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Thu
26
May

Possible Severe Weather with possible tornado capabilities today

Tornado Watch until 10:00 pm.

 

Flash Flood Watch till 7:00 am tomorrow morning.

 

The severe weather threat continues for today.

 

After a conference call with the Omaha NWS at noon. We have the following information.

 

The first round of storms have started as of this email. The NWS stated this round will have some tornadic threat to it. The greater tornado threat will be later this afternoon (4 to 6). The areas along the Kansas/Nebraska border have the greater risk of tornadoes.

 

Large hail is also possible with these storms.

 

Storms will continue into the morning hours.

 

Wed
25
May

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I’m writing this letter to address the patrons of my laundromat. I realize this letter will not reach all of you because of literacy issues, you cannot read and heed the already existing signs on the wall, so hoping someone can read it to you. 
Please check the pockets on your laundry, remove screws, nails, rubber bands and other debris. These items can and will greatly reduce the life and efficiency of the machines.
Please do not stuff the machines. This will not allow the washers to do their job and may damage your laundry as well as the machines. Spend the extra money and make two smaller loads from that extra large load. And, above all, don’t stuff foam rubber seat cushions in my toploaders, as it will result in burned belts and melted plastic parts.
Wed
25
May

“Imagine Sisyphus Happy”

We need to talk about something that is affecting people across the nation, especially the younger generations: suicide.
Suicide has stripped away the lives of many people, each of whom had something to offer the world, whether it was guidance, talent or even the comfort of friendship.
For many, it is difficult to understand why anyone would choose to end their life; however, for those of us who, to quote Robert Frost, “have been acquainted with the night,” there is a sense of empathy as to that choice and an unspoken solidarity that binds us together. 
One of my favorite lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel comes from the song Richard Cory, which was adapted from a poem by the same name. The song is about seeing a guy who has it all from the perspective of someone who barely has enough money for bread.
Wed
25
May

FYI Garden Shows That Kids Do Great Things

Naysayers talk about “these kids today.” They say things like kids are lazy, they don’t know how to work, all they want to do is get in trouble and on and on.
Okay, let’s talk about “these kids today.”
Last Friday there was an event in downtown Fairbury put on by the Fairbury Youth Involvement Center (FYI). Sponsored in partnership with Blue Valley Community action more than two dozen members of our youth community spent the afternoon planting a garden at the corner of 6th and E Streets. There is a sign on the corner that reads in part: ‘Seeds Of Hope.”
Journal-News staff members spent a considerable amount of time at the location shooting pictures, taking notes and talking with people about the project. It was evident that the younger members of the Fairbury community were completely engaged and eager to be involved in the project.
Wed
25
May

Let’s Get Off The Transgender Train, Okay? There Are Bigger Issues

It's difficult for me to wrap my head around the issue of where transgender people go to the bathroom. I guess I really didn't event know it was an issue and truthfully never have thought about it as being an "issue" until watching the news and reading the papers.
But it seems it is an issue. From state governments who want to ban transgenders for using a certain bathroom and celebrities who want to use their clout to allow "freedom of choice," to Bible-totin' mamas who claim profusely in big box stores that God hates transgenders and something with the devil...bah blah blah. I think we're on transgender/bathroom overload.
For what it's worth I don't think God hates transgenders. In fact I don't think He hates anything. But I digress.
Wed
25
May

Junior High Trap Team

The Fairbury Jr High team competed in the 47th Cornhusker National Jr/Sr High School Shoot April 28.  The team was in a three-way tie for third place shooting 434/500.  The tie was broke by which team shot best their first 25 rocks which placed them 4th.  There was 862 Jr High shooters this year.  Coach Steve Stapaules, Coach Randy Bartling, Lane Zabokrtsky 85/100, Riley Stewart 86/100, Kyle Gregory 86/100, John Kerwood 86/100, Joe Melcher 92/100, Coach Mike Holes and Coach Scott Banahan not pictured. (contributed photo)

