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Wed
10
Sep

Traffic Stop Program Results In Numerous Citations, Warnings

One hundred thirteen citations and warnings were issued in Fairbury as the Fairbury Police Department along with Nebraska State Patrol conducted a DUI Safety Checkpoint on August 28.
 As part of the nationwide “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” crackdown, which ran from August 15 through Sept. 1 of this year locally 22 citations were issued. By count:
One arrest was made for an outstanding warrant, four citations were for speeding, two citations for stop sign violations, one for traffic control signal, one for no proof of insurance, three for no operator’s license, one for possession of drug paraphernalia, three for driving under suspension, one for driving under revocation, one for duty to carry/exhibit operator’s license, one for no proof of ownership, one for fictitious plates, one for operation of an unregistered vehicle, one for failure to yield and one for selt belt violation.
Wed
10
Sep

Loss of State Aid Largest in School History

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
District 8 is going to lose nearly three quarters of a million dollars in state aid for the current school year.
According the Superintendent Fred Helmink state aid for the District 8 School  has dropped $723,718.  This is the largest decrease in state aid to the Fairbury schools in state aid history.  This drop represents a 77.49 percent decrease in state aid.
After crunching numbers and looking at property valuations  Helmink told Fairbury School Board at Monday’s meeting, even with the cut in state aid, he was able to present a budget with a levy asking of 94 cents.  This is a one cent decrease from last year.
Wed
10
Sep

County OK’s Small Budget Hike of 1%

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
Figures are in and Jefferson County Commissioners plan to increase their budget by one percent.  The proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year is $19,089,286.99 as compared to $17,621,670 for fiscal year 2014.
“This one percent is what we are approving today is to serve as a buffer for the year’s budget,” Commissioner Michael Dux said.  “The county valuations have increased to the point that we are able to build in this extra for our budget.”
County valuations have  increased 36 percent from 2014.  The property tax asking for 2015 is $5,130,965.32 which includes ambulance district, historical society and the county fire districts.  The county will be asking for a 40 cent levy.
The board spent approximately three weeks going over each individual budget with the different department heads.  The final numbers allow for a slight increase across the board for all departments. 
Wed
10
Sep

Assessor’s Office to Get Tough on Non-compliance

By Sandy Zabokrtsky
 
The Jefferson County Assessor’s Office has identified $600,000 in undeclared personal property in the Jefferson County Area.  
“The assessor’s office can and is going through worksheets and reports for not only this year but up to three years back,” County Assessor Vicki Haskell said.  “If we find that there is personal property that has not been filed  our office can assess taxes on the straight value as well as penalty and interest for each item that we find.”
Wed
10
Sep

Vehicle Strikes Unattended Car West Of Jansen

No one was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident on Highway 136 west of Jansen Tuesday.
Cody Lee, age 23, of Fairbury  was driving a 1999 Acura when he struck a parked, disabled vehicle owned by Sharon Oliver of Fairbury. The Oliver vehicle, a 2003 Pontiac was unattended.
 According to a report from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Lee reached down to pick up an object in his vehicle and ran into the rear of the Pontiac. Both vehicles were a total loss.
Lee was not wearing a seat belt but the airbags did deploy in his vehicle according to the Sheriff's office. He was transported to Jefferson Community Health Care Center in Fairbury by ambulance with non life threatening injuries.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash.
Wed
10
Sep

Grandparents Day

Wed
10
Sep

9-10-14


The Army Cop of Engineers were instrumental in helping to shore up dams and waterways in the area during times of flooding. Their knowledge and manpower were a welcome sight during crisis times. Contributed Photo
120 Years Ago
1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
 
One thing that started the Populist party was the greed of men who handled the farmers’ products. Corn was sold at that time at the Omaha stockyards for $1 a bushel, while farmers were getting only 18 to 20 cents on the grain market.
Loss was estimated at $500, when 1,500 gallons of sorghum molasses belonging to H.B. Fairchild, located three miles south of Diller, was damaged by fire.
The Rev. John Gallagher, Ph.D., was appointed Fairbury Methodist pastor.
The Republican Boys Club organized by Cyrus Bailey with 40 members, marched to the depot to welcome William McKinley on his 10-minute stop in Fairbury.
 
110 Years Ago
1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
 
Wed
10
Sep

Wilber-Clatonia Scores Early, Often In 42-12 Win Over Trojans

By Jim Phelps
 
In their annual back yard rivalry, Wilber-Clatonia scored in each quarter last Friday night against Tri County to come away with a 42-12 win on the Trojans’ home field.
The Wolverines’ defense scored the first points of the game as Nick Maschman tackled Tri County quarterback Wyatt Kowalski in the endzone for a safety.
Tri County had to free kick to Wilber-Clatonia following the safety and Carter Zlab ran the ball back 73 yards for touchdown.
After the successful PAT kick, Wilber-Clatonia held a 9-0 lead after one quarter.
Wilber-Clatonia’s offense took over in the second quarter scoring three touchdowns to secure a 29-0 halftime lead.
Alec Munro scored the first touchdown on a five-yard run.
Zlab accounted for the Wolverines next two scores on runs of 16 and 20 yards.
Wed
10
Sep

Lady Jeffs Netters Swept By Auburn

By Jim Phelps
 
Tough serving by Auburn coupled with miscues by the Lady Jeffs proved too much for Fairbury in its season-opening three set loss last Thursday night to Auburn.
The Lady Bulldogs won the match on their home floor by scores of 25-17, 25-16, 25-11.
“The first 1 ½ sets the team played pretty well, and then the last 1 ½ sets we didn’t. In the second set we were ahead, 15-14, and then Auburn went on a 12-1 run. We can’t let teams go on big runs and expect to win,” Lady Jeffs coach Ryan Evans said.
“When Auburn went on its 12-1 run in the second set it wasn’t anything different they were doing. We were the ones causing the issues by making mistakes trying to do difficult things when we should have continued to go out and play volleyball which got us to 15 in the first place” Evans remarked.
Wed
10
Sep

High School Upcoming Games Week of Sept. 10

Fairbury Jeffs
Jeffs Football - Sept. 12 at Auburn
Lady Jeffs Volleyball - Sept. 11, 13 @ Malcolm Invite; Sept. 16 Lakeview
Lady Jeffs Golf - Sept. 15 Fairbury Invite
Lady Jeffs Softball - Sept. 11 @ Johnson Co. Central Triangular, 
  Sept. 13 @ Falls City Tourney
Jeffs Cross Country- Sept. 11 Fairbury Invite
 
Tri County
Trojans Football - Sept. 12 Sutton
Lady Trojans Volleyball - Sept. 11 @ Fillmore Central
  Sept. 15 Friend
Lady Trojans Golf - Sept. 11 @ hastings St. Cecilia Invite
  Sept. 15 @Fairbury Invite
Trojans Cross Country - Sept. 11 @ Fairbury Invite
 
Diller-Odell Griffins
Griffins Football - Sept. 12 BYE
Lady Griffins Volleyball - Sept. 11 @ Lewiston
  Sept. 15-18 Mudecas Tourney @ SCC Beatrice
 

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