Articles from the January 5, 2023 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|Jan 5, 2023

    I just finished watching the 133rd Tournament of Roses Parade on our wide screen television and, as usual, it didn’t disappoint me. I enjoy the bright colors and all the flowers and natural nuts, rice, grasses and plants incorporated into the floats. Of course, the bands marching in time playing wonderful music is a hit. The horses ridden with the riders dressed in their finest and some in military or official uniforms looked great. My mother, always loving horses, used to say the cameras were never left long enough showing the horse and riders...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|Jan 5, 2023

    Happy New Year. Hope 2023 is off to a good start for all of you. There are millions of reasons to give thanks for our benefits while starting this year, 2023. There are also probably as many reasons to worry about the future as hardships are sure to be part of our future. Last week I read an article written by Mr. George Will in which he proposed four fixes for our U. S. Congress. I’m going to use some of what he says to start this year off. I don’t agree with everything he says, but often I do enjoy his writing (wishing I was as good). Man...

  • BNSF train backs into grain truck Lots of damage but no injuries

    Jan 5, 2023

    There was unexpected excitement in Superior Friday morning when the Superior Fire and Rescue Departments were called to a truck-train accident near the eastern outskirts of Superior. An area truck driver, who was hauling corn to the elevator, had the truck's trailer struck while crossing the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Industrial siding and the result was a much shorter grain trailer than when he started his trip. The BNSF was pushing an empty hopper train onto the former Wymore line east of...

  • Nuckolls Co. Residents challenging FCC map

    Jan 5, 2023

    The accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Map is being disputed by a number of Nebraska broadband providers and government officials. Nuckolls County Commissioner-elect Jerry Grove has called on this newspaper and asked the paper’s help in alerting Nuckolls county residents of the need to review the map and report any errors. The Nebraska Public Service Commission plans to file a challenge regarding providers in Nebraska who do not meet the 25/3 minimum speeds. In order to validate the bulk challenge, the com...

  • Sheriff seeking info on stolen hay

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Jewell County Sheriff’s office is circulating pictures taken by a surveillance camera which may be related to the theft of hay bales from a farm north of Formoso. The pictures show two big bales of hay being loaded on a pickup truck. Officers would like to question the truck’s driver....

  • Courtland woman found at accident scene on Monday

    Jan 5, 2023

    A 60-year-old Courtland woman who was last scene on Saturday, was found at an accident seen on Monday. On Tuesday The Belleville Telescope said The Kansas Highway Patrol had reported a 2005Chevrolet Impala driven by Kimberly Petersen left Highway 36 just west of the intersection with 40 Road and struck a creek embankment....

  • 2022 rainfall light and varied

    Jan 5, 2023

    With the area’s economy dependent upon rainfall, the topic of moisture is often the subject of conversations. The year 2022 is now in the history book and for the local area, it will most likely be classified as a “drought” year. Rainfall totals can vary, a lot, even in short distances. We just recorded 2022 total for some locations in Nuckolls and Webster counties from the Little Blue NRD webs site. For the year: Oak: 14.7”; Lawrence: 17.4”; Nelson: 17.6”; Nora 20.14”; SSE Lawrence: 21.6”; and Superior: 23.7”. In Webster County for 2022: Blue...

  • Jewell County jail closed because of staff shortage

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Jewell County Commissioners met Dec. 19. Commissioners Steve Greene, Keith Roe, and Brent Beck, and Carla Waugh, county clerk, were present. Ed Duskie, commissioner elect, joined the meeting. Travis Garst, solid waste director, reported all the equipment is in good condition with the exception of the track loader needing repairs. The staff assisted him in replacing all the lighting in the transfer station with LED lights. He said the price for recyclables has decreased considerably. Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed his plans for the sheriff’s...

  • Jewell County crew patching Z Road to Webber

    Jan 5, 2023

    Amanda Davis, register of deeds, said she has issues with the postal machine and asked questions about the usage. She requested the postage machine be moved to another office as she doesn’t want to be responsible for it any longer. The commissioners approved to sign the Extension to Maintenance and Support Agreement #006278-00 for the Live Scan Fingerprint Machine with Idemia. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed maintenance. He said they are patching Z Road to Webber. Shannon Meier, ambulance director, telephoned to discuss the q...

