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Commissioner concerned about county liability insurance

SPUCC to hold quarterly meeting in Red Cloud

Lovewell hosting annual 'Campground Christmas'

Girl Scouts camp at Lincoln Park cabin


Commissioner concerned about county liability insurance

Commissioner Dan Corman at Monday's regular meeting of the Nuckolls County Board continued to express concern about what would happen in Nuckolls County in the event of a lawsuit like the one currently faced by Gage County.
Six people in Gage County were wrongfully convicted of a rape and murder of a Beatrice woman in 1985. In 2008, after serving a combined 77 years in prison, they were cleared of the charges by DNA testing. They have become known as the "Beatrice Six." In July, a federal court jury slammed Gage County with a $28 million verdict. The suit was filed in 2009 against the county, the former sheriff and two deputies. The verdict is being appealed.
During Monday's meeting, Corman placed a call to the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA), the county's liability insurance provider, to ask about the limits in Nuckolls County's coverage. He was told the limit is $5 million. When asked about increasing the limit, the NIRMA representative said he didn't know any company offering the kind of limit that would cover Gage County's current financial trouble, and if there was, it was doubtful any county would want to pay for it, when the likelihood of a similar situation is minuscule.
Corman responded that he would hate to see a county need to execute a bond election to pay for such a thing, but unless a successful appeal drastically reduces the dollar amount of the verdict, that's exactly what Gage County may have to do.
Gary Warren and Cindy Buescher from the county road department were in attendance to discuss progress on several ongoing projects. Commissioner Doyle Christensen asked Warren if hiring a new road department employee could be put off until spring. Warren said no, because he would like to have the new person trained by this winter. The new employee has been budgeted for, and the commissioners have voiced approved of the road department's budget for next year.
Christensen also asked Warren to make sure his department's work doesn't interfere too much with fall harvest traffic. Warren said his crews always try to stay clear of heavy harvest traffic, but, like the farmers, the road department has work to do and has to keep moving to get it done.
In a related matter, Christensen asked Warren who is responsible for the approaches to the highways. Warren said the state department of roads is responsible for the approaches. Christensen said the south approach at the junction of Highway 8 and 4300 Road (Aurora Co-op East) is terrible. Warren and the other commissioners agreed. They also discussed other highway approaches that need work ­­ Highway 4 and 4500 Road north (the Sedan road), and Highway 136 and 3300 Road north and south. Warren said he would discuss the approaches with the county's Nebraska Department of Roads supervisor.
In other business:
· Cindy Buescher reported 132 tons of tires were collected at the county's recent recycling event in Nelson. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality grant received for the event paid for up to 120 tons to be picked up by the contractor, Champlin Tire Recycling, Inc., of Concordia. Buescher said the NDEQ absorbed the overage because there were other tire recycling events in the state this year that failed to reach the 120 ton limit, so there was no cost to the county, other than manpower and equipment.
· Carrie Miller, county clerk, presented two letters to the board from entities requesting operational funds from the county. Representatives from the Horizon Recovery Center in Hastings attended a board meeting earlier this year and requested $2,500. The board denied the request, citing a tight budget and concerns about separation of church and state as the reasons. The letter was an attempt to quell the board's concern about the group's religious affiliation. The second letter was a request of $2,500 from the Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center. They have never visited the board in person to ask for funding. The commissioners directed Miller to deny both requests with short letters.
· The board denied a preliminary request for budget allocation from the Hardy Rural Fire District, a procedural matter making it possible for the district to levy tax dollars on its own.

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SPUCC to hold quarterly meeting in Red Cloud
Learning to toot our own horn in the South Platte region is important to the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce, according to Tim Anderson, president of the organization. At its quarterly meeting in Red Cloud, tourist attraction operators and Nebraska tourism and game and parks officials will be on hand to talk about current happenings in the leisure and travel industry.
Jarrod McCartney of Red Cloud will welcome attendees with an update of what is going on in historic Red Cloud. He is the Heritage Tourism and Economic Development director and a Red Cloud native.
The executive director of Prairie Loft in Hastings, Amy Sandeen, will give a presentation about events and activities there. The Loft is a former working farm and is now an eco-tourism cultural site.
There is a Pheasant Plan for the South Platte Region and Alicia Hardin from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will explain the plan. Hardin is an assistant division administrator in the wildlife division working with landowners and conservation groups.
Carol Schlegel, Nebraska tourism director for Red Willow County, will talk about what is new at the Nebraska Tourism Commission, and Karen Kollars, Nebraska Tourism Commission agri-tourism consultant, will present information about agri-tourism and eco-tourism.
"This is a meeting not to be missed," said Anderson. "Tourism can have a big impact on the economy of our region and it's a valuable resource to be tapped. This program will be interesting and spark ideas and inspiration for others."
The public, as well as South Platte United Chamber members, is invited to the program, which starts at 6:30 p.m. A meal precedes the meeting, which requires reservations.
The meeting will be held at the Red Cloud Opera House, 411 N. Webster Street, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The business meeting starts at 4 p.m., social hour at 5, seating for the meal at 5:45 and the program at 6:30.
Reservations for the meal can be made at A van ride departing from Holdrege can also be arranged at the same contact. South Platte United Chambers of Commerce is committed to furthering the economic and social welfare of the state of Nebraska with focus on the South Platte region. Its initiatives are in tourism, community development and legislative issues. For membership information,

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Lovewell hosting annual 'Campground Christmas'
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Lovewell State Park, is sponsoring its 14th   annual Campground Christmas on Saturday. Campers at the state park are encouraged to decorate their campsites in a Christmas theme. Campers who choose to join in on the festivities need to register at the state park office, by 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Campsites will be judged after 8 p.m. on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday at the beach shelter at 11 a.m.  If you decide not to enter the contest, park staff would still like to invite you to come view the decorated campsites. A vehicle permit is required.

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Girl Scouts camp at Lincon Park cabin
Superior's Lincoln Park scout cabin was the setting for the Superior Girl Scouts fifth Camp-O-Ree, Friday and Saturday. Members representing all the groups from Daisies to Ambassadors gathered for the event. The camp out attracted 19 of the organization's 38 members.
The Ambassadors, the senior girls, Lexi Webber, Jasmin Gravitt, Rochelle Corman, Heather Gehle and Keisha Studer, worked with 14 younger members on various projects and activities. The adult scout leaders who supervised the event were Tammy Gehle, Leigh Ann Webber, Gina Weeks and Carrie Miller.
The group set up six tents for the campers overnight stay. Moderate temperatures and clear skies were appreciated by all the participants.
The scouts began their annual camp out playing kick ball. A group singing session followed. They took a trip to the 60s as they demonstrated their skills tie dyeing T-shirts. A water relay capped off the afternoon activities. A camp out tradition, cooking vegetable soup over an open fire, provided the evening meal. No Girl Scout gathering would be complete without Smores, a snack closely associated with the scouts and the newest flavor offering in the Girl Scout cookie line. Corman instructed the girls on the making of Girl Scout promise key rings.
A karaoke machine provided the background for the evening songfest. The campers then retired to their tents for talk and perhaps sleep.
The group prepared breakfast Saturday morning. They packed up their tents and cleaned up the camping area. Another successful outing was complete as they returned to their homes with a memories for a lifetime.
The Girl Scouts will conduct a fund-raising nut sale in September with Girl Scout cookies available in February. Girl Scout membership is open to any girl who wishes to join. Volunteers are also needed and being a parent is not a requirement Please contact Leigh Ann Webber for further information.

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