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NARVRE Unit 174

NARVRE Unit 174

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the home of Carl and Aldene Goeking. 906 5th Street.

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Auditions for Blackbeard the Pirate

Auditions for Blackbeard the Pirate

for Missoula Childrens Theatre will be held March 24 at the 47 gym from 4-6 p.m. Please plan to stay for full two hours. Approximately 60 roles available for students K-6. Two performances are scheduled for March 29 at 3 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Burkley Fine Arts Center at the Fairbury High School.

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Briefly Speaking...

Former Fairbury

Mayor Dies

Former Fairbury Mayor Gene Siefford, 85, of Fairbury died March 11.

Siefford was mayor of Fairbury from July 1994 to December 2000.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First Christian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Melody Smith officiating.

Community Action

Agencies Release Study of Poverty

Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska released the results of a Community Assessment Survey on March 11 at the State Capitol.

The Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment Report is based on a random survey of residents across the entire state of Nebraska. The report contains comparative data from 2010 and 2013 highlighting the most pressing economic challenges faced by Nebraskans.

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Endicott Village Life Visit # 24 - The Redbird

In our last visit we learned that the annual Endicott High School Joy-O-Frolics was scheduled for Oct. 22, 1957.

TheNov. 1issue of the Redbird reports that the newly crowned king and queen were Gail Grammar and Nancy Check. They were attended by LeRoy Grammar and Donna Walck and Terry Messmer and Billie Kulhanek. Pamela Duke and Andy Hardy were the crown bearers. Diane Mile, the 1956 Joy-O-Frolic Queen crowned the royal pair and their attendants.

The Redbird briefly noted that the basketball team defeated the Steele City team and that there a Polio Benefit was being held.

A group of young folk enjoyed a night of skating honoring Kent Criner who was home on leave from Fort Knox and for Jerry Talbot who was soon to report to the armed services.

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Winners at the District Spelling Bee

Photo caption: grades 7-8 are, front row starting left, Evie Schwab, of Jefferson County in first

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Kort Accepts Meridian Superintendent Post

The personnel at Jefferson Intermediate will be undergoing a major change for the upcoming school year for Fairbury School District.

Randy Kort, Principal of Jefferson Intermediate and Curriculum Director for Fairbury Schools, has tendered his resignation at the end of the 2014 school year. He has been offered and accepted the position of school superintendent for Meridian Schools.

Jefferson Intermediate has been the fourth position that Kort has had as principal. While at Jefferson he was in the process of completing his specialist degree which would qualify him to go on and apply for superintendent. He was offered the position and will be making the move to the superintendent position for Meridian Schools beginning the 2014-2015 school year.

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CASA is Beginning to Grow in Jefferson County

Photo caption: Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal NewsDon Cook, Program Coordinator for CASA, stands outside his new office door at First Baptist Church at 901 F Street, holding the new sign that will be placed outside the door when the ground thaws.

Don Cook has been the Program Coordinator of the Jefferson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program since December of 2013.

Cook had said that one of his first goals would be to increase the number of volunteers that there were for the Jefferson County Program. He is very happy to announce that the CASA program is beginning to grow.

Initially the program was located downtown but it has recently moved to one of the offices in the First Baptist Church located at 901 F Street.

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Coverage of the Lady Jeffs at State

Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News

For complete coverage of Paige Husa, 55, and the Fairbury Lady Jeffs basketball team at the C-1 Nebraska State Tournament, turn to Sports, Pages B1-3.

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State Aid Drops Again for Fairbury School District

Photo caption: Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News Vicki Banahan, President of the Fairbury School Board, swears in new school board member Daniel Lufkin at Monday evenings Fairbury School Board Meeting.

Fairbury Superintendent Fred Helmink informed the Fairbury School Board that Fairbury Public Schools will have their state aid cut by approximately $684,690.

The final numbers are not in yet, but the estimation places the loss between $650,000 and $700,000. State aid to the district last year was $909,711.

The loss of these additional funds will move the district to a non-equalized district.

Helmink explained that the Tax Equity and Educational opportunities Act (TEEOSA) state aid formula states that if the districts needs are greater than your resources, the school district qualifies for Equalization Aid, or more money from the state coffers.

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Preparing for the Death of the Power Plant

Photo caption: Cobwebs adorn the valves on top of one of two steam-powered electric generators (photo at right) at the Fairbury Power Plant. The future of the plant is in jeopardy as expenses rise to keep the plant in operating order and payments fall from power companies to use it as a backup power source in emergencies.

The Fairbury Power Plant has seen a lot of things happen in its more than 100-year existence.

In operation since the early 1900s, local power generation has been a key component in the installation of electric lights in every home, street lights on every corner, refrigeration, air conditioning and the blossoming of business and industry.

But one day in the not too distant future, the generators which Fairbury has relied upon since the early 1900s, will fall silent forever.

On Tuesday,members of the Board of Public Works met and issued a somber consensus: Fairbury is going to lose the ability to generate its own power.

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