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The world -- in 1966

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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Superior High School graduated a class of 58 seniors.
The Superior Express "fat hen" contest was won by Charley Davis, Burr Oak, with a bird weighing nine and a half pounds. He won $5.
O. T. Gates was appointed to the position of police judge in Superior.
Robert McGinnis, general agent for the Chicago and Northwestern railway at Lincoln, retired with 50 years of service.
Shoulder lamb chops were 19 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Red Salute," starring Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young.
Seventy Years Ago
Andrew Frey, 25, died from an accidental gunshot wound to the head while hunting birds. He was a Mount Clare community resident and a WWII veteran.
Dr. R. J. Nelson opened a dental practice in Superior.
According to figures released by the chamber of commerce, the population of Superior was 2,900 residents.
Margaret Troudt Kruse, 71, died. She was a Superior resident.
Aluminum paint was $1.29 per quart at Superior Tire and Electric Company.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "The Bells of St. Mary's," starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schiermeyer, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Harry Lung, 18, drowned in the Courtland Canal two miles east of Highway 14. He was a 1955 Superior High School graduate.
Lyndell Bargen, 20, was badly injured when he was thrown from a tractor. The Nora community resident was dragged under a plow for some distance.
Sarah Wilton Bates, 91, died. She moved to Superior in 1871 and was a resident for more than 80 years.
Assorted cold cuts were 39 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing Walt Disney's "Song of the South."
Fifty Years Ago
The 100-ft. spire on the bell tower at the new Bethany Lutheran Church at Ruskin crashed to the ground. No injuries were reported. High winds and faulty construction were suspected as the causes of the mishap.
The Eureka school, located five miles north, five miles west and three miles north of Superior, was sold at auction. Classes had not been held there for three years.
Lew Hunter, Superior, was named to a program executive post with ABC television.
Fred Sowles and Carl C. G. Jensen were awarded 55 year membership pins by Valley Lodge No. 87, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Superior.
Automobile shock absorbers were $8.95 installed at B & S Tire Market in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Walt Disney's "That Darn Cat."
Forty Years Ago
Armed robbers tied up John Smies, owner of Smies Coin Shop, Courtland, and made off with more than $25,000 in coins. Smies was locked in a vault at the shop but was uninjured.
Murray's Marine, a boating center, opened in Superior. The business was located in the S. Bloom Street building W.L. Wilcox built for W & W Sporting Goods store.
Edna Hauser Marpel, 81, died. She was a Nelson resident.
Cake Haven, a bakery and cake decorating supply business, opened in Superior.
Fully cooked mini-hams were $2.69 per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Thirty Years Ago
Superior High School graduated 51 seniors.
Republican Valley Bus Lines filed an application with the Nebraska Public Service Commission to eliminate its morning bus run from Hastings to Superior.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ostdiek and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schroer, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.
Edwin Tietjen, 83, died. He was a Superior resident.
Watermelons were 15 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Cobra," starring Sylvester Stallone.
Twenty Years Ago
Five grain hoppers, of 54, on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed near the former Ideal Cement plant at Superior.
Mike Reese was hired as the kindergarten through 12th grade principal by the Nelson School Board.
Everett Wilford, 89, died. He was a Superior resident.
William Frank, 54, died. He was a Guide Rock resident.
The Crest Theatre remained closed.
Ten Years Ago
A groundwater remediation project was begun at the former Hill Oil terminal at the north edge of Superior.
A reception was held for retiring Superior High School teachers: Jim Mitchell, with 27 years of service, and Julene Sullivan, with 21 years of service.
Charles Fintel, 94, died. He was a Nelson resident.
The 1892 bell from the Oak Community Church was placed atop a new bell tower.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Stick It" and "Over the Hedge."
Five Years Ago
Work began on the construction of three grain silos at the Agrex elevator.
Heavy rain from a thunderstorm caused localized flooding in Superior and Nuckolls county. Up to five inches of rain came down in some areas.
Christi Miller Woodby, 30, died. She was a 1998 Superior High School graduate.
Egbert Schardt, 89, died. He was a Byron resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Fast Five" and "King Fu Panda."
One Year Ago
The Nuckolls County Road Department reported $600,000 damage to county assets from the recent storm
Phyllis Schoenholz retired, with 28 years of service, from the Nuckolls County Extension Service.
Leonard Erickson celebrated his 89th birthday.
Barbara Streit Kimminau, 77, died. She was a Lawrence community resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

