Radio Review

07.22.14

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Dick Clyde, Norbert Goeken, Dan Goodman, Clara Hinken, Jay Kilheeney, Emil Nelson, Betty Skalberg, Ken Raile, Judy Weier, Bill Westcott 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, partly cloudy, high 92.  Tonight, partly cloudy, low 65.  Wednesday, lots of sunshine, highs around 84. 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00.  Also the home of Kansas City Royals baseball! 

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss the pending $2 billion sale of the franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.  While no settlement was reached, sources said the two men had a "friendly conversation" for about 90 minutes at Sterling's house in Beverly Hills in their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer negotiated the record-setting sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.  Donald Sterling has since challenged his wife's authority to sell the franchise in state court. 

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott is the only two-time winner of the Fred Ware Award, presented annually by The Omaha World-Herald to the four-year college athlete in the state of Nebraska who made the most significant achievement in sports while representing the best traditions of his or her institution.  McDermott finished his senior season that saw him lead the Bluejays to a third straight Round of 32 NCAA Tournament appearance, as he topped the nation in scoring with 26.7 points and added a team-high seven rebounds per game.  He finished his career fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and was the first male to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since 1985. 

Birdies were plenty during the first round of the 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship yesterday at Norfolk Country Club.  Five players are tied atop the leaderboard, including 1999 Champion David Clouse of Friend.  Joining Clouse at the top are 2004 Nebraska Match Play Champion at Norfolk Country Club Travis Minzel of Lincoln, Josh Reinertson of Gibbon, Renen Sahr of Gordon, and Greg Stanek of Bellevue.  Twelve players are under par after 18 holes.  Regarding area golfers, in the top 25, Norfolk’s Lance Lawson shot a 69 and Wayne’s Joey Baldwin carded a 70.  Schuyler’s Clint Kracl, Brunswick’s Sam Meuret, and Norfolk’s Lance Morrow put up a 72.  Columbus’ Brady Vancura shot 73.  Play resumes today. 

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-7:05). 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Memphis 1 (Bsbl). 

Kwifax:

Charles Blondin was the 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859) 

News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council has voted down a proposal from a local developer to re-designate property south of Koenigstein Avenue between 32nd and 34th Streets from commercial to residential. Chris Mejstrik of Mejstrik Properties owns the land and says he’s tried to develop the lots as commercial but hasn’t had any takers and that given the city's housing shortage, it seemed logical to build 19 housing units on the lots. About a half-dozen people spoke in opposition to the zoning change, most of them adjacent property owners who were concerned about their own property values and that a zoning change could begin an expansion residential zoning in the area. In the end the council voted 6-1 against the change with Councilman Jim Lange casting the lone “yes” vote, with Councilman Shane Clausen abstaining. 

A new Norfolk-area economic development team comprised of a dozen area organizations has received a $25,000 grant that will be used to produce marketing materials and organize seminars for small businesses and prospective entrepreneurs. The Federal Home Loan Bank, of which Midwest Bank is a member, awards $25,000 to organizations in the communities they serve to promote economic development. The city of Norfolk’s Economic Development Director Courtney Detlinger says Midwest Bank reached out to the newly-formed Norfolk-Area Small Business Resource Team. Detlinger says the 12 organizations that make up the SBRTgenerate great synergy for the mission creating jobs and fostering economic development in the Norfolk area. 

Norfolk’s occupation tax on lodging and on prepared food and beverage continues to produce more revenue than estimated. With three months left in this fiscal year, the tax has produced more than $1.2-million dollars. City Finance Officer Randy Gates says when the tax began in February of 2011, officials really had no way of estimating the revenue. Gates says early estimates were that the tax would generate about $900,000 a year. The tax of 4 percent on lodging and 2 percent on prepared food and beverage was approved by voters in May of 2010 to pay for a $16.4-million parks and recreation project. At that time, it was estimated it would take 20 years to pay off the bonds. Gates says at the current rate, the bonds will be paid off about five years early. Gates says the occupation tax is scheduled to end whenever the bonds are paid off. 

The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons is getting a $99,000 federal grant to provide training and business assistance to two small businesses that will specialize in growing vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is providing the money to support Nebraska Native American communities to help strengthen tribal business and create jobs. The funding is from USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program which supports small and emerging businesses in rural areas. Businesses in Santee and Macy will receive vegetable growing assistance. 

A Norfolk native and life-long musician is returning to his hometown this week and will perform for a special audience. Stan Pollmann will perform a concert beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Home.  Pollmann is a former Navy Seabee and has been performing contemporary Christian and patriotic music for more than 30 years. He started his music career in Norfolk as a teenager and is part of the Nebraska Rocks Hall of Fame as a member of the band the Dynamic Drifters. 

Today's Tickler: 

In Germany, they have the cities of Frankfurt & Hamburg.  Whatever happened to grilled cheese?

 

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2014 at 7:45 am

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