From our early files
Eighty Years Ago
The Missouri Pacific railroad agreed to hire Superior residents to work on an announced track rehabilitation project.
Graveling of the North and South Ward school yards was completed.
Improved freight schedules were offered by the Missouri Pacific railroad. The south bound train schedule change cut four hours off the travel time of the afternoon mixed train to Kansas City.
The Superior Chamber of Commerce established a committee to examine the need for a women's comfort station for out of town shoppers.
A Nestle Wave permanent was $3.00 at Superior's Cottage Beauty Shoppe.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Going Hollywood," starring Marion Davies and Bing Crosby.
Seventy Years Ago
Capt. Frank Shipman, 24, was killed in action near Cassino, Italy. He was a Nelson High School graduate.
Tech Sgt. Clayton Fisher, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Shuck, was reported missing in action in the Central Pacific.
W. Frank Buck died at Glendale, Calif. He was the first enlistee from Nuckolls County in WWI, he earned a commission as lieutenant.
The Bradrick dairy of Superior was sold to W. T. Mullins and Son.
Fresh peas with well filled pods were 23 cents per pound at the Superior store of R. J. Stephenson.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Destination Tokyo," starring Cary Grant and John Garfield.
Sixty Years Ago
The Rev. Elvin Hansen was installed as pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hardy.
The citizens of Guide Rock and its surrounding area said thank you to Dr. H. S. Reed for his 47 years of medical service to the community. He delivered more than 2,500 babies in the area.
Myrtle Williams, 78, died. She was a longtime Superior resident.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bargen, Superior, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Fresh pork liver was 25 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Hondo," starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page.
Fifty Years Ago
Mrs. E. J. Davison celebrated her 90th birthday.
Christen Andersen, 86, died. He was a Nuckolls County resident for 64 years.
Three break-ins in Superior netted $220 in cash. The Farmers Union Co-op Mill was entered and $200 taken from the safe. The Consumers Packing Company was the next target. A safe lock was broken off and $20 was taken. The office of the Cowger Sales Company was broken into but the thieves were apparently scared off and nothing of value was missing.
The Rustow Monument Company, Superior, was purchased by Feis Monument Company, Hastings, and all the stock and equipment from Rustow was moved to Hastings.
A Whirlpool 2-cycle automatic washer was $179.95 with trade at Christensen's in Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Hootenanny Hoot" and "Palm Springs Weekend."
Forty Years Ago
The Great Plains Railroad had to raise $130,000 by April 1 if it was to become a working railroad.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Hower celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Lester Schwass, 70, died. He was a Superior resident and retired from Champlin Petroleum Company.
The City of Superior approved the formation of water and sewer improvement districts which would extend services beyond the present city limits.
Bananas were 10 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Sleeper," starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.
Thirty Years Ago
Joe Mazour, Nelson, lived on Maple Street and one of his hobbies was collecting sap from maple trees and processing it into maple syrup.
Dan Hiller purchased the Farmers Co-op lumber yard in Nelson and renamed it Hiller Lumber Company. He had been the manager of the facility.
The Superior J. C. Penney store was broken into.
Anna Deuel, Davenport, celebrated her 90th birthday.
A 10 pound bag of russet potatoes were $1.39 at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Children of the Corn."
Twenty Years Ago
A cat was blamed for a fire which severely damaged a Superior house. The cat allegedly knocked papers onto a hot furnace grate. No injuries were reported. The cat was found hiding under a bed.
Mary Ann Lane was appointed as postmaster for the Lawrence Post Office. She was a Superior High School graduate.
Carmen's celebrated 20 years of business in Superior.
L. W. Fullerton, 59, died. He was the owner of Fullerton Repair in Superior.
A 12 pack of Pepsi was $2.98 at the Superior Ben Franklin store.
The Crest Theatre as showing "Blink" And "My Girl 2."
Ten Years Ago
Mark Betka purchased the former Superior Cleaners building on West Fourth street in Superior. He is using the building for storage and a small showroom,
The Superior Junior High School band played at the Nebraska State Capitol building as part of Music in Our schools month activities.
Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Roads, the City of Superior and the Nuckolls County Road Department reviewed plans to complete a bridge at Park and Eighth streets over Lost Creek.
Lucille Thurber celebrated her 80th birthday.
The Crest Theatre was showing "50 First Dates."
Five Years Ago
More than 1.5 million snow geese were at Lovewell Lake.
