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Oct

Supporting Minimum Wage Increase Is Difficult When Jobs Are So Plentiful

Without seeming overly curmudgeonly it is difficult to cast support behind Initiative 425 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Otherwise known as the “minimum wage bill”  Nebraskans will be asked whether to increase the state’s minimum wage from the present $7.25 level to $8.00 an hour in 2015 and to $9.00 an hour in 2016.
 A 75-cent an hour wage hike will yield little overall benefit for those making the minimum; around $1,560 a year based on a 40 hour work week. While we do not intentionally demean those who work at $7.25 an hour neither do we mean to say fifteen hundred bucks isn’t a lot of money. It is. But in the overall scheme raising the minimum age doesn’t produce that much extra income.
Wed
22
Oct

Jefferson School Playground Ribbon Cutting


JEFFERSON SCHOOL PLAYGROUND RIBBON CUTTING--Students, teachers and administration opened the new playground on Sunday. New playground equipment monies was raised with work from the students and donations from local people and businesses. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News.
Wed
22
Oct

Diabetes Conference

The 2014 Diabetes Directions conference will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The conference, which is sponsored by Jefferson Community Health Center, will be held at the Union Bank Community Room, 1313 K St., Fairbury.
Pre-registration is encouraged. A registration form is available at www.jchc.us, or by calling Helmink at (402) 729-6888.
Wed
22
Oct

Sales Tax Meeting

There will be two public meetings this Thursday in the basement of the Union Bank building in Fairbury to discuss the proposed half-cent sales tax increase for the city of Fairbury. The first meeting will be conducted at  12 noon and the second at 5:30 p.m.

Wed
22
Oct

“Socks for Seniors”

AseraCare Hospice will kick off Make A Difference Day on Saturday October 25, 2014 with the collection of “Socks for Seniors”. New socks for adults will be collected and given to seniors in the Fairbury, NE area during the holidays. 
AseraCare Hospice is asking the community to “Make a Difference” and help bring a warm smile with a warm pair of socks to a senior. Socks must be new and may be traditional socks or fun colorful fuzzy socks. Locations to drop off socks is the Fairbury Senior Center, 601 City Park Rd and Blue Valley Community Action 620 5th St. Fairbury, NE. Socks need to dropped off by December 6, 2014. For questions call AseraCare Hospice at 402-228-6262.
Wed
22
Oct

Demmers Faces Drug Charges

Tessa Demmers, 33 of Fairbury was arrested on multiple charges including possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 felony; driving without an operator’s license, a class 3 misdemeanor; drug paraphernalia and failure to use a turn signal, both infractions. She was arrested on an active warrant. 
A trial is scheduled for Dec. 16.
Wed
22
Oct

Bauer Appointed District Judge

 Fairbury resident, Linda Bauer will be the next County Judge of the 1st Judicial District.  The 1st Judicial District consists of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline and Thayer counties. Bauer was appointed to the position by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
 Bauer, 48, will be replacing Judge J. Patrick McArdle, who recently retired.  Prior to this appointment she has been in partnership with her father at Schwab & Bauer in Fairbury. She has also been the Jefferson County Attorney since 1996.  She expects she will take office in December and will be having her main office in Jefferson County.
 “This is an honor to be appointed to this position,” Bauer said.  “I have served this county (Jefferson) for 18 years and am very excited to take my career in a new direction.”          
Wed
22
Oct

Diller Residents Fearful of Standing Alone on Bond Issue


Road safety and repair were at the top of the list at Tuesday’s meeting. Ron Weers listens as Darren Weers expressed his concern over the present condition of the PWF and other roads and the importance of passing the upcoming bond. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal-News
Diller residents are concerned about whether the road construction bond for the November election will be passed with a majority votes. Their concern stems from since the majority of the work is to be done in the eastern portion of Jefferson County, will county voters as a whole support the initiative.
Roads to be worked on are located in eastern Jefferson County and the residents hope the whole county will support reconstruction.
Will the bond which will be placed on the November ballot pass  with a majority of yea votes from the county?  That was one of the main questions posed at the Diller Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening. 
The 30 miles of roads when complete will be totally rebuilt with nine inches of concrete. 
Wed
22
Oct

Council Members Submarine Committee Proposal, Vote Down Employee Transfer

Members of the Personnel Committee for the City of Fairbury left Tuesday's council meeting nothing short of disgruntled. 
"I don't even see why we have a committee in the first place if they (the council) aren't going to  follow our recommendations," committee member Glen Tedrow said.
At issue was a recommendation the committee made to allow city employee George Keilwitz to transfer from being a utility lineman to a plant maintenance employee at the power plant, a job which Keilwitz had applied for.
 Fourth Ward councilman Doug Brown spearheaded the comment against Keilwitz getting the job.
"We're already short a First Class lineman, so why would we allow this move to take place,?" he asked.
City line foreman Jim Morehead said he was not opposed to Keilwitz getting the power plant job, adding, "He will be right next door to our department. If I needed him for something I could still go and get him."
Wed
22
Oct

Living History Weekend at Rock Creek Station


LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND--This past weekend many people attended the living history weekend at Rock Creek Station. This was the last event scheduled at Rock Creek for the season. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News

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