May 5, 2016



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Heavy rain causes flash flooding on county line

Film about Lew Hunter will screen during Victorian Festival

Voters go to the polls Tuesday

Donation launches smoke detector project


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The Superior Express & Jewell County News 5 May 2016


Work continued into the weekend digging out from more than a foot wet snow that fell last Tuesday. A rotary snow plow was used to open Highway 136 to two lanes of traffic through Nuckolls County last Thursday.

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Heavy rain causes flash flooding on county line

The first significant and widespread severe weather event of the 2016 season struck the area covered by the Hastings Weather Service coverage area last Tuesday.
While the day brought problems for many the weather was not as severe as the Storm Protection Center had predicted.
There were actually two separate rounds of severe weather that affected the area, the first coming in the early morning hours (between 2:30 and 6 a.m.), thanks to increased lift along the convergent zone of a southerly low-level jet stream. That storm affected primarily Nuckolls, Thayer and Jewell counties delivering large hail ranging from quarter to golf ball size in some areas. In addition to the hail, heavy rain fell, priming the area for flooding issues during the late afternoon and evening hours.
After a break in the thunderstorm activity, things starting ramping back up mid to late afternoon, with high amounts of instability nosing into east-southeastern portions of the area and large scale lift increasing with the arrival of the main upper level low pressure system. At the surface, an area of low pressure established itself over portions of north central Kansas, with a warm front extending east roughly along Interstate 70 and a dry line draped to the south.
Initially, the activity was confined to locations generally along and east of Highway 281. This produced an outflow boundary, which pushed west of the main activity, and as the early to mid evening hours progressed, aided in the development of additional severe weather and heavy rain. While the severe weather threat waned later in the evening, rainfall continued overnight and through the day on Wednesday, as that upper level low slowly passed right through the heart of Nebraska.
All modes of severe weather occurred, including an EF-0 tornado north of Kensington. Hail up to the size of tennis balls and wind gusts of 60 MPH were reported, as well as torrential rainfall.
Superior residents missed most of the hail and heavy rain which fell to the east. Highways 136 and 8 were both closed when flash flood water overtopped the roads. Because of flooding in the Deshler area, residents of that community's nursing home were moved to the Deshler public school. Fortunately the flood water did not reach the nursing home.
Some residents reported six to seven inches of rain.
The steady rumble of thunder had Superior residents on edge at the supper hour.
Video and photos of the flooding have been shared on this newspaper's Facebook page.

