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The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team can repeat as the Triple-A national champion by defeating International League winner Pawtucket in a one-game finale tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina at 6:05.  The Storm Chasers finished 76-67 winning the Pacific Coast League American North Division, American Conference, and then the Pacific Coast League Championship Series in five games over Reno on Sunday.  The 79-65 Pawtucket PawSox, who advanced to tonight's Triple-A National Championship Game in Charlotte, won the International League title for the second time in three years and the fourth time overall.  They exacted revenge after losing to Durham in four games in last year's finals.

The Norfolk High boys tennis squad was involved in yesterday’s Lincoln East Invitational.  Lincoln Pius X won the competition with a score of 47.  They won by four points.  Norfolk finished seventh in the eight-team competition.  Micah Gardner & Connor Herrod and Parker Hansen & David Carlson went 2-2 in #1 Doubles & #2 Doubles respectively.  Erik Wright & Cole Allen were 0-4 in #1 Singles & #2 Doubles respectively.

The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team competed at yesterday’s Battle Creek Invite.  O’Neill was the team champion in the eight-team competition with a score of 388.  They won by 19 strokes.  The Lady Knights finished sixth with a 461.  Maria Zavadil of Crofton was the medalist shooting an 87.  She won by a single stroke.  Norfolk Catholic was led by Chelsey Reifert’s 113.

Local Schedule:  Lincoln SW at Nfk High (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High vs. Fremont-5:00; vs. Lincoln SW-6:00 (Fremont VB Tri.); Nfk Cath at Hartington CC (VB-7:00); Nfk High at Columbus (B. Tenn. Dual-4:30); Nfk Cath at Wayne Inv. (CC-5:00); WSC at Augustana at Sioux Falls, SD (VB-7:00); Illinois-Chicago at Creighton (M. Socc.-7:00).


 Local Scores:  Fremont 196 Nfk High 204 (GG Dual); Colorado Christian 2 WSC 1 (W. Socc.).


 NFL Scoreboard:  Philadelphia 30 Indianapolis 27.



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News Briefs:

The Norfolk City Council last night approved the largest budget in the history of the city - $81-million dollars, about a 10% increase from the current year. City Finance Director Randy Gates says the property tax needed to support that budget will go up $342,000. Gates says the city’s valuation went up 4.67% this year, so some homeowners will see an additional tax increase from that. Gates says Norfolk will still have the fourth lowest property tax in the state among first class cities. That’s because about 40%percent of the city’s budget comes from sales tax receipts and another 24% is provided by NPPD lease payments. Property taxes provides only 9.5% of the city’s revenue.


A 56-year-old Pilger man who stopped to help another motorist change a flat tire Sunday night was critically injured when he was struck by a third vehicle. Madison County Deputy Sheriff Tim Kruid says Jeff Bethards was life-flighted from the scene to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Kruid says the three-vehicle accident took place just before 7 p.m. Sunday night in the westbound lanes of Highway 275 a half-mile east of the junction with Highway 24. Two women, Lisa Moser of Creighton and Deanna Brown of Pilger, were also injured and received treatment at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.


The Nebraska Department of Roads plans to open the intersection of Highway 35 and the Northeast Industrial Road today.  Highway Project Manager Doug Lollman says Nucor Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic to allow for removal of temporary pavement. When pavement removal is completed, the Nucor Road intersection will be re-opened. Crews continue to work on the Northeast Industrial Highway, a project to connect Highway 35 with Highway 81 north of Norfolk.  The western section of the highway is expected to be completed sometime next year.


The chief executive officer of Norfolk-based Supertel Hospitality is stepping down at the end of the year. Kelly Walters has headed the financially-troubled company since April of 2009. Supertel revenues were cut during the recession and competition from owner-operators and larger chains has continued those problems. The company has lost $67 million over the past five years, and the auditing firm KPMG said in March that Supertel’s debt and other factors raise doubt about the company’s ability to survive. The 53-year-old Walters will remain on the board, which has formed a search committee to find a new CEO.


The newest edition of the Norfolk Now magazine is available at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce office. The magazine is a combined effort of the Chamber, Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau and Norfolk Economic Development office. Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger says the purpose of the magazine is to introduce people to the wide range of activities in Norfolk and the surrounding communities. There is no charge for the magazine.  Norfolk Now is printed twice a year, and those with suggestions for articles for the Spring-Summer 2015 edition are asked to contact Dentlinger at (402) 844-2262.  

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