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Kingswood Court opens for open house tours

Guide Rock hosts almost annual town festival

4-wheeler stolen from farm building

New faculty at Superior Elementary

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Kingswood Court opens for open house tours

Saturday afternoon, more than 100 area residents responded to the invitation to tour Kingswood Court as part of an open house held at the Superior facility. The event actually started Friday evening with a prime rib dinner. Facility residents, their immediate families and supporters of the project attended the dinner. Saturday morning, a meeting of those interested in phase two construction discussed their interests and perceived needs of the community. Then Saturday afternoon, the facility was open to the public. Cookies, lemonade and iced tea were served to the guests in the dining commons.
Twenty-two people now reside in the 16 apartment complex (Kingswood Court) which once housed Superior elementary students. The building known for more than 50 years as the North Ward School is located directly west of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital. Each elementary classroom became two apartments. The facility features a spa, laundry, beauty shop and spacious dining area (formerly the elementary school's combination lunch room and gymnasium.)
Neutral colors were chosen and used in a manner so adjacent apartments look different. The facility is fully carpeted. Bathrooms and kitchens were placed back to back to optimize plumbing and place bedrooms to enhance quietness and privacy. Most of the apartments range in size from 548 to 606 square feet. However, one includes a den and is 913 square feet in size. That apartment is located in what was originally the kindergarten room. In more recent years the room housed the school library.
Each apartment has a living room, kitchenette and full bath. The spa is located where the boys restroom was. The laundry is where the girls restroom was located.
"We took advantage of what was already here when we could," Jim Cook, co-owner said. "The kitchen is in the same place, but basically renovated. The stage is the same."
"The building is one of the safest buildings in Superior with concrete walls and a concrete roof," Cook said. "We tried to reuse as much as possible. A pitched roof was added to enhance the look. New windows were also added throughout.
Michelle Plock is a co-owner and serves as the executive director of operations. Tammy Sharp is the administrator. The site also employes a medication aid, cook and nurse. They are among the 20 employees hired by the facility. Three meals are prepared on site and served each day as well as daily snacks. Laundry services are provided or residents may wash their own clothes. Added levels of care are offered upon a point system.
So what does phase two involve and when will it be available? Cook said, "It depends on cash flow. We are in the process of raising funds. Currently, it appears people are most interested in cottages. We expect to have two-bedroom cottages with one and a half baths and a garage. We have not decided on a design, but the exterior will be similar to the current building. We are working with local people and want to the keep the cost in line. We expect the first ones will be owned by individual investors and we will manage the cottages for them."
The entire block across the now closed Dakota Street, west of the former North Ward Building, is available for development.

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Guide Rock hosts almost annual town festival

Fun in the Sun Day was the theme for Guide Rock's almost annual Pa-Hur Day celebration held Saturday. The event which takes it name from an Indian term designating the rock outcropping south of town which guided early inhabitants on their travels was started decades ago and has been held regularly with only a few gaps when volunteers were not available to shoulder the work.
For the first time, the event began at 7 a.m. with fun runs and walks. The route which began and ended at City Park was described as a strenuous one because of the grades. That didn't deter the 35 participants.
Sponsors of the turtle races held at 9 a.m. were pleased with the number of turtles entered. A flea market was held at the American Legion Hall.
The parade which traveled up the main street of Guide Rock included decorated floats in addition to the usual motorized entries.
There was a continuous line of customers for more than an hour when members of the Guide Rock United Methodist Church served a hamburger lunch.
A softball tournament was held throughout the day.
Water played a big role in the afternoon activity. The firemen sponsored a water fight with neighboring departments and youngsters enjoyed drenching one another, parents and bystanders with water balloons. The youngsters also drew water from the park pump to add excitement to the park's playground equipment. When the firemen were through with their fight, the youngsters were allowed to man the hoses. They apparently had been watching the firemen as they demonstrated considerable skill. Only once did the youngsters lose control of the hose and threaten to drench the spectators.
For supper pulled pork sandwiches were served at the park.
The day concluded with a dance on the park's tennis court.
Roy and Rosemary Anderson served as the grand marshals of the parade. They rode in the back seat of a full-size Pontiac convertible driven by Doug Kottmeyer. In the front passenger seat was LaVon Johnston a resident of Red Cloud's Heritage Care Center who was dressed in bright pink. In preparing for parade, she insisted on having a bright pink shoelaces with which to tie on her sun bonnet which of course was also bright pink-a fashionable color for the event.








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4-wheeler stolen from farm building
The Nuckolls County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft of a 2011 Yamaha Grizzly 4-wheele. The machine was taken from a farm building near Superior.
If anyone has any information on the theft or the location of this item, please contact the Nuckolls County Sheriff's Department.

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New faculty at Superior Elementary
Superior Elementary School has an old new face joining the faculty. Katrina Hansen has joined the faculty ranks as a sixth grade teacher. She is no stranger to the elemnatary school having worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for several years. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Governor's University in Utah and applied for and was accepted for the position of sixth grade teacher. Hansen is a 1991 Superior High School graduate and earned an associates degree from Central Community College, Hastings, in business management.
She is married to Chad Hansen and the couple has three children, Cole, 19, who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Zade, 13, an eighth grader at Superior Junior High School and Mikynzie, 11, sixth grader at Superior Elementary School. Hansen is the daughter of Gale and the late Marie Mikkelsen, Superior.
Abby Hiebner joins the staff of the Superior School system as a speech pathologist. She is a 2009 graduate of Mercy High School, Omaha. Hiebner earned a bachelor's degree with a major in speech pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 and was awarded a master's degree in the same field in 2015. She was married in June and she and her husband, Connor, reside in Superior. Hiebner will work with students from third through 12th grade.

Katrina Hansen (left) and Abby Hiebner

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