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New Twist On Seating In The Classroom


Exercise Balls in Classrooms-- Devin Wannamaker and Jason Hughes sit on the newly acquired exercise balls during Mrs. Winters’s science class. Winters said the balls have had a favorable effect on classroom performance. Contributed Photo
Remember what classrooms looked like when you were in school?  Mrs. Emily Winter’s seventh grade science class in Fairbury has made quite a jump by moving out all classroom chairs, in favor of fitness balls.
Research studies show that movement in the classroom improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility, all of which improve academic success, according to Winters.  
“In addition to the academic and health benefits, the new fitness balls also help our growing number of students in the classroom with ADHD as it provides a positive outlet to release energy,” she said.
 “The first day we used the balls I thought I had lost my mind,” Winters said.  “But once the newness wore off the positive effects of using the balls came through.”
 “I like that I can move more in class,” said 7th grader Hektor Kuzelka. Classmate Rileagh Meyers adds, “It’s more comfortable and helps me concentrate more.”
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Oct

Oct. 8, 2014


Rock Island Train Wreck of 1918 Contributed Photo
120 Years Ago 1894
The Jefferson County Journal 
 
William J. Bryan spoke to an audience of about 2,000 in Fairbury on the courthouse square. He was escorted by friends in a carriage parade from the depot to the Merchants Hotel, led by the band. He also spoke at the high school, drawing some local residents who visited the school for the first time. His appearance was followed by that of Thurston, with Republicans planning an even larger parade.
Fire destroyed the “old St. J. & G.I. Depot” and badly damaged the “old Ziegler Hotel building” on the north side of the square where Emahizer & Spenburg’s meat market was located, and also damaged the adjoining A.C. Laufer’s tailor shop. Editor C.Q. DeFrance of The Journal hoped a brick building would replace the hotel.
 
110 Years Ago 1904
The Jefferson County Journal 
 
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Oct

Diller Odell Homecoming Royalty


DILLER-ODELL HOMECOMING ROYALTY CAMILLE HENNERBERG AND STETSON MEYER were crowned queen and king Sept. 26th after the football game versus Pawnee City. Hennerberg is the daughter of Brian Hennerberg and Rondalin and Brett Wells. Meyer is the son of Shane and Alesha Meyer. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
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08
Oct

Penalties, Turnovers Doom Griffins In Loss At BDS

In a matchup of Class D-1 state-rated football teams, Diller-Odell’s offense was disrupted by first half penalties and crucial turnovers which proved costly in a 34-0 road loss Friday at Bruning.
The game matched the Griffins and the BDS Eagles each undefeated at 4-0 and 1-0 in D1-4 District play.
Both squads entered the game with a scoring average of 61.5 points per game.
Bruning-Davenport-Shickley’s quarterback Grant Norder had an excellent game rushing for 130 yards, while throwing for 181 yards.
Norder hooked up with Chris Rohr for the Eagles’ first score on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter.
Norder scored the Eagles’ second touchdown of the first quarter on a 60-yard run. The two-point run was unsuccessful leaving BDS with a 12-0 lead after one quarter.
BDS scored the lone points of the second quarter off a 58-yard scoring strike from Norder to Riley Tegtmeier.
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08
Oct

Meridian Splits Matches At Harvard

Competing in its first road triangular of the season, Meridian split a pair of matches played Sept. 30 at Harvard High School.
The Lady Mustangs lost in straight sets, 22-25, 18-25 to state-rated D1 (12-1) Axtell.
Meridian took down Lawrence-Nelson in three sets, 13-25, 26-24, 25-20.
In the Axtell match, Erin Johnson topped the squad in aces with two, as the team connected on 90 percent of its serves in the match.
Meridian’s attackers recorded just 17 kills against the Lady Cats.
Blair Hofstetter was the top attacker for Meridian with 10 kills.
Thirteen of the team’s 15 set assists were put up by Johnson.
Meridian avenged an earlier season loss to Lawrence-Nelson in its last match.
The Lady Raiders beat Meridian on Sept. 13 at the Friend Volleyball Tournament.
Allison Klipp and Johnson were both perfect in their serves in the match going 10-10 and 13-13.
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08
Oct

