From our early files
Eighty Years Ago
The 28th annual convention of the fifth district Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs was held in Superior.
Fourteen car loads of cement were shipped every other day from the Superior cement plant. Four cars are used daily on the road paving between Gibbon and Kearney.
The body of Nelson community resident Joe Svobda's 85 year old father was found in the burned out barn on his property.
Roy Ellsworth was recovering from extensive bruises on both legs suffered when an 1,100 pound tractor wheel fell on him.
A tree planting program was underway in Nuckolls County to replace those cut for firewood. The slogan, "Plant a tree for every stump," was used.
Pure lard was selling for three pounds for 25 cents at R. J. Stephenson's Superior grocery store.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "Wonder Bar."
Seventy Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Wehrman were shot and killed as they closed up their store in South Gate, Calif. He was a former Nelson resident.
Robert Noren Duane White, Superior, received their wings and were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army Air Corps.
Duane White, Superior, received his wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps.
Anson Goodman, rural Superior, was promoted to staff sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps. He was a gunner on a Marauder bomber.
Texas and Florida oranges were eight cents a pound at the Superior Safeway.
The Lyric Theatre was showing "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek," starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken.
Sixty Years Ago
Emery Martin was appointed as Superior police chief.
Douglas Giger, 15, died. He was a freshman at Superior High School.
The Champlin Refining Company was sold to the Chicago Corporation. Business operations at the Champlin Terminal in Superior were unaffected by the sale.
The Dudley Coffee Shop at the Dudley Hotel had been redecorated, rearranged, remodeled and repapered. It could seat 12 more patrons than before the renovations.
Super KemTone paint was $5.45 per gallon at Superior's Chard Drug Store.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Kiss Me Kate," starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.
Fifty Years Ago
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jacoby celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
The Ideal Cement Plant office was burglarized. The total haul for the burglars was a five dollar bill.
Five Superior teenagers were fined in Nuckolls County court. Fines, court costs and restitution amounted to more than $900. They had consumed beer and thrown rocks through the windows of the Superior police station.
Mrs. Ray Hunter returned from a three week trip to Mexico where she witnessed a tidal wave at Mazatlan caused by the recent Alaskan earthquake.
Nestle's New Keen Instant soft drink mix was selling for 3 jars for $1 at Superior's Tenth Street Superette.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed," starring Dean Martin and Carol Burnett.
Forty Years Ago
The Hardy bridge over the Republican River was officially opened to traffic.
The Great Plains Railway Company, a newly formed short line railroad with track between Seward and Superior, reached the $200,000 stock subscription goal required to break escrow and obtain an additional Small Business Administration guaranteed loan.
David Flower, 17, died in an automobile accident in Utah. He had been a Superior resident until a year ago.
Mary Karmazin, 74, died. She was a longtime Lawrence resident.
Sliced bacon was 99 cents per pound at Superior's Ideal Market.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Thirty Years Ago
Construction was underway on a steel and concrete "clinker" storage shed at Ideal Basic Industries.
Transport loading resumed at the Superior petroleum products terminal.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Herbek, Nelson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Artha Scroggin, 91, died. She was a co-owner and operator of KFEQ radio station, Oak, the second active radio station in Nebraska to go on the air.
An IH 5088 tractor was $32,000 at Superior Implement Company.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Terms of Endearment."
Twenty Years Ago
Debra Hansen, Superior, was appointed to the Nebraska Ethanol Board by Gov. Ben Nelson.
Glenda Thayer, manager of the Superior Chamber of Commerce, was selected as Woman of the Year by the Nebraska Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
Loren and Esther Renz celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Superior's Ideal Market celebrated its 45th anniversary.
Texas sweet jumbo yellow onions were 49 cents per pound at Superior's Jack and Jill Food Center.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Blank Check" and "Greedy."
Ten Years Ago
Edgar and Eileen Buescher, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Cody Fierstein, Superior, graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He was employed by the Nuckolls County Sheriff's department.
