Consistent Play Propels D/O Past Meridian

DILLER-ODELL SENIOR AUSTIN VITOSH, No. 14, is guarded closely by a Meridian defender, as he looks to distribute the ball to an open teammate in last Tuesday’s first round game in the MUDECAS Basketball Tournament Boys B Division played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News, more photos at:
After struggling early on, Diller-Odell began to hit its stride midway through the opening quarter and never let up in last Tuesday’s first round game versus Meridian in the MUDECAS Boys B Division Tournament played on the court at the Truman Center at SCC-Beatrice.
The Griffins came away with a 63-41 victory over the Mustangs.
Meridian jumped ahead, 5-2 in the first quarter, before the Griffins outscored the Mustangs, 11-4 in the last 5:50 of the quarter.
A two-point basket from the Mustangs’ Ty Brakhage inched Meridian within two points, 13-11 just :35 seconds into the second quarter.
Diller-Odell did a better job of moving the ball on offense in the second quarter stringing together a 10-0 run to open a 23-11 lead.
Bladen Ahl accounted for eight of the Griffins’ 10 points in the scoring spree.

Lack Of Offensive Rebounding Thorn In Fairbury’s Side

FAIRBURY SENIOR DALTON HINRICHS prepares to maneuver with the basketball past Wilber-Clatonia’s Carter Zlab, No. 20, during first half action last Tuesday night on the Jeffs’ home floor. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News, more photos at:
Fairbury’s home contest last Tuesday evening against Wilber-Clatonia could be summed up in a few words.
Too many offensive rebounds allowed.
In the first half, the Jeffs gave up eight offensive rebounds to the Wolverines, and 12 for the game, as Wilber-Clatonia walked off the court with a 51-38 win.
Wilber-Clatonia came out on fire jumping out to an 8-0 lead spearheaded by a pair of three-point hoops from Alec Munro.
Fairbury chipped away slicing the deficit to 13-8 after the one quarter.
A three-point field goal by the Jeffs’ Connor Livingston drew Fairbury within five points, 16-11 early in the second quarter.
However that would be as close as Fairbury would get with Wilber-Clatonia closing out the quarter on a 12-6 scoring spree for a halftime lead of 28-17.

Watch Those Commercials

I never really thought much about television commercials until I had to take a college journalism class on advertising. That class taught me that the time slot for the airing of every single commercial is quite deliberate, and now I can’t watch commercials without analyzing them. 
This is what I see when I watch TV:
In the evenings commercials are filled with food commercials: Doritos, fast food restaurants, Pepsi, etc. Nearly every commercial break has at least a restaurant or junk food item. Advertisers are appealing to hungry people during the supper hour, and the bored people or still-a-little-bit-hungry people from 8-10 p.m.

Thinking About Sasquatch And Drinking 24 Hours A Day

I am quite a reader. When I  read, usually news articles,  I save snippets of things that I think perhaps I will use in a column or editorial one day.
 Some of those items turn out to be stand alone topics. Others are merely things that have piqued my interest. It’s time to clean out that file a little bit with things that merit just a comment or sentence or two.
  A Hastings woman who is a member of SIR (Sasquatch Investigation of the Rockies) recently  contacted the Butler County Sheriff to say she found structures consistent with how the creature would mark a territory or stake out a claim.
  I don’t judge. Who am I to say how a Sasquatch marks his territory. I can also remember when people vehemently denied there were Cougars living in Nebraska too. And my son still swears he thinks the elusive Chupacabra lives south of Fairbury in the hills.

Our Community Would Be Better Off If People Spoke Their Convictions

  Courage isn’t easily found.
 Some unfortunately find courage in a bottle, speaking their minds only when they’ve had a few. Others find courage in anonymity, it’s easy to speak out from behind the curtain where no one knows who you are.
  In the case of the Journal-News courage can be found each week with a by line. Like it or not you always know what we think. Sometimes it’s right, other times we’ve missed the mark. Our courage sometimes nets us cheers, jeers, flat tires and keyed vehicles. But you know where we stand on community issues.


