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July 2, 2015

 

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Lawrence toddler drowns in backyard swimming pool

Variety of activities on tap for July 4th

Changes in store for this year's county fair

Cap's Cafe coming to Nelson

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Lawrence toddler drowns in backyard swimming pool

A Sunday morning tumble into an above ground swimming pool took the life of a two-year-old Lawrence resident, Kasely Lynn Anderson.
According to Brad Baker, Nuckolls County sheriff, the Lawrence rescue squad was dispatched at 10:21 A.M., Sunday, after the girl's mother and grandmother found her in the large above-ground pool located in the yard of a Lawrence residence.
A preliminary investigation shows the girl may have left the house and been in the yard for a time. She reached the water by climbing the ladder that goes over the wall to the pool. The ladder had been left in place and the girl apparently had been sitting on the ladder and playing in the water before she fell in, Baker said.
      The girl's mother and grandmother searched for her after noticing the girl wasn't in the house, the sheriff said. After they found her, the grandmother attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the Lawrence ambulance and first responder arrived.
      The Lawrence emergency medical technicians headed for Hastings with the girl and were met en route by Hastings Fire and Rescue paramedics, who then took her on to Mary Lanning.
Kasely Lynn Anderson was born Feb. 11, 2013, to Wendy Anderson. Her father is Randy McKinney of Superior. The accident happend at a home located near Highway 4 in the northwestern Nuckolls County community of Lawrence.
Her funeral is planned for Friday at the Blue Hill Methodist Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, west of Lawrence.

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Variety of activities on tap for July 4th

For some, wheat harvest may get in the way, but that's norm for this area along the stateline. Wheat harvest and the celebration of our nation's founding 239 years ago usually collide on July 4.
Probably nothing we can do about either one. Wheat harvest is determined by where we are located. It starts in down south in May and moves north. July 4 may not be the correct date for the celebration of this nation's founding (see sidebar associated with the story) but it is the date set by Congress.
Lots of special activities are planned. Some communities like Republic have a relatively low key celebration. The Republic celebration begins in the community park at 6 p.m. and will include games, fireworks and a potluck supper.
Nelson plans a two-day observance with an evening run Friday, breakfast in the park Saturday morning followed by a day-long assortment of games, barbecue in the evening and concluding with fireworks.
This year the schedule of Independence Day events has been expanded at Superior.
The day begins with the 33rd annual running of the Superior Firekracker 10k along with fun runs and predicts. The running events will all start at City Park. Last year the event drew 403 participants and more are expected this year.
Packet pickup and late registration startes at 6:45 a.m. at the City Park Band Shell. The first races start at 7:45. Breakfast serving starts at 7:30 and the noon lunch at 11. The first of two free concerts starts at noon.
Added to the schedule this year are the Firecracker Games starting at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Park.
Organizers want to show off some of the new features added to Lincoln Park in recent years and provide activities for community residents and visitors. The daylong events provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to get out of their home, meet old friends and make new ones while participating either as participants or spectators in a number of events.
Many of the games will be free, a few may have a nominal fee. Unlike some previous years when the games were sometimes designed to be a money raiser for a particular entity like the swimming pool or the purchase of community flags, having a good time is this year's sole goal.
Each game has a sponsor. Edward Jones Investments will sponsor 3 on 3 basketball, Horizon Bank is sponsoring sand volleyball, Superior Wireless and Farmers Insurance are sponsoring a softball tournament and Tall Pines Ag the water balloon wars. Preregistration was requested by Monday but the FFA will be manning a registration table at the FireKracker Run and registrations will be accepted as possible at the game sites.
The basketball and volleyball games will be played on the new courts located in the general area of Lincoln Park where the log cabin that served as Superior's first post office was located. The cabin was moved several years ago to the museum grounds in City Park.
Basketball, volleyall and softball will start at 11 a.m. The water balloon wars are to start at 2 p.m.
Advance stories indicated the FFA was sponsoring a duck race on Lost Creek, but unless it rains this week, an alternative location may be needed. Tuesday there was little if any water flowing in the creek.
Concessions will be available in Lincoln Park throughout the afternoon.
The local PEO Chapter will be serving breakfast in City Park. The menu will include homemade cinnamon rolls, enchiladas and biscuits and gravy.
At noon members of Superior Lighthouse Nazarene Church will host a patriotic program at the City Park Bandshell. They will also be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and Polish sausage sandwiches along with other food items starting at 11 a.m.
At noon, Steve Desmond who presented a patriotic show last July 4 will again be featured on the Band Shell stage. At 1:30 the Smith Family Band will present a Blue Grass concert.
Since the last year's patriotic concert, the park board has poured a concrete area in front of the band shell that serves as both a concert seating area and basketball court. Some seating will be available but people planning to attend the concert will probably want to bring their own lawn chairs.
At dusk, activity switches to Brodstone Memorial Field for the annual fire department sponsored show. The east stands will be open for seating with the fireworks shot from an area on the west side of the football field. Austin Kroeger will be in charge of organizing the show.
The fire department has coordinated the show for many years. It is funded through donations from area residents. Donations may be sent to the Superior Volunteer Fire Department at either P.O. Box 222 or P.O. Box 159.
Lovewell Lake has been a popular July 4th destination for more than 50 years.
For several years the lake association sponsored a popular fireworks show that drew visitors from a wide area. However, the Bureau of Reclamation no longer permits the shooting of fireworks at reservoirs under its control.
The lake is filled approximately two feet into the flood pool as the holiday nears. Fishing, skiing, tubing and boating were among the popular activities permitted on the weekend but a suspected blue-green algae bloom cause park officials to close the swimming beach. Water samples were taken and the test results are expected to be back later today (Thursday). As soon as this newspaper learns of the results, we will post that information on our Facebook page.
The beach was closed the weekend prior to Father's Day when an algae bloom was suspected and then reopened for the Father's Day Weekend after tests showed the water quality was within acceptable limits. Lake goers are hoping for a similar outcome this week.
Another activity this weekend is the model train show at Deshler.
Dave and Deb Zucker operate what is thought to be the nation's second largest model train store in the Thayer County community of Deshler. The largest store is thought to be in New York state. The Zuckers' store and this weekend's show was featured on the front page of a Sunday Lincoln Journal-Star section. The store has been the subject of previous stories in this newspaper.
The store is holding an open house and train show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the exposition building on the Thayer County Fairgrounds. The event will showcase three HO model railroad clubs.
Gulf Western from Corpus Christi, Texas, will display a layout with as many as 120 cars running at a time.
Colorado Great Western will bring a mountain scenery layout from Denver.
A Wichita based club known for its scenery layouts also plans to participate. In addition the open house will include Kansas City T-Rail with N scale equipment and Charlie Horner from Lincoln, Neb., with G-scale equipment.
And for collectors of train equipment, the Zuckers will have their store open as well.
The Nelson schedule includes Fun Run starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday starts with breakfast in the park at 7 a.m., washer board tournament at 9 a.m., Par 3 golf tournaments at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., lunch in the park at noon, free swimming from 1 to 5 p.m., 6 on 6 sand volleyball at 1 p.m., kids games and hamburger fry startat 5 p.m., dance at 7 p.m. and fireworks display at dusk.

