Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:45pm
Support the Alzheimer’s Association with a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 13. The walk will be held at the Fairbury City Park, with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, call Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-6855.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:44pm
Fairbury Jeffs Area Hoops Parent Meeting-There will be a meeting for all parents and players Kindergarten through eighth grade boys and girls who are wanting to play Fairbury Jeffs Hoops Basketball this winter on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Fairbury High School. Registrations will be sent him with your child from school. Call Barry Schwab at 587-0738 if you have any questions.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:43pm
The Steele City Flea Market will have music on the grounds each day for the event.
The group called “Down Hill Dulcimers” will perform Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Down Home Dulcimers” plays a wide variety of music including country, polka, and swing.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:42pm
TOUCHING BASE-- Senator Laura Ebke (center) talks with constituents in Fairbury about a variety of topics during her town hall meeting on Aug. 29. Ebke, a Fairbury native, center, talks with, from left, Shirley Carmichael and Chad Jurgens. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke met with members of the community who made their political concerns and desires known on Aug. 29.
One of the topics discussed at this event on Saturday morning at Jefferson Community Health Center was Ebke’s vote to repeal the death penalty. Mark Schoenrock of Fairbury, asked Ebke to talk about the issue. Ebke stood firm on her decision by explaining some of the doubt she’s had about the death penalty’s effectiveness.
“Let me say up front I’ve had questions about the death penalty for probably 15 or 20 years,” said Ebke. “Whether or not it’s something we need to do as a society to keep society safe. Part of it comes down to a fundamental question of what you think the purpose of the death penalty is.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:41pm
On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council approved two separate conditional use permits for a pair of new businesses to the city.
On unanimous votes city leaders authorized Todd Stewart owner of TAS Collision Restoration to open an automotive and machinery repair and body shop at 408 Sixth Street. Council members also allowed Jerry Miller of Fairbury to construct and operate an agricultural sales and service business at 2519 K Street.
No time frames were given by either the city or the business owners of when their operations would be open.
In other action before the city:
• Sept. 15 as the dates for public hearings regarding the annual budget summary and final tax request for 2015-16.
• Sept. 15 for a nuisance appeal hearing by Kathleen Thaemert regarding properties located at 813 and 828 A Street.
• Swore in Wilbur Young as part-time police officer.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:40pm
For Fairbury Public Schools it is a case of “and” instead of “or.”
Some school districts hope to tackle projects or lower the local levy or save money for future projects.
At the Aug. 26 District 8 Special Meeting board members and Superintendent Stephen Grizzle discussed tackling several projects and lowering the levy all while saving money for future projects.
Grizzle explained to the board that he would like to set aside funds every year to avoid paying full-amounts for projects and equipment in subsequent budget years. For example, Grizzle would like to set aside money each year to replace vehicles as needed, windows in school buildings and other items.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:40pm
DEDICATION-- Pastor Charles Schmidt, right, introduces Richard Snow, Nebraska District President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, at the Aug. 23 dedication of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The completion of the renovations to the Grace Lutheran Church, which began in 2014, was celebrated by a dedication ceremony and an open house on Sunday, Aug. 23.
These renovations were intended to resolve some of the issues that were found in the building. Charles Schmidt, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, explained how these renovations came to fruition.
“Well, we broke ground, I think, July 3, 2014,” said Schmidt. “But we'd been discussing some of the problems that we'd had in this building for probably a year, year and a half before that. We had electrical issues down there for the kitchen and, of course, as your community and congregation get older, going down the steps for receptions and funeral dinners and stuff was an issue. We had a whole host of issues that we'd been dealing with, trying to figure out solutions for.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:38pm
By Shaun Friedrichsen
Although it is often overlooked and easily taken for granted, the power plant in Fairbury provides a great service to not only the citizens of Fairbury, but to surrounding communities as well.
Larry Naiman, Assistant Superintendent of Utilities, explained that the plant has an interesting history that shows the strength of the community. The utility was originally privately owned; however, through the determination of the local citizens, it became a publicly owned operation.
“The original electric utility was owned by private investors,” said Naiman. “In 1910, the citizens of Fairbury requested that the city council proceed to try to acquire or buy that electric utility from the investors, because there was a feeling among some of the citizens that the service wasn't good. Rates were high, and they didn't have a chance to have a say in what those rates were going to be.”