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Betty Fitzgerald

 
Betty "Joyce" Fitzgerald, 72, Morrowville, died Feb. 3, 2016 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln, NE.
Services were  Feb. 5, 2016 at the Morrowville Christian Church, Morrowville. Sheila Ouellette was organist and Ed Durst sang, "Go Rest High on that Mountain," Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace."
Joyce was born Dec. 19, 1943 to Marvin and Ruth (Wells) Ginn on a farm one mile south of the state line at rural Morrowville, Kan. She attended grade school at Albia Rural then transferred to Plainview Rural. Joyce graduated from Morrowville Rural High School in 1963.
In 1964, she was united in marriage to Chuck Fitzgerald at the catholic church in Fairbury, where she was also baptized. Chuck and Joyce lived in Jansen, where they owned and operated the Western Bar.
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More Incumbents File For Re-Election

Elected officials continue to file for re-election before the Feb. 16 deadline.
Incumbents that have filed for Fairbury School Board include Jody Starr and Alan Stall. Richard Zimmerman’s replacement on the Fairbury School Board is Jacie Milius. She will fill out his term and be up for re-election this year and has until the Feb. 16 deadline to re-file.
For Meridian School Board, incumbent Re’ne Scheer has filed. Jay VanWeston and Larry Miller, both incumbents, have already re-filed for election.
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward has filed for re-election.
Ed Friesen for Ward 3 in Fairbury for city council has re-filed. Roger Bailey, Ward 2 and Doug Brown, Ward 4,  have yet to file as of press time. Kelly Davis, Ward 1 in Fairbury, has already signed up for re-election.
Kirk Holtmeier has filed for Tri County School Board as an incumbent, as has incumbent Doug Stokebrand.
 
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Winter Formal Candidates


The 2016 Fairbury High School Winter Formal dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Elks Club. Winter Formal candidates are, front row, left to right, Paige Eden, Brooke Eisenhauer, Lindsay Lee, Anna Schouboe and Josey Zakokrtsky. Back row, Tyler Heidemann, Cody Huss, Mark Kroeker, Trevin Likens and Nathanial Stapaules. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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Chamber Banquet 2016


A good time was had by all who were in attendance at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Friday night. The chamber celebrated its successes with a “Dancing with the Stars” themed event. TOP: Terry and Jill Likens dance to “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. MIDDLE, LEFT: Ron Hilligas accepts the community service award, which he was given for his continued efforts to aid the community. MIDDLE, RIGHT: Trevor Steinmeyer, who hosted the event, had his services recognized with the volunteer of the year award. ABOVE: Justin Schultis discusses the precision dancers had during the Dancing With The Stars competition. Schultis, Hilligas and Tiffany Pfaff acted as judges for the competition. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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There’s Something In The Water


Water Troubles--The Steele City Village Board will discuss potential solutions to a water issue that has affected the village since 2007 at a joint meeting in Endicott on Thursday night. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
With the issue of their village's water supply having high nitrates since 2007 hanging over their heads, members of the Steele City Village Board are researching viable options to resolve this issue and to remain in compliance with the federal guidelines that have been set to ensure that the water people drink is safe.
Since 2007, the nitrate levels in Steele City's water supply have fluctuated, but have not remained under the federal limit of 10 parts per million, which is being enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services. An administrative order was issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. According to information from Martin Norton, State Engineer for USDA Rural Development, who is working on the issue with the village board, the average nitrate level since 2007 has been 10.55 parts per million.
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School Board Appoints New Member, Discusses Plans For The Future

At the District 8 School Board meeting on Monday, the board voted to appoint Jacie Milius to the board to fill the seat that was once held by Richard Zimmerman, who served on the board for over 30 years.
Milius, who currently works as a UNL extension educator for Thayer County, Nuckolls County and Clay County, was the only person who applied for the position. Superintendent Stephen Grizzle described Milius’ experience with education to the board during the meeting.
“She is an educator,” said Grizzle. “She originally was, her degree, I believe, is in art, but she taught family consumer science at Thayer Central for a couple years. Now, she is an Extension Educator.”
Board member Sharon Ebke made a motion to appoint Milius to the board to replace Zimmerman, and board member Barb Arner seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion, and Milius was appointed.
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Raising Money Never Tasted So Good


The annual Diller Shrimp feed was hosted at the Diller Opera House on Saturday night as a way to raise funds to maintain the building. Chad Lottman, one of the organizers for the event, explained that the turnout for the event, approximately 560 people, was up from the previous year, and he attributes that to favorable weather conditions. Lottman was pleased with how the shrimp feed went and believes that it was a positive event for the community. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
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McKee Becomes Temp SCEMA Manager

Jefferson County Emergency Manager John McKee is going to be busy for a bit.
On Jan. 12 the Saline County Commissioners appointed McKee as interim Saline County Emergency Management Coordinator in addition to his duties as Jefferson County Emergency Manager.
On Dec. 29, 2015 the Saline County Commissioners did not renew the contract of B.J. Fictum, Saline County Emergency Management (SCEMA) coordinator. Fictum has been on the job for Saline County in that capacity since 1992 and was the full-time SCEMA head since 2003.
Saline County officials did not give a reason for why Fictum’s contract was not renewed, citing it was a personnel matter.
Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore was appointed interim emergency manager until Jan. 12 when McKee took the reigns.
According to Saline County Clerk Linda Kastanek, applications will be released soon to find a new full-time emergency manager for the county.
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Early Scoring Run By BHS Upends FHS


SURVEYING--Fairbury sophomore Sydney Miller, No. 31, looks to pass the basketball to an open teammate while being defended by a Beatrice player in second half action Friday night. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Beatrice won the opening tip and from there kept shots flying from in close and from long range.
The Lady Orange took command early on with their quickness on defense which helped the squad get going on offense with a number of baskets off of their transition game.
As a result, Beatrice soared to a 67-23 win over Fairbury Friday night on the Lady Jeffs' home court.
Spearheaded by the scoring of Michaela Jones, Beatrice sprinted out to a 9-2 lead.
In the final three minutes of the first quarter, the Lady Orange pieced together a 13-2 run to end the quarter with a lead of 22-6.
Beatrice started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, before a two-point hoop by Sydney Miller kept Fairbury within 20 points at 28-8.
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Trojans Have Standout Performances

A solid showing was put forth by the Tri County Trojans wrestling team in its final invite in January.
The Trojans came away with eight medalists and a fifth place team finish in the 13-team Doniphan-Trumbull Invite on Jan. 30.
Sophomore Cooper Smith and junior Colby Ensz led the parade of medalists for the Trojans as each were individual champions.
Smith went 5-0 in his matches to win the 182-pound weight class.
In his first place match, Smith won by decision, 6-4 over Jesse Antle of Doniphan-Trumbull.
Ensz went undefeated at 5-0 to win the 145-pound weight class.
Colby won his first place match by major decision, 9-0 over Cambridge’s Jackson Ebbers.
Ethan Paxton and Travis Likens earned second place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Paxton lost his first place match at 120 pounds by decision, 4-1 to Grand Island junior varsity’s Antonio Garcia.

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