Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|Jan 4, 2024

    After Christmas thoughts turned to remembering special Christmas gifts from the past, including childhood years. It was during the week after Christmas while still on school vacation, that children got the chance to enjoy and play with their new Christmas gifts. I remember some of my special childhood Christmas gifts. Of course, my sisters and I mostly received dolls. My dolls were nothing like the girls receive today as they didn’t talk, didn’t drink from a bottle and then had to have their diapers changed. They didn’t look like thin model...

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|Jan 4, 2024

    I’m trying to learn to write 2024 but as usual it isn’t going so well. When I started to type these notebook entries, I said 2024 in my head but typed 2023 and had to go back and correct my typing. It is safe to say I am a slow learner and slow to change. Occasionally I still write 19 when starting to write a date. Seems like only a couple of years ago we worrying about Y2K and being told all our electronics would crash when the century turned and our vehicles might stop. Actually it appeared to be a bunch of worry about nothing. We still hav...

  • Fender Skirts

    Richard L. Schmeling|Jan 4, 2024

    As I was watching traffic on O Street in Lincoln, I noticed a small compact with something I had not seen since the 1950s – it had fender skirts. I remember the family 1950 Chevrolet Sedan had fender skirts on the rear wheels. The idea was to make the car look more sleek and streamlined. Of course you could not put them on the front fenders because the front wheels had to turn. Not only General Motors products had vender skirts, but also Ford and Chrysler models. The skirts were metal sheets that filled the rear fender opening. They attached t...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    Jan 4, 2024

    Q: With everything going on in the world today, why aren’t there more people going to church? A: It might be a good idea to put this question to those who aren’t coming! I for one would be interested to hear the answers. I know many avoid church because they have never been taught the need for church. Others are turned off by hypocrisy or double standards. Still others may never have been invited or are nervous about going since they are not familiar with how church works. It is also possible for a church to disqualify itself from growth and...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|Jan 4, 2024

    I thought it fitting to start the New Year with a comment by Pope Francis. “My hope is to remind people that the ‘Christmas Spirit’ is not over.” The Christmas season extends far beyond the commercial season we’ve been taught to believe is the reason for the season. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas Day and the message below stays with you all the yearlong. The message of Bethlehem is indeed “good news of great joy.” What kind of joy? Not the passing happiness of this world, but the joy that consoles hearts, renews hope and bestows peace...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa Bruce|Jan 4, 2024

    Welcome 2024. Christmas at the Bruce house went well. Christmas Day George and I opened our gifts before going to Mom’s house. The gift George worked so diligently on was a keepsake box. He used a wood burner to engrave the inside bottom with the army and marine corps logos and says, “To the one who gives her all so that they can give their all.” I have to admit I cried a little when I opened it. I have already gathered up the boys letters from boot camp and placed them inside. Those are probably my greatest treasures, that is besides the b...

  • A vague memory of the Nuckolls County Poor Farm

    Jan 4, 2024

    They came from different places within Nuckolls County but they had things in common. Most were homeless, poor and often in declining health. Generally they were men, although an occasional woman was in their midst and at least once there were even small children. These were the tenants of a place that is now only a memory-and a vague one at that - the Nuckolls County Farm. Many counties once had such farms but they are no more. Today we have different ways of caring for the people who once...

  • 2024 calendar in this week's issue

    Jan 4, 2024

    With the arrival of 2024 comes he need for new calendars. The 2023 calendars may have served us well throughout 2023 but they are hard to use in 2024. This issue of your newspaper contains a small calendar prepared for you by the staff of this newspaper. In addition to having 2024 on the front, it has 2025 and 2026 on the flip side. Look for the calendar tucked inside the advertising supplements, Extra copies are available for the asking at our office....

  • Bloodmobile will visit Nelson Jan. 15

    Jan 4, 2024

    The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Nelson City Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. For an appointment contact John Hodge at 402-621-0073. Give a blood donation this month to be automatically entered for a chance to win an exciting trip for two to Super Bowl LVIII. It includes travel, hotel, $1,000 gift card, pregame activities and more. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl, for more information....

