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District Baseball Tournament Gets Underway

Fairbury will take part in the Area 1 Class B Juniors Tournament to be played July 10-14 at Dallas Jones Park, SNC Field in Falls City, Neb.
Fairbury’s Juniors will open play on Friday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. facing third seed Auburn.
Should Fairbury win they would face the winner of the Hickman versus Falls City game on Saturday, July 11 starting at 5 p.m.
If Fairbury were to lose their opener they would square off against the winner of the Nebraska City versus Beatrice game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The championship game is slated for July 14 beginning at 5 p.m. with a second game to follow if necessary in the double-elimination tournament.
Seedings in the Juniors Tournament are: 1. Nebraska City, 2. Hickman, 3. Auburn, 4. Fairbury, 5. Falls City, and 6. Beatrice.
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08
Jul

Husker Rehab To Compete In USSSA National Championships


HEADED TO NATIONALS-The Husker Rehab 12-and-under girls softball team has earned a spot to play in the Class C USSSA National Championships to be held July 15-18 at Tiffany Hills Park in Kansas City, Mo. Team members include kneeling (l-r) Jami Mans, Kacy Starck, Josi Mans, Maggie Layton, Hailie Nicholson, and Mallonee Biehl. Standing (l-r) Coach Taylor Biehl, Ellie Ohlde, Marlaney Deras, Jordan Tracy, Brittyn Wentz, Leah Mach, Brynn Novotny, Marlee Biehl and coach Chad Mans. (Contributed Photo)
Having played together for many years on the diamond has paid off for a Fairbury girls softball team.
With a team full of  hard working committed players, the Husker Rehab 12-and-under girls softball team has an opportunity to showcase their talents at the national level.
By winning a pair of USSSA national qualifier tournaments earlier in the season, the Husker Rehab squad has earned a spot in the 2015 Class C USSSA National Championships to be held July 15-18 at Tiffany Hills Park in Kansas City, Mo.
A total of 52 teams will participate in the Class C USSSA National Championships with teams from five midwest states including Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Iowa.
Husker Rehab will be one of five teams from the state of Nebraska to compete in the national tournament along with teams from Lincoln and Omaha.
Wed
08
Jul

More Than 10,000 Attend Ever Growing Flea Market


YOUNG PATRIOT --This little girl was dog tired by the end of the day at last week’s Pioneer Shrine Club Fourth of July Flea Market in Fairbury. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Fairbury’s population nearly tripled last week as a crowd estimated at more than 10,000 attended the 45th Pioneer Shrine Club Flea Market at Fairbury’s City Park. 
The Flea Market not only benefited the local economy, but it introduced people to new businesses as well as provided the chance to make connections with others.
This year, new vendors came to the Flea Market to sell their products. Wayne Buehler of Fairbury, one of the organizers of the event, claimed that this number has increased over the years. “We had approximately 230 vendors. That’s up about 30 from last year. All in all, we had a good turn out. I think almost everyone was satisfied,” Buehler said.
Wed
08
Jul

Fairbury Husband, Wife Arrested On Host Of drug, Weapons Charges

On Friday, July 3, a local husband and wife were both arrested at their home at 1125 D Street in Fairbury and charged with various drug and weapon counts.
Jose David Morales Ortega, age 30 and Cecilia Morales, age 32, were both arrested without incident in the early morning hours of July 3 after the Fairbury Police department served a search warrant on their home.
According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk the husband and wife were taken into custody for numerous drug and firearms charges.
"They were arrested for: alleged manufacturing of marijuana, a Class 3 Felony; no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 Felony; possession of a short shotgun, a Class 4 Felony; possession of a deadly weapon by prohibited person, a Class 1D Felony; possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a Felony, a Class 2 Felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction," Sprunk said.
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08
Jul

Fby Chief Still Mum On Meth Investigation

A methamphetamine investigation that was began by the Fairbury Police Department last week is still an active case with no suspects under arrest as of press time.
According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk a traffic stop on July 1 in the 900 block of 11th street yielded approximately 11.5 grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used in smoking meth. 
"During the traffic stop, drug paraphernalia was located inside the vehicle," the chief said. "Personal items were seized from the vehicle and a search warrant was obtained to search the property."
 Sprunk said the incident remains under investigation and no names are being released pending the investigation.
Wed
08
Jul

Friedrichsen Brings Experience and Ambition to Journal-News Staff

On Monday, Shaun Friedrichsen of Fairbury joined the Journal-News staff as a reporter. He brings with him knowledge and writing experience.
Friedrichsen graduated with high honors from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in English (writing) and Political Science. For him, college took a bit longer than it does for most people.
 “It took five years to get my degree,” said Friedrichsen. “That is because I changed my major from teaching English as a second language to English writing. However, it was well worth the time. I wasn't there just to get my degree. I went to college to learn as much as I could about the world around me.” 
During his time at UNK, Friedrichsen held leadership roles in several organizations. These roles have defined his experience at the university.
Wed
08
Jul

Independence Day at Cedarwood


Cedarwood assisted Living in Fairbury celebrated Independence Day on Wednesday July 1 with a fireworks show. Marge Schoen shows her patriotism with a sparkler. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
08
Jul

German Settler’s 1868 Homestead House And Farm On Display July 18

 The descendants of a German settler are beginning to restore a nearly 150-year-old home on a family farm along the Swan Creek.
Michael and Christina Witt settled the land in 1861 and built the fakwerkbau,” or “half-timbered house” in 1868. The house was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980 and was noted as the only house of its type in Nebraska.
The Witts and their descendants have farmed the land for the last 154 years.
Wed
08
Jul

Living History Weekend In Steele City

 Area residents will recreate the past this weekend at the first of three living history weekends to be held in historic Steele City this year as they pick up tools and work as the pioneers did over 100 years ago.
Blacksmithing, wheelwrighting and a variety of domestic skills such as weaving and soap making will be demonstrated to the public on Saturday and Sunday at the historic buildings in Steele City, including the blacksmith shop, bank and livery barn.
“Our volunteers take off from their regular jobs and become craftsmen from the past,” said Jefferson County Historical Society Curator Denise Andersen. “All we want is for others to enjoy the weekend and maybe learn something in the process.”
Wed
08
Jul

Glenn Korff Estate Gives TC Hospital $6.9 Million


thayer County Health Services Proposed Remodel--With a donation, Thayer County Health Services will be adding on to their facility with construction starting next month. (Contributed Photo)
 Thanks to a generous gift of $6.9 million from Glenn Korff’s estate to the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services, a new Rehab and Wellness Center will be built on the north side of the hospital in Hebron.  Construction on the Rehab and Wellness Center will begin in August 2015 and will lead into a hospital renovation project. 
 “Thayer County Health Services (TCHS), his hometown, and fitness were all important to Glenn.  It is very rewarding to be a part of a project that will incorporate these three things into a legacy for Glenn,” remarked Rita Luongo, TCHS Development Director.  “In working with Ken Korff and Mary Arth on the project, they expressed the importance of having this facility serve not only patients and employees, but also the residents of Thayer County.  This tremendous gift has made it possible for a Wellness Center to be included in the hospital renovation project.” added Luongo.  

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