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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
J. Howard Worley assumed the duties of manager of the Nebraskan Hotel in Superior.
Willie Evans, 49, died. He was a longtime Superior resident.
Several oil tanks were erected for the cooperative company at Webber.
Davis Davenport, 66, died. He was a longtime Superior resident and had come to Jewell County in 1876.
Shredded corn fodder was $10.50 per ton at Golden Reid's Feed Store.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Go Into Your Dance," starring Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler.
Seventy Years Ago
Lucy Lowry Conn, 85, died. She had been a Superior resident and a librarian for many years.
Donald Thayer, Superior, who had been reported missing in action, was declared killed in action and buried at seas,
S/Sgt Lyle Jacobitz, Nelson, was wounded in action in Germany.
The Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company issued a request for customers not to use their phones to place unnecessary calls when they heard rumors of V-E Day.
Home grown rhubarb was 12 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Hollywood Canteen."
Sixty Years Ago
More than 400 Nuckolls County youngsters were inoculated with the Salk polio vaccine.
The body of Cpl. Raymond Hall, Hardy, was returned from overseas. He was killed in action in North Korea in 1950. He was buried at Rosemound Cemetery.
Iva Myers Smith, 66, died. She was a Nuckolls County resident for 65 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Warneking, Superior, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Yellow onions were seven cents per pound at Roder's IGA Supermarket in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Bad Day at Black Rock," starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan.
Fifty Years Ago
Father Peter Naughton was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Lawrence.
Arthur Dean, 68, died. He was a WWI veteran and a longtime Nelson resident.
Mrs. Edward Nichter Persinger, 72, died. She was a longtime resident of the Hardy community.
Carl Lundblade, 15, died as the result of an automobile accident. He was a sophomore at Courtland High School.
Cucumbers were 10 cents apiece at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Father Goose," starring Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.
Forty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Oran King, Superior, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Mabel Wright Beck, 80, died. She had been a Superior resident since 1910.
The 1974 population estimate for Nuckolls County was 7,154, down from 7,236 in 1973.
Alfred Flower, 76, died. He was a WWI veteran and longtime Nelson resident.
Bacon was $1.09 per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Freebie and the Bean," starring Alan Arkin and James Caan.
Thirty Years Ago
The Superior Coast to Coast hardware store was burglarized. The thieves took several firearms, ammunition, cash and knives.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Baxa, Republic, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Francis Brockman, 64, died. He was a longtime Lawrence resident.
Dale Michels, Superior, caught a 55-pound yellow catfish in the Republican River.
Sliced bacon was $1.39 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Sure Thing."
Twenty Years Ago
The Superior Floral Company's new greenhouse was operational. It replaced an 80 year old building which was destroyed in a wind storm.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, added a home health care program.
Otto and Wilma Moeller, Ruskin, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Lois Claubaugh Ruttman, 76, died. She was a Nelson resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Don Juan DeMsrco," starring Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp and "The Brady Bunch Movie."
Ten Years Ago
Nelson was on the short list of sites being considered for the location of the Vietnam War National Museum.
The Superior First Baptist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Arlene Henderson, 93, died. She was a lifelong resident of the Superior community.
The Nuckolls County Extension office relocated to a building near the entrance to the Nelson golf course.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Robots" and "The Ring Two."
Five Years Ago
The Nuckolls County Board limited potential bidders for the county's health insurance business to two firms.
Bob Kotinek, Lawrence, was hired as the veteran service officer for Nuckolls county.
Elmer Rempe, Superior, was recognized for his 50 years of service on the Superior Volunteer Fire Department.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The Bounty Hunter" and "How to Train Your Dragon."
One Year Ago
Loren and Esther Renz, Superior, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Nuckolls County Board approved the purchase of a new four-wheel-drive backhoe tractor with front-end loader.
Work was underway converting the former North Ward School to the Kingswood Court assisted living center.
An edible landscape program was held at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Divergent."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Speeding: Jessica Edwards, Superior, $75; Tairia K. Strine, Superior, $75; Michael R. Ford, Sutton, $25; Thad A. Mumm, Hebron, $25.
County Civil Court
Bank of America, N.A. vs. Mark E. Laybourn, Superior, judgment entered.
County Criminal Court
State of Nebraska vs. Amber Schmidt, Superior, theft; $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Lesley Cox, Superior, meter tampering, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Trenton McClure, Superior, littering, $100.
Real Estate Transfers
     Randy R. Stineman, Peggy J. Stineman to Kevin Boyd, Tera Boyd: W 12 NE 14 16-3-7.
Earl J. Studer, Ruth Studer to Justin Brase: Part Lots 2 and 3 in Block 15, Original Town of Superior.
Lorretta Jo Westra to Stanley R. Koehler: Part Outlot 4 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11 of Nelson and vacated Second Street; Outlot 7 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11 and vacated Second Street; Part Outlot 6 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11 and vacated Third Street and vacated Second Street; Outlot 8 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11; Part Outlot 9 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11 vacated Third Street; Lots 6 and 7 and Part Lots 5 and 8 in Block 1, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11; Block 2, Wheeler's Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11; Block 3, Wheelers Subdivision of Outlots 10 and 11.
Craig Guilkey to Marc M. Caldwell, Becky K. Caldwell: Lots 4, 5 and Part Lot 3 in Block 9, East Superior.