Police Report 
Jan. 6: Report of a welfare check in the 200 block of 7th Street. 
Jan. 7: Report of a disturbance involving a student at Fairbury Junior/Senior High School. 
Jan. 8: Report of a scam phone call in the 900 block of D Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of an attempted break-in in the 1100 block of 5th Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of a dog running loose in the 1000 block of 5th Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of disturbing the peace in the 1500 block of K Street. 
Jan. 8: Report of a theft in the 1400 block of D Street. 
Jan. 9: Report of a disturbance in the 800 block of 9th Street. 
Jan. 11: Report of vandalism in the 800 block of 4th street. 
Jan. 11: Report of a gas drive off in the 300 block of 14th Street. 
Jan. 11: Report of a stolen vehicle in the 900 block of 6th Street. 

Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame

Nebraska Baseball Hall Of Fame
Four players, one manager, one umpire, along with two distinguished service winners will be inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.
The annual banquet will be held Sunday Feb. 8 at 5pm, Aunt Mary’s Event Center at 8th and Court Street in Beatrice.
 This year’s Hall of Fame inductees come from Omaha, Grand Island, Shelton, Byron, Farnam, and Beatrice.
Special guest and 2010 inductee Buddy Hunter of Omaha and formerly of the Boston Red Sox will address the group. .
 Long time sports editor, reporter, and sports enthusiast Jane White of Beatrice will be honored with a Distinguished Service Award.
 Jane works as a reporter for the Wilber Republican. Jane has been a promoter of all events that have to do with sports, but she has been a friend of Beatrice and the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.

school lunch menu 1-21-15

Fairbury Elementary
Thursday, Jan. 22: MACHO NACHO; Tuna salad on deli and beans & rice.
Friday, Jan. 23: CHILI, W/CRACKERS & HMD CINNAMON ROLL; Chicken Salad on deli and fresh veggies.
Monday, Jan. 26: MINI CORN DOGS; Tuna salad on deli and baked beans.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: HMD BEEF PIZZA; Chicken salad on deli and corn.
Wednesday, Jan. 28: TACO SOUP W/TORTILLA CHIP AND CORNBREAD; Turkey flatbread and fresh taco toppings.
Fairbury High School
Thursday, Jan. 22: MACHO NACHO; Oven roasted chicken on bun and beans & rice.
Friday, Jan. 23: CHILI, W/CRACKERS & HMD CINNAMON ROLL; Hamburger on bun and fresh veggies.
Monday, Jan. 26: MINI CORN DOGS; Roasted chicken on bun and baked beans.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: HMD BEEF PIZZA; Jeff rib on bun  and corn.

JCHC Now Licensed for 17 Beds

Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury renovation project nearing completion. Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News
With renovation nearly complete, Jefferson Community Health Center has officially changed its licensure to 17 Critical Access Hospital Beds, down from 25.
 “The patient room renovation is now complete, and we have 17 spacious private patient rooms in which we can care for our patients,” Jurgens said. “When the renovation was designed, we took into careful consideration trends from the past 5-10 years and projected needs for the future. We will be able to serve our community’s acute care, surgical and swing beds needs well with 17 beds.”
Administrative offices  are expected to open next month, and the entire renovation project is expected to be completed by summer.

Current, Former Residents Note Importance Of Keeping The Bonham

“It is better to give than receive” or so the old saying goes.  Luckily, for the last two years, the Bonham Theatre Project has been on the receiving end of generous giving.  Presently, it is about $60,000 away from raising the projected costs ($725,000) to renovate the Bonham Theatre. But the need for additional financial support remains.
Since BTP’s formation in October 2012, after the closing of the Bonham Cinema, people and organizations from the community, state, and country have contributed anywhere from thousands of dollars to a couple of bucks, according to Debby Ebke, BTP treasurer.  
For many current and former residents, saving and bringing back to life the Bonham Theatre has become a personal mission.  Whether it results from the memories of childhood or a vision to maintain a high quality of life, the passion exists.