Pocket pain at the pump just increased by 17 cents this past weekend, here in Fairbury. Gas prices jumped from $3.47 to $3.63. Definitely sticker shock for most Fairburians.
One of the top stories when listening to the national news is the price of gas. There are many theories behind why gas is on the rise. Strife in the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most frequently sited causes.
Recent tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions only adds to the worry of the availability of the oil. Iran has made threats to cut off shipments to the U.S. and cut off access through the strait of Harmuz. Monday, Feb. 20, Iran halted shipments to British and French Companies.
John Waldrep, co-owner of Wally's Sports Bar in Fairbury says he wants one thing made perfectly clear:
"We definitely need the people of Fairbury and are very thankful for all of their patronage."
Waldrep, who along with his wife Kathleen, own and operate the local restaurant, meeting facility adjacent to the Prairie Pointe Plaza Mall, were unwilling participants in last week's Fairbury city council meeting. At the meeting one of the developers for the new hotel complex made official comment on record that neither the mall or the restaurant needed "any help from Fairbury."
"Naturally we were quite shocked to read this," Waldrep said. "We don't have anything to do with the new hotel and the developers of the hotel don't have any ownership in Wally's."
Complete blood profiles will be offered by Jefferson Community Health Center on Wednesday, March 28.
Blood profiles will be offered on Friday, March 28, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Southwing Education Room at Jefferson Community Health Center, 2200 H St. There will be a fee for the blood profile. The screening will be offered by appointment only. Fasting is required prior to the blood screening. Confidential reports will be available at the Jefferson County Home and Garden Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 31.
The complete blood profile includes:
* Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and Lipid Profile - This group of tests tells about heart, liver, kidney and sugar levels in the blood. The cholesterol is fractionated into low- and high-density levels, and gives the person's coronary heart disease risk.
A Morrowville, Kan. man was killed in a two vehicle accident on Monday afternoon.
Cecil R. Grover, age 62, of Morrowville was driving a pickup eastbound on 25th Road. Grover entered the intersection at Gypsum Road and his vehicle was struck by a truck driven by Donald R. Osborne of Fairbury.
Grover was transported to the Washington County Hospital by ambulance. He was later pronounced dead due to injuries sustained in the crash. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
Osborne was transported to the Jefferson Community Health Center for treatment of his injuries.
Downtown Fairbury's art galleries will once again be open for "First Friday" coming up the first Friday evening of the month, March 2nd. They will be opening their doors to visitors from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. as part of the "First Friday Art Walk" in historic downtown Fairbury. Some cities hold "art walks", in which a number of the town's art galleries or artists' studios will open their doors into Friday evening. The idea is that galleries will attract people to the downtown and enrich the art community by pooling their openings together into one monthly evening.
*County Assessor presented permissive exemption #10. It had inadvertently been signed to exempt the whole building instead of just the second floor. In order to review and revise this exemption a new hearing will be set to hear the correction. New hearing is set for March 20th with County Clerk sending out notification 10 days prior to hearing to concerned parties. It was moved by Marvin Yost, seconded by Arthur Craig and motion carried.
*Wiring in the County Clerk's office came loose causing pressure on the drop ceiling and it consequently caving slightly over the desks. Travis Arnold, grounds and building, immediately repaired the dropped wiring with more secure fastenings.
*Nine bids for health, dental and life insurance were presented to the commissioner with two local companies placing bids. No decision on bids were made at the present time.
Clarification was the theme at last Thursday's meeting of the Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) meeting. Local businessmen (ABP Inc) continue to struggle in understanding why the CRA is not making a decision on tax increment financing for the ongoing hotel project.
"It seemed that there would be an agenda that whatever we did, the next meeting it was more information requested." Stan Buckow, ABP partner, said. "The obstacles presented to us are almost impossible."
Buckow was speaking about the process for requesting tax increment financing (TIF). Initially ABP had requested TIF funding through the city council. The CRA was set up as the committee to work specifically with TIF funding and the process was begun in Sept.
FFA Week ended with a fun game between Nebraska Cornhusker Football players and local Fairbury citizens, many were past FFA members. Proceeds from this game will go towards the many projects that FFA is currently involved in. Cornhusker's Terrence Moore stands victorious over Brian Starck, School Board & Fair Board member while onlookers Cornhusker #32 Jim Ebke and Nate Schmidt, Lambriar Animal Health, join in on the fun. While the FFA president looks on. In the background Cornhusker, Austin Cassidy moves in to assist just in case. (Journal-News Photos by Freddie Arnold)
First degree murder...guilty. Use of a weapon to commit a felony...guilty.
It did not take the jury long to hand down a verdict in the Susan DeJong murder trial. Closing arguments were heard Monday morning, the case was submitted to the jury shortly before noon and by 4:55 p.m the jury had their decision...guilty on both counts.
The verdict was read by Clerk of the District Court, Rose Wiegert.
DeJong wept after the verdict was read and her attorney, James Mowbray, gently patted her on the back in an attempt to comfort her.
Judge Paul W. Korslund thanked the jury for their service and told them they were very attentive during all testimony. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and DeJong will appear for sentencing on May 3 at 11 a.m. She was transported by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to York Monday evening.