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Courthouse Renovation Moves Closer

Courthouse moves one step closer to renovation.

The Jefferson County Commissioners talked with architect, Jerry Berggren regarding conducting a hazardous material survey for the courthouse. He said that the renovation would not begin until there was a hazardous material survey on record. He had reviewed the files from the previous architectural firm, Prochaska, and there was no such survey on file. Since they were dealing with new construction they had not conducted a survey.

It is both a state and federal regulation to require an asbestos survey prior to renovation. He had contacted Bockmann Inc. to do a mold, asbestos and lead assessment of the courthouse. They had returned a proposal to conduct a survey/inspection not to exceed $1,350.

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Briefly Speaking...

Filings

Vicki Banahan has filed for the District 8 School Board position.

Currently that is all that have filed this week. The final date to file for incumbents is Feb. 18. The last date to file for non-incumbents is March 3.

Propane Prices

Propane prices have dropped approximately one dollar from last week. According to Stanton Farm Services Inc. he is charging $2.89 per gallon. This is a dollar drop from last weeks prices.

It is just unpredictable, Rick Stanton We just have to go with the flow, it is really hard to say what is coming next.

Salvation Army Seeks Nominations

The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2014 D.J.s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for commitment to others and to their community.

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Chambers Annual Banquet is Friday

The Grammys are coming to Fairbury!

At least that is the plans for the 2014 Annual Banquet for Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. The theme for the evening is Night at the Grammys.

The evening is scheduled to be held at the Elks Lodge, Friday, Feb. 7. Social hour and hors doeuvres begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The entertainment is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The musical evening will be hosted and presented by the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff. Tiffany Pfaff, president with Justin Schultis as vice-president and Brooke Schwab treasurer will lead the evening. Special guests of the evening is Trevor Steinmeyer and Carmen Hinman.

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Getting Ready To Rock the House!

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The Members of the Lady Jeffs basketball team are met by their adoring fans before the start of every home games. The Fairbury girls had a rough weekend as they suffered their first two losses of the season. See Sports for more.

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Take a Journey through Space and Time on the Plains

This years Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America continues!Great Plains: Americas Lingering Wildwill be shown at2 p.m. on Saturdayand Sunday, February 8 and 9. Follow native Nebraskan nature photographer Michael Forsberg as he examines the remaining wildness in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring stunning imagery, the program is based on Forsbergs book of the same name. Less than 200 years ago, the Great Plains was one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth, stretching nearly a million square miles down the heart of the continent.

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Cant Find a Bidder

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Fairbury Auctioneer Justin Schultis tried for more than 10 minutes to get an opening bid of at least $66,000 Tuesday morning for the Pla-Mor Lanes and Caf business but no one in the crowd of 30 people at the public auction bid. Fairburys only bowling alley remains in limbo as the property went unsold and remains in the estate of the late Randy Schroeder.

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Fairbury Pool Survey Results Are In

In January, the City of Fairbury requested feedback from the public in order to formulate a plan to address the aging municipal pool, located in City Park. The results from the survey have been calculated, according to zoning administrator, Laura Bedlan.

There were a total of297surveys filled out, both online and paper copy.

Question #1referred to maintaining the existing pool and bathhouse. Out of 1485 possible points in favor of this option, the survey received 877 points or59.06%in favor.

Question #2referred to maintaining the existing pool and bathhouse but adding features such as a splashpad and components. Out of 1485 possible points in favor of this option, the survey received 870 points or58.59%in favor.

Question #3referred to designing and building a new aquatic center. Out of 1485 possible points in favor of this option, the survey received 1,117 points or75.22%in favor.

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Fairburys Downtown Guardian

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Downtown Fairbury is made safer every time it snows by the volunteer efforts of Fairbury businessman Bruce Swartz, who plows many sidewalks to keep shoppers safe from slips and falls. Swartz, an insurance agent, plows many sidewalks on his 4-wheeler without charge or recognition.

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Commissioners Set Hearing to Allow Annexation

Jefferson County Commissioners consider allowing two properties to be annexed into the City of Fairbury.

Tuesday, the Commissioners heard a proposal by chairman of the Fairbury Planning Committee, Robert Brackle. He requested that the Board of Commissioners review two tracts of land that are currently in the designated county industrial area.

Brackle said that both Runza and McBattas are currently in the county jurisdiction and there was a proposal made at the city council to request the county to review the properties for possible inclusion into Fairburys zoning jurisdiction.

Brackle explained that the redevelopment funds cannot be used outside of the city limits and the apparent growth of the city appears to be northward. The possible inclusion of these two properties would facilitate a positive move toward the growth of Fairbury.

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Embattled Superintendent Talks About Allegations Against Him; Gade Confirms Incidents Happened, Tries to Explain Them

DAYKIN Thursday, Jan. 30, Meridians School Superintendent Russ Gade called The Fairbury Journal-News and requested an interview so he could explain his side of the story.

Gade resigned Jan. 20, effective at the end of his contract in June, after accusations were aired by district parents and patrons at a Dec. 16 school board meeting. Gade was accused of offenses ranging from inappropriate language, inappropriate gestures (including flipping off a student), using tobacco on school grounds to even showering with a student, though evidence to back up the claims was not provided at the meeting.

Sitting in his own office for the private 18-minute long interview, Gade did not deny that the alleged incidents happened, rather he attempted to explain how they happened.

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