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May
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Trevor Schroeder To Compete In AAU Grand Nationals

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News Sports Editor

Fairbury senior-to-be wrestler Trevor Schroeder received great news at last month's district track and field meet held at Concordia University in Seward.

An e-mail was sent to Fairbury wrestling coach P.J. Smith from Kearney wrestling coach Tom McCann inquiring if Trevor would be interested in participating in the AAU Grand Nationals Wrestling Tournament to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The AAU Grand Nationals will take place June 8-11, 2011 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Twenty-four wrestlers from across the state of Nebraska will compete. The wrestlers will wrestle as Team Nebraska.

"Once I read the e-mail that coach Smith gave me I told him that I wanted to attend the AAU Grand Nationals," Trevor Schroeder said.

Tue
31
May
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Barnett To Participate In Blue-Gray Football Combine

J.B. Barnett, a senior to be at Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High School has been selected to compete in the Blue-Gray National Super Football Combine on June 18th in Canton, Ohio.

After competing in the Missouri Western Combine, Barnett will be competing with 200 prospects from previous combines from 36 states.

This event, is held at the NFL Hall of Fame Stadium.

The combine will serve as a pool to select a North and South squad to compete in the first annual Blue-Gray National All-Star football game.

This game will be televised and will be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 14, 2012.

J.B. is a defensive lineman for the Jeffs.

As a junior, Barnett recorded six sacks, and 38 tackles, along with one fumble recovery returning the fumble 10 yards.

Tue
31
May
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Trevor Schroeder To Compete In AAU Grand Nationals

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News Sports Editor

Fairbury senior-to-be wrestler Trevor Schroeder received great news at last month's district track and field meet held at Concordia University in Seward.

An e-mail was sent to Fairbury wrestling coach P.J. Smith from Kearney wrestling coach Tom McCann inquiring if Trevor would be interested in participating in the AAU Grand Nationals Wrestling Tournament to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The AAU Grand Nationals will take place June 8-11, 2011 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Twenty-four wrestlers from across the state of Nebraska will compete. The wrestlers will wrestle as Team Nebraska.

"Once I read the e-mail that coach Smith gave me I told him that I wanted to attend the AAU Grand Nationals," Trevor Schroeder said.

Tue
31
May
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Mailahn, Jones Chosen For Eight-Man All-Star Game

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

A senior lineman and a coach will represent Meridian High School in the 2011 Nebraska Coaches Association/Sertoma Eight-Man Football All-Star Game to be played at Hastings College.

Senior Mason Mailahn was selected to the East team.

Mailahn was a 6'2", 265-pound offensive guard/defensive end, and he was a four-year letterman for the Mustangs.

Being tabbed to the all-star team was a big thrill for Mailahn.

"This is a big honor for me. I was very surprised when I was notified about my selection," Mailahn said.

"I get another chance to put on the pads and compete against some of the best players in the state," Mailahn remarked.

Fri
27
May
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Legislature logs final day By Steve Scharf and Paige Yowell,Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--At 10 minutes till three Thursday afternoon, the first session of the 102nd Nebraska Legislature adjourned with the normal pomp and circumstance, and Governor Dave Heineman and Speaker Senator Mike Flood praised what the Legislature had accomplished in the past 87 days.

Both leaders praised the Legislature's ability to find consensus to balance the state's budget without raising taxes, while the governor said he was pleased with the Legislature's ability to prioritize education and job creation.

The mood in the chamber was unusually relaxed: Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha wore a bow tie, while Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha wore seersucker pants and Sperry Topsider shoes. One senator used Facebook.

In total, the Legislature convened for about four hours, with most of the Unicamera's official business resolved.

Fri
27
May
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Drunken driving, pipeline rules, redistricting among bills passed in Unicameral's last week By Paige Yowell, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--The Nebraska Legislature passed several bills into law during its last week in session May 23-26.

A bill by Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue passed May 23 that will allow the Department of Revenue to contract with private companies to better identify and collect money owed by tax evaders. The extra revenue earned by the state will then be used to pay the private companies hired to do the work.

A bill by Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln that will make it illegal for a physician to provide a medical abortion via web cam passed May 23. The bill requires a physician to be physically present at the time he or she administers pills to induce a medical abortion. Web cam abortions are not performed in Nebraska but are used by Planned Parenthood in Iowa.

Thu
26
May
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Gov. Heineman Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Memorial Day Morning

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered that U.S. and Nebraska flags be flown at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Gov. Heineman said, "Our flags will fly at half-staff as a tribute to the courage and dedication of those who have sacrificed for our freedom. Memorial Day is an opportunity to salute the heroes who have served our nation with honor and those who are serving today."

On Monday, the Governor will attend Memorial Day ceremonies in Columbus and at Memorial Park in Omaha. Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy is scheduled to take part in a service being held in Hastings.

Thu
26
May
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Virgil and Virginia Willits

Virgil and Virginia Willits, Virgil Walter Willits, 87, died April 19, 2008 in Newton, Kan. and Virginia Ruth Troup Willits, 87, died Dec. 20, 2010 in Newton.

Virgil was the minister at the Fairbury First Christian Church from 1961 to 1968.

Services will be held Saturday, May 28, 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Christian Church, 1645 N Cortner Blvd., Lincoln, Neb. with the Revs. Bob Willits and Daryl Lauber officiating.

Wed
25
May
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Local Farmer Voices Concern To County Commissioners

It was brought to the County Commissioners attention on Tuesday morning that some area farmers were having a difficult time getting to their fields.

A local farmer came to the meeting asking for information as well as help. Due to the location of his land he is bounded by two roads that are closed to traffic. The one road that is open is the only open roadway to get from his land to a major roadway. This road has a bridge that must be used and has recently been re-configured for a four ton weight limit. This means that an empty farm truck is barely below that limit, if at all.

Wed
25
May
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Naiman: Utility Operating Costs Out-Pacing Revenues

He didn't say that utility rates for Fairbury electric rate customers needed to be raised, but Larry Naiman didn't say that wasn't a possibility, either.

Last week the City's assistant superintendent of utilities told members of the Fairbury City Council that in reviewing the proprietary budget last year a disturbing trend was being revealed. For the past three years Naiman said capital expense outlay for the utility department (lights, water and sewer) were increasing at an alarming rate.

"In 2008 we spent $343,554, in 2009 that figure was $359,729 and last year it jumped to $532,534," he said.

Naiman said that a series of repair expenses coupled with mandatory compliance of federal regulations have hastened the shortfall. He cited among other things: roof repairs at the power plant; boiler expense, also at the power plant; and upgraded to the sewer, electrical and water infrastructures.

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