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Wed
08
Apr

JOSIE VITOSH SIGNS WITH HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE


JOSIE VITOSH SIGNS WITH HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE—Diller-Odell senior Josie Vitosh completes her signing of a letter of intent to play volleyball next fall for Highland Community College in Highland, Kan. Attending the signing were seated Josie’s parents Laurie and Stuart Vitosh. Standing are (l-r) Kent Ropers, Diller-Odell athletic director, and Kandice Jurgens Diller-Odell Lady Griffins head volleyball coach. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
08
Apr

ELY HROCH SIGNS WITH PERU STATE COLLEG


ELY HROCH SIGNS WITH PERU STATE COLLEGE—Diller-Odell senior Ely Hroch smiles after his signing of a letter of intent to play football next fall for Peru State College. Attending the signing in the Diller-Odell High School gym were seated Ely’s parents Renee and Ernie Hroch. Standing were (l-r) Lou Varley, Peru State College assistant football coach, Terry Arnold, Diller-Odell Griffins assistant football coach, Chris Schluter, Diller-Odell Griffins co-head football coach, and Kent Ropers, Diller-Odell Griffins co-head football coach and Diller-Odell athletic director. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Wed
08
Apr

Equation For Success In Baseball Spend Money Or Catch Lightning In A Bottle

Following a snowy and cold winter for many parts of the country it’s time to settle back and look toward spring to gear up for another season of Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball is coming off a thrilling 2014 post-season where the Kansas City Royals pushed the San Francisco Giants to a seventh game in the World Series before coming up short by a score of 3-2.
In an era when big-market teams spend money left and right to qualify for the post-season it was  nice to see that small-market teams can have success, as the Royals took the country by storm in 2014 with their post-season run late into October.
Most owners and general managers believe if a team wants to achieve success on the diamond and advance to the post-seasom it needs to spend money, and the more green spent the better.
Wed
08
Apr

Area Schools Take Part In Turkey Creek Relays

Facing teams from various conferences, Diller-Odell’s track and field squads finished second and third overall, while Meridian’s track teams placed fourth and seventh at last Tuesday’s eight-team Turkey Creek Relays held at the Friend High School track.
Spearheaded by a pair of first place finishes the Diller-Odell Griffins placed runner-up with 70 points while Pawnee City winning the team title, scoring 77 points.
Stetson Meyer and Ely Hroch teamed up to win the high jump with a combined height of 11’10”, and Christian McCown and Reese Hennerberg won the triple jump with a combined distance of 78’2”.
Wed
08
Apr

Lady Trojans Win Thayer Central Invite

It was a superb day for the Tri County Lady Trojans track and field team, as the girls put together strong efforts enroute to winning the seven-team Thayer Central Invite held on the Randall Smith track in Hebron on April 2nd.
The Lady Trojans placed in 14 events on their way to accumulating a first place total of 130 points. Lincoln Christian was second overall with 116 points, and Johnson County Central finished third piling up 104 points.
Junior Kelsey Crawford claimed the only individual gold medal for Tri County, as she won the long jump with a leap of 15’ 6 3/4”.
Tri County scored 20 team points with the 1600 and 3200-meter relays earning first places.
The 1600-meter relay team of Crawford, Sloane Holtmeier, Halle Weise, and Haydyn Weise recorded a  time of 4:20.03, and the 3200-meter relay foursome of Kailey Weichal, Holtmeier, Josie Weise, and Haydyn Weise finished with time of 10:56.90.
Wed
08
Apr

Ideal Weather Conditions Spark Tri County Tracksters


TRI COUNTY SOPHOMORE HAYDYN WEISE top keeps up a strong kick as she leads the field of runners after one lap in the 800-meter run at last Tuesday’s Wilber-Clatonia Invite. Weise won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:30.92. (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)
Warm weather helped spearhead the Tri County track and field teams to combine for four first place finishes at last Tuesday’s Wilber-Clatonia Invitational.
The Lady Trojans amassed 85 points by placing in 13 events to finish third out of nine teams on the day.
Wilber-Clatonia won its own invite with a score of 140 points, while Heartland was second racking up 95 points.
A pair of individual gold medals were picked up by the Lady Trojans on the track.
Freshman Kailey Weichel won the 3200-meter run in a time of 13:22.02, and sophomore Haydyn Weise  placed first in the 800 posting a time of 2:30.92.
The Lady Trojans’ 3200-meter relay foursome of Weichel, Sloane Holtmeier, Josie Weise, and Haydyn Weise won the race in time of 10:48.70.
Wed
08
Apr

Milford Kiwanis Basketball Tournament Champions: 6th Grade Fairbury Boys Hoops Basketball Team


Milford Kiwanis Basketball Tournament Champions: 6th Grade Fairbury Boys Hoops Basketball Team: Front L-R, Peyton Firmanik, Austin Novotny, Brody Kroll, Cashe Kroll, Phoenix Cervantes; Back L-R, Assistant Coach Kane Hasselbring, Josh Robertson, Dylan Starr, Andrew Novotny, Konnor Hasselbring, Lane Zabokrtsky, Aden Watson, Coach Galen Napier. (Contributed Photo)
Wed
08
Apr

Boys Will Be Boys And Dogs Will Be Dogs

I was loading the dishwasher when I heard the mudroom door open. Nobody appeared. After a moment Kane said, “Mom I have something to show you.” He then appeared through the door carrying a dead, wild rabbit. 
“Look what I found outside on the grass,” he said. “It’s dead. How did it die?”
At that moment I saw blood drip onto the floor. 
I think our dog, who is always chasing rabbits and birds when we go out to check cows, must have killed the rabbit. The dog is so well fed, though, that he decided not to eat his kill and left it in the front yard. 
Wed
08
Apr

Letters to the Editor

Jammy Pants 
Flapping In The Breeze
Editor:
This must be the reason I like Mr. Arnold’s pieces in the paper. Many times he writes stuff that I’m in disagreement with or indifferent to, but in several instances his commentaries are the like of which I’m in total agreement.
In regard to his commentary in the April 1st issue of the Journal-News, I, too believe there is a growing number of people in this town who just wander around aimlessly. Although a few seem to have a purpose.
As owner of Dirty Biz Laundry, on 6th & C, Fairbury, I have a public restroom, free WiFi and a change machine, all for the convenience of my paying customers. On occasions when I’m there working, I see people walking at a fast gait from blocks away, towards my business. When they get there they go immediately to the restroom, and, when finished, leave without a word, pajama pants flapping in the breeze.
Wed
08
Apr

Dept. of Roads Could Have Been A Little More Prepared For Meeting

 Last week there was a big meeting at the Community Building in Fairbury’s City Park. If you drive a car, truck, bicycle or anything else with wheels you should have been there.
  The two hour “open house” style meeting was conducted by the Nebraska Department of Roads as an informational session regarding replacement of the viaduct west of Fairbury on Highway 136. There were a lot of NDOR officials there with enough charts, graphs, leaflets and other related handouts to choke a cow. If you’re not quite sure of the scope of the project please read today’s front page, it explains everything.
  And while the State did have a lot of information, there was a lot they left out. Specifically for the people who live north on River Road there were more questions than answers. During  a portion of the project River Road from the south is going to be inaccessible. That’s going to inconvenience a whole lot of people.

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