Taxes, a topic that confounds many of us. When it comes time for the yearly calculations it often becomes even more confounding and for some frightening. Many of us rely on tax preparers to swoop in and save the day. That is exactly what Dee Nicholson has been doing for the last forty three years.
"My clients start out as clients but in the end they really become my friends," says Nicholson. "Its the personal relationship you build with the people that you work with."
Undoubtedly, Nicholson did provide the trusted support for clients numbering well into the hundreds. There were people that started with her when she first established her office over four decades ago and never left her, as well as new clients that would come to her every year.
Fairbury is in the process of developing a new blueprint for the future and has invited Jefferson County's Commissioner's input as well as help. Joe Parker, city administrator, and Laura Bedlan, assistant street and alley superintendent, attended the Commissioners meeting to introduce the development of the Comprehensive plan that is the process of being rewritten.
The process began a year ago with the needs assessment establishing the parameters for grant writing. The city then received a $27,000 planning grant. With the monies from this grant they began the process of finding out what are the hopes and dreams of the people of Fairbury.
The new Comprehensive Plan will deal with the City of Fairbury as well as the peripheral areas. What happens in these outlaying areas will directly effect the county.
Sims Florist will be offering a free kids floral workshop on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information contact Sims Florist at 402-729-5125.
The Fairbury Journal-News will be accepting letters to Santa to be printed in the paper. So, children don't forget to write Santa a letter, so he knows what you would like for Christmas. Letters must be post marked no later than Monday, Dec. 19, to be included in the Wednesday, Dec. 21 edition.
Friendly Thursday Club will meet for their Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 8, 11:45 a.m. with the Senior Diners at the Fairbury Community Building.
As the year comes to a close, many of us count our blessings and the many things for which we are thankful. For those facing illness and injury, Nebraska Community Blood Bank blood donors are often on the top of the list.
Thankful for the deeds of volunteer blood donors are thousands of patients who have been given a second chance like Annette (pictured with a coworker), a teacher and breast cancer survivor who received a blood transfusion during her treatment. "I tried to envision the donor and wished I could have personally thanked them, I wanted the donor to know how tired I felt when I came to the hospital that morning and how great I felt when I left because of their gift."
Her story has inspired students at her school to donate at their school blood drives, proof that thanks and giving go hand in hand. When one gives another is thankful, and in turn, when one is thankful another is inspired to give.
On Tuesday the safety committee arm of the Fairbury City Council received an offer from the Fairbury Rural Fire District to purchase their building: $50,000. The committee, came back with a counter-offer: $10,000.
Let the negotiations begin.
At the close of last night's city council meeting, Fourth Ward councilman Doug Brown reported the offer to the full council. He reported that the offer, which was made by the safety committee only, could not be officially acted upon until it was either approved or rejected by the full council.
"At this time it was just an offer made to the city and us coming back with a counter offer," Brown said.
Just by giving your cell phone number to the local authorities you just may save some money.
The reverse 911 system will be used to notify residents when a snow emergency goes into effect and any other mass emergency notification if needed.
"The forms can be picked up at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center to fill out for the reverse 911 system" Chief of Police Chad Sprunk said. "Everyone is encouraged to register their cell phones. If they do not register them, we have no way of notifying them. So if we cannot contact you and your vehicle is parked in a snow emergency route, then it could be towed, which will cost you."
Fairbury's Chief encourages residents to contact him with any questions.
The annual Christmas at the Depot open house will be held this weekend at the Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum in Fairbury.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.
A memory Christmas tree will be decorated Saturday morning, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in honor of Rock Island railroaders who have passed away and visitors are invited to help with the decoration. In addition, a number of other decorated trees will be on hand for viewing.
The model train display will also be operating, musical selections will be played throughout the two days, and a Christmas carol sing-along will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Children will be able to choose a candy cane from the candy cane Christmas tree and decorate their own Christmas ornament from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. Refreshments will be served as well.
Fairbury has a long and storied history of being a "Nebraska Tree City." The local municipality has worked hard over the years to plant new trees, keep existing trees maintained and remove unwanted or diseased trees.
But starting next year the City is going to be monitoring trees within Fairbury using GPS plotting.
According to assistant street and alley superintendent Laura Bedlan, the use of GPS will provide the City the means to know what tree is located where.
"It's really a means for us to be able to keep track of varieties," she said. "We want to stay very active in planting and keeping the kinds of varieties that are best suited to our area and be able to remove or eliminate certain varieties like Ash and other disease-prone trees."
Michael S. McCandless, 23, of Kansas City, Kan. was sentenced in District Court last Thursday.
Information was filed on Aug. 2 charging McCandless with one count of Third Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class IIIA Felony. On Aug. 18 he pled not guilty to the charge. A plea agreement was reached on Oct. 5 and McCandless changed his plea to no contest, Judge Paul W. Korslund found the defendant guilty.
On Dec. 1 McCandless was sentenced to not less than 24 months nor more than 48 months in the Nebraska Dept. of Corrections, and he is to receive credit for 221 days spent in jail. He was also ordered to pay costs, required to register as a sex offender and was remanded to the custody of the sheriff for execution of said sentence with his bond released.