Pauline Harkins celebrated her 102nd birthday at Superior's Good Samaritan Center.
George and Kathy Kniep, Ruskin, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
William "Bill" Kussman, 65, died. He was a longtime Hardy community resident.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Grand Torino."
One Year Ago
The City of Superior Utilities Department received a $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Power Pool. The grant, along with utility department funds, would allow the city to conduct a feasibility study for remote utility meter reading.
Keith Eickman, 85, died. He was a longtime Superior businessman.
Superior Elementary School students observed "Read Across America day.
The National Weather Service announced it was updating its radar facility located near Blue Hill.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Safe Haven."
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Nuckolls County Courthouse News
County Traffic Court
Brandon G. Korbelik, Geneva, overweight gross load by 1,400 lbs., $25; Overweight capacity plates by 1,400 lbs., $50.
County Civil Court
Credit Management Services vs. Melissa Bargen and Brian Bargen, Superior, judgment entered.
Trent Steven Sorensen and Amy Lynne Jirkovsky were married on Dec. 27, in Nelson, by Diana Wehrman, Nuckolls County Court magistrate, with Lisa Sorensen and Marla Jirkovsky as witnesses.
Eric Daniel Edwards and Kary Lynn Wattier were married on Feb. 22, in Deshler, by Diana Wehrman, Nuckolls County court magistrate, with Andrew Edwards and Amanda Cordis as witnesses.
Real Estate Transfers
Don Fintel to Joseph Detimore, Randi Schutte, part of Lot 1 in Block 42, East Superior.
Superior East II, LLC to Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company, part of NE 14, part NW 14, part SW 14, part SE 14 of 31-1-6.
Superior East II, LLC to Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company, part of NE 14, part NW 14, part SW 14 and part SE 14 of 31-1-6.
Darrell L. Jensen, trustee, to Cadams Grain and Lumber Co, Lots 1 and 2 in Block 3, Original Town of Cadams; Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Block 3, Original Town of Cadams; Part Lots 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Block 3, Original Town of Cadams; Lots 13, 14 and Part Lot 15 in Block 3, Original Town of Cadams.
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Betty Butler has curled
her last curl
By Marty Pohlman
Betty Butler put away her shears and hung up her blow dryer for the last time on the last day of January, 2014. She is now trading the tools of her former trade for bottles of bourbon, beer and gin. As a liquor store manager. Butler tended to the tresses of Superior women and men for 48 years and said the time was right to make a career change, More on that later.
Butler graduated from Superior High School in 1965. She set off that summer to attend beauty school at the Grand Island School of Beauty. She finished her schooling in June, 1966. Two major changes occurred in her life. She married Mike Combs (they would later divorce) and she opened her own beauty salon, The Pink Poodle, which was located north of the Crest Theatre in a former garage which had housed Eva Jane Harig's day care center. At the time of opening her salon, there were not many established beauty shops in Superior. Most of the seven or eight beauticians tended to their clientele in private homes. There had been a beauty school located in Superior, above the present day Superior Pharmacy, which contributed to the large number of hairdressers in Superior.
Butler was undaunted by the fact that there may have been competition. She admits she never gave it a thought. She wanted to have her own shop and she pressed ahead with single minded determination without overanalyzing what could possible go awry. She hired two operators to work with her and steadily built up her clientele.
In 1970, she sold the parlor to concentrate on her family. Her son, Mike, was born in 1969 and daughter Larisa came along in 1972. Combs also battled a health issue, liver disease, at the time. She returned to work part-time with Gladys Purcell.
The urge to be her own boss rose to the surface again and she opened her next shop, Guys and Gals, on East Third Street, in 1979. The salon was outfitted with state of the art equipment and the business flourished from the beginning. It was at this time that Butler became active in several professional hair styling organizations and associations.
She took advanced education courses in different areas of the country, including Jingles in New York City. Through these organizations and her continuing education she segued into the role of teacher for several of the associations. She began to work as a consultant with a local beauty supply company. This led to stints as a platform artist at beauty shows and conventions where she would demonstrate products and the latest trends in hair styling to other beauticians. This activity allowed her to stay current on the latest styles, fads, trends and fashions in the hair care and design fields.
Butler also began to compete in professional hair competitions where she was awarded several medals for her design and technique. She was also a judge for the International Olympic Hair Styling team event.
