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Tue
23
Dec

Meridian Let’s Game Slip Away

Undefeated Giltner took advantage in the fourth quarter of several Meridian mistakes to pull out a 49-33 victory Friday on the Lady Mustangs’ home court.
“We just didn’t box out a couple of times and gave up some offensive rebounds. The girls didn’t communicate well in our half court defense a few times, and let Kelbie Lyon get open under the basket for easy scoring opportunities,” Meridian Lady Mustangs coach Robert Schropfer said.
The game started out with a steal and a layup by the Lady Mustangs’ Erin Johnson just :12 seconds off the clock.
Giltner bounced back to take a 7-4 lead at the three minute mark.
Spearheaded by the scoring of Blair Hofstetter and Johnson, Meridian fought back to grab a 9-7 lead.
A two-point basket from the Lady Hornets’ Chainey Tompkin tied the game after one quarter at nine.
Tue
23
Dec

Quick Start, Sluggish Finish For Lady Jeffs

FAIRBURY JUNIOR HALLE KNIGGE, No. 14, prepares to attack the defense setup by Centennial in last Tuesday night’s home contest. Fairbury came out victorious over the Lady Broncos, 43-22. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News

It was a game of two differently played halves.
The start was the way Fairbury wants to play basketball, but the second half was not the way the Lady Jeffs want to finish a game.
As a result, Fairbury’s superb first half of play was overshadowed by sluggish play in the second half in last Tuesday’s 43-22 home win versus winless Centennial.
Fairbury opened the first quarter racing out to a quick, 6-0 lead.
Following a two-point basket by the Lady Broncos’ Jensen Schulz, Fairbury put together a 13-0 run in a 3 ½ minute span to take control at 19-2.
Lady Jeffs’ senior Shelby Pollman accounted for seven of the squad’s 13 points in the scoring blitz.
Centennial finished out the scoring in the quarter with back-to-back treys by Amber Tonniges.
Tue
23
Dec

12-24-14

North side of the square in Downtown Fairbury. During the 1930s kerosene lamps was how the streets were lit at night. The pulley light could be moved along the tension wires. Contributed Photo

120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
Honor pupils in District No. 30, were Homer Bacon, Leonard DeKalb, Juda Darst, Ida Grim, Mart Jackson, Susie Unger and Charles Williams and E.P. Griffin.
Telephones were so scarce in Fairbury that when a new one was installed it was an item for the newspaper.
John Kesterson was appointed Fairbury postmaster with Bob Higgins retained as assistant.  Bob knew everyone in the community and could go to the right box quickly to get patrons’ mail.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
Pupils in District No. 44 cited by Maude Bundy, teacher, were Allen Charles and Leonard Adams, Elsie and Marguerite Gage, Lester Harroun, Ray Nafziger and Edith and Minnie Wilson.
The Journal’s Powell correspondent reported that Mr. Newell had completed cornhusking from 230 acres --- 10,000 bushels.
 
Tue
23
Dec

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, And I’m Missing It

Where did the Christmas season go? By the time most of you read this Christmas will have come and gone. The calendar says Dec. 22 as I write this column, and I am still trying to comprehend the fact that Christmas is only a couple of days away. 
In case you have missed some of my recent columns, this is my favorite time of year. I love this time of year so much that I am ready to be decorating for Christmas in October. I have to start decorating that early if I will get everything up. I still have a Christmas wreath on my table that was supposed to come to my office weeks ago. 
One of the reasons that I have such a fascination with Christmas, I think, is because this time of year goes by so quickly and I don’t get to experience much of it. And I keep myself so busy with so many things that I feel like I miss out on a lot of the holiday goings-on. 
Tue
23
Dec

Letters to the Editor

Casting Judgment On Protestors Of Police Killings

Tue
23
Dec

It’s Time To Stop Punishing The People of Cuba

  As one who has visited the island nation of Cuba on two different occasions I can honestly say I was more than pleased to hear last week that President Obama is going to attempt to ease the embargo the United States has had with that country for more than 50 years.
  I have spent time all over Havana. I know Havana and its people.
   I have spent time in Fidel Castro's Presidential Palace. I have dined in the Cuban Foreign Embassy and met many of their politicians, some I now consider to be friends with.
 Conversely I too have spent time with the common Cuban people eating in their homes, drinking in their bars, spending time in their downtown markets and off the beaten path countryside.
  I have been to their farms, their factories, their hospitals, attended a Cuban World Series Game and even taught a media class at the University of Havana, the first American to do so since the 1950s.
Tue
23
Dec

Dropping Carrier Service To Locals Was A Tough Decision

Next week’s paper will be the very last of its kind. It will be the last edition delivered to local customers by carrier, more commonly called “paperboys”.
 This was a very hard decision to come to. But frankly changing times, changing government and changing lifestyles have forced our hand in this matter.
 A decade or so ago a newspaper carrier in western Nebraska was murdered following an abduction. As one might imagine for those of us in the newspaper business this has caused all sorts of sleepless nights as we ask our carriers, many of who are children, to deliver our product to portions of this and other communities where we are unsure of their safety. There are very few on daily newspapers in Nebraska that have a carrier force. We would suspect this may have played at least a partial hand in that.
Tue
23
Dec

12-24-14

Police Report 
Dec. 1: Report of a male and female who were caught smoking on school grounds. 
Dec. 7: Report of a female who was escorted out of Dollar General for trespassing and was ordered to stay out or get arrested. 
Dec. 10: Report of an assault at the high school. The report turned out to be false. 
Dec. 10: Report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart. The incident is under investigation. 
Dec. 10: Report of vandalism at Orschelns. 
Dec. 12: Report of traffic enforcement resulting in the discovery of someone operating an unregistered vehicle, no operator's license and fictitious plates. The vehicle was towed. 
Dec. 12: Report of an arrest in the 300 block of 8th Street on a warrant. 
 
Traffic
Court costs not included in fines
Asa J.Layden, of Washington, Kan.: No operator's license, $75 fine. 
Tue
23
Dec

CASA Volunteers

CASA is looking for additional CASA Volunteers in Saline and Jefferson Counties.  Our informational meeting in Jefferson County will be held on Thursday, January 8 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  We will host the meeting at our Fairbury office, inside the First Baptist Church at 901 F St.  All are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments, and learn about CASA.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:00am
Tue
23
Dec

Kindergarten Music Concert

MUSIC CONCERT--Mrs. Scott’s Kindergarten Class performed Dec. 18 at Central Elementary school in Fairbury. Photo by Shaunte Dean/Fairbury Journal-News

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