Voters will decide state minimum wage

November's election ballot will include a number of big decisions for Nebraskans. In addition to electing federal, state and local office holders, voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether to increase Nebraska's minimum wage.


Nebraska Third on USDA’s List of Top 100 Ag Co-ops

Nebraska Third on USDA’s List of Top 100 Ag Co-ops


  Nebraska is home to nine of the U.S. top 100 agricultural cooperatives, third in the nation behind Iowa and Minnesota, according to recently released USDA data.  The number of top 100 co-ops in Iowa, 16, is up from 11 a decade ago.  Minnesota has 13 co-ops in the top 100.

These statistics underscore what most Midwesterners already know – Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are extremely important to the nation’s agricultural economy, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  Farmer-owned co-ops play a major role in making it an agricultural powerhouse.


Meridian Spikers Go 4-0 On The Week

Meridian endured four matches in three days and stretched its win streak to six matches.
Last week , the (14-4) Lady Mustangs swept a pair of triangulars both on the road and at home.
In its home triangular on Oct. 9th, Meridian stopped Deshler in two sets, 25-10, 25-12, and Friend by scores of 25-18, 25-23.
Ann Endorf topped all Meridian servers in the match versus the Lady Dragons with a pair of aces.
As a team, Meridian recorded 19 kills against Deshler with Blair Hofstetter the top attacker with 11 kills.
Against Friend, the Lady Mustangs put down 27 kills with Hofstetter leading the way with 14 kills, and Rylee Pieper slammed home seven kills.
Endorf posted a team-leading three ace serves, and Johnson handed out 24 set assists.
On Tuesday night, Meridian competed in the Hampton triangular and came away with a pair of victories.

Griffins Score Early, Rout Nebraska Lutheran

After losing its first game last week to BDS, Diller-Odell got back on the winning side, as its offense erupted for nine touchdowns enroute to a 73-0 home win Friday evening over Nebraska Lutheran.
Diller-Odell took command right from the kickoff scoring 22 first quarter points.
Touchdowns scored for the Griffins were Brady McMurray 25-yard pass to Stetson Meyer, McMurray  one-yard run, and Marcus Eickmann scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
McMurray and Christian McCown added a pair of two-point conversion runs after the first and third touchdowns.
Diller-Odell continued to slice up the Knights’ defense striking for 28 second quarter points.
Scoring touchdowns for the Griffins in the second quarter included McMurray, one-yard run, McMurray 24-yard pass to Meyer, and Eickmann scored on runs of 41 and 62 yards extending Diller-Odell’s lead to 50-0 at half.

Diller-Odell Sweeps HTRS Triangular

After having its 11-match win snapped last week, Diller-Odell got back on the winning track by sweeping both matches Oct. 9 at the HTRS Triangular held in Humboldt.
The Class D-1 state-rated Lady Griffins (17-4) defeated Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer by scores of 25-20, 28-26, and Pawnee City 25-23, 25-15.
Josie Vitosh and Madison Hajek led the Lady Griffin servers with two aces each, while Madison Jurgens scored a team-high four points from behind the service line.
As a team, Diller-Odell recorded 34 kills paced by Jurgens with a team-high 13 kills, and Hajek was second on the team with seven kills.
Josie Vitosh dealt out 17 set assists on 37-37 setting, while Jurgens put up 15 set assists.
On defense, Hajek topped the team in blocks with four, and Jurgens had a team-leading 13 digs.

