July 17: Report of an intrusion alarm in rural Fairbury.
July 18: Richard D. Jiskra, of Swanton, was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck north on 578 Ave. north of 724 Rd. when the vehicle hit ruts in the road and the vehicle went off the roadway and rolled in the ditch. Jiskra was transported by Plymouth Ambulance to Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $5,000.
July 18: Jane Headrick, of Superior, was driving a 2006 Ford east on Highway 136 one mile east of Fairbury when she braked rapidly to avoid colliding with a green 2001 Ford pickup truck, which braked rapidly in front of her vehicle before turning. This caused a 2005 Pontiac driven by Kachine M. Bartels, of Fairbury, and owned by Ryan A. Bartels, of Fairbury, to collide with the back of Headricks vehicle. Bartels was taken to Jefferson Community Health Center. Her vehicle was totaled. Damages to Headricks vehicle were estimated at $3,000.
My cell phone rang last Saturday night at 12:10. Actually, it was Sunday morning at 12:10. I had been asleep for about an hour and a half when the call came in. It was my brother who was calling to tell me that he needed me to come pick him up only a few miles north of Beloit, Kan.
It is 74 miles one way from my house to Beloit city limits.
My brother drives a race car as I tell people, although I guess it is actually called a midget. He had raced in Beloit Saturday night, and my family, as well as a friend, had gone with him. They were headed home when a small deer sacrificed its life to dent up the vehicles front and put a whole in the radiator.
Do you remember the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin? In it his character (Navin Johnson) thought he had really made it when he got his name and address printed in the phone book. For me it was kind of like that with the mail.
When I first moved out on my own, I got a mailbox at the post and waited for that vast cornucopia of material to arrive. It could have been anything: Ed McMahon telling me I had become a millionaire; a letter from home; some foreign post from a far off land; a special letter from a special someone...anything.
But now Ive come to understand the mail for what it really is. A drag. Usually the daily post contains bills, political mailers (in season and it seems its always political season) or people wanting to sell me stuff. Its that sales stuff that has grown particularly tiresome.
The news that city administrator Joe Parkers contract has been recommended for non-renewal is big news. So it is with more than a little trepidation that no one is talking the reasoning behind this action.
The city administrator is a very important position within any community. Perhaps even more so than the roles played by a mayor or city council. The administrator for lack of a better term is the boss. He or she guides, leads and advises the running of a municipality on a day to day basis.
They are the conductor of the train. The person who fits all the pieces of the puzzle together. The magician who juggles multiple balls in the air. Paid by taxpayer dollars, the city administrator is the most important person within the administrative hierarchy of a community.
The Eggenberger family will gather for a family reunion August 17, 2014 at the Berkley Center. Children of Herman and Merle Cuthbert Eggenberger and their families will attend. Included will be descendants of Marjorie and Arnold Welton of Colorado; Vernon and Margaret Eggenberger of California; and Lorraine and Leslie Greenwood of Fairbury. Friends of the family are welcome to join them in the afternoon.