02-11-11

 

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Erin Adair, Mary Meyer, Ron Miller, Mark Neely, Jeanne Schmid, Pat Widner, Mohamad Zahra
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, partial sunshine, high 39.  Tonight, becoming partly cloudy, low 22.  Saturday, mostly sunny, high 46.
 
Sports:
 ESPN Radio now at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00!
 
The top ranked in both polls in Class “C-2” Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team has rattled off twelve wins in a row after blowing out Twin River at home last night 59-23.  Becky Wessel led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points.  The Lady Eagles led at halftime 27-9 as they improve to 21-2.  They’ve now won twelve in a row and 17 of their last 18 games.
 
The 53rd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played on Saturday, June fourth at 6:30 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Representing the North team will be Norfolk High’s Keith Fowler, Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Brozek & Kory Schaefer, Sawyer Birtell of Lutheran High Northeast, Battle Creek’s Jamie Gray, Schuyler’s Jonathan Lara, Columbus’ Dillon Loschen, Howells’ Cory Brester, and Brock Schroder & Brady Bretschneider of Pierce.  Battle Creek head coach Gregg Wemhoff will be an assistant coach for the squad.
 
Local Schedule:  Lincoln East at Nfk High (G&B BB-6:00); Nfk High at GNAC Meet at Scottsbluff (G&B SW-3:00); Nfk Cath & LHNE at C-2 Dist. Meet at Battle Creek (WR-3:00); WSC at Univ. Of Mary at Bismarck, ND (W&M BB-6:00).
 
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com from 9:05-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  This Week:  Nfk High’s Bruce Shively; Nfk Cath’s Shane Anderson & Jason Konicek; LHNE’s Shannon Pospisil & Henry Aschoff; & NECC’s Dan Anderson.

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. 
 
Monday:  It’s day one of the Girls C-1-8 Sub-District Tournament from Norfolk High School.  Pierce faces Madison in a first round game at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40.  We’ve got the whole tournament next week on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
 
Local Scores:  Crofton 52 Nfk Cath 51 (OT) (GBB); Northern Iowa 60 Creighton 52 (WBB); Nebraska 11 Portland St. 2 (SB).
 
Kwifax:
 Noah Webster 1st proposed the idea of copyrighting material such as books & printed items.
 
News Briefs:
 Classified employees at Northeast Community College - those not on the instructional faculty - will be covered by a new classification and compensation system. At Thursday's meeting, the College Board of Governors unanimously adopted the recommendations of a two-year study by the Walters Consulting Group of Dallas, Texas. Vice President of Human Resources Dave Ptak says the plan will be put in effect retroactively to June of 2010, and about 50 percent of the classified staff at Northeast will see an increase in pay because of the change. Ptak says it has been 34 years since the classification and compensation system at Northeast was reviewed. He says the industry standard is to review such systems every 10 years.
 
Foster care is a challenging area for government.  That's according to Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.  He says the state simply does not make a good parent, but often finds itself in the position of the only one looking out for the welfare of the child.  In an effort to provide better care for state wards, a privatization effort is underway.  But financial problems have caused three of the original five lead agencies in that effort to withdraw.  One of those, Boys and Girls Home, has run up large, unpaid bills with local agencies that support foster families.  Heineman remains hopeful the foster care system will not only survive these problems, but also evolve into a system more responsive to the needs of children and families.
 
A Nebraska committee that reports to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will investigate a 2009 state law that prohibits illegal immigrants from getting public benefits. The Nebraska Advisory Committee considered three options for its civil rights project during its Thursday teleconference. After a study of racial tensions in Fremont was tabled, the majority of the members voted to look into whether the state law promotes discrimination toward Hispanic residents.
 
People should watch out for Valentine's day scams because some criminals and businesses may try to take advantage of the romantic holiday. The Better Business Bureau says scam artists may create bogus e-mails that appear to be from flower shops as part of a ploy to collect financial information. So it's better for flower buyers to simply call their florist instead of clicking on an e-mail link. The Better Business Bureau also suggested that customers check out the ratings on jewelers and floral shops on www.bbb.org before doing business with them.
 
The annual Children's Day Festival will be held Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sunset Plaza Mall.  Mark Claussen of the group Read Aloud Norfolk say several activities are planned at Center Court that afternoon, including First Lady Sally Ganem reading to children.  Nearly 30 businesses and organizations will have activity booths set up in the Mall Sunday.  Children will take part in the activities to earn tickets, and ten tickets can be turned in for a free book.  About 1500 books will be given away during the Children's Day Festival.  There is no charge to attend or to take part in any of the activities.
 
Today's Tickler:
 Submarine crewmen hang out in a lot of dives.

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