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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Superior voters approved a bond issue for the construction of a combination city hall and auditorium.
The Superior water pumping station pumped 620,000 gallons of water in a 24 hour period.
The Superior post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was organized.
Franz Langer, 70, died. He operated a meat market in Hardy for many years,
A six box carton of Highway matches was 23 cents at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Alibi Ike," starring Joe E. Brown.
Seventy Years Ago
Nuckolls County was confronted with a shortage of rural school teachers.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harbolt, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Clarabell Webber Hurd,15, died. She was a Superior resident.
More Nuckolls County men reported for induction into the armed forces: Edwin Ahrens, Oak, Myron Wilcox and Ernest Schiermeyer, Superior, Kenneth Boyce, Harvey Morgan, Earl Willett, and Ralfred Knehans, Bostwick, and Ralph Kathman, Lawrence.
A three pound can of Spry was 76 cents at Stephenson's Market in Superior.
Sixty Years Ago
The old Superior North Ward grade school building was razed. The structure was built in 1900.
Lena Riber Olsen, 84, died. She was said to be the first white child born in Nuckolls county
The Missouri Pacific Railroad offered the Warwick, Kan., depot for sale with the stipulation it be moved within 30 days of the sale.
Harlan County reservoir was being drawn down more than an inch a day to meet irrigation demands.
Summer sausage was 49 cents per pound at Roder's IGA Supermarket in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Ain't Misbehavin'," starring Rory Calhoun and Piper Laurie.
Fifty Years Ago
The City of Superior announced plans to surface more than a mile of city streets with blacktop.
Henry Michaud, 72, died. He was a longtime Nuckolls County farmer and a WW l veteran.
An additional eight rooms were being added to the Plains Motel in Superior.
John McElfresh, 84, died. He had been a resident of the area known as the Jungle, southwest of Superior. He resided there for 20 years.
A half-gallon of Meadow Gold ice cream was 49 cents at Anderson's Corner Grocery in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Circus World," starring John Wayne and Claudia Cardinale.
Forty Years Ago
Three suspects were in jail after three Lawrence business firms were broken into.
Garry's Shoe Clinic moved to it's new location in the former locker plant building on Superior's Central Avenue. The building now houses a self-service laundry.
Ben Jurgensmeier, 86, died. He was a retired farmer and a longtime Lawrence area resident.
Superior Aviation added a second flight instructor, Jerry Stewart, to its staff.
Ground beef was 79 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad."
Thirty Years Ago
Thieves struck a Superior church and a private residence.
The application from the Guide Rock state Bank to operate a branch in Fairfield was returned by the Nebraska Department of Banking. The Hastings State Bank had their application approved.
Harry Sorensen was rewarded with a pin for his 50-year membership in the International Order of Odd Fellows.
Ras Hansen, 66, died. He was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident and a retired Ideal Cement Plant worker.
Boneless family steak was $1.99 per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Silverado."
Twenty Years Ago
Construction work began on a large expansion and remodeling project at the Superior Good Samaritan Center.
Harlan Parde retired after serving the Superior public schools for 22 years. He was the superintendent of buildings and grounds.
Claud Thompson, 88, died. He was a farmer and a longtime resident of the Guide Rock community.
The City of Lawrence was awarded a $900 grant by the Little Blue Natural Resources District for urban park renewal.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Batman Forever" and "Pocahontas."
Ten Years Ago
Emerterio Guajardo was sentenced to a 15 -20 years term in state prison for his role in a crime spree in Dawson, Phelps and Nuckolls counties.
Volunteers portrayed the events of the Indian raids on the Oregon Trail near Oak in 1864 .
Frank Harris, Nelson, celebrated his 90th birthday.
Norman Shafer, 80, Superior, celebrated his 80th birthday.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Charlie and the Chocolate factory," starring Johnny Depp.
Five Years Ago
Four new members joined the staff of Brodstone Memorial Hospital. Matt Gatlin joined as a physician's assistant, Lisa Butler and Doug Wehrman as physical therapists and Tom Henle in vascular studies and radiology.
Rick Mazour purchased the Superior dental practice of Dr. Ronald Thompson.
Superior's Ideal Market experienced a compressor failure which caused the coolers and freezer to malfunction.
Lovewell Lake remained closed because of a blue-green algae bloom.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Salt" and "The Last Airbender."
One Year Ago
Former students placed a monument they commissioned at the site of the Beach school, east of Cadams.
The Village of Oak was home to two new businesses. The Saloon was purchased by Todd Jensen and reopened and Autumn River Photography opened on the west side of the post office.
A group of students and instructors were conducting an archaeological dig at the Pawnee Indian State Historic Site at Republic.
Richard "Dick" Fish, 73, died. He was a retired Ideal Basic Industries-Holcim manager and a Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Traffic Court
Landon L. Ramold, Hastings, $200; Zachary A. Duden, Waverly, $25; Christopher J. Hale, Georgetown, Texas, $25; Quentin A. Journey, Roseland, $75; Blake Alan Stengel, Shickley, $25.
Other Traffic
Ivan Gerardo Martinez-Trejo, Wichita, overweight by 3,440 lbs., $150.
County Civil Court
JMGR Financial, Inc. vs. Melissa Baumbach, Superior, judgment entered
Professional Choice Recovery, Inc. vs. Jeffery Marvin and Angie Marvin, Superior, judgment entered.
Real Estate Transfers
     Emily J. Ray to Linda L Reiners: Lot 2 in Block 8, North Superior.
Stanley L. Elledge, Kay M. Elledge, Ronald F. Elledge, Angel L. Elledge to John E. Wharton, Jr.: N50 feet of Lot 47 South Superior.
Linda L. Reiners to Sandra Kaltenbach: Part SW 14 NW 14 10-1-7.
Don Fintel to Brian Vansteenberg Lot C in Block 38, F.G. Pfleiderer's Subdivision to Original Town of Superior.
Maurice W. Jeffery, Earlene A. Jeffery to Maurice W. Jeffery and Earlene A. Jeffery, trustees for the Maurice W. Jeffery and Earlene A. Jeffery Revocable Joint Trust: Suite 2 Montana Meadows Condominium Property Regime of Superior.
Fredrick L. Alexander, Margie A. Alexander to Kent L. Jensby, Crystal D. Jensby: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 and Part Lots 11, 13 in Block 43, Original Town of Superior.

