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Sep

Making A Life In Jefferson County


JANSEN--Carmon Wheatcraft standing in front of the building that housed his Jansen grocery store for several decades. Photo by Cynthia Scheer/Fairbury Journal News.
Sit down next to Carmon Wheatcraft. Right next to him because his hearing is poor despite his hearing aides. 
Ask him a question – any question – and he will tell you a story. 
He may tell a story about his black diamond-colored Cadillac he bought new for his 90th birthday in February, or he may talk about his late wife, Joan, whom he says “was the most beautiful girl you ever saw.” 
Or he might brag about his housekeeper, who has kept the decades-old carpet in his house “looking like new” so that he never has to ask guests to remove their shoes. The avid texter might even pull his cell phone from his pocket and punch a variety of buttons until he finds his favorite photo of his daughter. 
“Isn't she beautiful?” he may say with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face as he holds up the second cell phone he has ever owned and shows off a photo of his only daughter in a large hat. 
Wed
24
Sep

Hebron Weighs in on Tattoo Parlors

September temperatures may have been warm but it wasn’t as warm as it was in the Hebron City Hall  chambers Wednesday evening, September 17.  A special meeting was conducted with people voicing their differing opinions about a new business coming to town.
Previously the council met and discussed the  possibility of passing a new ordinance that would prohibit any proposed body art establishment from opening business in Hebron.  The vote by the six council members was split with the Mayor Shane Day casting the deciding vote to disallow the proposed ordinance.  By disallowing the ordinance it would allow a tattoo parlor to set up business in Hebron.
Soon after the regular council meeting a petition was circulated around Hebron asking for a special meeting with the council.  Many citizens of Hebron felt that they had not had the opportunity to express their opinion.  The council then complied by calling a special meeting Wednesday, September 17.
Wed
24
Sep

Fairbury, Tri County Golfers Medal At Crete

It was a busy week on the links for both Fairbury and Tri County golf teams.
Both the Lady Jeffs and Lady Trojans had a top 15 medalist at Friday’s 13-team Crete Golf Invitational played on the College Heights Country Club golf course.
Fairbury senior Shyanne Adams earned the 13th place medal carding an 18-hole score of 101 on rounds of 49-52.
Rounding out the scoring for Fairbury included Bethanie Schacht with a 129, Evie Schwab shot a 141, Ashley Griffee turned in a 143, and Shavara Kroeker finished firing a 147.
In the final team standings, Fairbury placed 11th with a score of 514.
“This was our second meet in a week for the girls, and it wasn’t too bad of a day for us,” Lady Jeffs coach Jed Martin remarked.
Wed
24
Sep

Turnovers Prove Costly To Trojans In Loss To Freeman

  Turnovers Prove Costly To Trojans In Loss To Freeman

Wed
24
Sep

Fairbury Maneuvers Past JCC, 22-13

In a matchup of 1-2 and 0-3 teams Friday night, Fairbury overcame a rocky start by relying on a  balanced offense to improve its season record to 2-2 with a 22-13 victory against Johnson County Central played on the Thunderbirds home field in Tecumseh.
Fairbury found itself trailing, 7-0 just :13 seconds into the game after the opening kickoff was returned by Johnson County Central for a touchdown.
On their following drive, the Jeffs marched down field and pushed the ball across the goal line on a six-yard touchdown run by Jacob Johnson.
The PAT kick was no good leaving the Thunderbirds with a 7-6 lead heading to the second quarter.
Midway through the second stanza, Johnson gave Fairbury a 8-7 lead on a safety.
On the last play of the first half, Fairbury grabbed a 14-7 lead on a touchdown pass from Dalton Hinrichs to Nate Klaumann.
Wed
24
Sep

