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Fairbury Journal News (Newspaper) - September 2, 2015, Fairbury, NebraskaThe Fairbury journal news news in Brief wednesday sept. 2, 2015 1 Section vol. 123 no. 23 $1.50 weather forecast inside the journal news thursday High of 94 Low of 71 Friday 20% Chance of rain High of 93 Low of 72 saturday 20% Chance of rain High of 91 Low of 73 sunday 30% Chance of rain High of 90 Low of 68 local news. 2 death obits. 3 editorials. 4 court reports. 10 lifestyles. 5 sports .6-7 legals .8-10 classifieds. 11 monday 30% Chance of rain High of 83 Low of 59 tuesday 30% Chance of rain High of 79 Low of 63 continued on Page 2 Fred Arnold owner Shaun Friedrichsen news editor the completion of the renovations to the Grace lutheran Church which began in 2014, was celebrated by a dedication cer Emony and an open House on sunday aug. 23. These renovations were intended to resolve some of the issues that were found in the building. Charles Schmidt pastor of Grace lutheran Church explained How these renovations came to fruition. Well we broke ground i think july 3, 2014, said Schmidt. But we d been discussing some of the problems that we d had in this building for probably a year year and a half before that. We had electrical is sues Down there for the Kitchen and of course As your Community and congregation get older going Down the Steps for receptions and funeral dinners and stuff was an Issue. We had a whole Host of issues that we d been dealing with trying to figure out solutions for. Schmidt explained that they started with an initial plan but that As time went on the plan evolved. He believes that some of the most important changes were a result of compliance issues and to make the building More Energy efficient. One of the things we really did was to become compliant with the fire regulations and we also did a great Deal with Energy efficiency Schmidt said. We added insulated windows insulation to the Walls. We had already insulated the roof and ceiling in previous your Community. Your paper. Fun touching base senator Laura Ebke Center talks with constituents in Fairbury about a variety of topics during her town Hall meeting on aug. 29. Ebke a Fairbury native Center talks with from left Shirley Carmichael and Chad Jurgens. Photo by Shaun Ebke talks with locals at meeting on saturday Council approves zoning for two new businesses a Bright future ahead for Grace lutheran Church completes Large renovation projects. All the lighting is led. So we re really going for Energy efficiency. He explained that this project was unavoidable because doing smaller projects was t effective for the building s needs. We addressed a lot of ongoing issues that we d had for a very Long time All in one big project said Schmidt. We tried to do areas at a time but of course there Are just some things that you can t avoid. So when you re doing sprinkler systems you can t just do one area. You be gotta do the whole thing. Schmidt explained that a major part of the renovations were completed by volunteers. Over the course of the project he believes that Many in the congregation and the Community have completed thousands of hours of Volunteer work. Now looking Back Schmidt said if there was a mistake we made in this process it was we should be put in a Sheet so that when you came to Volunteer for a project you could put your name Down and the time you started and the time you stopped so you can kind of keep track of Volun Teer hours. We probably had a minimum of 90 plus people who volunteered Schmidt continued. I figure there Are some people who volunteered who put in close to 1,000 hours of Volunteer work. We were very blessed that ebs construction Al Lowed us to do the things that we did do which was quite a savings to us. We had great volunteerism in the congregation. We really All grew in that Way by hav ing that Opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder get to know people. Dedication pastor Charles Schmidt right introduces Richard Snow Nebraska District president of the Luther an Church Missouri Synod at the aug. 23 dedication of Grace lutheran Church in Fairbury. Photo by Shaun Fried school Board looking ahead Tim Linscott publisher timothylinscott1@gmail.com for Fairbury Public schools it is a Case of and instead of or. Some school districts Hope to tackle projects or lower the local Levy or save Money for future projects. At the aug. 26 District 8 special meeting Board members and superintendent Stephen Grizzle discussed tackling several projects and lowering the Levy All while saving Money for future projects. Grizzle explained to the Board that he would like to set aside funds every year to avoid paying full amounts for projects and equipment in subsequent budget years. For example Grizzle would like to set aside Money each year to replace vehicles As needed windows in school buildings and other items. With the High school hav ing 25-year-old heat pumps Grizzle noted that there have been maintenance issues and some of the pumps have been rearing their ugly Heads with leaks in some parts of the building. Setting aside funds would allow the District to tackle those problems As they arise. The Board is proposing to Transfer $70,000 in this years budget from the general fund to the depreciation fund to cover future projects. A Large project the Board will be financing will be fixing the High school roof and completing the heating and air systems in All four buildings occupied by the District Central Jefferson Fairbury High school and the administration building. The project will be financed for seven years at $3.2 million. Even with financing the project Grizzle believes that the Levy can be lowered by a Penny. The 2014-2015 Levy is set at .9775 and Grizzle proposes the Levy be set at .965732 for the 2015-2016 year. The District will be acting on the budget proposal in the next month. Grizzle presented a spread Sheet to Board members to explain his savings plan. When we talk about adopting next month it will be considering tackling All of these projects All at once because the Cost of construction wont go Down and finance costs Are still competitive to the school Grizzle said. Part ii in a series continued on Page 2 Power Plant helping Community since 1910 