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ORIENTATION FOR SEVENTH GRADERS & OTHER NEW STUDENTS AT TRI-COUNTY

ORIENTATION FOR SEVENTH GRADERS & OTHER NEW STUDENTS AT TRI-COUNTY

Incoming seventh grade students and their parents and new students in the district are invited to an orientation activity at Tri-County on Thursday, August 7, at 6:30 pm. This event will be held in the high school auditorium. A packet of information will be handed out to each seventh grader or new students, a tour of the school will be given, and their locker will be assigned.

All new students enrolled at Tri-County, grade 7-12 may come to this orientation or may come to the school anytime between 8 am and 4 pm, Friday, August 1, through Friday, August 8, to tour the building and familiarize themselves with their locker. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 13, beginning at 8:05 am with an early dismissal at 1pm.

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FREE FOOD AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distribution clinic will be held in Fairbury at 512 3rd Street on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. An appointment is suggested. Please call Blue Valley Community Action at 402-729-2278.

CSFP provides nutritious foods to seniors who are age 60 or greater who live in Nebraska and are under the program income guidelines.

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Fairbury Public Library Hosts Annie Oakley

Fairbury Public Library will host Nebraska author Charlotte Endorf presenting her program on The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley, Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the library, 7th and F Streets.

Refreshments and time to meet Ms. Endorf will follow the program. Ms. Endorf will also be taking part in the

Authors and Artists Symposium being held in Fairbury, August 1-3.

Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the Nebraska Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donations.

Sponsored by Fairbury Library Foundation.

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Farm Safety Day

Farm Safety Day was held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on July 29. Ninety eight children and youth were in attendance with 52 volunteers helping out. Norris public power gave demonstrations on the strength of electricity, the Fairbury Fire Department had the demonstrations on dangers in a home setting, the weather and what you need to do to prepare for weather emergencies was another area. Ambulance District 33 brought their ambulance and showed participants how to do CPR. Photos by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

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First Human Case of West Nile Reported in Our Health District

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the Public Health Solutions (PHS) 5 county health district (Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer Counties) was reported on Sunday, the week of July 13. This along with an above average report of mosquitoes in our district should be a reminder that residents should take precautions to avoid mosquitoes by eliminating standing water and outside exposure at dusk and dawn. When you are out, wear long sleeves and pants and wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary from person to person but can include fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Contact your health care provider. Less than 1 in 100 people will develop severe illness characterized by a high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, coma and paralysis.

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National Day Out is Tuesday

Dunk tanks, watermelon and various first response vehicles will be a part of this year's National Day Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event's purpose is to give members of the community a chance to see first responders' equipment and get to know the local fire fighters, police and sheriff's deputies and ambulance personnel.

The event will be from 6-8 p.m. in the drive south of the swimming pool in Fairbury.

Event organizer Travis Arnold said National Day Out has been going on for years in larger cities.

It was originally set up in large communities where people could get together for a safe night out, he said.

I got interested in doing one here after going to Wymore's two years ago.

TransCanada has donated bottled water for the event, Arnold said, and local churches have donated about $120 worth of watermelon.

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Slow Moving Plans for Courthouse Renovation Frustrates Commissioners

Photo caption: One large renovation to meet fire marshals requirements will be to close the south stairs at the third floor level to create a smoke barrier. The long awaited Jefferson County Courthouse renovation may move one step closer next Tuesday when the the architectural firm Berggren and Associates meet with the Jefferson County Commissioners. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News

It really is frustrating, Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Dux said. I expected to be much further along than we are now.

We really have been in the dark, County Commissioner Brad Grummert said. It is not exactly what we expected in terms of time. Its the architect that held us up on this part.

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Local First Responders National Night Out

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fairbury City Park. Local First Responders will be hosting a National Night Out. The event will be held on the west side of the Fairbury City Park, south of the pool. This is an opportunity for kids and adults to get to see the equipment and vehicles each department uses and meet the people from the Fairbury City Fire Department, Jefferson County Rural Fire Department, Jefferson County Rescue/First Responders, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Sheriffs Department, Fairbury Police Department.

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Filing for Village of Steele City Board

Mary A. Banahan has filed for Village of Steele City Board. If elected as assessor she can hold both offices as the village one is a low office.

Non incumbents have until August 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to file.

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Accident Victim In Critical Condition

A 21-year old Manhattan, KS woman remains in critical condition on Wednesday following a train pedestrian accident last Saturday.

Mandy L. Horvath was flown from the accident scene in Steele City by Star Care medical helicopter to a Lincoln hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Jefferson County communications received a call that a pedestrian had been struck by an empty westbound Union Pacific coal train. Upon arrival at the scene emergency services personnel found Horvath lying on the track beneath the train.

The Jefferson County Sheriffs office reported the victim had undergone a second surgery for unspecified injuries. An investigation is on-going. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this incident.

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