Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:12pm
Quick Workout--It took just a matter of seconds for Fairbury’s Justyn Franklin (20-2) to pin Noah Stueber (0-18) of Lutheran during the Fairbury Invite on Friday. (Photo by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Having the opportunity to compete at home in front of its fans, Fairbury’s wrestling team put together a strong showing and finished runner-up in its own 11-team Fairbury Wrestling Invitational held Friday at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym.
York won the team title with a score of 264 points, while Fairbury was a close second amassing 236.50 points.
The Jeffs had 12 medalists overall, including five individual champions.
Individual champions included Justyn Franklin, 152 pounds (4-0), Damian Green, 160 pounds (3-0), Jacob Johnson, 170 pounds (4-0), Patrick Ondrak, 182 pounds (4-0), and Paul Mach, 285 pounds (4-0).
Submitted by Trevor Gill on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:10pm
Now that I have kids, I find myself using “Back in my day…” quite often. I always used to scoff at those who talked that way, and now, here I am, doing the same. I see the conversations every snow day of Facebook amongst those I grew up with; we ALWAYS had school, we never got out, kids don’t know what it’s like, etc.
Fact of the matter is simple, times are changing. No longer can buses try busting through snow drifts in an attempt to pick up students. Gone are the days of sliding down E Street while trying to stop at St. Michael’s. Frankly, I’m shocked that even with any snow on the ground, kids have school.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:03pm
• This political season and the upcoming election deadline has made me think about what is needed in the world.
There are two people who the world needs more of, especially in politics: Bruce Swartz and Joe Carlson.
I have known Fairbury native Bruce Swartz since 1997. I feel that every city, county, state and nation needs a Bruce Swartz. He speaks his mind. Whether people like it or not, you must admit he always has a point to his views.
As a city council member, Bruce was fearless. No issue, no matter how mundane or controversial, was out-of-bounds.
He tackled issues head on, with zeal, gusto, and a little bit of showmanship. He did all of these things for one simple reason: he believes in his ideals and dearly, truly loves this community.
The world needs more politicians like Bruce, who do things for the love of something, not the power, nor the greed.