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Wed
21
Jan

Current, Former Residents Note Importance Of Keeping The Bonham

“It is better to give than receive” or so the old saying goes.  Luckily, for the last two years, the Bonham Theatre Project has been on the receiving end of generous giving.  Presently, it is about $60,000 away from raising the projected costs ($725,000) to renovate the Bonham Theatre. But the need for additional financial support remains.
Since BTP’s formation in October 2012, after the closing of the Bonham Cinema, people and organizations from the community, state, and country have contributed anywhere from thousands of dollars to a couple of bucks, according to Debby Ebke, BTP treasurer.  
For many current and former residents, saving and bringing back to life the Bonham Theatre has become a personal mission.  Whether it results from the memories of childhood or a vision to maintain a high quality of life, the passion exists.
Wed
21
Jan

Fby Council Schedules Public Hearings

The Fairbury City Council set a date of Tuesday, Feb. 3 for two hearings open for public testimony.
The first hearing will encompass the City’s One & Six year street improvement plan. Local leaders gather testimony annually to help determine which projects will be implemented or placed on hold.
 The second hearing is in regard to the semi-annual review of the  LB840 economic development fund. By state statute municipal leaders are required to go over economic development projects that have been completed or are in process that use local sales tax dollars.
Both hearings will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Wed
21
Jan

Great People, Great Places-Jansen

Linda Seeley said she hated high school. She had no intentions of attending college, she said. She made a career doing office work, and she had great jobs, she said. But depression and a doctor's suggestion inspired the 1971 Fairbury High School graduate to go back to school. In December she graduated from Southeast Community College in Beatrice with honors. 
Seeley's husband, Alan, died in a car accident in 2010, which lead to her depression, she said. During a doctor's appointment she was encouraged to take a college class to give herself something else to think about. 
“I hate school,” Seeley recalled telling the doctor. 
But then, she decided, she had been doing office work her whole life, so maybe taking office professional classes wouldn't be too bad, she said. 
“This ought to be easy,” Seeley said she remembers thinking.
In June 2012 she began her first class. 
Wed
21
Jan

City Employees May Temporarily Lose Health Insurance

 Employees for the city of Fairbury, their spouses and dependents may temporarily lose health insurance benefits as a result of a looming crisis with their current health care provider.
Dan Duren from Benefit Management of Lincoln spoke to members of the local city council on Tuesday. Duren said the City’s current health care provider, CoOpportunity, based out of Iowa, has been in the news lately for a host of problems including non-paid commissions and allegedly an insufficient base or funds to cover losses.
 “Officially they are in a rehabalitive state,” Duren said. “But we need to get a Plan B in place if a liquidation is mandated. We are proposing you add in a level of other options as a safeguard.”
Wed
21
Jan

Fairbury School Board Members Swearing In


New Fairbury school board members being sworn in at the January 12 meeting from left to right: Alan Stall, Sharon Ebke, Barb Arner. Contributed photo
Wed
21
Jan

Frozen Formal Candidates


FROZEN FORMAL CANDIDATES--front kneeling, Shyanne Adams, Megan Siebe, Madison Neuerburg and Shelby Pollman. Standing l to r, Nathan Klaumann, Brett Wanamaker, Wesley Jackson, Spencer Feldkamp and Connor Livingston. Not pictured: Taylor Schroeder. Crowning will be at the Elks Club Saturday night. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News. To order photo, click on photo tab on main navigation bar.
Wed
21
Jan

Legislature Introduces Weekly Bills

LB 190, introduced by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, would allow spouses of United States Armed Forces service members to be considered a resident of the state where he or she has been stationed to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
LB 196, introduced by Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, would establish a loan repayment program and offer financial incentives to medical residents who practice within a "designated health profession shortage area" in Nebraska. 
LB 199, introduced by Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha, would provide stipends for undergraduate and graduate social work students who are committed to working in the child welfare services field.
LB 204, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, would provide a tax credit for certain beer manufacturers who use beer-related crops grown in Nebraska. 
Wed
21
Jan

Jared A. Tapee

Jared A. Tapee, 24, of Fairbury, NE. passed away January 19, 2015. He was born January 9, 1991 in Beatrice, NE.  Survivors are his parents, Nancy Tapee & David Tapee; brother, Joey Tapee & Jasmine Schwisow; grandparents, LaVeryl & Ruth Jensby; Robert Tapee; aunts & uncles, David, Gary, & Mike Jensby; Dale & Cindy Ever; Bobbie Hudson; Karen Rehm; Matthew Tapee; Becky Tapee; Randy & Sara Kueten; Steve Tapee & Annie; Patrick Tapee & Shell; and Patricia Moody & Mark.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday January 24, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Joel Hahn officiating. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday January 23 at the Funeral Home in Fairbury. Burial at the Belleville City Cemetery-Belleville, KS. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, NE. is in charge of arrangements.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Lloyd Garber

Tue
20
Jan

Barber and Sasse Make Dean’s List

Kylee Kristine Barber, daughter of Terry and Annette Barber, and Chelsea Sasse, daughter of Ron and Mindy Sasse, both Freshman at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE. have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 term. The Dean’s list is composed of students who were taking 12 credit hours or more and received a 3.5 GPA or higher.

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