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Planned burn guts Edgar Hotel

Rain raises level of Lovewell Reservoir

County Board reviews proposal for 'sick leave bank'

Superior welcomes construction firm


Planned burn guts Edgar Hotel

The Edgar Hotel built in 1894 is fast becoming but a memory.
Known as the Stover Hotel in its early days, the building has been vacant an unused since a tornado extensively damaged the structure. That tornado took several Edgar structures including the elevator which was not reopened.
Located at the south end of the business district near the Union Pacific railroad, the hotel was once a hub of Edgar activity. Earlier this year it was prepared for its last function, a controlled burn and training exercise involving area fire departments.
While visitors were once invited into the hotel, since the tornado signs had advised the curious to stay away.
The building was prepared to go out in a blaze of fire and smoke. Combustable materials like shipping pallets were brought in to aid the fire. Sunday morning firemen gathered with their equipment and set fire to the old sructure.
The building didn't last long.
Under the direction of the Edgar Volunteer Fire Department, departments from Glenvil, Clay Center, and Superior were present for the burn.
Earlier this year the former Edgar Auditorium located across the street to the west was brought down by the claw of an excavator. The owners of buildings on either side of the auditorium have repaired their buildings.
As the old hotel was isolated from other structures, it was a candidate for a controlled burn. A similar fire brought the former Edgar School house down. A new community building has since been built on the school house lot.

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Rain raises level of Lovewell Reservoir
August rains have reduced the demand for irrigation water and increased streamflows to the benefit of not only area farmers but also those who look toward Lovewell Reservoir for recreation activities.
Instead of continuing to decline during August as it did in July the lake has risen about a foot since reaching what may be the season low in early August.
Tuesday morning the lake elevation was recorded as being 1,578.3 feet above sea level. This is only 4.3 feet below the normal conservation pool top. Boat ramps are open and being used at both Cedar Point and the marina. Boats continue to be moored in the marina slips and a number of pleasure boats have been on the lake this week.
Inflow Tuesday morning was 320 cubic feet per second. Nearly all of this was a transfer from the Republican River reaching the lake by way of the Courtland Canal.
The lake's conservation pool was 67.7 percent full.
The story is not so good at Harlan County.
After the spike upward last week, inflow into Harlan County was listed at 107 cubic feet per second on Tuesday. This isn't keeping up with the release of 300 cubic feet per second. The big lake's conservation pool was considered to be 48.4 percent full. The elevation was 1,931.7. Conservation pool top is 1,945.7 feet above sea level.

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County Board reviews proposal for 'sick leave bank'
The Nuckolls County Board met Monday with a light agenda. Commissioner Dan Corman was absent.
Tim Schmidt, county attorney, presented proposed guidelines for establishing a sick leave bank program as a supplement to the county's existing benefit package. Copies of the proposal will be distributed to all elected officials and department heads for review and possible action at next week's meeting.
In other business:
· After a recommendation from Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, the board declared surplus a 1989 Ford pickup and a John Deere 850 backhoe attachment for a skid-loader, both used by the road and bridge department. Warren said he will make arrangements to sell them.
· Royce Gonzales, clerk of the district court, reported on the most recent meeting of the county safety committee. The board requested the committee check the fire extinguishers in the sheriff's department building to make sure they are up to date and code.
· The commissioners approved a request by Windstream Communications for a buried communications cable for Steve and Lisa Sorensen.

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Superior welcomes construction firm
The latest addition to the Superior business scene is Superior Construction and Design. Joseph Denson, a Superior resident for two years, brings 10 years of construction experience to his new endeavor. Denson has a background in residential and commercial construction. He began working with his father in the construction trades while he was a teenager. He is a native of Northern California and attended Marysville High School. He is one half Pottawatomie Indian and closely identifies with his Native American heritage. Upon completion of high school he served a one year apprenticeship in Youth Build, a construction training program. He was appointed as a foreman before he completed his training. Upon completing the program, he worked in several different trade groups, such as painting, framing, carpentry and plumbing, as he continued to expand the scope of his compentcy areas. He studied welding in night school.
Denson came to Superior and worked for Todd and Sargent, helping construct the elevator at the east edge of Superior and then worked on the conversion of the North Ward School to the Kingswood Court assisted living facility. Denson wanted to go out on his own and made the decision, along with his fiance', Alayna Ehlers, to begin his own business. Denson and his company provide a full array of services, from small, handyman tasks to complete construction projects. He and his assistant, Adam Jarzynka, are available to assist homeowners and businesses with any construction related projects.
Denson is the father of three children, Elsie and Jayden, six, and Wishateya, 5. Denson said he feels a strong affinity for the area and wants to raise his family here and make a contribution to the community.

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