Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:07pm
Georgia “Jo” Ritthaler entered her heavenly home on Sept. 16, 2015. Jo was born to Burnice S. Oliver and wife Christina (Montague) Oliver on July 30, 1941 in Washington County Kan. She started school in Morrowville, Kan. and moved to Colorado at age 14 where she finished high school.
She met and later married Willis Wylie on July 20, 1963 in Sterling, Colo. They were blessed with two children, a daughter Sharon and son Robert. They made their home in Denver, Colo.
In June of 1984, Jo was widowed as husband Willis passed from a massive heart attack. Jo continued raising her two children at that time by herself.
On Feb. 20, 1987, she married Wayne Ritthaler and continued living in the Denver area where she continued her working career at Newberry’s restaurant in Denver. Jo worked for this establishment for 32 years. Jo was widowed again for a second time as Wayne passed away in 1990.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:07pm
Joyce LaVonne Jones was born to Ardyce and Don Michener on Oct. 12, 1945 in Fairbury. Surrounded by her family, she passed away on Sept. 18, 2015, at the age of 69, after a courageous 20-year battle with MS.
She attended Fairbury Public Schools and lived in Fairbury until she moved to Hickman in 2014. Throughout her life, Joyce enjoyed bowling, playing cards, painting, gambling, traveling to the Black Hills and many activities with her beloved family. She worked at the JCHC and then at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Charles Jones of Hickman (formerly Fairbury), her daughter, Tina Carstensen and husband Dan, her three grandsons, Kadan, Gavin, and Evan, all of Lincoln, and her father, Dean Seifert, of Clyde, Kan., all of whom will miss her dearly.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:06pm
Richard D. Ebeling, 53, Waterville, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at the Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Oct. 11, 1961 at Fairbury and raised in the Steele City Area. He married Laurie Skanes on June 26, 1981 and they had two daughters, they later divorced. He was a contractor doing home remodeling for many years before working for Landoll Manufacturing in Marysville, Kan. He moved to Waterville, Kan where he has lived for the past four years. He was a hard-working man who had many projects he enjoyed working on. He liked to garden and liked muscle cars, especially his 1969 Roadrunner.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:05pm
Volunteers are needed at Camp Jefferson for repair and replacement of cabin roofs. The camp board has scheduled Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1-5 p.m. as work days. Also, if needed, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 1-5 p.m. are scheduled. For more information contact Ron at 729-3368 or Barry at 729-6121.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:04pm
HANSEL--Jefferson County Highway Superintendent Bill Hansel (Journal-News File Photo)
On Tuesday, Sept. 15 Highway Superintendent William Hansel was put on administrative leave indefinitely at the Board of Commissioners meeting after a 24-minute closed session. Few additional details are being made available to the general public. The action involving Hansel was not on this week's county commissioner agenda, nor was it discussed.
Commissioner Michael Dux moved to place Hansel on leave for an indefinite amount of time, and Commissioner Brad Grummert seconded the motion according to the minutes of the meeting. Both commissioners voted in favor of the motion.
Hansel sent an email to the Journal-News on Sept. 21 and stated “I can't say much about the administrative leave.” He went on to explain that he has an attorney and will provide more information about the situation when he is able to do so.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:03pm
Above: Brittany Dorsey of the Harlem Ambassadors gives a fan a high-five during the contest at Fairbury High School on Sept. 22. Right: D’Onte Woods (center) and Melvin Dolberry, Jr., show Dylan Starr how to “walk cool.” The Harlem Ambassadors played the Fairbury One Night Wonders in a charity game sponsored by the Fairbury Kiwanis and PTA. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:02pm
During the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Mark Schoenrock was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote by a special committee composed of County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz, County Treasurer Leroy Bast and County Clerk M. Cynthia Newman. He will be sworn in as the new commissioner on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Schoenrock replaces Arthur “Butch” Craig, who passed away Aug. 11.
Schoenrock explained that his passion for Jefferson County comes from having strong family roots in the region. These strong ties to the county are what influenced his desire to serve the people living in the First District of Jefferson County, which includes Reynolds, Endicott, Steele City, Diller and the areas surrounding those communities.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:02pm
Cutline--Judge Linda Bauer (left) swore in Cindy Essam (middle) and Kris Zeilinger (right) on Wednesday, Sept. 16. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Child Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) added two volunteers, Cindy Essam and Kris Zeilinger, to its expanding program on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in order to help children who are in need of positive role models.
Although the program currently has enough people enrolled to provide a mentor to each child in Jefferson County who has been removed from his or her home, Don Cook, Program Coordinator for Southeast Nebraska, foresees a rise in the number of children who are in need of this guidance.
“We have grown from one volunteer to two volunteers to seven, and we would like to have four or five more because we have more cases coming,” Cook said. “Jefferson County's case load has increased. We want a volunteer for every child that needs one.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:00pm
Teacher Megan Roesner holds up a picture frame for Terri and Allan Black and grandson Keeton Warnke at Grandparents Day at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury last week. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)