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Elementary school celebrates Week of the Young Child
The annual Week of the Young Child was celebrated at Superior Elementary School the week of April 13.
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the event is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Week of the Young Child was established in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age eight) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life.
This year's theme was "Hopping into the Future," with lots of bunnies being spotted in artwork around the school. Many activities took place to make this a special week.
Theme badges were made by the students so that both they and their parents could wear them each day. There were hallway displays of artwork that matched the theme. Posters were made by the classes and then delivered to area businesses for display. A radio spot was recorded by several students and was played on KRFS throughout the week. A special theme song was learned in the music classes and was sung by the children at the end of each talent show session on Friday. A large fence banner was displayed near the school's front entrance to further announce the special week.
The celebration concluded with two popular activities on Friday. In the morning, the annual talent show was held in the elementary gymnasium and included grades K-3, with Principal Doug Hoins as host. Students participating in the show were Grady Henderson, Kolten Gay, John Franssen, Aubrianna Ayres, Carsyn Frasier, Rayne Biltoft, Chloe Drake, Hunter Mazzulla, Cora Schnakenberg, Brooke Ekstein, Jackson Beam, Ava Kirchhoff, Colten Butler, Parker Littrell, Sophia Fullerton, Kyler Boyles and Lilly Edwards.
Grandparents were invited to visit school during the last hour of the day to observe and take part in learning activities with their grandchildren. Acoording to Hoins, 142 grandparents were in attendance. No word on how many were kept afterschool. It was an enjoyable week for students, teachers, school staff, parents and grandparents.


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Superior students win at Invention Convention
Elaine Miller accompanied a group of 29 Superior school students to Hastings, Thursday. They were taking part in the Invention Convention, presented by Educational Service Unit 9. The event was held at the North shore Assembly of God Church. A total of 70 entries from 101 student inventors were displayed and demonstrated by their creators. Students from Wallace, Alcott, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Morton, Watson and York took part.
Several Superior students received awards for their work. In Division one, Tatum Sullivan and Hallie Bargen were awarded third place for their 'Fabric Hopscotch, 300" invention.
Competition was in four divisions representing first through eighth grade. Weslynn Williams and Jayden Mohler were awarded first place in Division IV for their "Heated Hands" creation. Teghan Sullivan and Sierra Blackburn were second place winners with their "Saver Jacket." Third place was awarded to Morgan Theis and Kaylee Flaata for their creation of "De-corner."
Tage Rothchild received the Innovation Award for his "Head Sling."
The works were judged by volunteer engineers from the Dutton-Lainson Company, Hastings.


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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.