HS Linksters Take Part In Conference Golf Meet

In their final tune-up prior to its district golf meet, Fairbury placed eighth out of 10 teams at last Friday’s Central Conference Golf Meet played in Grand Island.
The Lady Jeffs tied their best team score of year shooting a 506.
Aurora won the conference championship by 11 strokes, 376-387 over Crete.
Fairbury had no individual place in the top 10.
Senior Shyanne Adams paved the way for the Lady Jeffs placing 22nd out of 47 golfers with an 18-hole score of 109.
Madi Black finished 36th with a score of 128, Bethany Schacht fired a 129 for 37th, Evie Schwab carded a 140 for 43rd, and Ashley Griffee finished 46th with a score of 154.
“It was nice to see the girls tie their best team score on the season. We had some good nine hole rounds out of Evie Schwab, Madi Black, and Bethany Schacht,” Fairbury Lady Jeffs golf coach Jed Martin said.
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08
Oct

Strong Effort Put Forth By Lady Jeffs In Loss To York

Following a sixth place finish in the Crete Invite, the Fairbury/Thayer Central Lady Jeffs softball team  turned around and played well Monday evening on the road against Class B state-rated York.
The 7-0 win by the Lady Dukes doesn’t reflect how well the Lady Jeffs played.
York (20-2) held just a 2-0 lead on Fairbury/Thayer Central heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, before scratching out five runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Fairbury/Thayer Central Lady Jeffs was quite pleased with how the girls played against a quality opponent.
 
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Oct

Meridian Outlasts Diller-Odell In Matchup Of State-Rated Teams


MERIDIAN SENIOR BLAIR HOFSTETTER, No. 12, prepares to tip the ball over the net past the block attempt of Diller-Odell’s Katie Schultis, No. 14 in action last Thursday evening at Diller-Odell High School in Odell. Hofstetter led all Meridian hitters with a team-high 30 kills in the Lady Mustangs three-set win over the Lady Griffins. Photo by Jim Phelps/Fairbury Journal-News
In a matchup of state-rated volleyball teams, Meridian by the slimmest of margins survived Diller-Odell in a hard-fought three-set match played Oct. 2nd on the Lady Griffins’ home floor in Odell.
The Class D-2 (10-4) Lady Mustangs edged the Class D-1 (15-4) Lady Griffins by scores of 18-25, 25-22, 28-26.
In the opening set, the Lady Griffins broke apart from a 5-5 tie by taking advantage of a number of Meridian hitting errors, and the strong net play of Madison Hajek, Madison Jurgens, and Josie Vitosh to go on a 7-0 run.
After a kill by Meridian’s Rylee Pieper stopped Diller-Odell’s uprising, the Lady Griffins pieced together a 6-0 run forcing Meridian to call its second timeout of the set.
Meridian could get no closer than six points, 24-18, before a kill from Josie Vitosh gave Diller-Odell the win in the first set.
Meridian seized the momentum in the second set with solid attacking and blocking at the net.
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08
Oct

Win Streak Stretches To 10 For Lady Griffins

Even though Diller-Odell was pushed to four sets for the first time this season, the Lady Griffins had enough gas in the tank to come away with its 10th straight victory Sept. 30 versus Johnson-Brock.
The Lady Griffins won the home match over the (10-6) Lady Eagles by scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23.
As a team, Diller-Odell served 91.5 percent from behind the service line with Katie Zarybnicky leading the team with 15 points scored in the match.
Josie Vitosh contributed 11 points on 20-21 serving, and Madison tallied 10 points with a team-high four aces.
Diller-Odell registered 45 kills as a team against Johnson-Brock spearheaded by Madison Jurgens with 18 kills, and Hajek was second on the squad slamming down nine kills.
Josie Vitosh dished out a team-leading 23 set assists off 68-70 setting.
Katie Schultis topped the Lady Griffins in blocks with six, while Jurgens had 24 digs on defense.
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08
Oct

Missed Two-Point Conversions Prove Costly For Mustangs

Meridian scored seven rushing touchdowns on Friday, but it wasn’t enough, as the Mustangs were handed a 52-42 road loss by Class D-2 state-rated Giltner.
Meridian Mustangs football coach Clint Jones remarked the key in the game was the team was unable to convert on any of its two-point conversions.
It was a career night for senior I-back Brandon Jackson who rushed for all seven Meridian touchdowns.
Jackson finished the game with 349 yards rushing on 43 carries.
In the first quarter, Jackson scored on runs of two and 57 yards to keep Meridian within 10 points, 22-12 of the Hornets.
Ben Hinrichs scored the only touchdown of the second quarter for the Hornets on a seven-yard pass from Leichty stretching Giltner’s lead to 30-8 at half.
Meridian outscored Giltner in the third quarter, 12-8 slicing the deficit to 38-24.
Jackson scored on runs of 10 and 57 yards for the Mustangs.

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