May 19, 2016



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Commissioners to vote Monday on paying extension assistant

Blackstone will advance in county board race

Victorian Festival will honor color guards

Nuckolls County graduates receive diplomas


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The Superior Express & Jewell County News 19 May 2016


Work continued into the weekend digging out from more than a foot wet snow that fell last Tuesday. A rotary snow plow was used to open Highway 136 to two lanes of traffic through Nuckolls County last Thursday.

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Commissioners to vote Monday on paying extension assistant

The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting discussed last week's joint meeting with Thayer County commissioners regarding the UNL Extension assistant shared by both counties.
The six commissioners met in special session last Wednesday at the courthouse in Hebron. Also attending were various members of both counties' extension councils and fair boards, and several representatives from UNL Extension. The university announced several weeks ago it would not fund the extension assistant position for the two counties beyond the end of the year unless their proposal is agreed to. The proposal shifts funding for the position, currently held by Crystal Fangmeier, to the counties over the course of four years. Salary plus benefits for Fangmeier is more than $60,000 annually
This is apparently not a unique situation; the university is operating under a multi-year master plan that shifts their funding for certain extension personnel to areas they deem to have a greater need. Both Polk and Fillmore counties have reportedly agreed to similar proposals regarding their university-paid extension assistants. Initially, however, Nuckolls County commissioners appeared unified in their reluctance to pay an employee they didn't hire and can't fire or even supervise. That's apparently not the case in Thayer County
Tim Zikmund, Nuckolls County Board chairman, said Monday he believes Thayer County commissioners are on board with the university's proposal, but are waiting to act until Nuckolls County does. The Thayer County Extension Office has several extension assistants that are a mix of state and county employees. Zikmund said after the meeting in Hebron, he's not sure how he'll vote.
Commissioner Doyle Christensen said he may vote in favor of the university's plan, if only because he fears they will cut more services or staff in the county if they fail to go along with this. Commissioner Tim Zikmund said he doesn't want to begin to pay for keeping things just as they are, but might consider spending tax dollars to hire a new county employee to work in the extension office. Commissioner Dan Corman said he opposes the university's plan and isn't sure he'll support paying for additional help in the extension office, no matter who it is.
They plan to vote on it Monday. Looks like it's anybody's guess.
The board approved a funding request in the amount of $5,000 from the SASA Crisis Center. Jamie Manzer, the center's executive director, told the commissioners a total of 41 Nuckolls County residents were helped last year by Karla DeVaney, the county's advocate for the center. Nine of those clients were sheltered for a total of 48 days. Manzer also told the board she was leaving and her replacement will be Michelle Lewis, a Red Cloud native.
The commissioners denied a $5,000 request for funding from ASAAP (Area Substance and Alcohol Abuse Prevention), headquartered in Hastings. Approved were an application for a special designation liquor license for Superior Estates Winery and a utility agreement with Glenwood Telephone.
It was announced a tire recycling event will be held Aug. 5 at the Nuckolls County Road Department shop in Nelson.
The board continued discussion of the county's group health insurance plan with broker Dan Schwartzkopf. They have been exploring alternatives to their current self-funding plan, but have learned it may be difficult or costly to walk away from a well-established self-funding plan.
The commissioners also met last Monday and conducted the following business:
· They voted to continue support of Nuckolls County Senior Services and its parent organization, Midland Area Agency on Aging. Jolanda Bouray, Nuckolls County Senior Services director, and Sandy Stevens, Midland Area Agency on Aging director, were both at the meeting. The commissioners approved the requested amount ­­ $1,478 in membership dues to Midland Area Agency on Aging ($1 per person for every resident of the county 60 years and older), and $7,551 in support for services to Nuckolls County Senior Services, for a total of $9,029.
· The commissioners renewed approval of an interlocal agreement for cooperative public health services with Adams, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Lincoln, Phelps, Perkins, Red Willow and Webster counties, as well as the participating cities and villages within.
· A resolution adopting the Little Blue and Lower Big Blue natural resources districts multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan was approved and signed.

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Blackstone will advance in county board race

The ballots have been cast and the votes tallied in Nuckolls County for the 2016 primary election.
There were few races and many voters didn't take the time to go to the polls.
In the only race for a county office, four Republicans sought their party's nomination for the county board seat now held by Danny Corman. Though all vote tallies are still unofficial, it appears Daren Blackstone will be the party's standard bearer in the general election. He carried all but one of the six precincts and received 98 votes. Dave Mussmann was second with 69. Dorrel Lipker was third with 52 and Dennis Foote fourth with 29 votes.
Voters were asked to authorize the collection of taxes to support three rural fire districts. All districts approved the request
The Superior Rural Fire District won the approval by a margin of 54-16. Nelson Rural Fire District voters approved 49-19.  The question passed in the Lawrence District 85-15.
In the race for public service commissioner, a Red Cloud resident with ties to Nuckolls County, Dakota Delka, carried four precincts but lost the popular vote to the incumbent from Sutton, Rod Johnson. The vote was 255 for Johnson and 220 for Delka. District wide results are not available at this time.
For president, Bernie Sanders was he choice of Nuckolls County Democrats at the caucus and he was again in the primary, receiving 86 votes. Hillary Clinton was second with 78.
Nuckolls County Republicans jumped aboard the Donald Trump bandwagon, giving him 446 votes. Ted Cruz was second with 86.
The Nuckolls County Canvassing Board met Thursday afternoon to count provisional ballots and certify results of the election. Members of the board are Janice Murray, Pat Ruttman, Dawn Wehrman and Carrie Miller, the county clerk and election commissioner. Miller said there were few provisional ballots to count.

