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The Fairbury American Legion

The Fairbury

American Legion

will meet on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. All Veterans are invited to attend, along with wives and friends. You dont have to be a member to attend.

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Bvca Reflects On Its Service

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership joins Community Action Agencies across the nation in celebrating May as National Community Action Month. This annual celebration is extra special this year as the 50th Anniversary of Community Action is also being commemorated.

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City Council Agrees To Explore Bonham Grant Options

The next chapter in financing repairs and upgrades to the vacant Bonham Theater in Fairbury now involves the local city council.

On Tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council agreed to serve as facilitator for a possible grant application by the Bonham Theater Project by unanimously supporting a measure that would allow the BTP group to utilize services of the SENDD (Southeast Nebraska Development District) of which the municipality is a member.

Debbie Ebke, spokesperson for the BTP told city leaders the non-profit group is interested in possibly applying for a grant that could specifically help the theater renovation process; a project that carries an estimated $1 million price tag. She said in order to seek the grant the group is required to go through an economic development group such as SENDD.

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Primary Election is May 13

The 2014 Primary Election is May 13.

Jefferson County Clerk and Election Commissioner Sandra Stelling said that statewide there are several legislative positions that appear to be highly contested including the governors opening.

Secretary of State John Gale said he expects with a record number of strong contenders in well-financed races in both the U.S. Senate race and the governors race. It will likely fuel considerable activity at the polls, according to Gale.

Thats our hope, that voters will feel engaged, not just in these statewide races but also those races that directly impact their own communities, Gale stated in a press release Tuesday.

Locally there are three positions that are being highly contested, Stelling said. Both the commissioners positions in District I and District III are receiving a great deal of attention. The other position is the Clerk of the District Court.

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Fairbury Rotary Club Delivers Tradition

Photo caption: Contributed PhotoFellow Rotarians put together over 200 May Day Baskets, from left are Greg Cromer, Joe Chilen, Deb Valentine, Lana Likens, Tiffany Pfaff, Karl Lent, Chad Jurgens, Bill Welch, Tony Likens, Shirley Howell, Gayle Allen and Mike Steele.

The Fairbury Rotary Club recently brought back a touch of tradition with their First May Basket Delivery Day.

The new fundraiser received orders from as far as Wyoming and Colorado to be delivered here in Fairbury to area residents, students, employees and businesses.

In all, over 200 baskets were made.

Rotary member Beth Block commented on the amazing response from the Heritage Care Center recipients, as she said, Most people said they havent received a May Day Basket since they were children or since they helped their children make them in grade school.

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Darrow Antiques Spirit of the Home Antique Open House

Darrow Antiques Spirit of the Home Antique Open House in Endicott, NE 201 West Ridge Road. Lots of Primitive Collectibles, Painted Pine Cupboards, Tables,Trunks, Baskets And Seasonal Folk Art. Saturday, May 17 10am- 4pm & Sunday May 18 12pm 4pm Lunch Catered By: Famous Daves

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Fairbury Youth Attacks Family Dog With Ax

Fairbury Youth Attacks

Family Dog With Ax

An unnamed Fairbury boy is being held in the Lancaster County Youth Services Center in connection with an incident in which he is accused of attacking a family pet with an ax.

According to an affidavit filed by Fairbury Police Department Sergeant Brett Wentz, on April 22 the boy in question attacked a three-pound Chihuahua while it was tied to a tree in the familys back yard.

The affidavit, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star, stated the 12-year-old boy kicked and hit his grandfathers dog with an ax. The dogs jaw was shattered and one of its eyes hanging out of the socket following the attack, according to Sgt. Wentz.

A veterinarian told the police the next day that the dog was in stable condition but did not know if the animal would ultimately survive the attack.

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Construction Continues on E, Third Streets Rail Crossings Closed This Week

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-NewsContractors were busy earlier this week breaking up the concrete street along Third Street as it is being replaced. Reconstruction of E Street is nearly complete, though it will have to cure before being reopened.

Contractors working for the City of Fairbury have made great strides in completing re-construction of E Street and Third Street in the past week.

All concrete has been poured and most of the removed bricks have been put back into order on E Street, according to Assistant Fairbury Street and Alley Superintendent Laura Bedlan.

It is going pretty well, Bedlan said. There are always a few things that we have to deal with.

The brickwork was nearly completed over last weekend on E Street but some brickwork and intersection concrete work remains.

There is really nothing out of line on E Street,Bedlan said

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"Why Isn't Anything Being Done About Run Down Rental Properties?"

At the conclusion of Tuesdays meeting of the Fairbury City Council, First Ward councilman Roger Bailey asked a simple, non-agenda item question: Why isnt anything being done about run down rental properties in this town?

The query, aimed at Fairbury City Manager Joe Parker, was raised following discussion regarding the citys participation in statewide grant program that has allowed Fairbury to raze some 30 uninhabitable houses in the past year and a half.

Yes weve been able to take down quite a few empty houses that really needed to come down,Bailey said. But what about all of the rentals? Who is taking care of those?

The councilman said that people expect more than they are getting from members of the council with regard to taking care of rental properties.

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Police Department Receives Donation to Help Fund Tasers

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.com Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-NewsA representative from TransCanada presented the Fairbury Police Department with a $3,000 check that will be used for the purchase of new, updated tasers for the force. Accepting the check starting from the left is Officer Nick Georgi, Chief of Police Chad Sprunk and representative from Trans Canada Jason Brockman.

A $3,000 donation from Trans Canada Pipeline will help local police officers stay safe out in the field.

On Mondaya representative from TransCanada Pipeline presented a $3,000 check to the Fairbury Police department. The monies will be used to help the department purchase six upgraded Taser units for use by local officers.

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