Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:25am
A dance recital by Studio 3 was held May 7 in Fairbury with two shows delighting audiences with a variety of dance styles and music. Age ranges for dancers included pre-school to high school seniors. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:17am
Build for the future, or save for the future. That was the bare bones topic of a special meeting last week at Meridian High School where school board members presented the idea of building a second gymnasium onto the school.
Community members came out to voice opposition or support for the project and hear from Design Build Procure, a firm hired to facilitate the process.
Meridian Superintendent Randy Kort explained that the project is being proposed for several reasons, including a concern for the safety of students.
“Students are sometimes are here at 6 a.m. And here until 8 or 9 o'clock at night,” Kort said.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:17am
The commissioners approved a measure that would, according to the county’s computer IT, Brad Eisenhauer, help to improve the email security for the county government and the law enforcement center.
Eisenhauer presented a plan to the commissioners for the county to host its own email, since one of the county emails was recently hacked and used to send spam emails. According to Eisenhauer, having the servers would help to increase the ability to secure the server.
The cost to implement this measure, which is inclusive of the software, training and service, is $25,000. Commissioner Gale Pohlmann asked Eisenhauer if the cost would fluctuate. Eisenhauer responded that the cost would likely not vary.
“The $25,000 is all inclusive,” said Eisenhauer. “The plus or minus five percent is if the scope of work takes a lot longer, or we come up with extra work. Then, they may have to adjust their prices accordingly.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:16am
Fairbury High School Athletic Director Nicholas Kroon told the Fairbury Journal-News late last week that the search for a new head boys basketball coach has already started and the district has, “a couple of hot leads right now.”
It was announced last week through multiple media outlets, including the Fairbury Journal-News that FHS head boys basketball coach Adam Brill, a Lincoln Pius X graduate, will be leaving the district to coach at Norris next year. The Fairbury School Board confirmed the departure on Monday at the regular school board meeting.
“Our goal would be to find a suitable replacement ASAP especially with summer activities right around the corner,” Kroon said, noting that summer basketball activities will go forward as planned and he was interviewing a few candidates for the position.
“As of now all summer things will go on as scheduled. Changes could happen with a new hire though.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:15am
Chalk it up--Election worker Shawna Taylor writes the results from the primary election for each of the precincts at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday night. She and eight others helped to count and deliver the results of the 1,067 ballots. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Nine people worked late into Tuesday night to tally the ballots and present the results of the 2016 primary election; Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won Jefferson County.
As soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m., the ballots began to be delivered to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, where workers organized them and counted the votes, keeping track of them on a spreadsheet as well as a chalk board set up in the hallway of the courthouse.
In the presidential election, Trump had a comfortable lead over runner up Ted Cruz with 533 votes to 147 votes. The Democrats saw a closer race, but ultimately Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton 123 votes compared to Clinton’s 107.
For Public Service Commission District 4, Rod Johnson won the primary with 447 votes. For the race to represent Jefferson County’s second district, Bruce Wollenburg ran unopposed and received 270 votes, although there was some support for write-in candidates.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:12am
Reviewing The Options--City Administrator Collin Bielser examines one of the four options for renovating the city’s aging swimming pool. The potential projects range in cost from $3.6 million to $5.1 million. Bielser explained that it is the city’s job to educate and keep the public informed about the options and their effects on taxpayers, not to advocate for any plan in particular. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Roughly 30 people gathered at a special town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss potential plans for Fairbury’s parks and swimming pool. City Administrator Collin Bielser explained that the public will play a crucial role in bringing about the changes to the swimming pool, since the city can only play a limited part. “There was a committee formed by the (city) council, the mayor appointed, last year to explore the parks plan and pool feasibility studies,” said Bielser. “They’ll meet at least one more time and finalize that and present those findings to the council, then we’ll have a final parks plan. “In regard to the pool, because I know there is a lot of interest in it, if it were to move forward, it would be up to a private citizen group, or advocacy group, because it’s up to the people if they want to bond it,” Bielser continued. Bielser stated that the group of citizens would have to petition the city council, and the council would have to approve it to be on a ballot.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:05am
Changes could be coming to the Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School and Central Elementary School if the District 8 School Board decides to pursue a plan presented by Superintendent Stephen Grizzle.
At their meeting on Monday evening, Grizzle explained some of the proposals to alter the buildings and how those differences would help to increase security, as well as help students to improve their quality of education.
“All year, the building and grounds committee has been meeting, talking about some facility ideas for the district,” said Grizzle, showcasing the drawings on the projector. “We’re looking to expand and make things better.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:04am
The Campbell-Klein American Legion Post and Auxiliary 349 came to order with President Berdine Presiding. Chaplain Mary gave the opening prayer. We said the Pledge to the Flag, sang the Star Spangled Banner and repeated the Preamble. The post went to their meeting. President Berdine opened the Auxiliary meeting with six members exchanging May baskets. Secretary Zona read the previous minutes and Erma made a motion to accept them. Treasurer Dorothy gave her report and it will be put on file. President Berdine read the correspondence about Miracle Mile that Beatrice Legion and Auxiliary holds. Also about ordering the Nebraska Life to earn some money. It was voted on to donate money to the Miracle Mile.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:03am
Peyton M. Kugel, precious baby boy of Damen and LaRaesha Kugel was born into the arms of angels Monday, May 9, 2016 at Beatrice Community Hospital. Although Peyton never spent any time with us on earth, he was very loved and touched many lives. His big brother, Dawson made sure every day up until his passing that he knew how much we all loved him. Our little angel will never be forgotten.
Survivors include his parents, Damen and LaRaesha Kugel; one brother, Dawson; grandparents, Jesse and Diana Munoz of Mead, CO, Anne Togher of Denver, CO and Dale and Brenda Kugel of Beatrice; several aunts, uncles and cousins; great-grandparents, Dorothy Vorderstrasse of Fairbury, Delores Kugel of Daykin and Michael Togher of Denver. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents.