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Feb

After More Than A Year Bowling Alley Opens In Fairbury

Fairbury's Pla Mor Lanes is back in business. The downtown bowling alley officially opened last Friday to a large crowd after a soft opening on Thursday. Owners said the venue offers eight lanes for bowling and snacks including pop, candy and pretzels. The cafe is expected in the next two months. 
Nathan Rogers, who owns the business with his brother, Jason, and father, David, all of Gilead, said all bowling lanes were full from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, and the business continued to be “swamped” all day Saturday. Sunday's crowd was slightly lighter but still kept the Rogers busy, Nathan Rogers said. 
The family bought the business at auction in October and had hoped to open the cafe and bowling alley at the same time, Nathan Rogers said. When people expressed their desire to have the bowling alley open as soon as possible the family focused on getting it ready first. 
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Feb

Third Generation Follows In Parents’, Grandparents’ Footsteps


​Linda Bauer and Laura Ebke, along with their brother Barry Schwab, not pictured, are following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. Ron Schwab, above, and Gwen Schwab, not pictured, attribute their children's work ethic and participation in local organizations and government to grandparents and the Fairbury community. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-News
Gwen Schwab said all five of her children were eager to get out of Fairbury when they left for college. She didn’t expect them to move back and raise families in the area. 
Three of them have. 
Linda Bauer and Barry Schwab have returned to their hometown while Laura Ebke lives in Crete. But both Gwen Schwab and Ron Schwab are quick to deny credit for raising children who have become prominent and contributing members to their hometown community. The credit, they said, goes to hard-working grandparents and character built by life in the small town.
“Every one of my children has a great work ethic,” Gwen Schwab said. “That can’t be taught by a mom or a dad.”
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Feb

2-18-15

Police Report
Feb. 4: Report of animal neglect in the 1200 block of 7th Street. 
Feb. 4: Report of a theft in the 800 block of 17th Street. 
Feb. 4: Report of fraud that occurred out of state. 
Feb. 4: Report of a traffic stop in the 800 block of L Street. The driver did not have a license, and the vehicle was towed. 
Feb. 4: Report of a theft in Fairbury. 
Feb. 4: Victoria L. West, of Fairbury, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet owned by Brian Vculek, of Fairbury, through the parking lot near 22nd Street and H Street when the vehicle slid on the ice and collided with a parked 2006 Ford owned by Rick Robertson, of Fairbury. Damages to Robertson's vehicle were estimated at $1,200. There were no damages to Vculek's vehicle. 
Feb. 5: Report of a burglary alarm in the 800 block of 22nd Street. 
Feb. 5: Report of a parking dispute in the 800 block of 3rd Street. 
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18
Feb

Valentines for Veterans

Students at Central Elementary and Jefferson Intermediate have again participated in the Valentines for Veterans project. They joined other elementary schools in the area in creating a total of 1,333. The special valentines were delivered to the Veterans Homes in Grand Island (400) and Bellevue (200) and to the Omaha VA hospital (733). Students at both Fairbury schools were joined by students from Superior, Hebron, Deshler, Diller-Odell, Meridian and Geneva. This is the fourth year Fairbury students have participated in the special project. This community service project lets our veterans know they are not forgotten and give our students a way to say thank you for the sacrifices the veterans have made.

Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury Students of the Month


Fairbury Jr/Sr High School students of the month include: Seventh Graders: Izze Schwab, daughter of Brooke & Barry Schwab, Joseph Melcher, son of Cindy & Bill Melcher. Eighth graders: Trevin Arnold, son of Tami Haverkamp & Travis Arnold, Delaney Miller, daughter of Jerry & Heidi Miller. Students of the Month are nominated by their teachers based on work ethic and behaviors in the classroom. Contributed Photo
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Feb

school lunch menu 2-18-15

Fairbury Jefferson and Central 
Elementary Schools
Thursday, Feb. 19: CHILI W/CRACKERS & HMD CINNAMON ROLL; Ham sandwich and fresh veggies;
Friday, Feb. 20: TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE W/HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich and peas.
Monday, Feb. 23: PIZZABURGER; Turkey sandwich and tater tots.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: CHICKEN STRIPS W/HMD BREAD; Tuna salad on HMD deli and Broccoli w/cheese.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: MACHO NACHO; Ham & cheese wrap and refried beans.
 
