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Wed
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May

Does History Die If We Can’t Afford To Showcase It Anymore?

 By all accounts I had a pretty good time in Steele City last weekend. It has been a while since I last went to a Living History Weekend. And while Steele City isn’t on my usual route to just about anywhere I am going I usually learn something every time I go there.
 Last week I learned both good and bad. The good part was that after spending quite a bit of time in the Blacksmith Shop I came away thinking that was something I would like to learn more about. In my younger days I used to tinker a lot with things; making stuff out of other stuff. I think I could get into that.
 The bad thing I came away with was that Living History Weekends might go away. Denise Andersen from the Jefferson County Historical Society told me that this may be the last year for the events. Low turnouts of people, dwindling numbers of volunteers to man places like the Bank, the Livery Stable, Ag Barns and the like are making it difficult to keep these treasures going.
Wed
13
May

Mother Nature Plays A Sad Hand For Our Community

 Many of us watched both adults and kids alike wandering about and wading through the high tide of flood waters in streets, alleys and culverts in our community last week. Extreme high levels of rainfall further up the Little Blue valley caused flooding in Fairbury the likes not seen for well over 50 years.
     While many of us marveled at just how fast the water rose and watched as residents of Fairbury along the west end were evacuated from their homes we should stand reminded of the tragedy that has befallen us as well. The death of longtime Fairbury resident Betty McMullen leaves all of us feeling somber.
Wed
13
May

5-13-15

Sheriff’s report
April 30: Shane E. Johnson, of Fairbury, was driving north on 569 Ave. approaching the PWF intersection in a 1997 Ford owned by Emily A. Fry, of Fairbury, when the brakes failed at the stop sign. The driver made a hard left turn, which caused the vehicle to slide into the ditch. Damages were estimated at $1,500.
May 1: Spencer J. Feldkamp, of Fairbury, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet south on 575 Ave. south of 719 Road when the driver failed to see the driveway he intended to enter. He stopped just past the driveway and began to reverse the vehicle back to the driveway entrance when he failed to see a 2010 Ford owned by Randall L. Weise, of Jansen, behind him. The vehicles collided. Damages to Weise’s vehicle were estimated at $1,500. Damages to Feldkamp’s vehicle were estimated at $500.
May 5: Report of a suicide attempt in Diller.
 
 Police report
Wed
13
May

Fairbury School Board Members Move Forward On First Phase Upgrades

Fairbury Public Schools board members accepted a roof bid, selected a van bid and approved the first phase of upgrades to district buildings at Monday night's meeting. 
Before board members voted to approve the three action items, Superintendent Fred Helmink said, “I think our budget is going to be a little tight this year. We're going to have to decide how to pay for things.”
The board voted to spend about $120,000 to fix the junior/senior high school's negative air pressure, which an official from energy savings company Trane told board members last month was “the worst building” he had seen in 35 years in terms of air pressure. 
The board will spend $96,000 to install a roof-mounted make up air fan to the kitchen to pump in fresh air. Another $24,000 will be spent repairing and rebalancing the 10 faulty energy recovery ventilators so that they supply more air than they exhaust. 
Wed
13
May

2015 DARE 6th Grade Graduates

Wed
13
May

Ambulance Director Hired

Alan Rosenthal has been hired as the new Jefferson County Ambulance Director. He started this week.
Alan is from the Plymouth area and will be taking care of billing, scheduling and reports to commissioners as some of his new duties for the department.
 
Wed
13
May

New Location for Summer Food Program

Fairbury’s Summer Lunch Program will be held at Central Elementary School this year from June 1 to July 31. 
Lunch time will be from 11:30-12:30 for children 18 and under.
No income guidelines.
For questions call Jane Rhine at 402-729-6119.
 
We are looking for donations for prizes if you know anyone who would like to donate small prizes please call Jane Rhine.
Wed
13
May

Gill Birth

Trevor and Ginny Gill would like to announce the birth of their daughter Sawyer Dae born on May 8, 2015. Sawyer weighed 8 lbs, 13.5 oz and is 20” long. She was welcomed home by sisters Rylee, 6 and Jordin, 5.
Grandparents are Greg and Marty Gill of Fairbury, Dave and Gerry Schwarz of Home, KS.
Great Grandparents are Marilyn Gill of Fairbury, Duane and Darlene Daniel of Beatrice and Virginia Haupt of Syracuse, NE.
Wed
13
May

Shalyse Ahl Graduates From Clarkson College

Ahl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was a student ambassador, resident advisor, officer in Student Government Association, member of the Clarkson College Omicron Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and of the Clarkson College Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is the daughter of Dennis and Janet Ahl.

Wed
13
May

Tri County Performs At District Music Contest

Tri County Performs 
At District Music Contest
 
Tri County participated in the 2015 Class C District Music Contest held at Fairbury High School on Thursday-Fri day, April 23-24. Eleven schools participated in the two-day event. The Tri County musicians represented the school well,as is indicated by the ratings earned.
Large groups are judged by three adjudicators; so.las and small ensembles perform for and are evaluated by one judge. All events are scored on a range of 1-5, with a “1” (Superior) rating the highest score. 
TC Singers, Show Choir, Concert Band and Jazz Band all earned Excellent (II) ratings.

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