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Apr

Police Department Upgrades Body Cams

The Fairbury Police Department has purchased new body cameras for every officer to use while they are on duty.
Chief of Police Chad Sprunk explained that his department has been using body cameras for approximately four years.
“For several years we have been testing out the various types of body cams that we wanted to go with,” said Sprunk. “Initially, it was just a little tiny camera that went on your chest. It wasn’t the greatest, so we started trying out the ones that go on your face. A few bad things that we came across with the durability of them.”
Governor Pete Ricketts signed a new law last week that would require every police department within the state to develop a policy about the use of body cameras. 
With the current trends in the world, Sprunk believes  that officers in all agencies will soon be required to utilize body cameras while interacting with the public.
Wed
20
Apr

A Night To Remember

Anna Schouboe was crowned the 2016 Fairbury High School Prom Queen and Mark Kroeker was crowned King. The theme for this year’s prom was “Dancing in the Moonlight” and was a masquerade. (Photos by Tim Linscott/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

Wed
20
Apr

Special Use Permit Approved For Hog Confinement Facility

Tough Decisions--After a lengthy hearing on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a proposed hog confinement facility near Jansen. The motion to approve another facility south of Harbine failed during a vote. Another vote on the motion will occur during the commissioners meeting next Tuesday. Pictured are (l-r) County Clerk Cynthia Newman, Commissioner Mark Schoenrock, Commissioner Gale Pohlmann and Commissioner Michael Dux. (Photo by Shaun Friedrichsen/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

After hearing from people on both sides of the issue, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to approve a special use permit for a hog confinement operation near Jansen, while the motion to approve the permit for the facility near Harbine failed due to a one-to-one-to-one vote.
At the beginning of the hearing, Commissioner Michael Dux explained that the commissioners could vote only on approving or denying the permits based on whether the facilities met the requirements set forth by the planning and zoning regulations.
“This morning here, we are deciding on two proposed facilities,” said Dux. “We are not voting for the facilities; we are not voting against the facilities. We do not have that authority. We do not have that power. All we do is, we have the power to say they (the proposed operations) are in compliance or they’re not in compliance with the planning and zoning regs. We have no other authority.”
Wed
20
Apr

Fairbury Golfers Struggle

You can’t blame it on the weather.
For one of the few days this season the weather was decent for participants to play rounds of golf.
However, the Jeffs varsity golf team’s play didn’t reflect the nice weather conditions, as Fairbury struggled to tenth place out of 16 teams at last Thursday’s York Invitational played on the York Country Club golf course.
Senior Nick Christiansen led the way for the Jeffs firing an 18-hole score of 87.
Justin Peterson was second on the team carding an 88, Robby Meyer turned in a score of 94, Zach Reikofski shot a 103, and Anthony Moyer finished with a two-round total of 111.
Grand Island Central Catholic won the invite with a team score of 330. Fairbury finished with a team score of 372.
 
Wed
20
Apr

Hard Work Pays Off For Diller-Odell’s Madison Jurgens

ALL STATE--Diller-Odell junior Madison Jurgens right, stands along side Diller-Odell Lady Griffins head basketball coach John Mohr. Jurgens was selected to the Class D-1 all-state second team. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)

She is an athlete that enjoys sports and works hard at her game.
With her energetic play, Diller-Odell junior Madison Jurgens was a force on both ends of the court, as she helped pace her Lady Griffins basketball team to the district final this past February.
As a result, the 5’9” forward was selected second team all-state in Class D-1 by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Jurgens led the (15-9) Lady Griffins in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game along with a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game.
In her junior season, Jurgens established several school records on the hard wood including free throw attempts in a season with 218, and blocked shots in a season at 38.
After three years of playing high school basketball. Jurgens is the third leading scorer on the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins top 10 career scoring list with 794 points. She is the second on the career rebounding list with 452 caroms.
Wed
20
Apr

