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Story Walk to be Introduced to Community Thursday

A new feature in the Fairbury City Park will be introduced to the community on Thursday: the StoryWalk. Second graders from Fairbury’s Central School will go to the City Park around
11 a.m. that day to walk through the new StoryWalk and read the story “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” by by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.

The StoryWalk has been a project of JeffCo on the Move initiated by Fairbury Public Library Director Debbie Aden. A StoryWalk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. The signs are spread through the south side of the Fairbury City Park (around the horseshoe pit area,) allowing readers to follow along with a story by walking.

“We see this as a great way for families with children to encourage both activity and reading,” Aden said.

Books will be changed out frequently to encourage children and families to come back regularly.

This is just one project of JeffCo On the Move, a coalition which began nearly two years ago as a part of a Walk-Bike Summit in Fairbury. JeffCo on the Move partners include the City of Fairbury, Fairbury Public Library, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury Public Schools and Public Health Solutions.

The coalition is also working on possible extension of city trails, events to encourage kids to be active, Safe Routes to School, and a historic trail walk.

Anyone interested in being part of the JeffCo On the Move team is invited to contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.  We need your ideas and participation to move forward and make Jefferson County a place where we encourage everyone to stay “on the move” to build a healthier community.

First National Bank To Become Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank announced today it has entered into an agreement to purchase First National Bank of Fairbury (FNF), Fairbury, Neb. and Jefferson County Bank (JCB), Daykin, Neb.

The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals, which are expected by the fourth quarter of 2018. When the purchase is final, both FNF and JCB will bemerged into Heartland Bank and their locations will become branches of Heartland Bank.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our presence in Nebraska and welcome the customers, employees and communities served byFirst National Bank and Jefferson County Bank to the Heartland Bank family. We look forward to continuing our mutual commitment to relationship banking, family ownership and building strong relationships with our customers and communities,” said John Wilkins, CEO/ Chairman of HeartlandBank.

The purchase continues the tradition of serving customers with a full suite of banking services, along with new additions such as a larger lending limit, anationwide ATM network and an industry leading trust company. Heartland Bank will continue to be headquartered in Geneva, Nebraska, and John Wilkins will remain Chairman and CEO. Jerry Knispel will continue to serve as Branch President of Fairbury, and Barry Schweer will continue in his role ofBranch President in Daykin.

“The shared values of the banks, including family-ownership, customer service, community support and an emphasis on the agricultural industry makes the purchase a natural fit. They will provide a common foundation for us as we work to bring our organizations together,” said Vernon Pfaff, Chairman of FNF and JCB.

Watch The Interview With Tiffany Pfaff of First National Bank

Quarter Mania-Homeless No More Cat Rescue

It’s time to find all your loose change. Start digging in your couch, laundry area, car, and purse. You’ll need the loot to be able to win prizes, especially if you want to attend Quarter Mania on Sunday, Aug. 12. Scheduled to run as a Ladies’ Sunday Funday (though men are welcome, too) at the Fairbury Elks with doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the local event will feature several activities to support Homeless No More Cat Rescue. It is being billed as the last big summer blast by its promoters.
According to co-organizer Diane Schutt, over 10 area vendors will host an open house at the Elks from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Shoppers and residents will be able to purchase products directly from companies like Tupperware, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Lip Sense and many more. Vendors are also available to sell product ready to take home the day of the event or to place orders for desired items, schedule demonstrations, fundraisers, and shows. Additionally, some local crafters and artisans will also be on hand to offer unique, one-of-a-kind creations from woodwork to home décor. But the real fun begins at 3 p.m. with the Quarter Mania Auction.
What is Quarter Mania? It’s a cross between an auction and a raffle where guests “bid” quarters to win a prize of goods. When a shopper registers on auction day, she will receive a paddle with a number that is used for her individual bidding on the items she wants to win. The auctioneer begins by holding up a product and provides details about the item along with the bid amount. Bids range from 1 to 4 quarters per paddle. If a shopper wants to bid on an item, she puts the corresponding number of quarters in the collection container at her table. Bidders then hold up their paddle(s)and wait for the numbers to be called. If a shopper has a winning number and has placed a bid, she wins the item! Quarters are picked up after each vendor has finished her auction turn, co-organizer Nels Sorensen said.
Shoppers will pay $5 for a bidding paddle with an assigned number. They can also buy additional paddles for $1 each.
The auctioneer uses a random number phone app that correlates to the number of paddles purchased at the event to generate the winner. Winning numbers are displayed on the phone for the audience to see as she announces it, too. Every item put up for a bid at Quarter Mania will have a winner. Paddle numbers will stay in the system, too, so one person can win more than one item. Bidders do not get eliminated once they win that afternoon, Schutt explained.
“For instance, if I had bid on the LuLaRoe fashion ensemble and my paddle number 57 came up on the random number app, I would be the prize winner. I may have used one paddle for a quarter or maybe I put up five paddles for $1.25, but I spent very little to win. When you try to explain how this works to people, many think it is complicated, but it isn’t and once you see it, you get hooked. It moves fast and is a lot of fun,” Schutt said.
Historically, quarter auctions have been popular on the East Coast, but are gaining popularity now in other regions in the United States, Sorensen added.
Besides vendor products, several themed baskets and other crafts will be auctioned off during the event. Shoppers can also eat, drink and be merry. The Elks will offer a cash bar and snacks and hors d’oeurves will be available in the afternoon for a freewill donation. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout event so there are many chances to win something.
“I attended my first quarter auction in the spring in Elmwood, Nebraska and it was a great time. I can see why people enjoy them,” Schutt said.
Advance paddle tickets can be purchased for $5 from any vendor participating in the event. (Check the HNM Facebook event for updates on this). Tickets will also be available from the Chamber of Commerce office and Homeless No More Cat Rescue volunteers.
Don’t worry if you run out of change that night. An on-site bank will help bidders get the quarters they need to win, Sorensen said.
So, think a quarter won’t get you very much. It might get you a lot more than you think.

