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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Louis Nelson, Superior, enlisted in the United States Navy.
Mary Lee Chestnut, 4, died. She was a lifelong Superior resident.
The first contingent of men assigned to the Nuckolls County Civilian Conservation Corps camp, located at the fair grounds near Nelson, arrived.
Clarence Howard closed out the stock of Howard's Clothing, Superior, then he moved to Freeport, Ill., where he had purchased a store.
The City of Superior received a $700 cash donation to help fund a new bridge across Lost Creek in Lincoln Park. The park board needed to raise an additional $300 to complete the funding.
A 50 pound bag of choice Idaho onions was 89 cents at Cecil Reid's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "She learned About Sailors," starring Alice Fay and Lew Ayers.
Seventy Years Ago
The Superior Floral Company celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding.
Will Harkins retired from his position as city mail carrier on Route 2, after 32 years.
Lt. Oran Mcgrew was killed in a plane crash at Lowery Field, Denver. His brother, Harold, was killed at Belzano, Italy in March. The two lived for five years at the Douthett home in the Olive Hill community.
Albert Bargen, Gordon Watts, Herbert Jensen, Rudolph Fisher and Laverne Renz were serving in the 83rd Division of the United States Army in France.
A 50 pound bag of cabbage was $2.59 at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "I Love a Soldier," starring Paulette Goddard and Sonny Tufts.
Sixty Years Ago
Bids were opened for the construction of Lovewell Dam. The low bid of $2,234,849 was submitted by Cook Construction Company, Jackson, Miss.
The Pontiac agency in Superior was taken over by Alexander Buick.
Harley Lake, 52, died. He was a longtime Superior resident and businessman.
A break-in at Superior's Ideal Market netted the would be thieves nothing when they were unable to saw open the cabinet where the daily receipts were kept.
A half gallon carton of milk was 37 cents at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Johnny Guitar," starring Sterling Hayden and Joan Crawford.
Fifty Years Ago
The Northbranch Friends Church celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Arvine (Pete) Thornton, 65, died. He was a lifelong farmer in the Guide Rock and Superior communities.
Fred Day, 75, died. He was a longtime member of the Superior business community.
Four calves were killed in four separate incidents in Nuckolls County when they were struck by motor vehicles.
Pikes Peak roasts were 69 cents per pound at the Superior Cash-Way Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Bridge on the River Kwai," starring Alec Guiness and William Holden.
Forty Years Ago
Dallas Langer, an employee at the Farmers Union Co-op Association Mill in Superior, suffered multiple fractures of his left foot, injured his right foot and had rope burns on his hands in an accident at the mill. He was riding a man lift when the cable broke and the lift fell 20 feet.
Two men were unsuccessful in their attempt to steal Superior Police Chief Emery Martin's dog. The dog won the battle and the two men left. They were later arrested after Assistant Chief Morris was bitten by one of the men.
Ross Jordan was named as manager of the Superior Farmers Union Co-op Association Mill. He replaced Robert Jamtgaard.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mooberry, Hebron, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dole bananas were 15 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Mixed Company."
Thirty Years Ago
Tax levies for all subdivisions rose across Nuckolls County.
Steve Gunn, Webber, was picking corn on his farm when he found an object stuck in the corn picker head. Upon examination, the object turned out to be a small practice bomb from a fighter aircraft. It was not armed.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Henry, Hardy, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lina Mortensen, 89, died, She was a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
A front end alignment was $14.95 at Schonscheck Motor Company in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Purple Rain," starring Prince.
Twenty Years Ago
Brandon Jones, Hardy, escaped with minor injuries when his newly purchased Chevrolet Blazer skidded underneath a truck and had the roof sliced off.
Glenn and Joan Kirchhoff opened Glenn's Clothing in Superior. The store featured men's wear.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Federal Health Care Financing Administration.
Sylvia Mohler, Formoso, celebrated her 95th birthday.
Crazy Milk was $1.09 per quart at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Exit to Eden" and "The Little Rascals."
Ten Years Ago
Larry Brittenham was selected to serve as utility department manager for the City of Superior. He retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of colonel.
Harvey and Gwen Petersen, Hardy, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Daryl Allington, 73, died. He was a retired farmer and a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
Earl Adamson, 83, died. He was a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Cellular."
Five Years Ago
Ed and Brenda Schoof. Ruskin, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Lack of a required state report held up funding for the replacement of the deteriorating Eighth Street bridge.
