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Wed
18
May

Build It And They Will Come?

Since the city meeting to discuss the pool issue in Fairbury I have had folks want to know where the Fairbury Journal-News stands on the issue.
So, here goes: We need a new pool in Fairbury. It is a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed. The old pool has seen better days and to have patrons dress out in the open, to me, is archaic. I believe the city should pursue getting a new facility with the utmost urgency.
Of the four choices presented at the meeting the one with a lazy river, with a price tag of $5.1 million, stands out thus far as number one option for the public.
In researching the issue, I spoke with Jeff Hassenstab, director of the aquatic center in Hastings, which features a lazy river, rock climb, wave pool, several slides, snack bar and just about every other accouterments you could ever want in a pool.

Wed
18
May

Dance On

Dance On

Wed
18
May

Quick Quips

• The sounds of summer include the ‘ping’ of a softball against an aluminum bat, the joyful laughter of children on a slip-n-slide and, in my house, the high-pitched screaming of siblings already ready to tear into each other after one morning together on summer vacation.
My youngest, Elijah, has figured out what makes his older sister, Olivia, stark-raving mad, and continues to push that Pavlovian button nearly every one minute. I try to explain to her that if she ignored him, he’d go away and do something else. She claims he is the most annoying little brother on the planet, and he relishes in that fact.
• Izzabella Rosalita Marie Linscott turned one on Sunday. Izzy, for short, is our dog and the kids insisted on having a birthday party for her with presents (two new chew toys) and special homemade treats (peanut butter, carrot, bacon biscuits). The dog ended her special day by chasing a rabbit in our yard for an hour. A good time was had by all, sans the rabbit.

Wed
18
May

Saying Goodbye

Central Elementary School first grade teacher Hannah Simpson says goodbye to students last Friday as not only did the school year conclude, but Simpson will be teaching at Tri County next year. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Getting Ready For Summer

-Volunteers hold up the bleachers at the softball complex in Fairbury last week so cleaning of the facility can continue.

Wed
18
May

Free Fishing May 21

Optimist Club will hold the Annual Tom Wright Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, May 21 at Crystal Springs Lake.
Registration at 9 a.m. A FREE hot dog lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Prizes will be awarded. Youngsters may bring their own fishing gear. Free poles will be loaned on a first come basis. NO Nebraska fishing license is required on May 21 so adults may accompany children. For more information, Contact Twyla Bray at 402-729-2661 or Diane Schutt, diane_schutt@yahoo.com or any Fairbury Optimist Club member.

Wed
18
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.

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