Butler attended professional events on the weekend and maintained her growing Superior business. She was aided by several stylists which allowed her the freedom to travel extensively when it was needed. She was named the Nebraska Hair Stylist of the Year in the early 1980s.
She was appointed to serve on the board of the national government agency which certifies beauty schools. The agency is responsible for inspecting schools to ensure they meet the sanitary, academic and financial standards of the government. The agency's approval is needed for schools to qualify for government grants and loans for their students. She served with the agency for five years.
Butler led and active work and family life. The Guys and Dolls establishment was similar to a large family. She was active in community affairs. She served on the Superior Volunteer rescue squad as an EMT during the 80s and 90s and served as captain of the squad for a period of time. She donated her time and skills for fund-raising events. She would place a chair on the sidewalk in front of Security National Bank and cut hair all day. All proceeds would be donated to the Simic Skating Center. She helped present fashion shows for the Elk's Lodge at the Crest Theatre. She would provide the make-up and hairstyling with local clothing stores providing the fashion wear. Proceeds would be distributed to local charities. The younger set was involved with "Night Tracks," an event held at Superior High School where she would apply the makeup and do the hair of students while they put on a show.
Butler continued to operate Guys and Gals until November of 2009. The salon was in need of updating, as the equipment installed when the parlor opened was wearing out. Butler weighed her options and decided the time had come to close the doors of her business. It was a difficult decision but one she ultimately made. Her clientele was extensive, loyal and long established. She had many loyal stylists over the years who contributed hugely to the success of her enterprise. Closing the doors of Guys and Gals did not signal an end to her career in hair care. She went to the Cutting Edge to ply her craft and stay in contact with her loyal customer base. She continued to care for clients when they entered the Good Samaritan Center, styling hair there one day a week.
Butler reflects on the changes which took place in her career field during the 48 years she was a hair stylist. She remarked on the passing of the barber shop as one major change. Barbers were once the exclusive provider of hair care for men, from shaves to haircuts. The barber shop was a social center, much as the beauty salon is, as a tonsorial outlet. Changes in men's hair styles from the 1960s onwards signaled the slow decline of the barber. Barbers were allowed to cut hair but not apply chemicals. Cosmeticians could apply chemical agents, such as hair coloring and permanent solutions. With the new focus on men's hair styles, barbers were being squeezed out of the loop. Crew and buzz cuts had become passe as had the duck tail and pompadour. Men wanted their hair styled and colored. Waves and weaves became popular. Barbers had a separate license. Butler employed a hair professional who had only a barber's license and had to declare a section of Guys and Gals a barber shop. The obverse side of the coin was that beauticians had to learn from the barbers how to cut men's hair. The two fields became intertwined. While there are isolated holdouts, the day of the barber shop is over. No more red, white and blue poles showing men where they could have their hair groomed.
Butler notes that fads come and go. The Princess Di look, she observed, lasted the longest. Other notable celebrity styles which captured the public eye and were in demand for long periods of time were the Farrah Fawcett Majors, Dorothy Hammill and Jennifer Anniston looks. She notes that styles are cyclical. Long hair, short hair, extreme colors, they all come and go. Women want shorter hair, men want to wear their hair longer. One disconcerting trend in men's hair styles is the shaved head. Makes it tough for hair care professionals to drum up much business. They could stock Rain-X though. One application and there is no need for men to wear rain hats.
Butler notes she will miss the bond, both physical and emotional, with her customers. But she wouldn't have traded her career for any other one. She recalls the laughter and the tears which she shared with so many of her customers who also became her friends.
Butler has not retired and slipped into the shadows. Her son Mike, and his wife, Angel, purchased the former Hob-Nob Liquor Store in Superior and changed the name to Superior Spirits. Mike and Angel live and work in Lincoln and asked Betty to manage the store for them. She is fast learning the world of distilled spirits and beer. The hours are long but she is enjoying the challenge. Butler is also moving back to Superior from the farm she has lived on for many years at the east edge of Superior.
Butler misses her former calling but notes that change is inevitable. After all, she observes, the mullet may make a comeback and women may rediscover the bee hive.
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School board members
Members of the Superior Board of Education met last Wednesday evening for the fifth and final session of the Essential Finance Planning workshops conducted by Kirk Russell, Nebraska Association of School Boards Essential Finance Planning consultant. Russell reviewed the previous meetings. A review handout prioritized best case scenarios as follows:
· Graduate all students as high achievers to the best of their abilities for post-secondary training and 21st century careers which includes soft skills like consistently showing up for work, being on time and following directions.
