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THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS

From the Files of The Superior Express

Courthouse News: Nuckolls County

VETS Network helps vets, families with benefits

Annual Campground Christmas Saturday at Lovewell



From the Files of The Supeior Express
Eighty Years Ago
A large hay barn one mile west of Hardy was destroyed by a wind gust.
Mrs. Audra Brown was appointed home management supervisor at the office of the Farm Security Administration office at Nelson.
The Nuckolls County teachers institute was held at Nelson. Fall classes were scheduled to begin at Hebron Junior college.
Fly swatters were two for 17 cents at Elwood Jordan's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Dead End," starring Sylvia Sydney and Joel McCrea,
Seventy Years Ago
The Farmers Union annual picnic was held at Nelson.
Robert Denny was the sole owner of the Zulauf-Denny Funeral home in Superior. He purchased the interest of C. R. Zulauf.
Jens Petersen, 77, died. He was a Hardy resident.
Roy Hunter, 80, died. He had been a Superior resident of 75 years.
A Toni home permanent was two dollars at the Chard Drug Store in Superior.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "The Fuller Brush Man," starring Red Skelton and Janet Blair.
Sixty Years Ago
Five freight cars of a North Western train left the track at the west edge of Davenport.
The Olive Hill picnic was held at Superior's Lincoln Park.
The Lincoln Telephone and TelegrapFCompany filed and application for an increase in rates increase.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital used the $11,500 cash grant it received from the Ford foundation to purchase an x-ray machine, a heating plant, a blood bank refrigerator, an anesthesia machine and an auxiliary power unit.
Boneless club steaks were 79 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "The Long, Hot Summer," starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Fifty Years Ago
The Ideal Cement plant held an open house for the general public.
Members of the Lucky 4-H Club of Hardy visited the Pioneer Village in Minden.
The Gilson Decorating Company, Superior, announced it was closing.
Barley was included in the 1969 feed grain program.
Banquet frozen meet pies wer 15 cents apiece at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Planet of the Apes," starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall.
Forty Years Ago
Santa Fe Railway crews were replacing ties on the line leading south from Superior. The work was in preparation for the installation of welded rail at a later date,
The Nora Rodeo was underway.
A barn and granary at the Billy Waerneck farm, northwest of Superior, was destroyed by a fire caused by a lightning strike.
Booth shrimp burgers were $1.59 for a 12-ounce package at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "House calls," starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.
Thirty Years Ago
The Nuckolls County sheriff's department added a third deputy.
Dust in a smoke detector sent a false alarm from Brodstone Memorial Hospital to the Superior Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Bridwell, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Gladys Payne Diehl, 93, died. She was a Superior resident.
Twenty Years Ago
Students returned to area school classrooms as the new school year began.
Edward Stichka, 85, died. He was a Nelson resident..
Floyd and Nellie Risewick celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Three Superior families were serving as hosts for foreign students attending Superior High School.
Ten Years Ago
The City of Superior searched for a source to fund replacement of the city's oldest fire trucks.
Superior schools opened for the new school year with an enrollment of 209 elementary and 107 high school students.
The Deweese festival was postponed for one week because of inclement weather.
Kay Geron Biltoft, 56, died. She was a Davenport resident.
The Crest theatre was playing "The Dark Knight" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Scorpion King."
Five Years Ago
The Superior school system opened with 264 elementary and 205 high school students.
The Superior Municipal Swimming Pool installed a chair lift.
Plans for a new city hall or expanding the current building were put on hold by the Superior City Council.
Dean Kottmeyer, 74, died. He was a Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Despicable Me 2."
One Year Ago
A walk-in freezer was installed at the Superior school cafeteria. It was to be used to store donations from the Beef in School program.
Mosquitoes in Webster County tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The Superior City council took the first steps towards banning burn barrels and instituting mandatory trash service for residents.
Mark Laybourn, 69, died. He was a Superior resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "American Graffiti."

