Diller-Odell Cagers Sweep Pawnee City

The Diller-Odell Lady Griffins and Griffins came away with a pair of road wins in Thursday’s season opener at Pawnee City.
In the first game, the Lady Griffins used a 25-12 second half scoring outburst to claim a 47-29 win against the Lady Indians.
Madison Jurgens paced the Lady Griffins in scoring with a game-high 17 points, Madison Hajek, 15 points, Josie Vitosh, seven points, Mackenzie Gydesen, five points, Katie Schultis, two points, and Theresa Zarybnicky tallied one point.
Jurgens led Diller-Odell in rebounding pulling down 16 caroms, while Josie Vitosh grabbed nine boards.
Strong play in the first and third quarters lifted Diller-Odell to a 36-21 victory in the nightcap.
Diller-Odell raced out to an 11-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Meridian Lady Mustangs Start Season 2-0

After the first weekend of play, Meridian’s Lady Mustangs basketball team sits with a mark of 2-0.
The Lady Mustangs came away with victories this past weekend against Dorchester and Nebraska Lutheran.
In Saturday’s home opener, Meridian rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to secure a 46-42 win over Nebraska Lutheran.
The Lady Knights jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, and maintained a 27-22 lead at halftime.
After halftime, Meridian took control outscoring the Lady Knights, 24-15, including limiting the visitors to just four third quarter points.
Meridain maintained a 33-31 lead heading to the fourth quarter, and were able to hold off Nebraska Lutheran outscoring the Lady Kinghts, 13-11 in the pivotal quarter.

Fairbury Comes Out Aggressive In Dual Win Over GICC

FAIRBURY FRESHMAN AUSTIN BARNTS applies a head lock on Grand Island Central Catholic’s Jayden Farias during action last Thursday evening in Fairbury’s home dual against the Crusaders. Barnts was victorious in the match at 113 pounds by pin in 1:18 over Farias. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
A young Fairbury wrestling team turned up the heat on the mat and came away with a 51-18 home dual win Thursday night Dec. 4 versus Grand Island Central Catholic.
“We thought we were going to have our hands full with a very good GICC team. We are very young and so to have our young kids step in with some of them competing in their first matches of their varsity careers was awesome to watch,” Fairbury Jeffs wrestling coach Derek Garfield said.
“We came away with five wins by pin which was great. Freshman Logan Slater set the tone for the team coming out with a pin in the opening match at 120 pounds. I told him that he had the opportunity to start this dual off right along with his career and he took full advantage of that,” Garfield said.

Elks Hoop Shoot Planned For Dec. 27

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is set for Dec. 27 at the Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School gym starting with registration from 9-10 a.m.
Competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
The event is hosted by the Fairbury Elks Lodge No. 1203.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is free to boys and girls who will be between the ages of 8-13 as of April 1, 2015.
Winners at the local shoot have an opportunity to advance through district, state, and regional Hoop Shoot contests.
Regional winners qualify for a trip to compete at the Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass. in April.
National champions will have their names permanently inscribed on a plaque in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Any questions contact Hoop Shoot director Don Mahlman at (402) 729-3466.


Police Report 
Nov. 22: Report of a welfare check on a woman and children. The family was located in Kansas. 
Nov. 23: Report of a male who was arrested on a Montana warrant for escape. 
Nov. 26: Report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1600 block of G Street. 
Nov. 26: Report of sexual assault in the 600 block of 3rd Street. 
Nov. 26: Michael R. Francis, of Fairbury, was driving south on F Street through the intersection at 6th Street in a 1998 Ford when the vehicle collided with a 2001 Dodge driven by Brandi M. Lines, of Fairbury. Damages to Francises' vehicle were estimated at $1,000. Damages to Lineses' vehicle were estimated at $2,000.
Nov. 27: Report of an assault at Wal-Mart. 
Nov. 27: Report of someone getting into vehicles in the 1300 block of A Street. 
Nov. 27: Report of an alarm in the 2000 block of K Street. Unfounded. 

From The Mouths Of Babes

There’s a reason people say, ‘Kids say the darndest things.’ It’s because it’s true. The boys are always saying something that makes me smile. There were some especially amusing discussions this past weekend. 
We attended a fundraiser supper, and Santa was walking around taking food orders. A young man came to get our drink orders first, and before he could get a few words out Kane cut him off and said, “I’m here to see Santa.”
When Santa made his way to our table Kane promptly told him what he wants for Christmas: A train set and a camera. We know Kane loves trains, but he has maintained his desire for a camera with all of his visits to Santa the past week. He does love to take my cell phone or camera and take photos of his multiple stuffed elephants as they sit on various chairs and bar stools. I always have a lot of photos to delete when he’s done. Some are cute, and I keep them. 

Letters to the Editor

Church Pastor Says Articles 
Have Re-Focused His Thoughts 
The past few weeks you’ve published several letters and articles expressing distress at the decline of so-called Christian values in this country, the presence in this land of those ‘made in the image of God’ labeled “illegals,” and the presence in this community of human beings you compare (however obliquely) to cockroaches. At first these were a source of grief for me. Soon, however, these pieces became an opportunity to frame once again, in the midst of this anticipatory season, what Christmas means – God’s preferential option for the poor and senselessly astonishing choice to pitch God’s tent with the vulnerable and the desperate.

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be Politically Correct

There’s really no way to talk about some subjects without coming off wrong to a certain segment of the population. And the older I get the less likely I am to always find a way to be diplomatic. But as I enter the national stage just a bit I am really not inclined to tip toe about and risk not offending any segment of the population.
I have watched the last couple of weeks with keen interest on the topics of immigration reform and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. I don’t understand.
 Certainly I am not against any person or group of people who want to be in the United States, legally. Note the term “legally.” If people who are illegals want to become U.S. citizens and take the time to go through the work and tasks it takes that’s great. 

Incident Of Montana Escapee Should Be A Wake-Up Call For All

Quite frankly we don’t expect it to happen here.
 Crime in Fairbury.
 The news of a Montana State Prison inmate’s capture and subsequent arrest in Fairbury is little more than two weeks old, yet it still is very fresh in the minds of local residents. And it should be. While we all talk about “wow, can you believe that this actually happened here?” We should take this news like “this does” happen here.
 For about as long as anyone can remember, Fairbury has never been considered a hotbed of criminal activity. In fact, many jokingly compare Fairbury to the mythical town of “Mayberry” from the old Andy Griffith television show. The notion that law enforcement does or has to do anything more than pick up stray dogs, give parking tickets and do traffic patrol during parades is just that...a notion.

Jefferson County Church Challenge

2014 Jefferson County Church Challenge
& Food Pantry donations 
1,284# Peace United Methodist-Plymouth
1,111# Zion Lutheran-Harbine
899# United Methodist Church-Fairbury
891# United Methodist-Daykin
808# American Lutheran-Fairbury
746# Immanual Lutheran-Daykin
525# St. Paul’s Lutheran-Plymouth
374# Jansen Bible Church
328# Presbyterian Church-Fairbury