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March 5, 2015

 

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Courthouse lift continues to impede accessibility

Bessie Reeve observes 100th birthday

Superior welcomes new restaurant

Superior lumberyard has new owner

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Courthouse lift continues to impede accessibility

The issue of handicap accessibility is once again plaguing the Nuckolls County Courthouse. For more than a decade, the building has been served by a lift located at the north entrance. Actually, two different lifts.
The problem with the first lift was thought to be that it wasn't adequately suited for the task. It apparently wasn't "heavy-duty" enough and was underpowered. By the time it was replaced, it required nearly constant tinkering, and it seldom worked on the day it was needed by a patron with mobility issues.
It was replaced with the current lift by Eletech, Inc. Problems began during the first winter. It appears the slab of concrete to which the lift is bolted heaves and buckles when it gets cold, causing the lift to become misaligned. The doors do not close properly, so the safety mechanism shuts it down. In order to fix the problem, completely and permanently, it is believed the lift would have to be taken out, a new concrete slab poured with footings that reached below the frost line, and the lift reinstalled.
This is the same slab the first lift was bolted to, making it at least reasonable to assume it caused some of those problems as well. The question on everyone's mind is, why didn't someone think of this while the second lift was being installed?
The commissioners at Monday's regular meeting conducted a conference call with Joe Callan from Eletech. He didn't have an answer. Commissioner Doyle Christensen was the most vocal in his complaint, saying the courthouse was neither complying with handicap accessibility requirements nor serving the taxpayers well. Callan said he would come this week to get the lift working again.
Just as time and weather plagued the first lift, time and weather may aid the commissioners. As it warms up and remains above freezing, the lift will likely work better. And in time, the current board may reopen the west courthouse entrance, build a ramp and scrap the lift.
In other business:
· Jeff Wagner, the county's road and bridge engineer, was in attendance. He said he doubted LB 609, which pertains to bridge repair funds and standards, would make it out of committee, but he urged the board to send a letter to Senator Kuehn stating their opposition.
· Gary Warren, county highway superintendent, reported both of his injured employees have returned to work, though one of them remains on limited duty.
· Diane Wehrman, county court clerk-magistrate, reported the third annual county law day will be held in the afternoon on May 4 at the courthouse for all sixth graders in the county. In the past, the board has provided funding for the students to receive commemorative book bags from the event. They approved to fund them again this year.
· The board will advertise for bids for both courthouse mowing and cemetery mowing. In the past, chemical application spraying has been included with the courthouse mowing, but the board will seek separate bids for spraying and mowing this year. The courthouse custodian will be responsible for monitoring the sprinkler system and making arrangements for repairs and adjustments.
· The board discusses advertising for a part-time noxious weed superintendent. It had been discussed by the previous board to fold the weed position into the road department, but the current board does not think it would be a good fit. The matter was tabled while the commissioners talk to officials in neighboring counties to find out what they are doing.
· The commissioners opened and reviewed the employee survey distributed recently. All results will be tabulated and put on a spread sheet for review at a subsequent meeting.
· Monthly reports were received and reviewed from the county treasurer, clerk of the district court and county court clerk-magistrate.

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Bessie Reeve observes 100th birthday

By Donna Christensen
Bessie Stichka was born to Bohemian parents, Frank and Anna from March 4, 1915. She observed her 100th birthday yesterday (Wednesday). Her parents were European immigrants who lived on a farm west of Nelson.
Bessie completed the seventh grade attending a nearby rural school. She married Clyde Reeve, an Irishman, in April, 1932, at the Red Cloud courthouse. She was from a family of nine children. One of her younger brothers, Billy, died when he was about 12 years old of scarlet fever.
Clyde and Bessie had five children, Norman, Dorothy, Sarah, Patsy and Terry, all of whom are still living. Her husband, Norman, died Dec. 27, 1992.
Bessie remembers making mud pies when she was a child. She used real eggs to make the cookies and let them dry in the sun before eating some of them. As adult she liked to be busy and was an avid homemaker, participating in all the chores to be accomplished on farms in the late 30s and into the 60s and 70s.
Most of the family's clothing was homemade, and much of the family's food were either grown on the farm or made from produce raised on the farm. Mondays were wash day. Tuesday was ironing day. Wednesday was one of the children's favorites because that was the day they had fresh home made bread and other goodies, which are now purchased.
This was an era when barn dances were a frequent event and Bessie loved to dance.
"Nothing kept me away from the dances...not rain or mud or anything else that might happen," Bessie said. She remembers there wasn't room for her brother-in-law to ride in the automobile. Instead he rode on the running board of their vehicle while on the way to the dance. If it had rained, he was usually a muddy mess by the time they got to dance since there were no fenders on their car and the wheels splattered the mud everywhere.
To help make ends meet, Bessie took in washing and ironing and also worked for a bakery in Nelson. She was a cook at the Good Samaritan Home at Nelson for many years.
Bessie contributes her longevity to always staying busy. As she got older and was widowed it became harder to get all the work done. Charlene Schultz came and helped with the heavy housework, but Bessie chipped in with dusting and other light jobs.
After her eyesight began to fail, she experienced the benefit of talking books. She recalls someone from the Church of Christ in Nelson made the books and a machine to play them available.
When asked what she would most like for her hundredth birthday, she said, "To be able to work again and to see clearly."

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Superior welcomes new restaurant
Superior residents now have an additional choice when it comes to dining out. Las Canteras (stone quarries) Mexican grill opened its doors Monday at the site of the former Odd Fellows Hall at Fourth and Commercial Streets.
Las Canteras, which also has locations in Smith Center and Norton ,and is opening another branch in Lexington in two weeks, is a family owned and operated business.
Carlos Hernandez, an Ohio native, is the Superior location manager. He is married and the couple has two children who currently reside in Norton. The couple plan to move to Superior at the end of the current school year. Hernandez attended school in Southern California and made frequent trips to Mexico to visit family. The family has owned and operated restaurants for many years. The Superior location currently has a staff of 10 employees with additional staff to be added as needed.
The restaurant offers a full menu specializing in made from scratch meals. Fresh ingredients are the main focus of the cuisine. Las Canteras offers a full lunch menu with fast service.
The owners are currently working to obtaining a liquor license. Soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk and bottled Mexican sodas are available.
Las Canteras is open seven days a week, 11 a.m -9:30 p .m., Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Luncheon specials are unavailable on Sunday.


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Superior lumberyard has new owner
Another change on the Superior business landscape is the transfer of ownership and a new name for the former Mikkelsen Farm and Lumber store. Effective today (Thursday), the business is open and known as Kenny's Lumber and Farm Supply.
Travis and Mike Kenny, Red Cloud are the owners and operators of the business. Mike Kenny has owned Kenny's Lumber in Red Cloud for 26 years. The pair were looking for an expansion opportunity and talks began with Jared Mikkelsen last August.
The Superior store will be operated by Travis Kenny. He is a 2003 Red Cloud High School graduate. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He was employed with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for five years. He then spent three years working with Pioneer Seeds at York before returning to Red Cloud to join the family business. He is engaged and currently resides in Superior.
Kenny plans to rebuild the inventory at the store and expand the farm supply side of the business. There are no plans to reduce the current staff. Store hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday.

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