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Derek Garfield Turning Winning Attitude into Winning Tradition at Fairbury

FAIRBURY – Intense, loud, kind, tough, energetic. You could say that each one of these adjectives describes Fairbury Wrestling Coach, Derek Garfield. One adjective that sticks out above all the others, though, is winner.

“We kind of drew a line in the sand, and said this is how it’s going to be here. To their credit, they’ve adjusted pretty quickly to that. They know I love them to death, but if they need correcting, I’m going to correct them, and they know that, too. I believe that kids feed off your energy and, so, to be a successful coach, you’ve got to be high energy. I think when you have that, with some discipline mixed in, that’s a recipe for success,” said Garfield.

What’s it like to wrestle for Coach Garfield?

Well, Patrick Ondrak just earned his 100th win for the Jeffs.

“Coach Garfield is the kind of guy that never let’s you slack off. You’re always going to work hard for him, but at the same time, he’s still the kind of guy that will give you the time of day no matter what. Great guy, always has your back no matter what, if you put the work in, he’ll always have you. He’s a great coach and I wouldn’t want anyone else to be my coach,” declared Ondrak.

The thing is, Coach Garfield has as much fun coaching the wrestlers, as they have wrestling for him.

Damian Green is officially the all-time win’s leader at Fairbury. He currently sits at 119 wins, breaking the previous record of 116 that was held by J.D. Moody.

“Damian Green, what else can you say about a kid who has absolutely earned everything else he has ever gotten. That kid has ate, breathed and slept wrestling since the time he was a little guy. He grew up in our Mat Men program. For him to hold the career win record at Fairbury is a gigantic accomplishment,” exclaimed Garfield.

In Garfield’s third year as head coach, the Jeffs are showing signs of significant success. Jacob Johnson has medaled twice in state as a Freshman and Sophomore. Green, meanwhile, missed out on a medal last season, after medaling as a Sophomore.

“This season, get up on that podium at state, that’s the big goal, but medaling overall would be nice,” stated Green.

Coach Garfield likes what he has seen up to this point as head coach, and he thinks the future continues to look brighter and brighter for the Jeffs.

“When I came here, I took bits and pieces from every guy I’ve worked with and been around, and it’s been a fun process. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting a lot closer,” said Garfield.

Fairbury travels to Plattsmouth on Saturday before hosting a home dual with Central City on Tuesday. Coach Garfield’s twin brother coaches there. There will also be a home meet on Friday.



Trump Protests to Crisscross Nebraska

Omaha, NE.—Worried that a Donald Trump presidency will erode their civil rights, safety and health a Women’s March on Omaha will hit the city’s downtown streets Saturday night.

The protesters insist the rally, which includes a march from the Century Link Center to the Old Market, will be “inclusive and peaceful,” according to the group’s Facebook page which also says marchers will have a police escort.

The group says it does not condone “violence or profanity” both of which were on display during Washington D.C. protests Friday afternoon.

Dozens of police in riot gear confronted even larger numbers of rock throwers and flag burners not far from the inaugural parade route.

Saturday protests are also scheduled for Lincoln, on the University of Nebraska campus at 2pm, and main street Loup City at 1pm.

Prior to the hour-long march in Omaha—scheduled to begin at 6pm—there will be an “activism workshop” with speeches from former Omaha area Congressman Brad Ashford (D) and Jane Kleeb, Chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Kleeb wasted no time criticizing the country’s new president. In a statement released shortly after President Trump’s swearing-in and inaugural address Kleeb said, “Today Pres. Trump promised to give the government back to the people. These words ring hollow given his cabinet nominees own more wealth than 30% of Americans.”


Creighton Student Arrested for Making Terroristic Threats

CREIGHTON, NE — A Creighton teen is facing felony charges after threats made on a social media app last week.

According to the Creighton Police Department, a male juvenile made threats towards individual students of Creighton Public Schools and also stated he would blow the school up. He made the threats on January 11th over the social media site HouseParty, which offers a multi-person live video streaming platform.

The juvenile is a student at Creighton Public Schools. He was arrested for making terroristic threats and was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Madison.

Women in Agriculture Instructors Join News Channel Nebraska

FAIRBURY – A Farm Management Education Series is coming to Washington, Kansas. “Women in Agriculture” is a six session course that is limited to 25 people that want to advance their business and management skills to become more involved with farming or ranching operation.

Classes will be held every Thursday, from February 2nd to March 9th. They will be from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Dinner will be provided each session.

The cost is $50. For more information, contact the River Valley Extension District Office at 785-325-2121.

Livestock Production Agent, Katelyn Brockus, and Horticulture Agent, Kelsey Hatesohl, visited the News Channel Nebraska Studios to discuss the classes.

Road Work on U.S. 75 & HWY 2 to Begin on Monday

NEBRASKA CITY – Beginning on Monday, roadwork is set to take place on US 75 and Highway 2, near Nebraska City.

