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Griffins Roll Past Mustangs


TRAFFIC LANE--Diller-Odell junior Christian McCown, No. 20, maneuvers around Meridian’s Cesar Nunez, No. 10, on a second half drive to the basket last Tuesday evening in the boys’ varsity contest played at Meridian High School. McCown had two points in the contest, which had Bladen Ahl and Tybor Smith of Diller-Odell score 15 points each. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
After going winless for over three weeks, Diller-Odell decided to take things into their own hands.
The result was a decisive, 58-41 road victory last Tuesday evening against Meridian.
“This was the first game for both teams after the Christmas break and the five-day moratorium. The play was kind of ragged at times, especially for us, as the guys missed a number of makeable shots inside the paint,”stated Diller-Odell Griffins head coach Eric McMurray.
Despite struggling with its shooting, Diller-Odell jumped out to a 13-8 first quarter lead paced by Bladen Ahl and Tybor Smith scoring four points each.
In the second quarter, the Griffins found their shooter’s touch going off for 23 points to increase their lead at half to 36-19.
Both squads accounted for 22 points in the second half allowing Diller-Odell to maintain its 17-point margin of victory.
Wed
06
Jan

Untapped Potential

I saw a commercial the other day that made me stop and think, which doesn’t happen often with commercials.  
It was a new spot from Nike where a group of kids are trying to decide who the best basketball player is. It was filled with NBA stars, but also, one very welcome surprise…a professional woman basketball player, Elena Delle Donne. Not only that, but the spot featured not just boys talking about basketball, but girls too.  Slowly, very slowly, society is coming the realization that girls look up to athletes, too.  
Wed
06
Jan

School lunch menu 1-6-16

Fairbury Jefferson 
and Central 
Elementary Schools
Monday,  Jan. 11, Salisbury steak on bun or turkey sandwich, tator tots or chef salad
Tuesday, Jan.  12, Mini corndogs, tuna salad sandwich, corn or chef salad
Wednesday,  Jan. 13, Macho nacho or chicken wrap, refried beans or chef salad
Thursday, Jan. 14, Crispy chicken on bun or ham and cheese flatbread, broccoli w/cheese or chef salad
Friday,  Jan. 15, Meatball sub or turkey wrap, carrots or chef salad
 
High School
Monday,  Jan. 11, Salisbury steak on bun or BBQ chicken on bun, tator tots
Tuesday, Jan.  12, Fiestada Pizza or cheeseburger on bun, corn
Wednesday,  Jan. 13, Macho nacho or jeff rib on bun, refried beans
Thursday, Jan. 14, Crispy chicken on bun or hamburger on bun, broccoli w/cheese
Wed
06
Jan

Holiday Blood Drive In Tri County Area

The Tri County Area Holiday Blood Drive was held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at the Plymouth Community Center. The drive brought in 65 potential donors to the community center. Donors included:
Wed
06
Jan

Youth News

Meridian senior Josh Traynor was selected as the recipient of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) scholarship.
On Dec. 9, 2015 Traynor went to Peru, Nebraska for the interview portion of the scholarship process. He received word shortly after that he was one of two recipients of the scholarship. He will receive fully paid tuition and a reserved seat at the Omaha Medical Center in the pharmacy program in conjunction to the scholarship.
Adeline Beals and Hailey Schafer were recently named representatives to the Nebraska Leadership Seminar (NLS) in June. The Meridian students will participate in the seminar and are encouraged to voice personal perspectives while learning to appreciate and respect other differing opinions.
Wed
06
Jan

BETTY SMITH

 
The family of Betty Smith is honoring her with a card shower for her 80th birthday on Jan. 7. Please help her celebrate by sending cards to: 105 South Street, Alexandria, NE 68303.    
Wed
06
Jan

Clearing Up Gun Rights Stance

A certain misunderstanding has emerged in the last week or so, and I hope that this letter might help to clear it up.
My position on gun rights has always been clear: between the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article I, Section 1 of the Nebraska Constitution, I believe that there is very limited room for legislation which would limit gun rights--and an argument could certainly be made that some of the limits we have already are at the margins of being constitutional.
Wed
06
Jan

Cutting Down Trees Really Gets a Bad Rap

 I remember when I was a kid hearing about the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. I recall how the G.I’s were referred to as Baby Killers.
Last week I had that My Lai Massacre flashback of sorts of my own. Someone called me a Tree Killer. Ummm, okay. I was told that newspapers are nothing but scavengers of natural resources and that cutting down zillions of trees to print a paper is tantamount to raping the ecology.
That sorta stung but really isn’t true.
Yes in my business we use paper, a lot of it. In fact to print what we do on a weekly basis we use approximately 135 tons of newsprint. That does not include the hundreds of thousands of pounds of paper we use in our commercial printing division. But it is okay to use paper products.
Wed
06
Jan

Moving Everyone Ahead In 2016

For the newspaper business, you would think January is slow. The holidays are over, and there just isn’t much news out there until February.
However, we take this time in the industry to plan and plot out the new year, to adjust, reflect and prepare for the upcoming news and business year.
This year at the Fairbury Journal-News, we are planning out our year and wanting to incorporate as much of the community as possible.
We want input from the community on what is working and not working in the paper and the community as a whole.
A survey was released early in my tenure here to get a feel for what were positives and negatives with the paper and we have taken note of all of those and will be working on that in the coming months and weeks ahead. A future survey will be done this spring to re-evaluate how those changes/adjustments have altered the perception of the paper.
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06
Jan

1-6-16

Sheriff's Report:
Dec. 14: Kristine K. Huss was eastbound on Highway 136 in a 2009 Dodge just west of 565 Ave. when she drove into slush and an ice slick, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. It came to rest in the south ditch. There was $2,500 of damage.
Dec. 16: Report of a runaway juvenile in Steele City. Juvenile was located in Fairbury.
Dec. 17: Possible protection order violation in Fairbury.
Dec. 18: Traffic stop leads to citation for driving under suspension.
Dec. 19: Vehicle complaint leads to arrest for methamphetamine.
Dec. 19: Kevin W. Novotny was westbound on 707 Road in a 1998 Dodge. The vehicle ran off the road to the right. Novotny over-corrected the vehicle, drove across the center line, ran off the road to the left and rolled onto its top as it entered the ditch. The vehicle was totaled.

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