Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:28pm
HELPING OUT--Taryn Hinman, six, helps her mother, Carmen, during the Stuff The Van event at Wal-Mart on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury hosted a stuff-the-van event on Saturday, Oct. 31 to help collect items like pillows, toiletries and kitchen utensils, that will be distributed to the victims of domestic violence throughout the coming year.
While this was the last event to be hosted during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Carmen Hinman, executive director at Hope Crisis Center, explained why it is important to stay vigilant about the issue of domestic violence throughout the year.
“We need to have an ongoing heightened awareness about domestic violence,” said Hinman. “When I say heightened, I think of things like our yard-sign campaign that gives the community that reminder. We want people to understand that unfortunately there are needs all year long. We want people to recognize that domestic violence happens all year long, unfortunately.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:23pm
Out with the old--The county commissioners voted Tuesday to replace outdated equipment at the Highway Department. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
With the final cost reaching $587,435, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted Tuesday to replace aging equipment at the highway department by awarding bids to both John Deere and CAT.
During the meeting, County Commissioner Michael Dux made a motion to purchase a wheel loader and two motor graders from CAT and one motor grader from John Deere. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock seconded the motion after explaining what influenced his decision.
“I think they’re both really good machines that would meet our needs,” said Schoenrock. “From my perspective as a commissioner, I’ve got two interests. Number one is, I want to make sure that we’re getting the machine that meets our needs.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:20pm
The Fairbury Journal-News will be doing an Early Bird Special on Nov. 9 with discounts on new and renewal subscriptions starting at 7 a.m.
The Journal-News will open its doors at 7 a.m. and all those who come in to the office, at 516 Fifth Street in downtown Fairbury, will receive 20 percent off of a one-year subscription until 8 a.m. From 8-9 the percentage drops to 15 percent and from 9-10 the percentage is ten percent and 10-11 a.m. it is five percent, one-year subscription per household.
Early Bird Discount deals will also be available for the Fairbury Pictorial History books with a set of books being sold for $30 from 7-8 a.m. and $33 from 8-9 a.m.
From 9-10 a.m. the books will be sold for $36 and from 10-11 a.m. $39.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:18pm
Steady growth is a key for Fairbury Public Schools Curriculum Coordinator Tammi Mans when it comes to Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores.
Mans said the growth over the past several years has not been huge, but steady just the same.
“I am happy to see growth, but we are not where the state is at with percentages with scores at or exceeding standards,” Mans said. “Narrowing that gap is our goal.”
Mans noted that the federal mandated No Child Left Behind act 100 percent of all students being at or exceeding educational standards may not be completely feasible for all students, considering disabilities and other factors.
An aspect the district will begin to look at in adjusting curriculum are those students who are not meeting or exceeding standards that are not taking college-bound classes.
“‘What can we do to help them meet or exceed goals?’ That is what we will be asking and addressing,” Mans said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:16pm
Fairbury High School’s school newspaper, The Blazer, received top honors for its 2014-15 volume. The Nebraska High School Press Association (NHSPA) awarded the staff a Cornhusker Award after judging the publication along with other publications from across the state. According to the NHSPA, a Cornhusker is “awarded for journalism excellence in high school publications.” Returning staffers from the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer and Halle Knigge. (Contributed photo)