· Employ the highest quality teachers, administrators and support staff who live and work in our school district.
· Able to offer a wide variety of classes and extracurricular activities.
Russell said, "The goals started with students, progressed to personnel and ended with curriculum as they should."
Required elementary and secondary courses were outlined along with Rule 10 requirements at the January meeting. Rule 10 refers to standards set by law which a school must meet to be an accredited institution. The courses outlined were referred to as the "vital few."
Elementary courses required by Rule 10 include reading-language arts, mathematics, social studies, health - physical education, visual arts and music. Secondary courses required by Rule 10 are language arts, mathematics, social science, visual-performing arts, personal health-fitness and career education.
The primary focus of the Wednesday meeting was to brainstorm additional strategies to create revenue. The following ideas were listed with discussion focusing on related problems and possibilities.
Russell said, "Grants are usually what come to mind first, but who will have the time and knack to write grants? Generally, something has to make an institution have an unique need in order to attack significant grant money, perhaps your free and reduced meal count would be a positive for grant money."
Other ideas included a large donation to the school foundation by a family who once had lived in the community, an extravaganza fund raiser, corporate sponsor, sell advertising space in the gymnasium, recruit students to increase student numbers, encourage more foreign exchange students to attend Superior schools, encourage the estate gifting, "Buy a Brick" concept to furnish an area and build alumni support. As the discussion ended, Kim Williams, district treasurer asked, "Is there any way money from our cooperative fund can be used without in coming into our general fund and thus decreasing our state aid the following year?"
Approximately $1.5 million are held in a cooperative fund which is money the district contributed to the South Central Unified district (SCUD5) and then was returned to Superior when Superior withdrew from the unification seven years ago.
Additional strategies which can maximize finances include inter-local programs, sharing programs with other schools, normal attrition, possible use of a levy override, use of cash reserve, going to part-time positions, merging with another district and a reduction in programs.
"I know some of these are not popular," Russell said. "But everything needs to be considered."
The board thanked Russell, he left and the board took a short break then resumed to review goals. Each board member submitted a list of goals which are being compiled and will be prioritized at the March 10 meeting.
Darrell Kile goals included providing for an elementary guidance counselor and improve overall student test scores.
Jim Miller's goals included providing separate music instruction for junior high and senior high students. (Miller served on the board of education when the new junior high building was added at the high school site. At that time the board said they would not let junior high students be with 9-12 grade students.) 2) Vocational education needs to be real time. He requested it be evaluated and asked if all the agriculture related programs and classes are needed today. We have all kinds of free apps which work well. 3) Restore a position for a technology teacher and coordinator. 4) Evaluate transportation- it may be less expensive to pay mileage to some students to drive a vehicle to school than it is for the school to provide bus service 4) We need to get over saying our problems are because of low income, single parents and drugs. There are other schools in Nebraska with similar challenges who are achieving.
Miller, was not present, but submitted the following ideas for optimizing finances: write grants; go to a nine period day and let teachers teach eight periods so students have more class choices.
Peggy Meyer submitted the following goals 1) continually keep facilities up to date 2) communication-board and superintendent, administration, public; 3) student achievement-full potential-range of skills, life skills, academic, extracurricular-well rounded students-philosophy of whole child-healthy-fun, interactive; 4) budget-do more with less-stabilize, look at future-creative ways to utilize other funds-grants, school foundation; 5) wellness-whole child
Darren Willett submitted two goals:
establish an information technology department-full time to assure each student has adequate knowledge to function in the world. 2) An apprentice type vocational training program in the service industry with work study counting toward a student's high school diploma.
Steve Renz's first priority was to find ways to reduce spending and be financially stable. Secondly he urged the district to find ways to enhance student achievement and curriculum to achieve better scores and third to make communication with the patrons of the Superior district a high priority.
Matt Sullivan's goals were to 1) increase percentage of students participating in extracurricular activities; 2) recognize greatness, both academic greatness and athletic greatness. He suggested it could be done by naming a valedictorian, salutatorian and using team competition and placing athletic school records, state records, college successes in large displays for the public to view 3) to encourage competing for championships at all levels : FFA, band, athletics, speech, drama, etc.: 4) offer a higher number of our courses to be accredited for college credit.
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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.