Daughter: Deatra Manzanilla, Sons: Dustin Karnes, Daniel Wood, David Wood, 14 Grandchildren, Brothers: Kenny Wood, Warren Wood, numerous other family & friends. Services were April 24, 2015 at the Baptist Church in Fairbury. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury were in charge.

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06
May

James Snyder

James R.  Snyder, 89, of Shelton passed away March 2, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wood River.
Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7th Day Adventist Church in Fairbury, Nebraska with Pastor Lawrence Francis officiating.  Inurnment of the ashes will be in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Nebraska.    Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.
 James R. Snyder was born in Gage County, NE, November 22, 1925 the son of James R. and Cleta (Quinn) Snyder Sr.  He attended Elm Center elementary school and graduated from Diller High School with the class of 1943.
On May 15, 1949 he was united in marriage to Ruth Billhimer.  The couple farmed in Jefferson and Gage counties for 40 years.  Upon retirement they moved to Shelton to be near family.

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