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Wed
24
Jun

Volunteers Needed for Avenue of Flags

Volunteers are needed to put out the Avenue of Flags for the Fourth of July around the courthouse in downtown Fairbury on July 3 at 8am, then taken down on July 5, at 8am.

Date: 
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 8:00am
Wed
24
Jun

11th Annual Run, Row, Rock and Roll Adventure Race


Winners of the short course were a team with local ties, Andy and Spencer McAtee of Lincoln, with Zig Zag racing. They completed the short course in 5 hours, 44 minutes and 57 seconds. (Contributed Photo)
The 11th annual Run, Row, Rock and Roll Adventure Race, held Saturday, June 13, was a successful event. This year’s race was again a national qualifier for the United States Adventure Race Association national championship to be held this year in Kentucky.
“This year’s race had a few last-minute changes because of wet weather, but participants had a great time on the course and enjoyed the challenge of the race,” said Craig Bontrager, director of the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.
A total of 57 participated in the race, which included running, canoeing, and mountain biking, along with orienteering and various challenges throughout the course. This year’s race began at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center in Fairbury. Participants were bussed to the Washington, Kan., State Lakes, and then the course brought them through public and private property back to the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center.
Wed
24
Jun

Girls Adventure Camp


During the week of June 8-10, 60 girls took part in Girls Adventure Camp (formerly Girl Scout Summer Camp) at Camp Jefferson south of Fairbury. This year's theme was "Into the Wild" -African Safari. Despite the heat, the girls had a great time and were kept very busy. The girls learned about different exotic animals and some thought it wise to wear the 6-foot long Boa Constrictor. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
24
Jun

6-24-15

Police report
 June 9: Zackery J. Youngs, of Fairbury, was driving east on 7th Street at F Street in a 1996 Chevrolet owned by Jesse R. Durflinger, of Alexandria,  when the driver failed to yield and collided with a 2003 Ford driven by Hannah N. Simpson, of Diller. Youngs left the scene after the collision but was later identified. Simpson was taken from the scene by Jefferson County Ambulance. Damages to Simpson’s vehicle were estimated at $3,500. There was no damage estimate for Durflinger’s vehicle. 
June 9: Report of a hit-and-run injury accident at 7th and F Streets. A male was located and issued a citation for leaving the scene of an injury accident, no operator’s license, no insurance and fictitious plates. 
June 10: Report of animal cruelty in the 1900 block of K Street. 
June 10: Report of criminal mischief in the 700 block of I Street. 
Wed
24
Jun

My Son, A Future Photographer

I think I have a future photographer on my hands, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never been a great photographer. My college education included about four weeks of photography, and at that time I then married a farmer, got a job at a newspaper and wished I had paid more attention to  photography. 
Unlike me, Reid loves playing with the camera. The little guy became obsessed with my camera several months ago and is always asking me, “Where is my camera, Mommy?” He is referring to my $700 camera, which isn’t super fancy by any means, but it certainly isn’t a cheap point-and-shoot. 
I frequently pull out the camera to get a picture of the boys doing something cute or to photograph some purebred lambs. Before I’m even done taking photos Reid is begging to take the camera and shoot his own pictures. 
Wed
24
Jun

People Lose Focus Quickly, Fun Park Fervor Has Dwindled

 
   Do you remember a long time ago when it was announced  that the Fairbury Frontier Fun Park was in danger? Maybe it would be closed? Maybe it would be razed? There were no funds for repairs and parks of the playground were broken and in disrepair.
  The community rose up like a sleeping giant and demanded, “something must be done in order to save our precious playground.” Can you remember that far back? 
  That was just last week. The cries of indignation, call to arms and a rally of support had faded quickly. Even by Fairbury standards. What was a hot bed of controversy last week has been replaced by this week’s social injustice, whatever that may be.
Wed
24
Jun

Eating Breakfast For Supper Even Before It Was Chic

Things just seem to have a way of appearing on my desk. I can be in the office all day and if I momentarily step out, something usually arrives.
That something might be good, sometimes in the form of cookies that someone dropped off as a token of thanks for something I either did or didn’t do. That something might be bad, sometimes in the form of an unsigned letter to the editor taking me to task again, for something I either did or didn’t. Or that something might be indifferent. 
  Last week it was in the indifferent category.
 Someone had dropped off a lapel button. On it was the picture of an egg sunnyside up reading ‘Go Breakfastarian...see the light eat breakfast at night.’
Wed
24
Jun

Roker

Scott Alan Roker was born on December 4, 1973 to Henry and Susan (Craig) Roker in Fairbury, Nebraska.  He died on June 16, 2015 at Endicott in a work related accident at the age of 41 years, 6 months and 12 days. 
Scott was baptized at First Baptist Church in Fairbury.  He attended Fairbury Public Elementary School, and the Christian School in Beatrice, and completed his high school coursework in 1992, being taught by his parents through their Son Light Hill home school program.
He was employed by Ray’s Supermarket working with the dairy products, a clerk at Maatsch’s Food Shop, Agrium where he worked making micronutrient fertilizer, and most recently in the maintenance department at Endicott Clay.
Wed
24
Jun

Moser

Esther L. Moser 91 of Fairbury, NE died June 23, 2015 in Fairbury.  She was born December 23, 1923 in Garden City, KS.
 Survivors are son James Moser of Fairbury and daughter Sharon Moser of Lincoln, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
 Services will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Ken Hart officiating.   Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.
Tue
23
Jun

Carlson

Frances Bradshaw Carlson passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Columbus, Nebraska, ending a 93-year career as a gifted cantankerous curmudgeon.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska.
She was the youngest of five siblings all under age 14, left to fend for themselves when their father died. She had two dresses – one to wear and one to wash. Her mother and siblings fought for survival, as they grew up in Fairbury, Nebraska. The family motto was “all for one and one for all”. 

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