Lady Griffins Soar Past Lady Trojans

After trailing early, 2-0, Diller-Odell took control and there was no slowing down the Lady Griffins.
Behind the scoring of Madison Hajek, Katie Zarybnicky, Mackenzie Gydesen, and Hanna McCown, Diller-Odell lit up the scoreboard with 14 first quarter points on its way to a 56-20 win over Tri County played Jan. 27 on the Lady Trojans’ home floor.
Diller-Odell didn’t let up on either side of the ball in the second quarter striking for 18 points, while its defense limited Tri County to eight points.
At halftime, Diller-Odell left the court with a comfortable, 32-8 lead.
The Lady Griffins began the third quarter with the hot hand stringing together a 13-0 run capped off by a three-point basket from Josie Vitosh.
With Diller-Odell’s trapping pressure defense disrupting Tri County’s ball handlers, the Lady Trojans were held to just four points scored on two-point hoops by Haley Staroscik and Shae Wattjes.

Trojans Respond Late To Slip By Griffins

In a defensively played game, Tri County made just enough shots to pull out a 34-32 home win Jan. 27 against Diller-Odell.
The Trojans made the most of their shot attempts and benefited from timely defensive stands late in the fourth quarter to hold off Diller-Odell.
Tri County scored the first points of the game on a lay in by Keldon Barr, and he came through sinking a two-point hoop giving the Trojans an 8-7 lead after one quarter.
Diller-Odell senior Ely Hroch accounted for all seven points for the Griffins in the first quarter.
A two-point basket from Trojan senior Justin Epp tied the game at half at 15, after 1-2 free throws by Austin Vitosh had given Diller-Odell a 15-14 lead.
Tri County could have extended its lead in the second quarter, but the team struggled at the free throw line hitting just 1-9 attempts.

FHS Wrestlers Finish Second In Home Invite

FAIRBURY SOPHOMORE PAUL MACH is in total control as he is enroute to earning a pinfall in :56 seconds against his quarterfinal opponent Lincoln Southeast junior varsity’s Brayden Schlisner in the 285-pound weight class at Friday’s Fairbury Invite. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Fairbury came away from Friday’s home Fairbury Invite with a runner-up team finish along with 11 medalists.
York won the 10-team invite, scoring 321.50 points with Fairbury second amassing 192 points.
The Jeffs had two individual champions, three seconds, two thirds, and four fourth place medalists.
Freshman Jacob Johnson went 4-0 in his matches to win the 160-pound weight class. In his championship match, Johnson won by pinfall over Brennan Portz of York in a time of 3:19.
Sophomore Paul Mach posted a mark of 3-0 enroute to winning the 285-pound weight class. Mach was victorious in his championship match by pinfall in 3:30 against York’s Marvin Lazo.
Runner-up medalists were Logan Slater, 120 pounds, Anthony Moyer, 132 pounds, and Damian Green at 145 pounds.
Third place medalists included Patrick Ondrak, 170 pounds, and Wesley Jackson at 182 pounds.

Meridian Jr/Sr High Honor Roll

 – 2nd Quarter / 1st SEMESTER      
*    2nd quarter only
**  Both 2nd quarter, 1st semester
*** 1st semester only
**Ty Brakhage
**Hannah Crijns
**Ann Endorf
**Blair Hofstetter
**Brandon Jackson
***Christian Mattson
**Mikayla Schafer
**Joshua Traynor
**Adeline Beals
**Erin Johnson
**Rylee Pieper
**Jaicee Sobotka
8th Grade
***Jacqueline Dimas
**Andrea Krot
** Frederick Kujath
7th Grade
**Breanna Boyce
***Zacharia Kerwood
**Halle Pribyl
HONOR ROLL – 93% - 100%
**Tobias Bermann
**Dylan Brown


