08-30-12

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Joan Baumgart, Martha Cook, Bob Hoffman, Jody McQuillan, Jamie Nemec, Jon Peterson, Jody Roberg, Abe Schoenherr, Burt Schultz

 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, mostly sunny, high 103.  Tonight, mostly clear, low 63.  Friday, a blend of clouds & sun, high 98.

 

Sports:

ESPN Radio now at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM & Sat & Sun at 4:00!

Nebraska senior place-kicker and punter Brett Maher earned his second preseason All-America honor yesterday, when he was named the place-kicker on ESPN.com's 2012 Preseason All-America team.  In his first season as Nebraska's place-kicker in 2011, Maher connected on 19-23 field goal attempts, including 16-17 from inside 50 yards.  After earning a spot as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 2011, Maher is one of 30 preseason candidates for the award again this season. A native of Kearney, he is also a talented punter, as is one of 25 preseason candidates named to the Ray Guy Award watch list.  Maher is one of only two kickers nationally to be on the watch lists for both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy awards, presented annually to the nation's top place-kicker and punter, respectively.

 

The Omaha World Herald has released their preseason volleyball rankings for Classes “C” & “D”.  In Class “C-1”, Norfolk Catholic is ranked sixth.  They were 27-6 last season reaching the State Tournament.  The Lady Knights open their season tonight at home in a triangular with Schuyler & Pierce.  They play Schuyler at 5:30 and Pierce at 7:30.  The two-time Class “C-2” Defending State Champions Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles are ranked third in their criteria.  They return only one starter this year in Megan Gebhardt.  The Lady Eagles were 34-1 last year en route to the title and have recorded a 70-3 record over the last two years.  Lutheran High Northeast opens their campaign at the Northeast Nebraska Classic this evening.  In matches at Pender, they play Wakefield at 5:30 and Oakland/Craig at 6:30.

 

Local Schedule:  Bishop Neumann at Nfk Cath (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Fremont (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista South Inv. (CC-1:00); Nfk Cath & LHNE at Wisner/Pilger Inv. (CC-5:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-1:05).

 

Friday Night:  The Norfolk High football team entertains Kearney at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at 7:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

 

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

 

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Memphis 2 (Bsbl).

 

Kwifax:

There are 54 squares on a Rubik’s Cube.

 

News Briefs:

It took nearly 50 firefighters and 10 apparatuses to put out a grass fire in Norfolk. A fire at 4500 West Nucor Road was reported at about 5:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Norfolk Fire Captain Lyle Lutt said when firefighters arrived on the scene they reported a fire that covered an area of approximately 30 acres. Crews were able to protect the house and barn but winds blew the fire into the pasture, tree line, and cornfield. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and a third was taken to Faith Regional Medical Center for evaluation where he was treated and released. The occupants were home at the time of the fire and the cause is still under investigation.

 

The fire danger is especially high in Northeast Nebraska this week, with high temperatures, strong winds and low relative humidity. Burt County Extension Educator John Wilson urges producers to be especially cautious of fire in the field this harvest season, since field fires can cause millions of dollars in damage to equipment and the crop in the field, not to mention the time lost. Wilson says it is important to keep equipment clean, especially around the engine and engine compartment. Wilson urges all producers to carry a cell phone to call the fire department, and to have two fire extinguishers available - one in the cab and one at ground level. He says it is also a good idea to have a tractor and disc parked at the edge of the field to create a firebreak if necessary.

 

A nonpartisan group has launched a website to help Nebraska voters determine where candidates stand on the issues. Project Vote Smart started the "VoteEasy" website after most candidates failed to respond to its survey. The site analyzes voting records and public statements to infer where the candidates stand on a wide range of policy issues.

 

More than 20 agencies will benefit from the 2013 Norfolk Area United Way Campaign, including the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center. Forensic interviewer Kelli Lowe says United Way funding makes sure the Center can provide services at no charge to victims or their families.

 

It has already started! Christmas items started appearing in Nebraska stores in July, and more will appear in the weeks ahead. Brian Hoyt with "Retail Me Not .com" recently put together information on a survey of shopping attitudes and behaviors as we wrap up the back-to-school rush and turn to the holiday season. Hoyt says most who participated plan to shop in-store, but about one-third will be shopping online. Hoyt says nearly one in three respondents are done with shopping by the end of Cyber Monday; and women are more likely than men to say they finish shopping by the Monday after Thanksgiving.

 

Today's Tickler:

A real optimist is a guy who pulls up in front of a shopping mall to meet his wife & leaves the motor running.

 

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