Traffic Court
Scott A. Kort, Blue Hill, overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,600 lbs., $75.
Delmer E. Kent, Hastings, overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,100 lbs., $75.
Patricia L. Cornell, Guide Rock, speeding, $50.
Shane Dean Williams, Tucumcari, N.M., overweight single axle or group of axles by 5,300 lbs., $325; overweight single axle or group of axles by 3,500 lbs., $150; overweight capacity Plates by 3,300 lbs.; $100.
Timothy J. Morris, Superior, speeding, $25.
Kaytlynn M. Tockey, Fairfield, speeding, $125.
County Civil Court
Credit Management Services vs. Dean Scott, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Todd Kramp, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Abby Hickman, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Tracey Samsel, Superior, judgment entered.
Accredited Collection Service Inc. vs. Luella J. Hiatt and Doug Hiatt, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Angela Beam, Superior, judgement entered.
Central Nebraska Collections, LLC vs. Joann M. Newman, Nelson, and James Newman, Central City, judgment entered.
Central Nebraska Collections, LLC vs. David Wroughton, Superior, judgment entered.
County Criminal Court
     State of Nebraska vs. Christopher J. Thompson, Superior, (1)Terroristic threats; (2)Violation of protection order; (3)Violation of protection order; Bound over to district court.
State of Nebraska vs. Ashley R. Gay, Omaha, open container; $50.
    Brett Michael Bischoff and Christine Lacey Herrick were married on May 14 in Glenvil by Webster County Clerk Magistrate Jolene K. Duffy with Anthony Osborn and Korrie Heller as witnesses.
Real Estate Transfers
Pappas Telecasting of Central Nebraska to Sinclair Television of Omaha, tract in NE 14 6-1-5.
Patrick J. Utecht, Candace Utecht to Michael D. Utecht, Angela M. Utecht Lots 16 and 17 in Block A, Hunter's Park Lawn Addition to Superior.
Robert D. Lowery, Kristina Lowery to Timothy Glass, Lindsay Glass, Lot 2 in Block 13 and Blocks 13 to 16, Subdivision of Outlots A & B of Oak.
     Lester L. Wissing, Sherrill J. Wissing to Lester and Sherrill J Farms, LLC, N half of 26-2-8 with exceptions.

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Plenty of water for weekend activities
The Lovewell State Park crew and concession operator have been busy in recent weeks preparing the park for what traditionally is the park's biggest weekend of the year.
The rains in recent days have made mowing challenging and the weather forecast of frequent storms may cut attendance. However, a comment made by a marina employee in late April is pretty typical. He told a representative of this newspaper, he was looking forward to the faster tempo associated with the holiday and the thousands of people he expected would visit the park during the extended weekend.
Campers have already started arriving in anticipation of the holiday.
Visitors will find the water is cool for this time of the year but there is plenty of it.
On Tuesday morning Lovewell Lake had filled to 1,584.85 feet above sea level. This is more than 2 feet into the flood pool and water from Monday night's thunderstorms had not yet reached the lake.
Inflow on Monday was nearly 100 cubic feet per second and the outflow was 50 cubic feet per second.
While Harlan County Reservoir is still below the conservation pool level, the lake level has been rising. No water was being released.
On Tuesday morning, the lake had filled to 1,939.85 feet. The conservation pool is considered full at an elevation of 1,945.7. The lake was up 0.8 feet thus far in May.

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The world -- in 1966
In honor of this year's honored 50-year alumni classes, we offer this account of what was going in the world in 1966.
Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States. Johnson stated the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended. In January, about 8,000 U.S. soldiers landed in South Vietnam, making a total of 190,000.
The mini skirt was the popular thing. "Star Trek" aired with its first episode of the science fiction series. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the animated television special adapted from the book was shown for the first time on CBS. Simon and Garfunkel released Sound of Silence.
The last Studebaker production facility was closed. Caesars Palace hotel and casino opened in Las Vegas. Walt Disney died.
Popular films were: "Thunderball," "Dr. Zhivago," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "A Man for All Seasons."
Popular musicians were The Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel. Popular songs were "I'm a Believer," the Monkees; "Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys; "Monday, Monday," the Mamas and the Papas; and "Wild Thing," The Troggs.
Pampers created the first disposable diaper. Color television sets become popular. There were 78 million cars registered in the United States. Four dug under the Berlin Wall.
The average cost of a new house, $14,200; average income $6,900; gasoline per gallon, 32 cents; average cost of new car, $2,650.
On March 26, about 200,000 protestors attended anti-Vietnam War protests around the world.