High School
Thursday, Feb. 19: CHILI W/CRACKERS & HMD CINNAMON ROLL; Hamburger and fresh veggies.
Friday, Feb. 20: TUNA NOODLE  CASSEROLE W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese flatbread and peas.
Monday, Feb. 23: PIZZABURGER; Roasted chicken on bun and tater tots.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: CHICKEN STRIPS W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese wrap and Broccoli w/cheese.
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Feb

2-18-15


PLA-MOR LANES-- downtown Fairbury in 1955. Contributed photo. More like these can be found in the Fairbury Pictorial Book. To purchase a book call Fairbury Journal-News, 402-729-6141.
120 YEARS AGO, 1895
The Jefferson County Journal 
J.C. Kesterson was advertising a sale of 71 head of trotting horses at his Crystal Springs farm.
John Thornton and son of Green, Kan., had bought the hardware store of the A.M. Tunnell estate.
Journal publication had health problems.  C.Q. DeFrance, editor, had an eye removed, later suffered from “lagrippe.”
Thad Williams was handling editorial duties.  Guy Bailey, printer, was being helped by Albert Hammond.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1905
The Jefferson County Journal 
After services attended by 50 people, at the Latter Day Saints Church in the northwest part of Fairbury, four candidates were baptized after ice was broken on the Little Blue River.
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Feb

Letters to the Editor

I’m From Fairbury, 
A Flag City
Editor:
We retired recently to the state of Arizona. We have met many wonderful people at the resort we live in; many of whom proudly wear hats proclaiming the branch of the military they served in.
Of course the subject of where everyone is from always comes up. I always responded – Fairbury Nebraska.
Our good friends, the Broadstons from Steele City had gotten us a Subscription to the Fairbury Journal and we read about American Flags being made right in our old home town.
I showed that article to many, and I know now that when asked where I am from, I will proudly say – Fairbury Nebraska, one of only eight cities in the United States that manufactures American Flags! 
Thank you for a Terrific article!
Linda Bundy
Benson, Arizona
 

 

Wed
18
Feb

Understanding The Four-Year-Old Mind

I like the way four-year-old Kane thinks.
He was driving his tractor and wagon around the living room floor doing various voices as he acted out the conversation between the tractor and something else that I never figured out. The wagon was filled with a bunch of small rubber tires that the boys keep taking off of their farm equipment, and Kane was talking about taking the tires to the farm. 
After a while of watching this I asked Kane if he wanted to be a farmer like Daddy. 
“No, I don’t want to be a farmer,” he said with complete seriousness. “I want to be medium.”
“Medium” is the word Kane often uses instead of “small.” Unless he is talking about two-and-a-half-year-old Reid, and then he says Reid is small. For the record Daddy is big, Kane is medium and Reid is small. Mommy is a girl. Apparently girls don’t have sizes. 
So I’ve learned that Kane doesn’t want to grow up. He is going to stay medium. 
Wed
18
Feb

How Much Change Back For That General Lee?

 I was stumped and stymied. Add to that  mystified, puzzled, astonished and just about any other “mouth left agape” word you can come up with.
  Last Saturday after a brief day/evening trip I was returning home to Fairbury and stopped for something to eat. I handed the clerk at the counter a 50 dollar bill for my food. He said, “Let’s see which General we have tonight. A General Lee.”
  Imagine a needle scratching across a vinyl record........screeeeetch.
  Wait a minute! Stop right there! General Lee on a 50 dollar bill? Presumably Confederate General Robert E. Lee? Right war, wrong general. It’s not that I typically carry a lot of fifties on me but I guess I do have a fair share. But the last I knew Ulysses S. Grant, a Union General and our 18th President is on that bill.

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