02-07-11

 

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 

Brad Carlson, Gary Dean, Brandee Drahota, Norm Geyer, Jerry Guenther, Karen Osborn, Garry Repp, Dee Wachter, Carla Wegner
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, mostly cloudy, chance for snow showers, temps in the single digits above 0.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, chance for snow showers, a dusting up to an inch possible, low –8.  Tuesday, partial sunshine, chance for light snow, high 4.
 
Sports:
 It's another title for "Titletown."  The Green Bay Packers have won their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.  The Packers led 21-3 with under a minute left in the first half, but they didn't clinch the victory until Ben Roethlisberger threw an incomplete pass on fourth down in the final minute.  Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of his 39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.  Nick Collins had the game's biggest defensive play, a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first quarter. Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings had two touchdown receptions.  Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Green Bay managed to hold on despite losing receiver Donald Driver and cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields due to first-half injuries. 
 
Cowboys Stadium wasn't ready for the Super Bowl.  About 1,250 fans were displaced because their seats were deemed unsafe.  400 were sent home, and 850 who were given somewhere else to sit.  The NFL said safety was the reason and promised a review.  The NFL said the people relocated were put in "similar or better seats."  Those turned away will be given a refund of triple the face value,  however, $2,700 for $900 tickets may not be enough for folks who paid much more to scalpers, not to mention travel and hotel costs.
 
The Omaha World Herald has updated it’s boys & girls basketball rankings for Classes “A” & “B”.  The Norfolk High boys have slipped from second to third in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A”.  The 16-3 Panthers won on the road at Fremont last Friday 58-54 and then dropped a 60-57 setback at home to second ranked Omaha Bryan on Saturday.  The loss snapped a seven game win streak.  Norfolk is currently outscoring their opponents on average 68.1-56.6.  They host 2-18 Lincoln East on Friday and visit 1-18 Columbus on Saturday.
 
Local Schedule:  Doane JV at NECC (WBB-6:00).
 
Tuesday Evening:  The Northeast Hawks women and men’s basketball teams visit Beatrice to play Southeast Community College starting with the women’s game at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
 
Local Scores:  Colorado 70 Nebraska 45 (WBB); (5) Oklahoma St. 22 (14) Nebraska 10 (WR Dual).
 
News Briefs:

 The Legislature's Education Committee will consider a measure today that targets a state law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. Fremont Senator Charlie Janssen's bill would repeal the four-year-old law that addresses students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally. Janssen introduced a similar measure last year that did not advance.
 
Complaints about billing problems with credit and financial services topped the list of complaints to Nebraska's Consumer Protection Division mediation center. The center is part of the Nebraska Attorney General's Office. Second on the list of complaints were unauthorized charges from professional services, followed by complaints about debt-collection calls, motor vehicle services and problems with home improvement services. The center says it closed more than 4,800 cases of consumer complaints last year and recovered more than $1.1 million for consumers.
 
An Illinois family with more than 100 years in the pork business has acquired a Nebraska-based hog operation. The Carlyle, Illinois-based Maschhoffs announced Friday it had bought NNP of Columbus. The sale will close at the end of March. The cost was not disclosed.
 
Three area men have been inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. Clayton Andrews of Norfolk's Andrews Van Lines and brothers Harold and the late George Wimmer of Wimmer's Meat Products in West Point were inducted into the Hall Fame during a recent ceremony in Lincoln. They are joined this year by Leo Daly the Third of the Leo A. Daly Company and Bill Smith of Lincoln's Speedway Motors.
 
Some Norfolk Jr. High School students got a break from classes recently, but they were still learning. They took a special tour of the new Nebraska Public Power District Operations Center in Norfolk and worked on an energy-related project. The students earned the trip by creating video commercials that promote energy efficiency.
 
Two legendary rock bands will perform this summer in Norfolk. Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the stage at the Divots Concert Series on Saturday June 25th while Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform on Saturday, August 6th. Tickets go on sale April 1st at several outlets in Norfolk, plus on-line at E-tix.com. Divots will have more concert announcements in the very near future, including the Affiliated Foods Midwest Music Festival Labor Day weekend on Sunday, September fourth. For more information, log on to divotsconcertseries.com or the Divots Concert Series Facebook page.
 
Today's Tickler:
 If life is really a test of some sort, let’s vote to have it graded on a curve

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