BONHAM THEATER IN 1945 DOWNTOWN FAIRBURY, NE--Contributed photo. More like these can be found in the Fairbury Pictorial Book. To purchase a book call Fairbury Journal-News, 402-729-6141.
120 YEARS AGO, 1895
The Jefferson County Journal 
The county commissioners were Chester Andrews, John Nider and Sid Mackey.
110 YEARS AGO, 1905
The Jefferson County Journal
Evangelist Williams reported 371 conversions after revival meetings sponsored by four Fairbury churches, mainly at the Steele Opera House.
The paper was late because The Journal’s gasoline engine powering the press balked.
Mentioned in a report from District No. 23 (1 ½ miles south and one east of Steele City), were David, Edith, Rose, Sherman and Wayne Coons and Blanche, Chauncey and Jay Roulston.  Alta Nice was teacher.
The Bell Telephone Co. was starting a Fairbury grocery store in the battle between phone companies.  None of the stores would install a Bell instrument.
The Fairbury Journal

Sex Offender List for Jefferson County

New Registerer LIFETIME Woolard, Michael B 6-6-1974 121 W. 3rd St., FairburyWoolard, Michael B
Woolard, Michael B
121 W. 3rd St., Fairbury
Ambrose, Seth
71865-578 Ave
Creek, Terry  
72185 577 Ave.
Sasse, Bradley Owen 
311 Logan St., Diller
Spanjer, Gene E.
814 Seventh St., Fairbury
25 Year
Blue, Michael George Jr.
811 Vine St., Fairbury
Miner, Eric Wayne 
701 H St., Fairbury
Hoffman, Jordan Garret
719 I St., Fairbury


Police Report
Jan. 27: Report of harassment at Jefferson County Jail. 
Jan. 29: Report of an assault between a male and a female in the 1700 block of G Street. The incident is under investigation. 
Jan. 29: Report of harassing phone calls and text messages in the 1500 block of 9th Street. 
Jan. 29: Report of a juvenile complaint in the 1200 block of K Street. 
Jan. 29: Report of a missing juvenile in Fairbury. 
Jan. 30: Report of lost property in Fairbury. 
Jan. 30: Report of criminal mischief in the 1100 block of H Street. 
Jan. 30: Report of lost property in the 700 block of J Street. 
Jan. 31: Report of an assault in the 1400 block of K Street. 
Jan. 31: Report of an intoxicated female on a porch in the 700 block of D Street. 
Jan. 31: Report of a civil standby in the 1100 block of A Street. 

Board Members Lay Groundwork For Future Decisions

Future hirings, new technology implementations and cuts in state aid were a few of the items discussed at Monday night’s Fairbury Public Schools board of education meeting. Superintendent Fred Helmink gave brief state aid estimates for the year and told board members that the district may have to make decisions regarding the mill levy if the district continues to lose out on funds. 
He said this is the first year that Fairbury will not receive equalization aid. He said the total state aide last year was $225,020. This year’s will be $54,844.
“The last two years we lost $684,690 and $550,000, so the amount this year will not be as difficult to make up in valuation increases, but that still means an increase in taxes to cover this deficit,” he said. “While our needs did increase slightly, our student population decreased and our formula resources or wealth increased for the third consecutive year.”

"Our New City Manager Is Going To Be Heavy On Economic Development"

Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward knows a thing or two about economic development. 
 As a longtime promoter of building Fairbury's economy Ward has more than 60 years experience working with: The Fairbury Industrial Development Corporation; The Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation; The Nebraska Diplomats and The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. He laments that Fairbury currently has no economic development program, no leader promoting business and industry development or recruitment and no local advisory board to lead.
 "We've got nothing," he told The Fairbury Journal-News. "Both the FIDC and JCEDC were disbanded and right now if someone wanted to come to Fairbury and grow or expand a business and asked who they would talk to our answer would have to one," Ward added. 

Bugbee To Be Sentenced On March 9 In Plea Agreement In Washington County

Besides pleading no contest to eight sexual misconduct charges, new information revealed during James Bugbee’s (formerly of Steele City) arraignment on Monday in Washington County District Court found Bugbee never had cancer, and funds raised by the church youth group he formerly led, which were intended to be used to help Bugbee with a trip to Germany for experimental cancer treatment were instead used to pay down credit card debt.
The revelations were part of the statement of evidence by Washington County Attorney Libby Hiltgen.
As part of a plea agreement presented on Monday, Bugbee pled no contest to the charges:
• Four counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a child.
• Three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
• One count of unlawful sexual relations.
• Theft by deception.

2015 Chamber Banquet

AWARD WINNERS from last Saturday’s Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the Elks Club were: above, award for Community Service Award of the Year went to the Bonham Theatre Project Committee. Presenting the award were Chamber members Tiffany Pfaff and Chamber President Tyler Rosener. Members of the BTP committee receiving the award as a group, left to right were: Janette Warnke, Don Call, Nels Sorensen Jr., Jan Knobel, Julie Katz, Jason Trimm, Gene Thomas, Brooke Schwab. 
CHAMBER VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR-- left, went to Barb Schroeder of Fairbury. Photos by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News

Go Red For Women

JCHC Wears Red in Support of Go Red for Women in Fairbury--Jefferson Community Health Center staff members wore red on Friday, Feb. 6, in support of Go Red for Women. Contributed Photo

school lunch menu 2-11-15

   Fairbury Jefferson and Central Elementary Schools


Plymouth News -- Angie Zulauf

Cowell of Filley on Friday evening, January 23rd  birthday at the home of her daughter Ann Cowell of Filley on Friday evening, January 23rd.
The Plymouth Silver Circle met Tuesday, January 20th present. Ten point call for your partner was played with Lois Bessler having the high score. Ardelle Ebbers was second high. Assorted rolls were served at the close of the afternoon.
Weekend guests of Bob and Marge Schmidt were Heather and Jonas Lloyd of Blue Springs, MO and Scott Schmidt of Manhattan, KA. Saturday evening they all dined at a Lincoln restaurant in honor of Bob and Marge’s birthdays.
Robert and Nancy Heideman hosted a dinner on Saturday, January 24th to celebrate the birthdays of Mitch, Connor and Grant Heidemann. 
Guests were Mitch and Kelly Heidemann and family, Matt and Renee Heidemann, and Greg and Melissa Schultis and family.