Radio Review

12.17.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Bill Christian Jr., Cindy Dinkel, Denny Fleming. Chris Goodwater, Robert Lowe, Dylan Pieper   

Skywatch Weather:

Today mainly cloudy, high 25. tonight chance of snow late, otherwise cloudy, low 16. Thursday cloudy, chance of light snow early, high 29.

Sports:

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Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has been hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown.  The school announced the move yesterday.  The 47-year-old Pelini is a Youngstown, Ohio, native and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the Northeast Ohio city.  He was fired last month after eight seasons at Nebraska.  Pelini was 67-27 with the Cornhuskers, but never won a conference championship.

 Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah and junior defensive end Randy Gregory were each named Associated Press All-Americans yesterday, as Abdullah was a second-team pick and Gregory was a third-team selection.  A senior from Alabama, Abdullah rushed for 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, including four 200-yard rushing games.  He also became Nebraska’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, while ranking second on the school’s career rushing yardage list.  One of the most feared pass rushers in the Big Ten, Gregory had 50 total tackles, including seven sacks, ten tackles for loss, while adding a team-high 16 quarterback hurries.

 The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team improved to 4-2 on the season after beating Lutheran High Northeast 59-43 last night at the Clayton & Vivian Andrews Activities Center.  Nathan Boyle scored 15 points to lead Norfolk Catholic while the Eagles’ Caleb Gebhardt had nine points and four rebounds.  The Knights led 36-17 at halftime.  They hold an 11-5 lead in the history of the matchup.  Lutheran High Northeast drops to 1-4.

 

 Local Schedule:  NECC at Iowa Central CC at Ft. Dodge, IA (MBB-7:00); Northern Colorado at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00).

 Tonight:  The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball squad visits Ft. Dodge, Iowa to play Iowa Central Community College at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

 Local Scores:  Nfk Cath 46 Tekemah/Herman 36; Nfk Cath 57 Wisner/Pilger 21 (Wisner/Pilger WR Tri.); Nfk High 99 Grand Island 70 (B SW Dual); Nfk High 101 Grand Island 69 (G SW Dual).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:

Riley McCarthy of the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team.

Kwifax:

Boomerang Kids is a nickname often given to students who return home to live with their parents after college.

News Briefs:

A 34-year-old Grand Island man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man outside a Gibbon meat packing plant. Angelo Bol is accused of gunning down 34-year-old Karel Perez-Almaguer of Grand Island in the parking lot outside Gibbon Packing early Monday evening. Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton says the two knew each other, that Bol had confronted Perez-Almaguer in the past, and that Bol went to the plant to kill Perez-Almaguer. Bol is being held in the Buffalo County Jail on $3 million bond. He is set to appear in Buffalo County Court January 6th.

 The ACLU of Nebraska is suing state prison officials on behalf of an inmate who says he was repeatedly attacked by fellow inmates.  The lawsuit alleges that prison officials knowingly allowed Joshua Franklin to be assaulted several times at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.  Franklin is serving time for nonviolent crimes and says he was first attacked by in the Sarpy County Jail. He says he was assaulted three more times after being moved to the state prison. Those assaults led to an orbital fracture, a detached retina, a head injury, memory loss and vision problems. The lawsuit names corrections director Michael Kenney, three wardens and an assistant warden as defendants.

 The Norfolk City Council has approved a contract with an engineering firm for a bridge-type selection study for the East Norfolk Ave. Bridge between 1st and Cottonwood Streets. Seven bids were received and in November the Norfolk City Council authorized the city staff to negotiate an engineering contract with Olsson Associates. Assistant City Engineer Mark Dolachek told the mayor and council at Monday night’s meeting, that during the process, it became apparent that a selection study would be beneficial, since several options were presented along with many variables that needed to be narrowed down. Dolachek said the study will take into consideration short and long-term impacts such as cost analysis, traffic, constructability and aesthetics. The contract is not to exceed $55,200.

 The Madison County Board of Commissioners went into executive session Tuesday morning during its regular meeting to discuss liquidated damages on Phase Three of the Northeast Industrial Highway project. According to County Engineer Dick Johnson, the general contractor missed the completion date by 46 calendar days. The commissioners emerged from executive session and authorized Johnson to negotiate damages with the contractors on monies owed. Johnson said the country owes the contractor $350,000 for the completed work, and that liquidated damages would come off of that amount. Johnson was hopeful that an agreeable settlement could be reached out of court and by the end of the year.

 Thousands of visitors provided Norfolk with an economic boost last week as the city hosted the state high school one-act play production championships for the second consecutive year. Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau Director Kim Kwapnioski says the three-day event brought approximately 4,800 visitors to Norfolk, including 1,600 participants and 3,200 spectators. The Norfolk Area Sports Council, under the leadership of Sports Development Manager, Mike Fuehrer is already working on a bid to bring the championships back to Norfolk in 2015 and beyond. 

Today's Tickler:

The only thing the doctor found encouraging about my test results was they weren’t his.

Posted on Dec 17th, 2014 at 7:58 am

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