Landowners Win 4-0 on Question of Constitutionality – Yet Cloud of Uncertainty Remains on Keystone XL in Nebraska

Friday January 9, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court’s long anticipated decision on our landowner client lawsuit challenging LB 1161, a law empowering the Governor’s grant of eminent domain powers and pipeline route approval to TransCanada, was announced.

At first glance, most press penned headlines the Nebraska KXL question was now behind us and the uncertainty President Obama cited for postponing his Presidential Permit decision was now over. This, however, is not true.

So what is the result of the Nebraska decision? Watch our Video for answers: 


Corlyn K. Cerveny

Corlyn K. Cerveny, a former rural Nebraska school teacher, homemaker, and wife of the late Joe Cerveny, a Fairbury city mail carrier for many years, passed away surrounded by her family on December 31 in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 82. Corlyn graduated from Reynolds High School in 1949 and survived polio, which struck her and took the life of her older sister, Wanda. She married Joe Cerveny in 1954 and they were wed for 53 years. Corlyn served as a Fairbury election volunteer for a number of years.


Freda C. Burkhart

Freda C. Burkhart, 87, of Fairbury, formerly Daykin, NE died January 8, 2015 at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury. She was born January 30, 1927 in Saline County, NE.

Survivors are daughters, Connie (Rod) Meier of Lincoln; Ronda (Gray D.) Wiebe of Papillion; sons, Ritchie (Rhonda) Burkhart of Alexandria; Craig (Shannon) Burkhart of Daykin; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Schamp of Lincoln; Evelyn Carver of Youngstown, OH; and nieces and nephews.


The Parkinson’s Support Group

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet


The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, Jan. 12,  at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Community Health Center’s Downtown Meeting Room, 512 C St.

            The program will be “Parkinson’s Disease: The Next Revolution” by Lawrence Elmer MD, PhD. This program is part of a DVD from a Parkinson’s Symposium.

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:00am

Meridian Swept By Lawrence-Nelson

Beginning the new year, both Meridian basketball teams were dealt losses Saturday night in a home doubleheader versus Lawrence-Nelson.
A superb fourth quarter of offense went by the wayside for Meridian in its 51-45 overtime loss to the Lady Raiders.
Starting slowly offensively, the Lady Mustangs were held to single digits in the first two quarters trailing, 18-11 at intermission.
After a improved third quarter of play, Meridian’s offense erupted for 19 fourth quarter points to forge a 40-all tie at the end of regulation.
Sophomore Allison Klipp led the turnaround for Meridian in the final quarter scoring 10 points, while Bridgette Jackson was second in scoring in the final eight minutes with four points.
In the four-minute overtime, Lawrence-Nelson did the majority of its damage from the free throw line scoring seven of the team’s 11 points.

Lady Trojans Drop Two Tightly Contested Holiday Tourney Games

Tri County’s Lady Trojans basketball team lost a pair of hard-fought contests last week in their own holiday tournament held at Tri County High School.
In consolation action on Dec. 30, the Lady Trojans came up short against Southern by a score of 39-33.
The game was close for three quarters with the Lady Trojans maintaining a 25-22 lead on the Lady Raiders.
However the fourth quarter proved to be the key stretch of the game, as Southern outscored Tri County, 17-8 to pull away for its second win on the season.
Seven players scored for the (3-6) Lady Trojans led by Megann Freese with nine points, Haydyn Weise, seven points, Delaney Uher, six points, Haley Staroscik, four points, Shalayna Niemeyer, three points, and Sloane Holtmeier and Josie Weise chipped in two points apiece.
As a team, Tri County came away with 19 steals paced by Josie Weise with six.

Jeffs Place Third In Holiday Tournament

Fairbury put an end to a three-game losing streak by splitting a pair of games last week in the Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Basketball Tournament.
In Tuesday’s consolation game against Raymond Central Fairbury used a solid second half of play to earn a 36-25 win.
The Mustangs and Jeffs battled to an 8-all tie after one quarter of play.
Fairbury held the upperhand in the second quarter on Raymond Central doubling the scoring on the Mustangs, 8-4 to open a 16-12 halftime lead.
Fairbury put the game away by outscoring the Mustangs, 20-13 in the second half, including a 10-5 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Connor Livingston paced the (3-6) Jeffs in scoring with 12 points
In first round play on Dec. 29, Fairbury was dealt a 62-28 loss by Mount Michael Benedictine.
The Knights took control right from the start racing out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter.

Trojans Finish Second In Own Holiday Tournament

After opening tourney play with a double-digit win, Tri County could never get on track in last Tuesday’s championship game versus Wilber-Clatonia, as the Wolverines cruised to a 28-point victory, 50-22 in the Tri County Holiday Tournament.
The (5-1) Wolverines jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter lead fueled by a swarming defense which allowed just a last second three-point hoop to the Trojans.
Tri County’s offense had its best quarter of the game in the second scoring 11 points, but the Wolverines’ offense didn’t slow down tallyiing 16 points against the Trojans’ defense to open a 28-14 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to Wilber-Clatonia, as the Wolverines outscored the Trojans, 22-8.
Tri County began play on Dec. 29 defeating Weeping Water, 59-35 in first round action.
Early on following one quarter of play, Weeping Water maintained a 10-8 lead.

Lady Jeffs Win Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament

Returning after five days off due to the NSAA moratorium, Fairbury’s Lady Jeffs basketball team didn’t miss a beat as the squad went 2-0 enroute to winning the Lincoln Lutheran Holiday Tournament played Dec. 29-30 in Lincoln.
Fairbury began play Monday evening claiming a 47-39 win against Lincoln Lutheran.
The Lady Jeffs vaulted out to an 18-10 first lead on the Lady Warriors, and stretched their lead to double digits at half, 30-19.
Lincoln Lutheran turned up its defensive intensity in the second half limiting Fairbury to single digits in both quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Fairbury made some key shots from the field along with several crucial free throws to pull out the win.
Sidney Pollman paced Fairbury with a game-high 26 points, Shelby Pollman, 11 points, Tiffani Bonsal, five points, Josey Zabokrtsky, three points, and Halle Knigge chalked up two points.

FHS Wrestlers Go West To Begin Second Half Of Season

The second half of the wrestling season got underway Friday evening for Fairbury, as the Jeffs traveled west to Shelton for a dual match.
Fairbury coming off a small break for the holidays earned a 48-18 victory against Shelton/Kenesaw.
In the dual, Fairbury picked up nine wins on the mats, including six matches won by pins.
Earning wins for the Jeffs were Austin Barnts, 113 pounds won by forfeit, Logan Slater, 120 pounds by decision, 12-6 over Dalton Kautz, Anthony Moyer, 132 pounds by pin in 3:07 over Brandon Mashburn, Damian Green, 145 pounds by pin in 1:38 against Jaison Andrist, Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds by pin in 4:39 over Stephen Duffy, Zach Reikofski, 160 pounds by pin against Jack Duffy in 4:29, Jacob Johnson, 170 pounds by pin in 3:10 over Daly Haller, Patrick Ondrak, 182 pounds by decision, 8-2 over Jake Brunk, and Paul Mach, 285 pounds by pin against Junior Sauceda in a time of 1:38.