Fairbury Goes 1-2 In District Softball Action

FAIRBURY FRESHMAN REGAN SCHMIDT follows through and connects with a pitch in last Thursday’s first round game versus Norris in the B-1 District Softball Tournament played at Hannibal Park in Beatrice. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Entering the B-1 District Softball Tournament last Thursday at Hannibal Park in Beatrice, as the sixth seed Fairbury/Thayer Central pieced together a 1-2 record on the day.
In its opener, the Lady Jeffs faced third seed Norris (18-9) and the Lady Titans came away with a 16-1 win in three innings.
The Lady Jeffs scored first in the game plating a run in the top of the first.
Norris regrouped and tallied five runs in the bottom of the first with RBI hits collected by Madison Behrends, Halle Hayhurst, and Lindsey Pressler.
Fairbury loaded the bases in the top of the second on a walk, an error, and a hit by Marah Shumard, but could not push across any runs off Lady Titans’ pitcher Lindsey Pressler.
Norris scratched out a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to widen its lead to 7-0.
Fairbury was retired in order in the top of the third.

Mustangs Rushing Attack Slowed Down In Loss To L-N

MERIDIAN SENIORS BRANDON JACKSON, No. 35, AND DYLAN BROWN, No.89, combine to make a tackle on Lawrence-Nelson’s quarterback Colton Biltoft, No. 15, in first half action Friday evening on the Mustangs’ home field. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

In a battle between district teams with matching 3-2 records, Lawrence-Nelson was able to slow down Meridian’s stellar rushing attack.
As a result, Meridian did not run the ball consistently and its defense couldn’t stop the Raiders’ running game at crucial times in the game played on Jim Durflinger Field which allowed Lawrence-Nelson to slip past Meridian Friday night by a score of 28-24.
Lawrence-Nelson’s defense setup its initial score in the first quarter, as Dillon Menke recovered a fumble on the Mustangs’ 35-yard line.
On the ensuing play, Menke broke loose on a 35-yard run to the end zone.
Cody Byers ran in the two-point conversion giving the Raiders an 8-0 lead with 7:31 on the clock.
Meridian answered back with a five-play drive which culminated in a 39-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jackson.
The PAT kick was blocked leaving Lawrence-Nelson ahead, 8-6 after one quarter.

FHS CC Runners Bear Down At Conference Meet

Fairbury’s cross country teams are heading into the home stretch of their season.
In a tune-up prior to their district meet, both squads competed Oct. 9th in Central Conference Cross Country Meet held at Doane College in Crete.
On the girls side, the Lady Jeffs did not have any medalists and finished seventh out of nine teams with a score of 120 points.
Aurora was Central Conference team champions with a score of 27 points, along with four medalists in the top 15.
For Fairbury, sophomore Lilibeth Estrada finished 21st out of 49 runners in a time of 22:39.65.
Shaye Stall was 22nd at 22:40.00, Anna Schouboe placed 35th with a time of 24:01.60, Hannah Yantz claimed 42nd at 24:57.48, and Makayla Fletcher was 46th in a time of 25:34.24.
For the Jeffs, the team also had no medalists on the day.

Southern Slips Past Fairbury

Relying on its scrappy play, Southern by a slim margin outlasted Fairbury in a matchup last Tuesday evening played on the Lady Jeffs’ home floor.
The Lady Raiders won by scores of 25-21, 25-21, 28-26.
Kelsey Smith and Tiffani Bonsal had one ace serve to pace the Lady Jeffs in the match.
Shelby Pollman led Fairbury at the net with a team-high 12 kills.
Bonsal handed out 22 set assists in the match for Fairbury.

FHS Golfers Season Ends At District Meet

On a day they needed to play their best, the Fairbury Lady Jeffs golf team struggled finishing eighth in the C-2 District Golf Meet played on the Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island on Oct. 7.
Fairbury shot a team score of 520, and had no individuals qualify for the state golf meet.
Columbus Scotus won the district title with a score of 371, GICC was runner-up at 383, and Columbus Lakeview was the third firing a 423 score.
The top three teams advance along with the top 10 individuals to the state golf meet.
Senior Shyanne Adams paved the way for Fairbury carding an 18-hole score of 113.
Additional scores for the Lady Jeffs were Evie Schwab with a 131, Ashley Griffee fired a 137, Madison Black posted a 139, and Bethanie Schacht came through with a 142.
Fairbury Lady Jeffs golf coach was disappointed with how the team played.