  • Murder case advances to Nuckolls Co. District Court

    Jan 4, 2024

    As expected, a 30-year-old Superior resident was arraigned in county court last Wednesday and bound over to district court where he will asnwer charges associated with the death of another Superior resident on Dec. 17. Sebastian L. Dunbar has been charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony and intentional child abuse without serious bodily injury. According to the arrest affidavit, Dunbar and the deceased victim, Molly Guber, 35, were involved in a domestic dispute at their shared residence at 1216 Idaho Street on...

  • Truck overturns south of Superior

    Jan 4, 2024

    Friday, about 6:30 p.m. the Jewell County dispatch center maintained in the county sheriff’s office received a report that a semi-truck had left Highway 14 and over turned. The caller wasn’t sure of the location but thought it was north of Lovewell Lake. Emergency services personnel from both Jewell and Nuckolls County were dispatched to look for the accident. Three fire trucks with 14 men aboard and an ambulance was dispatched from Superior. They were joined by Superior and Nuckolls County law enforcement officers. The wreckage was found in th...

  • The Republican River bridge southwest of Hardy

    Jan 4, 2024

    This week as we leave 2023 behind and cross over in 2024, we are somewhat uncertain what the new year will bring. Randy Nielsen, an Express photographer, said entering the new years is somewhat like what it was for him on a recent foggy morning when he crossed the Republican River bridge southwest of Hardy. He had left Nebraska behind and was entering Kansas but he couldnʼt see the mysteries that Kansas held. The bridge straddles the Republic and Jewell county lines and is less than a mile...

  • Donors provide free coats to 45 youngsters

    Jan 4, 2024

    Tis indeed the season to keep area children warm. So far this winter, 45 new coats purchased through the Superior Community Corporation’s “Coats for Kids” project, have been distributed! And there will probably be more as the program usually receives a handful of requests during the next couple of months in addition to those received at the start of the winter. The community corporation collects the money and purchases the coats. Peggy Meyer continues to provide a valuable service and keeps track of who got a coat so there is no fear of ‘doub...

  • SYAA board selects 2 new officers

    Jan 4, 2024

    At the December meeting of the Superior Youth Athletic Association, the group’s board selected a new treasurer to replace Missy Woemer who is stepping away from the position and a new vice-president. Jennifer Bruns is the new treasurer and Markee Kile is the vice-president....

  • Vicar begins year of Internship at Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish

    Jan 4, 2024

    Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish composed of St. Paul, Hardy, St. Peter, Byron, and St Paul, Byron will be served by a vicar who is doing a one-year internship during 2024. Vicar Jack Roegner will be supervised by the Rev. Keith Brozek of Hebron. Vicar Jack is married to the Rev. Beth Roegner, Pastor of Christ’s and Zion Lutheran in Davenport and Carleton. They have two adult children, William, and Jeffrey, who live in Eaton, Ohio, and Richmond, Indiana. Vicar Jack was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, which at that time was considered the Soybea...

  • Sod and Stubble book comes to life in film

    Gloria Schlaefli|Jan 4, 2024

    A nonfictional book, Sod and Stubble, written more than 90 years ago about a local family's pioneer history in Osborne County, Kansas, is being brought to life in a new film. The book was first published in the 1930s by Professor John Ise, telling the true story of his parents, Henry and Rosa Ise, pioneer settlers, on their homestead two miles west and a mile north of the present town of Downs. The Ises would raise their 12 children on their farm. Professor John Ise, taught at Kansas...

  • Jewell County Commissioners purchase asphalt paving machine

    Jan 4, 2024

    The Jewell County commissioners met Dec. 11. Commissioners Brent Beck, Keith Roe and Ed Duskie were present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting. LaVernia Peters, mayor of Formoso and Mark Stenson, council member, discussed the 2024 RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) discretionary grant program notice of funding opportunity for $1.5 billion available in grant funding. Carla Waugh discussed the Kansas Secretary of State security grant and the TextMyGov proposal. Commissioners went into...

  • Commissioners hear of road concerns from residents

    Jan 4, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners met Dec. 18. Commissioners Brent Beck, Keith Roe and Ed Duskie were present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting. Anthony Wyatt stopped to inquire about buying gravel to put on T Road and 160 Road. Brent Beck moved, and Keith Roe seconded to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel beginning with P.J. Garst and Carla Waugh present. Regular session resumed with no action taken. Greg and Gayla Flavin, Ivan Frost, Pam Hajny, Dave Hastings, Alan Davis, Todd Davis, Ron Whelchel, Er...