Work was underway to remove 1.3 million bushels of corn from a bin damaged at the Sedan elevator.
The final plat of the Hansen Farms subdivision was approved by the Superior City Council.
The Crest Theatre was showing "Hidalgo."
Five Years Ago
Restoration work and cleaning of the exterior of the Nuckolls County courthouse was underway.
Gene and Fern Wittke, Byron, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Gwen Petersen celebrated her 90th birthday.
Hans Christensen, 93, died. He retired from farming at the age of 84. He was a longtime Nuckolls County resident.
The Crest Theatre was playing "Race to Witch Mountain" and "Hotel for Dogs."
One Year Ago
Andy Montgomery was selected to serve as grand marshal of the Vestey parade.
The Nuckolls County Board approved the purchase of three used pick-up trucks for the road department.
Beulah Ray, 90, died. She retired from Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior, with 36 years of service.
The Superior Council voted unanimously to continue with the nuisance abatement program begun last year.
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Nuckolls County Courthouse News
Lindsey M. Hinrichs, Glenvil;, speeding, $25.
Joseph R. Herrick, Belleville, speeding, $25.
Joseph W. Eden, Woodland Park, Colo., speeding, $125.
Mark L. Frans, Omaha, speeding, $75.
County Civil Court
Credit Management Services vs. Chris Lovegrove, Superior, judgment entered.
Professional Choice Recovery, Inc. vs. Derita Burris, Superior, judgment entered.
Credit Management Services vs. Darrel Spencer, Superior, judgment entered.
County Criminal Court
State of Nebraska vs. Eric D. Edwards, Ruskin, driving under revocation, bound over to district court.
Will Daniel Corman and Brenda Marie Walla were married on March 22 in Valparaiso by Monsignor Paul Witt with Elizabeth Norris and Aaron Johnson as witnesses.
Phillip Mark Sears and Julia Elizabeth Dry were married on April 5, in Oak, by Pastor Keith Brich with Dave Sears and Angie Francis as witnesses.
Jason Richard Reinke and Debra Lynn Shapiro were married on April 5 in Deshler by Pastor Phillip R. Nielson with Justin Carter and Gail Sams as witnesses.
Real Estate Transfers
Federal National Mortgage Association to Daniel Falley, Sara Falley. Part SW 14 of 35-2-7.
Douglas D. Schardt, trustee for the Dennis R. and Susan J. Schardt Trust to Dennis R. Schardt, Susan J. Schardt, NE 14 of 12-2-5.
Dennis R. Schardt, Susan J. Schardt to VIE Co., Nebraska corporation, NE 14 of 12-2-5.
Michael R. Hoops to the Michael R. Hoops Living Trust, SE 14 of 13-1-5 and SE 14 of 14-1-5.
Yvonne H. Hoops to the Yvonne H. Hoops Living Trust, NE 14 of 24-1-5.
Lavon E. Schoof, Marilyn Schoof to Douglas L. Schoof, Part of NE 14 lying north of Little Blue River in 1-3-6.
Lavon E. Schoof, Marilyn Schoof to Kim Hartman, Marla Ledgerwood, SW 14 of 36-4-6.
Lavon E. Schoof, Marilyn Schoof to Earlene Cox, W 12 of NW 14 of 36-4-6.
Dustin Reiss to Michael G. Streff, Jane F. Streff, Part Lot 7 South subdivion of Lawrence.
Schultz Family Trust to Kevin Schultz, Part of NW 14 of 25-2-6.
J.P. Wehrman, Lynn C. Wake to Robert H. Wehrman, Lot 6 and E 12 Lot 5 in Block 2, Follmers Subdivison to Nelson; Vacated 8th Street, Block 3, Follmers Subdivison; Vacated 8th Street, Block 2, Follmers Subdivison to Nelson; Lot 1 in Block 3, Follmers Subdivison; Lots 11 and 12 in Block 1, Follmers Subdivision; Partt Lot 12 in Block 1, Follmers Subdivion; Part Lot 7, Block 4, Follmers Subdivison; Lots 7 and 8 in Block 4, Follmers Subdivison; Part Lots 1 and 2 in Block 4, Follmers Subdivison.
