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Fairbury Rural Fire Responds To 65 Calls In 2013

Fairbury Rural Fire Chief Kenny Krause says that while on the surface 2013 may have seemed like a down year for the department, which is both a good and bad thing.

Krause presented his annual report for the recent year ending and said that the rural fire department responded to 65 calls; one nearly every six days.

Anytime we have to roll out of the shed we might be facing a potentially bad situation, he told the Journal-News. But its a good thing that we have a great group of guys who take this job seriously. Everyone needs to remember that all of our personnel are volunteers. We are not paid and all of the guys have to come in from somewhere, sometimes quite a ways away, to get to a scene, Krause said.

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Thayer County Holds Retirement Party for Fink, Walters

Photo caption: Photo by Amy Hadachek/Fairbury Journal-NewsLongtime Thayer County Magistrate Donna Fink and Marleen Walters, (Left) Thayer County Court Assistant Clerk retired Dec. 31 after 32 years. Vicki Jarchow has been chosen at Thayer County next county court magistrate.

There was a constant flow of well-wishers from colleagues in the legal profession and others throughout Thayer County, as well as friends and family converging at a double retirement party Monday, Dec. 30 for two longtime, valued Thayer County Courthouse employees. Uniquely, the party setting was actually the third floor courtroom in the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron; with throngs of people seated on court benches and at tables that were brought in for seating, as many said farewell to Donna Fink who retired after 32 years as the Thayer County Court Clerk Magistrate, and Marleen Walters, who retired as the Thayer County Court Assistant Clerk after the same 32 years.

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Jarchow Becomes Thayer County Court Magistrate

Photo caption: Photo by Amy Hadachek/Fairbury Journal-NewsNewThayer County Court Clerk Magistrate Vicki Jarchow sits at her desk on Friday, Jan. 3, on the second day ofher new job in the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron.

It was the first day of her brand new job as the Clerk Magistrate for Thayer County Court in Hebron on Thursday; Jan. 2, but Vicki Jarchow didnt have to travel far to take on her new duties. Jarchow, formerly a dispatcher at the Thayer County Sheriffs office; located right around the corner from the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron, began 2014 at her new job in the County Judges office in the courthouse. The position became available, when longtime Magistrate Donna Fink just retired Dec. 31, after 32 years on the job.

I wish her well. I know Vicki will do a good job, said Fink at her retirement party. Fink said that Tammie Duensing, the Jefferson County Clerk Magistrate, will travel to Hebron to train Vicki.

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Mustangs Come Up Short to Raiders

A slow second half start by Meridian proved costly in Saturdays 49-42 road loss to Lawrence-Nelson.

The Mustangs were limited to just five points in the third quarter after trailing by two points, 22-20, at halftime.

Paced by the scoring of Kyle Schwisow, Tyler Nolte and Jakub VanWesten, the Mustangs held an 8-7 first quarter lead.

Lawrence-Nelson overtook the Mustangs in the second quarter with a 15-point scoring outburst while Ty Brakhage kept the Mustangs on the Raiders heels leading three Meridian scorers netting five points.

The Raiders defense held Meridians offense down in the third quarter with five points, while Lawrence-Nelsons offense exploded for 18 points paced by the 1-2 scoring punch of Mazour with eight points and Kimminau chalking up six points to expand its lead to 40-25.

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Hofstetter, Johnson Power Lady Mustangs

With six cagers scoring for Meridian, the Lady Mustangs began the New Year claiming a 53-45 road win Saturday evening against Lawrence-Nelson.

Spearheaded by five points from Blair Hofstetter, and three points by Miranda Johnson, the Lady Mustangs established a 10-6 first quarter lead.

The second quarter belonged to Meridian as Hofstetter lit up the scoreboard for the Lady Mustangs scoring 13 points while Johnson contributed eight points to account for 21 of the Lady Mustangs 22 points.

Meridian left the court at halftime in control 32-16.

The momentum switched to the Lady Raiders side in the third quarter, as the home team racked up 15 points led by Harlie Hinnelberg and Kelsey Menke with four points apiece slicing the deficit to 40-31.

Both teams played a nearly even fourth quarter with Lawrence-Nelson maintaining a 14-13 scoring advantage.

