Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:36am
The annual Family Fun Night event was held at the ‘47 Gym on Friday night. Hannah Simpson, left, and Amy Simpson help Reid Novotny with the Pick A Duck game at the event. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:33am
The Fairbury FFA Alumni held a fund raiser on March 20 with a donkey basketball tournament at FHS. FFA member Nathanial Stapaules, center, participated in the FFA boys squad, and had some troubles getting his partner to cooperate while FHS faculty member Mary Jantz shoots the ball and Patrick Ondrak, FFA member, also attempts to gain control of his donkey. RIGHT: Tyler Kimberlin, veterinarian with Fairbury Animal Clinic, had to drag his partner back into the gym (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:32am
ABOVE--Brooke Eisenhauer sings the song “Bubbly” with the help of Darby Davidson. LEFT--Memories, songs and bubbles were a highlight of Copa 2016. Sharing some bubbles and exchanging outfits were, from left to right, Patrick Ondrak, Trevin Likens, Toriann Likens, Haylee Gray, Halle Knigge and Joy Ondrak. (Photos by Shaun Friedrichsen, Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:30am
SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO At the 10th annual Jefferson County Spring Expo at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Jefferson Community Health Center sponsored a giant inflatable colon to help people know the risks of colon cancer. Right: Westin Packaged Meats/Fairbury Foods sponsored a “Make It With Bacon” contest. Judges Teri Malone, Maria Renn and Eric Stanton sample one of the 13 dishes offered through the contest. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The 10th annual Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo was held Saturday, March 19 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
An estimated 550 people attended the event, which is up from last year’s attendance, according to organizers of the event.
One of the main attractions of the expo was the “Make It With Bacon” contest, sponsored by Westin Packaged Meats/Fairbury Foods. There were 13 entries in the contest and the public was invited to taste and vote for a “People’s Choice” award. Judges gave a top appetizer, dessert and main course winner.
Some of the different dishes presented included bacon sauerkraut, jalapeño bacon mac-n-cheese, bacon chocolate chip cookies and bacon cinnamon rolls.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:29am
A surprise party was hosted at the Diller Opera House to honor Beth Roelfs for her years of service as chairperson on the Diller Community Foundation Fund. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
“I am incredibly humbled by this,” Beth Roelfs said as she was greeted by friends and family members for a surprise party on Thursday to honor her achievements and dedication while serving as the chairperson for the Diller Community Foundation Fund.
Roelfs has served as the chairperson since the foundation’s inception in 1999. Since that time, she and other community members have worked to raise money to fund community-improvement projects in Diller. She received a special clock with the names of the members of the foundation as a sign of the foundation’s appreciation.
Roelfs explained that it is inspiring to see how the community has grown since the fund began.
“It’s a joy to see what has happened in the community,” Roelfs said. “It’s been fun. When we all started this, there were a number of things going on. I feel like cutting the clock up into 18 pieces and spreading it around, because there are many people very worthy of it.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:28am
Amid much discussion from concerned citizens and the owners of Plymouth Ag Group, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to table the decision on two proposed hog confinement facilities on Tuesday.
These operations would be located southwest of Harbine and northeast of Jansen, near the Cub Creek recreation area. Each facility would harbor 4,800 hogs. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock explained some of the concerns he has heard from citizens about these operations.
“I would probably distill the concerns into three principal areas,” said Schoenrock. “One is odor management, to make sure that we’re not going to have a problem with odor. Number two is possible water contamination issues, either right there in the watershed area or down streams. There are people who live downstream who are concerned about possible water pollution issues. The third is the effect on the county roads that are there in that area.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:28am
Growing Nebraska via ag--Governor Ricketts spoke to the crowd at the 2016 Agribusiness Banquet about the ways his administration is working to promote the agricultural industry. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The 2016 Agribusiness Banquet, hosted at the Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School, attracted many people, including Governor Pete Ricketts and Congressman Adrian Smith, to help celebrate agricultural achievements and to inspire future generations to expand the agricultural industry.
Before the event, Ricketts explained that agriculture is a vital part of Nebraska’s economy and that it is something that should be recognized.
“It (the agribusiness banquet) is actually occurring during National Ag Week, which is great because it really highlights the great work that our farmers and ranchers do,” said Ricketts. “Of course, here in Nebraska, agriculture is the heart and soul of what we do. It drives our economy, and one in four jobs are related to it.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:27am
Fairbury Public Schools is ready to hop on a new bus (company).
At the March District 8 School Board meeting the board voted unanimously to sever ties with First Student busing company and hire Mid States School Bus, Inc., headquartered in Wayne, as the provider of student transportation for the district.
Mid States is out of Wayne and provides transportation for 13 schools, with Thayer Central being the closest district to FHS. Other districts serviced by Mid West include Battle Creek, Cross County, Conestoga, Wayne and Plattsmouth.
Mid States General Manager Dean Carroll explained that there is a satellite office in Hebron and substitute drivers would be coming out of that location, not Omaha, as would be the case for First Student.
First Student was the first company hired to do contract busing for Fairbury Public Schools and the contract had been renewed three times until this bidding process.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:27am
Ernest Howard, who is facing multiple felony charges in relation to the abduction of a two-month-old child, appeared in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday, March 16 for a hearing.
At the hearing, Howard’s attorney, Jeffrey Gaertig, explained that his client would waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
“With that waiver of a right to a prelim, it’s my understanding that it’s just a quid pro quo, that the county attorney’s office is going to provide us some early discovery,” said Gaertig. “The unique angle on this case is based on one of the counts, count one, kidnapping, my client is willing to consent and volunteer to provide a DNA sample for paternity purposes, and to ascertain and determine whether he is the biological father of the minor in this case.”