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Wed
20
Apr

Changing Jobs In The County

The Jefferson County Commissioners have made several decisions considering specific jobs within the county as well as how certain duties and responsibilities are being altered.
First, the commissioners decided to hire Jason Eyer to serve as the new shop foreman and head mechanic at the highway department. Eyer explained that at one point he served as the shop foreman for 11 years at the Jefferson County Highway Department.
Also, the commissioners have decided to continue having Tim Farmer of Speece Lewis Engineers serve as the interim highway superintendent. Commissioner Michael Dux explained that some internal candidates are stepping up and will be receiving some increased responsibilities concerning the day to day operations at the highway department.
Wed
20
Apr

City Escalates Electric Rates

Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser says it’s a step in the right direction.
On Tuesday members of the Fairbury city council unanimously approved a measure that would increase local electric rates by 5.6 percent. The new, higher rate will be effective starting with the May utility bills.
“I know no one likes the thought of paying a higher electric bill,” Bielser told the Fairbury Journal-News. “We have been trying to get the word out for a long time that as a utility we are paying more to buy our power and re-selling it to our customers for less than what we’re paying.”
Wed
20
Apr

Police Department Upgrades Body Cams

The Fairbury Police Department has purchased new body cameras for every officer to use while they are on duty.
Chief of Police Chad Sprunk explained that his department has been using body cameras for approximately four years.
“For several years we have been testing out the various types of body cams that we wanted to go with,” said Sprunk. “Initially, it was just a little tiny camera that went on your chest. It wasn’t the greatest, so we started trying out the ones that go on your face. A few bad things that we came across with the durability of them.”
Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new law last week that would require every police department within the state to develop a policy about the use of body cameras. 
With the current trends in the world, Sprunk believes  that officers in all agencies will soon be required to utilize body cameras while interacting with the public.
Wed
20
Apr

A Night To Remember

Anna Schouboe was crowned the 2016 Fairbury High School Prom Queen and Mark Kroeker was crowned King. The theme for this year’s prom was “Dancing in the Moonlight” and was a masquerade. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
20
Apr

Special Use Permit Approved For Hog Confinement Facility

Tough Decisions--After a lengthy hearing on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a proposed hog confinement facility near Jansen. The motion to approve another facility south of Harbine failed during a vote. Another vote on the motion will occur during the commissioners meeting next Tuesday. Pictured are (l-r) County Clerk Cynthia Newman, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock, Commissioner Gale Pohlmann and Commissioner Michael Dux. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

After hearing from people on both sides of the issue, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a hog confinement operation near Jansen, while the motion to approve the permit for the facility near Harbine failed due to a one-to-one-to-one vote.
At the beginning of the hearing, Commissioner Michael Dux explained that the commissioners could vote only on approving or denying the permits based on whether the facilities met the requirements set forth by the planning and zoning regulations.
“This morning here, we are deciding on two proposed facilities,” said Dux. “We are not voting for the facilities; we are not voting against the facilities. We do not have that authority. We do not have that power. All we do is, we have the power to say they (the proposed operations) are in compliance or they’re not in compliance with the planning and zoning regs. We have no other authority.”
Wed
20
Apr

Fairbury Golfers Struggle

You can’t blame it on the weather.
For one of the few days this season the weather was decent for participants to play rounds of golf.
However, the Jeffs varsity golf team’s play didn’t reflect the nice weather conditions, as Fairbury struggled to tenth place out of 16 teams at last Thursday’s York Invitational played on the York Country Club golf course.
Senior Nick Christiansen led the way for the Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 87.
Justin Peterson was second on the team carding an 88, Robby Meyer turned in a score of 94, Zach Reikofski shot a 103, and Anthony Moyer finished with a two-round total of 111.
Grand Island Central Catholic won the invite with a team score of 330. Fairbury finished with a team score of 372.
 
Wed
20
Apr

Hard Work Pays Off For Diller-Odell’s Madison Jurgens

ALL STATE--Diller-Odell junior Madison Jurgens right, stands along side Diller-Odell Lady Griffins head basketball coach John Mohr. Jurgens was selected to the Class D-1 all-state second team. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

She is an athlete that enjoys sports and works hard at her game.
With her energetic play, Diller-Odell junior Madison Jurgens was a force on both ends of the court, as she helped pace her Lady Griffins basketball team to the district final this past February.
As a result, the 5’9” forward was selected second team all-state in Class D-1 by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Jurgens led the (15-9) Lady Griffins in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game along with a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game.
In her junior season, Jurgens established several school records on the hard wood including free throw attempts in a season with 218, and blocked shots in a season at 38.
After three years of playing high school basketball. Jurgens is the third leading scorer on the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins top 10 career scoring list with 794 points. She is the second on the career rebounding list with 452 caroms.
Wed
20
Apr

FHS Does Well Amongst Class B Squads At Syracuse

A beautiful weather day to compete sparked both Fairbury track and field teams to put forth several solid performances at last Thursday’s Scott Nisely Invite held on the Syracuse High School track.
Competing in a field of a number of Class B teams, as well as being in its first varsity track meet in two weeks, the Jeffs came away with a seventh-place finish scoring 27 points.
Beatrice earned team honors in the meet for the boys chalking up 130.50 points with Syracuse runner-up with 127 points, and Norris took third place with a score of 113 points.
Senior Greg Borch was the lone individual gold medalist for the Jeffs, as he won the pole vault competition with a season-best vault of 13’4”.
Patrick Ondrak came through with a third-place finish in the 3200-meter run with a season-best time of 10:56.44
Senior Trevin Likens placed fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a season-best time of 17.7.
Wed
20
Apr

Lady Trojans Win Lewiston Invite Title

A sweep of all three relays coupled with a 1-2-3 finish in the 800-meter run helped the Tri County Lady Trojans track and field team win the 12-team Lewiston Invite held last Tuesday on the Pawnee City High School track.
The Lady Trojans 400-meter relay sprinted to a first place time of 54.7, 1600-meter relay took top honors with a time of 4:23.0, and the 3200-meter relay broke the tape in a time of 10:31.1.
Tri County went 1-2-3 in the 800-meter run with Haydyn Weise winning the event in a time of 2:29.6, Kailey Weichel was runner-up in a time of 2:31.6, and Halle Weise finished third at 2:36.6.
On the day, Tri County scored in 14 out of 17 events to rack up 116 points en route to the team championship.
Wed
20
Apr

Record Setting Day

UP AND OVER--Diller-Odell junior hurdler Reese Hennerberg, left, takes control of the race during the 110-meter hurdles at the Pawnee City Invite on April 12. Hennerberg was second on the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. A pair of Diller-Odell records were set at the meet, including Cory Engelmen in the pole vault. (Photo by Beverly Puhalla/Tecumseh Chieftain)

A pair of school records highlighted the day for the Diller-Odell track and field teams at the 12-team Lewiston Invite held last Tuesday on the Pawnee City High School track.
For the Griffins, junior Cory Engelman continued his dominance in the pole vault setting a meet and school record with a vault of 13'1” to win the event.
Junior Christian McCown earned the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 20' 51/2”, and he placed second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 42' 33/4”.
Junior Reese Hennerberg claimed a pair of runner-up finishes in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.1 and 42.3.
By clearing a height of 12'0”, senior Bladen Ahl finished second behind teammate Cory Engelman in the boys pole vault.
Ahl turned in a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash posting a time of 25.0.

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