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Students Take Part In Train Day Presentation

On May 4th (In recognition of "National Train Day" on May 7th), the four Central Elementary kindergarten classes visited the First National Bank's North Branch in Fairbury.

A total of 76 students took part in the Field Trip. The outing consisted of a Train Day Presentation with facts about the history of the train, it's importance and the continuing relevance that it still holds today, specifically the Transcontinental Train.

The children were given conductor hats with gift bags that included a train fact sheet, train whistle, balloons, pencil and candy. The children also enjoyed popcorn, cookies and lemonade during the half hour field trip per class. The trip concluded with a viewing of the North Branch Train Display.

Employees who assisted in Train Day were: Jennifer Sturdy, Shelly Hamm, Jennifer Carlson, Alicia Vossler, Jane Paul, Chris Smith, Vernon Pfaff and Tiffany Pfaff.

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Fairbury Journalism Students Honored

Three Fairbury High School students earned four medals in three contests at the Nebraska State Journalism Championships May 9 in Lincoln.

Senior Hannah Bauer placed in two categories, earning a third in Newspaper Editorial Writing and a fourth in Newspaper Entertainment Writing. In Newspaper Feature Writing, senior Richard Rhoden claimed a third place medal and junior Sammi Henske finished with a sixth place.

Also competing that day were senior Meg Ehle, and juniors Karabeth Block and Amelia Stone in Yearbook Theme Development. Stone also competed individually in Yearbook Theme Copy Writing.

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Weeks Starts With Debate On Two Bills

We started off this week with debate on two of my bills. LB490, a measure to increase keno revenue by allowing the use of self-service kiosks, was debated on General File and advanced.

LB256 garnered quite a bit of conversation on Select File before advancing. This bill as amended would require all horse racing tracks to run at least one live race per year, and would allow tracks in a county with a Primary class city (Lincoln) to not run any. This would help struggling tracks like Columbus, which currently runs 25 live days. Lincoln's track is being displaced by the UNL Innovation Campus, and this bill removes the requirement for the track to run at least one race per year, allowing the track to build up funds to be able to build a new track. In the meantime, the Lincoln track would still need to be a licensed racetrack enclosure, but would not have to run a live meet for the next 15 years.

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Scheele Graduates From K-State

More than 2,800 students graduated from Kansas State University in ceremonies held last weekend.

Ceremonies on K-State's Manhattan campus were Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. Commencement for K-State at Salina was May 7. K-State awarded more than 2,100 bachelor's degrees, more than 550 master's degrees, more than 170 doctorates and more than 40 associates degrees. More than 55 students received multiple degrees.

Kristin Michelle Scheele, of Odell, graduated with an Associate of Technology degree.

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Shelter Presents Griffin, Vernon Scholarships

Shelter Insurance® Foundation and Joel and Glenda Austin, Agents announce the recipients of local high school scholarships.

The Shelter Insurance foundation awarded $1500 scholarships to Pierce Griffin and Nicholle Vernon, graduates of Fairbury High School. Joel and Glenda Austin sponsor and partially fund these scholarships.

Beginning in the fall after the recipients' high school graduation Pierce and Nicholle can direct the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees, or campus housing for any course of study and leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university.

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BVCA Honors Volunteers With Luncheon

In recognition of National Volunteer Month, Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) honored their dedicated group of volunteers at an April 27 luncheon at Chances "R" in York. Numerous volunteers give of their time and talents in assisting BVCA in combating poverty in southeast Nebraska.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was Tim Goldhammer, VP of Marketing with Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler, Neb., and a member of the BVCA Board of Directors. Tim welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their generous donations of time to the agency. Special recognition was given to those volunteers who donated over 500 and 1,000 hours, respectively, in the past year, and this year.

Richard Nation, CEO of BVCA, also welcomed the volunteers and expressed his gratitude for their dedication and contributions to the organization's mission.

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Relay For Life Drive Thru

The Heritage Relay for Life team held a lunch drive thru last Thursday. They were raising money for cancer research and helping people out with a quick lunch, all at the same time. The team was serving up grilled hamburgers, and your choice of chips, dessert and pop. Shown helping Tiff Pfaff with a lunch are Cheryl Chilen and Brenda Riggle, Relay for Life team members. (Journal-News photo by Vicki Check)

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Personal Safety Education Program Presented By Jefferson County Ambulance Staff

Two ambulances at the Jefferson Intermediate School probably had some parents wondering last Friday what was up. But actually it was a good thing.

The Jefferson County Ambulance District # 33 presented an educational safety program to local fifth and sixth grade students on May 13. This is the second time that the organization has committed to bringing the safety program to area kids.

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Meridian FBLA Seeks Help With Expenses

Meridian FBLA needs your help! The Meridian FBLA Chapter was fortunate enough to have five members qualify for the FBLA National Leadership Conference by qualifying first or second at the State Leadership Conference.

The National Leadership Conference is in Orlando, Fla. this summer. Out of the last 12 years of existence their FBLA members have qualified ten years placing in the top ten nationally in the last eight. This year qualified students are Allison Johnson, Sydne Endorf, Karlee Schwisow, Christina Maschman, and Desiree Bartels.

Due to attending these ten consecutive years, their budget is not equipped to send these students to Orlando for a week. Although fundraisers have been conducted throughout the year there is still a shortfall of $5,284.

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Domina Law Group Announces Investigation Of Class Action Suit Against TransCanada Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project

Can a Canadian pipeline company condemn land from Nebraska farmers and ranchers to pipe Canadian crude oil to the Gulf for transport overseas? Can it do so before it has a pipeline permit? Does TransCanada have the cart out ahead of the horse?

Can the Nebraska Legislature delegate the power of condemnation to a private foreign company?

Can millions of barrels of crude oil safely flow through metal pipes bolted together at 20 foot lengths? Should Nebraska rethink the risks to its aquifer in light of TransCanada's oil spill at Cogswell ND, last week?

And, are affected landowners able to group their common interests together to get answers to these questions?

These concerns and more prompted Domina Law Group pc llo to undertake an investigation of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.

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