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04
Mar

Fby Electric Fund Bleeding Red Ink, Loses More than $1 Million in 2014

The message by Fairbury City Auditor Brian Blobaum was clear: Fairbury's electric fund is losing big money and despite the recent inclusion of incremental rate increases it's not enough to stem that tide.
On Tuesday Blobaum gave a financial report to members of the local city council that included, among other things, the financial health of the various utility funds.
He said that while the water and sewer portion of the utilities are profitable and have been annually, it is the electric fund that continues to drain financial coffers. For the year ended 2014 the City of Fairbury posted a loss of $1,133,668 in the Light Department.
That is the highest annual loss in the city's history.
Blobaum said this marks the third consecutive year that the utility has lost money. They also finished in the red $436,392 in 2013 and $65,593 in 2012. The auditor blames rising labor costs and cost of purchasing power as the culprit.

Wed
04
Mar

Annexation Project Passes First Hurdle

A proposed annexation project passed by the Fairbury Planning commission was given first reading approval by members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday.
In a 6-0 vote with councilman Roger Bailey abstaining and council member Kelly Davis absent city leaders inched closer to an ordinance that would bring areas including: Countryside Vet Clinic, Scherbarth Ace Hardware, The Farmers Coop, a former implement building and land for proposed housing development (Northgate) into the corporate city limits.
During a public hearing portion of the agenda item business owners Carolyn Scherbarth of Scherbarth Ace Hardware and Dr. Janet Winters of Countryside Vet Clinic asked questions about how as of yet unavailable infrastructure such as street lights, water and sewer would or could be made available and the protocol involved. Neither women said they opposed the project rather they were just asking questions at this point.

Wed
04
Mar

Letters to the Editor

Where Is The Promised Tax Relief?
Editor:
Two concerns all Nebraskans have are tax relief, particularly property tax relief, and higher educational affordability.
Governor Ricketts agreed with the caller on his Governor's call in show that the only way any tax relief could be obtained is through spending cuts in the state budget. But one questions whether this is a politically correct response or facing the reality that state spending will soon impoverish the struggling Nebraska families who are barely meeting their budgets.
Publicly announcing that he would support a 3% increase in the state's largest budget item has to be paid from taxpayers funds. hiring individuals through a search firm at salaries that are much higher than the current expenditure for those positions again depends on the state taxpayers anteing up the funds.

Wed
04
Mar

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Throughout my years of summer softball and school sports I have had coaches who constantly preached about not giving up. Regardless of the score, the opponent or the many obstacles in the way, never give up.
I held tightly to that motto last weekend as I ran my first half marathon. Actually I ran a 10K on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday, which made for a 19.3 mile run over the course of two days.
I had been preparing for this battle since August, so the distance didn’t scare me. I learned a long time ago that I can talk myself into anything. After all, my body only knows what I tell it. And I’ve learned that once I came to terms with the distance, it’s really not that far.
I’ve done several 10Ks before, although its been about 15 years. So I followed a half-marathon training guide developed by a champion marathon runner. The guided runs were designed to “finish standing up”, although I was aiming for about a 10-minute-mile average.

Wed
04
Mar

Note For a Great Job On The Mat In An Unglamorous Sport

I would really be amiss if I didn’t congratulate those boys from areas schools who won medals at the most recent Nebraska State High School Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Meridian senior Brandon Jackson was the highest placer among local competitors finishing third in 182 pound weight class of Class D schools. Jackson is the only three time medalist in the school’s history.
For Fairbury, freshman Jacob Johnson finished fifth in the 160 pound weight class, while sophomore Damian Green placed sixth at 145 pounds.
Wrestling is one of those sports that typically does not get a lot of publicity. It’s not as glamorous as basketball and doesn’t get near the crowd following as football on Fridays. I do think wrestling is more cerebral; a true one-on-one competition. My son was a wrestler for Fairbury having competed throughout junior high and high school.

