From our early files
Eighty Years Ago
The Public Works Administration, Washington, D.C., approved grants to fund the Superior auditorium and a sewage disposal plant.
The Public Works Administration approved a grant to construct a school in Oak.
E. J. Mickelsen, Ruskin, resigned from his position as county commissioner to go into business in another county
William Imhoff, 61, died. He was a farmer in the Bostwick community.
Lamb stew was 10 cents per pound at Superior's R. J. Stephenson's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Every Night at Eight," starring George Raft and Alice Fay.
Seventy Years Ago
Donald Danehey, Lawrence, was released from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. He had been captured at Corrigedor in May, 1942,
A gas furnace, lighting system and a complete basement renovation were a few of the improvements made at Superior's First Presbyterian Church.
A set of roller bearing-drawers for cash, money orders and stamps was installed under the counter at the Superior post office
L. Franz, the FSA for Nuckolls and Clay County for nine years, resigned and moved to a farm near Beatrice.
Black Bird Oats, quick or regular, were 22 cents for a three pound tube at Stephenson's Market in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Lady on a Train," starring Deanna Durbin and Ralph Bellamy.
Sixty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Bruns, Superior, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Elsie Grummert Schiermeyer, 50, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
The road to the Champlin plant east of Superior was paved with the Champlin company paying the cost of the project.
A one pound loaf of bread was 10 cents at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Pete Kelly's Blues," starring Jack Webb.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Johannes, Webber, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Thomas Karmazin, 70, died when a truck slipped from a hoist and fell on him. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence.
Lee Verkamp, Lawrence, retired after many years of service with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He had worked at Lawrence since 1933.
Harvey Kroeger, 70, died. He was a longtime Byron resident.
A 100 pound bag of red potatoes was $3.29 at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Cat Ballou," starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.
Forty Years Ago
Roger Corman, 21, died in a car-truck accident. He was an Oak resident and a 1972 Nelson High School graduate.
The building which housed Superior's first electrical generating plant and later served as a Farmers Union Cream Station was razed to make room for an expansion of Ideal Market.
Hebron High School was cleared to participate in athletic activities after a suspected encephalitis outbreak.
Richard Kistler, Superior, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Nebraska Civil Defense Directors Association.
A 13 inch Quasar portable color television was $339.96 at Pete's TV Service in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Eiger Sanction," starring Clint Eastwood.
Thirty Years Ago
Commonwealth Theatres, Kansas City, sought to find a buyer for the Crest Theatre in Superior. If a buyer was not found, the chain would close the theatre.
Snow and cold temperatures damaged many area fall crops.
Betty Smith, business office clerk at Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph, Superior, retired after more than 30 years of service.
Bernard Bagley, 66, died. He was a longtime Republic resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Teen Wolf."
Twenty Years Ago
Repairs, which had been planned for 10 years, were made to the natural gas pipeline which serves Superior businesses and residences.
The Superior Lions Club celebrated its 45th anniversary.
Clyde Korb, 86, died. He was a retired farmer and Superior resident.
Mildred Meyer Zimmerman, 74, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Babe" and "The Net."
Ten Years Ago
Meyer Vineyards, Inc., Superior, received a $150,00 USDA Rural Development grant to produce and market premium wines
The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $106,000 grant to the Guide Rock Rural Fire District. The funds were used for vehicle replacement.
Alice Bailey DeLay, 81, died. She was a longtime resident of the Guide Rock community.
Elsie Wehnes Smith, 83, died. She was a longtime Nelson resident and operator of Smith's Cafe.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Exorcism" and "Red Eye."
Five Years Ago
Jeff Ely, Superior, passed the certified public accounting examinations.
Keith Schultz, Superior, celebrated his 80th birthday.
Billie Rogers, 75, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls county resident.
Wayne Collins, 87, died. He was a retired Burlington railroad freight agent and a Superior resident for 41 years.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Last Exorcism."
One Year Ago
Jackie Kassenbaum resigned her position as Nuckolls county clerk. She has been defeated by Carrie Miller in the Republican primary. There was no democratic opponent.
Longtime Superior attorney David B. Downing retired from the practice of law after 60 years.
Richard Kistler, Superior, has his book "The Santa Fe Railway in Nebraska: The Grain Funnel at Superior" published by the South Platte Press
Robert Cochran, 82, died. He was a longtime Superior resident who relocated to California.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Dolphin Tale 2."
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Nuckolls County Courthouse News
County Court, traffic
Colten Hanshaw, Superior, speeding, $75.
Stevie Lynn Crookshanks, Oak, speeding, $25.
Michele R. Powers, Superior, failure to yield right of way, $50.
Mark J. Williams, Deerwood, Minn., speeding, $25.
County Court, civil
Credit Management Services vs. Hope Ortega, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Elizabeth Headrick, Superior; judgment entered.
Midland Funding LLC vs. Carol Korb, Nelson; judgment entered.
