When a community hosts an event that is the single largest draw of people throughout the year, the opportunities to promote the community are boundless. But if that community is Fairbury, then Fairbury grades out with a big fat F.
Last week our city was host to the annual Shriners July 4th Flea Market. The event, which is well into its fourth decade, is known throughout the Midwest as one of the premier flea markets in both quality and quantity of goods. And in the number of people who attend.
Conservative efforts annually report that the Fairbury event hosts well over 20,000 people. That means more than five times the population of our city comes to Fairbury to spend a few hours or a couple of days here. What an opportunity we have to shine!
Judge J. Patrick McArdles wife, Eunice, asked him about two months ago what he is going to do when he retires July 31. He created a bucket list to answer her question, he said.
It initially included 31 items, but it has now grown to 37 items, I think, McArdle said.
Among the items on the bucket list include spending more time volunteering -- maybe helping children with reading --and playing golf, which McArdle said he had yet to do this year, and he lives across the street from the golf course in Crete.
The judge, who hears county court cases for the counties of Jefferson, Saline and Thayer, will retire at the end of the month as the third oldest county judge in Nebraska -- hes 68 -- and the second-longest serving county judge.
July 31 is the end of 31 years [as a judge], he said. I thought it was fitting.
Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward says its been a long time coming. But the recently adopted measure by city leaders to hire a rental property inspector he says is a good deal.
Weve been working on this for a couple of years, Ward said. Honestly it has taken way too long to get this thing moving. We should have been enforcing codes on rental properties long before now but it will definitely be a good thing.
Fairbury City Administrator Joe Parker says that his office is estimating that 100 to 150 houses in Fairbury are presently in need of inspection. Presently he is working with rental inspector Kelly Davis of Fairbury to get all of the details in place.
Actually right now I would say those are conservative numbers, Parker said. There are probably a lot more houses that need inspection.
Diller Picnic Celebrates 118th Year--The Diller Picnic committee has done it yet again. Another busy year with events, some new, some repeat. Laughs, cheers and jeers could be heard from the crowd at the Redneck Olympics. Glenn Behrends stumbles over the finish during the Haybale Races. Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal News View more photos at: fairburyjournalnews.com
Endorf Enterprises, Fairbury.com, Five Rivers RC&D, and Nebraskas Heritage Highway Association have teamed up to sponsor the first ever Nebraska Authors and Artists Symposium in Fairbury,August 1 3. This event is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
With a central theme of The Old West, the 2014 Nebraska Authors and Artists Symposium will showcase Nebraskas rich history and bring literary talents to life. Attendees will enjoy book signings and presentations by local and regional authors and speakers, along with live entertainment, tours, delicious food, art & photography, and peer to peer networking opportunities. The conference is open to the public and will appeal to all ages. Details are available atwww.NebraskaAuthorsAndArtists.com.
The Steele City Living History Weekend scheduled for this weekend, July 12-13, has been cancelled because of scheduling conflicts with the Jefferson County Fair. The historic buildings can be toured by calling 402-729-5131 for an appointment.
Photo caption: JCHC RENOVATIONS are tentatively set to be complete by the summer of 2015. Besides upgrading rooms to single occupancy, offices and other patient services are being moved to different areas. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
Officials from Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury say the construction and renovation project that began nearly two years ago should be tentatively finished the summer of 2015.
The original construction began in 2012 and completed the summer of 2013 when Cedarwood added eight apartments to the original building.
The full project is estimated to cost about $8.1 million, and will be tentatively completed in the summer of 2015. This includes the eight apartments at Cedarwood, creating 17 single patient rooms and moving administrative offices and patient services to different locations to make everything happen.
Photo caption: STEPHANIE ANDERSON, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF SELECTEL stands behind one of the displays for some of the phones they have for selection for their service. Photo by Sandy Zabokrtsky/Fairbury Journal News
A new store selling cell phones has just opened up in Fairbury.
Selectel, a business that originally started as a telemarketing business that grew to meet the needs of the community. The Fairbury Selectel is one of 12 stores, 11 of which are in Nebraska.
There was a lot of dissatisfaction with contracts and the many rules and regs that so many of the other cell phone stores required. Stephanie Anderson, assistant manager at Selectel, pointed out that most telephone and cell phone bills have many extra charges that could be cut down, which is why the pay for the minute type of phones remain popular.
Raymond L. Forney, 89, passed away on June 5,2014 in Fairbury. Born July 30,1924 to Rollin and Katherine (Broeder) Forney near Daykin, he attend rural school, graduating from Daykin High School in 1944 and attended Community college in Fairbury.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Hewitt on June 5, 1960 in Endicott. They moved to the family farm north of Daykin in 1967 dairying and raising corn, milo, beans and mint. He retired from farming in 1977 and worked several years for Roseners and Stewarts. They moved to Fairbury in 1999.
He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Daykin on September 13,1925, joined the M. Church in 1937 and remained a U. Methodist member in Daykin, Western and Fairbury. He held many offices in the church, taught the adult the Sunday School many years.
Ray served on the Jefferson County Soil Conservation Service Board in the late 1960's, attending meetings, which included a national convention in Atlanta , Georgia.