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County judge sworn in Friday

Work to begin on US-281 near Blue Hill

Volunteers organizing backpack program

Rail work temporarily closing US-281 south of Red Cloud


 

County judge sworn in Friday

Mike Mead was sworn in Friday as a district county court judge to replace the late Michael Offner who died unexpectedly on Dec. 27.
At the swearing-in ceremony Mead shared stories about how Offner inspired him to become a judge and helped lead him to the decision to pursue the judgeship.
Mead said of the late Offner, "He just inspired everybody he was around and certainly was an inspiration to me."
Offner's widow, Jan, was in the audience and was touched by Mead's stories of her husband and the impact he had on Mead.
Mead was sorry that his parents weren't able to see him attain his goal. His father died when Mead was in high school and his mother died days before he was appointed to the judicial position.
He and his brother were driving from Lincoln to Hastings to make funeral arrangements for his mother when he received a call from Gov. Pete Ricketts, asking if he was interested in the judicial position.
Mead accepted the job but said he had a hard time processing the elation of being selected a judge while dealing with the sorrow from his mother's death.
Mead graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1999. In 2000 he started working at the Adams County Attorney's office. He joined the Lieske Law Firm in 2003, moved the Richard Alexander law office in 2006 and joined the Whelan, Scherr, Glen and Mead firm in 2008. He became the Adams County public defender in 2013.
He was appointed a judge on June 5 and started working in that capacity on June 30. He serves the Tenth Judicial District which included Nuckolls, Phelps, Webster, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan and Kearney counties.

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Work to begin on US-281 near Blue Hill
Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin next week on US-281, starting at Blue Hill and proceeding 14 miles north, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Ten Point Construction Co., Inc., of Denison, Iowa, is the prime contractor on this $400,000 contract. The major item of work is concrete pavement repair. This work will be done under traffic with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Work on the project is anticipated to be completed by the end of September.

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Volunteers organizing backpack program
Children in Nuckolls County needing "back-to-school" supplies this upcoming school year may qualify for assistance through the Backpack Supply Program. This is the fourth year backpacks and school supplies will be available to children in grades K-6, with other requests considered as money allows.
Last year close to 40 students were served through the program. Both Jana
Chase and Carla Gebers, program coordinators, are actively trying to provide these needed items again this year.
Carla would like to help older children with their school supply needs as well but she added "We need to have the funds before we can expand." Besides backpacks, crayons, pencils, scissors,
erasers, pocket folders and wide ruled notebooks are among the most popular items requested.
Income guidelines apply; parents or guardians are encouraged to contact Jana Chase at Community Action
Partnerships, Superior office, as soon as possible.
Requested supplies must be picked up no later than Wednesday, Aug. 12.

 

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Rail work temporaily closing US-281 south of Red Cloud
Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin next week to replace the railroad crossing on US-281, south of Red Cloud, at Reference Post 5+21, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
R & S Track Maintenance, Inc., of Columbus, Neb., has the $36,430 contract.
During the closure of US-281, a detour will be in place. For southbound traffic, follow US-136 west one mile to County Road 1100, then south for one mile to County Road F, then east for
one mile back to US-281. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of July.
Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through construction zones, along detours and selected alternate routes.

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