Beth Lovegrove, Superior vs. Rachel Foster, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Dove Weber and David Weber, Superior, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Tristan C. Sholty, Superior, theft - unlawful taking $1,500 - $5,000; bound over to District Court.
State of Nebraska vs. Bobbi Devor, Kansas, Okla., overweight single axle or group of axles by 2,500 pounds, $75; failure to have or carry fuel permit, $100.
State of Nebraska vs. Mickey R. White, Superior, DUI 3rd offense, licensed revoked 15 years, $1,000 fine, 365 days jail, ignition interlock permit ordered, not to drive for 45 days.
Clark Jordan Schultz and Theresa Ann Elting were married on Sept. 12 in rural Davenport by The Rev. Patrick Flynn, with Cliffton Schultz and Erika Sedlacek as witnesses.
Real estate transfers
Richard D. Bates Deceased to Mary Ann Bates Lot 13 South Superior.
Mary Ann Bates to Timothy D. Bates Lot 13 South Superior.
Marlene S. Hartlett to Joshua A. Hartlett, Toni Hartlett Lot 9 in Block 28, North Superior.
Dan Meyer Co-Trustee, Cece Meyer Co-Trustee for the Meyer Living Trust to James P. Langin 12 Interest in SW 14 35-1-7; 12 Interest in Govt. Lot 2, 35-1-7 Nuckolls County Nebraska; 12 Interest in Govt. Lot 6, 34-1-7 Nuckolls County Nebraska.
Howard L. Clabaugh, Steven L. Clabaugh to David E. Shader, Janice R. Shader Lot 4 and Pt Lot 3 in Block 15, Original Town of Nelson.
David E. Shader, Janice R. Shader to Elijah F. Fanning, Maureen J. Estropia Lot 4 and Pt Lot 3 in Block 15, Original Town of Nelson.
Evalin I. Lillich, Debra J. Hansen Attorney in Fact to Travis Kenney With Exception Lot 12 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 13 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 1 in Block 1, Lillich 2nd Addition of Superior.
Debra J. Hansen Trustee for the Debra J. Hansen Revocable Trust to Travis Kenny With Exception Lot 12 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 13 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 1 in Block 1, Lillich 2nd Addition of Superior.
Allen R. Lipker, MyraJeanne Lipker to Travis Kenney With Exception Lot 12 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 13 Oakridge Sub Pt SW 14 NE 14 25-1-7 of Superior; Lot 1 in Block 1, Lillich 2nd Addition of Superior.
Thomas F. Dolnicek Trustee for the Thomas F. Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust, John T. Dolnicek Trustee, Bethanie Dolnicek Trustee for the John T. Dolnicek Living Trust, Bethanie Dolnicek Living Trust, Mary E. Torell, Robert B. Torell Jr., Terry Joseph Dolnicek Trustee for the Terry Joseph Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust to John T. Dolnicek, Terry J. Dolnicek SW 14 17-4-8.
Thomas F. Dolnicek Trustee for the Thomas F. Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust, John T. Dolnicek Trustee, Bethanie Dolnicek Trustee for the John T. Dolnicek Living Trust, Bethanie Dolnicek Living Trust, Mary E. Torell, Robert B. Torell Jr., Terry Joseph Dolnicek Trustee for the Terry Joseph Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust to John T. Dolnicek, Terry J. Dolnicek NW 14 21-4-8.
Thomas F. Dolnicek Trustee for the Thomas F. Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust, John T. Dolnicek Trustee, Bethanie Dolnicek Trustee for the John T. Dolnicek Living Trust, Bethanie Dolnicek Living Trust, Mary E. Torell, Robert B. Torell Jr., Terry Joseph Dolnicek Trustee for the Terry Joseph Dolnicek Revocable Living Trust to John T. Dolnicek, Terry J. Dolnicek N 12 SE 14 22-4-8.
Curt Stasny, Lori Stasny to Doug Pierce Lot 7 and Pt Lot 8 in Block 11, Original Town of Nelson.
Glen L. Frerichs Deceased to Public NE 14 3-2-8; E 12 SE 14 3-2-8; Pt E 12 W 12 SE 14 3-2-8; N 12 NE 14 10-2-8.
Doug Pierce to Ricky D. Steinhour, Rose E. Fringer Lot 7 and Pt Lot 8 in Block 11, Original Town of Nelson.
First Baptist Church, Superior, Vera Mae Duncan President to Robert E. Schneider Lots 8, 9 and Pt Lot 10 in Block 13, Original Town of Superior.
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Artist shares Superior
with the world
By Marty Pohlman
Karen Ann Hitt was born in Ohio and moved to Florida with her family when she began her freshman year in high school in 1974. She has been a resident of the Sunshine State ever since. Gary Keith was born in Superior and graduated from Superior High School in 1969. He took a more roundabout route to the land of sun and mosquitoes.
