Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:15am
Chalk it up--Election worker Shawna Taylor writes the results from the primary election for each of the precincts at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday night. She and eight others helped to count and deliver the results of the 1,067 ballots. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Nine people worked late into Tuesday night to tally the ballots and present the results of the 2016 primary election; Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won Jefferson County.
As soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m., the ballots began to be delivered to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, where workers organized them and counted the votes, keeping track of them on a spreadsheet as well as a chalk board set up in the hallway of the courthouse.
In the presidential election, Trump had a comfortable lead over runner up Ted Cruz with 533 votes to 147 votes. The Democrats saw a closer race, but ultimately Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton 123 votes compared to Clinton’s 107.
For Public Service Commission District 4, Rod Johnson won the primary with 447 votes. For the race to represent Jefferson County’s second district, Bruce Wollenburg ran unopposed and received 270 votes, although there was some support for write-in candidates.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:12am
Reviewing The Options--City Administrator Collin Bielser examines one of the four options for renovating the city’s aging swimming pool. The potential projects range in cost from $3.6 million to $5.1 million. Bielser explained that it is the city’s job to educate and keep the public informed about the options and their effects on taxpayers, not to advocate for any plan in particular. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Roughly 30 people gathered at a special town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss potential plans for Fairbury’s parks and swimming pool. City Administrator Collin Bielser explained that the public will play a crucial role in bringing about the changes to the swimming pool, since the city can only play a limited part. “There was a committee formed by the (city) council, the mayor appointed, last year to explore the parks plan and pool feasibility studies,” said Bielser. “They’ll meet at least one more time and finalize that and present those findings to the council, then we’ll have a final parks plan. “In regard to the pool, because I know there is a lot of interest in it, if it were to move forward, it would be up to a private citizen group, or advocacy group, because it’s up to the people if they want to bond it,” Bielser continued. Bielser stated that the group of citizens would have to petition the city council, and the council would have to approve it to be on a ballot.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:05am
Changes could be coming to the Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School and Central Elementary School if the District 8 School Board decides to pursue a plan presented by Superintendent Stephen Grizzle.
At their meeting on Monday evening, Grizzle explained some of the proposals to alter the buildings and how those differences would help to increase security, as well as help students to improve their quality of education.
“All year, the building and grounds committee has been meeting, talking about some facility ideas for the district,” said Grizzle, showcasing the drawings on the projector. “We’re looking to expand and make things better.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:04am
The Campbell-Klein American Legion Post and Auxiliary 349 came to order with President Berdine Presiding. Chaplain Mary gave the opening prayer. We said the Pledge to the Flag, sang the Star Spangled Banner and repeated the Preamble. The post went to their meeting. President Berdine opened the Auxiliary meeting with six members exchanging May baskets. Secretary Zona read the previous minutes and Erma made a motion to accept them. Treasurer Dorothy gave her report and it will be put on file. President Berdine read the correspondence about Miracle Mile that Beatrice Legion and Auxiliary holds. Also about ordering the Nebraska Life to earn some money. It was voted on to donate money to the Miracle Mile.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:03am
Peyton M. Kugel, precious baby boy of Damen and LaRaesha Kugel was born into the arms of angels Monday, May 9, 2016 at Beatrice Community Hospital. Although Peyton never spent any time with us on earth, he was very loved and touched many lives. His big brother, Dawson made sure every day up until his passing that he knew how much we all loved him. Our little angel will never be forgotten.
Survivors include his parents, Damen and LaRaesha Kugel; one brother, Dawson; grandparents, Jesse and Diana Munoz of Mead, CO, Anne Togher of Denver, CO and Dale and Brenda Kugel of Beatrice; several aunts, uncles and cousins; great-grandparents, Dorothy Vorderstrasse of Fairbury, Delores Kugel of Daykin and Michael Togher of Denver. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:18am
Jane A. White, 51 of Ellis, NE died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln. She was born February 1, 1965 in Beatrice. Jane graduated from Beatrice High School in 1983 and from Southeast Community College, Fairbury in 1985 with a degree in Journalism. She covered all sports in SE Nebraska and followed the athletes in high school, college and through their professional careers. Jane received the distinguished service award and was the first and only women inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame. She received multiple awards including a National Press Women’s Association award and a 25 year service award from MUDECAS. While sports was her main focus Jane found reward in human interest stories.