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From our early files

Eighty Years Ago
Enrollment at Superior High school was 314 students.
Omar Coffey was brought into Superior police court on a charge of drunkenness and disorderly conduct, was found guilty and fined $9.50, including costs. However, after the court found him unable to pay his fine and too sick to work out the fine, the prisoner was ordered to leave the city immediately.
Thornton Wilcox, Superior, suffered from wounds received in the Civil War. Wilcox had been struck by enemy fire four times. His most serious injury was caused by a bullet which entered his head behind the ear and exited from the back of his neck.
The Nelson Methodist Church was presented with a bell. The donation was made by Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Hite and Elizabeth Hite as a memorial for Carmen, their daughter, who died at age 15.
Ham patties were 28 cents per pound at R. J. Stephenson's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was playing "Old Man Rhythm," starring Buddy Rogers and Barbara Kent.
Seventy Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hall, Superior, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.
More Nuckolls County men left for induction into the armed forces: Ralfred Knehans, Bostwick, Leonard Betten, Ruskin, Thomas Bartlett, Edgar and Clifton Wehrman, Lawrence.
Superior hog buyer, Fred Larsen, purchased and shipped a 910 pound hog.
PFC Robert Towne, Superior, returned home on a 30 day furlough after 15 months of overseas duty.
A two-pound jar of peanut butter was 43 cents at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing " Gentle Annie," starring James Craig and Donna Reed.
Sixty Years Ago
Ellis Watson, 75, a Formoso resident, died in an automobile accident.
Mary Nichols Butler, 99, died. She was a long time resident of the Hardy community.
The Superior High School band played at the Nebraska State Fair.
A construction worker on the Lovewell Dam construction project was beaten to death by a co--worker near Webber. The assailant was charged with first-degree manslaughter.
Colorado pears were $4.19 per bushel at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," starring James Mason and Kirk Douglas.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Alpin McPherson, Guide Rock, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
A tornado south of Hardy demolished a large machine shed and garage, damaging two combines.
The Angus Evangelical United Brethern Church observed the 75th anniversary of its founding.
Mabel Price Hughes, 89, died. She had been a Nuckolls county resident for the past 70 years.
Fresh beef liver was 39 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Superior.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Beach Blanket Bingo,' starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.
Forty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Carpenter purchased the Clabaugh Appliance business from Mrs. Leo Clabaugh
Ideal Basic Industries plans for a $2 million pollution control program for their Superior plant.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital was informed its medical malpractice insurance premiums would increase by 600 per cent,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swanson, Courtland, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Seedless grapes were 39 cents per pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Crest Theatre was playing "White Line Fever."
Thirty Years Ago
The Webber convenience store was burglarized. Beer, cigarettes, beef jerky and money were taken.
Hannah Judy, Nelson, celebrated her 90th birthday.
Katherine Tamme Benker, 81, died. She was a longtime Davenport resident.
An open house was held at the Agrex elevator on the east edge of Superior.
Cut-up fryer chickens were 46 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Real Genius."
Twenty Years Ago
The City of Superior opened a public tennis court located near Superior High School.
Cargill purchased the Carleton elevator from Cooperative Business Association, a Hardy based co-op.
The Mid-States Port Authority awarded a contract for the removal of rails and ties from an abandoned seven mile stretch of Rock Island rail line connecting Fairbury with Thompson.
Alice Clarabel Ebsen Adams, 85, died. She was a lifelong Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Waterworld," starring Kevin Costner and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court."
Ten Years Ago
The Nuckolls County Board appointed Wayne Garrison as the contracted public defender.
Wallace Mulch, 77, died. He was a resident of the Chester community.
Gerald Reinke, 63, died. He was a farmer in the Deshler community.
Dorothy Penninger Troudt, 90, died. She was a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Supercross" and "Wedding Crashers."
Five Years Ago
John and Clara Price opened Crazy Woman Lodge.
Dr. Robert Leibel, Superior, was appointed as an assistant clinical professor at Creighton University's department of family medicine.
Gene and Cynthia Hansen Dybdahl, Perrysburg, Ohio, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Superior United Methodist Church where they were married.
Andy and Berneice Montgomery and Kelly Bouray hosted the Montgomery family reunion at Superior's Lincoln Park.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Ramona and Beezus" and "Inception."
One Year Ago
The Nuckolls County board approved a $9.7 million dollar budget as county valuation topped the $1 billion mark for the first time.
Increased valuation and state aid led to reduction in the Superior school tax levy.
Ken and Pam Heitman celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Clarence Cooan, 81, died. He was a Superior resident
The Crest Theatre was playing "When the Game Stands Tall."

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Nuckolls County Courthouse News