Lady Griffins Make Turnaround Win Twice At MUDECAS


DILLER-ODELL BLOCKERS MADISON JURGENS, No. 4 goes airborne at the net for a block attempt on Lourdes Central Catholic’s Sam Heng, No. 2, attack in action from the MUDECAS A Division Volleyball Tournament played at SCC-Beatrice’s Truman Center on Sept. 16. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
After struggling in its first round match loss Sept. 15th to Exeter-Milligan, Diller-Odell put together a pair of matches victories in the A Division of the MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
Diller-Odell lost in three sets, 25-18, 18-25, 18-25 to the Lady Timberwolves.
“We came out and played well in the first set, but then our passing fell apart the rest of the game. We were unable to get our serve receive or digs up to the setters to give them multiple options,” Lady Griffins coach Kandice Jurgens replied.
Josie Vitosh led Diller-Odell behind the service line with three aces and 13 points scored, while Madison Jurgens topped all attackers with 12 kills.
Nineteen set assists were put up by Vitosh on 45-47 setting.
With their loss, the Lady Griffins faced Lourdes Central Catholic in loser’s bracket action last Tuesday.
Wed
24
Sep

FHS Harriers Run Tired At Fillmore Central Invite

Following a demanding workout in practice during the week, Fairbury’s cross country teams finished sixth and eighth in their respective races at last Thursday’s 19-team Fillmore Central Invitational.
On the girls side, the Lady Jeffs had a pair of individual medalists which helped the squad place sixth out of 19 teams with a score of 109 points.
Malcolm was the invite champion for the girls with a score of 32 points.
Sophomore Lilibeth Estrada led the way for the Lady Jeffs earning the 19th place medal out of 83 runners finishing the 5K run in a time of 22:56.2.
Shaye Stall finished in the medals placing 20th with a time of 22:56.8.
Rounding out the runners for Fairbury included Hannah Yantz, 33rd, 24:03.8, Anna Schouboe, 39th, 24:41.7, and Makayla Fletcher was 66th in a time of 27:56.4.
Six runners participated for the Jeffs in the field of 99 runners in the 5K race.
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24
Sep

Lady Jeffs Struggle With Hitting, Crisp Play In Field Versus Seward

Despite not hitting the ball that hard at the plate, Seward found its stride scoring eight runs in the fourth inning to cruise past Fairbury, 10-0 last Tuesday evening on the Lady Bluejays’ home diamond.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs coach Taylor Biehl felt that even though the team lost it didn’t feel like being beaten, 10-0.
“Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning we were only down, 2-0. And then it ended up being 10-0. After the completion of the game I felt it didn’t feel like a 10-0 ballgame to me.. It was not like Seward was hitting the heck out of the ball. Some of their hits were just on the edge of the grass between our infielders and outfielders. They probably had three powerful hits in the game,” Biehl said.
Wed
24
Sep

Lakeview’s Quick Offense Creates Problems For Fairbury

An athletic Columbus Lakeview volleyball team used its up-tempo offense to defeat Fairbury in three sets last Tuesday night in the Lady Jeffs’ home opener.
The Lady ViQueens were victorious by scores of 25-11, 25-19, 25-8.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs head coach Ryan Evans felt Lakeview’s quick up-tempo offense gave the Lady Jeffs trouble throughout the match.
“They run a very quick offense which caused us a lot of problems. With their quick and up-tempo offense they took us out of system,” Evans remarked.
“We were unable to get our blocks up at the net. Plus when we dug the ball we were already out of system. You can only dodge the bullet so many times before the point is scored,” Evans said.
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24
Sep

Fairbury Spikers Go 1-2 In Own Invite


FAIRBURY SENIOR TIFFANI BONSAL No. 14, leaps at the net to tip the volleyball over the net past Falls City’s Libby Bauman’s block attempt in Saturday’s second pool play match of the Fairbury Volleyball Invitational. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs volleyball team had a promising start in their six-team Fairbury Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, but couldn’t maintain their momentum and finished fifth place overall with a record of 1-2.
In its opening pool play match, Fairbury came up short against David City.
The Lady Scouts won the match by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 27-25.
Late in the first set, Fairbury was within three points, 21-18, however David City closed out the set scoring the last seven points, including an ace serve by Dahila Vodicka for the 25th point.
Fairbury jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the second set taking advantage of two David City hitting errors and a kill by Shelby Pollman.
David City fought back tying the score at 5, before a kill from Shelby Pollman and an ace serve by Shelby Shinn put Fairbury ahead by two points.

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