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Victorian Festival will honor color guards
This week and next week the Victorian Festival Committee has ordered advertisements be published in this newspaper listing the complete schedule of events the committee has planned for the 25th annual Victorian Festival planned for Superior on May 28 through 30.
A number of changes have been in the event schedule this year. Some old standbys have been removed from the schedule and other events added.
Unlike other years the Jewell County Showmobile will not be parked at the Fourth and Central intersection. Instead the originally Victorian Trolly which hauled hundreds of people on tours around Superior will serve as festival's downtown focal point.
After using the Red Cloud trolley as a tour vehicle the first year, the festival committee had a custom made trolley built.
A new four-wheeled wagon gear of the type used on area farms was obtained and volunteers met at the Superior High School shop to construct the trolley body designed by Stan Sheets.
The trolly was a popular feature and used for tours throughout the year. However, the cost of insurance along with state and federal transportation rules discouraged its use.
When the Chamber of Commerce decided to sell the trolley, it was purchased by this newspaper and preserved for activities like this year.
Instead of trolley rides this year, festival participants are invited to join in a guided stroll which will showcase many of the community's Victorian homes. The strolls are projected to take about 45 minutes. They will leave the City Park Bandshell at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28. The strolls will be about one mile in length. Tour guides are expected to arrive about 5 minutes prior to departure time.
One of the most popular festival feature has been the parade which will start at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Throughout the years someone has traditionally been selected to serve as the parade's grand marshal. Instead of one person, this year the committee has chosen an entire group of people to serve as the grand marshal.
It was with high regard and enormous respect, that the grand marshals chosen for this year's Victorian Festival be all those people have formed the parade's color guard for the past 25 years. In the past as armies were trained and adopted set formations, each
regiment's ability to keep its formation was potentially critical to its success. In the chaos of battle soldiers needed to be able to determine
where their regiment was. Flags and banners were used in battle to serve this purpose as a detachment of soldiers were assigned to the protection of those regimental colors.
With the advent of modern weapons, and subsequent changes in tactics, colors are no longer used in battle, but continue to be carried by color guards at events of formal character.
In the military of the United States, the color guard carries the national color or flag along with other flags appropriate to its position. Typically these include a unit flag and a departmental flag. The flag bearers are positioned in the center of the color guard and there are two or more individuals who carry rifles or sabers. This is a symbol that the flag will always be protected.
The color guard renders honors when the national anthem is played or sung, when passing in review during a parade, or in certain other circumstances. In these cases, the unit and departmental flags salute by dipping or leaning the flag forward. However, with the exception of a response to a naval salute, the United States national flag renders no salute. This is enshrined in the United States Flag Code and U.S. law.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, as the local color guard passes by, all civilians will be expected to stand at the position of attention with their right hand placed over their heart.
This year the Superior Ambassadors have commissioned the creation of patriotic t-shirts with the partial depiction of the American Flag flying over the wear's heart. The shirts are now on sale.
To honor this nation's veterans on Memorial Day and to promote the 25th anniversary of the Superior Victorian Festival, the Sons of the American Legion are encouraging all Superior residents to display the American Flag Saturday through Monday. To assist in that effort, the organization is selling American flags. The flags come in two sizes and are either all nylon for maximum life expectancy or in a less costly poly and cotton combination. An advertisement in this issue gives ordering information.

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Nuckolls County graduates receive diplomas
For the high school seniors attending Nuckolls County schools, Saturday was graduation day. Commencement exercises were held in Superior starting at 2 p.m. and at the Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson at 4 p.m. Because of the two hour difference in starting time, many families were able to attend both events.
The two events were similar, almost like they had been planned by the same people. The school bands provided music for both. Class members spoke about their school experiences, senior videos were shown and flowers were given to parents and friends of the seniors. Programs last about an hour each and similar numbers of diplomas were awarded.
Among the differences, Lawrence-Nelson recognizes a salutatorian and valedictorian and both give addresses. Superior recognizes the top 15 percent of the class.
At Lawrence-Nelson, Abby Kile gave both the welcome response as the class president, and the salutatorian's address. Harlie Himmelberg gave the valedictorian's address.
At Superior Riley Butler, Jenna Langer, Leah Meyer and Harley Schuster were recognized for making up the top 15 percent of the class.
Diplomas were presented by Matt Sullivan, president of the Superior Board of Education and by Lance Williams, president of the Lawrence-Nelson Board of Education.
Either before or following the formal ceremony it was common for family members to hold receptions at various locations through out the county. In some instances the receptions were held at a home, in others a public venue was rented.
There were 22 seniors receiving diplomas at Lawrence-Nelson, 25 at Superior. Both exercises were held in the respective school's gymnasium.
Junior students served as honor guards and ushers.






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