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Film about Lew Hunter will screen during Victorian Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the annual Superior Victorian Festival dedicated to the memory of one of Superior most outstanding citizens, The Lady Vestey. In her childhood, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Brodstone was known as Evelene. Her father was the operator of the Superior's first store. Her brother, Lewis, published in Superior a nationally circulated magazine for stamp collectors.
And this year another outstanding Superior resident, Lew Hunter will be honored with the showing of a documentary film about his life.
"Once in a Lew Moon" is an independent documentary about the Nebraska screenwriter, UCLA screen-writing chair emeritus and resident of Superior, Lew Hunter.
In the documentary Lonnie Senstock, director and producer, takes viewers through Hunter's journey of life which has associated him with such renowned actors, writers and directors as Oliver Stone, Patty Duke and Paul Castro plus stock footage never seen before.
Hunter is a legendary screenwriter and television producer who has taught in the Writer's Master Program at UCLA and puts Superior on the global map with his Superior Screenwriting Colony classes hosted in one of Superior's Victorian homes.
Once in a Lew Moon is the journey of one man's tenacity which took him from Nebraska to Hollywood and the top of the television networks and then on to become one of UCLA's top screenwriting teachers.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Senstock's documentary will be shown for the first time at the Crest Theatre.
And let's not forget the woman that inspired the festival, Evelene Brodstone.
When Evelene Brodstone arrived in Superior in 1878, the town was no older than the child. Superior had about 10 buildings and 50 inhabitants. No one ever imagined this three-year-old girl would someday; after graduating from Superior High School, succeed in international business. She became the world's highest paid women executive of her time, traveling the world tending to existing businesses and establishing new ones for her employer, the Vestey Cold Storage Company, one of the most profitable businesses in England.
On her 49th birthday, she became a member of the British nobility through her marriage to her boss, Lord William Vestey and was now Lady Vestey of Kingswood, London.
Per a request from her husband, Evelene changed her name to Evelyn. Despite her fame and fortune, Lady Vestey was a modest woman. One who never forgot her hometown or her childhood friends.
Lord Vestey died in December of 1940 and five months later on May 23, 1941, Evelyn also died. After WWII ended, her ashes were sent back to Superior for burial at Evergreen Cemetery, making her the only member of English nobility to be buried in the state of Nebraska.
In the 1990s the community of Superior established the annual Lady Vestey Festival in her honor. As the festival committee turned the pages of time, it was in 1997 the committee established the Gracious Lady Award. Since that time 11 awards have been presented.
The award honors a contemporary woman who has exhibited leadership and community service in the present day. The same spirit, energy and intelligence we honor in Lady Vestey.
Previous recipients of the Gracious Lady Award have included Jan Berringer, Virginia Smith, Juanita Buschkoetter, Dorcas Cavett, Leta Powell Drake, Kim Robak, Jan Crilly Meyers, Julene Bossemeyer Marks, Ardyce Bohlke, Stephanie Johanns and Gwen Johnson.
This year's festival theme is "Pages of Time." The next issue of The Express will feature more stories about what to expect at this year's festival.
This year like in all previous festivals residents of the area are asked to boost the festival by helping with the events, dressing in Victorian Period costumes and lending their support with their participation. There is always a need for more volunteers. For more information about how you can help with the festival, contact the Superior Chamber of Commerce office.

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Voters go to the polls Tuesday
Tuesday will be election day in Nuckolls County and throughout Nebraska as voters go to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2016 primary election.
For Superior residents all polling places will be located in the Church of Christ. Polling places throughout the county are the same as in recent years.
Though this is a presidential election year, there are few races for state and county offices as this is the off-year for most of those offices.
Those requesting a Democrat ticket will have a choice of either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for president.
Republicans will have more choices including Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump for president.
For public service commissioner they may chose from Dakota Delka of Red Cloud, Tammy Cheeatum or Rod Johnson, the incumbent.
Republicans will choose between four candidates for the party's county commissioner nominee. The candidates are Dennis Foote, Dave Mussmann, Dorrel Lipker and Daren Blackstone in District 2. The current commissioner for the district, Danny Corman, chose not to seek re-election.
Both Democrats and Republicans will be asked to approve rural fire district levies for the Superior, Nelson and Lawrence districts.
While some city and village board members and school board members are to be elected this year not more than two candidates are seeking any of those offices. Consequently, their names will not appear on the ballot until the general election. With only one Democrat seeking the District II county commissioner position, his name will not appear on the ballot until the general election.
Unlike most years, there are no state constitutional amendments of referrendums to be voted upon this year.
Sample ballots may be reviewed on Page 7A of the April 21 issue of the Cyber Express which may be found on this newspaper's web site at
Reports of potential election fraud or election misconduct are not common in Nebraska. However, if there is a need, there is a phone number that citizens can call to report complaints on election day. The secretary of state has convened an election fraud unit which will be ready to receive calls throughout the primary.
"The hotline is a tool we utilize in each and every statewide election," explained John Gale, Nebraska Secretary of State. "Trained staff members take down the information so that each situation can be investigated thoroughly."
To report a complaint, voters may call 888-727-0007 or 402-471-2555.
All complaints will be handled in a confidential manner. If the election fraud unit determines that a complaint is credible, it is forwarded to the proper local, state or federal law enforcement agency for possible prosecution.
"If voters notice something suspicious or they're concerned that proper procedure is not being followed, we want to hear about it," stressed Gale. "Our goal is to make sure that all voting issues are handled in an appropriate and lawful way."
Whether in person or by mail, there are some important reminders heading into the May 10 primary:
Voters need to have current registration and know their polling place. Registration status and the location of your polling place may be obtained by contacting the office of the county clerk or online at https://www.votercheck. Those who mailed in an early voting ballot or cast a provisional ballot on Election Day, can check the status of those on that same website.
If a previously registered voters have moved within the county, but to a different precinct, and have not updated their voter registrations, they are to go to the polling place associated with their current address. There they will be asked to vote a provisional ballot. Voters may find their registered addresses at https://www.votercheck.
Before going to the polls voters are encouraged to review information available about the candidates and issues which will appear on their ballot. Sample ballots were printed in the April 21 issue of The Express. Voters may mark and take the sample ballot with them to the polling place. Copies of that issue of The Express which contained the sample ballot can be found in the Cyber Express area of this newspaper's web site which can be found at
The Nebraska Legislature recently passed a law that will allow voters to take photos of themselves and their voted ballot. However, that law does not go into effect until after the primary election. Currently, voters are prohibited from sharing their completed ballot (including an image of that ballot) with others. If an election worker asks a voter to refrain from using a cell phone or other electronic device, this is to ensure the privacy and respect of other voters.
Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.
If registered without a political party affiliation, voters will receive the nonpartisan ballot. In addition, nonpartisan voters may request a full Democratic or Libertarian Party ballot.
If you wish to vote early, you can do so in person at the Nuckolls County election office, through Monday. If mailing an early ballot, it must be received at the county election office by the time polls close on election day. If concerned the ballot will not be delivered on time, the completed ballot may be left in person at the county election office on election day. Ballots will not be accepted at any polling places.
If you have requested but not returned an early voting ballot, it is still possible to vote on election day at one of local precinct polling places on Election Day. That provisional ballot will be counted once the county election official determines no other ballots have been cast in the same name.
Polls will be open on election day from 8 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. MDT) to 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT).
This newspaper's web page at will have a link to unofficial election results.
Ballots will also be available at the polling places for members of the Libertarian Party and independent voters.

