05-04-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Chris Amundson, Cathy Erwin, Christina Morrow, Roger Reeves

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, a blend of clouds & sun, chance for showers, high 88.  Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy, chance for showers & storms, low 65.  Saturday, partial sunshine, chance for showers & storms, high 86.

 

Sports:

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The Norfolk Panther boys soccer team is going to the State Tournament for the first time since 2006.  Michael Granados scored with two minutes remaining in overtime to lift the Panthers to a 1-0 shutout of Omaha World Herald fifth ranked Millard West in the A-4 District Final at Buell Stadium in Omaha last night.  Mario Cortez recorded the assist.  Goalkeeper Eric Roberts had nine saves to earn the shutout.  The match was delayed for nearly 90 minutes because of lightning.

 

Norfolk Catholic hosted their 13th annual track & field invitational on Thursday.  In the boys standings, Pierce was the team champion with 104 points while the host team was second with 92.5.  Lutheran High Northeast took sixth with 54 points.  Champions for the Knights were Nick Arlt (200) & Beau Schommer (Shot Put).  Claiming gold for the Eagles were Kyle Meyer (Triple Jump & Long Jump) & Dalton Bichlmeier (Discus).  In the girls standings, Norfolk Catholic took the crown with 113.5 points while O’Neill was second with 81.  Lutheran High Northeast placed fifth with 64 points.  The Lady Knights’ Amy Miller set a meet record by placing first in the 800 in 2:25.2.  Other champions for Norfolk Catholic were Rachel Wieser (100); Lisa Steffensmeier (Pole Vault); the 4X800 & 4X400 Relay Teams.  Winning competitions for Lutheran High Northeast were Megan Gebhardt (Long Jump & 200); & Larissa Toth (Discus).

 

Norfolk High graduate and current NFL official Clete Blakeman was the special guest speaker at the Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon yesterday at the Norfolk Times Square Events Center.  Blakeman has been an official in the NFL since the 2008 season.  A former quarterback from 1983-87 for the University of Nebraska, he began his football officiating career in the Big XII Conference, then moved to the NFL in 2008 as a field judge for the first two seasons of his pro football officiating career, and became a referee for the 2010 season.  When he's not officiating NFL games, Blakeman is an attorney in Omaha.

 

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at GNAC Meet at Hastings (T&F-2:00); Nfk High at GNAC Meet at Elks CC, Columbus (B. Golf-10:00); Nfk Cath at Stanton Inv. At Elkhorn Acres GC, Stanton (B. Golf-9:00 AM); LHNE at Wakefield Inv. At Logan Valley GC, Wakefield (B. Golf-9:00 AM); Creighton at Bradley at Peoria, IL (Bsbl-6:00); Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Nashville 1 (Bsbl).

 

NBA Playoff Scores:  Miami 87 New York 70 (3-0); Oklahoma City 95 Dallas 79 (3-0).

 

Kwifax:

Referring to its quiet rubber soles, Keds shoes introduced the word “sneakers” in 1917

 

News Briefs:

The first graduating class at the University of Nebraska College of Nursing -- Northern Division in Norfolk picked up their diplomas Thursday. Graduate Stacey Hugo of Lincoln says she's pleased with making the decision to come to Norfolk. She says also getting to collaborate with Northeast will give her advantages when she speaks with perspective employers. Hugo says she hopes to land a job in a Kansas City-area hospital.

 

The Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Attorney General's Office report nearly 5,400 pounds of medication was collected statewide on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration says this past Saturday's event gave people a chance to help prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications.

 

High jet fuel prices are leading one airline to drop its service from Omaha to Milwaukee. Eppley Airfield Operations Director Chris Martin says Frontier Airlines is going to stop using smaller commuter planes across the country starting June 1st.  Hen says Frontier also offers two daily non-stop flights to Washington D.C.

 

Faith Regional Health Services Carson Cancer Center is the recipient of two new passenger vans for patient services. They come courtesy of the John W. Carson Foundation. Since 1987, the late Johnny Carson and the Foundation have donated more than $10 million dollars to the Cancer Center -- named in honor of the former Norfolkan's parents. Just recently, the Foundation gave more than $1 million dollars toward technology upgrades scheduled for installation yet this year. Carson was the longtime host of NBC's "Tonight Show." He died in 2005.

 

Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Houston is one of three finalists for the Mid America Chamber Executives 2012 Chamber Executive of the Year. The honor will be presented next week during the group's annual meeting in Sioux Falls.

 

The University of Nebraska's Backyard Farmer program will be in Norfolk Saturday during the 20th annual Master Gardeners' Spring Plant Fair. The event will be held in the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College, with early plant sales tonight from 6 until 8 p.m., and doors open tomorrow from 9 to 3.

 

Today's Tickler:

Master Gardeners Plant Fair 5/4 6-8 pm

5/5: 9-3 @ NECC Cox Activity Center 370.4040

My dentist told me that artificial sweeteners cause cavities in false teeth.

 

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