  • Boden re-appointed to Pawnee Mental Health Board

    Jan 5, 2023

    Commissioners Steve Greene, Keith Roe and Brent Beck, and Carla Waugh, county clerk, were present for the Dec. 12, Jewell County commissioners meeting. The commissioners accepted Lila Frost’s resignation from the Jewell County Hospital Board effective Dec. 31, 2022. Carla Waugh reviewed changes to the Jewell County Handbook. The commissioners approved changes to page 37 and page 55 of the handbook. Commissioners approved the re-appointment of Karen Boden to the Pawnee Mental Health Services Governing Board of Directors. Joel Elkins, general sup...

  • New Year brings new hours and exhibits to JC Museum

    Jan 5, 2023

    The new year brings new hours and exhibits The Jewell County Historical Museum has added new exhibits for public viewing. In the room that contains Manny the Mammoth, there is now an exhibit showing mammoths in the movies. The exhibit allows museum visitors to view movies like Ice Age, where mammoths are prevalent. There will be a timeline added on the wall between Manny the Mammoth and the mammoths in the movies exhibit. New louvers have been added to the Mammoth room as well as a new mammoth...

  • Crop Nutrient Management update meetings planned

    Jan 5, 2023

    With fertilizer prices continuing to be a significant input cost and the availability issues, it is increasingly important for producers to properly manage their agricultural inputs. To address the topic of nutrient management, K-State Research and Extension, has scheduled four regional programs during the month of January. This program has been designed to help producers understand the fertilizer soil relationships to achieve a greater return from an investment in fertilizer especially in this farm environment with the fertilizer issues. The...

  • Red Cross to visit Nelson Jan. 16

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Red Cross is scheduled to be back in Nelson, with a full staff, from 9 to 3 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 16. This is a holiday for some of you, which may work better for some and not for others. Appointments can be scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 or call Sally Uhrmacher at 402-225-4292 or text message her at 402-621-0434 for assistance in scheduling an appointment. If there are questions about eligibility because of travel, health or medications, call the Red Cross at 866-236-3276 and visit with a knowledgeable...

  • LVFD reorganized for 2023, honor retirees

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department saw two veteran fire fighters retire in 2022. Bob Menke is a 46 year veteran, and Bob Theer a 34 year veteran. The men were recognized during the December meeting of the LVFD. Mr. Menke has served from 1976 to 2022 and joined when Arnold Krebsbach was fire chief. He was a member of the original EMT squad in Lawrence and served as fire chief from 1998 until 2002. Mr. Theer served his community from 1988 to 2022. He joined when Ed Ostdiek was fire chief and c...

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|Jan 5, 2023

    In late 2022, area residents received multiple warnings about the winter weather expected to arrive with the new year. Daily newspapers published the weather forecast, cell phones lit up with weather alerts. Radio and television media were broadcasting storm alerts. The National Weather Service sent out a number weather bulletins via the internet and held at least one live weather briefing with weather reporters. Weather radio stations like the one located near the Nuckolls County ghost town of Smyrna were repeatedly warning of the approaching...

  • L-N girls to play Giltner Thursday

    Jan 5, 2023

    It was a rough opening round game for the Hershey Holiday Tournament for the Lawrence-Nelson High School girls basketball team as they fell 60-26 in a contest that was never close. The Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals handed the Raiders a 48-30 loss, Friday, in the consolation round of the tournament. Lawrence-Nelson fell behind early and trailed 24-15 at the halfway mark. They were out scored 24-15 over the course of the third and fourth quarter to record their sixth loss of the season. The Raiders...

  • Raiders almost win one at Hershey

    Jan 5, 2023

    One was close and one wasn't but they were both losses for the Lawrence-Nelson boys basketball team at the Hershey Holiday Tournament Thursday and Friday. The Raiders lost a close 51-47 opening round game to the Hershey Panthers. The Raiders strutted out to a 17-5 first quarter lead. The Panthers roared back but the Raiders held a 24-19 lead at the mid-point of the game. An uninspired third quarter doomed the Raiders. Hershey scored 16 points while holding the Raiders to four points to take a 35...

