Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:33pm
Any parent/guardian of a child who is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, should call the Central Elementary school office at 402-729-2418 by Friday, March 6 to register for the parent meeting on March 17 at 6pm and Kindergarten Roundup on March 20 from 9-11:30. Please be prepared to provide your child’s name, birth date, parents or guardians names, phone number and mailing address.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:32pm
The search for a replacement for District 8 Superintendent Fred Helmink has been narrowed to four.
Members of the local board of education met in special session last Thursday and narrowing the slate of applicants to four. Those four were interviewed last night, Tuesday, March 3.
The candidates include:
Jeff Vetter. Vetter is currently the principal at Fairbury Jr., Sr. High School. He has been a high school principal for 14 years and assistant principal/activities director for four years. He has an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Greg Shepard. Shepard is currently the superintendent of schools at Louisville. He has been a superintendent for four years and prior to that was a principal/assistant principal for 16 years. he has an Educational Specialist Degree from Wayne State College.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:31pm
MARK JOHNSON, SPOKESMAN FOR TRANSCANADA talked to Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday regarding the future of the Pipeline Project. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News
Last week's veto of the TransCanada Pipeline by President Barack Obama neither has TransCanada officials down nor out.
On Tuesday TransCanada spokesman Mark Johnson told Jefferson County commissioners that TransCanada is as committed as ever to seeing the project through. He said the Presidential veto is merely "a bump in the road."
Johnson said that the fact that Congress overwhelmingly passed the bill for the proposed pipeline is indication the issue is far from dead.
"We're in this for the long haul," he said. "Our board of directors met recently and re-affirmed their commitment to the project if it takes another two years, six years or whatever to gain approval."
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:27pm
The message by Fairbury City Auditor Brian Blobaum was clear: Fairbury's electric fund is losing big money and despite the recent inclusion of incremental rate increases it's not enough to stem that tide.
On Tuesday Blobaum gave a financial report to members of the local city council that included, among other things, the financial health of the various utility funds.
He said that while the water and sewer portion of the utilities are profitable and have been annually, it is the electric fund that continues to drain financial coffers. For the year ended 2014 the City of Fairbury posted a loss of $1,133,668 in the Light Department.
That is the highest annual loss in the city's history.
Blobaum said this marks the third consecutive year that the utility has lost money. They also finished in the red $436,392 in 2013 and $65,593 in 2012. The auditor blames rising labor costs and cost of purchasing power as the culprit.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:13pm
A proposed annexation project passed by the Fairbury Planning commission was given first reading approval by members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday.
In a 6-0 vote with councilman Roger Bailey abstaining and council member Kelly Davis absent city leaders inched closer to an ordinance that would bring areas including: Countryside Vet Clinic, Scherbarth Ace Hardware, The Farmers Coop, a former implement building and land for proposed housing development (Northgate) into the corporate city limits.
During a public hearing portion of the agenda item business owners Carolyn Scherbarth of Scherbarth Ace Hardware and Dr. Janet Winters of Countryside Vet Clinic asked questions about how as of yet unavailable infrastructure such as street lights, water and sewer would or could be made available and the protocol involved. Neither women said they opposed the project rather they were just asking questions at this point.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:45pm
Where Is The Promised Tax Relief?
Two concerns all Nebraskans have are tax relief, particularly property tax relief, and higher educational affordability.
Governor Ricketts agreed with the caller on his Governor's call in show that the only way any tax relief could be obtained is through spending cuts in the state budget. But one questions whether this is a politically correct response or facing the reality that state spending will soon impoverish the struggling Nebraska families who are barely meeting their budgets.
Publicly announcing that he would support a 3% increase in the state's largest budget item has to be paid from taxpayers funds. hiring individuals through a search firm at salaries that are much higher than the current expenditure for those positions again depends on the state taxpayers anteing up the funds.
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:31pm
Throughout my years of summer softball and school sports I have had coaches who constantly preached about not giving up. Regardless of the score, the opponent or the many obstacles in the way, never give up.
I held tightly to that motto last weekend as I ran my first half marathon. Actually I ran a 10K on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday, which made for a 19.3 mile run over the course of two days.
I had been preparing for this battle since August, so the distance didn’t scare me. I learned a long time ago that I can talk myself into anything. After all, my body only knows what I tell it. And I’ve learned that once I came to terms with the distance, it’s really not that far.
I’ve done several 10Ks before, although its been about 15 years. So I followed a half-marathon training guide developed by a champion marathon runner. The guided runs were designed to “finish standing up”, although I was aiming for about a 10-minute-mile average.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:30pm
I would really be amiss if I didn’t congratulate those boys from areas schools who won medals at the most recent Nebraska State High School Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Meridian senior Brandon Jackson was the highest placer among local competitors finishing third in 182 pound weight class of Class D schools. Jackson is the only three time medalist in the school’s history.
For Fairbury, freshman Jacob Johnson finished fifth in the 160 pound weight class, while sophomore Damian Green placed sixth at 145 pounds.
Wrestling is one of those sports that typically does not get a lot of publicity. It’s not as glamorous as basketball and doesn’t get near the crowd following as football on Fridays. I do think wrestling is more cerebral; a true one-on-one competition. My son was a wrestler for Fairbury having competed throughout junior high and high school.
Submitted by Fred Arnold on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:29pm
It’s not “us” versus “them.” It’s not “got” or “be gotten.”
Late last week the Journal-News was informed that there is apparently a certain segment of the population (person or persons) so upset with the recently passed law by the Fairbury City Council for minimum maintenance standards for rental housing, that violence is being threatened. This is difficult to fathom.
Without going in to a great amount of detail the Fairbury Police Department is aware of the situation and those responsible will be dealt with appropriately.
What ever happened to reason? What ever happened to debate? What ever happened to open dialogue for the purpose of resolving conflict? Local city leaders have done everything possible to keep this issue of rental hosing conditions open and out in public forum. The Journal-News is a staunch supporter of this program, by the way.