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Jul

In This Election Year Something’s Gotta

As I listened to part of Monday’s Democratic National Convention speech in Philadelphia, I tried to process what was being said. Tuning in just in time to hear Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I heard him talk about change.
 While he whipped the crowd into a ferver, I decided the change he was talking about and the change I was thinking about were definitely not the same thing. He railed against the percent who he contends controls 90 percent of the nation’s wealth, or something like that. I was thinking about health insurance.
  Having opened up my latest Blue Cross and Blue Shield bill earlier that day, I looked at the premium. It’s no different than it has been the past many months, but this time I really “looked” at it. Readers to this column are not strangers to my belief that Obamacare has done for health insurance what NAFTA did to American jobs.
Wed
27
Jul

Change Comes To Us All

Matthew Saxton, Managing Editor
A grocery store formerly known as the “Pantry” had become an eyesore for the City of Fairbury. Last week, The Fairbury Journal-News shared pictures of the city tearing it down on its Facebook page. The Pantry—formerly at 8th and G streets—was one of several buildings the city had been razing in an effort to eliminate blight.
Yet, Fairburians commented and reminisced about the former grocery store on the Facebook page. Several shares; several comments; several likes. People who once knew the former neighborhood grocery were sad to see it go.
Wed
27
Jul

Luella Sphon

 
Luella Katherine L. Hellbusch Corliss Sphon was born November 5, 1931 on a farmstead near Gilead, Nebraska to Ben and Helena Vorderstrasse Hellbusch.  She passed  away surrounded by family on July 22.
She received her elementary education at Thayer County District #81.  In 1945 she was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and subsequently entered the 9th grade at Gilead High School.  In 1946 she transferred into 10th grade at Hebron High School.    She began her post-secondary education at Fairbury Junior College immediately after graduation from Hebron High in 1949.  After graduating with an Associate Degree in 1950, she began her teaching career at a one room schoolhouse in Odell, Nebraska, teaching Kindergarten, first and second grade.
Wed
27
Jul

Cabin Fever

An open house was held on Sunday, July 24, at the Girl Scout Cabin in City Park. More than 50 people came out to see the cleaned up cabin. (Photo by Matthew Saxton/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
27
Jul

Annual Tourney

Mark DeBoer tees off on the first hole at Fairbury Country Club for the second annual Brian Starck Memorial golf tournament. The event was sponsored by the Fairbury Public Schools Foundation with all proceeds going to the foundation for scholarships for graduating seniors from Fairbury High School. Exact amounts of funds raised were not available as of press time. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
27
Jul

Safety Day

A Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held in Fairbury early next month in conjunction with the Jefferson County Extension Office and the Jefferson Community Health Center.
The safety day will be from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Children from Kindergarten through the seventh grade will have a day full of fun learning activities to help they stay safe in agricultural areas, the group said.
Registration by Thursday, July 28, is $5 per child or $10 per family. After July 28, the cost is $7 per child. The price includes lunch, snacks, a T-shirt and take-home “goody” bag.
Registration forms are available at the Extension office and the JCHC. Form details, call the Extension office at 729-3487, or Lana Likens at 729-5792 or 729-6855.
Wed
27
Jul

Daniels Benefit

The Meridian community is holding a benefit for Meridian High School sophomore Jasmine Daniels who is battling Ewing Sarcoma cancer.
A meal for a freewill donation will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, in the Meridian School Commons and Gymnasium. During the meal, the benefit sponsors will hold a silent auction, with a live auction beginning at 7 p.m.
All funds raised will assist with Daniels’ medical bills.
Wed
27
Jul

Scrap Tire Collection

The Jefferson County Scrap Tire Collection will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4-5 at the Jefferson County Highway Department, 1415 A St., Fairbury.
This event allows Jefferson County residents to get rid of old, used tires free of charge. The county plans to collect 150 tons of tires during this two-day recycle event.
This year’s scrap tire collection is fully funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Fund.
There is a limit of 100 tires per vehicle. No rims, no early drop-offs and no commercial operations are allowed.
For details, call Jefferson County Hwy. Department at 402-729-6373.
Wed
27
Jul

FJN Expands to Biweekly Publication

The Fairbury Journal-News, already the largest weekly newspaper in Nebraska, is expanding its print and digital publications.
Publisher Timothy Linscott announced this week that the paper will have a new format, two publication days and a digital offering not available anywhere else. The major changes are part of the second phase of a redesign and rebuilding of the FJN.
Starting with the Wednesday, Aug. 3, edition of the FJN, the paper will launch the first part of a massive redesign for its Wednesday print and digital editions. The print edition will use a new press service beginning with the Aug. 3 issue.
Wed
27
Jul

Budget Talks Begin

The good news is that Jefferson County residents likely will not see a property tax-rate increase this fiscal year.
The bad news is that some property owners will pay more in taxes anyway.
Commissioners met Tuesday with Brian Blobaum, the accountant who prepares annual budgets for Jefferson; Thayer; and Saline counties. Although Blobaum advised the commissioners that the numbers were very preliminary, he also said a property tax increase will not be necessary for the fiscal year that began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2017.
Still, as Blobaum told commissioners, the general budget still has several missing components before the final total will be available.
“This is certainly not going to be where we are going to end up,” said Blobaum about the preliminary budget, which projects expenses totaling about $23.6 million.

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