Academic Letter Winners
Grade 12:
Nick Christiansen
Tyler DeBoer
Seth Hart
Tyler Heidemann
Cody Huss
Halle Knigge
Mark Kroeker
Paul Lawrence
Lindsay Lee
Trevin Likens
Kelsey Snyder
Nathaniel Stapaules
Ryan Umland
Josey Zabokrtsky
Grade 11:
Madison Black
Carson Bohlmeyer
Jonathan Engelman
Althea Esteller
Lilibeth Estrada
Bethany Klaumann
Mary Lawrence
Paul Mach
Onelia Monterroso
Tanner Novotny
Patrick Ondrak
Justin Peterson
Garret Ragland
Bethanie Schacht
Shaye Stall
Natalie Stapaules
Megg Vaughn
Hannah Yantz
Grade 10:

Memorial Services

Steele City
Sunday, May 29th, 2016
The Steele City Campbell-Klein Post # 349 American Legion and Auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day Ceremonies on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 2:00 P. M. at the Steele City, Nebraska Cemetery and at 2:45 P. M at the Joy Creek Cemetery southwest of Hollenberg, Kansas. At both cemeteries the ceremony will be near the flag pole. Legion member Mitch Zabokrtsky will be the speaker for the ceremony. Auxiliary President Berdine Payne will read the Roll of Honor, the names of the veterans buried in each cemetery. The Auxiliary provides the memorial wreath for the ceremony.
St. Paul, North of Jansen, Memorial Day, 8:45 a.m., gun salute 9:30 a.m.
Jansen Post No. 358 will be honoring the veterans graves on Sunday, May 29 at Cub Creek Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., Hope Cemetery 10:45 a.m., Zion Cemetery at 11a.m., Harbine Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Jansen Cemetery at 12:15.

County Reviews Construction

On Tuesday, May 24, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners met to discuss the ongoing construction at the courthouse. A proposal request was made to accommodate changes to the layout on the second floor, affecting the County Court Clerk, Judge's office, probation and detainee area. 
A corridor is being added to provide the judge safe access directly to the courtroom and a unisex bathroom is being installed. Some of these changes are due to fire regulations. Per the Fire Marshall, fire stops are required in the new corridor, which, in turn, affects the glass work. There will be a rolling fire rated door at the County Court Magistrate's desk.
The additional time required to accommodate these changes is six weeks, putting the expected completion date at November 30, 2016. However, efforts will be made to minimize the disruption to the daily business at the courthouse to a minimum. 

Seeds of Hope

Dakota Mason, right, hands Holly Workman a handful of seeds for the FYI Center community garden. Last week approximately 16 local youth came to the garden site, next to PlaMor Cafe in Fairbury and planted strawberries, snap peas, dill, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, gourds, pumpkins, beans and several other fruit and vegetable varieties. The seeds for the garden were procured by a garden from the Fairbury Elks Lodge and Lloyd Garber of Fairbury donated use of the lot. Students from grades kindergarten through 12th participated in the planting of the garden, which will be worked in at least three times a week by local youth. Mason, an Americorp volunteer, wants the garden to be a fun learning lesson for the youth. “I hope they learn gardening techniques and healthy eating habits from this project,” Mason said. (Photo by Fred Arnold/


County Board Seeks Bids For Armor Coating Roads

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of armor coating for Jefferson County's blacktop roads during their meeting on Tuesday. The Commissioners debated whether to use county resources or to contract the job out.
“I don't know how the rest of the board feels but my thought is even though it's going to be more expensive we let it out.” Commissioner Mark Schoenrock stated. “I don't see how we can do that plus try to keep up with all of our other roads.”
The board passed a motion to advertise for bids on the project. 
For those concerned about the cost, Commissioner Michael Dux pointed out, “If we don't get competitive bids, we can always reject it.” At that point, the Board of  Commissioners will revisit the possibility of using county resources. 

Bringing Light To The Darkness

At times it is difficult to talk about topics like suicide; however, Lana Grammer believes it is one of the most important things a person can do.
Grammer, who has been affected by suicide, has helped to organize an event to discuss suicide and the ways in which the community can join together to prevent suicide and to give hope to those who have seen the loss.
“We have had so many completed suicides in Jefferson County in the last three years,” said Grammer. “Since 2013, we’ve had eight in Jefferson County. There have been at least 18 attempts since 2013. One is way, way too many. If you take into account that our population of Jefferson County is less than 8,000 altogether, that’s a horrible statistic.”

Duck And Run

Rick Nation and Kelly Davis of Blue Valley Community Action sort through ducks for the annual BVCA Duck and Run event, held May 21 at Crystal Springs. There was a 10K run as well as a 2 mile run/walk also featured was rubber duck race.  A total of 65 runners participated in the event. (Photo by Fred Arnold/


Saying Goodbye To Friends

Last Thursday a retirement party was hosted in the District Courtroom to celebrate District Court Judge Paul Korslund’s many years of service to the judicial system. Korslund’s last day serving as a judge will be on May 31. The vacancy left by Korslund will be filled in the coming months after a new judge is selected. Korslund hopes to spend time with his family and to continue staying involved in his community through volunteer work. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/


Gone Fishin’

The Fairbury Optimist Club annual Tom Wright Family Fishing Clinic was held on Saturday, May 21 at Crystal Springs with 56 children in attendance. Organizers noted that 40 kids is average and the possibility of having a bounce house and other activities at Crystal Springs for the Duck and Run event may have bolstered attendance. Plans for next year have already started for the event. (Photo by Fred Arnold/


Am. Legion Needs Volunteers

The Fairbury American Legion requires volunteers to help put flags on veterans’ graves to honor all veterans on Memorial Day. If interested, meet at the flag pole in the Fairbury Cemetery on Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. The flags will be taken down on Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m. Also needed are volunteers to help roll up these flags afterwards at the VFW Hall. Contact person: Commander Bruce Junker 402-230-9008.

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 1:00pm