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Installation for Pastor at Peace Lutheran

The Rev. Marilyn Hasemann is the new pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in rural Plymouth, and the new priest at Christ Church Episcopal, Beatrice. She started June 1. Pastor Hasemann will be installed at Peace Lutheran on Sunday, July 27, at 10 a.m. The service will be the first joint worship service for the two congregations.

Rev. Hasemann is returning to her roots in small town, rural Nebraska. She grew up on a farm located outside of Scribner in Dodge County. Rev. Hasemann attended a one-room country school, Scribner High School, and Wayne State College. Following graduation from college, she taught business classes in farming communities in Adams and Nance Counties. After attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, she served congregations in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Rev. Hasemann is looking forward to getting to know the people of Peace Lutheran at Plymouth and Christ Episcopal at Beatrice, and the surrounding countryside.

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Edward Jones Branch Office Supports School Supply Donation Drive

Jay R. Peterson, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fairbury, is supporting Fairbury Public Schools School Supply Donation Driveby using his office as a drop-off location for the school supplies drive.

Local residents and businesses may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from July 23 to August 15th.

The branch address is 516 E Street in Fairbury.

As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education, said Peterson. Im proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.

Wed
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Methodists Have New Minister

Photo caption: Fay Hubbard, new Methodist Minister for both Fairbury and Endicott. Fairbury Journal News/Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky

Fay Hubbard has moved to Fairbury to become the new United Methodist Minister of both Fairbury and Endicott as of July 8.

Rev. Hubbard was born and raised in Seymour, Texas, and had traveled to Alabama to continue her education. She finally found herself teaching special education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

I was teaching special education up in Wayne and was absolutely loving my job, Hubbard said. Who would know that just a short eight years later I would be ministering to a congregation and loving it just as much if not more.

She is looking forward to working in both Fairbury and Endicott.

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Jefferson County Tire Collection

Jefferson County Tire Amnesty Event will be held August 28th (7:30 a.m.-4:00p.m.), August 29 (7:30 a.m.-4:00p.m.), and August 30 (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) at the Jefferson county Highway Department located at 1415 A Street in Fairbury, Nebraska.

There is a limit of 100 tires per vehicle. No rims, no early drop-offs, and no commercial operations are allowed. For more information call: Jeanna or Bill at the Jefferson County Hwy Department at 402-729-6373.

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Diode Taking Donations for School Supplies

Bring school supplies to Diode Communications and register for an iPad Mini.

This year Diode Communications and Diller Telephone Company are collecting school supplies to be given to Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA). The supplies and the money donated will be distributed to the clients that they have on their caseload.

Ryan (Bailey, Family and Community Services Manager) at BVCA told me they could really use the erasers, markers, folders, loose paper, backpacks and Kleenex, Danni Starck, Director or Marketing at Diode Communications, said. But we will of course take anything....including monetary donations.

There will be two drawings for the iPad Minis that are worth $300 each. The prizes were donated by Diode and the Sandman family. One drawing will be for the customers who bring in items and the second is for the employees. Each employee has pledged to donate at least $10 each. There is no required amount for anyone to donate.

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Officials Tight-Lipped Regarding Job Status Of Fairbury City Adm.

Is Fairbury City Administrator Joe Parker still employed or isnt he? Signals are mixed coming out of City Hall but preliminary indications point to a possible dismissal for Parker who has been city administrator since 2008.

Last week the personnel committee for the City of Fairbury, meet prior to the regular council meeting, recommended that Parkers contract not be renewed. The unanimous vote was struck by Doug Brown, Ed Friesen, Rick Carmichael and Roger Bailey. Each are members of the city council.

Following the meeting, Parker, who was in attendance, left and did not return for the council meeting immediately following. After the ensuing city council meeting the Journal-News spoke with councilman Roger Bailey who indicated, there may be a change coming at that position, but offered no further details.

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Fairbury National Guard Reunion Being Planned

There is a reunion being planned for all men and women who were members of the Fairbury National Guard. The event is the goal of Fairburys Roy Worm, member of the Fairbury National Guard.

It all started a couple of years ago when a buddy of mine and I were sitting around and started talking what if, Worm said. We have been able to get about 15 of us together and we had a really great time. So now I have sorta started on this one man mission to get as many people together as I could for a real reunion.

The plan is to meet August 9 at Fairburys VFW in the morning, lunch will be at a local restaurant and the remainder of the day is pretty open Worm said. This would be the first time ever to have a reunion of this type for the Fairbury portion of the National Guard.

Wed
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Roads and Bridges Dominated Commissioners Meeting

Jefferson County Commissioners spent the majority of their weekly meeting reviewing the condition of the county roads as well as reviewing the state of the Homestead Bridge.

A conference call was held with Glen Steffenmeier and Larry Legg of the Nebraska Department of Roads on the Farmstead Bridge. They had been sent an application for State Aid for bridge funds between the State of Nebraska and Jefferson County as well as a Local Public Agency (LPA) Program Agreement for Federal Aid Funds to the Commissioners.

Both of the documents pertained to moving forward the proposed re-construction of the Homestead Bridge. Once it was understood that this was necessary steps in beginning the project it was moved by Brad Grummert and seconded by Art Craig to approve the signing of both the application for state aid and the LPA Program Agreement.

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Childrens Librarian Busy

Photo caption: Thad Beach presented a program titled Singing Science where the group learned unique and original musical instruments. This helped them learn how sound was generated. Contributed Photo

The first year for the Fairbury Public Childrens Librarian has been very full for Pamela Wallinger.

The first year here at the library has been fun, but basically a learning experience, Wallinger said. The first year was, for me a chance to see how things worked and to basically walk through different events and job duties.

The major focus for Wallinger was the Summer Reading Program. She said there were 63 children who completed their reading goal this summer. The youth participants read 1,306 books and the tweens read a total of 13,232 pages.

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5 Star Bible Camp

Photo caption: Building sand castles and being buried in the sand. Building with God was one of the themes at 5 Star Bible Camp. Fairbury Journal News/Photo by Trevor Gill. Many more photos under photos tab

Last week Camp Jefferson was converted into the 5 Star Bible Camp. A non-profit organization that organizes a yearly non denominational Bible camp for youth pre-k through 12. The week is divided into two parts, pre-k through 6 attends the first part of the week. They then have a program midweek before 7-12 campers arrive.

The theme this year was Workshop of Wonders, Imagine and Build with God. The camp has come to mean a great deal to the campers and in many instances the counselors are actually campers from previous years.

Activities are geared toward specific age groups that teach and at the same time are fun. Throughout the year the organization holds many fund-raisers in order to support the yearly camp.

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