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Blues Festival Nets Over $2K for Bonham

Blues Festival Nets Over $2K for Bonham

Blues fans came together for the first-ever Winter Blues Festival to raise money for the Bonham Theatre Project in Fairbury.

According to Debby Ebke, Bonham Theatre Project treasurer, more than $2,000 was raised to assist the Bonham Theatre Project with efforts to renovate and reopen the 88-year old movie theatre, located in the downtown historic district. It was a great event, said Ebke.

The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the sold-out event, which drew more than 125 people.

The next fundraiser for the Bonham Theatre Project will be a soup luncheon called Bowls For Bonham on Sunday, Feb. 16from11 a.m. to 2 p.m.in The Tasting Room featuring crock bowls made by artist Lucky Stradley. A variety of homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available, plus live music provided by David Hunt of Fairbury.

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Feb
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TransCanada Makes Donation

TransCanada Makes Donation

Jansen Rural Fire District #9 has received a grant from TransCanada Corporation. TransCanada has donated $2,500 to be used along with the district funds to upgrade their grass rig fire truck

Tue
04
Feb
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SWEETHEARTS

All Sweethearts are eligible, from your children and grandchildren to your life-long love or pet, no matter where you live, no age limit, just fill out the form below and bring it in or send your photo, along with $9 processing fee for a single column picture, $14 for a two column picture or $19 for a three column picture. Send to: The Fairbury Journal-News, P.O. Box 415, 516 Fifth St., Fairbury, NE 68352. If you are adding great-grandparents names, please submit an additional $1.00.

Wallet-size color pictures are preferable. Please label photo with name of your Sweetheart. All photos will be held for 30 days after publication for pickup or you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Deadline for submission is noon, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Valentines Section will be in black/white only.

Name__________________________________________________

Hometown_____________________ Birth Date____________

Tue
04
Feb
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Hearings touch on schools, parks, texting, mountain lions

Hearings touch on schools, parks, texting, mountain lions

By Danae Lenz, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Nebraska lawmakers heard testimony this week on a variety of bills that would affect schools, drivers, park maintenance and mountain lion hunters, among other topics. Here is a summary of some of the key bills committees considered.

The Education Committee took up a bill by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, Legislative Bill 952, that would prevent third graders who struggle to read from being promoted to fourth grade. Schools would be expected to provide intensive summer and other supplemental reading programs for struggling students, who could not be held back more than two years.

Lautenbaugh's bill also would create a school grading system, create a school recognition program for successful schools and establish an alternative teacher certification process.

Tue
04
Feb
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Minimum wage bill draws debate in committee hearing

Minimum wage bill draws debate in committee hearing

By Danae Lenz, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Nebraska's minimum wage was the hot-button issue in Monday's Business and Labor Committee hearing. The committee heard testimony on two proposals--Legislative Bills 943 and Bill 947--and most witnesses stood in favor of them. But opponents said raising the minimum wage could hurt the economy, workers and small businesses.

If passed, LB943 would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour incrementally during the next three years, and LB947 would raise minimum wage for tipped workers to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage. The current minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. It would be the first increase for tipped workers in Nebraska since 1991.

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha, who is sponsoring LB943, said when introducing the bill to the committee, "Hard work should pay in Nebraska."

Mon
03
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Snow Emergency/Early Dismissal of School

The City of Fairbury has declared a snow emergency starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, through Wednesday, Feb. 5. All vehicles will need to be removed from the emergency snow routes or they will be removed at owner's expense. Vehicles parked in the downtown area must be moved before 6 p.m. Tuesday so that city work crews can clear the streets. For any questions you may call the Fairbury Police Department at 402-729-3355.

The Fairbury Public Schools will be releasing students early Tuesday due to the snow. Students will be released at 1 p.m. today.

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Snow Emergency

The City of Fairbury has declared a snow emergency starting at 8:00 am Tuesday, February 4th through Wednesday, February 5th. All vehicles will need to be removed from the emergency snow routes or they will be removed at owner's expense.

Mon
03
Feb
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Winter Storm Moving In

Photo caption: Omaha Weather Service forecast snow fall map

Winter Storm Moving In

This is the latest information received from Jefferson County Emergency Management, John McKee.

The first estimate of snow that the Omaha, Hastings and Topeka National Weather service has put out for the next Winter storm is starting Monday night thru Wednesday morning ranging from 6-10 inches. Winds will kick in Tuesday morning and increase through the day. At this point it looks like winds will be sustained around 20+mph to gusts around 30+mph out of the north. So blowing snow could be a problem. These stronger winds are forecasted to last through Wednesday. The other thing to be aware of is the bone chilling temperatures the rest of the week.

A winter storm watch has been issued starting 6 p.m. Monday the 4th through 6a.m. Wednesday the 5th. This watch may be changed to a warning later as the storm approaches.

Thu
30
Jan
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Banahan Files For Re-election

Banahan Files

For Re-election

District 8 board president Vicki Banhan has filed for re-election.

Banhan's position is one of three that will be up for election during this year's general election. Fellow incumbents Tammie Davis and Chris Ruzicka also have their seats open. Neither Davis nor Ruzicka have re-filed as of yet.

The board is also looking to replace a seat vacated by Brian Stack, due to illness. Starck had two years left on his term when he resigned in January. The board will host a work session on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. to talk with candidates interested in filling the position. A replacement is expected to be named later than night.

Incumbents have until Feb. 28 to re-file for elected positions.

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Jan. 29, 2014

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