Lori Sikorski, Ann Kochanski to Thomas R. Garner Jr, Victoria J. Garner, Lots 16, 17 and 18 in Block 1, Storers Private Park Addition of Nelson.
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Superior FFA shines
at state convention
The 55th Nebraska State Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention was held in Lincoln at the Cornhusker Mariott, Pershing Center Auditorium and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, Wednesday through Friday, with more than 4,000 FFA students attending the event. Students took part in Career Development Events (CDE), participated in the state FFA chorus and honed their leadership skills.
Superior High School sent 38 students and advisor Seth Going to Lincoln for the convention. Students attending were: Cale Frahm, Blake Kirchhoff, Jenna Whitmore, Cheyanne Franzen, Garrett Caldwell, Jenna Langer, Harley Schuster, Angie Miller, Mariah Parker, Dakota Smith, Bryce Jurgensmier, Brett Boyles, Chandler Zoltenko, Katelyn Brown, Morgan Frahm, Claire Dressman, Leah Meyer, Riley Butler, Paul Shafer, Paige Jensen, Mac McCutcheon, Clay Henderson, Amy Hofts, Chelsea Renz, Makayla Utecht, Lyndsay Brown, Mattison Sullivan, Jacob Hawley, Shawnee Schoenrock, Emily Hayes, Morgan Kroeger, Taylor Wittke, Jessica Bargen, Alex Meyer, Michelle Powers and Kaycie Strobl.
Superior High School teams were entered in nine CDE competitions and took part in leadership workshops throughout the week. When Friday's CDE awards ceremony got underway, two Superior teams were in position to earn high honors.
The Food Science team of Butler, Sullivan, L. Meyer and Brown knew that one of the team members had attained a top 10 position. Butler earned seventh place in the event and the team was named the 2014 State Champion in Food Science, One of the rewards was being named as Nebraska's representative in the national contest to be held in Louisville, Ky, in October.
The Nursery and Landscape team had two individuals in the top 10. Hayes claimed the seventh spot and Renz was named to fourth place position. The team finished third in the state rankings with four points separating the first four teams. Renz was awarded $1,000 from the Stihl Corporation for her performance.
State degree recipients were also honored Friday. More than 400 Nebraska FFA students were awarded the state degree, the highest awarded by the Nebraska FFA. Each state degree recipient has completed extensive supervise agricultural experience, passed the state FFA degree test and have met several other requirements.
Seven Superior students were awarded their state degrees at the convention: McCutcheon, Brown, Renz, Sullivan, Schoenrock, Henderson and Utecht.
Three members of the Superior chapter were selected for the state FFA chorus: Hayes, Sullivan and Hawley.
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SHS seniors visit Washington,
The skies were anything but friendly for the 24 seniors of the Superior High School Class of 2014 and their 13 chaperones after they had enplaned US Air flight at Kansas City International Airport, April 2, bound for Washington, D.C. The group had boarded a bus at the high school earlier in the day without incident. Well, almost. An unnamed student was negligent in his alarm clock setting duties but was able to join the party.
The flight was uneventful for the first hour. The pilot then informed the confined passengers that there was an issue with the fans which cooled the instrument panel. And the backup system was malfunctioning also. So it was back to Kansas City. To be reticketed. To board another flight. To Charlotte, N.C., from which they boarded another flight and arrived at Washington's Reagan International Airport a mere four hours behind schedule. The trope was in good spirits and they boarded a bus at the airport and were taken on a night tour of the monuments, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, etc. which surround the tidal basin and the Mall. They arrived at their hotel and went to their rooms for the night.