continued on Page 2 Nebraska state senator Laura Ebke met with members of the Community who made their political concerns and desires known on aug. 29. One of the topics discussed at this event on saturday morning at Jefferson Community health Center was Ebkens vote to repeal the death penalty. Mark Schoenrock of Fairbury asked Ebke to talk about the Issue. Ebke stood firm on her decision by explaining some of the doubt Sheds had about the death penalty yes effectiveness. Let me say up front Ive had questions about the death penalty for probably 15 or 20 years said Ebke. Whether or not its something we need to do As a society to keep society Safe. Part of it comes Down to a fundamental question of what you think the purpose of the death penalty is. If you think the purpose of the death penalty is to exact punishment or revenge then you Start at one level Ebke Contin Shaun Friedrichsen news editor used. If you think the purpose of the death penalty or any criminal Justice measures Are to keep society Safe or deter it then you come at it from another Angle. I dont think that the death penalty is a deterrent. I a vent seen anything that suggests to me that the death penalty deters because weave had a death penalty since 1973, and we still have murders. Ebke explained that she does not believe that the death penalty can truly act As a deterrent because criminals do not tend to think of the consequences when commit Ting crimes. We cant Ever know for sure said Ebke but i tend to not believe that those who Are ready to engage in murder Are actually thinking about what the consequences Are going to be. Bill Dobbs of Fairbury spoke out against this Point by stating that the problem is not with the death penalty itself but with another Issue that makes the death penalty less effective. Although it is often Over looked and easily taken for granted the Power Plant in Fairbury provides a great service to not Only the citizens of Fairbury but to surrounding communities As Well. Larry Naiman assistant superintendent of utilities explained that the Plant has an interesting history that shows the strength of the Community. The util Ity was originally privately owned however through the determination of the local citizens it became a publicly owned operation. The original electric util Ity was owned by private investors said Naiman. In 1910, the citizens of fair Bury requested that the City Council proceed to try to Art walk first Friday Art walk Fea Turing painting with Joyce at the Jefferson county Art Guild sept. 4. Live music in the tasting room Fea Turing John Denver tribute band and James Arthur vineyards. Vendors needed vendors Are needed for the Steele City Flea Market and machinery show on sept. 19-20. Food vendors Are especially needed for the two Day event. For More information Contact Fairbury depot. or 402 729-5131. Story time Fairbury Public Library Story time beginning sat urday sept. 12, 10 ., children three and older Are Welcome to attend 601 seventh st., everyone Welcome Library card not needed. Jeffs area hoops Fairbury Jeffs area hoops Parent meeting there will be a meeting for All parents and players kindergarten through eighth Grade boys and girls who Are want ing to play Fairbury Jeffs hoops basketball this win Ter on sept. 13 at 7 . At Fairbury High school. Registrations will be sent him with your child from school. Call Barry Schwab at 587-0738 if you have any questions. Walk to end alzheimer res support the alzheimer res association with a walk to end alzheimer res on Sun Day sept. 13. The walk will be held at the Fairbury City Park with registration beginning at 1 30 . The walk will begin at 2 . For More information on the walk to end alzheimer res Call Lana likens at Jef Ferson Community health Center at 402 729-6855. Legion to meet the Fairbury american legion will meet on tuesday september 8, at 6 30 . At the vow. All veterans Are invited to attend along with wives and friends. You dont have to be a member to attend. Fun Park repairs made Page 12 journal news closed for Holiday to observe the labor Day Holiday on monday sept. 7, the Fairbury journal news will be closed. The news office will re open at 8 On tuesday sept. 8. All advertising and Classi fied deadlines for the sept. 9 Issue will be 5 . On Friday sept. 4. On tuesday members of the Fairbury City Council approved two separate conditional use permits for a pair of new businesses to the City. On unanimous votes City leaders authorized Todd Stewart owner of tas collision restoration to open an automotive and machinery repair and body shop at 408 sixth Street. Council members also allowed Jerry Miller of Fairbury to construct and operate an agricultural sales and service business at 2519 k Street. No time frames were Given by either the City or the Busi Ness owners of when their operations would be open. In other action before the City sept. 15 As the dates for Public hearings regarding the annual budget summary and final tax request for 2015-16. Sept. 15 for a nuisance Appeal hearing by Kathleen thae Mert regarding properties located at 813 and 828 a Street. Swore in Wilbur Young As part time police officer. Approved a class a liquor License for the Pla mor lanes and cafe. Authorized a request from the Public works committee requesting a barricade and temporary no parking signs in portions of downtown Fairbury for a Parade and Pep rally on thursday sept. 17 for Fps Homecoming. Grain Market 9-2-15 Courtesy of Farmers Coop elevator co., Jansen be Corn. 3.30 Milo. 3.16 soybeans. 8.17 wheat. 4.32b when we talk about adopting next month it will be considering tackling All of these projects All at once because the Cost of construction wont go Down and the finance costs Are still competitive to the school. Stephen Grizzle Fairbury superintendent hymn festival Immanuel lutheran Church near Daykin will be hosting a hymn festival to unveil the newly refurbished Organ in the Church. The festival will be held sunday sept. 13 at 3 . At Immanuel lutheran Church five Miles East of Daykin. A free will donation will be taken to Benefit a student from Concordia majoring in Organ Church music. Guest organist at the hymn festival will be Paul Soulek of Seward along with Concordia students

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