Hitt was accepted as a student at Parson's School of Design in New York city and ventured off to the Big Apple to study fashion design. Working full-time and attending class part-time, she aspired to be a fashion designer. She changed her major to illustration after deciding fashion wasn't her true passion.
Keith attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After receiving his degree, he set off for Denver. He worked for a construction supply business for 10 years. The allure of the Florida sun beckoned and he relocated to Port Charlotte where he was employed by a construction supply business. Keith felt he could do better on his own so he established his own business. Today he is the owner of two construction supply businesses in the Port Charlotte area.
Hitt married and bore three children: a daughter, Tara, a civil engineer who resides in Venice, Fla., and sons A.J., a computer animator who resides in Big Bear Lake, Calif., and Nicholas, who owns a pool screening company and lives in Venice. She later divorced.
Keith, also married and divorced, is the father a son, Alex, who works with his father and is a licensed fishing guide, who lives in Port Charlotte.
Hitt moved to the Venice area where she raised her family. She painted commissioned portraits and taught art in area schools, including Venice Christian School. In 2003 she immersed herself in the Plein Air School of Painting. This is the painting of still life scenes outdoors. It emphasizes color and natural light.
Keith continued to grow his business. After Hurricane Andrew devastated a swath of South Florida, stringent building codes were adopted by the state. Keith specialized in whole house hurricane tie-down systems. The Florida building boom contributed to the success of his business. The recession of 2008 struck the Florida construction industry a hard bloe. Keith had positioned himself to survive the downturn and the industry has revived in recent years.
Gary and Karen met at a wine tasting in Venice, Oct. 9, 2014. Keith paid a visit to her studio and purchased one of her paintings. She added a second one. The two found mutual interests and a love of the outdoors. The couple joined in matrimony on May 3, 2015. Keith owns a motor coach and the pair set out on a four month cross-country honeymoon.
In 2013, Hitt loaded herself and painting supplies into her Chevrolet Tahoe and embarked upon a five month, 21,000 mile journey of growing as an artist.
Keith brought Hitt to visit his hometown last July. While here, she painted the former Scoular elevator in Superior. She set up her easel by the tracks and commence painting. She was approached by a gentleman who inquired if she was selling sweet corn. Another was searching for fireworks. Despite the interruptions, Hitt completed the work she entitled "Superior Towers." The painting was recently selected to be part of the Oil Painters of America Show at the Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, Ala.
Hitt attended the Plein Air Conference in Monterey, Calif., and Paint Camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She is the owner of An Original Hitt-Fine Art and atelier in Venice. Her works are available at her studio or on-line. Hitt's works hang in public and private collections.
Hitt devoted several days working with students of Mel Rempe's art classes at Superior High School. The students were exposed to the Plein Air school and techniques. Rempe's students produced paintings of apples, plein air style.
The couple's motor home, where they stayed in Superior's Lincoln Park, is adorned with several of Hitt's works. She is entanced by the light and colors of the area and takes every opportunity to capture the beauty of Nuckolls County with brush and oil paint.
Keith and Hitt plan to be frequent visitors to the area. For Keith it is a homecoming as his sister, Cindy Thornton and her husband, Paul, reside here. For Hitt, she has discovered a treasure trove of subjects to paint and preserve for posterity.
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White supremacist may
have bought land in Webster County
In last week's edition of this newspaper we published a story reporting some people thought a white separatist might be in the area seeking to buy land. The story doesn't seem to go away and neither is it confirmed as fact. It remains just a possibility.
Some think Paul Craig Cobb has been trying to buy properties in both Kansas and Nebraska during September. Last week we reported he may have been in Lebanon and Smith Center. Now we are hearing stories that he may have been in Franklin and Red Cloud.
A Facebook page claims he was trying to buy land in Franklin County. The Facebook page appears to show Cobb in Franklin. With it is a post that reads "What a great town for a PLE." PLE is an acronym for "Pioneer Little Europe," an allwhite community.
In Webster County it is thought Cobb was the high bidders when three foreclosed properties were sold by the county last Wednesday.
The Nebraska Television Network report aired Monday indicated the three properties he is alleged to have purchased, along with sales prices are described as: 133 South Seward Street, Red Cloud, sold for $25; 714 North Elm Street, Red Cloud, sold for $100; and 106 Maine Avenue, Inavale, sold for $3,410.
A district court judge now has 30 days from the sale to push it through or block it.
Cobb is known for wanting to build white-only communities in every state in the U.S. except Hawaii.
He's currently serving probation on a felony for terrorizing neighbors in a North Dakota town where he bought land.
A man claiming to be Cobb called NTV Monday. He said he was not the man in the Facebook pictures and is in North Dakota. He did not deny nor confirm that he had attended the Webster County auction.
NTV said it had confirmed with Cobb's probation officer that he did get permission to leave North Dakota to come to Nebraska.
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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.