Concern for the Pilger, Nebraska tornado survivors has propelled officials in Thayer County to launch a Helping Hand community assistance campaign.
In the aftermath of the deadly twisters that carved a swath of destruction across much of the town; which killed two people and injured a dozen more, the entire Thayer County is getting involved.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Omaha said the two tornadoes in Pilger were rated EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds estimated between 166 to 200 mph.
Immediately posted in various areas throughout Thayer County including the announcement board at the entry in the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron, a flyer advises the community that the Thayer County Sheriffs Office, Elected officials, and county employees will be accepting donated items to be delivered to the citizens of Pilger.
The Thayer County Sheriff's Office investigated a single vehicle rollover injury accident at the junction of Hwy 81 and Hwy 8. Three people including an infant were transported by ambulance to the Republic County Hospital. Chester Fire and Rescue as well as Hebron Rescue were called to the scene. Rescue units from both fire departments transported the victims. The Sheriff is happy to report the infant was properly secured in a child seat and was removed from the car seat while the vehicle was upside down. Contributed Photo
Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler Nebraska has received a deficiency free rating following this years annual survey by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Only eight percent (8%) of the 227 facilities in Nebraska receive a deficiency free rating per year.
Nursing homes are one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States, along with nuclear energy and aviation.
All Nebraska nursing facilities are surveyed annually. This unscheduled/unannounced survey is required to be done within 15 months of the previous survey.
All aspects of the facility are included in the survey physical plant, nursing, dietary, environmental services, staffing, activities, social services, and interviews are done with family and residents. The purposes of the survey is to assure that residents are receiving quality care in a safe environment and that all regulatory requirements are met.
Photo caption: FAIRBURY SWIM TEAM MEMBER Braden Suey swims the breaststroke on the third leg of the Boys 9-10 200 Meter Medley Relay Saturday morning in the Kansas-Nebraska League Swim Meet held at the Fairbury City Pool. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Photo caption: DALTON HINRICHS pushes off the mound as he delivers a pitch toward the plate in last Wednesdays home game against Malcolm. Hinrichs pitched a complete game for the win, allowing five hits with four strikeouts, while at the plate he had three hits in Fairburys 4-2 win. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
On a night where there were no losers, the Fairbury Seniors American Legion baseball team came through with a stellar 4-2 home win against Malcolm last Wednesday night in the Pink Out Game to raise funds to defeat cancer.
Members of the Husker Rehab 12-and-under girls softball team accompanied Fairbury Seniors starters to their position on the field prior to the National Anthem.
Fairbury wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the first inning, Fairbury sent four batters to the plate and scored one run on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Dalton Hinrichs.
Photo caption: BOYS ALL-STAR ACTION The Wests Kyle Schwisow, No. 32, drives past an East defender on his move to basket in second half play Saturday evening. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
A 26-point third quarter helped the West gain momentum, and then the team had to withstand a fourth quarter rally by the East to come away with a hard-fought, 75-71 win Saturday night in the Southeast Nebraska Boys All-Star basketball game played at Southeast Community Colleges Truman Center in Beatrice.
Meridian graduate Kyle Schwisow was a member of the West All-Stars.
It was deja vu at the start just like in the girls game with the West racing out to a quick 7-0 lead.
Two free throws by Beatrices Rylee Zimmerman with 2:35 on the clock gave the West its largest lead in the first quarter at 21-8.
The East regrouped and concluded the quarter on a 5-0 run to slice the deficit to eight points.
ELEVEN AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETES were chosen 2014 Athletes Of The Year by the Fairbury Journal-News sports department. Honorees were selected by a criteria setup by Fairbury Journal-News Sports Editor Jim Phelps. Head coaches from the area high schools voted on their schools senior or junior student-athletes from those guidelines.
Photo caption: GIRLS ALL-STAR ACTION The Wests Jordan Johnson, No. 42, battles for position in the lane with the Easts Sarah Schmidt, No. 43 for a rebound in Saturdays Southeast Nebraska Girls All-Star basketball game played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice. Johnson scored 15 points for the West, while Schmidt tallied six points for the East, as the West trounced the East, 86-47. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
The stars were shining Saturday evening in Beatrice.
Powered by balanced team scoring, with three players in double figures along with a rock-solid defensive performance, the West All-Stars cruised to an 86-47 win over the East in the Southeast Nebraska Girls All-Star basketball game played at the Truman Center on the campus of SCC-Beatrice.
Fairbury graduate Jordan Johnson was a member of the victorious West squad.
Diller-Odell graduates Sarah Schmidt and Erin Saathoff were teammates on the East All-Star team.
When you talk to Dylan Sillman of Alvo, Nebraska the Bruce Springsteen Song "Born To Run" just naturally goes through your mind.
On the surface he is just like a lot of other 10-year old red-blooded American boys. He wears sleeveless t-shirts, plays baseball and is glad school is out for the summer. And Starburst candy? He loves Starburst candy.
But what separates Dylan from a lot of other boys his age is his passion for racing. Not radio control cars. Not go-karts. But bonafide race cars. The kind that goes fast. Upwards of 100 miles an hour fast.
On the most recent Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway, June 21, in Fairbury Dylan showed up to race. But because there is no 'restrictor class' in Fairbury Dylan couldn't compete. Local race officials still wanted to let the young "hot shoe" go however and let him run several laps during intermission prior to the feature races.