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Jun

Flag Day Celebration


The Fairbury Elks Lodge hosted a Flag Day Celebration on Sunday. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
17
Jun

Local Facebook Group Starts Fun Park Campaign

  Hearing that the Frontier Fun Park in Fairbury may be in danger, a concerned, community-based group, has come together to help.  
Thad Corbin, Fairbury, started the group through Facebook to get the community involved in helping fix and update the Frontier Fun Park. 
“We just want to help our community and we are all willing to put in the time, labor, and even help with some fund raising,” Corbin said.
The Facebook group was created to save and restore the Fun Park, so that children and parents alike can enjoy it for another 20 years or more.
“More than anything we want to pull people together to do something worth while in our town, we don’t want to lose our Fun Park and we want to make it safe for everyone,” Corbin said.
Laura Bedlan, Assistant Street and Alley Superintendent for the city of Fairbury, she was happy to see so many people step up and voice their concern over the condition of the park.
Wed
17
Jun

The Summer Reading Program

Each Friday through the month of June, there are going to be events for the Summer Reading Program children to attend at the 4H building on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and the Fairbury Library. 
Linda Dux, Fairbury Librarian  stated, EMT Dan Lufkin met up with children from the Summer Reading Program on Jun 12, to teach them about fire safety and how to handle an emergency. 
“There are still two more programs that the Library will hold and those programs will be for the children who have completed their reading goal,” Dux said.
On June 19, the children in 3-8th grade will be able to make super hero costumes and play games at the 4H Club Building between 10:00-11:00 am. There will be popcorn and a movie that begin at 2:00 pm for grades five and up at the Library.
“In addition, the children will receive their free personal pan pizza certificate from Pizza Hut and a bag of goodies,” Dux said.
Wed
17
Jun

American Red Cross Will Be In Jefferson Co.

 
 
Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Jefferson County
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June 29: 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., Community Building, 503 Commercial St.
Wed
17
Jun

No Additional Work Planned On Levy For Now

  Nearly a year ago the Army Corps of Engineers contacted representatives from the City of Fairbury regarding the structural integrity of the levy system that surrounds the west and south portions of the city.
 According to assistant street and alley superintendent Laura Bedlan there was concern that Fairbury might have to undertake a costly and lengthy process to get the levy re-certified. 
 "There is concern by the Army Corps that following Hurricane Katrina when many of the levies failed around New Orleans that the levy system in the U.S. needed to be re-evaluated," she told the Journal-News in 2014.
 But in light of recent flooding that has plagued much of southeast Nebraska in the last six weeks Bedlan said Fairbury's levy has had 'trial by fire' and passed with flying colors. She said other than some minor drainage issues along the southern border the barrier which protects Fairbury from flooding is holding up well.
Wed
17
Jun

Will It Continue To Flood?

Constant rainfall and small amounts of dry weather have taken a toll on Jefferson County.
Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climatologist stated, Fairbury has officially received 10.40 inches of rain, throughout the month of May and on average only receives 4.04 inches in May. 
“In June so far, Fairbury has already received 7.09 inches, which is triple the average amount for the entire month,” Dutcher said.
The humidity levels are continuously rising due to the extra moisture and if there are no natural breaks in the weather it will begin to affect crop growth, the climatologist said.
“As long as we can get some dry weather breaks, the corn crop in July should help soak up some of the extra moisture,” Dutcher said.
The levels in the channels are so high that it's a taking quite awhile to evacuate water and high levels in the channels are lasting longer due to constant precipitation. 
Wed
17
Jun

Sba Offers Assistance To Nebraska Businesses And Residents Affected By The Severe Storms

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nebraska businesses and residents in Jefferson, and other area counties affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, high winds, and flooding that occurred May 2-11. The Small Business Administration acted under it’s own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request they received from Gov. Pete Ricketts on May 22.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Nuckolls, Saline, Seward, Thayer, and York counties in Nebraska; and Republic and Washington counties in Kansas.
Wed
17
Jun

The Mail Must Go Through


155th Anniversary of the Pony Express Annual Re-Ride--Maggie Pryor, the Pony Express rider started out at Rock Creek Station near Fairbury June 16 on the annual ride. She'll ride two miles and switch with another rider, and that pattern will continue until the ride is complete on June 19. (Photo by Ashley Jensby/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
17
Jun

Overflowing Rivers in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is at risk of continuing flooding conditions throughout the summer months.
John McKee, Jefferson County Emergency Services Manager, “after the last couple rains we have had, the land in Jefferson County is completely saturated.”
The Little Blue River outside of Fairbury is filled to it’s banks and is at 17.66 ft., but if it rises above 18.05 ft. there will be minor flooding. The river reached 25.42 ft. on May  7, 2015 which considered major flooding conditions, but on June 5, 2015 the level was at 18.84 ft.
“If the Little Blue River does end up flooding again, it may have an affect on the roads, but I’m not sure yet,” McKee said.
Since the land is so saturated it will continue to hold water and when the rivers overflow, the water wont be soaked into the ground, creating flooding conditions when it rains. 
Wed
17
Jun

Free Fishing Day At Alexandria


Rick Ball, groundskeeper for Alexandria State Park showed kids tips on fishing. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)

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