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Courthouse News: Nuckolls County

County Court, traffic
Speeding - Elijah D. Heller, Glasco, $75; Matthew R. Helwick, Hastings, $25; Jacki Kleinschmidt, Geneva, $75; Lewis R. Campbell, Ceresco, $25; Jack D. Meyerhoeffer, Hastings, $25; Luis Jesus Martinez, Lyons, $75; Bobby E. Bardon, Nelson, $100; Cassandra K. Ferguson, Nelson, $25; Luke T. Weber, Forsyth, Mont., $25.
County Court, civil
Superior Outdoor Power Center vs. Vogeler, Scotia, judgment entered.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Cheryl L. Elledge, Superior, open container, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Juan P. Santa Cruz Perez, Red Cloud, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, $100.
State of Nebraska vs. Tracy Conner, Sr., Superior, assault by mutual consent, $150.
State of Nebraska vs. Myron D. Lindteigen, Hastings, possession of marijuana 1 ounce or less, $300.
State of Nebraska vs. Myron D. Lindteigen, Hastings, issuing bad check less than $500, $25.
Real estate transfers
Karen L. Happ ­Trustee for the Karen L. Happ Revocable Trust to Evan Matthew Joshua Jones Lot 3 in Block 1, North Superior.
Steven Woodside ­Personal Representative for the Estate of William L. Statz to Dakota Thayer Lot 4 and Pt Lot 5 in Block 14, Original Town of Nelson.
Richard L. Watson, Verlene J. Watson to Doyle Christensen Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Block 9, Second Addition of Hardy.
James A. Wheeler Sr., Jeanine Wheeler to Terry W. Holmes Lots 24 and 25 Wilsons Addition of Superior.
Bobby Bardon, Angela Teague to Ramon Leyva Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Block 1, Wheelers 1st Addition to Nelson.
Susan R. Watson, Marlan V. Watson to Steven K. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Diane K. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Steven K. Gebers and Diane K. Gebers Revocable Trust, David L. Gebers ­Co Trustee, Sherry Gebers ­Co Trustee, David L. Gebers and Sherry Gebers Revocable Trust Block 4, Peter E. Spurks 1st Addition to Nelson.
Eugene W. Mazour ­Trustee, Eileen A. Mazour ­Trustee, Eugene W. Mazour Living Trust to Clifford E. Mazour, Brooke M. Mazour Pt NE 14 16-2-8.
Gary A. Ward to Leann Stanford Pt Lots 1 and 2 in Block 3, Hunters First Addition of Superior.

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VETS Network helps vets, families with benefits

By Sandra Foote
The Veterans Education Training and Support (VETS) network, founded by Superior High School graduate, Jim Curfman, has made a lot of progress in the Superior area this past year. Seventy-four veterans came from the Kansas area to learn more about the classes or to sign up with Bob Kotinek (Nuckolls County veteran services officer) to begin their claims process.
Classes are held at the Superior VFW and are designed to teach veterans how to negotiate the VA claims process, while learning about any compensation the veteran or spouse of a veteran may be entitled to upon their death.
Jim Woerner, Nelson, is the Superior VFW Post service officer and works closely with Kotinek and Curfman on behalf of area veterans. All three just completed a two-day training seminar sponsored by the Nebraska State Department of Veterans Affairs.
Curfman's main goal, however, is to change a federal law implemented by the VA in 1946, which states: "No person can assist a veteran in preparing a claim, unless that person is accredited to do so." Curfman set out to change that law, by becoming accredited with the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., to prepare, present and prosecute claims for veterans' benefits.
Curfman teaches what he knows to any veteran or widow of a veteran who is willing to listen, then encourages and assists those individuals in formulating a plan and applying those principles to winning their claims.
Curfman is assisted by his sister, Kathy Wiseman, also a Superior High School graduate and an accredited agent. Together, they keep in touch with the veterans after the classes are over and provide assistance to those who will embrace their claims enough to help themselves. Curfman has also trained three other accredited agents who work in other areas.
Classes at the Superior VFW are free of charge and are for information gathering purposes. Veteran awareness is important because when one serves their country there are sacrifices that have to be made and continue to be made throughout life as veterans and their families live with the mental and physical outcome of what happened in the military. The entire family unit needs to know what benefits are available to compensate for what they lost in that sacrifice.
Curfman said, "In Vietnam, it was not uncommon to lose 18-year-old boys within hours after arrival; however, I do not want to continue to lose my surviving comrades to suicide and hopelessness, now that they are home." Therefore, after retirement, Curfman asked God to use him. The next morning he was blessed with a little extra knowledge about veterans' benefits, and the rest is history.
The next class will be Aug. 30, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Superior VFW. Widows' benefits and ChampVA insurance will highlight the session.

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Annual Campground Christmas Saturday at Lovewell

Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism at Lovewell State Park, is sponsoring its 16th annual Campground Christmas on Saturday. Campers at the state park are encouraged to decorate their campsites in a Christmas theme.
Campers who choose to join in the festivities need to register at the state park office, by 5 p.m. on Saturday. Campsites will be judged after 8 p.m. on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday at the Beach Shelter at 11 a.m. If you decide not to enter the contest, the park staff would still like to invite you to come out to view the decorated campsites. A vehicle permit is required.

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