Wed
04
Mar

It’s Difficult To Understand The Threats Of Violence

It’s not “us” versus “them.” It’s not “got” or “be gotten.”
Late last week the Journal-News was informed that there is apparently a certain segment of the population (person or persons) so upset with the recently passed law by the Fairbury City Council for minimum maintenance standards for rental housing, that violence is being threatened. This is difficult to fathom.
Without going in to a great amount of detail the Fairbury Police Department is aware of the situation and those responsible will be dealt with appropriately.
What ever happened to reason? What ever happened to debate? What ever happened to open dialogue for the purpose of resolving conflict? Local city leaders have done everything possible to keep this issue of rental hosing conditions open and out in public forum. The Journal-News is a staunch supporter of this program, by the way.

Wed
04
Mar

Jessica Borrenpohl Joins Fairbury Clinic at Physician Assistant

For Jessica Borrenpohl PA-C, working as a physician assistant is a dream come true – even though it wasn’t the career she first thought she wanted to pursue.
Her first college major was pharmacy, and then she switched to medicine. An internship and two years working as a certified nursing assistant gave her exposure to physician assistants and all that they do – and she decided that was her dream of being involved in medicine and helping patients.
She has a bachelor of science in biology, chemistry health science and psychology from Wayne State College, and her Physician Assistant degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She graduated in December 2014 as a PA.
Borrenpohl grew up on a farm in the rural Tecumseh area, the daughter of Jim and Theresa Borrenpohl. She knew she wanted to work in a small town where she could become a part of the community.

Wed
04
Mar

Fairbury Jr High Honor Band


Eleven Fairbury seventh and eighth grade students performed in the York Middle School Honor Band held on February 28 in York, NE. The band is hosted by Mr. Curtis Forsch. Back row left to right: Cecilia Brockman, Josh Netherton, Jayson Klaumann, Dalton Buxton, Isaac Robertson and Kaylee Sipek. Front row left to right: Taylea Mills, Tayler Shellhase, Alexis Tracy, Josh Ortgies and Adriana Kroeker. Contributed Photo
Wed
04
Mar

school lunch menu 3-4-15

Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools
Thursday, Mar. 5: CHICKEN & CHEESE ENCHILADA; Ham & cheese wrap, corn and brownie.
Friday, Mar. 6: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS W/ROTINI & SAUCE; Tuna salad on bun and fresh veggies.
Monday, Mar. 9: TERIYAKI CHICKEN W/SEASONED RICE & HMD BREAD; Chicken salad on bun and oriental vegetables.
Tuesday, Mar. Mar. 10: MINI CORNDOGS; Turkey wrap and cowboy beans.
Wednesday, Mar. 11: NO SCHOOL
High School
Thursday, Mar. 5: CHICKEN & CHEESE ENCHILADA; Jeff rib on bun and corn.
Friday, Mar. 6: CHEESE STUFFED STICKS W/ROTINI & SAUCE; Ham & cheese flatbread and fresh veggies.
Monday, Mar. 9: TERIYAKI CHICKEN W/SEASONED RICE & HMD BREAD; Cheeseburger on bun and oriental vegetables.
Tuesday, Mar. Mar. 10: MINI CORNDOGS; Roasted chicken on bun and cowboy beans.
Wednesday, Mar. 11: BREAD PORK PATTY ON BUN; Chicken & cheese flatbread and french fries.

Wed
04
Mar

Brush Creek 4-H Club


Brush Creek 4-H Club--Members include Tri County School students, left to right: Audrey and Emma Sullivan, Jackson Kirchoff, Jason Sullivan, Isabelle Peters, Madison Kirchoff (4-H Club President),Hudson Kirchoff, Nicholas Sullivan, Livia and Ellie Peters. Volunteer Patty Collins led the group in tie dying t-shirts. Club members hope to enter their t-shirts at the fair. Submitted by William Stokebrand, News Reporter. Contributed Photo

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