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Donation launches smoke detector project
By Sandra Foote
Inspiration comes from the mother of necessity. At least this is how Dorothy Smith, pastor of Superiors' United Methodist Church, explains her involvement in the community. Though still in her first year as a Superior resident, Smith quickly became involved in the community.
One morning before leaving town for a meeting, she looked at her Facebook page and noticed Jo Wilbern's comment from the night before. Jo had commented her smoke detector was chirping and she would like someone to help her change the battery. On the way out of town, she stopped at the Wilbern house with a new battery in hand. She changed the battery for Wilbern and then heard another chirping sound.
The Wilberns' second smoke detector also needed a battery and so she went to get another battery for the second smoke detector. It was a simple act for Smith but Mrs. Wilbern was appreciative because she is not able to climb a ladder or step stool.
This experience led Pastor Smith to think of all of the elderly and disabled people who cannot reach their smoke detectors to change the batteries. When the batteries fail some people want to shut the detectors off. This is an extreme hazard if a fire occurs.
She is spearheading a project to do just that. With $2,000 in start-up money donated to the Superior Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) from the Superior United Methodist Church Foundation, Pastor Smith asked the fire department to purchase smoke detectors and batteries for anyone in need of them. Then department members can take the detectors or batteries to those requesting them.
Members of the department will be accompanied by community youth who want to do something to improve our world. The young people want to give back to their community by helping those who need and appreciate their help.
This is a community-wide project and is not intended to stay a Superior United Methodist Church project. Smith hopes the project will continue to grow for the benefit of Superior residents and surrounding area.
The area served by the Superior Volunteer Fire Department stretches from Road Y on the north to the middle of Lovewell Lake in the south. Road 4100, six miles east of Superior is east boundary.
For those area residents who need a smoke detector or battery replaced, Jo Wilbern will be taking calls and making appointments. Wilbern is also taken suggestions of those who may need help. (She is listed in the Windstream telephone directory as Barbara.)
"This is doing God's work." Pastor Smith stated. This project is a tangible example of doing God's work.

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