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May

Click It Or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign which will begin May 23, 2016 and ending on June 5, 2016.
During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt violations. The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.

Wed
18
May

FHS Finds Its New Coach...Again

The wait is over. On Tuesday afternoon Fairbury Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Grizzle announced that Travis Steinhoff has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach for the Jeffs next season.
Steinhoff is currently a Spanish instructor at Waverly High School and is endorsed for both Spanish and physical education. Steinhoff will be the new physical education instructor as well as head basketball coach at FHS, replacing Adam Brill. It was announced last week that Brill would be leaving FHS to become the new head boys basketball coach at Norris.
A native of Crete, Steinhoff attended UNK before starting his teaching career in Texas, where he had coaching experience. Last year Steinhoff made it back to Nebraska where he not only taught Spanish but was an assistant basketball coach.
Wed
18
May

FJN Starting Drive To Help Trails In Fairbury

It will be similar to a walk in the park for local residents wanting to help develop trails in Fairbury.
On Saturday, June 11, the Fairbury Journal-News will be sponsoring the “Fairbury Trail Challenge Fund Raiser.”
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the courthouse square. Teams of five will walk the square to match their pledges to help raise funds for trail projects in Fairbury.
One lap around the square is a $10 pledge. Teams can register with the form in this week’s issue of the Fairbury Journal-News, or stop at the news office at 516 Fifth Street to pick up a form. Teams have until the day of the event to turn in pledge sheets and funds raised to the news office or at the registration booth on the square on June 11.
There is a $25 registration fee per team.
All proceeds from the event, including registration fees, will go to the city for trail projects in Fairbury.

Wed
18
May

Calling All Special Advocates

With a large number of cases in Jefferson County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is in need of more people to help children.
Program Coordinator of Southeast Nebraska CASA, Don Cook, explained at a recent commissioners meeting that there are currently more cases in Jefferson County than there are advocates.
“We have roughly 15 cases, and we have some others that may be coming up,” said Cook. “Right now, we’re dealing with nine families, 15 juveniles, and I have three active volunteers. One of those is on leave. So, I have two volunteers right now that have juveniles. The two who are working are both doing an excellent job.”
Although in the past there have been events and advertisements to promote CASA, Cook explained that so far, these events have not garnered any volunteers.
Wed
18
May

Imposing Weight Limits

At their meeting, the Steele City Village Board discussed the idea of setting weight limits on certain streets in the village in an effort to help the infrastructure.
Carole Bender, citizen of Steele City, stated that she believes having a weight limit on the roads may save the quality of the roads, as well as improve safety since the roads are narrow.
Mayor Tammy Katz explained that many villages are imposing a weight limit of five tons, and that it was an option to be discussed.
Board Member Bill Scheele believes that having a weight limit would not help because there would be no way to enforce it.
Dale Ebeling, another board member, explained that if a weight limit would only work on certain roads and that there would have to be some roads without that limitation.
“I’d consider the off streets; the residential streets,” said Ebeling. “You’re not going to keep all the trucks out of town.”
Wed
18
May

Looking For The Best Use Of Funds

The county is working to determine the best course of action to take when utilizing the money left from the bond on the PWF project, which will begin construction in June, in order to improve the roads in Jefferson County.
At their meeting on May 10, the commissioners discussed the options for the funds with Interim Highway Superintendent Tim Farmer, of Speece-Lewis Engineers. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock asked Farmer about the bond and what he had in mind for projects that could be accomplished with the funds available.
“What would your recommendation be on that $500,000?” Schoenrock asked. “How can we best use that money for the betterment of Jefferson County roads.”
Wed
18
May

The Big Day

Tyler DeBoer, Alfred Davis and Nick Christiansen await their names to be called during Sunday’s graduation ceremony at Fairbury High School.

Wed
18
May

FHS Golf Squad Rims Out Chance At State

The golf season came to a crashing end for Fairbury, as the Jeffs had a rough day on the links finishing 10th out of 12 teams at the B-3 District Golf Meet played Tuesday on the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
As a team, Fairbury shot a score of 370, and had no individual qualifiers advance on to the Class B State Golf Tournament next week at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.
Zach Reikofski led the way for the Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 89, Robby Meyer came in with a 91, Justin Peterson carded a 92, Nick Christiansen shot a 98, and Anthony Moyer finished with a 106.
Fairbury Jeffs head golf coach Jed Martin was very disappointed for senior Nick Christiansen.
Wed
18
May

Yard Cleaning Reminder

A true sign of spring is the smell of fresh cut grass, children setting up lemonade stands and the City of Fairbury sending out letters regarding tall grass and worthless vegetation to property owners.
Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk explained that 31 letters have been recently sent out to people who have not mowed their lawns and not kept the worthless vegetation in check.
“This happens every year,” Sprunk noted.
After a complaint has been registered with the local health board, the property is inspected and a letter sent to the property owner to have the problem cleared up. If the property owner does not comply, the city will mow the lawn and remove the worthless vegetation. City officials explained that the minimum charge sent to property owners is $200 per occurrence.
Wed
18
May

Many Positives in Fairbury But Perception That Drugs, Run Down Housing A Problem

There’s a lot of good things about Fairbury. Who says so? Members of the Fairbury community itself.
On Tuesday Shawn Kaskie from the Center For Rural Research and Development at the University of Nebraska-Kearney reported findings of this past winter’s community assessment survey to members of the Fairbury City Council. In his presentation he noted that 89 percent of the population returned survey questions about the community and the responses were largely favorable.
“Fairbury is a unique community in that we have done a needs assessment survey on three occasions and the people here are engaged, involved and want to make your community a better place to live,” he said.
Kaskie said that Fairbury received very high marks for excellent city services such as law enforcement, fire protection and utility services. He also said that more younger and professional people are moving to Fairbury because of job opportunities and the “small town atmosphere.”

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