Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Michelle Fisher, Mike Flood, Stuart Kolosick, Dr. David Merritt, Burgess Powell, Cheryl Ralston, Mel Schaecher, Robb Thomas, Gary Weber
Skywatch Weather:

 Today, a blend of clouds & sun, high 47.  Tonight, mostly clear early, increasing clouds, low 20.  Thursday, mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers, high 28.

 The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team will run into the Pierce Bluejays in yet another rivalry game in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final at Norfolk High School on Thursday night at 7:00.  Both teams won their respective semifinal games last night.  The Knights rolled Battle Creek 66-24 behind Ben Uhing, Ethan Brozek, & Riley Knake.  Uhing had 15 points & eight rebounds while Brozek netted 15 and Knake scored ten points.  NC improves to 22-1 on the season while Battle Creek’s season concludes at 4-19.  Pierce edged Boone Central 37-35 to improve to 16-6.  The Knights beat Pierce earlier in the season 54-26 on January 18th.  The Lutheran High Northeast boys basketball team has called it a season after dropping a 55-52 decision to Stanton in the C-2-8 Sub-District Semifinals at Wayne High School.  Arrin Rathke scored 13 points and Kenny Blank had eleven points and dished out six assists in a losing effort for the 14-10 Eagles.  The Norfolk High girls basketball team’s season has come to conclusion after falling to Millard North in the A-7 District Semifinals at Columbus last night 53-38.  Breanna Hagedorn led the Lady Panthers in defeat with 13 points and six rebounds.  The Lady Panthers finish 8-16.
There has been a change regarding the District Boys Basketball Tournament hosted by Norfolk High.  The date of the first game has been moved up from Monday to Saturday.  On Saturday, 19-4 Norfolk High will play 3-19 Papillion La Vista at 4:00 and 14-9 Millard South will meet 10-13 Omaha Burke at 6:00.  The winners will meet in the District Final on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30.
Local Schedule:  Kansas St. At Nebraska (MBB-8:00); Creighton at Wichita St. At Wichita, KS (MBB-7:05).
Thursday Evening:  The 22-1 Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team faces 16-6 Pierce in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final from Norfolk High School at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Friday Night:  The 13-9 Norfolk Catholic girls meet 17-9 Wayne at Stanton in the C-1-4 District Final for the right to the State Tournament at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.
Local Scores:  Creighton 4 Kansas 3 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl); Nebraska 76 Missouri 34 (WBB).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week::
 Bryant Borgman of the Stanton wrestling team.
 The average shower is 101 degrees.
News Briefs:
 A bill that proposes eliminating state aid to cities, counties and natural resource districts is set to go through a second round of debate today in the Nebraska Legislature. The measure was introduced at the request of Gov. Dave Heineman, who says it could save the state $44 million over two years.
A proposal to accept a new bid on a second scale at Norfolk's Solid Waste Transfer station turned into a lengthy discussion on finances. Public Works Director Dennis Smith said at Tuesday night's Council meeting, the scale would not be financed by general fund tax dollars, but through the Solid Waste Division's enterprise fund, which comes primarily through user fees. In order to discuss the matter further, the Council voted six-to-two to table the matter until it's next meeting.
A family of three found dead in their burning home near Ithaca died of unnatural causes unrelated to the fire. Officials think the fire was intentionally set but authorities aren't pursuing any suspects at this time. The bodies of Tim Hindman, his wife, Toni, and their daughter, Ardena, 12, were found in different rooms Sunday.
A variety of illnesses has forced a church-affiliated school in Pierce to close for the rest of the week. Zion Lutheran School principal David Bliss says more than 20 percent of his 63 students in grades one through eight were out sick on Monday. A teacher also was absent. He says the students' maladies so far in February have included influenza B, strep throat and upper-respiratory problems. Bliss ordered the school closed until next Monday, after consulting with physicians.
Spring storm spotter classes begin this week in Eastern Nebraska. Brian Smith, severe weather coordinator with the National Weather Service office in Valley, says the Weather Service continues to add tools to help them make severe weather forecasts more accurately. The spotter training in Norfolk will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center.
One of the Cornhusker Economic Management and Outlook Conferences will be held in Norfolk Friday at the Lifelong Learning Center. For more information or to register, call the Madison County Extension Office.
Some of Thomas Jefferson's books that were sold after his death to settle debts have been found in the rare books collection at Washington University in St. Louis. Several have handwritten notes. Historians are going through the 69 volumes, and librarians are searching for any more they may unknowingly have.
Today's Tickler:
 I tried Flintstone vitamins.  I didn’t feel any better, but I could stop the car with my feet.

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