The group was up early Thursday as they made their way to the Rosslyn subway station to take the Metro to the Capitol. Representative Adrian Smith met the group on the House steps for conversation and photos. The group then took one of their many walking tours. Linda Simonsen, one of the chaperones and a teacher at Superior High School, estimated they walked approximately 40 miles over the course of their stay. The Supreme Court building was one stop. The Library of Congress offered the students the opportunity to obtain library cards and to view the reading room and view its impressive rotunda. The Senate building was another stop. The Capitol building was the first stop after lunch. The architecture of the building and the murals on the dome were two items which made an impression on the students. The Smithsonian and its different museums was next. Many of the group opted to visit the Air and Space Museum while others explored the natural history museum. Then it was time for food once again. The evening was spent at the Kennedy Center where the mystery participation play "Shear Madness" was enjoyed.
Friday began with another Metro ride to the Federal triangle station. A walking tour up Pennsylvania Avenue was next on the agenda. The group took in the Newseum, a venue dedicated to the history of the news media over the centuries. After the Newseum and its 9/11 exhibit the students were given free time. Sen. Deb Fischer met with the group an the Senate for conversation and photos. Some returned to the Smithsonian while others endured a two hour wait at the National Archives to view the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Another walking tour followed. The evening was spent at Ford's Theatre. A tour of the building was taken and then the group enjoyed a presentation of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" which featured the appearance of several Superior students. It was not an open book spelling test.The group returned to the hotel after the show.
Arlington National Cemetery was the first stop on Saturday. The group observed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Some of the students visited Arlington House while others visited the graves of President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert.
The White House and Lafayette Park were the next stop on the walking tour of the city. The afternoon was spent at the Holocaust Museum which was a sobering and chilling experience for all those in attendance. One student said he could not speak for an hour after viewing what man's inhumanity to man looked like. After leaving the museum, the group had free time to explore on their own. Some of the young gentlemen reportedly found the second largest shopping mall in the United States. They were adamant in their declarations of not having bought anything. It was strictly educational. Well, maybe a few items were purchased.
The evening was spent taking in a performance by the Capitol Steps, a parody review which focuses on current Washington events in a humorous fashion with both spoken word and musical presentations. The group headed back to the hotel for their final night.
Sunday morning was get away time. Alarm clock malfunctions caused several students to make hasty breakfast arrangements. Unlike the outbound flight, the return home was uneventful and the weary bunch of travelers arrived in Superior Sunday evening.
The response of the students to the question of "Would you return?" was met with an emphatic and unanimous yes. When asked what they gained from the experience, the answers were all of an educational nature. They were impressed with the nation's seat of government and its buildings. They were amused by the theatre and stunned by the horrors of the Holocaust. They were deeply moved by the Vietnam and Korean War memorials and the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women of this nation. They returned with a keen awareness of what our nation is and how it became what it is today.
The students who made the trip were Shawnee Schoenrock, Mattison Sullivan, Clay Henderson, Semone Menter, Emily Hayes, Chelsea Renz, Chase Jensby, Taylor Wittke, Alex Meyer, Mac McCutcheon, Amy Hofts, Morgan Kroeger, Lyndsay Brown, Holly Wilt, Jon Ferre, Adrian Sunday, Daniel Allgood, Francisco Garcia, Tomas Meenhorst, Makayla Utecht, Colton May, Brian Simonsen, Jacob Hawley and Kendra Schiermeyer. The adults accompanying th students were Catherine Hergott, Linda Simonsen, Kelly Schiermeyer, Anna Hawley and Lane Hawley, Nancy Sauvageau, Matt Sullivan, Crystal Jensby, Amy Wittke, Kathy and Joseph Boyles, Camie Kroeger and Alaina Brown.
They walked and talked, laughed and were moved to tears. They saw another side of the country and felt the the better for it. The cherry blossoms were just emerging and the weather cooperated. No one was lost and what they found will fill their memory pages for a lifetime.
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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.