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Aug

Booster Club Donates to VFW


Showing Gratitude--The Booster Club donated $250 to the local VFW on Thursday as a sign of how grateful they are for those who have served. In this photo (l-r) Mark Schoenrock, Stan Schiermeyer and Kirk Weichel. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/Fairbury Journal-News)
On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Booster Club made a donation of $250 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Mark Schoenrock's name. 
Schoenrock was the presenter chosen to speak at the Booster Bash this year.
Kirk Weichel, President of the Booster Club, explained that the organization was able to make this donation because Schoenrock refused to accept money for speaking at the Bash.
“Every year they get a speaker, like a motivational-type speaker, to give an address at the Booster Bash,” said Weichel. “In Mark's case this year, he just laughed at us and said 'I don't do this for money.' So, I don't remember which board member it was who suggested that we should donate some money in his name to the VFW.”
Weichel explained Schoenrock wanted to have the chance to give back to those people who are defending this country and said how grateful he is to have people like Schoenrock in the community.
Wed
26
Aug

As I Sit Here Thinking...

Cynthia Scheer
Staff Writer
My brain is always going at a hundred miles an hour, which is probably why I have a terrible time remembering much of anything from one moment to the next. It’s also why I talk so fast: If my mouth doesn’t keep up with my brain I forget what I’m talking about. 
I’ve noticed, though, that I can’t talk and do something else at the same time. If Michael and I are picking up toys off the living room floor and I start to tell a story, I have to stop what I’m doing and stand there and talk. I can’t focus on both talking and putting the toys where they go. 
Here are some of the things my hundred-mile-an-hour brain has been thinking about lately:
Wed
26
Aug

It Took 25 Years But I Finally Did What My Dad Told Me

My Dad and I had a great relationship. I don’t think it was possible for a father and son to be closer than me and my Dad were. Even though he has been gone for nearly 20 years hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about him at some point or another.
Dad was always the one I went to for advice. “Ask Dad, he’ll know,” usually went through my head when I had a question or problem. And whatever my Dad told me to do that’s exactly what I would do.
When I bought the Journal-News nearly a quarter of a century ago one of the first things my Dad told me was to always wear a tie to work. “Businessmen should always wear ties,” he said. “If you look like a professional people will take you more seriously.”
Okay.
Wed
26
Aug

There is a new day dawning at FJN

Welcome to the new Fairbury Journal-News. It has been a long time since I have been inside the office walls here and it still feels very familiar.
However, there are a lot of changes coming in the weeks ahead. 
The look and design of the paper will be changing to make the paper easier to navigate and read each week. We plan on integrating social media and various forms of technology to help enhance the experience for our readers and provide unmatched coverage of the entire region.
My goal is to make the entire experience of the Journal-News, and soon fairburytv, to be one of keeping the readers informed, entertained and enlightened.
Wed
26
Aug

8-26-15

County Court
Filed
Jonathan M. Gouin of Fairbury: Domestic assault, class 1 misdemeanor; disturbing the peace, class 3 misdemeanor on July 23.
Amy E. Hickey of Fairbury: no proof of insurance, class 2 misdemeanor on July 13.
 
 
Sentenced
Heather M. Hicks of Fairbury: no fishing permit, class 2 misdemeanor on July 15, pleaded guilty, $100 fine.
Maria R. Iniguez of Fairbury: driving under suspension, pleaded guilty, $75 fine.
Joshua K. Schwisow of Fairbury: criminal trespass, class 3 misdemeanor on June 13, pleaded no contest, found guilty, 4 days in jail, credit for 4 days served.
James R. Corter of Fairbury: no fishing permit, class 2 misdemeanor, pleaded guilty, $100 fine.
 
 
Failed To Appear
Wed
26
Aug

Fairbury Scrimmages


Adam Wasserman (No. 3), quarterback for the white team pitches the football while being pursued by linebacker Tyler DeBoer (No. 44) during the Fairbury Red-White Scrimmage held on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Fairbury Athletic Complex. The Red team won 25-18
Wed
26
Aug

Fairbury puts the hurt on Freeman

Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs softball team opened its season in grand style Aug. 20 earning an 18-6 four inning win over Freeman, played on Fuller Field in Pickrell.
The bats were on fire for the Lady Jeffs as the team smashed out 17 hits versus Freeman pitching.
Fairbury got off to a quick start plating six runs on six hits in the top of the first inning.
Freeman responded with two runs scored in the bottom of the first off one hit and a pair of Fairbury errors.
In the top of the second, Fairbury tallied one run on a RBI double by Sydney Miller scoring Destini Warnke who had singled extending its lead to 7-2.
Eight batters came to the plate for Freeman in the bottom of the second inning scoring six runs off five hits to draw within a run at 7-6.
A trio of extra base hits by the Lady Jeffs in the top of the third inning increased their lead to 14-6.
Wed
26
Aug

Activities Added to Flea Market

Plan are well underway for the 2015 Steele City Flea Market September 19 and 20. 
Two new activities planned at this years event, sand volleyball and a street dance. Sand volleyball will be held Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. 
The event is a co-ed tournament with a small entry fee. For more information contact Adam D’Angelo at 402-587-1055. A beer garden and street dance will be held September 19 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. 
The band NX2's Day will be performing and is sponsored by the Steele City- Endicott Rural Volunteer Fire Department. 
A drawing will also take place for a Veti Cooler Tundra 75. Proceeds support the Fire Department’s need to upgrade equipment. 
Wed
26
Aug

Jackie Zabokrtsky

Zabokrtsky
Jackie Lee Zabokrtsky, 64 of Fairbury passed away August 10, 2015 at his home.  He was born to Louis and Ruby (Kuhl) Zabokrtsky at Steele City, Nebraska.
 Jack attended Steele City School until eighth grade.  He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1969. 
 On Aug. 8, 1975, he married Rebecca Schoenrock. 
 Jack began started his working career at Endicott Clay Products, he then worked for Nebraska Dept. of Roads.  For 37 years he worked as a general laborer and later as an Engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. He also farmed and raised cattle.
 He grew up riding horses and his best and favorite horse was Sparks.  He enjoyed riding and rode at Rock Creek pageants.   He was the Wagon Boss for the Mid Plains Wagon Ride for 28 years.  They traveled over 840 miles o back roads through Jefferson and Washington Counties. Jack traveled to various hose shows with brothers and sisters over the years.
Wed
26
Aug

Betty Richardson

Richardson
Betty Louise Richardson, 89, of Fairbury, Ne passed away July 21, 2015 at Heritage Care Center. She was born to Holman Tandy Valentine and Hazel Clare Valentine in Thompson, Neb. on Dec. 15, 1925.
Growing up during the depression in a large family of eight, money was tight but still they managed to see that she and her older sister were in the drum and bugle corp. In high school, Betty was with the band as a baton twirler. She was also a member of the vocal trio and enjoyed performing in the area. Betty loved to dance, and during the war she and her girl friends met troop trains and attended dances at Bruning Air Base.

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