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Local Winners Advance To Elks District Hoop Shoot

Eleven competitors earned first and second place medals at the 2014-2015 Elks Hoop Shoot held Saturday morning at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gymnasium.
First place winners in each age division advance to the District Elks Hoop Shoot to be held Jan. 25 at York High School. Registration starts at noon. Contest begins at 1pm.
First place winners in the boys ages 8-9 division was Jakolbe Thieme, boys ages 10-11 division was Braelen Stallbaumer, and the boys ages 12-13 division was Holton Harman.
Second place medalists in the boys ages 10-11 division was Braden Suey, and the boys ages 12-13 division was Konnor Hasselbring.
On the girls side, first place winner in the 8-9 age division was Taeben Stallbaumer, ages 10-11 division was Karly McCord, and ages 12-13 division was Lindsey Thiele.
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Dec

Melanie Baxa Named MCAC Scholar-Athlete

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.
 
 
Wed
31
Dec

Student-Athletes Earn NCPA Academic All-State Awards

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.
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Dec

All State Honorable Mention

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

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Dec

All State Honorable Mention

ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION Four Tri County football players were given All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Standing (l-r) Colby Ensz, Wyatt Kowalski, Keldon Barr, and Rutger Sylier. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

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Dec

All State

ALL-STATE RECIPIENT Meridian senior Brandon Jackson left, stands along side Mustangs head football coach Clint Jones, as the Mustang I-back, linebacker received all-state football honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

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Dec

Brandon Jackson Named First Team All-State In Football

ALL-STATE RECIPIENT Meridian senior Brandon Jackson left, stands along side Mustangs head football coach Clint Jones, as the Mustang I-back, linebacker received all-state football honors by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

Meridian senior Brandon Jackson was honored by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald by being selected to their Class D-2 All-State football first teams.
Jackson was chosen on offense by the Lincoln Journal Star and was tabbed on defense by the Omaha World-Herald.
The 6’0” 185-pound Mustang I-back and linebacker was a key contributor to success on both sides of the ball for Meridian.
Jackson led Meridian in rushing with 1,476 yards, while scoring 32 touchdowns.
On defense, Jackson had 116 tackles with 55 being solo stops.
For his high school football career, Jackson rushed for 4,553 yards, scored 83 touchdowns, and amassed 551 points scored.
Receiving these post-season honors meant a lot to Jackson.
“I just simply think it is a great honor to be placed up there with the top football players in our class in the state. I think these honors are awesome,” Jackson said.
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Dec

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Fairbury Light Plant in early 1900s. Located on 121 3rd Street. Contributed Photo

120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
Boyes & Son of Hebron had raised and sold over $10,000 worth of celery the previous season.
W.P. Freeman, father of the late W.G. Freeman whose furniture store was on the west side in later years, retired as county attorney.  Succeeding him was E.H. Hinshaw, later First District Congressman.
W.P. Griffin became district court clerk, succeeding Stanley Matthews.  The latter had served since the death of his father, Capt. Mathews.
C.C. Howell became a partner with George E. Jenkins in the dry goods business.  He later was in partnership in the hardware business with his brother, Ed Howell, then after Ed’s death, with S. H. Diller, on the east side of the square.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
Value of new buildings in Fairbury the preceding year had totaled $184,000.
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Dec

Letter To The Editor

Diller Man No Fan Of President Obama

Wed
31
Dec

2014 People We’ve Lost

Years ago, before I started paying attention to the world, death was just something that happened to old people I didn’t know. I didn’t think much about it. I was a teenager and had my whole life ahead of me, and there was no reason to dwell on death. 
I went to school, sports practice and work, and that was my life. I did work at a convenience store for several years and got to know the “regulars” and the coffee crowd. But that was the extent of getting to know people in the community. 
And then, about the time I graduated from college and moved back to the area, I began to get to know people. I wrote feature stories on some of them and got to know others while running day-to-day errands or while waiting in line at the grocery store. Of course several people knew who I was, and I didn’t have a clue who they were or how they knew me. 

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