Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:00pm
Fairbury Fireworks Display Needs Financial Support. Make donations to VFW Post 2337 N. K St. Fairbury, NE or call Stan Shiermeyer at 402-587-0045. Funds can also be dropped of at the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce office at 518 E St.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:22pm
Memorial Day Services:
Jansen Post No. 358 will be honoring the veterans graves on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Cub Creek Cemetery at 10:15 a.m.;Hope Cemetery 10:45 a.m.; Zion Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.; Harbine Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.; and Jansen Cemetery at 12:15 p.m.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:50pm
A motion by Dwain Junker, of rural Fairbury, and his attorney, Joseph Murray, to change the venue of his upcoming jury trial to Gage County was denied on Thursday by Judge Paul Korslund. The trial is scheduled to begin on May 26 in Jefferson County District Court.
Junker is charged with one count of sexual assault of a minor and two counts of forcible sexual assault. Attorney Joseph Murray argued Thursday that publicity from the The Fairbury Journal-News would impact Junker's ability to receive a fair and impartial trial in Jefferson County because potential jurors who read an article in the Fairbury Journal-News about the case have already heard the testimony of one person. Murray said Jefferson County is a small county and allegations against Junker have been front page news. Murray also argued that the newspaper's 4,500 subscribers would diminish the jury pool selected from Jefferson County's nearly 4,900 registered voters.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:49pm
Jefferson County experienced extensive flood damages that closed over 30 miles of road in the area due to recent floods.
Bill Hansel, Highway Superintend for Jefferson County said that Daykin road is still closed to the public until further notice.
“Some roads have been opened recently, but weather permitting, progression on closed roads should move quickly,” Hansel told Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The Jefferson County Highway Department has hired Consolidated Sand and Gravel to haul materials to roads, such as River Road to speed up the construction process.
“Roads such as Daykin and River Road have large holes, that will need extensive work done on them before they are safe for public use,” Hansel said. Roads near Plymouth and the Tri-County Schools are also being worked on, but are almost complete.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:49pm
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward had hoped he would be able to announce the hiring of Collin Bielser of Baldwin City , Kan., on Tuesday as Fairbury's new city administrator.
Ward said he is going to have to wait just a while longer.
Members of the Fairbury City Council were informed this week that details of the contract presented to Bielser two weeks ago were still being ironed out. City leaders are hoping to have the final details worked out within the coming weeks.
"I don't think this isn't anything that we can't work out, Mayor Ward said. "I want to make it very clear that Collin did not reject our contract offer, there is just a few minor details that he wants to make sure we get worked out." "I still feel very good about our situation and our candidate," the mayor added.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:48pm
governor Pete Ricketts makes a stop at Tri County Schools while touring areas affected by recent flooding.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was at the Tri-County School Monday to address the flooding damage in the area, following recent heavy rains which flooded much of Saline and Jefferson Counties.
Ricketts had already issued a state disaster declaration due to public property damages being estimated at 10.5 million. “The clean-up is going to take some time, but it is coming along. I wanted to visit Dewitt to let the public know that things are being taken care of as quickly as possible,” Governor Ricketts said.
The Natural Resource District did have built-in water sheds, but the 12-13 inches of rain the area received was too much. “There is still some damage to housing due to sewage lines backing-up during the flood. We are still working with FEMA to document all the damage caused by the flood, right now there is still some damage to structures such as roads, the railroad, and bridges,” Governor Ricketts added.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:46pm
Certain residents within the city limits of Fairbury and Jefferson County may be eligible to receive flood assistance from the State of Nebraska.
Assistant Street and Alley Superintendent for the City of Fairbury, Laura Bedlan, told members of the local city council on Tuesday there has been enough damages caused by recent flooding within the city limits to qualify for state relief.
"At this point we do not know what the total damage figures are going to be," she said. "But we do know there are enough damages out in the county to qualify for some sort of disaster relief."
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward said the city is compiling damage estimates and hopes to have complete loss amounts in the coming days.
Bedlan added that Jefferson County, including Fairbury, have applied for federal disaster relief funds, but that it will be sometime before it is known whether that application has been approved.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:46pm
To some local and area residents who were regular campers at Crystal Springs, it seemed a natural fit that while the recreation area remains closed due to floods they be allowed to camp in the Fairbury City Park.
But think again.
On Tuesday members of the local city council unanimously denied a request to use that park for camping while Crystal Springs is being cleaned up and may remain closed for up to another month.
According to council member Brad Kuzelka a city committee looked at the proposal and deemed the park simply was not set up to handle camping.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:45pm
Coach Don Mahlman, left, and Kiwanis member Bill Runge, right, announce that Mahlman has decided to step down as head coach of the annual Kiwanis Club Track Meet after 46 years. (Photo by Vicki Check)
The Kiwanis Track Meet will never be the same. Bill Runge of the Kiwanis announced at the track meet this past week that “Coach” Don Mahlman is stepping down as the head man. Mahlman has been in charge of the meet since 1969, 46 years later he is deciding to let someone new take over. He has witnessed many records set over the years, and many records broken. According to Mahlman, he is still willing to help in some way, but he will just not be in charge of the track meet anymore. Runge asked the crowd if any parents or grandparents in the crowd had participated in the meets with Mr. Mahlman. Several in attendance raised their hands and could remember sitting on the track listening to the “talk” Mr. Mahlman always gave laying out the rules and how to follow them. Tiffany Pfaff presented Mahlman with a bouquet of flowers and thanked him for his years of service to the Fairbury youth.