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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
 
On behalf of the Walter Kriesel heirs, we would like to thank AkSarBen, Farm Bureau and the Jefferson County Fair Board for being one of the five families recognized with a Pioneer Farm Award.
The County Fair holds countless memories for all of us having been members of the
Happyrock 4-H Club, which started in the Gladstone area. Giving demonstrations in the old 4-H Bldg., modeling in front of the grandstand, the song contest, showing livestock, working the concession stand and so much more. Just as our experiences on the farm have shaped us into who we are today, we give credit to our parents and our faith for this humbling honor. See you next year at the fair!
 
Carolyn (Kriesel) Tate
Phyllis Kriesel
Kent Kriesel
Wed
20
Jul

The Lesser of Two Evils?

By Gordon Hopkins
 
Democrats: “Phew. Glad that’s over.”
Republicans: “Wanna bet?”
The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is over. F.B.I. Director James B. Comey announced that no charges would be brought against the Presidential Candidate. Democrats announced that they were glad to put this all behind them. Republicans, livid that Hillary was not going to jail, demanded yet another investigation. An investigation into what, exactly, I’m still not clear.
Wed
20
Jul

A Crook Or a Bully?

It’s the political season and I get drawn into politics like a fly does to honey. Maybe being around politics professionally for going on 40 years has gotten me hooked but people always seem to ask me “So, what do you think?” And I usually tell them.
Last week I was asked who I was going to vote for Hillary or Donald. 
My answer was very matter of fact: neither. I have puzzled over this for a while now and I respect certain attributes of both candidates. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton has the working knowledge of politics on her side. No mater how repugnant that may be. And no one can question the business acumen of Donald Trump. You don’t get that far ‘up the pole’ without understanding finances. Again no matter how distasteful.
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20
Jul

Thoughts on the Ag Fest? They’re Going To Be Fair

There’s a business in Fairbury that should be ashamed of itself for not doing more to help the Jefferson County Fair. In fact, it’s almost inexcusable that the business I’m mentioning didn’t come up with more ways to help—before, during and after.
To which business do I give this cloak of shame? The Fairbury Journal-News.
Yes. That’s correct. The FJN could have and should have done a better job supporting its own agricultural community into which it is fully engrossed. But before you think I’m either writing my resignation letter or that I’ve gone nuts, let me prepare you: I thought it only fair to take the heat first.
Now, about the rest of you. Shame on you for not doing more to support the Jefferson County Fair. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Wed
20
Jul

Turning Up the Heat

As Nebraskans like to say, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.”
Actually, this time, it’s both.
“We’re basically going into a pattern,” said state climatologist Al Dutcher. “But early last week, with the impending heat, we began seeing models that would bring us a ‘dome of doom.’”
The heat index—a combination of what the air “feels like” as a result of high temperatures and high humidity—is what worries Dutcher and others. The National Weather Service in Omaha declared Tuesday an excessive heat warning for the entire region. That warning was to begin at 1 p.m. today and last through 8 p.m. Friday.
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20
Jul

Saline County Fair: Blue Jeans and Country Dreams

Grab your blue jeans and come live out some of your country dreams this week during the 2016 Saline County Fair in Crete’s Tuxedo Park.
The fair, which has entertained Saline County area residents for more than 125 years, is slated to kick off today with 4-H horse show and conclude Sunday, July 24 with the 4-H Premium Auction.
Fairgoers should appreciate a number of entertainment and competition events from a new PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) rodeo on Saturday to the immensely popular Galaxy of Stars Regional Talent Search preliminaries and the Friday Night Concert series headliner—country music legend Mark Chesnutt.
“We try to provide some event that very person can enjoy,” said Saline County Ag Society Inc. president Kent Musil of Western. “From antique tractors, school art, textiles and 4-H and FFA project exhibits to mutton busting, a family feed, Figure 8 races, livestock and small animal shows.”
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Jul

7-20-16

Real Estate:
July 7: Maria Nimfa Stirm, a single woman, to James J. Stirm, a single man; Lots 3, 4 and 5, Block 22, 2nd Addition to Steele City. Subject to easements.
July 7: Steven J. Eisenhauer, a single person, to Bradley D. Eisenhauer; (5) separate tracts of land in the NE ¼ of Section 27, Township 4 North, Range 3 East of the 6th P.M.
July 8: Genrich Lawn & Tree Care Inc., a Nebraska Corporation, to Terasa L. Bauer and James Lange, as joint tenants; Lot 19, Except the West 15ft thereof, and all of Lots 20 and 21, Block 4, Original Town of Plymouth.  Subject to easements.
July 8: Kenneth C. Spry and Jennifer A. Spry, husband and wife, to Kevin Belding; Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 7, Original Town of Jansen.  Subject to easements.
Wed
20
Jul

New JCHS Board Carries On

It were as though someone had turned the heat off at the Jefferson County Historical Society and everything had cooled down.
Members of the reorganized JCHS board met Tuesday for a special meeting. It was in stark contrast to the one held just 12 days earlier, when four board members and the former curator resigned in a stifling hot, crowded room at the Rock Island Depot.
“Things are coming together,” said Megan Sothan, the vice president of the board and interim director of JCHS.
The board discussed relatively few items on an agenda made available to the public: an update on changing the three main exterior locks; asking for volunteer help mowing grass and attending to various properties; approving the inspection of an alarm system; updating the public on the society’s request for county funding; and agreeing to waive an audit for this year since the new board just got started.
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20
Jul

Jefferson County Fair 2016

The Jefferson County Fairgrounds hosted the county’s annual agricultural fair from July 14 through July 17. In addition to 4-H activities, animal showings, livestock auctions and a carnival, the Jefferson County Fair included JayHusker midget car racing and a rough stock rodeo. Above, Jeanna Brown, 12, of Utica, gets dragged through the horse arena dirt Saturday evening as she tries to mount a buckskin during the Wild Pony Race. She and her two sisters—Masa and Kia—had only minor injuries from the event. At left, William Claycamp of Beloit, Kan., shows son Caleb how to fine tune a racer during the JayHusker event Saturday night.

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20
Jul

Museum President: ‘We’re Definitely Doing Something Right’

The numbers look good. The crowds look good. And the events are well attended.
Fairbury City Museum President Ben McBride had nothing but positive things to tell members of city council during their meeting Tuesday as he gave his annual report. McBride said total visitors had nearly doubled from the previous year, as had donations.
“Our visitors were at 1,158 as compared to 759 from the previous year, and in donations we took in $4,465 compared to $2,800 from the prior year,” he said.
McBride also said this year’s grand opening of the new fossil room, which was the culmination of five years’ work, is quite unique for a museum of the city’s size to have.
“I think we’re definitely doing something right at the museum and it is starting to show,” he said.

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