Submitted by Fairbury1 on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 8:33am
Area flood related closings: Hwy. 8 near Reynolds is closed. Hwy. 15 south of Fairbury, Hwy. 8 near Hebron is covered,Hwy. 136 and river road is covered, UP tracks from Hwy. 136 to Maple st are washed out. Fairbury City Park is closed. Maple and Ash Streets are being evacuated with more evacuations possible.
Please respect the barricades and emergency crews.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:02pm
On Tuesday city leaders gave unanimous approval to a salary proposal that will be presented to Collin Bielser of Baldwin City,Kan., in hopes of landing him as the new city manager for Fairbury. Under terms of the agreement which will be presented to Bielser later this week, if he accepts the job he would be paid $86,400 a year, plus given a $3,000 a year vehicle allowance and $600 annually for cell phone reimbursement.
Prior to the vote councilman Phil Rogge said that the presented salary was much more than the $73,000 package given to former city administrator Joe Parker.
“I realize he has a lot of background in economic development and he is our unanimous choice for the job but I was just wondering why the sizable increase over what we were paying the former city administrator?”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:01pm
Twenty four years ago the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company based in Akron, Ohio approached then Fairbury Printing & Office Supply (now McBattas Packaging & Printing), located at 515 Fifth Street in downtown Fairbury with a unique problem: how to print bar codes and variable data on automotive fan belt sleeves.
"Do that and you will have all of Goodyear's belt business in North America," former purchasing manager out of the Goodyear Lincoln plant Vern Hartman told Fairbury Printing officials.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:40pm
A Tornado Watch has been issued till 9pm.
Storms are already starting to build in Kansas and are moving northeast.
The severe risk increases today. Storms are expected to fire after the 4pm to 5pm time frame. Jefferson County is in the “enhanced” risk area for all modes of severe weather. There is a good chance of heavy rain too.
The risk for severe weather continues every day through Sunday and maybe into Monday.
Stay tuned to a media source and NOAA weather radio for changes in the weather.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:26pm
The attorney for a rural Fairbury man charged in a sex crime case against an unnamed minor is seeking to have his jury trail moved to another location.
Joe Murray, from the law firm of Germer, Murray and Johnson of Hebron told the Journal-News yesterday that he has filed a Change of Venue Motion in Jefferson County District Court asking that a trial for his client, Dwain Junker be moved. Murray said their is reason to believe Junker could not get a fair and impartial trial in Jefferson County.
He said Junker is the defendant in a pending criminal prosecution scheduled for trial in Jefferson County District Court. Murray said the trail is scheduled to begin on May 26.
"As the result of an article appearing in The Fairbury Journal-News on February 25, I have filed a motion to change venue," he said.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:24pm
The Fairbury Elks Lodge hosted their annual honors night last weekend. More than 160 high school juniors and seniors from throughout the area were honored for academic and personal achievements. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:18pm
Three’s Pieces received a donation of $375.00 this past Tuesday from Wally’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fairbury. In April they had Blue drink specials all month long and proceeds from the sales of the blue drinks went to Three’s Pieces, local Autism Awareness Group. Pictured: Three’s Pieces, Hillary Christ and Wally’s owner, Shirley Bender. (Contributed Photo)
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:13pm
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH SCHOOL NEAR TOBIAS currently has a baptized membership of 334. (Contributed Photo)
Members of the Zion Lutheran Church have kept their Lutheran school going for 136 years, and Judy Bartels, who is the principal and head teacher, said the school located southeast of Tobias will continue to educate children as long as the congregation can keep it going. The school, which is one of the oldest continually functioning schools in the area, has graduated hundreds of students. This year, the pre-school through grade eight school has only seven students, which Bartels said means extra one-on-one time for the kids.
Bartels said the school had about twice as many students last year, but the summer departure of the upper grades principal caused some parents to decide last fall to send their children to Meridian Public Schools. The school, which has always had combined classes, now has four pre-schoolers, two kindergarteners and one first grader.