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Christmas Thoughts

I ran across some thoughts to ponder as Christmas takes center stage.

Love and you shall be loved.

God always gives his best to those who leave the choice to him.

All people smile in the same language.

A hug is a great gift, one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and its easy to exchange.

Laughter is Gods sunshine.

Its important for parents to live the same things they teach.

Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need.

The choice you make today will usually affect tomorrow.

Take time to laugh for it is the music of the soul.

Patience is the ability to idle your motor, when you feel like stripping your gears.

Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.

We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.

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Griffins Dealt Weekend Losses

It was a tough weekend on the court for Diller-Odell as the Griffins came up short twice.

Saturday night, Diller-Odell started sluggish and that proved costly in a 55-38 home loss against Hanover, Kan.

Diller-Odells offense was detained by the Wildcats defense in the first half scoring just 14 points.

Hanovers offense generated 27 points for a comfortable 27-14 halftime lead.

In the second half, Diller-Odell improved its play on both sides of the ball being outscored by only four points 28-24.

Hanover took control in the first half, as the Griffins played very sluggishly, Griffins coach Eric McMurray remarked. I was pleased with how we responded in the second half and matched Hanovers intensity.

Alek Klepper was Diller-Odells leading scorer with 13 points, Brady McMurray, nine points, Bladen Ahl, eight points, Austin Vitosh and Stetson Meyer, three points each, and Ely Hroch notched two points.

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Team Effort Lifts Lady Griffins Over Lady Wildcats

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhotos by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-NewsSARAH SCHMIDT OF DILLER-ODELL drives past a pair of Hanover defenders in the lane during first half action Saturday night on the Lady Griffins home floor. Schmidt led Diller-Odell in scoring with a game-high 18 points, as the Lady Griffins earned a 61-34 win.

Renewing a rivalry after an eight-year hiatus, the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins pieced together a strong team effort resulting in a 61-34 home victory Saturday against Hanover, Kan.

Seven players got in the scoring column powering Diller-Odell to score double figures in each quarter.

Early on, Diller-Odell opened the game with a 5-0 lead and increased its margin to 11-2 with 3:24 on the clock off a two-point basket by Madison Jurgens.

In the closing minutes, both squads tallied five points, leaving the Lady Griffins with a nine-point lead of 16-7.

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Tri County Trojans Hang On For Win

Free throws proved the difference Friday night, as the Trojans held on for a 38-33 home win against Johnson-Brock.

Junior Justin Epp hit 5-7 free throws and teammate Wyatt Kowalski sank 3-4 charity tosses to account for eight of Tri Countys 15 fourth quarter points.

Johnson-Brock tallied 11 points in the final quarter but came up empty at the free throw line going 0-2.

Entering the fourth quarter, Tri County held a 23-22 lead and capitalized on 8-12 shooting at the free throw line to claim its second win of the season.

Jacob Starkey and Kowalski paced the Trojans in scoring with 10 points each, Keldon Barr, eight points, and Epp and Quinton Johnsen contributed five points each.

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Fairbury Second, Tri County Fourth at Waverly Quad

All 11 varsity wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight classes lifting Fairbury to a runner-up finish Dec. 12 at the Waverly Quadrangular.

Waverly won its own quad with a score of 144 points while Fairbury finished nine points back amassing 135 points.

First place performers for the Jeffs were senior Jonathan Fletcher, 113 pounds, freshman Anthony Moyer, 120 pounds, and sophomore Dillion Barnett, 170 pounds.

Fletcher posted a mark of 3-0 winning his third round match by pin in 2:24 over Tri Countys Kasey Mullen.

Moyer went 2-0 in his two matches, winning both by pinfalls.

In his second round match, Moyer was victorious by pinfall in 46 seconds against Tri Countys Brandon Crannell.

Barnett tallied 18 team points with two wins by pin at 170 pounds.

Dillion won by pinfall in his third round match in a time of 1:30 over Tri Countys Brendan Hahn.

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Jeffs Continue To Search for Home Win

Photo caption: This Photo Can Be Purchased at FairburyJournalNews.comPhoto by Jim Headley/Fairbury Journal-News Fairbury Senior Bryce Taylor passes the ball under the basket Friday against Crete.

Fairbury entered its final game on Friday prior to the holiday break searching for its first home win.

Crete was not in the holiday spirit as the Cardinals used a strong first half of offense to deal the Jeffs a 62-31 loss.

The Cardinals seized control in the first quarter forging a 13-5 lead.

Fairbury was not patient on offense in the second quarter and it proved costly.

With 5:40 remaining in the first half, the Jeffs trailed 19-11 off a two-point hoop by Connor Livingston.

That would be the last points Fairbury would score the rest of the quarter while Cretes offense ignited for 20 points to open a halftime lead of 39-11.

In the second half, Fairbury cut its turnovers down in half and played nearly even with Crete.

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Merry Christmas: Lady Jeffs Stay Perfect

Photo caption: Senior Paige Husa does her skyhook from inside the paint Friday night against Crete.

The Class C-1 state-rated Fairbury Lady Jeffs passed its first big test with flying colors in Fridays 57-36 home victory against (3-1) Crete.

Crete tallied the first points just 21 seconds into the game on a three-point basket by Kellie Uher.

On its next possession a two-point hoop by Shelby Pollman put the Lady Jeffs on the board, trailing, 3-2.

That would be the final lead for the Lady Cardinals as Fairbury scored eight straight points to grab a 10-2 lead.

After Crete had rallied to trim the deficit to 14-10, Fairbury sank 5-6 free throws including two each by Paige Husa and Shelby Pollman and one by Jordan Johnson to increase the lead to 19-10 after eight minutes of action.

A smothering defense by the Lady Jeffs limited Crete to five points the entire second quarter.

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Police Arrest Schultz for Selling Pot to Minors

Tori L. Schultz, 18 of Fairbury, was arrested Dec. 20 for six counts of distribution of marijuana (a class III felony) and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child ( a class I misdemeanor).

On Dec. 20, an officer with the Fairbury Police Department was conducting traffic enforcement in the City of Fairbury when he was passing the intersection of 4th and I Street.

The officer observed a possible disturbance south of that intersection involving three or four people. The officer turned around and went back to the location.

He observed approximately 10 people in the alley next to a vehicle and four of the subjects began walking eastbound down the alley when they saw the officer.

Additional units were requested to stop the subjects walking away from the scene.

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Recent trends in school district numbers

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Path to graduation nearly identical for Fairbury twins

Photo caption: Amanda Hansel, left, and Amber Gill, right, shared nearly every aspect of their college experience at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The fraternal twins, who lived together, took classes together and student-taught in the same school, are graduating Friday with degrees in elementary education.Photo and story from UNK Kearney

By SARA GIBONEY

UNK Communications

KEARNEY Amber Gill and Amanda Hansel arent identical twins, but their college experiences were nearly identical.

The sisters will graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney Friday with bachelor degrees in elementary education.

The future teachers each earned a 4.0 grade point average every year they studied at UNK.

They were Thompson Scholars, members of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and the Student Education Association of Nebraska, and they are graduating Summa Cum Laude.

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