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Defense Propels Lady Griffins

Following a sluggish first quarter of play, the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins turned up their defensive pressure in the second quarter resulting in a number of Johnson-Brock turnovers which helped lead to a 51-26 road win Saturday over the Lady Eagles.

After expanding its lead to 29-12 at half, Diller-Odell maintained control in the second half by outscoring Johnson-Brock 22-14.

The Lady Griffins struggled in the first quarter, scoring only eight points and playing of sync. That is typically the case coming off the five-day Christmas holiday break, Lady Griffins Coach John Mohr said. The girls upped their defensive pressure in the second quarter, outscoring Johnson-Brock 21-8. The team took advantage of Johnson-Brock turnovers, as many of the Lady Griffins points came in transition after steals were made.

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Four Area Football Players Earn All-State Honorable Mention

Photo caption: Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION Three Fairbury football players and one Meridian football player received All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Lincoln Jounral Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Honorees from Fairbury were seated (l-r), Connor Livingston, Nate Klaumann, and Tyler Theye. Earning honors for the Mustangs was Brandon Jackson.

For their exceptional play on the field this past season, Fairbury and Meridian had players being selected All-State Honorable Mention by both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.

A trio of Fairbury players were tabbed All-State Honorable Mention.

Honorees were senior Tyler Theye, junior Nate Klaumann and junior Connor Livingston.

Theye was chosen by both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.

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Thayer County Court Reports

Hebron/Thayer County, Compiled Dec 30

Marriage license:

Ethan William Moeller, 23, of Byron, and Teagan Marie Daharsh, 26, of Byron: Married December 21, 2013 in Byron.

Real Estate:

Dec. 19: Jacqueline J. Wiedel to RJW Farms LLC: Part of E. of the NE of 15-1-1, and E. of the SW of the N. of the SE of 14-1-1 (including former BNSF RR,) and NE of the SE of 25-1-1, and NW of 36-1-1, and W. of the NE of 36-1-1, and N. of the NE of the NW of 34-1-1, and SE of 35-2-2, and the SW of 23-2-3, and SE of 23-2-3, and Part of the NW of 26-2-3, and W. of the NW of 24-2-3, and NE of 26-3-3, and E. of the SW of the SE of 23-3-3, and Part of the NW of part of the E. , W. , SW of 26-2-3, and SE of 34-2-3, and NW of 26-3-3, and part of the SW of 24-2-3, and part of the NW of part of the SW of 25-3-3, and the SE of 25-3-3, and the N. of the NE of 2-1-2.

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Plan Ahead for Winter Weather

Photo caption: Bill McPhersonThayer County Emergency Manager

(Editors Note: Amy Hadachek is also a meteorologist and a storm chaser; who earned Broadcast Seals of Approval from both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.)

Although Christmas is almost neatly tucked away, the winter season is still only one week old.

Firmly in the grip of winter, weather experts advise taking time now to be prepared for severe winter weather both at home and on the road.

Bill McPherson, the Thayer County Emergency Manager, kicked-off the 2013-2014 winter season with important safety advice, during a presentation to the Thayer County Mothers of Preschoolers, an organization called MOPS, on Friday, Dec. 13 at Hebron Bible Church in Hebron.

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Luella McBride

Luella McBride

Luella J. McBride, 74, of Beatrice, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln.

Luella Unrein, daughter of Alois Unrein and Anna (Herrman) Unrein, was born Mar. 9, 1939 in Anthenia, Kan. She was one of nine children.

She grew up in Kansas and moved to Ainsworth in 1958 and Wichita in 1960.

She was united in marriage to Ernest McBride at St. Anns Church, Feb. 15, 1958 in Wichita, Kan. She moved to Beatrice in 1971. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, and canning, Luellas grandkids were her greatest joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shirley Unrein; two brothers, Lester Unrein and Charles Unrein; brother-in-law, John McBride; and sister-in-law Bonnie (Bill) Irwin.

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Duane Kulhanek

Duane Kulhanek

Duane E. Kulhanek, 86, of Lincoln died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Born near Fairbury, to Harold and Verneeda (Ogle) Kulhanek.

Retired Chief Sidewalk Inspector for the city of Lincoln and an Army Air Corp Veteran.

He is survived by daughter, Sandy (John) Rasmus; granddaughter, Jennifer Rasmus (Latham Fullner); brothers, Harold Kulhanek, Jr. of Fairbury, Jim (Mary) Kulhanek of Lincoln; sisters, Rita Wullbrandt of Seward, Ethel Beetley of Lincoln, and Lorraine (Keith) Richardson of Omaha; brother-in-law, Jim Vigen of Vancouver, Wa.; nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by wife, Evelyn; parents; brothers, Earl and Louie and sister, Marilyn Vigen; brother-in-law, Royce Wullbrandt; sister-in-law, Esther Kulhanek.

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Norman Medina

Norman Medina

Norman Poncho Medina, 77, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 28, 2013 at Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln.

Services are pending with Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury.

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Melvin Brueggemann

Melvin Brueggemann

Melvin M. Brueggemann, 86, of Fairbury, passed away Dec. 29, 2013 in Fairbury.

He is survived by his wife, Anna of Fairbury; four sons, James and wife, Kathy of Beatrice, Jerry and wife, Karlene of Beatrice, Gene and wife, Marilyn of Clatonia, and Jan and wife, Isabel of Irvine, Calif.; one daughter, Janette Bartels and husband, Scott of Western; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Daykin, Neb., with Pastor Paul Beyer officiating.

Burial at the Plainview Cemetery Western, Neb.

Visitation will be at the Meyer Funeral Home in Western on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 2-5 p.m. and at Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury on Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m., with family greeting Friends from 5-8 p.m.

Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge of arrangements.

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Laura Gardner

Laura Gardner

Laura Siebe Gardner, 95, passed away.

Survivors include daughter, Carol Ann Davenport and husband, Kent of Lincoln; son, Michael and Wife, Kathy of Norfolk, Neb.; grandchildren, Cory and Christy Davenport and Micah and Caleb Gardener; sister-in-law, Beverly Korte; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairbury.

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Jesse Graham

Jesse Graham

Jesse D. Graham, passed away peacefully Dec. 23, 2013.

He was a World War II Veteran he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.

He is survived by Doris E. Graham; his three daughters, Beverly Jo and husband, Joseph Thomas Nitti, Jessie Jane Javorsky, and Kathleen Marie Graham; four grandchildren, Yvette Maureen Nitti, Michael Anthony Nitti, Jeffrey Ryan Javorsky and wife, Brandi Javorsky, and Douglas Edward Graham and wife, Natasha Ann Graham; and five great-grandchildren, Chandler Michael Gaspar, Penelope Lane Lee Nitti, Bentley Ryan Javorsky, Zoie Sophia Graham, Makenzi Leigh Graham, and Jett Douglas Graham.

Services will be Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Lana Likens officiating. The family will greet friends on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home.

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