  • Kansas Farm Bureau to recognize tradition, heritage of family farms

    Jan 4, 2024

    Kansas Farm Bureau is continuing in 2024 its recognition for “Sesquicentennial Farms” in conjunction with its annual “Century Farm” program. The Century Farm program honors Farm Bureau members who own farms of at least 80 acres within the same family for 100 years or more. The Sesquicentennial Farm recognition goes to farms in the same family for at least 150 years. “Kansas farmers and ranchers have a lot to be proud of,” Joe Newland, Kansas Farm Bureau president, said. “One thing we take pride in is our value in the traditions and strong famil...

  • Betty Schott

    Jan 4, 2024

    Elizabeth Arlene (Betty) Schott, the daughter of Marcellus and Agnes (Heigh) Gilsdorf, was born on Feb. 28, 1940, in Sandpoint, Idaho. She died Dec. 27, 2023, at the Parkview Haven Nursing Home at Deshler, Nebraska, at the age of 83 years, 9 months, 29 days. As a young girl, Betty moved with her family to Lawrence, Nebraska, where she attended parochial school and graduated from Lawrence High School. She was baptized on March 5, 1940 in Sandpoint and confirmed in 1950 at Sacred Heart Catholic...

  • Barry Thayer

    Jan 4, 2024

    Barry Dean Thayer, 60, of Silver Lake, Kansas, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023. He was born April 26, 1963, in Hebron, Nebraska, the son of Mervin and Ramona (Bohling) Thayer. He graduated from Ruskin High School in 1981. Barry married Janet Thayer on July 3, 1992, in Belleville, Kansas. They welcomed two children, Kayla and Travis. Barry was employed by Coca-Cola Industries as a route driver in Topeka for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Silver Lake United Methodist Church. Barry was an avid Nebraska football fan and enjoyed attending and...

  • Donald Baumbach

    Jan 4, 2024

    Donald Ray Baumbach, the son of Delos and Elsie (Roberts) Baumbach, was born on Oct. 25, 1954, in Superior, Nebraska. He died on Jan. 1, 2024, at the Brod-stone Healthcare Hospital at Superior, Nebraska at the age of 69 years, 2 months, 7 days. Don attended school at Superior. He was united in marriage to Tina Curry on July 14, 1990. Don was a friend to all and he never knew a stranger. He was an avid card player, loved his Husker football, enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Through the...

  • Edward Pavelka

    Jan 4, 2024

    Rural Glenvil resident, Edward J. Pavelka, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, at his home after a lengthy battle with the Vexas Syndrome. Rosary was Friday, Dec. 29, at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Dec. 30, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings with Father Jeremy Hazuka officiating. Burial was at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Memorials may be given to St. Michael's Catholic Church. Edward was born Sept. 27, 1945, in Hastings, Nebraska, to Joseph and Julia...

  • Jo Wilbern

    Jan 4, 2024

    Barbara Joan Wilbern, the daughter of Wayne and Evelyn (Sheets) Collins, was born on Aug. 31, 1942, in Superior, Nebraska. She died Dec. 31, 2023, at the Parkview Care Center at Osborne, Kansas at the age of 81 years, 4 months. In growing up, Jo attended school in Ohiowa and Superior, graduating from Superior High School. She earned her RN degree from Mary Lanning School of Nursing in Hastings. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Superior, the First Presbyterian Church in...

  • Thomas Tuggle

    Jan 4, 2024

    Thomas M. Tuggle, of Concordia, Kansas, died Dec. 29, 2023, at the KU Med Center. He was born June 17, 1942, to Ina and Lloyd Tuggle in Dodge City, Kansas. Tom is survived by his wife, Suzy; daughters, Ashlea Tuggle Clark (Marc) and Courtney Tuggle; and two granddaughters, Laurel and Addison Clark, all of Oceanside, California. Tom graduated from Cimmaron High School in 1960 and attended Kansas State where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the business school with...

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