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Skywatch Weather:
 Today, mainly sunny, high 14.  Tonight, mostly clear, low –2.  Thursday, mostly sunny, high 24.
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The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team has won twelve in a row after defeating Southeast Community College last night in Beatrice 80-72.  Zach Towle led four players in double figures by scoring 18 points.  He hit six three-pointers.  Nick Mabbutt had 14 points and six rebounds, Lakheem Trotter netted 13 points, and Cody Pinder pumped in 12 points along with seven boards.  The 17-6 Hawks trailed the Storm at halftime 37-35. 
The top ranked in both polls in Class “C-2” Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagle basketball team have run their win streak to eleven games after beating West Holt in Atkinson last night 66-50.  The 20-2 Lady Eagles have also won 16 of their last 17 games.  Liz Gebhardt had 14 points, eight rebounds, and blocked four shots.  Kelsey Dinkel had a double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.  Mallory Weaver scored 12 points and dished out seven assists, and Becky Wessel had 12 points in the win.  The Lady Eagles led 34-25 at halftime. 
Local Schedule:  Nebraska at Baylor at Waco, TX (MBB-7:00); Baylor at Nebraska (WBB-7:05).
Thursday Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team visits Crofton at 7:45.  Pregame coverage at 7:25 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com from 9:05-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Saturday Night:  The top ranked in Class “C-1” 19-0 Norfolk Catholic boys takes on second ranked in Class “C-1” 20-0 Grand Island Central Catholic at the Heartland Hoops Classic at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at 7:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. 
Local Scores:  West Point CC 43 Nfk Cath 32 (GBB); LHNE 48 West Holt 35 (BBB); NECC 74 Southeast CC 43 (WBB); Drake 67 Creighton 64 (MBB).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week::
 Ethan Thies of the Winside wrestling team.
 According to a study, people who received a 45 minute massage were less likely to get the flu.
News Briefs:
 Nearly four dozen members of a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Columbus are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The 45 reservists are military police who will leave for training next weekend. A public farewell ceremony will be held next Wednesday at Columbus High School.
The Legislature's Education Committee is considering a bill that would require Nebraska school districts to offer age-appropriate sex education classes starting in the 2012-2013 school year. It would include abstinence instruction, as well as information on contraceptives and the risks of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
The Legislature's Education Committee has a proposal before it that calls for banning tobacco products in all Nebraska school buildings and at all school events, even off campus. Senator Jeremy Nordquist, who's behind the measure, says public schools can't teach about the dangers of tobacco and allow students, staff and others to continue "to set bad examples."
Preliminary work continues on the expansion of 25th Street in Norfolk to three lanes. Public Works Director Dennis Smith told the City Planning Commission Tuesday, they are still in the right-of-way phases. Work on the bridge at Skyview Lake could begin this year, but most road construction will take place beginning in 2012.
The Cowboy Trail has been closed from Norfolk to O'Neill until a flood-ravaged bridge is replaced and repairs are made to various sections of the trail. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Trails Coordinator Duane Westerholt tells WJAG NEWS the entire stretch from Norfolk to O'Neill isn't damaged, but it was simply easier to close the entire section rather than limit access in certain areas and keep the rest of it open. A 123-mile section of the trail from O'Neill to Valentine remains open.
A married couple has donated the wife's wedding ring to the Salvation Army in Georgia. The couple, who wants to remain anonymous, says they're still in love, but they believe money from the ring would be put to better use. They walked up to a bell ringer in Dalton on Dec. 22 and handed her a package with the ring and a note inside. The ring, believed to be worth several thousand dollars, is on display at a local jewelry store and will go to the highest bidder in an auction.
Today's Tickler:
 People who say “The sky’s the limit” are never going to a get a job with NASA.

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