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Wed
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Oct

Half Of Dueling Pianos Show


HALF OF DUELING PIANOS--held this past weekend had a great turnout of guests and entertainment. Money was raised for Hope Crisis Center on behalf of Domestic Violence Awareness. Pictured is Carmen Hinman from Hope Crisis Center and Spike Blake with Half of Dueling Pianos at the event. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News.
Wed
15
Oct

Happy 80th Birthday, Jerry Likens!

The children and grandchildren of Jerry Likens invite everyone to wish him a happy 80th birthday. Jerome “Jerry” Likens was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Fairbury to Louis and Isabelle Likens
Jerry and his wife, Bobbie, have four children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Children and their spouses are Tony and Lana Likens; Francie and Tim Fairley; and Terry and Jill Likens, all of Fairbury; and Tim and Sue Likens of Swanton. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are: Trevin and Toriann Likens of Fairbury; Ryan and Erin Fairley, Tanner and Owen of Gothenburg; Dustin and Amanda Fairley of Fairbury; Michelle and Austin Galles and Jacoby of Wayne; Shaylin and Bailey Likens of Fairbury; Levi, Emma, Katlyn and Travis Likens of Swanton.
Cards may be sent to: Jerry Likens, 57525 Highway 8, Steele City, NE 68440.
 
Wed
15
Oct

Fire Prevention Week


FIRE PREVENTION WEEK--Last week members of the Fairbury City Fire and Jefferson County Ambulance gave presentations at Central Elementary and at the City Fire Station, along with tours of their trucks. Local firemen explained to the kids what they wear, and how they fight fires. Also discussed calling was 911, what to do if their house is on fire, Stop Drop and Roll, not playing with matches, and showed them several tools and other fire related items. Contributed Photo
Wed
15
Oct

FHS Supports Juvenile Diabetes


Fairbury “IN” Group and FCCLA along with Seward students participated in GRAY Out to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Thursday, October 9. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/FairburyJournalNews.com
 Last week Fairbury High School participated in a GRAY Out during the Fairbury Seward volleyball game.  The GRAY Out is a movement begun by the students  in support of fellow students who have Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
Fairbury School currently has a support group, the IN Group, which is a Type 1 diabetic support group.  The IN Group along with FCCLA  hosted the GRAY Out by selling t-shirts to be worn during the game.  
“Two hundred and nine T-shirts were sold raising $1,000 in sponsorship money,” Becki Schmidt, Fairbury Schools Nurse, said.  “The money that was brought in  will be going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and will sponsor students to go to camp.”
Wed
15
Oct

Fairbury Council Ok's Employee Wage Structure

Employees for the City of Fairbury will be getting pay raises starting immediately.
After more than a year's worth of negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union that represents city workers, a new pay structure was put in place by the local city council.
Following are the new wage rates listed by department:
 Deputy city clerk, not less than $16.41 nor more than $20.16 an hour.
 Assistant street superintendent, not less than $17.14 nor more than $21.03 an hour.
Street department foreman, not less than $17.44 nor more than $21.24 an hour.
Street employee III, not less than $16.23 nor more than $18.78 an hour.
 Street employee II, not less than $15.29, nor more than $17.99 an hour.
 Street employee I, not less than $13.92 nor more than $17.24 an hour.
Wed
15
Oct

Happy 65th Birthday!

Wish this foxy pharmacist from the class of 1967 a Happy 65th Birthday!

Wed
15
Oct

Made in Fairbury: Handcrafted Flags, Camo Items


SEWING CAMO PRODUCTS FOR MSA BRAND PRODUCTS is Diane Hynek, she is making a BBQ Grill Cover available at: www.gottahavecamo.com. MSA Brand produces a full line of camo products including hunting screens, tote bags, drawstring bags, seat protectors, grill covers, tablecloths and lunch bags with more products being added. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal-News
Commercial sewing has returned to Fairbury.
MSA Brand Products, located in Fairbury, has added handcrafted United States flags and a line of sewn camo items, including grill covers, seat protectors, hunting blinds, coolers and bags, to its inventory. The items, which can be customized and personalized with either screen printing or embroidery, are made at the McBattas plant on Fairbury's northeast edge. The building was once the home of Swingsters, which employed hundreds of people before it closed more than a decade ago.
“We saw a niche [market] and decided to run with it,” said Trevor Gill, who is the marketing and sales representative for MSA Brand Products, the sewing division for McBattas.
“We saw opportunities for future growth and job opportunities. We decided to bring back an industry that we saw a need for by bringing back custom and commercial sewing.”
Wed
15
Oct

Cost To Repair County Roads $600,000 To $1 Million A Mile

Jefferson County Commissioners are set to make a move to repair roads in the county and they are asking the resident’s support.
The commissioners have had the Speece Lewis Engineering Company of Lincoln evaluate the roads in Jefferson county and as per their recommendation there is approximately 30 miles that need to be replaced.  Three of these roads include the PWF, Crystal Springs and the Brickyard roads.
Starting Wednesday, October 14, there will be three informational meetings held in the county to discuss the possibility of a bond that is being placed on the November 4 ballot.  The  three meetings are all scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.  The October 14 and 28 meetings will be held in Fairbury at the Burkley Family Center and the meeting on October 21 will be in Diller at the community building.
Wed
15
Oct

Unexpected Rise In Power Cost Hits City Coffers Hard

The city of Fairbury received a most unwelcome gift two weeks ago: financial penalty of early withdrawal from cashing in a CD.
 Fourth Ward councilman Phil Rogge broke the news last week to members of the public that Fairbury had to pull $240,000 out of an investment early  because of a rise in purchase power costs.
 "We were informed by MEAN (Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska) that the price we pay to buy power and then re-sell to our customers was raising 6.5%," Rogge said. 
 The councilman emphasized these were not rates being passed on to Fairbury utility customers, rather these monies were coming straight out of the City's bank account. Rogge said the end result was that Fairbury had to take a penalty from cashing in the certificate of deposit early.
"We really didn't see this coming," he said. "But I have a fear that unless we stay on top of the rates we're going to be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing."
Wed
15
Oct

Fall Displays


FALL THEMED DISPLAYS --around Fairbury are a reminder of the change in the seasons. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News.

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