Wed
25
May

Meridian Denied State Medals

SAILING--Meridian hurdler Erin Johnson glides over the hurdles in the 100-meter high hurdles. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)v

Meridian had seven athletes participate in last weekend’s NSAA State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium.
The seven competitors took part in eight events; however, none of the contestants earned medals in their respective events.
Friday morning, freshman Andrea Kort competed in the Class D Girls Pole Vault finishing 21st out of 25 vaulters clearing a height of 7’6”.
Sophomore Erin Johnson took part in the Class D Girls 100-Meter High Hurdles prelims mid-morning on Friday finishing third in her heat with a time of 16.93. Johnson just missed out qualifying for Saturday’s Class D 100-Meter High Hurdles Final, as the top eight times advance to the final. Johnson’s time placed her 10th out of 24 competitors.
Freshman Brianna Barton ran in the Class D Girls 3200-Meter Run Friday afternoon placing 16th out of 24 runners in a time of 13:13.96.
Wed
25
May

Jeffs Bring Back One Medal From State

MEDALIST--Fairbury junior Brent Hirsch rises up off the board on an attempt Friday morning in the Class B Boys Triple Jump final. Hirsch came away placing seventh in the event with a mark of 42’ 5 3/4”. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Brent Hirsch came home with a medal for Fairbury from last weekend's NSAA State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Hirsch, a junior and two-time state qualifier claimed his first state track medal by placing seventh with a personal best mark of 42' 53/4” on Friday in the Class B Boys Triple Jump.
The medal Hirsch earned was the first medal for a Jeff competitor at the state track and field meet in six years.
Fairbury Jeffs head track and field coach Derek Garfield was ecstatic about Brent coming away with the first state medal for the Jeffs in six years.
“We were excited about Brent earning the first state track medal for the boys in six years. I did not know that stat that it has been that long since we have had a state medalist,”stated Garfield.
Wed
25
May

Trojans Claim Four Medals At State

MIGHTY HEAVE--Tri County senior Shane Jiskra muscles up and releases a put Friday afternoon in the Class C Boys Shot Put final. Jiskra earned the sixth place medal in the event with a mark of 50’5”. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Tri County’s Lady Trojans and Trojans track teams put forth solid efforts at Omaha Burke Stadium for the two-day NSAA State Track and Field Championships last weekend.
The Lady Trojans had five athletes compete in three events both on Friday and Saturday. 
At the close of the meet Saturday afternoon, the Lady Trojans had placed in two events and scored six points to finish in a three-way tie for 31st place in the Class C girls team race.
Tri County wasted no time cashing in on a medal Friday morning, as the Lady Trojans’ 3200-meter relay team of Halle Weise, Kailey Weichel, Sloane Holtmeier, and Haydyn Weise placed fourth in the event with a time of 9:52.39.
The fourth place finish by the Lady Trojans in the relay accounted for five team points.
Saturday morning, junior Haydyn Weise and sophomore Kailey Weichel took part in the Class C Girls 800-Meter Run.
Wed
25
May

Time To Shine

UP AND OVER--Diller-Odell junior Madison Hajek goes airborne on her attempt at 5’0” in the Class D Girls high jump Saturday morning at Omaha Burke Stadium. Hajek came away with the silver medal in the event with a leap of 5’2”. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Both Diller-Odell track and field teams saved their best for the big stage this past weekend at the NSAA State and Track Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Saturday was a special day for the two squads, as four athletes came away with state medals in their respective events in the Class D field.
Junior Madison Hajek got things rolling for Diller-Odell, as she earned the silver medal in the Class D Girls High Jump clearing the bar at 5’2”.
Christian McCown, a junior on the Griffins’ track and field team came through placing sixth in the Class D Boys Long Jump with a mark of 20’ 21/2”.
Junior Cory Engelman claimed the sixth place medal in the Class D Boys Pole Vault with a vault of 12’10”.
Senior Bladen Ahl just finished out of the medals placing 10th in the field of 23 competitors in the Class D Boys Pole Vault with a clearance of the bar at 12’0”.

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