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Council takes action to make school zone safer

Law enforcement called to 3 accidents Sunday

Thompson competes for national modified title

Carrick to perform at Red Cloud Opera House


Council takes action to make school zone safer

Those dropping off or picking up students at Superior Elementary School are no longer allowed to do so from the north side of Eighth Street.
Safety concerns voiced by Perry Freeman, Superior police chief, and Larry Brittenham, Superior utilities manager, led to action by the council at last Tuesday's meeting. Brittenham called the situation "an accident waiting to happen."
The council approved making the north side of Eighth Street, from Park Street all the way to the junior-senior high school exit, off limits for loading or unloading students. The area has already been striped in yellow to indicate the new rule, and signs will follow. The signs have apparently been ordered but have not arrived.
Freeman told the council "no parking" signs would not work in this situation, because motorists are allowed to stop momentarily and let someone in or out of a vehicle in no parking zones. What are needed, Freeman said, are "no stopping or standing" signs, which will make it unlawful to drop children off on the north side of the street.
In addition to alleviating students walking across Eighth Street during high traffic times, the move by the council will help reduce the congestion caused by sometimes having four vehicles abreast ­­ those picking up or dropping off on both sides, and those using the two regular traffic lanes.
"It was getting pretty congested out there, with cars parked on both sides, along with the regular east and west traffic. There just isn't that much room," said Doug Hoins, elementary principal. "This will be a safer situation, not having kids crossing from the north side of the street. I was honestly concerned for the safety of the students and their parents. I thought we'd eventually have someone lose a car door out there, because space was so tight."

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Law enforcement called to 3 accidents Sunday
Sunday was a busy day for local law enforcement and emergency personnel; in addition to a serious two-vehicle accident south of Superior, there was a one-vehicle accident and an ATV accident in the northeastern part of the county.
Brent Jensen, 53, of Oak, was injured in an ATV accident on private property in the vicinity of Road 4100 and Road S. The accident was reported just before noon by Brock Corman, who farms the ground on which the accident occurred.
Brad Baker, Nuckolls County sheriff's deputy, said Jensen was transported to Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior by the Nelson Rescue Squad with a possible back injury, and then transferred to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings by Jewell County EMS.
Highway 4 east of Road 3900 was apparently the scene of a roll-over accident sometime Sunday. Baker said a PT Cruiser apparently rolled at least once before landing on its wheels. The accident was not reported at the time it occurred; it was reported at shortly after 6:30 p.m. A citation for leaving the scene of an accident may be forthcoming.

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Thompson competes for national modified title
Heading into the final week of the 2014 season with the National Championship Racing Association Modified Series, Superior's Jon Thompson travels to 81 Speedway at Park City, Kan., for a date Saturday night trailing Dan Powers, of Wichita, in the series championship point standings by a slim 20 points.
Thompson is seeking his first ever title with the traveling series after only two years of competing as a regular on the NCRA Modified Series.
81 Speedway is located 5 miles north of Wichita on I-35. Gates open at 5 p.m. race time is 7.

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Carrick to perform at Red Cloud Opera House
The Red Cloud Opera House will be bursting with music from some of Broadway's best musicals on Saturday, Nov. 8.  Considered one of the best cabaret singers in the Midwest, Mary Carrick has been performing professionally for 20 years in cabaret shows, concerts and as a recording artist.
Carrick keeps an active schedule singing and working with various arts councils, arts organizations, cabaret venues, and theaters across the Midwest. She currently resides in Omaha and frequently performs with Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony, the Rose Theatre and the Omaha Community Playhouse. Carrick is also a member of the Nebraska Art Council's Touring Program.
In addition to being a versatile vocal performer, Carrick is also an accomplished stage actress who has received numerous awards and nominations for her work, including the 2013 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award for her role as Sour Kangaroo in the Rose Theater's production of Seussical: The Musical. She also received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations for her performance at the Rose as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music.
Her most recent endeavor as a recording artist is the release of her debut album, entitled, Let's Fly, in May 2014. The album is a collection of American standards, musical theater, jazz, folk and country.
Her show starts at 7 p.m.

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