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Jun

Glimmers Of Greatness

 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-Fairbury Juniors shortstop Zach Holes bumps into the back of Juniors third baseman Brett Sutton who hauls in a third inning pop fly on the infield off the bat of Norris’s Dawson Dorn in Sunday morning’s first game of the Fairbury Juniors American Legion eight-team baseball tournament held at Quinn Field in Fairbury. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

At times, during this past weekend, the Fairbury Juniors American Legion baseball team played well on the diamond, and at other times their youthful inexperience showed through.
The Juniors went 0-3-1 in its four games over the three-day tournament.
Fairbury (0-7-1) began tournament play Friday night playing just three innings versus Beatrice before the game was called due to lightning.
Late Saturday afternoon, Fairbury put together a fast start against Marysville, Kan., only to see Marysville erupt for 12 runs in the first three innings on its way to a 12-6 victory in five innings.
In the top of the first, Fairbury scored three runs off a RBI double by Carson York, a Marysville fielding error, and a RBI gound out from Austin Barnts.
Marysville pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first on a one-out two-run triple by Derek Raver.
Wed
08
Jun

Reflections

Our family took our annual jaunt around to visit all of our lost loved ones over Memorial Day weekend.  During that time, a number of things came to light for me. The weekend started off bright and early Saturday morning for us. We volunteered as various places during the opening day of the annual softball tournament here in Fairbury. For my wife, it brought back memories of her playing days, and for our older girls, it was a time to watch and learn, and Sawyer, well, she smiled, waved and looked cute.
Wed
08
Jun

The Amazing Sites Of Southeast Asia

By Gordon Hopkins
FJN Special Contributor
 
Day 1: Arrival “Getting There is None of the Fun.”
Hi there. Can you hear me? What time is it there? If you are in Nebraska, it is twelve hours earlier than it is here, so just change AM to PM (or vise versa) and you’ll know what time it is where I am.
My name is Gordon Hopkins and I am the Foreign Correspondent for the Fairbury Journal-News, or possibly I’m just a staff writer on vacation. Either way, I am in Southeast Asia for about two weeks and I will be posting periodic updates for the information and edification of the folks back home.
This day was a traveling day. Because I did not arrive at my destination, Bangkok, Thailand, until after midnight, I have nothing much to impart about the city and no good pictures (it was dark, after all). Hopefully, I will have something good tomorrow.
Wed
08
Jun

Quick Quips

• The recent video posted by FJN and FBYTV hints at a big announcement coming...this is true.
I could give some cryptic message about it, but I will simply say it is putting us where we want to be: in the forefront. My goal is to give the readers and advertisers the absolute best experience possible and I think we are making strides in doing just that with this announcement. There will be more videos posted soon about this announcement.
Wed
08
Jun

Letters to the Editor

Pay For Play
Editor,
The Meridian School is wasting 1.7 million dollars of taxpaying citizens on a gymnasium that they do not need.
Tax paying citizens are required to pay for kids education, not for playing games. If parents want their kids to play games, they should pay for their kids to play games not tax paying citizens. When school is let out at four o ‘clock the kids should go home to the supervision of their parents. Its time to put a stop to wasting tax paying citizens money.
/s/ Stanley Higel
Alexandria, NE

Wed
08
Jun

The Past, Family Is All Around Us In Unexpected Places

Last weekend I was reminded of a couple of things: the past and family are never very far away. At least for me.
While I don’t write and go on quite as many assignments for the Journal-News as I used to when something needs to be done I still pick up my camera, pad and paper and head off to where ever I’m needed. Last Saturday that was in part at the Fairbury City Museum. Every time I go into the museum I am always amazed that I seem to find something that I hadn’t seen before.
 This time it was my Dad. Keep in mind my Dad has been gone since 1995.
 Being a tall guy at 6’5”, while I walked down the halls of the museum I ducked my head to avoid the ceiling fans. Whether they would have “shaved” me or not I don’t really know. Ducking is just a habit I have.
Wed
08
Jun

Sen. Ebke Makes A Bold, Very Appropriate Move

Thirty Second District State Senator Laura Ebke made some very important and most welcome news last week when she switched political parties. Ebke, a lifelong Republican has now joined the Libertarian Party.
 The action comes on the heels of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts chastising of GOP state senators for not always voting along party lines. While Ebke will say she has made the switch for several reasons there is little doubt this is the most glaring reason.
 Gov. Ricketts has clearly overstepped what his role as state leader should be by mandating that Republican leaders should "always follow along party lines." No leader or representative should be expected to follow along party lines. As elected leaders they need to represent their constituency and their convictions. Frankly, the Republican way isn't always the right way, neither is Democratic always right. 
 The truth lies somewhere in the middle, not along party lines.
Wed
08
Jun

Club News

The Zion UCC Women’s Fellowship held their monthly meeting on June 2 at Cedarwood with 11 members and two guests – Priscilla Blobaum and Lora Rhinehart – present. 
 Phyllis Kriesel was in charge of the devotion and program.  She began with a story by Denny Kukich about honoring those who serve our country in the military.  Julia Bettencourt’s “Road Ready” about our journey thru life was shared – see Psalm 25:4.  The history of the $1 bill and Haym Solomon, why coins are left on tombstones, and a poem about Pennies from Heaven were also read.  We also learned that Psalm 118:8 is the verse located in the middle of the Bible.
 President Twila Klaumann conducted the business meeting.  Roll call was answered by a place you’ve visited (or would like to visit) and secretary Helen Schoenrock read the minutes.  Phyllis gave the treasurer’s report.  A thank you note was read and cards signed.  Announcements and prayer concerns were shared.
Wed
08
Jun

Duis Receives Award

Duis receives Leadership Champion Award from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. (Contributed photo)

 Jill Duis RN, infection preventionist and certified diabetes educator at Jefferson Community Health Center, was presented the Leadership Champion Award by WorkWell on Thursday, May 12 in Lincoln.
  The Leadership Campion award recognizes an individual who has made significant contribution to the advancement and promotion of personal health or the health of others. Through professional and volunteer work, Duis has made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of health.
  In addition to her job responsibilities at JCHC, Duis is a long-time advocate for stroke and heart health awareness with the American Cancer Society.
Wed
08
Jun

Smart Moves Was A Smart Decision

Beasley, left, and Jordening, right on the treadmills at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center. (Contributed photo)

Becky Beasley and Dee Jordening agree that joining Smart Moves lifestyle change program was a smart decision for their health. And doing it as a team was also a smart decision.
 Beasley and Jordening were in the first session of Smart Moves, which began in October 2015. By the time they complete their program in the fall of 2016, they will have had 22 sessions with a team which includes a dietitian, a diabetes educator and a personal trainer. They have completed the portion of the class where they had weekly meetings, and now meet monthly with their class and instructors.
 “I just feel better,” Jordening said.
  Beasley said the class has helped her to feel healthier and exercise more.
  Jordening said she knew when she turned 59 she needed to do something to improve her health. She was interested in the new Smart Moves class being advertised, and recruited Beasley to join her.

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