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Changes in store for this year's county fair
It's almost fair time in Nuckolls County. Though the fair is being held nearly a week later than it was last year, the fair dates are quickly approaching. The fair opens with the horse show on Wednesday, July 8, the always popular kids' rodeo will be held Thursday night and the professional rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. The fair concludes on Sunday with the ice cream contest, turtle races and pedal tractor pull.
The Boots and Phillips Rodeo Company will be providing stock for this year's professional rodeo.
Regular fairgoers will notice several changes this year.
One of the biggest involves the show arena.
Last year a windstorm only days before the fair destroyed the beef barn and caused some last minute adjustments to the fair procedures.
This year a new show arena has been built on the site of the former beef barn and the former show arena has been converted to house beef cattle and horses.
Under the roof of the former show arena, there are now 22 horse stalls and 210 feet of beef tie racks. The fair now has more room for beef to be under a roof than it had before the barn was destroyed. The fair board updated the lights in the former show arena last year, and added electricity for the stalls and tie racks this year. The result is a nice and bright beef and horse barn with enough electricity for all the exhibitors' needs. 
The show arena was damaged by last year's storm and some of that damage is yet to be repaired. The barn's roof, gutters and drop sides show the effects of the Father's Day storm of 2014. The next large building project for the fair board will be to replace that roof. 
While the insurance dollars received from following the 2014 storm, went a long way toward rebuilding, those monies did not fully cover getting the livestock area back to usable condition. As a consequence, the fair board is seeking sponsors for the horse stalls. 
Each horse stall costs $900 to construct.  When a sponsor donates the cost of a stall, the sponsor will receive a custom plaque that will be permanently displayed on the front of the stall noting that stall's sponsor. 
Nuckolls County has a large 4-H horse program compared to other counties of similar size, and many other counties do not have the facilities to house horses during their fair.  The Nuckolls County fairgrounds has adequate facilities to showcase the 4-H members' horses. Those facilities rank Nuckolls County among the top facilities for high school rodeo in Nebraska.  The last three years, a clinic featuring Brad Cameron of Montana, one of the top mule trainers in the country, has been hosted at the fairgrounds with attendees from as far as California and Tennessee.
The new show arena is a metal building constructed by Saathoff Construction. The arena floor in the new building is ready to go and the bleachers are under the roof so spectators will have shade as they watch the shows.  The speaker system in the old show barn was replaced last year and this week speakers are being installed in the new arena. 
One thing that is still a work in progress will be the fencing around the show ring portion of the new barn. Temporary fencing will be used this year to make sure the layout is ideal. Possible changes will be made before making a decision on more permanent fencing for the actual show arena.  
Another change for this year's fair is the entertainment. The past several years it has been increasingly difficult to secure an affordable carnival. Many of the smaller carnivals that would have been a good fit for the Nuckolls County venue have gone out of business in the past two years.  Making it more difficult is the fact that Nebraska holds approximately 70 county fairs during the months of June and July. This makes competition for the few existing carnivals very fierce. 
Many carnivals based in Kansas would be a perfect fit; but the owners won't consider coming to Nebraska as Nebraska laws make it costly for those carnivals to show in Nebraska.
Without a large increase in the county fair's funding, it has become impossible to secure a carnival that is safe and reliable unless the fair dates are moved to May or mid-August. Angie Gardner, the president of the fair board, said, even if the fair dates were changed, the chance of attracting a carnival would be only marginal. She explained big carnivals want not only the money the fair is contracted to pay them, they also want to sell a lot of tickets on site, because all proceeds from tickets sold on site go to the carnival.
 Last year's carnival management said they would be unlikely to return since Nuckolls County didn't have a big enough crowd and they made little over the contract price. 
The carnival booked in 2014 was at the fair for two nights. The carnival provided 10,000 prefair tickets. Money from the sale of those tickets the fair board got to put towards the cost of the carnival contract.  The last four years the average amount of presale carnival tickets sold countywide was $4,100. Last year the fair had to pay the carnival $17,000 for the two nights at the fair. That meant the final cost for the carnival was approximately $13,000. As the fair budget can not sustain such a cost, the fair board is trying a different option this year. The option is similar to what Webster and Clay counties have been doing in recent years. Those counties have contracted with different Nebraska based entertainment companies to bring attractions to their fair. 
This year Nuckolls County has contracted with Bryan Hill Entertainment, an Omaha based company.  The company will be bringing several different attractions for Friday and Saturday including a mechanical bull, a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, an extreme octagon and a bounce house.  
Admission wristbands will be sold on site.   The mechanized rides will be manned by Bryan Hill Entertainment staff; the rest will be manned by the fairboard and local volunteers. It is hoped this will provide a cleaner, more family friendly, relaxed environment on the fair midway,
Nebraska cowboy poet R.P. Smith will be featured Friday and Saturday evenings. He will do one performance each of those nights beginning at 6 p.m.  Smith will be on stage near the picnic shelter area.  

