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Fairbury Twisters Win Tourney


FAIRBURY TWISTERS are: front row, from left, Toriann Likens, Bryanne Vculek, Jillian Caroon, Rielee Achtemeier, Claire Shumard, Jaelle Johnson. Back row, from left, assistant coach Tony Likens, Madison Gregory, Izze Schwab, Cora DeBoer, Tara Schroeder, assistant coach Bailey Likens, coach Michaela Schroeder. (Contributed Photo)

The Fairbury Twisters 14 and under softball team won the Blue Springs tourney June 6-7. On Saturday in pool play they tied with Diller 4-4; won over Pickrell 4-1; won over Crete 7-6; and won over DeWitt 7-2. In Sunday tournament play they won over Crete 10-0 to make it to the championship game. In the championship game, they won over Diller 11-2.

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Pretty In Pink Relay For Life Golf Tournament

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Brandon Jackson Selected To All-Star Wrestling Dual

Brandon Jackson, a senior from Meridian High School is one of 38 high school senior wrestlers selected to participate in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association 2015 All-Star Classic Wrestling Dual to be held Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at the Grand Island High School gym located at 2124 North Lafayette in Grand Island, Ne.
The wrestlers will be active in practice, activities, and service projects on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday including the NSWCA Hall of Fame Banquet held at the Border Inn & Suites on Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Announcer this year will be Jim Garfield, and the trainer will be Shelly Urkoski.
All wrestlers will practice together throughout the week. The wrestlers will be weighed at the end of the Friday practice and teams will be drawn into Red and Blue teams Friday night along with the coaching staff for each team.
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FHS Summer Camps

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FHS Signings

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Weekend Activities

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Jun

Board Bids Farewell To Supt.

 
Fairbury Public Schools board members had a presentation at their meeting Monday night to recognize retiring superintendent Fred Helmink, who will leave the district at the end of June. Board member Richard Zimmerman read a list of district accomplishments during Helmink's 13 years, including facility improvements. Helmink told board members that he wasn't the one responsible for the district's achievements. 
“It was not 'You did this, you did this, you did this,'” he said. “It was 'we.'”
Helmink told board members and administration to “keep up the good work” and “thank you for the memories.”
In other business: The principals updated the board on summer activities in the district. They said the summer lunch program began last week and served 64 lunches during one of those days. They said 75-100 lunches was average last summer, and they expect the number of lunches to increase once the many summer camps conclude. 
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10
Jun

Fun Park To Get The Wrecking Ball?

 
The 20 year old equipment is showing its age. Wooden planks are falling off, nails are showing through, equipment is missing parts, and surface wood is peeling and has begun to warp. 
According to Laura Bedlan Fairbury City Engineer, the city is low on employees due to downsizing, so keeping up with the damages has become more difficult she said.
“Our park employee reviews the equipment at least once a year so that we can order products or fix damages, but if anyone comes across something that needs fixed call the city and we'll fix it as soon as possible,” Bedlan said.
Ava Bowers, a local three year old, recently fell through a loose board at the Fun Park and now has a large scar on her thigh. Local mother Kovannia Dunn, has had to pick up broken glass every time she has visited the park. 
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Jun

Right Of Way Sign Off For PWF Sluggish

Many of the landowners in Jefferson County owning property along the PWF signed the right of way agreements during a meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd. Bill Hansel, Highway Superintendent for Jefferson County, has to get landowners signatures before construction can begin. 
“Fifty people showed up to the meeting, but so far only 20 have signed and one landowner would like to be paid before he signs,” Hansel said.
Construction may begin late this summer or fall, but full road construction is set to begin in the spring of 2016. The construction will be a complete restoration of the PWF highway.
“At this time we are trying to get Right of Way from all the landowners effected by this project, until we have the ROW nothing can be done,” Hansel said.
Michael Dux, Jefferson County Commissioner, said that “The Roads Department will begin construction on the west end of the highway and continue east until they are finished,” Dux. 
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Jefferson Co. Real Property Valuations

Property valuations will rise on average,10.11% in Jefferson County by the end of 2015.
In Jefferson County the rise in value percentage should be an average of 3.63% in residential and recreational property. The percentage should rise on average, 2.91% in commercial and industrial property and the agricultural property on average, should rise 12.02%.
Mary Banahan Jefferson County Assessor said, “The valuations rise based on sales studies in the various market areas.”
Property valuations have increased 11.02% from 2014-2015, resulting in a valuation increase of about $20.84 billion dollars. Real property valuations are set by the county assessors and are subject to review during statewide equalization proceedings.

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