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Schmidt's treatment progressing on track

Express introduces new site for those seeking jobs

Influenza on the rise in southcentral Nebraska

New Mexican restaurant to open in Superior


Schmidt's treatment progresing on track

Earlier this month Timothy Schmidt, a Superior resident and the Nuckolls County attorney was diagnosed with lukemia and rushed to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he is undergoing treatmente. Monday his wife and mayor of Superior, Sonia, said, "Things are going as they want here. We are on a journey and have much to learn."
Tim is hospitalized in Room 7466
of Oncology and Hematology Special Care Unit.
"We are definitely getting a lesson in technology here! The advances in medicine are staggering. Previously Tim's bone marrow biopsy had pointed to leukemia but the more extensive results from the same marrow will tell them what subtype of leukemia he has, along with analysis down to the cell and chromosome level. Simply amazing! He will have another bone marrow biopsy later on this week to determine how effective the chemo has been thus far and what the best path forward should be. We've definitely come to understand how world class the medicine is here! We're hanging in there and taking it one day at a time.
"I am posting daily updates to Tim's Caring Bridge site. The address is"


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Express introduces new site for those seeking jobs
Looking for a job in Nebraska? That task just got easier, thanks to the launch of, a website owned and operated by Nebraska's 172 daily and weekly newspapers.
Employment ads placed in Nebraska newspapers will also be uploaded to This pairing of trusted, local print media with the global access of a job website provides a powerful tool for both job seekers and employers.
"It's true that there are a lot of employment sites out there," Rob James, sales manager at Nebraska Press Advertising Service, said. "But none of them can offer the exposure that 172 Nebraska newspapers can deliver."
Local newspapers continue to be the leading source for community information in small towns and cities, according to the 2013 Community Newspaper Readership Study conducted by The Reynolds Journalism Institute. The survey shows that two-thirds (67 percent) of people interviewed read a community newspaper at least once a week. Nearly half reported they preferred their newspaper's website as their favored source of information for local news, compared to the local television's website or independent sites, such as MSN or Yahoo.
"When an advertiser places an ad with their community newspaper, not only will they capture the attention of local job seekers, they will also engage a motivated, online audience on," James said.
All help wanted ads placed in this newspaper's classified section, regardless of the state will be posted to the NeHires website. Nebraska based jobs are listed by region of the state. Jobs in other states are listed by states. In addition the advertisements are sorted into kinds, such as health care or agricultural. They are posted on the web site in accordance with the number of days they are listed in the newspaper. Ads ran once in this newspaper are posted for a week. Ads run for additional weeks are posted for that length of time.
In addition to the NEHires web site all classified ads are also posted on this newspaper's web site.
In fact each week the complete newspaper is posted in two places. A searchable copy is posted later in the week on NebraskaNewsLink and Wednesday afternoon a copy with many photos in color is posted on

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Influenza on the rise in southcentral Nebraska
Influenza has become a hot topic this week as it continues to spread in the South Central region of Nebraska. By now, the flu season is in full swing. Communities are also being hit hard with gastrointestinal illness.
With these two illnesses circulating in our communities, Michele Bever, executive director at South Heartland District Health Department, offers some prevention tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy. "First, if you haven't already had a flu vaccine, this is still the best way to protect yourself from influenza," she said. "Gastrointestinal viruses, for the most part, are controlled mainly through good hygiene practices and distancing ourselves from those who are sick."
Data collected from schools provide a good indication of illnesses in the communities in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties. "Schools in our district have experienced an increase in absence due to both influenza ­­ like respiratory illness and gastrointestinal illnesses since school resumed after the holidays," said Jessica Warner, health surveillance coordinator at SHDHD. "Absence due to illness reports for Jan. 14 indicated one school with nearly 20 percent absent and two others with more than 10 percent absent."
In addition to information provided by schools, Warner said two-thirds of the hospitals in the district have "reported more patients being hospitalized because of influenza and influenza-like illness over the past two weeks when compared to hospitalizations in December." Across the state, there 547 hospitalizations for influenza-like illnesses reported for the week ending Jan. 3. This was 12 percent of the overall hospitalizations, up from 8 percent the previous week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 7.2 million illnesses and 90,000 flu hospitalizations were prevented last year because of vaccinations received last flu season. "Although the vaccine selected for this season does not match as well as we would have hoped, getting vaccinated still provides some protection, lessening the severity of illness and reducing the chances of spreading the illness to others," said Bever.
South Heartland promotes yearly flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. "It is the best form of prevention against influenza for you and also helps protect others," said Bever. "Flu shots save lives. When you get a flu shot you are also protecting those around you, including your friends, co-workers, spouse, children, grandchildren, people with chronic health problems, and the elderly."
It takes about two weeks for your body to produce antibodies that protect you from illness. Since Influenza can continue to circulate in our communities for another couple of months or more, Bever says there is still opportunity for you to protect yourself and others through vaccination.
With gastrointestinal illnesses also circulating in southcentral Nebraska communities, health department staff are promoting these prevention steps to avoid catching and spreading illness:
· Wash hands frequently, especially before preparing food or eating and after using the restroom or changing diapers.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick, or when you are sick.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as phones, writing utensils, toys and doorknobs.
· Stay home when you are sick and for 24 hours after your fever is gone.

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New Mexican restaurant to open in Superior
         Plans are underway for a new Mexican restaurant to open at 156 E. Fourth Street in Superior, the former home of Little Mexico and the Fourth Street Junction.
Carlos Hernandez, Norton, spoke to the Kiwanis Club on Friday about plans to expand his family's chain of restaurants to Superior. He said his family has been in the restaurant business for 13 years, starting in Tennessee. They currently have restaurants in Norton, Goodland, McCook, Imperial and Smith Center, with plans to open new establishments soon in Superior and Lexington.
Hernandez said they are working on acquiring the necessary licenses and have been busy painting and decorating. They hope to be open around Feb. 14 in Superior under the name "Las Canteras."
Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (serving lunch and dinner) seven days per week. In addition to Mexican food, a variety of "American" choices will be available ­­ steaks, burgers, chicken, etc. Hernandez said there will also be a full-service bar in the restaurant.
The family's businesses are primarily operated by members of the immediate family, however, there will likely be a few local people hired as well. He said he is grateful to the Superior Chamber of Commerce for their help in arranging the deal.

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