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Aug

Teams Look To Make The Right Moves

Last week was that time of the baseball season whenteams look to make key acquisitions to help bolster their chances to qualify for the postseason.
It was a busy week for general managers of teams that are in contention, as well as teams that are out of contention in their respective leagues.
The entire week general managers were on the phone texting each other about players that would be moved or hoped to be moved at the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31.
Every team that is contention for a division title or a wild card spot in both the American and National Leagues has holes to fill on their rosters.
There was some uncertainty by a number of teams whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline.
In the end a few teams went for broke hoping their moves were the right ones to give them an opportunity to win a World Series Championship.
Wed
05
Aug

Group To Refurbish City Fun Park

On Sunday, concerned citizens will join together to fix the issues found at the  Frontier Fun Park in Fairbury's City Park.
  The people leading this charge are community members Shandi Brown and Thad Corbin. When they saw that this was a great need, they started to look for help from others who share similar concerns over the state of the Fun Park. 
  Brown started a crowdfunding project online on July 7, which was intended to raise $20,000 from donors online for repairs to the Fun Park, McNish Park and the City Pool. Within 25 days, the community raised a substantial amount to fund these projects.
  “It's a little over $4,000,” said Brown. “I think our goal was $1,200 and I set it up at about 11 o'clock at night. When I woke up in the morning, we were already almost at our goal.”
Wed
05
Aug

State Puts 136 Viaduct Project On Hold

State Puts 136
Viaduct Project On Hold
 
A plan to close the Highway 136 viaduct west of Fairbury for up to a year while a new structure would be put in place has been put on hold.
 Members of the Fairbury City Council were informed Tuesday that the State of Nebraska has put a temporary hold on the project, which was planned to begin in 2016 and take up to a year to complete.
 According to Laura Bedlan from the City of Fairbury, the municipality was notified that because of floods, which ravaged the area earlier this spring, officials from the Union Pacific Railroad were considering the possibility of raising the track roadbed by five feet. Bedlan said that flood waters damaged the trackage and, for a time, delayed trains through Fairbury.
"The viaduct project has been put on hold for the time being while the Union Pacific conducts a feasibility study to raise the roadbed," she said."
Wed
05
Aug

Unemployment Decreases in Jefferson County

The unemployment level for Jefferson County indicates that the local economy has been revitalized since the recession of 2008 struck.
  According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, in January 2010, the unemployment rate for Jefferson County peaked at six percent, meaning 256 people were without work. Since that time, there have been variations to the level of unemployment, but there has been an overall decrease.
  As of June 2015 there are only 113 people in the county without work. This puts the rate of unemployment at 2.6 percent. This drop in the unemployment rate is a sign that Fairbury's economy is reviving from the recession.
  While there has been a drop in the number of people who are unemployed, it is important to also look at the number of people who claim unemployment insurance benefits. According to data from the Department of Labor, there has been a 63 percent decline in the average number of weekly claims.
Wed
05
Aug

You Drink & You Drive You Lose Crackdown

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & You Drive, You Lose crackdown, which will be beginning on August 21, 2015 and ending on September 7, 2015. During this period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for DUI enforcement. The extra time worked by deputies will then be paid by the NOHS. With the goal of increasing DUI enforcement, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office hopes to decrease the number of injury accidents which occur in the county.
The Sheriff’s Office will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.
Wed
05
Aug

Free Tire Disposal In Fairbury

Wednesday, August 5 through Friday, August 7, a scrap tire collection will be held at the Jefferson County Shop located at 14th and A Streets in Fairbury.
The collection begins each day at 8:00 am and continues through 3:30 pm or until the 150 ton limit is reached. The collection is free of charge but there is a limit of 100 tires per vehicle.
No rims, no early drop-offs and no commercial operations will be allowed and for more information contact the Highway Department at 402-729-6373.
Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 8:30am
Wed
05
Aug

City Temporarily Stalls Airport’s Budget Increase

  Sandi Decker from the Fairbury Airport Authority says the airport is sorely in need of additional hanger spaces and needs to start saving money for additional construction. On Monday she pled her case to members of the Fairbury City Council, seeking an additional $1,500 to the airport's budget for 2015-16.
  "Right now we have 18 aircraft out there, we are completely full and have a waiting list of people wanting hanger spaces," she said. "This year alone we have five new pilots, each of them have their own planes and are wanting to rent hangers."
 Decker, who is seeking $34,500 from the city, up from $33,000 last year said business has significantly increased at the local airport. She noted that to date this year four different crop sprayers are also operating out of Fairbury  and have sprayed 60,000 acres this summer.
Wed
05
Aug

Corn Cob Fire In Washington, Kan


Corn Cob fire at a corn production facility in Washington, Kan. along Hwy. 36. (Contributed Photo)
A Sunday morning fire at a corn production facility along Highway 36 in Washington County caused significant damage to a nearly 100-foot-tall corn cob pile. Crews had to dig into the nearly 20,000-ton pile to control the fire.
According to Joe Kramer, who is the operations officer for Fairview Mills, of Seneca, which owns the corn production facility, fire department officials think the fire may have been started by a lightning strike a week or two ago and has been smoldering since.
The corn cobs, which were hauled last fall from York, Neb., to the production site located three miles west of Washington, are processed into products for the oil and feed industry.
Kramer said the production building was not damaged in the fire, and production resumed on Tuesday.
“We will just sort off the affected cobs and keep the good ones,” he said, adding that damage estimates were not yet known.
Wed
05
Aug

Grizzle Pleased with Community, Schools

Stephen Grizzle, the new Superintendent of Fairbury Public Schools, is thrilled to be working in Fairbury. 
  Before he became Fairbury’s new superintendent, he was the Superintendent of Pawnee City Public Schools. He explained that the staff and the community have more than met his expectations.
  “It’s been a great transition,” said Grizzle. “I love it! I’ve been floored by everybody’s welcome. The kids are having a blast. We really like the community. Things have really, honestly, exceeded any expectations for the transition, because you’re always nervous about it. Everyone’s been great.”
  For now, Grizzle is observing the state of Fairbury’s schools to determine what can be improved. However, he explained that Fairbury is on the right path.
Wed
05
Aug

Fby Police Dept, Participating In You Drink&Drive. You Lose Campaign

The Fairbury Police Department will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & Drive. You Lose Crackdown which will be beginning on August 21, 2015 and ending on September 7, 2015.  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 alcohol violations.  The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.  With the goal of increasing alcohol violations enforcement, the Fairbury Police Department hopes to decrease the number of accidents in general as well as alcohol related accidents.  The Police Department will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol violations during this time period.

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