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Reflecting on 2018

Christmas has passed and the year is coming to a close.  As we look ahead to 2019, we must also reflect on all we’ve accomplished in the past few months.  From new businesses to new traditions, Fairbury went through a lot of positive changes.

On April 4th, the Fairbury City Council officially established the Fairbury Police Department’s K-9 unit.  Just a few days later, Chief Mark Travis and Officer Cody Followell picked up a Belgium Malinois from the airport.  K9 Jax, named by Prairie Central students, specializes in narcotics detection, tracking, and criminal apprehension, and he is already an invaluable asset to the Fairbury area.  However, Fairbury’s K-9 unit wouldn’t be possible without the overwhelming support from the community in the past few years. Make sure to follow K9 Jax and the Fairbury Police Department on Facebook for updates.

In 2018, we’ve welcomed new businesses to the Fairbury community.  Earlier this year, Catton’s Creamery, an ice cream shop with a delightful assortment of flavors, opened its doors.  The shop is working with the Attractions group, and they cannot wait for you to visit them when they reopen in 2019.  Gutwein Quality Doors recently moved to their new location on Route 24 on the west side of Fairbury.

The Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG) is the driving force behind many improvements in the Fairbury area; the group was very successful this year, completing countless projects.  One of the most significant undertakings of 2018 was the “completion” of the Marsh Park renovation:  FIG managed to fix up the playground equipment and basketball hoops; add new bleachers around the basketball court; repair the pavilions; and install security cameras around the park.  Marsh Park Day, a day to enjoy the new-and-improved park, finalized the renovations.

Other FIG improvements include various fixes throughout all of the Fairbury parks; the installation of mini lending libraries in Marsh and North Park; the repainting of the 1882 Archer House Building sign and TP&W shed; and the installation of two historical murals.  The next FIG meeting is February 19, 2019.

Another significant addition to the area this year is the Community Connection Center in Chatsworth, a building that allows Central Illinois to come together in one place.  Central Illinois Connection’s goal is to involve everyone – young and old – in making Central Illinois a better place by building enthusiasm, teamwork, and a vibrant culture that sets our small communities apart.  In doing so, the Connection Center allows our small towns to thrive.  You can experience the Connection Center weekdays and Saturdays, and keep an eye out for special fun events that they are hosting.

We love to hear your stories, ideas, and suggestions!  You can send all of your feedback to us by calling (815) 692-4500 or emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.  You can also visit Bobbi McKeon at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.