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Wed
18
Feb

Lady Griffins Win Big On Seniors Night


DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORE MADISON JURGENS No. 14, puts up a shot in the paint against College View Academy in the Lady Griffins’ home finale on Feb. 10. Jurgens tallied 21 points, as Diller-Odell won big against the Lady Eagles, 69-16. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Diller-Odell used a half-court trapping defense to take command right from the start, while all 12 players scored in the game lifting the Lady Griffins to a comfortable, 69-16 home win against College View Academy on Seniors Night  last Tuesday evening.
Seven players tallied points for Diller-Odell in the first quarter enroute to forging a 19-1 lead.
Madison Jurgens, Madison Hajek, and Katie Schultis led the way for the Lady Griffins in the uprising with four points each.
An 8-0 run midway through the second quarter highlighted by the scoring of Schultis, Alexis Collins, Katie Zarybnicky, and Hajek increased Diller-Odell’s lead to 34-5.
In the last eight seconds of the quarter, the Lady Griffins netted three points including a two-point hoop by Haley Denner and one free throw from Paige Vitosh to leave the court at intermission ahead, 39-9.
Wed
18
Feb

Jackson Wins Gold For Meridian, Six Mustangs Qualify For State


STATE WRESTLING QUALIFIERS Six wrestlers will represent Meridian at this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Participants include front (l-r) Liam Noel, 120-pound weight class, Joshua Traynor, 138-pound weight class, and Baxter Beals, 145-pound weight class. Back (l-r) Triston Voight, 170-pound weight class, Brandon Jackson, 182-pound weight class, and Cody Lundholm, 195-pound weight class. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Meridian saved its best for last at this past weekend’s D-1 District Wrestling Tournament held at Midland University Events Center in Fremont.
Everyone on the team stepped up and contributed leading Meridian to a third place finish in the 19-team tournament.
The Mustangs racked up 105 points and qualified six wrestlers to this weekend’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Friend was the D-1 District champion scoring 152 points with Archbishop Bergan second chalking up 111 points.
Senior Brandon Jackson led the parade of state qualifiers for Meridian, as he won four matches to claim the district championship in the 182-pound weight class.
In his championship match, Jackson won by pin in a time of 1:30 over Freeman’s Jacob Buhr.
Junior Joshua Traynor placed second in the 138-pound weight class with a mark of 3-1.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury Sends Three Grapplers To State Wrestling Tournament


STATE WRESTLING QUALIFIERS Three Fairbury wrestlers punched their ticket to compete in this week’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Seated (l-r) Damian Green, 145-pound weight class, Jacob Johnson, 160-pound weight class, and Paul Mach, 285-pound weight class. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury will be represented by a trio of wrestlers at this year’s NSAA State Wrestling Tournament held this week at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Damian Green, Jacob Johnson, and Paul Mach came away placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at this past weekend’s B-3 District Wrestling Tournament held at the Aurora High School Sports Complex.
Freshman Jacob Johnson placed second in the 160-pound weight class with a mark of 3-1.
Johnson (38-3) lost in the championship match by pin in 1:47 to Columbus Scotus’s Marcus Dodson (44-1).
Sophomore Damian Green finished fourth in the 145-pound weight class with a record of 4-2.
In his third place match Green (31-12) lost by pin in a time of 3:00 to Grand Island Northwest’s Karson Sok.
Sophomore Paul Mach picked up a fourth place medal in the 285-pound weight class turning in a record of 3-2.
Wed
18
Feb

Going Up


Going Up-After gas prices hit near seven year lows two weeks ago, prices have again begun a slow, steady climb. Gas prices in Fairbury were as low as $1.97 a gallon earlier this month but have risen to the recent price of $2.19. Diesel, which was also at five year lows has also risen along with other fuel. Journal-news photo by Fred Arnold
Wed
18
Feb