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Photo ID to vote bill brings threat of lawsuit
By Demetria Stephens, Nebraska News Service
March 7, 2013
LINCOLN ­ Nebraskans want some kind of voter ID law, but a senator's second attempt to bring such a bill misses the mark, according to Secretary of State John Gale.
Larry Dix, executive director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials, read Gale's statement during Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Legislative Bill 381, Thursday, March 7. The bill, introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, would require Nebraskans to show a photo ID when voting. Janssen, a candidate in the 2014 governor's race, introduced a similar bill last year, which failed.
Former senator Brenda Council of Omaha said LB381 might be unconstitutional. Amy Miller, ACLU Nebraska legal director, and Adam Morfeld, the Nebraskans for Civic Reform executive director, agreed. Morfeld said his group of 27 Nebraska organizations would sue the state if the bill passes.
"Voting is a fundamental constitutional right, not only the U.S. constitution," she said. "But I urge the members of this committee and the Legislature as a whole to not forget the Nebraska Constitution."
The Nebraska constitution prohibits anything hindering a qualified voter, which is a registered voter, she said.
Thirty-three states now have voter ID laws, with one of the strictest being Indiana. Janssen based LB381 on that law. His bill would make the Department of Motor Vehicles offer a state identification card at no cost to a voters who can't afford another government photo ID. Mail ballots wouldn't require a photo ID, unless it was the person's first time voting. Anyone who doesn't provide the ID at the polls would have to cast a provisional ballot, which means voting officials have to verify the person's identity.
Janssen was amending the bill to allow election officials in rural areas to vouch for the identity of voters if they forget to bring their ID to vote. He cited a 2012 report by the Pew Center on the States that found 24 million U.S. voter registrations, or one out of eight, were no longer valid or significantly inaccurate.
"The report also found 1.8 million dead people listed as voters and 2.75 million people registered in more than one state," he said.
But because Nebraska hasn't had widespread voting fraud, Gale said the bill might not be appropriate for the state. Gale's statement was read in a neutral position. Other opponents said the bill could reduce the amount of people who vote by putting up barriers. Some groups who might be hurt included students and adopted children who might be on the move, and people who can't easily travel such as the elderly and disabled, including veterans.
Former judge Jan Gradwohl said veterans might be in homes or hospitals and not able to go to the Department of Motor Vehicle to get the ID required by this bill.
"Here are people who have fought for the right to vote and who would be themselves unable to vote," she said.
Supporter Marty Brown, vice president of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, said the American flag in the hearing room reminded him of his service in the military in 1965. People spit on him when he returned from service, he said.
"We don't have any respect for that flag," he said. "In reference to LB381, we'd give some of that respect back."


March. 6, 2013

Tax breaks for wind energy could attract development, revenue
By Joseph Moore, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN ­ Nebraska would become one of only two states in the country that offer tax credits for renewable energy generation under a bill introduced by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha.
The Legislature's Revenue Committee heard testimony March 6 on LB 411.
The bill would offer a new tax incentive for solar, wind, biomass and landfill gas energy producers just as the federal tax credit on renewable energy production is set to expire at the end of 2013.
"Us having something like this in place would make us a magnet for renewable energy developers," Nordquist said. He said the tax incentive would give Nebraska a competitive advantage over other states in attracting investment in renewables.
Currently, only Oklahoma offers a production-based tax credit on renewable energy.
Despite covering several categories of renewable energy, Nordquist said the bill's goal is to attract wind developers.
Nebraska currently ranks fourth in the nation in wind resources, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The state had 260 wind turbines operating in 2012 with a total capacity of 459 megawatts, providing 2.9 percent of Nebraska's power.
By comparison, Iowa, which ranks seventh in the nation in wind resources, had a total wind energy capacity of 4,536 megawatts and generated more than 18 percent of its power from wind in 2011, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Even with plentiful wind resources, Nebraska is falling behind neighboring states in wind energy production.
Nordquist's bill would provide a tax credit of .5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from a renewable source. That amount would increase to a peak of 1.5 cents between 2015 and 2017, dropping back down to .5 cents after 2019.
Producers would be eligible for the credit for up to eight years.
The estimated cost to the state for these tax credits is about $2 million for the fiscal year 2014-2015.
Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus asked if the tax credit is necessary to attract developers considering Nebraska's abundant wind resources.
Richard Lombardi, representing the Wind Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates for wind energy production, responded by saying that the energy market is heavily subsidized and energy producers are forced to go where the incentives are greatest.
"Tax policy is everything in energy policy," he said.
Lombardi said the state, and particularly rural areas, would benefit from an increase in wind energy production. "Wind projects become one of the largest taxpayers," he said.
David Levy, representing Midwest Wind Energy, a wind farm development company with operations in Nebraska, agreed that the tax credit is necessary to attract more investment.
"Other states' tax incentives put Nebraska at a disadvantage," he said.
Levy said Midwest Wind Energy projects in Custer, Knox and Boone counties would generate an estimated $66 million in local and state tax revenue over the next 10 years, adding, "We would like to build more projects in Nebraska."
No one testified against the bill.
Nordquist said the committee would hear testimony on a number of related bills and encouraged members to consider some form of incentive for renewable energy development.