Jefferson County Clerk and Election Commissioner Sandra Stelling said that statewide there are several legislative positions that appear to be highly contested including the governors opening.
Secretary of State John Gale said he expects with a record number of strong contenders in well-financed races in both the U.S. Senate race and the governors race. It will likely fuel considerable activity at the polls, according to Gale.
Thats our hope, that voters will feel engaged, not just in these statewide races but also those races that directly impact their own communities, Gale stated in a press release Tuesday.
Locally there are three positions that are being highly contested, Stelling said. Both the commissioners positions in District I and District III are receiving a great deal of attention. The other position is the Clerk of the District Court.
Photo caption: Contributed PhotoFellow Rotarians put together over 200 May Day Baskets, from left are Greg Cromer, Joe Chilen, Deb Valentine, Lana Likens, Tiffany Pfaff, Karl Lent, Chad Jurgens, Bill Welch, Tony Likens, Shirley Howell, Gayle Allen and Mike Steele.
The Fairbury Rotary Club recently brought back a touch of tradition with their First May Basket Delivery Day.
The new fundraiser received orders from as far as Wyoming and Colorado to be delivered here in Fairbury to area residents, students, employees and businesses.
In all, over 200 baskets were made.
Rotary member Beth Block commented on the amazing response from the Heritage Care Center recipients, as she said, Most people said they havent received a May Day Basket since they were children or since they helped their children make them in grade school.
Darrow Antiques Spirit of the Home Antique Open House in Endicott, NE 201 West Ridge Road. Lots of Primitive Collectibles, Painted Pine Cupboards, Tables,Trunks, Baskets And Seasonal Folk Art. Saturday, May 17 10am- 4pm & Sunday May 18 12pm 4pm Lunch Catered By: Famous Daves
An unnamed Fairbury boy is being held in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center in connection with an incident in which he is accused of attacking a family pet with an ax.
According to an affidavit filed by Fairbury Police Department Sergeant Brett Wentz, on April 22 the boy in question attacked a three-pound Chihuahua while it was tied to a tree in the familys back yard.
The affidavit, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star, stated the 12-year-old boy kicked and hit his grandfathers dog with an ax. The dogs jaw was shattered and one of its eyes hanging out of the socket following the attack, according to Sgt. Wentz.
A veterinarian told the police the next day that the dog was in stable condition but did not know if the animal would ultimately survive the attack.
Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsContractors were busy earlier this week breaking up the concrete street along Third Street as it is being replaced. Reconstruction of E Street is nearly complete, though it will have to cure before being reopened.
Contractors working for the City of Fairbury have made great strides in completing re-construction of E Street and Third Street in the past week.
All concrete has been poured and most of the removed bricks have been put back into order on E Street, according to Assistant Fairbury Street and Alley Superintendent Laura Bedlan.
It is going pretty well, Bedlan said. There are always a few things that we have to deal with.
The brickwork was nearly completed over last weekend on E Street but some brickwork and intersection concrete work remains.
There is really nothing out of line on E Street,Bedlan said
At the conclusion of Tuesdays meeting of the Fairbury City Council, First Ward councilman Roger Bailey asked a simple, non-agenda item question: Why isnt anything being done about run down rental properties in this town?
The query, aimed at Fairbury City Manager Joe Parker, was raised following discussion regarding the citys participation in statewide grant program that has allowed Fairbury to raze some 30 uninhabitable houses in the past year and a half.
Yes weve been able to take down quite a few empty houses that really needed to come down,Bailey said. But what about all of the rentals? Who is taking care of those?
The councilman said that people expect more than they are getting from members of the council with regard to taking care of rental properties.
Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-NewsA representative from TransCanada presented the Fairbury Police Department with a $3,000 check that will be used for the purchase of new, updated tasers for the force. Accepting the check starting from the left is Officer Nick Georgi, Chief of Police Chad Sprunk and representative from Trans Canada Jason Brockman.
A $3,000 donation from Trans Canada Pipeline will help local police officers stay safe out in the field.
On Mondaya representative from TransCanada Pipeline presented a $3,000 check to the Fairbury Police department. The monies will be used to help the department purchase six upgraded Taser units for use by local officers.
Photo caption: Contributed Photo Darby Zaremba and her barrel racing horse Hank. She and her family traveled to the Bar B Barrel Racing event at the Lancaster Event Center. After returning home to Kansas a few days later Hank became ill and with 48 hours they were forced to euthanize him. He was later diagnosed with EHV-1 virus that was the neurological strain.
One young girl, Darby Zaremba and her family are suffering the loss of a beloved and family owned barrel racing horse, Hank, due to an outbreak of the equine herpes virus, EHV-1, thought to be contracted at the Lancaster Event Center.
The Zaremba family had traveled from Kansas to Lincoln for the Double B Barrel racing event at the Lancaster Event Center. The path of the virus is difficult to follow but it is a path that horse owners, especially those who travel and show horses, need to pay attention to.
At approximately 1130 the 1st of May 2014 Deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office arrested Schuyler D. Hill, 25, of Fairbury for failure to register as a sex offender. Hill failed to verify his current information with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office as required under the Sex Offender Registry Act. Hill is charged with a class IV felony, which carries penalties of up to 5 years in prison or a $10,000 fine or both. His bond was set at $25,000.00/10 percent cash.
Chamber Appreciation Business After Hours at the VFW. If you cant make it, send one of your employees. Appetizers and Beverages provided by H & H Distributing and Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff. Open to the Public.