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Juniors Season Ends With Loss To Crete

Photo caption: FAIRBURY JUNIOR SECOND BASEMAN TYLER HEIDEMANN lunges forward to connect with a pitch in Sundays B4 District Juniors Baseball Tournament game against Crete played at Thom Stallard Legion Field in Crete. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

A formidable opponent, Crete brought an end to the Fairbury Juniors season Sunday afternoon in an elimination game in the B4 District Juniors Baseball Tournament played in Crete.

Crete took advantage of several miscues in the field to defeat Fairbury, 14-7.

It didnt take Crete long to score the first run.

A RBI groundout by Luke Hollman scored Carter Kent who led off with a single and advanced to second on a infield single.

Fairbury answered back in the top of the second scoring once off a balk.

In the bottom of the second, errors and walks hampered Fairbury, as Crete tallied four runs on three hits to open a 5-1 lead.

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Money Talks

It is game on for NBA Free Agency.

This is the time in the NBA off-season where teams can go after that marquee player that they hope will turn their squads fortunes around.

Most teams have a plan to fill a void on their roster with a top-flight free agent.

Every team needs some improvement. No team is virtually a perfect 10. Squads have holes and gaps that need to be addressed.

It will be interesting to see which franchises are aggressive and seek out that elite unrestricted free agent which can turn their team into a contender.

Wouldnt you like to be in the shoes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Eric Bledsoe, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, and Lance Stephenson to have the opportunity to receive a huge payday.

The Big 3 in Miami, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have each opted out of their contracts making them key pieces for the Heat to resign or be paid top dollar by another team.

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Tri Countys Offense Struggles In District Loss To Utica/Beaver Crossing

Photo caption: TRI COUNTY PITCHER TREVOR NICKEL prepares to throw the ball to first base to retire a Utica/Beaver Crossing batter in action Saturday evening at C-5 District Juniors Baseball Tournament held at Cody Park-Legion Field. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Tri Countys Junior American Legion baseball team made an early exit from the C-5 District Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament Saturday evening played at Cody Park-Legion Field.

A lack of offense led to Tri Countys 5-0 loss to Utica/Beaver Crossing in elimination action.

Tri Countys offense was limited to just one hit off Utica/Beaver Crossing pitcher Kyle Gierhan.

After holding Utica/Beaver Crossing scoreless in the top of the first inning, Tri County came to bat in the bottom of the first and collected its lone hit of the game.

Ryan Musil led off with a single to centerfield, but just two pitches later he was thrown out on a steal attempt of second base.

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Fifth Inning Explosion Powers Fairbury Past York

Photo caption: FAIRBURY JUNIOR BASERUNNER ADAM WASSERMAN dives back to first base ahead of the tag in fourth inning action Saturday afternoon versus York in the B4 District Juniors Baseball Tournament held in Crete. Wasserman had a pair of singles in Fairburys 15-11 win against York. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

In baseball, the object of the game is score more runs than your opponent.

On a hot Saturday afternoon in an elimination game that lasted nearly three hours, Fairbury outslugged York, 15-11 in the B4 Area Junior Tournament held at Thom Stallard Legion Field in Crete.

Fairbury wasted no time in grabbing the lead sending six batters to the plate and scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Patrick Ondrak started the inning off for Fairbury with a standup double to left center.

Ondrak moved to third on a passed ball, and scored the first run for Fairbury on a wild pitch by York pitcher Jameson Nickels.

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Tiger Pigs And John Deere (Both Real And Toy) Take Over The Weekend

Life is so much better when watching children experience it. I had a busy weekend this last week, and as I reflect on the past few days nearly every memory I have involves my boys. Part of that is because I have to watch them constantly, but part of that is because children can turn ordinary moments into extraordinary ones.

We spent Friday evening helping my sister do the show clipping on her sheep. When we werent looking, my two boys dumped out the bag of wool clippings and proceeded to load them into their dump trucks and haul them across the yard. At one point I saw one of the boys throw the wool clippings into the air and watch it rain down.

Almost-four-year-old Kane later told me to grab a rake and help clean up the mess.

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Locals

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You City of Fairbury Street Dept for your recent work done on my street which for several yrs has needed some repairs. You did a wonderful job and along with our local neighborhood, I can say we all appreciate your work. And in the same breath, I have always appreciated your efforts at the job your guys do at cleaning the streets of snow in the winter. We here in Fairbury are so lucky to have our residential streets cleaned in the manner you do. All one has to do is see some much larger cities and how residential areas take a back seat to street cleaning. We here in Fairbury are so fortunate to not have to deal with this issue. Keep up the good work. I know your budget is as tight as any of ours, so I only find it in my heart to be appreciative of what you do. Ive been in Detroit, Chicago, NYC, Omaha, Lincoln and we are lucky here, very lucky.

Charles Endorf

Fairbury, NE.

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Pictures: The Best And The Worst Of The County Fair

If you talk to any newspaper person about their county fair and like as not youll get a glassy-eyed stare in return. You see, the county fair (insert your county) while its a wonderful event causes a lot of stress and strain on newspaper folk.

The staff of the Journal-News is no exception. We spend days down at the Jefferson County Fair taking pictures of as many events, activities and candid shots as we can. Its really not unusual over the course of four days for staff members to rack up another 40 hours of time each, covering the far. Thats in addition to their regular duties at the paper.

This year was no exception.

I will admit it has been quite a few years since Ive put in my fair share of time at the fair taking pictures. But I was back in the saddle just the same this year rolling up hours and filling up memory cards. By conservative efforts I am figuring FJN staffers took hundreds of photos, maybe even toping the thousand mark.

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TRAILER RACE WINNER DICK TRACY of Lincoln, NE, left, and Miss. Jefferson County, Megann Freese, right. Contributed Photo

In two weeks plus one day, Judge J. Patrick McArdle will retire as District Court Judge for Jefferson, Thayer and Saline counties. He has diligently served for 31 years as a judge, 19 in our county alone.

The Journal-news has worked with Judge McArdle and covered his court for nearly two decades and he will be missed. Among those in the professional sector he has a reputation of being strict but fair. A reputation that is deserved. It has been this newspapers observation that if you gave Judge McArdle the proper respect due his office you were respected in turn. Disrespect did not always turn out so well for those who stood before him.

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At the Races

Photo caption: TRAILER RACE WINNER DICK TRACY of Lincoln, NE, left, and Miss. Jefferson County, Megann Freese, right. Contributed Photo

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Heritage Highway Announces Photography Contest

The Heritage Highway Association is inviting amateur photographers to submit photos in the 2014-15 Heritage Highway photography contest.

Nebraska's Heritage Highway is a 238-mile stretch of Nebraska Highway 136 extending from historic Brownville along the banks of the Missouri River westward to Edison. This stretch of Highway 136 cuts across a section of Nebraska where the historical significance is undeniable. Attractions found along the byway are sure to set the stage for a variety of magnificent photos.

Photographs of community celebrations and events will also be accepted, and must have been taken since the designation of the Heritage Highway

Scenic Byway in October, 1999. The top four entries will receive one of the several vacation packages that have been assembled to include lodging, dining and attractions in the towns of Red Cloud, Fairbury, Pawnee City and Tecumseh.

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