Cody Lundholm Earns State Medal For Mustangs

MERIDIAN SENIOR CODY LUNDHOLM clears a hurdle in his lane during the running of the Class D Boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles final Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Senior Cody Lundholm came home with a medal for Meridian at last weekend’s NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke High Stadium.
Lundholm concluded his high school track career by earning the eighth place medal in the Class D Boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
Saturday afternoon, Lundholm running in lane one in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles final recorded a time of 44.91.
In the prelims of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles Friday evening, Cody qualified for the finals placing second in his heat with a time of 42.31.
Friday afternoon, Lundholm competed in the Class D Boys 400-meter dash prelims, but did not qualify for Saturday’s final posting a time of 53.65 by finishing fourth overall in his heat.
Sophomore Raselyn Griffin participated Friday afternoon for the Mustangs in the Class D Boys 100-meter dash prelims, however he didn’t advance to Saturday’s final after turning in a time of 11.80.

Youth Wrestling Camp Planned For June 9-10

University of Nebraska-Kearney varsity wrestler Connor Bolling will be the special clinician for the Fairbury High School Youth Wrestling Camp set for June 9-10 with camp time slated to run from 10 a.m. until noon on both days.
The site of the wrestling camp will be at the Fairbury High School wrestling room. If numbers get too high to stay in the wrestling room the camp would be moved to the gym floor.
As a sophomore, Bolling finished 32-15 as the starting 125-pounder for the Lopers who finished the season as the Division II National Runners-Up. Connor finished the year with four pins, four major decisions, and three technical falls.
As a freshman in 2012-2013, Bolling was the Lopers starter at 125 pounds and posted a record of 24-11 including (11-5 vs D2). Connor had seven falls, five majors, and one technical fall on the season.

Fairbury Senior High School Honors Night Awards

Grade 12:
Cole Bauer
Kailoni Bray
Spencer Feldkamp
Christopher Fisher
Nicole Graham
Dalton Hinrichs
Nathan Klaumann
Keanna Kroeker
Layne Livingston
Madison Neuerburg
Marshall Nichelson
Alexander Plummer
Madison Schlake
Bryce Schouboe
Megan Siebe
Brett Wanamaker
J’Nan Wittler
Grade 11:
Nicholas 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 10:
Madison Black
Carson Bohlmeyer
Jonathon Engelman
Althea Esteller

Hebron Memorial Day Services

Memorial Day Celebrations held in hebron--re-enactors in period uniform and a speech by Abraham Lincoln were a few of the events that were featured on Memorial Day at the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron. (Photo by Fred Arnold/Fairbury Journal-News)

Opening Arguments Begin Wednesday For Junker Trial

Jury selection for Dwain Junker’s trial finished late Wednesday morning, and opening arguments were scheduled to begin after lunch. Selection for the 12-member jury began Tuesday. Four days have been reserved for the trial.
Junker, of rural Fairbury, is charged with one count of sexual assault of a minor and two counts of forcible sexual assault in incidents occurring between 2011 and 2013.
Two weeks ago Judge Paul Korslund denied Junker’s motion to have the trial moved to Gage County. Junker and his lawyer, Joseph Murray, argued at that time that he couldn’t get a fair and impartial jury in Jefferson County.
One hundred and fifty people were summoned for jury selection.

Honoring Those We’ve Lost

MEMORIAL DAY Ceremonies including decorating the monument for lost soldiers at the Fairbury Cemetery on Monday. (Photos by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News)

Jefferson County To Receive New Ambulance

The Jefferson County Ambulance District #33 has been approved for a new ambulance and will receive it in July. According to Alan Rosenthal, Jefferson County Ambulance Manager, they were in need of a new ambulance and are now looking for more help.
Adding the new ambulance is only one of the many things Rosenthal would like to accomplish at the Ambulance District. 
“I would like to start an approved EMT class that would be held at District #33,” Rosenthal told Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The department is looking to fill an open full-time position and have enlisted the state to help find the right candidate. 
“Our schedule is covered until the first week in June, but the position needs to be filled quickly and we'll also be looking to add some part-time help in the near future,” Rosenthal.

No End In Sight For Wet Weather Pattern

  May 2015 will go down in the history books as the wettest May since record keeping began more than 112 years ago. Parts of the Journal-News coverage area received more than 13 inches of rain, eclipsing the old record of slightly below 10.75 inches set in 1903.
   Most of the precipitation that fell during May occurred during one storm, with more than 11 inches falling in some parts of the coverage area on the on the 6th. In all precipitation has fallen in 18 out of the 27 days this month.
  The weather patters has remained wet and shows no sign of changing for the near future. Chances of rain are in the forecast everyday through this weekend. Early forecasts for the month of June are also pointing to a wetter and drier than normal month. At this point July is predicted to be normal in both rainfall and temperature. 

No Flags On Memorial Day

Every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Fourth of July, 320 flags are placed on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn in Fairbury by volunteers. This ceremony known as the Avenue of Flags is a memorial dedicated to the deceased veterans who served our country.
On Monday Memorial Day, in Fairbury there were no flags in the courthouse lawn. 
“Volunteers did show up to help with the ceremony, but it was canceled due to the weather,” said Kenneth Dodge Veterans Service Officer for Jefferson County. 
According to Dodge when the flags are set up, the poles that hold each flag bear the name of the deceased veteran, name of the next of kin, and survivors names. The program was introduced as a way for families to honor their deceased service members and the Avenue of Flags will continue.


Police report
May 14: Report of a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Ash Street. 
May 14: Report of a theft in the 300 block of 7th Street. 
May 14: Report of a female arrested in the 1500 block of K Street on a Jefferson County warrant. 
May 15: Report of a rock being thrown from a lawn mower in the 1100 block of 14th Street into a passing vehicle, which shattered a window. 
May 15: Report of harassment in rural Fairbury. 
May 16: Report of a disturbance in the 900 block of D Street. 
May 16: Report of a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Maple Street. 
May 17: An unidentified motorcycle was witnessed in the Fairbury high school parking lot falling into a parked 2007 Chrysler owned by Paul Graham, of Beatrice. Damages to Graham’s vehicle were estimated at $1,500. 
May 17: Report of a disturbance in the 1200 block of Elm Street.