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Holiday Joy From A Wiseman


Constructing a holiday spirit--Don Wiseman has provided a special display at his property for the last 10 years. He makes each decoration himself. This year, he unveiled a new addition he has named “Big Rudy.” He invites people to see these decorations and to spread the Christmas spirit. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Don Wiseman is inviting people to visit his display of Christmas decorations that he has made over the course of the past 10 years.
In a humble nature, Wiseman explained that making these wooden decorations is a way to pass time doing something he loves. He has invested countless hours over the years to making the decorations and painting them with close attention to detail.
“I’m just doing it as a public service,” said Wiseman. “I’ve been doing it for about 10 years. It’s not a full time job, or anything; it’s just something I do in between the other things that I do.” 
Wiseman believes that the inspiration behind creating these decorations comes from a combination of activities he likes to do, as well as passing on the spirit of Christmas to a younger generation.
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Dec

Courthouse Project Delayed

The Jefferson County Commissioners have decided to wait on awarding a bid for the reconstruction project at the courthouse until the next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
This decision was made in order to allow Commissioner Brad Grummert, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting due to health-related issues, to provide input on the issue before the bid is awarded.
On Dec. 8, the commissioners opened the bids they received from two construction companies. Cheever Construction, of Lincoln, offered a bid for $1,542,000, and Lacey Construction, of Wahoo, offered to complete the project for $1,711,000. Neither of these bids included the cost to complete a lighting project.
Commissioner Mark Schoenrock explained that it was best to wait on making a decision like this until all three commissioners were present.
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Dec

Sleeping Through Santa


On Dec. 19 two-week-old Marshal Pospisil slept through his visit from Santa in Western. Marshal is the son of Preston and Lynette Pospisil of Hallam and the grandson of Dennis and Deb Pallas of Western. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Dec

It’s For The Kids


On Monday evening, members of the Fairbury Police Department assisted Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) in passing out toys that were gathered at the various Stuff The Cruiser events. Ryan Bailey, family and community services manager at BVCA, estimated that over 1,100 toys were donated during these events, which went to help approximately 201 children in the community. Pictured are (l-r): Andrew Schroeder, Bailey, Police Chief Chad Sprunk, Nick Georgi and Brett Wentz. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsne/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Dec

One Down, One To Go...

The bid for the reconstruction project on Romeo Road near Steele City was awarded at the Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 15.
With work on the project slated to begin on June 1, 2016, or even sooner, the project is estimated to take only 60 days to complete. The Jefferson County Commissioners received  four bids from various contractors. They decided to award the bid to Dave Banahan, who explained that he could complete the project for a total of $35,953.52.
“It looks like they're all going to start and end at the same time,” said Commissioner Mark Schoenrock. “Dave is the apparent low bidder.”
Schoenrock made a motion to award the bid to Banahan, and Commioner Brad Grummert seconded the motion. Romeo Road west of Steele City sustained a heavy amount of damage during the flood that occurred on May 7 and has remained closed since.
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Dec

Home Building

Third grade students at Jefferson Intermediate School on Tuesday had a chance to head into the Christmas break by building a gingerbread house. Students provided the candy accessories to decorate the home and were able to take their creations home. Devin Vculek, Evan Hatfield and father Jason fill a bowl with everything needed to decorate a gingerbread home in Sally Scott’s classroom. Fairbury Public Schools is on break until Jan. 6, 2016.  (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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Dec

TeamMates Match Of The Month

December’s featured “match of the month” is LaNae Morales and Michele Hill. LaNae is a senior at Fairbury High School. 
The two have been matched since Lanae was in 5th grade. Over the years the pair has enjoyed whipping up delicious treats like cookies and donut holes, making a photo book, and just talking and playing games together. After her December graduation, LaNae plans to work, then start at SCC Lincoln in the fall. She eventually hopes to transfer to a four year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
TeamMates has been a great experience for both LaNae and Michele. LaNae shared how at first they were complete strangers, but quickly became friends who could really talk with one another. 
“I’ve seen lots of growth and maturity in LaNae. She keeps her head and stays cool [when things are challenging], “ said Michele. Their mentoring time has often been “the best part of my day, my week!”
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23
Dec

Soup It Up


Bill Runge, left, gets a bowl of soup from Barb Schmidt during the Soup It Up event at Fairbury High School on Dec. 18. The event highlighted different soup options for people to try from various organizations and all proceeds went to the family food market program to help feed local families in need. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Dec

Dancing Fever


Jefferson Intermediate Fourth Grade Teacher Jay Gerths free style dances during a convocation last week at FHS. Students from Central and Jefferson were delighted with dancing and music from Gordon Ochilla, back, left, and Joseck Asikoye, right. PTA sponsored the program that was entitled Jabali Afrika Assembly and featured African dance and music. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Dec

Jeffs Have Huge Showing At Auburn

No, Steve Harvey was not announcing the Auburn Invitational Wrestling Invite on Dec. 19.
A nationwide crashing of the site trackwrestling.com resulted in final team scores not being readily available. 
Fairbury Head Wrestling Coach Derek Garfield explained, “We were told we finished third as a team behind Norris and Bellevue West.”
All 12 varsity wrestlers entered in the tournament won a medal.
The Jeffs had two first place finishers, Jacob Johnson at 170-pounds and Damian Green at 160-pounds.
Auburn Invitational Results for Fairbury
106 - Autumn Branson, Fairbury, (5-11) placed 4th and scored 9.00 team points.
    Round 1 - Branson won by decision over Scylar Roop (Thayer Central) (Dec 9-4)
    Round 2 - Skylar Stalcup (Norris) 9-1 won by fall over Branson (Fall 0:43)

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