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Wed
18
May

Reflections On 2016 Session

After a couple of weeks since the April 20 end of session, it’s now becoming more possible to not only to reflect back on what was done during the 2016 Legislative session, but also start to look ahead to the 2017 session and the beginning of the 105th Legislature.
In addition to the “farewell addresses” of the senators who are term limited and won’t be returning next year, the big issue on the last day of the session was the override of LB 947.
I think that bill deserves a little bit of attention here.

Wed
18
May

What You Want And What You Need Often Aren’t The Same Things

When I was growing up I can remember telling my mother “what I wanted.” 
It could have been regarding anything from food to toys or a particular brand of bicycle. 
She always said, “What you want and what you need aren’t the same things.”
This line of thinking can be applicable to many situations in one’s life. And can even be extended to a community’s wants and needs. Locally there has been a great deal of justifiable discussion about Fairbury’s Parks Plan and, in particular, the future of our local swimming pool.
There is no doubt that Fairbury needs a new swimming pool. The buzz phrase now is to call them aquatic centers. Our pool has been outdated for decades. Its running and maintenance has been problematic.
Wed
18
May

Build It And They Will Come?

Since the city meeting to discuss the pool issue in Fairbury I have had folks want to know where the Fairbury Journal-News stands on the issue.
So, here goes: We need a new pool in Fairbury. It is a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed. The old pool has seen better days and to have patrons dress out in the open, to me, is archaic. I believe the city should pursue getting a new facility with the utmost urgency.
Of the four choices presented at the meeting the one with a lazy river, with a price tag of $5.1 million, stands out thus far as number one option for the public.
In researching the issue, I spoke with Jeff Hassenstab, director of the aquatic center in Hastings, which features a lazy river, rock climb, wave pool, several slides, snack bar and just about every other accouterments you could ever want in a pool.

Wed
18
May

Dance On

Dance On

Wed
18
May

Quick Quips

• The sounds of summer include the ‘ping’ of a softball against an aluminum bat, the joyful laughter of children on a slip-n-slide and, in my house, the high-pitched screaming of siblings already ready to tear into each other after one morning together on summer vacation.
My youngest, Elijah, has figured out what makes his older sister, Olivia, stark-raving mad, and continues to push that Pavlovian button nearly every one minute. I try to explain to her that if she ignored him, he’d go away and do something else. She claims he is the most annoying little brother on the planet, and he relishes in that fact.
• Izzabella Rosalita Marie Linscott turned one on Sunday. Izzy, for short, is our dog and the kids insisted on having a birthday party for her with presents (two new chew toys) and special homemade treats (peanut butter, carrot, bacon biscuits). The dog ended her special day by chasing a rabbit in our yard for an hour. A good time was had by all, sans the rabbit.

Wed
18
May

Saying Goodbye

Central Elementary School first grade teacher Hannah Simpson says goodbye to students last Friday as not only did the school year conclude, but Simpson will be teaching at Tri County next year. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
18
May

Getting Ready For Summer

-Volunteers hold up the bleachers at the softball complex in Fairbury last week so cleaning of the facility can continue.

Wed
18
May

Free Fishing May 21

Optimist Club will hold the Annual Tom Wright Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, May 21 at Crystal Springs Lake.
Registration at 9 a.m. A FREE hot dog lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Prizes will be awarded. Youngsters may bring their own fishing gear. Free poles will be loaned on a first come basis. NO Nebraska fishing license is required on May 21 so adults may accompany children. For more information, Contact Twyla Bray at 402-729-2661 or Diane Schutt, diane_schutt@yahoo.com or any Fairbury Optimist Club member.

Wed
18
May

Click It Or Ticket

The Fairbury Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign which will begin May 23, 2016 and ending on June 5, 2016.
During the period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant will allow officers to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt violations. The extra time worked by officers will then be paid by the NOHS.

Wed
18
May

FHS Finds Its New Coach...Again

The wait is over. On Tuesday afternoon Fairbury Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Grizzle announced that Travis Steinhoff has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach for the Jeffs next season.
Steinhoff is currently a Spanish instructor at Waverly High School and is endorsed for both Spanish and physical education. Steinhoff will be the new physical education instructor as well as head basketball coach at FHS, replacing Adam Brill. It was announced last week that Brill would be leaving FHS to become the new head boys basketball coach at Norris.
A native of Crete, Steinhoff attended UNK before starting his teaching career in Texas, where he had coaching experience. Last year Steinhoff made it back to Nebraska where he not only taught Spanish but was an assistant basketball coach.

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