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Passing Through The Plains

The Union Pacific steam engine #844 passed through town this weekend on its' way to Marysville, KS. This picture was taken along the river road southwest of Fairbury. Right, modern and vintage trains ran in stride for seconds along the river road tracks. (Journal-News photos by Laura Alsman)

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Passing Through The Plains

The Union Pacific steam engine #844 passed through town this weekend on its' way to Marysville, KS. This picture was taken along the river road southwest of Fairbury. Right, modern and vintage trains ran in stride for seconds along the river road tracks. (Journal-News photos by Laura Alsman)

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Just Being Windy Is Not Deciding Factor Jefferson County In Third Step of Seven Step Process

Renewable energy or green technology, these seem to be the catch words of this century.

Will Jefferson County be joining the trend?

Even the Unicameral is beginning to move with the times. In March Senator Galen Hadley of Kearney introduced LB 432. This was done in an effort to ensure that rural communities reap the benefits from development of wind energy. LB 432 will provide a tax credit for wind farms that set aside stock for their employees or for a Job and Rural Trust Fund. Last Tuesday the County Commissioners approved two separate special use permits for Infinity Wind Power.

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Gas Prices Too High? Staycation Alternatives

Gas prices are once again predicted to start to rise by the first of July. This may force vacation plans to be altered.

Give some thought to staying in Nebraska. Nebraska's Natural Resources District (NRDs) have created an interactive web site that allows you to search dozens of outdoor recreation areas. Interested in camping, fishing, a family picnic, hiking/biking, wildlife viewing, and anything else go to www.nrdrec.org and highlight activity that interests you.

Whether you are for a quiet fishing hole, a hiking area or bike path, a place to hunt or camp, or just a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic chances are you can find what you are looking for by visiting this web site. Hopefully soon there will also be an application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from the iTunes App Store.

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Fairbury City Museum Announces June Feature, Extended Hours

"The Birth of Fairbury" is the theme for the Fairbury City Museum for the month of June. All month long, there will be special emphasis on Fairbury's earliest settlers and the impact they had on the development of Fairbury during the latter part of the nineteenth century, specifically the time period from 1860 to 1900. Fairbury was platted as a town in 1869 and although the area received early Euro-American exposure do to its location on the Oregon Trail, the coming of the railroads prompted the development of Fairbury. The first tracks were laid in Jefferson County by the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad in 1872.

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Presbyterian Church Extends Helping Hand To Georgia Tornado Victims

During a recent effort to collect food and supplies for tornado victims of Georgia, the Fairbury and Steele City Presbyterian Churches were overwhelmed by the generosity of church and community members.

"We received over 6,200 lbs of food and supplies and over $1,000 in monetary donations," Presbyterian Pastor Steven Frazier, said. "We owe the success of this project to the entire extended community for their donations, use of a vehicle and trailer."

Pastor Frazier has personal ties to the area and has kept in contact will fellow pastors and members of the Bartow Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Through his contacts, he realized that there were still needs in the area, long after the Red Cross and FEMA had left.

After one week of publicizing the effort via local radio and newsprint, they were able to fill the entire floor of a borrowed livestock trailer from 81 Trailer Sales of Hebron.

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Big Jungle Adventure

Grace Lutheran's Vacation Bible School program was held last Friday night. The theme this year was "A Big Jungle Adventure, A Faith Journey With Jesus." The large audience watched and listened as the children sang songs and the pre-school class put on a finger play, "God Gave Me Hands." After the program cookies and drinks were served in the church basement and a drawing for special prizes was held. To listen and view the children singing go to our website, fairburyjournalnews.com (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check)

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Fairbury City Museum Announces June Feature, Extended Hours

"The Birth of Fairbury" is the theme for the Fairbury City Museum for the month of June. All month long, there will be special emphasis on Fairbury's earliest settlers and the impact they had on the development of Fairbury during the latter part of the nineteenth century, specifically the time period from 1860 to 1900. Fairbury was platted as a town in 1869 and although the area received early Euro-American exposure do to its location on the Oregon Trail, the coming of the railroads prompted the development of Fairbury. The first tracks were laid in Jefferson County by the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad in 1872.

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Just Around The Corner

Gilead School Reunion

Gilead school reunion will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the Gilead Town Hall. Social hour will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.; 6 p.m. potluck supper, bring a covered dish and your own drinks, table service, tea and water will be provided and at 7 p.m. to ? entertainment. For more information contact Holly Heller-Troxel at 402-300-0122.

Endicott School Reunion

The annual Endicott School Reunion will be held this Saturday, June 4, at the Endicott Town Hall. Hall will be open at 5 p.m. and the potluck supper is at 7 p.m. Drinks and table service furnished. Bring mementos for memory table.

Instructional Softball

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Memorial Day Services At Steele City, Joy Creek Cemeteries

by Mitch Zabokrtsky

The Campbell-Klein Post 349 of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of Steele City conducted Memorial Day Services at the Steele City Cemetery and the Joy Creek Cemetery southwest of Hollenberg, Kansas on Sunday.

After the Color Guard and Firing Squad marched into the cemetery, Mary Cassell led the group in singing the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Mitch Zabokrtsky, Master of Ceremonies, then gave the welcome and opening prayer.

The Roll of Honor, the reading of the names of service members buried in the cemetery, was read by Berdine Payne. The Gettysburg Address was given by James Bugbee.

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