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Mar

Commissioner Grummert Laid To Rest

Jefferson County Commissioner Brad Grummert passed away early Friday morning, leaving behind him many in mourning and a vacancy on the board of commissioners that the county must attempt to fill.
Grummert, who had just turned 59 in January, had filed for re-election for the position of county commissioner. Now, the county has 45 days to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Grummert’s term, which is over at the beginning of January.
County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz explained how the process works.
“There’s a process that we go through,” said Goltz. “The county clerk, the county treasurer and myself make an appointment. We have 45 days to do that.”
The county is advertising the position. Goltz explained that the county board will then conduct interviews with the candidates and officially appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
Wed
16
Mar

Water Is Not The Only Issue For Steele City

The village board of Steele City can breathe a sigh of relief as Endicott’s village board approved the plan to link Steele City to Endicott’s water system, which would resolve the issue of having high nitrates in the water supply; however, as it became apparent at their meeting last Monday, Steele City has other issues to address.
At the meeting, the board discussed a lawsuit filed against the village by two of its residents: Dave and Mary Banahan. 
According to the document filed in the District Court, this lawsuit is for a violation of the open meetings act and alleges that the Village of Steele City did not provide “reasonable advanced publicized notice” of an agenda for the Oct. 13 board meeting; specifically concerning Ordinance 211, which vacates and closes a portion of Baker Street that allows the Banahans access to their road, sand and gravel pit. 
Wed
16
Mar

New Principals Hired, Raises Given By School Board

With a ringing endorsement from Fairbury Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Grizzle, on Monday the Fairbury School Board hired Patty Smith of Lincoln as the new principal at Central Elementary and Nicholas Kroon as the new principal at Fairbury High School.
Smith currently works for the Lincoln Public Schools as the Coordinator/Supervisor of Early Childhood.
“Out of all of the candidates she really had a real strength and extensive background in early childhood,” Grizzle told the board. “She also has extensive background in reading mastery.”
The board agreed to hire Smith with a beginning salary of $80,000 per year.
Smith's husband, Jerry, is a principal in McCook and, according to Grizzle, is close to retirement, so will continue duties there; however, she is looking for housing in Fairbury currently and is expected to move into the district with her youngest child.
Wed
16
Mar

Ebke Talks County Hog Operations

STAYING BUSY--Sen. Laura Ebke returned to her hometown on Monday to speak with area students. Ebke was at Meridian in the morning before spending time with fourth grade students and the student council at Jefferson Intermediate, answering questions about what it is like to be a senator. Ebke discussed what it takes to be a good leader, how a bill is introduced and how she became a senator. Ebke hosted a town hall meeting in Plymouth on Saturday to discuss several issues, including hog operations in the region. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

 If you live in an agriculture-based economy do you favor farming over scenery? If you want to take in Nebraska’s rural beauty, is scenery equally as important as livestock? For Nebraska’s 32nd District senator Laura Ebke that’s the $64,000 question.
Ebke met with a group of constituents on Saturday at the Maple Leaf Housing community room in Plymouth where the majority of the discussion centered around agriculture.
“I think it’s a philosophical problem,” she said. “I get it when people want to live in the country and open their windows and look at our great sunrises and nature and don’t want to deal with things like the smell of livestock. But at the same time Nebraska is an ag-based economy and farming is our largest industry.”
Wed
16
Mar

Westin Receives High Honor

MAKING THE GRADE--On March 8 Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley, front row, far right, helped induct Ron Schacht, general manager of Westin Packaged Meats-Dry Bacon Operations and staff into OSHA SHARP (Occupational Safety and Health Administration Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program). (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

On March 8, Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley and staff members of the Nebraska Department of Labor were in Fairbury to recognize Westin Packaged Meats-Dry Bacon Operation for being entered into the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program). 
The program recognizes small businesses who have an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. The Westin Packaged Meats facility in Fairbury has not lost time for an employee injury in over 14 years and has not had any injuries since 2009.
After a tour of the Westin Dry Bacon facility by local and state dignitaries, a luncheon was held at Stagecoach Mall with remarks by Foley about the tremendous achievement by Westin.
 
Wed
16
Mar

Preparing To Shuffle

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce hosted its sixth annual Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday with a record-breaking crowd of approximately 180 people running, walking or crawling the course that cut through town. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
16
Mar

Comparing Specimens

The new Fossil Room at the Fairbury City Museum opened to a large crowd of people on Saturday. The exhibit has taken years of planning and thousands of volunteer hours before coming to fruition. Two paleontologists from the University of Nebraska, Dr. George Corner (above) and Dr. Robert Diffendal, spoke to the visitors about the exhibit and about their experience with fossils. They then helped to identify any fossils that people brought with them to the grand opening of the Fossil Room. Curator of the City Museum, Pa’Ren Sims encourages people of all ages to visit the museum and to see the ever-changing collection of fossils in this new exhibit. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
16
Mar

Saying Goodbye

The employees of the Jefferson County Highway Department recognized Highway Superintendent Bill Hansel for his service to Jefferson County with a special plaque. Hansel explained that he is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the people in Jefferson County. Friday was Hansel’s last day as the Highway Superintendent for Jefferson County. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
16
Mar

Here’s A Good Pie

Devin Lovgren, right, shows auctioneer Justin Schultis one of the delicious pies available at the Praise and Pancakes event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Sunday. The event raised funds for the Five Star Bible Camp and featured a live auction, silent auction and music from a variety of acts, plus pancakes and sausage. (Photo by Fred Arnold, Jr./www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
16
Mar

At The Fish Fry

During Lent, the Knights of Columbus hold a fish fry at St. Michael’s in Fairbury every Friday. This past Friday was no exception with locals coming out to enjoy a good meal and conversation. (Photo by Fred Arnold, Jr./www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

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