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Nov

Lady Mustangs Denied State Volleyball Bid

It wasn’t the way Meridian wanted the season to end.
The Meridian Lady Mustangs volleyball team posted a 1-1 mark last Monday night in the D2-1 Subdistrict Volleyball Tournament played at Friend High School.
In the subdistrict final which finished after 11 p.m., Meridian came up short to Exeter-Milligan losing in four sets, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25, 20-25.
Senior Blair Hofstetter led all Meridian attackers in the match with 25 kills, as the Lady Mustangs recorded 52 total kills.
Allison Klipp was second for Meridian in kills with 10 and Ashli Soukup contributed eight kills.
Erin Johnson dealt out 45 set assists, and she registered a pair of ace serves.
On defense, Rylee Pieper had a team-high two solo blocks.
In its opening round match, Meridian took down Dorchester in straight sets, 25-11, 25-11, 25-7.
Wed
12
Nov

Lady Griffins Overpower Friend, Earn Trip To State Volleyball Tournament


DILLER-ODELL SOPHOMORES MADISON JURGENS No.4, AND MADISON HAJEK, No. 10, leap high at the net for a block attempt against Friend’s Raeleigh Menke, No. 6, during action last Thursday evening in the D1-1 District Volleyball Final played at Tri County High School. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Mission accomplished.
Sparked by exceptional team play in all facets of their game, Diller-Odell rebounded from a first set loss grinding out a four-set 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 win against Friend in the D1-1 District Final played last Thursday night at Tri County High School.
A goal of the team from pre-season was to qualify for the state volleyball tournament.
This is the first time, Diller-Odell has qualified for the state volleyball tournament since becoming a consolidated school in 2000.
The last time at the state volleyball tournament for Diller was in 1993.
After dropping the first set to Friend, Diller-Odell shot out to a 16-9 lead in the second set, highlighted by two blocks from Katie Schultis and a pair of aces by Madison Jurgens.
Friend fought back stringing together a 7-0 run to tie the score at 16 off an ace by Lexi Ryan.
Wed
12
Nov

Good Luck at State


DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins volleyball team qualified for this week’s NSAA State Volleyball Tournament by winning the D1-1 District Volleyball Championship in four sets versus Friend played last Thursday night at Tri County High School. Team members are seated (l-r) Madison Jurgens, Josie Vitosh, Camille Hennerberg, and Paige Vitosh. Kneeling (l-r) Theresa Zarybnicky, Bailey Schroeder, and Katie Schultis. Standing (l-r) Assistant coach Corinna Vrbka, Hayley Denner, Paige Arnold, Katie Zarybnicky, Madison Hajek, and head coach Kandice Jurgens. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
Wed
12
Nov

11-12-14


GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1102 G Street in 1967. Contributed Photo
120 YEARS AGO, 1894
The Jefferson County Journal
As it had ten years earlier, the Republican local ticket carried Jefferson County, but Silas A. Holcomb, Populist, defeated Tom Majors for governor.
Wheat prices were the lowest at the farm since arrival of railroad transportation in the area.
The honor roll in district No. 9 included Fannie and Raymond Alsworth, Charles and Clara Coffin, Peter Isaac, Ray and Ruth Moler, Charles and Max Ruhnke, Emma Schindoll, Silas and Theodore Wadley, Mary Wendlandt and Clarence Wolfe.
 
110 YEARS AGO, 1904
The Jefferson County Journal
“Shore Acres” was the first play in the new Steele Opera house on the south side of the square.  The former opera house on the north side, in the old First National Bank Building, had been closed.
Fred Landkamer reported a yield of 80 bushels of corn per acre on a small tract near Powell.
Wed
12
Nov

National FFA Chorus


Madison Schlake and Ryan Umland
Madison Schlake and Ryan Umland, members of the Fairbury FFA chapter, were at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
 Madison is a Senior and the daughter of Kendall and Lola Schlake. Ryan is a Junior and the son of Matthew and Deb  Umland. They were selected to the National FFA Chorus.
 The National FFA Chorus performed several times during the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo.
 Schlake and Umland were joined by fellow chorus members in Louisville.
 
Wed
12
Nov

11-12-14

Police Report 
Oct. 24: Report of a male issued a citation for traffic control signal violation and no proof of insurance. 
Oct. 30: Veronica J. Fentress, of Fairbury, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet west on 4th Street when the vehicle collided with a crossing arm gate at the railroad tracks. Damages to the crossing arm gate were estimated at $500. Damages to the vehicle were estimated at $1,600.
Oct. 30: Report of fraud in the 500 block of 5th Street. 
Oct. 30: Report of child neglect in the 1700 block of G Street. Unfounded. 
Oct. 31: Report of a noise complaint in the 800 block of C Street. 
Oct. 31: Report of three juveniles issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol, one juvenile cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one adult issued a citation for three counts of procuring alcohol to minors. 
Wed
12
Nov

Picked Corn Fields Offer Hours Of Entertainment

In high school I worked at a convenience store and spent many hours listening to retired men discuss the world’s problems while drinking coffee. I remember one man telling the group about how, as a youngster, he would walk to the creek and play. He said today’s kids don’t know how to entertain themselves with sticks and dirt because of the TV, video games and computer. 
My boys got in some old fashioned play last weekend, and I’d like to think the man at coffee would be proud. We spent most of the day putting up electric fence around some corn stalk fields, and the boys found a way to pass the time on the day-long activity. They were searching for ears of corn in the harvested fields as they walked alongside Michael, who was putting in electric fence posts. It was like watching children hunt for Easter eggs. 
Wed
12
Nov

Letters to the Editor

A Country Run By Idiots?

Wed
12
Nov

You Wouldn’t Be Happy If You Were Hung With A Gold Rope

That’s one of those things that my Mom used to tell me when I was a kid. It took me quite a few years to realize exactly what she was trying to tell me. It was an axiom saying in effect no matter what I had or was given, I wanted something else.
Sometimes putting out each edition of the Journal-News feels sort of like that. A couple of weeks ago I was chided (all within 24 hours) that: we put too much sports in the paper and we don’t run enough sports in the paper. We have too much bad news in the paper and the sex offender list was left out, why.
Last week it happened again. Two instances.
 One reader took to the (sic) honorable forum of Facebook to lament we did not have enough information on the school play in the paper. Another noted we left a picture and story about the Bonham Theatre and a donation out of the paper. 
Wed
12
Nov

Will Candidate Apathy Carry Over Into Elected Office?

 The elections are over and I think we’re all glad for that. By all accounts it was an interesting campaign and a lot of information was distributed. Unless of course you happened to be a candidate for every office in Jefferson County. The flow of information was...zero.
  It is always disheartening to see a slate of candidates (pick any from the Jefferson County courthouse), (most seeking a District 8 school board seat), and (all of them running for Fairbury city council) who want to be elected but don’t care enough to tell people anything about themselves or what they stand for.
 Were each of them new candidates seeking a position? Or were they incumbents trying to retain a seat? The voter had absolutely no way of knowing.
  To be fair, nearly all of the races, except that of District 8 school board, saw a slate of candidates that were running unopposed; there was no one else to vote for except the name on the ballot.

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