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Fairbury Has Live Fire Training

Five local fire departments participated in a live fire training Saturday, Feb. 15.

Fairbury City, Fairbury Rural, Diller, Jansen and Steele City all participated in a live fire training. Five trainers came from Lincoln to provide training for both veteran and new firefighters. Four of the trainers came from Engine 3 in Lincoln and one came from the actual training center.

Prior to having the fire training several things needed to be accomplished Rural Fire Chief, Kenny Krause said.

The first step after finding a location is to complete a good deal of paperwork to apply for the training. Once the site is secured it had to be inspected for asbestos and other toxic materials that could cause injury to the firefighters or others watching the training. Part of the inspection also included looking for things that would explode with the heat such as a water heater. It then took 10-15 firemen two nights taking out any identified dangerous materials.

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Jefferson County Purchases Three Graders

Jefferson County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to purchase three new motor graders.

The board asked for bids on Jan. 21 for three motor graders.

Bill Hansel, Superintendent of Roads, had identified three machines that have begun to require increased maintenance beyond the normal needs. Two bids were received, one from McMurphy John Deere and the second from NMC Caterpillar.

The commissioners considered both bids and based on price they decided to go with McMurphy John Deere. The bid was $197,135 each with consideration applied for the purchase of three machines, which is approximately $90,000 cheaper than the caterpillar machine.

Commissioner Michael Dux was not present during the meeting but he did teleconference in to be part of the decision.

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Dental Program Available for Jefferson County

Jefferson County has just enrolled in a dental program for county residents who may need dental coverage.

The program is not a dental insurance but a dental discount program that is sponsored by the National Association of Counties.

The plan will provide discounts at certain health care providers for dental services. The range of discounts will vary depending on the type of provider and service required.

The plan does not make payments directly to the provider, therefore plans need to be made to make payment to the dentist.

Members will receive a discount from participating health care providers.

Presently there are no dentists in our immediate area that is participating, but, according to Andrew Goldsmith in the recruitment department, all an individual needs to do is give information to the recruitment department and they will then follow up with the dentist.

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Bowls For Bonham Raises $1,500

The 2ndannual Bowls For Bonham Soup Luncheon was held this pastSundayin the Tasting Room in downtown Fairbury. More than 125 people attended the event and over $1,500 was raised, according to treasurer, Debby Ebke.

A fundraiser for the Bonham Theatre Project, the Bowls For Bonham event featured specially-designed bowls made by nationally-known artist, Lucky Stradley, which could be purchased for $15. Soup, sandwiches and desserts were served while attendees enjoyed live music provided by Fairbury musician David Hunt.

Bowls are still available at Stagecoach Mall Antiques and Tasting Room.

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Hometown Son Makes Sparks Fly at Olympics

On Feb. 7 the 2014 Sochi Olympics began the traditional opening ceremony. Billions of viewers watched from their homes and the man responsible the images that came into those homes is hometown boy, Dave Nuckolls.

Nuckolls, a 1986 University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, is head of production and broadcasting at FiveCurrents, which is the executive producer of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games opening and closing ceremony. Nuckolls is the current Head of Production and Broadcasting.

On the night of the opening ceremony he was responsible for 33 camera feeds, orchestrating how the viewers saw the ceremony. Nuckolls may not be carrying the weight of the whole Olympic program but he is ultimately responsible for the production of the opening and closing ceremony.

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Toasting the New King and Queen

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

Dorothy Boeckner, left, makes a toast as she hands over her crown as the Cedarwood Assisted Living Center Valentines Queen to this years royalty, Queen Marjory and King Marvin Schoen. The duties of Valentines Queen and King last all year long, as they welcome new residents to the assisted living center. The centers 2013 King, Howard Boeckner, was unable to attend the ceremony.

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Farming Tool Feb. 19, 2014

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Legals Feb. 19, 2014

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Norovirus Outbreaks in Nebraska Reported to DHHS

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received several reports of norovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities within the last several weeks. When there are outbreaks in facilities, it means norovirus is likely circulating in communities as well.

Norovirus spreads quickly and easily. It can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People may also experience stomach cramps, fever and head or body aches. Norovirus infections are transmitted in many ways including:

People with diarrhea or vomiting handling and preparing food.

Direct contact with an infected person, such as through sharing food or shaking hands.

Hand-to-mouth transfer after touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Airborne droplets of vomit.

Illness usually starts 12-48 hours after exposure and lasts one to three days. Treatment is supportive therapy for dehydration.

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