  • Coe Neilson wrestles Saturday for Beloit

    Jan 5, 2023

    Coe Neilson returns to the mats for Beloit High School wrestling, Saturday, at the Norton Tournament. He has a 12-1 record for the season with Beloit where he competes as part of a cooperative program....

  • Wrestlers compete at Fillmore Central Invite

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Superior High School girls and boys girls team wrestlers competed at the Fillmore Center Invitational at Geneva, Friday. The boys team finished in eighth place, with 65 points, in the 16 team field. The girls finished in 11th place, with 26 points, in the 15 team field. Holden McDaniel finished in third place in the 120 pound weight bracket. He earned 14 team points. Hayden Neeman took third place at the 132 pound mark and earned 12 team points. Cole Laaker finished in 13th place in the 132...

  • SHS girls improve record

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Superior High School girls basketball team lost a nail biter, 42-37, to a strong C-1 Milford Eagles team in the opening round game of the Runza Holiday Tournament Wednesday. The Wildcats roared back, Thursday, with a 59-12 thrashing of the Mead Raiders. Superior topped the Wood River Eagles 59-38 Friday to improve their record to 8-2. Superior stayed close to the 7-2 Milford Eagles but was unable to close the gap. The Wildcats led Mead 33-2 at the half and coasted to their 58-12 win. The Wildcats sprinted out to a 37-20 lead over Wood...

  • Cats pounded at tourney

    Jan 5, 2023

    The Superior High School boys basketball team had a less than joyous experience at the Runza Holiday Tournament Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Wildcats were handed losses in the three games they played. Milford handed them a 46-37 loss in the opening round game Wednesday. Cross County dominated Superior 70-30 in Thursday’s game. The Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles downed Superior 59-48 to end the tournament. Milford led Superior 26-17 at the halfway mark. The Wildcats matched Milford point for point for the third and fourth quarters. T...

  • Clarence Chartier

    Jan 5, 2023

    Clarence Lee Chartier, 90 of Kearney, formerly of Joplin, Missouri, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 at Kinship Point Northridge in Kearney. His funeral will be at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) Jan. 5, at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney with Pastor John Fowler officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Athens Cemetery, Jewell, Kansas. Clarence was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Leavenworth, Kansas, to Arthur L. Chartier, Sr....

  • Dorothy Sandell

    Jan 5, 2023

    Dorothy Arlene Sandell, 93, daughter of Elmer Danielson and Ida (Sundgren) Danielson was born Aug. 20, 1929, Scandia, and died on Dec. 27, at the Belleville Health Care Center, Belleville. Dorothy graduated from Scandia High School. She was united in marriage to Charles “Pat” Sandell on Jan. 15, 1946, in a double ring ceremony with Pat’s brother Harlan and Veda at the Methodist parsonage in Scandia. Dorothy was employed at the Scandia State Bank for many years and later as a morning cook at the Kaffee Haus in Scandia. She was a member of the S...

  • Mary Ann Biltoft

    Jan 5, 2023

    Mary Ann Biltoft, the daughter of Joseph and Alice (Barta) Mazour, was born on Feb. 20, 1932, on the family farm near Nelson, Nebraska. She died on Dec.16, 2022, at her home in Nelson, Nebraska at the age of 90 years, 9 months, 26 days. Mary Ann was baptized in the Catholic faith in March of 1932, and confirmed in 1944, at Our Lady Assumption Church in Deweese, Neb. She attended District 24 Star Country School and Nelson High School, graduating in 1949. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic...

  • Bertha Kathman

    Jan 5, 2023

    Bertha E. (Hofstetter) Kathman, 87, Hastings, Neb., formerly of Lawrence, Neb., died Wed- nesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Providence Place in Hastings. Rosary was at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lawrence, Neb., with Fr. Jamie Hottovy and Fr. Jeremy Hazuka officiating. Burial was in St Stephen Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at the Lawrence Visitation Chapel with family being present from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Memo...

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