Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:25pm
Hazel Schmidt, 105 and
Still Staying Active
“You know I am 105 and I think I may be the oldest person here in Fairbury. At least I know I am the oldest person when you look at the nursing homes and here at Cedarwood.” Those were the comments of Hazel Schmidt who turned 105 on October 12.
Schmidt is very proud of the fact that she has been able to stay as active her 105 years.
“People ask me how I stay so young and I used to never have an answer but this past year I decided it was because I have always exercised,” Schmidt said.
“I was born in 1909 and back then we knew what chores were,” Schmidt said.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:24pm
FROST FROLIC HOLIDAY MARKET held at Fairbury Jr/Sr High School this past weekend was attended by over 1400 shoppers. The event was sponsored by Bonham Theatre Project as a fundraiser. Next year’s event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:23pm
Beth Block, Administrator of Heritage Care Center
Receiving Bronze National Quality --Heritage Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Contributed Photo
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:20pm
FATHER-DAUGHTER CONGRATULATIONS--Fairbury attorney Ron Schwab congratulates his daughter Laura Ebke following Tuesday’s election. Ebke rallied to beat Phil Hardenberger for the District 32 Legislative seat. Photo by Vicki Check/Fairbury Journal-News
1980 Fairbury High School graduate Laura Ebke is the newest representative to the Nebraska Unicameral. Ebke, a resident of Crete rallied from an early deficit to beat her opponent Phil Hardenberger, also of Crete, to claim the 32nd Legislative District seat.
Final vote tally for the non-partisan state senate position was Ebke 6,058 votes compared to Hardenberger who had 5,832 votes. The margin of victory was 51% to 49%. The 32nd Legislative district is comprised of Jefferson, Thayer, Fillmore and Saline Counties as well as a portion of southern Lancaster County.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:18pm
Roads in Fairbury and Jefferson county will be seeing improvements moving forward.
On Tuesday voters from the City of Fairbury and Jefferson County both approved measures that would move more funds to the repair and maintenance of local roads thanks to the passing of two separate measures.
Fairbury voters narrowly approved a half percent increase in sales tax by a vote of 527 to 516. The additional funds will be used to repair city roads, curbs and gutters.
"This is a very important issue that we needed to pass," Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said. "Roads have gotten to be such a hot button issue; people have demanded better roads but because of a shortage of funds honestly this is the only way we are going to be able to repair them." The mayor said he felt an increase in the sales tax was the most fair, equitable way to get the extra funding.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:17pm
A series of gunshots fired in the 1000 block of A Street in Fairbury on Halloween have prompted the Fairbury Police Department to ask for people with information relative to the incident to step forward.
According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk officers were dispatched to the location at approximately 11:31 p.m. reference an argument.
"While officers were heading to the location they were informed that gunshots were heard coming from the area and a small dark-colored pickup was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed," he said.
Sprunk said when officers arrived they spoke with several witnesses who "indicated there was a lot of yelling then they heard what appeared to be four gunshots fired," he added. Officers searched the area and located four empty hand gun casings located in the yard of a nearby residence.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:40pm
TRUNK OR TREAT held on the square last Friday had many children in costume gathering their goodies as well as and many local businesses and participants with decorated trunks. Photos by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:39pm
Three out of four people elected to the district 8 school board in Fairbury will be fresh faces following Tuesday night's general election.
Sharon Ebke of rural Fairbury was the top vote-getter in an election that had five people running for three four-year terms. She received 1,300 votes. Joining her on the board as a new comer will be Barb Arner, also of rural Fairbury who had 809 votes. Incumbent Vickie Banahan, who serves as school board president, received the second most votes with 1,107.
School board incumbent Tammi Davis lost her seat receiving only 690 votes. Challenger Carole Sprunk lost out on the third open spot by 49 votes. She received 760 votes. Incumbent Chris Ruzicka did not re-file for her seat.