City Officials Say Rental Inspections Underway, Urge Program Compliance

 "So far it's not been too bad," Fairbury City Zoning Administrator Laura Bedlan said of the new rental housing inspection program.
  Bedlan told members of the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday that while some of the landlords in Fairbury who rent property have turned in the appropriate paperwork, a majority have not.
 "About one third of the landlords have complied with the law, the rest need to understand that they have to as well," she said.
 Bedlan emphasized the following criteria for people who rent houses."
  * If they received a letter from the City they need to respond. Either sign up for an inspection or give a reason why they feel their property is exempt.
  * If you are a renter and get a postcard make sure you are ok with the scheduled date of the inspection and return it to the city.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury To Start New Annexation Project

The city of Fairbury is working on expanding their borders. On Tuesday the local governing body set March 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the time and date for a public hearing for a new annexation project.
According to city zoning administrator Laura Bedlan the pending project encompasses business and land along the city's northeast corridor.
"What we're looking at from a business standpoint is an area that takes in Countryside Vet Clinic, Ace Hardware, Fairbury Coop as well as the Fairbury Rural Fire building, the former Massey Ferguson dealership and land owned by Northgate Development," she said.
 Bedlan said the hearing will be open for public comment by anyone, not just those who would be affected by the pending project.
 "We've had a couple of people come in and ask some questions about this project but no one has been in and said they are opposed to it so far," she said.
Wed
18
Feb

Fairbury To Start New Annexation Project

The city of Fairbury is working on expanding their borders. On Tuesday the local governing body set March 3 at 7:30 p.m. as the time and date for a public hearing for a new annexation project.
According to city zoning administrator Laura Bedlan the pending project encompasses business and land along the city's northeast corridor.
"What we're looking at from a business standpoint is an area that takes in Countryside Vet Clinic, Ace Hardware, Fairbury Coop as well as the Fairbury Rural Fire building, the former Massey Ferguson dealership and land owned by Northgate Development," she said.
 Bedlan said the hearing will be open for public comment by anyone, not just those who would be affected by the pending project.
 "We've had a couple of people come in and ask some questions about this project but no one has been in and said they are opposed to it so far," she said.
Wed
18
Feb

Sheriff Sorensen: “People Trying To Scam Local Residents”

 The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is conducting two investigations on a pair of scams that have infiltrated this area.
 According to Sheriff Nels Sorensen his office has received a large number of complaints in recent months regarding  scams and fraud.
 "There has been a scam in the area that tells citizens they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service," Sorensen said. "In one case someone was told if they do not pay this money they will be arrested."
  Sorensen stresses that the IRS does not contact people by phone if they owe them money.
  "All dealings they will have with the Internal Revenue Service should start with a certified letter that comes from the Internal Revenue Service."
Wed
18
Feb

Commissioners Turn Down Road Request From Plymouth

A representative from the Village of Plymouth went to the Jefferson County Commissioners last week hoping to get a commitment for financial assistance on a local road project. What he got instead was a fairly short and sweet, "no."
Plymouth Village Board member Fred Meyer told county commissioners that because of increases traffic on the road that connect Highway 136 with Highway 4, approximately six blocks of blacktop that runs through Jefferson County's second largest community is "getting pretty beat up." He said increased semi traffic is the primary cause for the road woes in Plymouth.
 State of Nebraska Highway Engineer  Rex Behrends said that while the six blocks that needs repair is owned by the village of Plymouth, most of the damage comes from what he called out of county truck traffic.
Wed
18
Feb

White out Conditions Results In Tuesday Accident

A 71-year old Reynolds man was taken to Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury on Tuesday following a car/semi accident on Highway 8 just east of Reynolds.
 According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office a vehicle driven by Jimmy Groathouse of Reynolds struck from behind a 1970 Peterbilt semi with trailer. The sheriff’s office said the semi truck driven by Roger Weathersbee, 31, or Concordia, KS., had stopped to lock the axles for traction and was starting to proceed when he was hit by Groathouse.
Because of near white out conditions Groathouse was unable to see the semi or trailer. The vehicle driven by Groathouse was considered a total loss. The semi suffered minor damage. Groathouse was taken to JCHC for non life threatening injuries.

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