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Wed
29
Oct

Students of the Month


Students of the month starting from left are: 8th Graders: Taylea Mills, daughter of Nicki & Ben Mills, Jared Engelman, son of Jeff & Stephanie Engelman; 7th Graders: Sara Huss, daughter of Bryce & Kris Huss, Bret Cole, son of Neil & Christina Cole. Students are nominated by their teachers based on respectfulness, helpfulness, and work ethic. Contributed photo
Wed
29
Oct

Kiwanis New Officers


KIWANIS MEMBERS INSTALL NEW OFFICERS--Members and officers pictured above are: left to right: Marv Engel, Secretary Tammy Suey, President Tiffany Pfaff, Treasurer Jim Bell, Sharon Priefert, Byron Ray from Beatrice conducting the installation, President-elect Bill Runge, Danni Starck, Jason Grant, Jamie McDaniel, Vice President Brooke Schwab. Contributed Photo
Wed
29
Oct

Library Welcomes New Children’s Librarian

The Fairbury Public Library has a new Children’s Librarian on staff.  Beth McCracken started September 22 and says that she was excited to be offered this job as she was ready to get back into the library.
McCracken comes to Fairbury from Red Cloud, Nebraska.  Prior to coming to town she worked seven years as an English teacher and has completed her masters in school library media.
McCracken said the original draw for her to Fairbury was the Frisbee golf course.  She goes on to say that is is really a pleasure to work in a town that has such an appreciation for history.  She and her husband, Ron, have also done some camping at Rock Creek Station, so her family was familiar with some of the history of the area.
“Finding positions as a librarian is very difficult,” McCracken said.  “But just being able to work in such a historic and beautiful building with such a well developed library is a real treat.”
Wed
29
Oct

Letters to the Editor

Gender Specific Words Going Away
Editor:
Not that long ago I submitted a letter to the editor warning of a homosexual agenda being pushed by way of the public school system. The Journal-News printed the letter but with the dubious banner: Same Sex Attitudes Showing Up In Schools? 
Take note that in the Lincoln public school system gender specific words like “boys” and “girls” are no longer to be used by the teachers or administration to spare the feelings of those who are gender confused. It makes little sense that because one kid is “confused” we should try to confuse the rest with the nonsense of the Homosexual agenda.
Mark Scheetz
Endicott, NE
 
 
Everyone Should Have Their Wages Cut
Editor:
Wed
29
Oct

​Who Knew Grocery Shopping Was So Difficult?

I’ve only been grocery shopping, and cooking, for a few years, and I still have a lot to learn. In college, and for a year or two afterward, I hated going to the store because it meant spending money on food instead of something more exciting. I bought the bare necessities – milk, bread, Ramen noodles, peanut butter – and got out of there. 
I have gotten immune to spending money at the store by now, and although I still dislike going to the store and do it only when necessary, spending money on food doesn’t hurt me like it once did. 
But my lack of grocery education has led to a lot of incorrect food purchases, and unlike shoes, I can’t really take back a tub of frozen yogurt and exchange it for ice cream. Or at least I haven’t tried to do it yet. 
Wed
29
Oct

Election Free Public Relation Seekers Send Me Into Seizures

 I remember when my daughter Katie was perhaps two years old. We were travelling through the Phoenix, Arizona airport and she threw herself on the floor in the middle of a crowded terminal and threw a bloody fit because I wouldn't get her some candy. This was no minor fit. Think the pea soup from the movie The Exorcist kind of fit. 
 Elections do that to me. Or more especially election candidates.
The season starts slowly every two years on even years. It usually starts somewhat quietly with a candidate announcement, followed by a "meet and greet" in our community. Then fervor builds as letters to the editor begin to roll in, personal visits increase, and requests for newspaper support.
 That is only the primary. It gets worse.
Wed
29
Oct

It’s Difficult To Understand The Apathy Of Local Residents

 There are two very important local issues on this Fall’s general election ballot: a measure in which the county is seeking to pass an $8 million bond to repair 30 miles of roads; an initiative that would increase the sales tax for Fairbury by one-half percent with proceeds used to repair city roadways. 
  Both issues are significant issues and will affect every resident of Jefferson County. Everyone who owns property would pay for the road repairs. Anyone who buys in anything in Fairbury would pay more in sales tax.
  Everyone pays. Everyone cares. Right? Well, maybe not on both counts. Apathy is running high as local and area residents are shamefully not taking the time to get informed on either issue.
Wed
29
Oct

School Lunch Menus Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Fairbury Jefferson and Central 
Elementary Schools
Thursday, Oct. 30: BREAD PORK PATTY, W/HMD BREAD; PBJ sandwich, mashed potato and gravy.
Friday, Oct. 31: PIGS IN A BLANKET; Turkey/cheese flatbread, baked beans and brownies.
Monday, Nov. 3: HAMBURGER ON BUN; Turkey sandwich and tater tots.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: CHICKEN TETRAZINNI W/HMD BREAD; Ham & cheese flatbread and seasoned carrots.
Wednesday, Nov. 5: CHICKEN & CHEESE ENCHILADA; Tuna salad on bun and corn.
High School
Thursday, Oct. 30: BREAD PORK PATTY, W/HMD BREAD; Roasted chicken on bun, mashed potato and gravy. 
Friday, Oct. 31: PIGS IN A BLANKET; Cheeseburger on bun, baked beans and chocolate chip cookies.
Monday, Nov. 3: CHEESEBURGER ON BUN; Chicken & cheese flatbread and tater tots.
Tuesday, Nov. 4: CHICKEN TETRAZINNI W/HMD BREAD; Pizzawich and seasoned carrots.
Wed
29
Oct

A “Yes” Votes Mean Improving Fairbury’s Roads, A “No” Vote Means Leaving Them As Is

It's that simple.
Fairbury residents will be asked during the Nov. 12 Fall General Election if they would support a half percent increase in the sales tax. The rate would increase from 7 to 7.5%. The increase, if approved, would be used to fix streets within Fairbury. 
Last week two informational meetings were held in the basement of Union Bank to answer any questions the public might have on the upcoming ballot. Members of the Fairbury City Council voted last month to place the initiative on the ballot.
 In a prepared statement issued to the public, the reasoning for seeking the sales tax hike is as follows:
* Fairbury is facing continued revenue shortages.
* The streets and infrastructure are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.
* The funds generated by the sales tax increase  will be designated only for streets and infrastructure.
Wed
29
Oct

Central Students and Staff Will Be Putting Best Foot Forward

New clothes, new book bag, and new shoes are all part of regiment for the beginning of the school year for many students.  Not all kids are that lucky.  Often teachers will greet their new classroom and notice that there may be a child or two that are wearing what would only pass as a poor memory of what a shoe should be.  It is frustrating to school personnel but there is little that can be done to help.
This year Central School is going to be able to offer more help in the shoe department.  A local service group has chosen Central Elementary to be the recipient of a Rural Service Grant.  Through this grant everyone at Central Elementary (grades K-2) students and adults who work with them will receive a new pair of shoes.

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