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Cap's Cafe coming to Nelson
A Nelson building will be home to a new cafe in the near future, But the location is no stranger to hosting a cafe. For many years, the building housed several cafes, the last two named Smith Cafe. The last eatery closed in the late 90s and the building became a candle factory and shop. It was last used for storage. When Cap's Cafe opens, everything old will be new again.
Carroll Sole, a Nelson native, purchased the building from Carl Bennett six years ago. The building housed Bennett's candle shop. With the departure of the candle shop, Sole purchased, then used the building for storage.
Carroll married Patty Welty- Hoffman two years ago. He mentioned to her that he owned the building which had housed Nelson cafes for many years. Patty always wanted to operate a cafe and it appeared that fate had stepped in and sent a strong signal. The couple had many discussions and solidified plans to open a cafe at the site.
It has been a work in progress. The couple has replaced the roof and installed new flooring. Bright diamond plate metal has been used as wainscoting along the walls and across the old counter. Walls have been repainted and the restroom was remodeled. Tables and chairs await their final positioning.
The kitchen sports a new hood and fire suppression system. Refrigeration units are installed and cooking appliances await positioning. A new ice maker has arrived.
The couple plans to open at the end of July but is waiting for subcontractors to finish work. They are also installing a new heating and air conditioning system.
Patty said the cafe will be open seven days per week. They will serve breakfast, dinner and supper but will revisit the evening hours if demand is not there. Soft-serve ice cream will be available. Standard fare will include breakfast dishes, hamburgers and chicken dishes and other food items.
Carroll will return to the road driving his own semi-truck and Patty will operate the cafe. The two are hoping to add to a revitalization of downtown Nelson by providing food service seven days per week. Check this newspaper for updates.

 

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