Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Wendell Fossum, Gaynel Hofmann, Angie Jackson, Mardelle Johnson, Bud Lewis, Lisa Mitchell, Jerry Nathan, Dave Orwig, Vern Petersen, Cheryl Woodard
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, cloudy, chance of snow showers, up to 1”, high 17.  Tonight, mostly cloudy, chance for 1-3” snow, low 6.  Saturday, mainly cloudy, chance for a dusting of snow, high 26.
 The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team knocked off the Pierce Bluejays last night in the C-1-8 Sub-District Final at Norfolk High School 57-52.  Ethan Brozek led three players in double figures for the Knights with 15 points and eight rebounds.  Ben Uhing had 14 points and five boards and reserve Connor Ketter netted 13 points and five rebounds.  The Bluejays were led by Connor Schultz’ 20 points and two steals.  Schultz hit four three-pointers.  Brandon Freeman had 15 points with four three-pointers, and Brock Schroeder scored eleven points with three three-pointers.  Pierce led after three quarters 40-39 before Norfolk Catholic outscored them 18-12 in the final quarter.  NC improves to 23-1 while the Bluejays’ season ends at 16-7.  The Knights will play Wayne in the C-1-4 District Final on Monday night at a time and place to be announced.  Wayne beat Logan View in their sub-district final last night 55-44 at Oakland/Craig High School.  Monday’s game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com at 6:40.
The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team will be hosting the Region IX Tournament starting on Friday, March 4.  The Hawks will play their first game on Friday night against 15-13 Central Wyoming at 8:00.  Northeast is 22-6 on the season and have won 16 games in a row.  Their last loss occurred on December seventh to the Morningside JV at home 71-69.  16 teams will be competing in the tournament which will conclude on Tuesday, March 8.
The State Swimming & Diving Meet got underway at the Devaney Center in Lincoln yesterday with diving events.  Norfolk’s Dylan Maas did not place.  Swimming competition gets underway today at 9:30 AM.  The Panthers will be represented by six boys & six girls.  Competing for the boys include, Stephen Meuret, Austin Hall, Joseph Meuret, Patrick Meuret, Trevor Spence, & Landon Nelson.  In competition for the girls are MacKenzie Ritter, Morgan Broekemeier, Mariah Blecher, Sydney Reed, Brittany Albin, & Marie Bauer.
Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Homer at Oakland/Craig (GBB C-2-4 Dist. Final-7:00).
This Evening:  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.
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.  This Week:  Nfk High’s Bruce Shively & Dave Nelson; Nfk Cath’s Shane Anderson & Tim Kassmeier; LHNE’s Shannon Pospisil, & NECC’s Dan Anderson.
 A gaffer is the chief electrician on a film set.
News Briefs:
 A winter storm moving across the nation's midsection brought snow and a rash of accidents across southern Nebraska. The storm moved into the state Thursday, and by mid-afternoon the Nebraska State Patrol had shut down part of Interstate 80 west of Lincoln. The patrol reported multiple accidents in a 10-mile stretch.
Occasional light snow will spread west to east across eastern Nebraska today as a weak upper level impulse rolls overhead. The National Weather Service reports a stronger system will approach the area from the north tonight. Snow accumulations up to an inch is possible during the day, mainly in northeast Nebraska north of the Platte River. Then tonight, an inch or two of snow is possible after midnight across all of the region.
No gunman was found Thursday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's east campus in response to reports of an armed man entering the College of Dentistry. A statement issued by the school says buildings were searched but no one was found.
U.S. Senator Mike Johanns was in the area this week holding town hall meetings. Speaking to about 60 people at a meeting in Norfolk, the Nebraska Republican said current federal spending can not be sustained at the current rate. He says he is among of group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators working on an effort to come up with solutions to control spending.
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a measure that would require funeral protesters to stand farther from those funerals than already prescribed under state law. It would require funeral protesters to stand 500 feet away from the service - 200 feet more than the 300 feet state law now requires. The bill and the current law passed in 2006 target anti-gay protests held by members of a Kansas church at military and other burials across the country.
The Norfolk Arts Center played host to nearly 1,000 elementary students from 20 area schools over the past two days. Center Director Kara Weander Gaster tells WJAG NEWS their annual Fine Arts Festival is a collaboration of several activities that range from art to science. The Fine Arts Festival is a collaboration of the Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk Public Library and the Norfolk Arts Center.
It may cold outside this weekend, but it will hot inside at the 2011 Cabin Fever Car, Pickup and Motorcycle Show at the Northeast College Agriculture Complex in Norfolk. Show hours are noon to eight Saturday and ten to four Sunday. The Show is sponsored by NewsTalk WJAG, Lite Rock 97.5 and 106KIX radio and the Norfolk Rod and Custom Association.
Today's Tickler:

 Middle age is that frustrating time when you’re stuck between putting on the dog & giving up the ghost.

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