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Sparks Place Second At MIT

The Fairbury Sparks, a combined seventh and eighth grade girls team competed in the eighth grade division in the MIT Tournament in Lincoln March 12-13. The girls defeated Norris and Diller-Odell before losing to Shelby on their way to receiving silver medals for their second place finish. The team consisted of kneeling (l-r), Cheza Troxel, Erin Simmerman, Tiffani Bonsal, Halie Knigge, and Bailey Klaumann. Standing (l-r), Coach Galen Napier, Megan Siebe, Taylor Schroeder, J'Nan Wittler, Josie Zabokrtsky, and Madison Schlake. Not pictured: Kelsey Snyder. (Contributed Photo)

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Kostal Signs With SCC-Beatrice

Diller-Odell senior Hannah Kostal seated, middle, completes her signing earlier this month to play volleyball next fall for SCC-Beatrice. Attending the signing were seated (l-r), Sandy Kostal, Carrie Foster-Puhalla, Southeast Community College volleyball coach, and Steve Kostal. Standing (l-r), Hillary Kostal and Rita Becker, Diller-Odell head volleyball coach. (Journal-News photo by Jim Phelps)

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Lady Mustangs Win Doane Indoor, Mustangs Place Second

Spearheaded by three individual first place performances, Meridian's Lady Mustangs track and field team opened its season in style by winning the 10-team Class D Doane Indoor Invitational held March 17 at the Fuhrer Field House on the campus of Doane College in Crete.

The Lady Mustangs placed in 11 events amassing 101 points to claim the team title by forty points over runner-up Mead.

Junior Ashley Hansel led the way for the Lady Mustangs winning a pair of gold medals.

Hansel won the long jump with an effort of 16'0", and the triple jump with a leap of 31'11½".

Junior Brianna Jackson won the pole vault with a vault of 7'6".

Silver medalists for the Lady Mustangs included Brandie Sykes, 55-meter dash, 7.96, and the high jump clearing 4'10", Jackson, 200-meter dash, 30.14, and Hansel, 55-meter hurdles in a time of 9.62.

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Looking Back

120 YEARS AGO, 1891

The Fairbury Gazette

Del Schloss had the contract for placing stepping stones to the Harbine post office.

A charity concert in Fairbury netted $75 for the poor.

City office nominees at a mass meeting in Fairbury were Dr. M.L. Eaton for mayor; E.H. Hinshaw, clerk; L.W. Goodrich, treasurer; J.R. Dunham, engineer; H.H. Todt, south ward, and W.A. Pearl, north ward, councilman.

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110 YEARS AGO, 1901

The Fairbury Journal

A smallpox scare shut down social activity in Fairbury, including schools and churches.

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Steele City Village Life

People leave their mark in history in various ways. Some become famous or infamous. Stone cutters are able to leave their mark in a more permanent way than most people. The Bower family left their mark in the buildings they helped create in Washington County, Kansas and Jefferson County, Nebraska.

According to his obituary Alfred S. Bower was born in North Dorset, England on March 24, 1837 where he grew to manhood. He then moved to London, England where he married Miss Esther Smith in 1869. They immediately immigrated to the United States and settled in Rock Island, Illinois. There he worked at his trade as a stone cutter on the government arsenal which was being built at the U. S. Army facility.

In 1870 he headed west and settled on a homestead in Washington County, Kansas near where the later settlement of Albia was located. His land was purchased from the government in section seven of Highland Township.

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A Diller a Dollar - by Sharon Ocker

In the early 60's it was apparent that the new school district was experiencing severe overcrowding in the elementary grades. There were 43 students in the 1st and 2nd grade combination room, with one overwhelmed teacher. There were almost that many in the 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th grade rooms also combinations with a single teacher. There were so many desks that you could barely walk up and down aisles. And the kids who needed extra help couldn't get much assistance.

The logical solution was to split the grades and have one teacher for each grade. But there just had to be more rooms to do that.

We hired an architect to design an add-on with three more rooms at the high school site. A bond issue was prepared, public meetings were held, and the proposal came to a vote. People seemed to understand the need, but apparently they thought it was too much money. The bond issue failed.

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Court & Cops

Police Report

March 10: Well being check in the 700 block of E Street.

March 11: Report of a barking dog in the 800 block of C Street.

March 13: Report of an accident without injuries at the Fairbury City Dam.

March 10: Report of a vehicle complaint in Fairbury.

March 12: Brittany Martin of Plymouth was driving a 1996 Dodge, owned by Becky Martin of Plymouth, when she entered into the intersection of 12th and F Streets she struck Kenneth Weise of Western driving a 2002 Chevrolet. No injuries were reported. The Martin vehicle sustained $1,500 in damages while the Weise vehicle sustained $2,000 in damages.

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LaRea Rose

LaRea W. Rose 79 of Denver, CO., passed away March 15, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Denver, Colo.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday March 25, at the Fairbury Cemetery - Fairbury, NE. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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Emmett Nolte

Emmett Nolte 86 of Fairbury, NE., passed away March 22, 2011 at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kan.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday March 28,at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairbury, with Pastor Charles Schmidt officiating. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery - Fairbury, NE. Memorials to Family's Choice. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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Evelyn Harms

Evelyn Harms 86 of Fairbury, NE., passed away March 20, 2011 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday March 26, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hebron, with Pastor Richard Kelm officiating. Burial at the Fairbury Cemetery - Fairbury, NE. Memorials to Faith Lutheran Church in Hebron. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury are in charge.

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