Water and sewage rates were increased for Superior residents.
Harold (Shrimp) Whitney, 78, died. He was a Superior resident and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Fame," and "500 Days of Summer."
One Year Ago
A ground breaking ceremony was held for the first phase of Kingswood Court, an assisted living facility in Superior.
The young adults of Centennial Lutheran Church held their annual Amazing Race across Superior.
Rolland and Pauline Franzen, Ruskin, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Carolyn Junk Sumpter, 81, died. She was a longtime Superior resident,
The Crest Theatre was playing "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Kaitlyn Ross McMahon, Kearney, Speeding, $25.
     Stanley R. McCarroll, Wichita, overweight single axle or group of axles by 3,400 pounds, $75; overweight capacity plates by 6,000 pounds, $150; overweight single axle or group of axles by 11,100 pounds, $750.
County Court, civil
Central Nebraska Collections, LLC, vs. Michael Sheets, Superior, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Sherline A. O'Brien, Superior, disturbing the Peace, $250.
District Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Dustin Bilbrey, violation of probation, sentenced on charge of burglary, six to eight years jail.
State of Nebraska vs. George I. Lamb, Jr,. violation of probation, sentenced on charge of child abuse, three years jail.
State of Nebraska vs. Rose Marie Arthur, two counts abandonment or cruel neglect of an animal; 60 days jail for each count to run consecutively.
State of Nebraska vs. Darrel D. Spencer, child abuse, probation 18 months.
Real etsate transfers
Marlan V. Watson, Susan Watson to Ross Carstensen, Lot 17 and Pt Lot 18 in Block 29, Original Town of Superior.
Ross Carstensen, Sarah Carstensen to Marlan V. Watson Lots 1, 2 and 3 in Block 3, east Superior.
Marietta Free to Reyes Alonzo III, Marie G. Alonzo Pt NW 14 15-2-5.
Charlotte E. Clabaugh, deceased, to Howard L. Clabaugh, Lot 4 and Pt Lot 3 in Block 15, Original Town of Nelson.
Howard L. Clabaugh, Steven L. Clabaugh, POA, to David E. Shader, Janice R. Shader Lot 4 and Pt Lot 3 in Block 15, Original Town of Nelson.
Darlene B. Woerner, estate to public, SW 14 SE 14 8-1-7; NW 14 8-1-7; W 12 NE 14 8-1-7; SE 14 24-2-8; S 12 NE 14 14-2-8; W 12 23-2-8; W 12 NE 14 23-2-8; Lot 1 in Block 2, Second Highland Estates-Quy Sub of Superior.
Ann J. Hobson (FKA Ann H. Tuma) to Ann J. Hobson Lots 11, 12 and 13 in Block A, Hunters Park Lawn Addition of Superior.

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'Decoding Annie Parker' screens at the Crest Theatre
Brodstone Memorial Hospital and the the Crest Theatre teamed up to present "Decoding Annie Parker" yesterday (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged. The ticket includes a drink and popcorn and may be purchased at the Crest or the hospital business office. Brodstone is encouraging movie goers to wear pink to the film. Goodie bags, door prizes and T-shirts will be given to the first 100 in attendance. The film is the true story of Anne Parker, young woman who watches her mother, then sister, fall victim to breast cancer. When she herself is diagnosed with the disease, she is resolved to fight back against immeasurable odds.
Helen Hunt plays the geneticist, Mary-Claire King. She's steadfast, calm and set in her mission to find the genetic roots of breast cancer. Finding patterns of variants in DNA among families of people with breast cancer, most of whom lacked the BRCA mutation, was a daunting task. In her office King keeps an analog clock marked at 12 minute intervals. "That's how often a woman will die of breast cancer in this country," she explains to visitors. Most doctors and other scientists denied her theory.

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SVFD observes Fire Prevention Week
By Kim Young
When was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke alarm? "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month" was the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week held Oct. 5-11. Each year the Superior Volunteer Fire Department uses this week to emphasize the importance of fire safety and preparedness.
Fire Prevention week began as a way to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire began on Oct. 8, but did most of its damage on Oct. 9. Before it was controlled, 100,000 people were left homeless, 17,400 structures were destroyed, 2,000 acres were burned and 250 people died.
President Woodrow Wilson observed National Fire Prevention Day in 1920. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week. The goal of the week is to educate the public about prevention and safety.
