Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:56pm
Despite the announcement last week of the impending resignation of the curator, the Jefferson County Historical Society is moving forward. Board member Phyllis McCown says there is a lot of work to do.
“We are planning on getting fliers out at the Fairbury Flea Market on July 4th,” McCown said. “We want to let vendors know that we would like them to attend the Steele City Flea Market in September.”
Several questions will need answers at the July meeting.
Last week Denise Andersen, curator for the JCHS, announced that she, and possibly one or more board members will be resigning at the July 7 meeting.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:55pm
The July 4th holiday brings a flurry of activity to Fairbury’s City Park for the annual July 4th Flea Market. Events are also planned in the downtown district.
The Third annual Arts & Music Festival will take place on Monday, July 4th in front of Stagecoach Mall Antiques & Tasting Room. Starting at 10 a.m., Artist Lucky Stradley will be will be demonstrating the ancient Japanese technique of glazing pottery, known as Raku. Kilns will be set up and visitors will have the chance to glaze their own pottery and watch the process from start to finish, plus take home a souvenir. Aerosol artist Tony Once will be demonstrating his own technique of painting using spray paint. An exhibit of water colors by artist Jared Alberico will also be on display.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:45pm
Fair Board to Host Ribbon Cutting & Open House—The Jefferson County Fair Board will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for the newly completed concession stand & restroom facility located at the Horse Arena on the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. The event will be held Tuesday, July 5, with the Ribbon Cutting at 7 p.m. and an Open House from 7-7:45 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and the event is open to the public. The Fair Board would like to say thank you to our many donors who made this building possible. Donors are also encouraged to attend. Donations are still being accepted to help equip the kitchen area. Please contact Lois Welsh at 402-729-3667 or Tony Likens at 402-729-5792.(contributed photo)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:43pm
The level of land value in Jefferson County is right where it should be, at least for now.
The 2016 level of value for residential property has an assessment ratio of 100 percent.
This means that the price the property is assessed at divided by the sale price equals the sales ratio.
Residential properties have a ratio of between 92-100 percent of market value, according to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC). Jefferson County has a current residential sales ratio of 100 percent, which is an uptick from recent years. In 2013 residential sales were at 97 percent and in 2014 sales dipped to 94 percent, rebounding last year to 98 percent and at the max this year.
Jerry Zabokrtsky of the Jefferson County Assessor’s office, notes that the residential property ratio sways a bit due to the age of the neighborhood.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:43pm
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday, June 28, to approve a Social Use Permit, file 04-16, for a new Livestock Facility Class C swine confinement operation in the Eureka district of Jefferson County.
The hearing for the facility was held during last week’s Board of Commissioners on June 21. It was agreed at the time to delay the vote for one week while the Commissioners researched the issue further. They did not reopen the hearing. Commissioners Gale A. Pohlmann, Michael T. Dux and Mark A. Schoenrock all voted unanimously to approve. However, Michael Dux pointed out that approval did come with two conditions:
1. Compliance with title 130: Livestock Waste Control Regulations, Chapter 12: Inspections, Maintenance and Record Keeping Requirements of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s administrative code.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:41pm
CELEBRATION-Members of the Bonham Theater Project committee celebrate the ground breaking on Monday of the construction of refurbishing the local landmark in downtown Fairbury. (Photo by Matthew Saxton/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
More than three years after a preservation group purchased the former movie theater in Fairbury, its leaders said they are optimistic the renovated theater will open soon.
“We feel confident construction will begin in July,” said Brooke Schwab, the president of Bonham Theater Project. “When in July? We don’t know.”
Schwab and other group members have said that for the past two years that the theater—at 519 E St.—would be open by the end of each of those years. But problems with the general contractor and previous architects delayed the project. The group became its own general contractor and has made progress with demolition.
Project treasurer Debby Ebke said during a groundbreaking ceremony Monday that the group’s project manager (Randy Fisbeck) “feels confident enough” that the first phase will be complete by the end of this year.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:28pm
In its effort to increase local news coverage in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas, The Fairbury Journal-News has named award-winning journalist Matthew Saxton as its managing editor.
Saxton, 39, brings more than 17 years of journalism and digital publishing experience to the FJN.
“I’m honored to be selected as the managing editor in Fairbury,” said Saxton. “Under my news leadership, The Fairbury Journal-News will increase our community news footprint throughout Jefferson County and surrounding communities.
“My focus will be our readers and the communities in which we live,” said Saxton. “I am excited to meet each of you as I learn and explore the new community that I now call home. My door is open to the public, and I am ready and willing to listen to suggestions about how to improve our readers’ experiences and address any concerns they have.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:26pm
BUILDING BRIDGES--The portion of the bridge on the walking trail near the dam in Fairbury has been repaired after a fire in November damaged several planks. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
City of Fairbury officials are collectively holding their breaths waiting for the federal government to release information on if they have been awarded a $750,000 grant for the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP).
According to Laura Bedlan, Fairbury City Engineer, word should have come down from the federal government on if the city has received the grant. However, she recently had an email from officials stating that things “were not quite ready.”
“It is on the scoring portion of things right now,” Bedlan said. “We are just anxiously waiting.”
The grant would have the city working with the Nebraska Department of Roads on providing a trails system that would connect the school systems, McNish Park and other key spots in town with an over-sized sidewalk to be used as a trails system.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:40pm
Dana Lee Reed 69 of Fairbury, NE. passed away June 24, 2016. He was born November 24, 1946 at Des Moines, Iowa. Survivors are Wife: Sandra Jo Reed of Fairbury, Children: Tina Reed of Hebron, Troy & Patty Reed of Franklin, Tara & Kevin Esslinger of Norton, KS., Danielee & Cesar Arroyo of Hastings, Danilee Bourne of Hastings, Justin & Kim Reed of Westminster, CO., Ely & Serena Lucas of Westminster, CO., Heather Lucas of Beatrice, Johnathan Lucas of Fairbury, 20 grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren. Cremation has taken place.