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Aug

First Day of School


Smiles, Tears--Fairbury Public Schools started the 2015-2016 year on Wednesday. While parents generally seemed happy for school to start the same could not be said for all children.(Photo by Ashley Jensby/Fairbury Journal-News)
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12
Aug

Contention At The School Board

  On Monday, the District 8 School Board in Fairbury agreed to raise the portion of the salary of the TeamMates Coordinator paid by Fairbury Public Schools by $459, but not without confusion and a cold reception. 
 During the meeting, Debby Ebke, a representative of TeamMates, advocated for the raise based on an agreement with former superintendent, Fred Helmink. The raise would help to cover some of the taxes associated with the coordinator's salary. Ebke explained the history of the program and why the coordinator deserved to be paid.
 “In early 2014, our TeamMates Board of Directors recognized that we needed to compensate our coordinator,” said Ebke. “It was too much to be expected to be all volunteer. We made a proposal, which was presented to [then District 8 Superintendent] Mr. Helmink. Mr. Helmink presented it to the Board and we were very happy that the Board saw the value in the program.
Wed
12
Aug

Stricter Jobless Law Would Be Welcomed

 If Gov. Pete Ricketts has anything to say about it, it will be a lot harder for those who abuse the Welfare system to stay on unemployment. For those of us who actively crusade against such abuses, this is most welcome news.
 Last week the governor proposed a measure that, in simplistic terms, will make it difficult to stay on the public dole without making a serious, work like effort to get unemployment benefits. It may actually be easier to go out and get a job than to try for unemployment. We like that thought.
 Under Ricketts’ plan people seeking unemployment would have to create and follow individualized work-search plans. Unemployment recipients would have to contact at least five prospective employers a week-currently that figure is two-and submit at least one formal job application during that time in order to keep state benefits. Even more strict requirements would kick in after a person’s fifth and 13th week of receiving payments.
Wed
12
Aug

Summer Will Soon Be A Distant Memory

Earlier this week I read a column from Cindy Lange-Kubick, one of my favorite op/ed writers from the Lincoln Journal-Star. She noted how summer gets shorter every year. Not just because school starts earlier, she rationalizes, but because with each passing summer we all get older.
 I guess I’d have to agree. As a kid growing up in Fairbury I can remember endless summer days spent at the pool, vacationing, hanging out at the lake or riding my bike and playing with friends. These were followed by long summer nights. Nights of star gazing, chasing lightning bugs or out on some adventure. Summer seemed like a lifetime long.
Wed
12
Aug

Scared Of The Dark

Michael and I recently had our first experience with children screaming in the night because they were scared of the dark. The power went out at 1 a.m. I know this because three-year-old Reid happened to be awake and wanting a drink when everything went black.
He began to scream. Holding his hand and telling him we were right there didn’t help; he couldn’t see us, so he screamed. He really screamed.   
The nearest flashlights were quite a distance away, so Michael stumbled through the dark in search of them while Reid just screamed, which woke up almost-five-year-old-Kane.
We finally got the flashlights as well as a glow-in-the-dark nightlight. Kane wanted to go to sleep holding the nightlight; Reid wanted the flashlight. It took a good 30 minutes to settle everyone back down, and of course Reid insisted on falling asleep with the flashlight on.
Wed
12
Aug

Letters to the Editor

New Morality Is Raping Religion
 
Editor: 
A heads up to local churches and pastors, insurance companies are already limiting liability coverage so not to include law suits brought against you by homosexuals for discrimination.
This so called “new morality” seems to be based on the principle of rape. A rapist becomes angry when told no, because in their mind you have no right to say no to them, so they use force.
The way the law is now if you say no to something you are uncomfortable with or think is wrong, by law you can be forced to do it anyway or face sanctions, including jail.
A rapist does his own violence to violate his victim. The new morality uses the law to rape our conscience and religion.
Mark Scheetz
Endicott, Neb
Wed
12
Aug

8-12-15

County Court
Filed
Breanne S. Burt of Fairbury: Possession of controlled substance, class 4 felony; possess/consume open alcohol container, infraction on July 31.
Austen T. Fisbeck of Fairbury: del/dsp/dst/man/possession of controlled substance-sch 1-3, class 3 felony; possession of money while in violation, class 4 felony on July 21.
Timothy E. Fisbeck of Fairbury: possession of deadly weapon-prohibited person class 3 felony; del/dsp/dst/man/possession of controlled substance-sch 1-3, class 3 felony; possession of money while in violation, class 4 felony on July 21.
Michael R. May of Beatrice: driving under suspension, class 3 misdemeanor on July 8.
Jaelyn D. Pingel of Steele City: false reporting - misdemeanor; class 1 misdemeanor on July 9.
Wed
12
Aug

Health Care Renovations Spotlighted At Open House

On Saturday, Aug. 22, Jefferson Community Health Center will host an open house to showcase its recently completed renovations. 
  This renovation project started in 2012 with the addition of eight units to Cedarwood Assisted Living. After this project was completed, the focus shifted to updating the layout and equipment at the hospital. Lana Likens, Director of Public Relations at JCHC, explained the need for the changes.
  “The biggest goal of the project was to have private patient rooms,” said Likens, “because we knew that is really what was needed to really move forward and to offer people what they needed. If you’re sick, if you’re in the hospital, do you really want to share a room? Probably not.”
Wed
12
Aug

Nearly 100 Attend Farm Safety Day


SAFETY DAY at the Fairbury Fairgrounds on August 4, the children each got to take turns feeling what happens to your lungs after years of smoking. The lungs turned black and very stiff. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)
The Jefferson County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was successful, say organizers for the local chapter of Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. A total of 84 children participated in the 18th annual Safety Day held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
This year’s safety sessions include: beekeeping by Bill Glenn; hearing safety by Nebraska Medicine; Don’t Smoke, by Sarah Lee, a medical student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; digging safety by Digger’s Hotline; seatbelt safety by Safe Kids/Public Health Solutions; lifting safety by JCHC Rehab and Sports Clinic; grain safety by Farmers Cooperative; and fire safety by the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s office. A safety puppet show by the Fairbury FFA opened the day’s activities. A lunch program on weather safety was presented by Channel 10/11 weather department, and a mock accident, coordinated by the Jefferson County Ambulance department closed the day.
Wed
12
Aug

School lunch menu 8-12-15

Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools
Monday  August 17: CRISPY CHICKEN ON BUN; ham/cheese flatbread, chef salad croutons.
Tuesday August 18: MANDARIN CHICKEN W/WG RICE & HMD WG BREAD; tuna salad on bun. 
Wednesday August 20: MACHO NACHOS; PBJ sandwich.
Thursday August 21: BREADED PORK ON BUN; Chicken salad on bun.
Friday August 22: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS; turkey sandwich.
High School
Monday  August 17:CRISPY CHICKEN ON BUN; jeff rib on bun. 
Tuesday August 18: MANDARIN CHICKEN W/WG RICE & HMD WG BREAD; ham/cheese flatbread.
Wednesday August 20: MACHO NACHOS; Chicken/cheese wrap. 
Thursday August 21: BREADED PORK ON BUN; hamburger on bun. 
Friday August 22: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS; roasted chicken on bun. 

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