The work will be done two miles northwest of the HWY 2, US 75 intersection, with about one mile being closed down during construction. One lane will be closed on both directions during the span, with speeds reduced to 45 MPH.

The project is to replace signage on the west part of the bypass, with Watts Electric Company contracted for the job. They are under contract for 10 working days, but the project could be delayed if the area experiences weather.

Beatrice Board of Education Examines State of District

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Board of Education spent time this week assessing the state of School District 15, in terms of student numbers, staffing issues, facilities and finances.

Superintendent Pat Nauroth says there is concern over a trend toward slightly lower enrollment in the district.

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District 15 picks up some of that lost enrollment when parochial school students enter the system at the middle school level.   But, Nauroth says it is concerning that there are larger classes graduating and smaller classes coming in.

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Nauroth says he appreciated that Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts did not propose cutting aid to K-through-12 education.  Nauroth says enrollment numbers impact state aid……the fewer number of students, the lesser amount of state aid.   There’s also a component of how much property valuation is within a district.  Higher valuation means districts are considered to have more resources, and the result is lower state aid for those districts.

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Beatrice Public Schools annually receives between $5 million and $6 million in state aid.

With option enrollment, BPS typically sees about twice as many students option out of the district, than option in, during a typical year.  Sometimes parents send their kids to a smaller district, favoring that environment.   The downside may be, not as many class and activity offerings than at a larger district.   Nauroth says the district has tried to address the option issue through expanded pre-school.

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The Beatrice Public School System currently offers preschool education for children ages three and four.  The growth in that program also translates into additional state aid.

Man Jailed for DUI, Leaving Accident, After Showing up in Emergency Room

COLUMBUS – A man was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident early Thursday morning, after showing up in the emergency room.

Columbus Police Captain Todd Thalken says police got a call at approximately 3:01 a.m. Thursday morning, after a 26-year-old man showed up at the emergency room and told local officials he believed he had hit a parked car.

CPD responded to the hospital, and following investigation determined the 26-year-old was driving a 2004 Toyota Rav4 when he hit a 2011 Chevy Sedan on the 2300 block of 7th Street. Both vehicle suffered an estimated $5,000 in damage, says Thalken.

Irvin Alvarez was arrested, following the investigation, for both Driving Under the Influence,  and leaving the scene of an accident, and was taken to the Platte County Detention Center, says Thalken.

Norfolk Businessman in D.C. for Inauguration

NORFOLK – A Norfolk businessman has been taking in the sights and sounds of Inauguration Day this week.

Nebraska Elector John Dinkel is in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Dinkel spent Thursday evening at the Nebraska Society dinner, which featured the entire congressional delegation of Nebraska as well as Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Dinkel said the atmosphere in D.C. is comprable to a setting many Nebraskans are familiar with.

“Picture yourself at a Nebraska football game where it’s Number 1 versus Number 2 at Memorial Stadium,” Dinkel said. “Multiply that by five or eight times. That’s the electricity in the air.”

Dinkel says people started lining up in the Capitol Mall as early as 6 a.m. Friday to get a glimpse of the proceedings.

Sutton Gets Key Sweep on Road in Southern Nebraska Conference Battle With Fairbury

FAIRBURY – The Fairbury Jeffs managed to make big comebacks in both the girls and boys contests, but eventually Sutton was able to hold them off and get two conference road victories.

In the boys matchup, the Mustangs were able to win 50-40, despite committing 25 turnovers. Fairbury only committed 11.

Leading the way for the Mustangs (8-5) was Devin Waggoner with 12 points and eight boards. Seth George also contributed 10 points, while Trevor Leach finished with nine points.

The Jeffs (6-8) got big nights out of both Tanner Novotny (17 points) and Adam Wasserman (15 points).

The girls game looked to be completely in Sutton’s favor at several parts of the game, but Fairbury was able to scratch and claw their way back and lose by three, 40-37. 22 turnovers hurt Fairbury, especially early in the game.

Kailyn Wiseman finished with 17 points and five assists for Sutton (7-7), including 13 first half points. Fairbury adjusted into a Box and 1 style defense to hold her to four second half points.

The Lady Jeffs (3-11) were led by 15 points from Jessa Eden.

Next, Fairbury travels to York on Friday, while Sutton hosts Heartland on Saturday.


“Silent Killer” Strikes Again

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- This week’s carbon monoxide death in Grand Island finds officials renewing a winter-time warning.

Although carbon monoxide detectors continue to rise in popularity experts insist that not everyone is familiar with the dangers associated with the so-called “invisible killer.”

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, petroleum and methane are burned.

At home, heating and cooking appliances that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators operating in an attached garage can also produce hazardous levels of the dangerous gas.

Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says it’s important to have at least one carbon monoxide detector for each floor of your home. He says the costs of the detectors, which are easy to install yourself, are affordable, ranging from $20 to $30.

The Chief also recommends  periodic inspections of stoves, heaters, or generators that could be a potential hazard and says check the expiration dates and replace those that are outdated.

Finally, if you think you may be affected by carbon monoxide get out of the house and immediately call 911.