14th & E Streets in the mid 1940s. The small Fairbury sign was replaced with a larger sign. It was eventually torn down and now in its place is a “blue River Archery” sign. Currently Pizza Hut is across the street, right. Contributed photo. More like these can be found in the Fairbury Pictorial Book. To purchase a book call Fairbury Journal-News, 402-729-6141.
120 YEARS AGO, 1895
The Jefferson County Journal 
Con Dawson of Endicott had secured a position as clerk of the committee on printing in the Nebraska Legislature.
Butterbaugh and Davis had finished their ice harvest here with 2,300 tons for their retail trade, 900 tons for the Rock Island, 400 tons for the Grand Island Railroad, 150 tons for the Conrad Bros., and shipped 180 tons.
110 YEARS AGO, 1905
The Jefferson County Journal 
Dr. Potter made plans to leave Endicott and to locate in Fairbury.
Officers of the Powell Hall Association were Jasper Helvey, president; T.J. Powell, J.L. Landis, W.T. Powell, James Moles, Hannibal Helvey and E.J. Jenkins.
The Fairbury Journal 
L.J. Nutzman performed his first marriage as Jefferson County judge uniting Rudolph Fencil and Lena Roth.


Police report
Jan. 21: Report of a drug violation in the 1000 block of 4th Street. 
Jan. 22: Report of an assault in the 700 block of A Street. 
Jan. 22: Tammie A. Duensing, of Fairbury, was backing a 2011 Ford from a parking stall on E Street near 4th Street when the vehicle collided with a 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by Audrey J. Trowbridge, of Hebron. Damages to each vehicle were estimated at $1,600.
Jan. 23: Report of an uncontrollable juvenile in the 900 block of J Street. 
Jan. 23: Report of a hit and run in Fairbury at an unknown address. 
Jan. 23: Report of a child welfare check in the 100 block of 5th Street. 
Jan. 23: Report of a suicidal person in the 1200 block of G Street. 
Jan. 25: Report of harassing phone calls in the 700 block of C Street. 
Jan. 25: Report of a non-injury accident in the 900 block of B Street. 

Boys And Their Mud

The weather last weekend made for great excitement at our house. Michael had gone to an all-day meeting on Saturday, which meant I was in charge of morning chores, evening chores and two little boys. 
It was raining and snowing and cool and windy, but I had no choice but to take the boys outside with me. I began the long process of dressing them for the occasion: snow pants, snow boots, coat, hat, gloves.
Once outside I began to feed the sheep while the boys grabbed their trucks and proceeded to make tracks in the mud and light layer of snow. The boys soon began to make their way about 30 yards away to what had become a very muddy strip of ground. A few weeks ago that strip was a sheet of ice that the boys enjoyed slipping and sliding on.

Letters to the Editor

Endicott Man 
Challenges Students
February was Black History month I would like to propose a civil rights history challenge to high school students.  The challenge is this: research the incident of Rosa Parks arrest for not giving up her bus seat to a white man. Using public records, police reports and witness statements find the name of the white man that demanded her seat. 
Mark Scheetz
Endicott, NE



No, The Fairbury Journal-News is Not Closing Its Doors

Some months ago this publication came to the defense of a local business that was purportedly closing its doors. No in fact that business was not closing but they were hopping mad over some loose tongued idiot who had nothing better to do than gossip about something they knew nothing about.
 At that time the business was right to be peeved.
 Now we find ourselves in the same battle. Throughout the last two weeks I have had no fewer than six people claim they were told “the Journal-News is closing.” That frankly is news to me. And no, the paper is not closing. It is in fact rare that a newspaper ever shuts down.

Other Towns Could Learn A Great Deal From Diller

 The community of Diller is doing a lot of good things.
  Last week the Journal-News carried a front page story noting that the small Jefferson County community donated more than $13,000 to various local and area causes. The funds came from the Diller Community Foundation.
  Monies were awarded in various denominations ranging from $500 to $3,000 and everywhere in between. In all 14 worthwhile events, organizations and or area communities were given funds for a wide array of projects.
  It really isn’t the money per se that makes this event noteworthy, rather it’s the fact that it is the community behind the money that is the news. Diller has, for many years, been a shining beacon of success in our county. They get things done there. Business expansion and retention. Updating infrastructure. Downtown Improvements. Special event promotions. It all happens in Diller.