Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Stephanie Anderson, Dotty Blair, Jim Bradford Jr., Jim Brummer, Dan Busse, Scott Dodson, Dallas Hinnerichs, Jim Hladik, Nick Hoesing, Larry E. Hoffman, James Keller, Jack Prater, Ivan Waggoner, Russell Whitmore
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, mostly sunny early, then increasing clouds, high 27.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, low 16.  Friday, partial sunshine, high 36.
 Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is still considering candidates for at least one position on his revamped offensive coaching staff, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore are on their way out.  Neither will be retained.  Watson reportedly is in the mix for at least two NFL coaching jobs.  Third-year running backs coach Tim Beck will take over play-calling duties, leaving Pelini with two hires to make on offense.  Apparently, the lead candidate for one of the full-time offensive staff positions is former Husker center John Garrison, an intern on the current staff.  Meanwhile, Pelini is in talks with candidates for the final spot on the offensive staff.  As previously reported, Ross Els will take over as linebackers coach and Corey Raymond as secondary coach.  The Journal Star has learned that Pelini plans to unveil the four new hires simultaneously, probably sometime next week, as opposed to formally announcing the hires of Els and Raymond this week.
Longtime North Carolina mens soccer coach Elmar Bolowich is leaving to become coach at Creighton.  Bolowich replaces Jamie Clark, who resigned on January 26 for a head coaching job at Washington.  Bolowich led the Tar Heels for 22 seasons, making it to 15 NCAA tournament appearances and the 2001 national title.  Creighton was 13-5-2 last season and went to the NCAA tournament for the 18th time in 19 years.
Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at Crofton (GBB-7:45); Twin River at West Holt (GBB-7:45); Creighton at Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls, IA (WBB-7:00).
This Evening:  The 11-8 Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team visits 18-1 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:  Baylor 74 Nebraska 70 (MBB); (1) Baylor 69 Nebraska 45 (WBB).
 The Supremes were originally founded as ‘The Primettes”.
News Briefs:
 The Legislature's Natural Resources Committee has heard three bills that would regulate and oversee interstate oil pipelines that venture into Nebraska. The bills are aimed at plans by TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska. Landowners, environmentalists and others voiced their support for the measures Wednesday.
Nebraska lawmakers who are facing a billion dollar budget deficit have advanced a measure to save the state $44 million over two years. The proposal to eliminate state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts must go through two more rounds of debate to be passed.
Damage is estimated at $5,000 dollars following a basement fire in a Norfolk house Wednesday morning. Fire Division Shift Commander Doug Dekker says the fire in a small wood pile near a wood stove in the home at 2505 Crown Road was extinguished by firefighters in about five minutes. Fire damage was contained to the immediate area around the wood pile, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. Dekker says the homeowner, Rose Brown, was treated and released at a nearby Fire Division rescue squad. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Nebraska treasurer's office says it will stop sending paper statements to people who owe child support in order to save the state about $200,000 a year. Instead, the 34,000 paper statements sent each month will be e-mailed to people, unless they formally request paper notices.
The Norfolk Archery Club will hold a 3D Tournament this weekend on the county fairgrounds in Madison. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 until 2 on Sunday. Money raised will go towards the club's scholarship fund.
Miss America's returning to her home state next weekend, scheduling three stops in Nebraska as she makes her triumphant return. Teresa Scanlan's the first Miss Nebraska to win the national title. She's from the Panhandle community of Gering and graduated from high school in Scottsbluff.
Today's Tickler:
 You know someone’s educated when they can say exactly what they think without anyone having the slightest idea what they’re saying.

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