FHS Does Well Amongst Class B Squads At Syracuse

A beautiful weather day to compete sparked both Fairbury track and field teams to put forth several solid performances at last Thursday’s Scott Nisely Invite held on the Syracuse High School track.
Competing in a field of a number of Class B teams, as well as being in its first varsity track meet in two weeks, the Jeffs came away with a seventh-place finish scoring 27 points.
Beatrice earned team honors in the meet for the boys chalking up 130.50 points with Syracuse runner-up with 127 points, and Norris took third place with a score of 113 points.
Senior Greg Borch was the lone individual gold medalist for the Jeffs, as he won the pole vault competition with a season-best vault of 13’4”.
Patrick Ondrak came through with a third-place finish in the 3200-meter run with a season-best time of 10:56.44
Senior Trevin Likens placed fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a season-best time of 17.7.
Wed
20
Apr

Lady Trojans Win Lewiston Invite Title

A sweep of all three relays coupled with a 1-2-3 finish in the 800-meter run helped the Tri County Lady Trojans track and field team win the 12-team Lewiston Invite held last Tuesday on the Pawnee City High School track.
The Lady Trojans 400-meter relay sprinted to a first place time of 54.7, 1600-meter relay took top honors with a time of 4:23.0, and the 3200-meter relay broke the tape in a time of 10:31.1.
Tri County went 1-2-3 in the 800-meter run with Haydyn Weise winning the event in a time of 2:29.6, Kailey Weichel was runner-up in a time of 2:31.6, and Halle Weise finished third at 2:36.6.
On the day, Tri County scored in 14 out of 17 events to rack up 116 points en route to the team championship.
Wed
20
Apr

Record Setting Day

UP AND OVER--Diller-Odell junior hurdler Reese Hennerberg, left, takes control of the race during the 110-meter hurdles at the Pawnee City Invite on April 12. Hennerberg was second on the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. A pair of Diller-Odell records were set at the meet, including Cory Engelmen in the pole vault. (Photo by Beverly Puhalla/Tecumseh Chieftain)

A pair of school records highlighted the day for the Diller-Odell track and field teams at the 12-team Lewiston Invite held last Tuesday on the Pawnee City High School track.
For the Griffins, junior Cory Engelman continued his dominance in the pole vault setting a meet and school record with a vault of 13'1” to win the event.
Junior Christian McCown earned the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 20' 51/2”, and he placed second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 42' 33/4”.
Junior Reese Hennerberg claimed a pair of runner-up finishes in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.1 and 42.3.
By clearing a height of 12'0”, senior Bladen Ahl finished second behind teammate Cory Engelman in the boys pole vault.
Ahl turned in a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash posting a time of 25.0.
Wed
20
Apr

First Thing’s First

When I was younger, my alarm sat beside my bed, and every morning I awoke to the sounds of the radio.  This went on for several years, and I’m sure most of you reading this also used to wake up to the radio.  
Up until the time of smart phones, the radio was a  common method of waking up. It went without thought, you’d wake up, lay in bed and listen to the radio for a while until you finally had to roll out of bed. I can’t speak for everyone, but I haven’t woken up to the radio in years.  
Months ago I conducted a very non-scientific poll regarding what people do first thing in the morning…not surprisingly, “check my phone” was seen over and over again.
Many people, myself included, do not have an actual alarm clock anymore, we simply use the feature on our phones.  
Wed
20
Apr

Trap Team Has Solid Outing

The Fairbury Trap Team competed at the Izaak Walton League Invitational at Crete on April 16. From left to right, Mark Kroeker individual winner 20-21 yd handicap, Trap team #1 members include Tyler DeBoer, Nathaniel Stapaules, Scylar Roop, Brock Barton and Jacob Maschmann who claimed Team High Handicap Champions and Team High Overall Runnerup. Far right, Autumn Deepe 2nd place lady handicap. Also earning individual medals were Brock Barton High Overall Male Champion and High Handicap Individual, Jacob Maschmann 3rd place 22-23 yd handicap, Nathaniel Stapaules 2nd place 20-21 yd handicap.

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