03-21-13

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Scott Austin, Jeff Bethards, Jennifer Bruckner, Janet Haase, Tom Scheer, Kenneth Smith

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly cloudy, slight chance of snow showers, high 36.  Tonight, mainly cloudy, chance for 1-2” snow, low 23.  Friday, cloudy, change for lingering snow showers, high 40.

 

Sports:

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The Miami Heat seem to be able to switch on their game anytime they want.  Two days after winning their 23rd straight game by overcoming a 17-point deficit at Boston, the streaking Heat rallied from 27 down in the third quarter to shock Cleveland 98-95.  LeBron James paced the Heat's victory against his former team with 25 points, twelve rebounds and ten assists.  Miami is now nine games away from equaling the NBA record of 33 straight wins set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

 

The reconfigured Big East officially got three new members yesterday in Creighton, Butler, and Xavier.  The league will start play next season with its tournament at Madison Square Garden and a lucrative broadcasting contract from Fox.  The reworked league, put together after a split with the old Big East was completed earlier this month, will feature the so-called Catholic 7 schools from the old conference plus the three new arrivals.  Creighton is departing the Missouri Valley Conference while Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10.  They join Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul.

 

Nebraska will have seven wrestlers involved in the opening day of the NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa today at 11:00.  James Green, Robert Kokesh, Josh Ihnen, Jake Sueflohn, Ridge Kiley, Austin Wilson, and Caleb Kolb will all be in competition.  Last year, Nebraska tied for 21st with 28 points.  The event concludes on Saturday.

 

The Mid States Conference has announced its all-conference boys basketball team.  Connor Ketter was the lone honoree from Norfolk Catholic. Also on the team were Hartington Cedar Catholic’s James Kaiser, Wayne’s Grant Anderson & Jalen Barry, O’Neill’s Charley Burtwistle & Derrick Hostert, Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Tyler Hedlund, Beau Bremer, & Derek Gentrup, along with Lane Rohrich from Pierce.

 

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Columbus (G&B Socc.-5:00); Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk High at Lincoln High Inv. At Highlands GC (BG-Ppd. (Inclement Weather).

 

Local Scores:  (8) Cal State Fullerton 10 Nebraska 4 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Kearney 11 Air Force 10 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Kearney 8-1 WSC 7-6 (SB DH).

 

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News Briefs:

Governor Dave Heineman has announced his appointment of Robert M. Schafer of Beatrice to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Schafer, an attorney, farmer and member of the Nebraska Air National Guard will occupy the District 5 seat vacated by current Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann. Schafer, 45, currently serves as an attorney and managing partner for Carlson, Schafer and Davis, a law firm in Beatrice. He is also the owner of a farm near Pawnee City. Schafer owns cattle and is also a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa. Additionally, Schafer serves in the Nebraska Air National Guard as a Major and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing. Schafer will serve for approximately two years and will be subject to election in 2014.

 

The Norfolk Area United Way has recognized 91 firms as "fair share givers" for the 2013 campaign. At last night's Norfolk Area Chamber Business After Hours.  Fair share givers are those firms whose contribution averages at least $35 per employee.  Chairman Mike Hart says the 2013 has achieved 99.6% of its goal.  Co-Chairman Juan Sandoval will serve as chairman for 2014.  A new co-chair will be selected in the next few weeks.  About 20 agencies benefit from contributions to the Norfolk Area United Way. 

 

Three maiden sisters who lived a frugal life have bequeathed about $1.5 million to the American Red Cross in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. March is Red Cross Month, and the local Red Cross Chapter was one of the hosts of last Night's Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Char DeWitt, gift planning officer for the Red Cross in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, announced the gift from the estates of Fern, Lois and Iva Catherman from the Hartington area.  DeWitt says the gift will be shared equally by the three states, who will use the income from the money for disaster assistance and other programs.

 

Creating a regional blueprint for the future is the goal of a conference being held April 3rd and 4th in the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College.  The first day of the conference will focus on workforce development.  Ed Williams of Smart Solutions Group in Iowa is scheduled to make the keynote speech at 9 a.m.  The conference is designed to develop a regional blueprint for the future.   Cost to attend is $29 for one day or $49 for both.  Registrations are due Monday and can be made online at nenedd.org.

 

The Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center will host a seminar on child abuse awareness and prevention Wednesday in the Divots Conference Center.  Programs during the day will be targeted at professionals who work with child abuse issues through their jobs.  The evening program will be for the community.  There's no charge for the evening program, which will run from 7 to 8:30 in the Divots Conference Center, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, call 402-644-7347.

 

Today's Tickler:

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