County Court, traffic
Mike Morrow, Haysville, speeding, $25.
Logan Lipker, Superior, no operator's license on person, $25.
Ryan Miller, Cortland, Neb., violation of stop sign, $75.
Mary Krupicka, Crete, speeding, $125.
Cheryl Bennett, LeMoore, Calif., speeding, $25.
Bradley Marquart, Jasper, Ga., overweight single axle or group of axles by 1,800 pounds, $75.
Hope Marie Rademacher, Clay Center, Neb., speeding, $25.
County Court, criminal
State of Nebraska vs. Bryson Swank, Loveland, Colo., no federal duck stamp, $50.
State of Nebraska vs. Dewayne Colburn, Clay Center, Neb., minor in possession, $500 and probation ordered; criminal mischief less than $200, $100 and probation ordered.
State of Nebraska vs. Grover Weese, Ong, driving under suspension, $100.
State of Nebraska vs. Billy Wilson, Superior, exhibition driving, $100.
State of Nebraska vs. Cindy Luft, Superior, dogs running at large, $75.
Lane Phillip Steinhauer and Kristin Lea Drudik were married on Aug. 15 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence by Fr. Zitek, with Wyat Overturf and Lisa Pohlmeier as witnesses.
Rickey Dean Wheeler and Margene Kay Zachek were married on Aug. 20 in Superior by Nuckolls County Clerk Magistrate Diana Wehrman, with James Wheeler and Jeanie Wheeler as witnesses
Real estaste transfers
Mark C. Corman to Clarence G. Calvert Lots 7, 8 and 9 and Pt Lots 4, 5 and 6 in Block 11, Peter E Spurks 1st Addition to Nelson of Nelson.
Bobby Joe Crouch to Matthew R. Majors, Amber B. Majors Pt Lot 18 in Block 22, Original Town of Superior.
Karen E. Hawley ­Trustee, Marlin M. Hawley ­Trustee for the Karen E. Hawley Trust Sept. 7, 2000, to Nathan Saathoff, Lexi Saathoff 1/3 Undivided Interest in Pt Lot 1 in Block 6, Hunters First Addition of Superior.
Merideth J. Jensen to Nathan Saathoff, Lexi Saathoff 1/3 Interest in Pt Lot 1 in Block 6, Hunters First Addition of Superior.
Roger L. Petersen, Shirley K. Petersen to Nathan Saathoff, Lexi Saathoff 1/3 Interest in Pt Lot 1 in Block 6, Hunters First Addition of Superior.
Eloise Miller ­Deceased to Public Undivided 12 Interest Retained Life Estate in SW 14 13-4-5; Undivided 12 Interest in SW 14 13-4-5; Undivided 12 Interest in NW 14 26-4-5.
Jeffrey B. Theis, Jenna R. Theis to Jeffrey B. Theis, Jenna R. Theis W 12 SW 14 17-4-7.
Scott B. Mullins, Sherry F. Mullins to Marvin Bockholdt, Janet Petersen Pt NE 14 SE 14 31-1-5; Pt SE 14 NE 14 31-1-5.
Kirk Garman, Tracey R. Garman to Kris Bruning W 12 29-1-8.
Elwin Dunbar, Madeline Dunbar to Michael G. Stichka, Connie F. Stichka Pt SE 14 NE 14 15-2-5.
Erich David Hoffman to Logan Schnitker Lots 7 and 8 and Pt Lots 4, 5 and 6 in Block 7, Original Town of Nelson.
Jeffrey R. Ziegler to Lynette Echter Lot 4 and Pt Lot 5 in Block 12, Original Town of Ruskin; Pt NE 14 15-2-5; Vacated A Street by Pt Lot 12 in Block 11, Original Town of Ruskin; Vacated A Street By Pt Lot 4 in Block 12, Original Town of Ruskin; Lot 6 and Pt Lot 5 in Block 12, Original Town of Ruskin; A Tract in NW 14 NE 14 15-2-5; Pt NW 14 NE 14 15-2-5; Pt NE 14 15-2-5.
Joseph J. Theer, Lornell Kay Theer to Joseph J. Theer ­Trustee, Lornell Kay Theer ­Trustee for the Joseph J. Theer ­Trust, Lornell Kay Theer ­Trust Pt Lot 2 Lawrence South Sub of Lawrence; Pt NE 14 30-4-8 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Station Ground Property; Lot 1 Lawrence South Sub of Lawrence; Lot 6 and Pt Lots 2, 3, 4 and 5 Lawrence South Sub of Lawrence; Pt N 12 NE 14 27-4-8; Lot 8 and Pt Lot 7 in Block 14, First Addition of Lawrence

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70-year tradition comes to an end in Ong
The Ong Ice Cream Social survived World War II, and sponsorship changes but it appears the last dip of the summer delicacy was dipped last Wednesday and a 70 year tradition had come to an end.
The tradition was started by members of the community's Lutheran church. When the Lutheran church was closed members of the United Methodist continued the tradition.
After being held in a church basement during the early years, the social was eventually moved to a ground floor location in a former store building that has been used as a community center.
This year church members met last Tuesday night to freeze more than 40 gallons of homemade sweet vanilla ice cream.
Ice cream wasn't the only goodie available for the final social. There tables full of pies and homemade cookies as well as yum-yums and hot dogs.
Though the population of Ong has declined over the years to the currently estimated 60, the event has averaged more than 400 people in recent years, several of those probably traveled from Nuckolls county to attend the social in the southeast Clay County community.

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Superior Schools' backpack program enters second year
A new school year has started at Superior schools and with it the Backpack Program begins a second year.
Under the direction of Megan McMeen, school nurse, the program is projected to almost double the amount of students it will serve when compared to last year.
The goal of the program is to meet the nutritional needs of at risk households by providing easy-to-prepare foods. Especially for weekends, school vacations and during the summer months when school is not in session. The program works through cooperation of schools, relief organizations and food pantries. Those receiving free or reduced lunches qualify.
McMeen, along with other Backpack Program board members, Sara Fuller, Lexi Webber, Carla Gebers and Beverly Beavers are looking for any kind of assistance including monetary and food donations. Donation drop boxes may be found at Ideal Market, Superior Vision and Superior High School.
All food donations are appreciated, but some frequently used items include Ramen noodles, mac and cheese, pudding, granola bars, applesauce, Spam, tuna, Tuna Helper, instant oatmeal, Pop Tarts, raisins and ravioli.
The items have to be microwaveable, easy to open and able to be eaten cold, so children can handle or prepare them.
For more information about the program, to volunteer or donate contact any board member of McMeen by email at

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Nebraska News Service

Stories of statewide interest

Prepared by UNL journalism students


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.