For the game, Meridian shot 45 percent from the field connecting on 20-44 attempts.

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Defensive Intensity, Excellent Shooting Elevates Griffins

Playing its second game in three days, the Diller-Odell Griffins bounced back from a five-point loss to Johnson-Brock by concluding the 2013 portion of their schedule on a winning note.

Paced by a stellar defensive effort coupled with superb shooting, Diller-Odell earned a 50-33 road win Dec. 30 against Meridian.

With its offense in high gear, the Griffins grabbed the upper hand on the Mustangs shooting out to a 19-8 first quarter lead.

Junior guard Brady McMurray went ballistic for Diller-Odell in the opening quarter burying five treys against the Mustangs from behind the three-point arc.

Austin Vitosh and McMurray led the parade of scorers for Diller-Odell in the second quarter netting four points each as the Griffins stretched their lead to 31-18 at halftime.

Diller-Odells defense took centerstage in the third quarter bottling up Meridians offense to just a single three-point basket by Tyler Nolte.

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Mach Signs with Benedictine College

Photo caption: (Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News)ANNA MACH SIGNS WITH BENEDICTINE COLLEGEFairbury senior Anna Mach exhibits a smile after she finished signing a letter of intent to play softball next year for the Benedictine College Lady Ravens in Atchison, Kan. Attending the signing were seated (l-r), Annas parents, Keith and Mary Mach of Fairbury. Standing are Fairbury Lady Jeffs head softball coach Taylor Biehl, and Fairbury assistant softball coach Tony Biehl.

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Cross County Match Up: Three-Pointers Power D-O Past Meridian

Despite the cold weather outside, Diller-Odells Lady Griffins had the hot hand shooting from the beyond the three-point line in its matchup Dec. 30 versus Meridian.

The Lady Griffins connected on eight three-point baskets including six by Mackenzie Gydesen to defeat Meridian 53-38 on the Lady Mustangs home floor.

Four Lady Griffin cagers combined to score 12 first quarter points allowing Diller-Odell to open a 12-7 lead after eight minutes of action.

In the second quarter, Diller-Odell increased its defensive pressure allowing the Lady Mustangs to score just five points for a total of 12 first half points.

On the offensive side, the Lady Griffins erupted for 23 points sparked by nine points from Gydesen on a trio of three-point hoops, Sarah Schmidt chipped in six points and Erin Saathoff chalked up five points on one three-point basket and a two-point field goal extending Diller-Odells lead to 35-12 at halftime.

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Tri County Drops Two Tournament Games

Turnovers and single digit scoring in six of eight quarters proved costly for the Tri County Lady Trojans in a pair of losses at the Wilber-Clatonia Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 27-28.

In its opener on Friday, the Lady Trojans shot over 50 percent from the field but were handcuffed with over 40 turnovers in their 52-27 loss to Southern.

Southern raced out to a 19-2 first quarter lead and were never threatened the rest of the game.

Tri County had its best quarter of the game in the second tallying 12 points closing the deficit to 28-14 at half.

The Lady Raiders continued to force Tri County into turnovers in the second half limiting the Lady Trojans offense to just 13 points.

Southerns offense continued to click racking up 24 points including a 15-point third quarter.

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Mustangs Place Sixth At Fillmore Central

Taking to the mats for first time in nearly two weeks, Meridians wrestling team finished sixth out of 17 squads on Jan. 3 at the Fillmore Central Holiday Wrestling Tournament.

The Mustangs had eight wrestlers score points and earn medals in their respective weight classes as the team amassed 94 points.

York won the team title racking up 212.50 points with Southern Valley runner-up with 160.50 points.

Second place medalists for Meridian were Brandon Jackson, 170 pounds, and Riley Noel, 182 pounds.

Jackson went 4-1 in his matches losing in the championship match by decision 3-1 to Palmers Kordell Glause.

Brandon picked up wins by pins over Superiors Logan Christiancy and Hastings St. Cecilias Aaron Gonzalez, and won by decision, 7-1 over Yorks Ethan Cradick, while earning a major decision win, 14-0 over Elm Creeks Isaac Cure in the championship bracket.

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