Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:55pm
Captain George E. Smith, 89, USN, Retired passed peacefully at Fairview Manor in Fairmont, NE on December 30, 2014. Born in a sod house on the plains of Colorado in 1925, he grew up on the family farm in Porter, OK where he attended Vann’s Lake School and Porter High School. He enlisted in the US Navy to be an Aviation Cadet while a senior in high school and was called to active duty following graduation. He earned his Naval Aviator’s Wings and spent 33 years in the Navy he loved. He was humbled to serve as Commanding Officer for Helicopter Squadrons HS-8, HS-10, Air Group 51, Naval Air Station Imperial Beach and as Executive Officer on the USS Yorktown. Whether on land or sea he considered it an honor to serve alongside his fellow shipmates. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy in 1976, he and his wife, Toni, made their home in San Diego.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:21am
Eileen E. Booton, 80, of Lincoln, passed away on January 2, 2015. She was born on April 26, 1934 in Walthill, NE and was adopted from the Nebraska Children’s home by Lloyd Edgar and Lorena Elvira (Cline) Welch.
She was the cook for the Sigma Psi Epsilon fraternity.
Family members include her 4 children, Vaneta, Rebecca, Kevin and Lana; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Darrel (Dolly) Welch; nieces and nephews.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:04am
Corlyn K. Cerveny, 82, of Orlando, FL, formerly of the Fairbury, passed away December 31. She was born on February 25, 1932 at Gilead, NE.
Survivors include her 3 sons, Alan (Ann) Cerveny of Lincoln; Randy (Niccole) Cerveny of Tempe, AZ; David (Melissa) Cerveny of Orlando, FL; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Cemetery of rural Gilead, NE. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. There will be no public viewing.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:08pm
On Dec. 23, Meridian lost its consolation third place game to Arcadia-Loup City, 72-36.
Meridian’s offense could only counter with six points in the opening quarter.
Merdian fought back in the second quarter slicing the deficit to 33-21 at halftime paced by Ty Brakhage and Cesar Nunez each scoring four points.
Arcadia-Loup City’s Ritz continued his hot shooting scoring 10 points in the third quarter stretching the lead to 51-31.
The fourth quarter was all Arcadia-Loup City blowing past Meridian by a margin of 21-5.
Meridian (1-7) was paced in scoring by Brakhage and Jake VanWesten with nine points each, Nunez and Tyler Nolte, five points apiece, Brandon Lundholm, four points, and Dylan Brown and Michael Groves recorded two points each.
Meridian opened play in the two-day tournament on Monday falling to Blue Hill, 50-43.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:04pm
Melanie Baxa, a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School has recently been recognized for her success in volleyball as well as in the classroom at York College.
A junior at York College, Baxa is majoring in elementary education.
Baxa was one of 24 at York College recognized by the (MCAC) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference as scholar-athletes this fall.
To earn MCAC scholar-athlete honors, the student must be at least a sophomore, earn a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or higher, and have completed at least two semesters at their present institution.
Baxa, a setter for the Lady Panthers was named second team all-conference.
Baxa is the daughter of Gary and Michelle Baxa of Tobias.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:03pm
ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARD WINNERS Ten Fairbury student-athletes earned the Fall 2014 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Academic All-State Award. Recipients seated (l-r) Hannah Yantz, Macy Ohlde, Evie Schwab, Madison Black, Shaye Stall, and Halle Knigge. Standing (l-r) Garret Ragland, Seth Hart, Spencer Feldkamp, and Christopher Fisher. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) announced the student recipients of the Fall 2014 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards.
A nominated student must be a varsity player or organizational leader who has played a significant role on the team or in the organizational leader who has played a significant role on the team or in the organizational activity during the seasons for which nominations are accepted.
A nominated student must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average, in all curricular subjects, of 93 percent or 3.7 on a 4.0-point scale or the equivalent.
NSAA high schools or their cooperative sponsorship may nominate a maximum of two students per NSAA activity program.
Students who meet these requirements and are nominated by their school administration shall be awarded the NSAA Academic All-State Award for that activity.
Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:02pm
ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION Three Diller-Odell football players earned All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Honorees seated (l-r) Ely Hroch, Austin Vitosh, and Brady McMurray. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News