Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:34am
Seeds of Hope Youth Garden: Volunteers are needed to assist with a gardening project. The Fairbury Elks Lodge is partnering with the FYI Center Youth Garden and the location is south 6th Street between D and C Streets (the old Trindel Service Station).
The project is geared to teach youth to prepare, plant, maintain, harvest, preserve and store the fruits and vegetables grown over the summer.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:25am
A dance recital by Studio 3 was held May 7 in Fairbury with two shows delighting audiences with a variety of dance styles and music. Age ranges for dancers included pre-school to high school seniors. (Photo by Trevor Gill/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:17am
Build for the future, or save for the future. That was the bare bones topic of a special meeting last week at Meridian High School where school board members presented the idea of building a second gymnasium onto the school.
Community members came out to voice opposition or support for the project and hear from Design Build Procure, a firm hired to facilitate the process.
Meridian Superintendent Randy Kort explained that the project is being proposed for several reasons, including a concern for the safety of students.
“Students are sometimes are here at 6 a.m. And here until 8 or 9 o'clock at night,” Kort said.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:17am
The commissioners approved a measure that would, according to the county’s computer IT, Brad Eisenhauer, help to improve the email security for the county government and the law enforcement center.
Eisenhauer presented a plan to the commissioners for the county to host its own email, since one of the county emails was recently hacked and used to send spam emails. According to Eisenhauer, having the servers would help to increase the ability to secure the server.
The cost to implement this measure, which is inclusive of the software, training and service, is $25,000. Commissioner Gale Pohlmann asked Eisenhauer if the cost would fluctuate. Eisenhauer responded that the cost would likely not vary.
“The $25,000 is all inclusive,” said Eisenhauer. “The plus or minus five percent is if the scope of work takes a lot longer, or we come up with extra work. Then, they may have to adjust their prices accordingly.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:16am
Fairbury High School Athletic Director Nicholas Kroon told the Fairbury Journal-News late last week that the search for a new head boys basketball coach has already started and the district has, “a couple of hot leads right now.”
It was announced last week through multiple media outlets, including the Fairbury Journal-News that FHS head boys basketball coach Adam Brill, a Lincoln Pius X graduate, will be leaving the district to coach at Norris next year. The Fairbury School Board confirmed the departure on Monday at the regular school board meeting.
“Our goal would be to find a suitable replacement ASAP especially with summer activities right around the corner,” Kroon said, noting that summer basketball activities will go forward as planned and he was interviewing a few candidates for the position.
“As of now all summer things will go on as scheduled. Changes could happen with a new hire though.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:15am
Chalk it up--Election worker Shawna Taylor writes the results from the primary election for each of the precincts at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday night. She and eight others helped to count and deliver the results of the 1,067 ballots. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Nine people worked late into Tuesday night to tally the ballots and present the results of the 2016 primary election; Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won Jefferson County.
As soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m., the ballots began to be delivered to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, where workers organized them and counted the votes, keeping track of them on a spreadsheet as well as a chalk board set up in the hallway of the courthouse.
In the presidential election, Trump had a comfortable lead over runner up Ted Cruz with 533 votes to 147 votes. The Democrats saw a closer race, but ultimately Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton 123 votes compared to Clinton’s 107.
For Public Service Commission District 4, Rod Johnson won the primary with 447 votes. For the race to represent Jefferson County’s second district, Bruce Wollenburg ran unopposed and received 270 votes, although there was some support for write-in candidates.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:12am
Reviewing The Options--City Administrator Collin Bielser examines one of the four options for renovating the city’s aging swimming pool. The potential projects range in cost from $3.6 million to $5.1 million. Bielser explained that it is the city’s job to educate and keep the public informed about the options and their effects on taxpayers, not to advocate for any plan in particular. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Roughly 30 people gathered at a special town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss potential plans for Fairbury’s parks and swimming pool. City Administrator Collin Bielser explained that the public will play a crucial role in bringing about the changes to the swimming pool, since the city can only play a limited part. “There was a committee formed by the (city) council, the mayor appointed, last year to explore the parks plan and pool feasibility studies,” said Bielser. “They’ll meet at least one more time and finalize that and present those findings to the council, then we’ll have a final parks plan. “In regard to the pool, because I know there is a lot of interest in it, if it were to move forward, it would be up to a private citizen group, or advocacy group, because it’s up to the people if they want to bond it,” Bielser continued. Bielser stated that the group of citizens would have to petition the city council, and the council would have to approve it to be on a ballot.