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Artifact ID Day to be held at Pawnee Indian Museum
Next Saturday (Aug. 8) will be American Indian Artifact Identification Day at the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site near Republic.
Between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society will be available to examine American Indian artifacts. The public is invited to bring in single artifacts or entire collections. The experts will date and identify the origins of the artifacts, however no appraisals will be made. Regular museum admission charges will apply.
Between September and April, the museum will feature the exhibit, "Rock Art from Our Prehistoric and Historic Past." Long ago, American Indians in Kansas created petroglyphs ­­ drawings incised into rock surfaces. Animals, humans and vrious symbols were depicted on these unique prehistoric works of art.
The petroglyths included in the exhibit are casts from the original drawings, which are in the Kansas Historical Society collection.


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Huge Foundation creates scholarship for Citadel cadet
The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation announces this fall it will provide a full tuition, four-year scholarship to a cadet entering The Citadel. The Dr. Lawrence C. Mohr Huge Scholarship was created by Harry and Reba Huge to honor their long-time friend and Huge Foundation board member, Dr. Lawrence C. Mohr, of Charleston, S.C.
"I am both humbled and honored that this prestigious Harry and Reba Huge Foundation scholarship will bear my name," said Mohr. "I am especially delighted the scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding cadet. The Citadel has a proven and profound history of developing principled leaders for our nation that is matched by very few colleges. To be associated with this great institution in such a special way is an honor beyond words."
The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, which has established similar scholarships at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the College of Charleston, provides outstanding opportunities to students who demonstrate a drive and desire to succeed.

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Nebraska News Service

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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.