Jefferson County Speedway to Host USAC Midwest Midget Championship on July 13-14

Lonnie Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (June 7, 2018) – The USAC National Midget series first took to the 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway in 2016 for some Tuesday Night Thunder.

With two years of phenomenal Midget action before a packed house atop the Nebraska clay in the books, this year’s USAC Midget appearance in the Cornhusker State will be even bigger with a two-night weekend stand during the Jefferson County Fair.

This year, the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation is set for Friday and Saturday, July 13-14.

Along with the USAC National Midgets, the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprints will be in action on both nights as well.  The Saturday, July 14, USAC feature offers up boosted feature start money of $500.

The Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County Speedway is the center point of USAC’s Midwest Midget that kicks off at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway with “Tuesday Night Thunder” on July 10 before moving on to Solomon Valley Raceway the next night for the “Chad McDaniel Memorial” and then wrapping up at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Sunday night, July 15.

With capacity crowds on hand for the USAC Midget event at Jefferson County Speedway over each of the past two years, even more seating has been added for this year’s extravaganza along with a new sound system.  The always entertaining event will wrap up on both nights with a live band.

Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson reigns as the defending USAC Midget winner at Jefferson County Speedway after battling past Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas in the closing laps of last year’s feature.  Thomas was runner-up to Arizona’s Chad Boat in the Inaugural USAC Midget event at Jefferson County Speedway in 2016.   Lincoln, Nebraska’s Frank Galusha has topped the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint ranks over each of the past two years.

This year’s USAC Midget roster is deeper than in any in recent history, with the Keith Kunz Motorsports fleet and Clauson-Marshall Racing team among a stout field.  The Keith Kunz Motorsports fleet is led by current series points leader Logan Seavey and defending USAC Midget champion Spencer Bayston, who just came away with the Indiana Midget Week title.  The Clauson-Marshall Racing team brings the trio of Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and rookie contender Zeb Wise.  A number of other top contenders are in the mix as well including the likes of Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Chad Boat and Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Thomas, Ryan Robinson, Tucker Klaasmeyer and Holly Shelton among others.

General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults each night with children under 54” tall just $5 each night. 

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on both July 13 and 14 with Qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

A new campground with electric and water hook-ups just a few hundred feet from the track has been added as well.  Limited spots remain.  Contact Monica at 402-300-1281 to reserve your spot now.

Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other sponsors that are making the “Midwest Midget Championship” possible include Napa Auto Parts, Pollman Appliance, Chappell Roofing, Ole’ Red 99.5, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Z-4 Trucking, Criner’s Corner, Vaughn Contracting, Starr Plumbing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Visitors Committee, Budweiser, Hepfner Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Keizer Wheels, EMI, Mud-X, Speedway Motors, Outlaw Wings.

The 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway is located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Fairbury, NE, at 56885 Pwf Rd, Fairbury, Nebraska 68352.

More information regarding the event is available at or by calling Cody Brewer at 405-823-8095.

Cooking Class for Adults & Kids

Jefferson Community Health & Life is excited to offer a Cooking Class for Kids (and their adult partners) this summer. By cooking together, school-age children and adults can learn about healthy eating and the im-portance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals. The program is open to kids ages 8 to 12. Each must have a parent, grandparent or other adult participate with them. During the two-week program, participants will learn to prepare simple healthy meals and snacks. Each session begins by tasting and de-scribing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Participants then work together to use those fruits and vegeta-bles to prepare a nutritious recipe. Sign up early-class size will be limited!
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 31, Aug. 2, Aug. 7 & Aug. 9
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Who: A child 8-12 and an adult partner
Where: JCH&L Large Conference Room
Registration fee: s10 per team
Pre-registration with payment required by July 20.
(Registration on back)
For more information call Lisa Edeal, RDN, LMNT, at 402-729-6846

Jefferson Community Health and Life Supports Local Wrestling Programs, Fairbury Nebraska

JCH&L Supports Local Wrestling Programs

Jefferson Community Health & Life donated a total of $541 to area wrestling programs in March. Donations were made to Tri County, Meridian and Fairbury wrestling programs based on their number of varsity pins their wrestlers achieved during the 2017-2018 season. Jefferson Community Health & Life will be donated $1 per pin to each of these schools which serve Jefferson County students and have a wrestling program.

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Fairbury City-Wide Garage Sales, Fairbury Nebraska

Fairbury City-Wide Garage Sales Set For Friday-Sunday, April 20-22

Tis the season! Garage sale season, that is. Fairbury will hold its annual city-wide garage sales on April 20, 21, and 22 at locations all over town. Participants wanting to have their garage sale included on the printed listing must fill out a form and bring $10 to the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce at 518 E Street. Payment must accompany the form and should be delivered inside the Chamber office.

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Steele City Living History Weekend, Nebraska

Blacksmithing – More Than Just Horseshoes

A trip to Historic Steele City, Nebraska, 12 miles SE of Fairbury is a bit like time-travel. Evidence of early pioneer life is still very visible in this tiny village in the Little Blue River valley, not far from the Oregon Trail. Historic buildings dot the landscape, trains blow their whistles as they pass by on tracks first laid in the 1850s, and spring water still flows, spilling perpetually into tanks once used as the principle water source for residents and their livestock.

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