The Superior Volunteer Fire Department took advantage of social media and posted smoke alarm safety tips on its Facebook page. These tips include: It takes less than one minute to help save your life. Test all smoke alarms once a month. Press the button to be sure the alarm is working properly.
There are two kinds of alarms, ionization and photoelectric. The ionization are quicker to warn about flaming fires. The photoelectric can warn about smoldering fires. It is best to have both types in your home.
The second and third tip are to replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old and roughly two out of three fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or alarms not working. Having a working smoke alarm will cut the chances of dying in half.
In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half of the home fires reported in the United States. In 2011, fire departments responded to 370,000 structure fires. From these fires 13,910 people were injured, 2,520 civilians died and $6.9 billion in damage was reported.
Did you know smoke alarms should be kept away from kitchens? Tip four reminds smoke alarms should be at least 10 feet away from the stove. Smoke alarm installation became the focus of tips five and six. Install smoke alarms outside and inside every bedroom and on every level of the home. They should always be placed on the ceiling or high on the wall.
The final tip pointed out people who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
The department also lined up tours of the fire station for preschoolers, clown entertainment at the school, demonstrating a smoke filled building at the boy scout cabin and ending the week was the annual pancake feed. The proceeds from this year's feed will go to buy needed equipment for the fire trucks.
Preschoolers attending the tours at the fire station were given the opportunity to have their "hands on" some of the department's equipment. The firemen enjoy the opportunity to talk with children because they take in more knowledge than is realized. Kirk Young, fire prevention member, said "It's important to talk to them, because it can make it less scary." Students were given the opportunity to see what a fireman would look like when fully dressed with their protective gear and equipment.
Steve Hiatt, talked with students and remarked, "it's never too early to get them (children) to think about escape plans. In case of a fire, a family needs to have a meeting point outside of their home," It is estimated only one-third of households in the U.S. have developed and practiced a fire escape plan. Some have a plan, but don't practice it. On average, household will have less than six minutes to escape a fire. "It is so important to have a plan and working alarms. You can't have one without the other," Hiatt emphasized.
The tour of the fire station included two popular vehicles; looking inside the ambulance and sitting inside the cab of the fire truck. Students were able to get up close and stand on several of the trucks, including the ladder truck.
Mike Smith, fire department member, talked to the groups about the various equipment stored on the trucks including an ax and a heat thermometer. The thermometer allows firemen to know the temperature on the other side of a door. Smith added, "It helps us know how to work at putting out the fire."
The department tried something new this year by filling the Boy Scout cabin in the park with theatrical smoke. It demonstrated to fourth, fifth and sixth graders what it's like to be in a fire. During the demonstration, students were given the opportunity to see how the department's thermal imaging camera works. Some fires can't be detected because of the thick smoke. It helps to determine hot spots inside a structure. The camera also is instrumental in locating individuals who may have been overcome with smoke.
Students wrote thank you notes and remarked how much was learned. Some pointed out they were glad to be reminded to have a plan to meet outside. Another told, "I learned how heavy all the gear is, and what all the gear is used for." One student shared the three things learned, "I learned the lower you are, the better you can breathe. I learned about the thermal camera and to put a towel in front of the door if smoke comes in. Thanks again."
One of the popular activities for the kindergarten through third grade were the clowns. Bob, Skippy and Freckles performed a skit. The members filling the clown roles are Steve Hiatt and Rick Hiatt. New to the team this year is Trenton Morris, son of T.J. and Kendra Morris. A student at Superior High School, Trenton has watched the clowns for years and was excited to be able to be a "part of the show." The clowns have been a part of Fire Prevention Week for several years.
The Superior Volunteer Fire Department respond to a variety of calls including automobile and farm accidents, storm spotting and cleanup, search and rescue, watch flood zones during heavy rainstorms and giving lift assistance to the EMT squad.
This past weekend was National Fallen Firefighters Weekend. Each year during this time the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation pays tribute to all men and women who died in the line during the previous year.
The Superior Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are honored to be able to serve the community and encourage residents to check out their Superior Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page. It gives people the chance to view photos firefighter spotlight and training the department participates in.
A statement on their Facebook page sums it up: "We love what we are able to teach the children in our community about fire safety and prevention." This year the Superior Volunteer Fire Department celebrated 125 years. It was founded in 1889.


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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.