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Snow Season 2014

SNOW SEASON   2014
 
Some frequently asked questions during snow season.
 
Q. What do crews do if there is not enough snow to plow, but the streets are icy?
A. During light snow falls, and when the streets are icy, street crews will spread a mixture of salt and sand on streets, steep hills, the downtown area, and intersections with stop signs,
Q. When does snow removal begin?
A. Our policy is to begin plowing when we have received 2 inches. We will start plowing snow routes first, then we will plow residential streets after snow routes are completed.
Q. When will my street be plowed?
A. Depending on the severity of the snowstorm, residential streets are usually plowed within 24 hours after the storm ends.  However, it may take longer to clear all City streets in case of a blizzard or equipment failure.
Wed
26
Nov

What Are You Thankful For?

This the time of year when we pause to reflect on what we have to be thankful for.
Most of our days are so busy that we don’t take time to really look at all our blessings.
Life is filled with uncertainties, as each day is a mystery. We need to make every moment in our life count, each second, minute, and hour.
In life it is unfortunate that individuals have to go through tough times. However on the flip side remember that no matter how bad your problem or situation may be, there are an endless amount of things to be thankful for in your life.
This is a list of things that hopefully people are thankful in their daily lives.
(1) Be Thankful For Family
(2) Be Thankful For Your Spouse
(3) Be Thankful For Those Who Have Made A Positive Impact In Your Life
(4) Be Thankful For The Freedoms As Americans We Have
(5) Be Thankful You Have A Job
Wed
26
Nov

11-26-14


MENU FROM HOTEL MARY-ETTA, see how prices have changed through the years. Contributed Photo
120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal
Col. Bills presided at a public meeting in Fairbury to aid the poor and needy.  About 80 people attended and contributed $100 in $5 subscriptions.  It was believed at least $500 would be needed, besides donations of clothing and bedding, food and fuel.
The Rock Island payroll in Fairbury was growing and had reached $17,000 a month.
Corn was selling for 45 to 48 cents a bushel in Fairbury; hogs were bringing $4.05 a hundred pounds.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal
D.B. Cropsey, real estate man, was offering three lots on Fifth Street for sale at $600 each.  They’re now the location of Lizard Lounge and American Family Insurance.
Anna Griffin, teacher in District No. 69 (1.5 miles southeast of Fairbury), cited Flora Carrico, and Joe and Wille McGregor for good work in the classroom.
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Nov

11-26-14

Police Report 
Nov. 6: Report of domestic assault in the 900 block of 8th Street. 
Nov. 11: Report of fraud in the 1200 block of C Street. 
Nov. 12: Stacie A. Fentress, of Fairbury, was driving east on 5th Street near A Street in a 2001 Chrysler owned by Spencer M. Fentress, of Fairbury, when the driver turned in front of, and collided with, a 2003 Ford driven by Kevin L. Brimmer and owned by Neil D. Winkle, both of Beatrice. Damages to Fentresses' vehicle were estimated at $3,000. Damages to Winkle's vehicle were estimated at $1,000.
Nov. 12: Report of a female issued a citation for stop sign violation, no proof of insurance and occupant protection. The vehicle was towed because it had no insurance. 
Nov. 12: Report of the Police Department assisting probation with the search of a residence. 
Wed
26
Nov

Can We Finally Celebrate The Christmas Holiday Now?

I love this time of year. Not the weather. The impending Christmas holiday. 
I love the city street lights decorated in their Christmas tinsel and lights, and I love all of the houses with their lights and lawn décor. I love the Christmas commercials, including the classic Folgers commercials, that seem to make their way back each year. 
I love the Christmas carols in the mall and on the radio, and I love the sound of the Salvation Army’s bells ringing when I go shopping. I love the advertisements for the holiday movies on TV and on the pages of my magazines. Everywhere I turn it’s Christmas.  
It’s such a happy, hopeful, pretty time of year for me, and I’m sad that the Christmas season is over so quickly. So once Halloween is over, and the ugly orange and black comes down, I get into Christmas mode. If the weather is going to get cold, we may as well have Christmas on the brain. Otherwise its just five long months until spring. 
Wed
26
Nov

Did you Know

Editor:
I received an e-mail the other day and it served as a reminder of what all of us should know but have let slip in these last six years or so. We let it slip because we were fairly comfortable with the way things were and besides that there are always other things to be busy with or concerned about.  
Did you know that as you walk up the steps to the building that houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view ....it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!
Did you know as you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.
Did you know as you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments.
Wed
26
Nov

One Of My Favorite Events To Cover, Ever

 I am sort of embarrassed. No, I am really embarrassed.
 A little more than a week ago Journal-News staffer Cynthia Scheer asked me if I could go on Thursday night and take a picture for her. “um, okay,” I said. She asked me to go to the Jansen America Legion and take a photo of a presentation.
 Ok. That’s the job and it was my job. But it was cold out. Darned cold, REALLY cold. Temps in the single digits and wind chills hovering at or below zero. As I sat in my chair at home waiting for the time to head out to Jansen I just got colder. On my way to Jansen, neither the truck nor I warmed up. But that’s ok, it was my job.
Wed
26
Nov

Fowl Ordinance Should Have Community Crying “Foul”

The mere thought is puzzling: “an ordinance to allow fowl within the city limits of Fairbury.” All sorts of images come to mind. People with wire enclosed coops next to their homes. Chickens. Geese. Turkeys. Maybe pheasants, quail and guineas as well. A rooster crowing outside of the bedroom window. Welcome to Hooterville.
 When this publication was initially informed that the Safety Committee would be making a recommendation to the full city council for consideration of just such a proposed law we kept waiting for the punchline. “A minister a priest and a rabbi walks into a bar......” 
  But there wasn’t a punchline. It was a serious piece of legislation. 
  Fairbury city councilman Brad Kuzelka was the chief supporter of the measure. He says the council should “give a little” rather than to let people constantly believe the city has their feet on the necks of local residents. 
Wed
26
Nov

Rahe Benefit for Medical Expenses

There will be a benefit on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the 4-H building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for Rick and Peggy Rahe to help offset medical expenses.
 Rick had some major, life-threatening medical issues. Peggy is unable to work due to her own medical problems. 
 The fund raiser, in which 100% of the proceeds will go to the family, will start with a nacho bar from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at 9 p.m. the band Nex2’sDay will play. There is a $10.00 cover charge at the door which includes food and band. There will also be a 50-50 drawing.
Wed
26
Nov

Plymouth Cloverleaf 4-H Club

The Plymouth Cloverleaf 4-H Club met November 9th 2014 at the Plymouth Community Center.  The meeting was called to order by President Megann Freese.  Old business included Trunk or Treat on Halloween, Veterans day craft fair.  Our Christmas party will be held on Sunday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m.  There will be a $5 gift exchange for members who want to participate. 
New business: January 2nd the Extension office will hold a winter workshop on January 2nd.   4-H Achievement Day will be held Sunday, January 4th at 5:00 p.m.   We will be collecting food for the food pantry at the next meeting.  We will then do the gift exchange and a pot luck meal.  
A game was played by the recreation committee, Presentations were done by Likens, Hueske’s and Holtmeiers.   Then boxes for Operation Christmas Child were packed to send.  
 
Brevin Damrow
Reporter
 

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