Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:54am
• Turn signals became available to U.S. car buyers in the 1930s and were made popular by car manufacturers in the late 1940s.
To some of the people of Fairbury: cars today still have turn signals and there is absolutely no fee for using it.
I have almost been in three accidents the last two weeks because someone did not use their turn signal. Yes, I sound like a grouchy old man, but all three incidents were from people older than I am (I am in my 40s) and were just simply a case of carelessness.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:54am
What does Fairbury’s future look like? What will it look like if people continue to not be active?
These are some of the questions that plague me as I turn and toss, lost in the drowse of more sleepless nights. In all honesty, Fairbury’s future will not look bright if we continue to be held back by our past and by our unwillingness to act on issues political and social.
Of course, the region is rich in history; however, it seems that in some cases we cannot escape that same history that helped this community to grow from its sparse foundation.
From the time I was young, I remember asking people what makes this place so special. This would be the typical response:
“We had the railroad here.” (Queue speaker gazing into the distance, lost in a daydream of the past). “Until it left.”
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:53am
The saying goes, “Numbers don’t lie.” Numbers also shock and disappoint.
While at the mock accident last week at the Elks, the Jefferson Community Coalition presented some information from surveys from twelfth grade students in the county.
The numbers really shed some light on not only Jefferson County, but the sum of the whole of society as it is today.
I counted in this week’s graduation tab 114 students and I am basing the data presented by the Jefferson Community Coalition on those figures.
Of the seniors in this county, 23.8 percent (26 of 114) consumed alcohol in the last 30 days and of those 26 kids, 13 drove while or after drinking the last 30 days. Twenty-three kids rode with a driver who had been drinking in the last month alone.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:52am
Normally I don’t make a habit of stumping for specific service organizations. But there is little doubt that The Fairbury Elks Lodge is perhaps the finest service organization in our community.
This past weekend I spent quite a bit of time at the local Elks Lodge. I’ve been a member there for many years. I hate to admit it but even I didn’t realize all of the really great things they do.
On Saturday the lodge staged a fundraiser in which nearly 300 people from throughout our area attended.
The purpose of the event was to keep the lodge up to snuff and help them help kids. And while it is not unusual for any of our fine service organizations to host a fundraiser, what was unique to me, at least, was what the Elks lodge does with that money.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:52am
Alma Siebengartner, 88, formerly of Fairbury, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Linn Community Nursing Home, Linn, Kan. She was born January 3, 1928, in Pawnee City, Neb. the daughter of David and Rose (Prahl) Milburn.
She graduated from Huntington Beach Union High School, Huntington Beach, Calif. in 1945. Shortly after she married the love of her life, Martin L. Siebengartner and they were married until his death in 1985.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:51am
Lena K. Friesen, 92, formerly of Jansen, passed away on April 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice. Lena was born to Peter E. and Anna (Kroeker) Friesen in Jansen on Aug. 11, 1923.
She graduated from both Moody Bible Institute and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Lena was an RN, studied in Belgium and served nine years as a missionary in Africa. She worked many years at the Beatrice Mennonite and Fairbury hospitals. Lena attended Christ Community Church in Beatrice, loved traveling, painting, quilting and many other crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were at Jansen Cemetery on April 15. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home, Fairbury in charge of services. b
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:50am
Fairbury’s junior high girls track and field teams swept team honors at the Fairbury Invite held last Monday at the Fairbury Athletic Complex.
The seventh grade girls captured first place in the five-team invite by placing in all 15 events to amass a score of 99 points.
Wilber-Clatonia was runner-up with 77 points.
Claiming first place in their respective events were Ellie Ohlde, pole vault, 7’6’, and the 100-meter dash at 14.28, Leah Mach, triple jump, 27’11”, Mikwena Lierman, 1600-meter run in a time of 5:45.49, and the 800-meter run at 2:40.14, and the 1600-meter relay team of Maggie Layton, Lierman, Mach, and Ohlde in a time of 4:55.26.
Runner-up performers included Lierman, high jump, 4’6”, Taryn Arnold, shot put, 22’ 10 1/4”, and Mach with a time of 59.40 in the 300-meter low hurdles.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:49am
ATTACKING THE GREEN-Fairbury junior Justin Peterson drives his golf ball airborne toward the green on the seventh hole during play on the College Heights Country Club golf course in Crete last Friday afternoon. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News/fairburyjournalnews.com)
Fairbury’s golf team had to battle through some tough elements on Friday at the Crete Invite played on the College Heights Country Club golf course, and the team continued its improved play to come away with a third place finish shooting a team score of 353.
Senior Nick Christiansen played two consistent rounds of golf for the Jeffs to earn medalist honors on the day with an 18-hole score of 79.
Christiansen’s score of 79 was two strokes better than second place medalist Dalton Mogul of York with an 81.
Fairbury junior Justin Peterson came through with a top five individual finish, placing fifth carding an 18-hole score of 83.
Rounding out the scores for the Jeffs were Zach Reikofski with a 93, Robby Meyer shot a 98, and Blake Bauer fired a 115.
Seward won the team title in the nine-team field with a score of 335. York finished runner-up shooting a 348.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:47am
After shooting its best team score of the season at its own invite, the Fairbury Jeffs varsity golf team was looking to continue its solid play at last week’s Beatrice Invite played on the Beatrice Country golf course.
However that did not materialize, as the Jeffs struggled to a sixth place finish out of 10 teams in the Class B Division with a score of 368.
Seward was the Class B Division champion firing a team score of 349.
Senior Nick Christiansen was the lone medalist for Fairbury placing eighth individually with an 18-hole score of 84.
Zach Reikofski was one place out the medals finishing 11th with an 18-hole of 86.
Rounding out the scores for the Jeffs were Justin Peterson with a 97, Robby Meyer shot a 101, and Anthony Moyer carded a score of 123.