Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|May 2, 2024

    Ready or not here comes May! I don’t know where April went, but it’s gone. It’s always a busy month. It’s time to be getting a vegetable garden planted, clean out and start up the water fountain, mow grass and mow again. Then there is my favorite May duty. That’s making trips to my favorite local flower-garden centers to shop for the flowers I hope to get planted in my prepared flower beds. It’s time to be neglectful to my house cleaning duties. It’s time to put on my straw hat and gardening gloves and get to digging in the worked soil....

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|May 2, 2024

    Thursday afternoon Rita and I drove into Lincoln with plans to attend the 151st annual meeting of the Nebraska Press Association. One hundred fifty-one seems like a lot of meetings, but while in Lincoln, I got to thinking about my experiences with the association. While I haven’t always availed myself of the opportunities to attend the annual meetings, I have been eligible to attend more than a third of them. My first one in the Lincoln Hotel came 53 years ago and I have fond memories of older members making me feel welcome. This year’s mee...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    May 2, 2024

    Q: Is it ok to laugh in church? A: My first impulse is to respond to this question with a resounding “Yes!” While the church is not a comedy center, I firmly believe there is a place in our services for humor. Christian joy is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22); rejoicing is an oft-repeated command (Philippians 4:4), and I believe that our church services should reflect the joy of the Lord. However, there is no biblical mandate or clear command to either include or prohibit laughing in church. Each church is free to pursue the goals and...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|May 2, 2024

    Some things never change, it seems. Many years ago someone said, “There’s never a good day for a funeral!” That statement has been proven out many times over the years and last Friday was another proof. We buried my brother, Bob, in Gretna, Nebraska. The day was cold, wet and just plain nasty . . . the gravel road on the way to the cemetery was under construction . . . and you had all the understandably sad feelings to go along with it. Then, later in the day, we had to dodge the tornados that hit Lincoln and Waverly on the way home . . . and...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa Bruce|May 2, 2024

    What a crazy, happy, tear-jerker of a week this will be. Jacob gets home Wednesday evening, Jessica graduates on Saturday, and the two will be united in holy bliss on Sunday. I’m so excited! I can’t sleep and can’t eat. My tummy is full of crazy little flutterflies. I’ve been cleaning like a crazy woman just because I need to keep busy. I clean when I’m nervous, anxious, irritated, or just plain angry. So if my house is a mess, I’m happy and content! LOL! Robert won’t make it home for the wedding. He got orders last minute for the weekend,...

  • Nuckolls Co. Schools will host commencements Saturday

    May 2, 2024

    Saturday is the day for members of the Nuckolls County high school’s senior classes of 2024 to receive their high school diplomas. Commercement exercises are planned for both the Lawrence-Nelson and Superior high schools. Superior will lead off the festivities with a commencement program scheduled for 2 p.m.in the high school gym. Lawrence-Nelson follows at 4 p.m. with a service in the high school gym at Nelson. For both schools the senior classes are smaller than has been the norm in recent years. The L-N class has 17 members. The Superior c...

  • 42nd FireKracker Run will have new coordinators

    May 2, 2024

    Brodstone Community Wellness will be taking over the planning and implementation of Superior’s July 4th FireKracker Run. For the past 41 years, Dr. Blecha and a team of devoted volunteers have organized the FireKracker Run. Not only is this race a cherished tradition on the 4th of July in Superior, but a staple in the community. Dr. Blecha, his family, The Superior Joggers and many other volunteers have played significant roles in the success of this event. Brodstone Community Wellness is dedicated to continuing the great work of Dr. Blecha a...

  • Hometown man returns to take helm of Ace Store

    Marty Pohlman|May 2, 2024

    Thomas Wolfe, a major American novelist, famously titled one of his works “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Trenton Morris would disagree. You can go home again. Trent, the son of TJ and Kendra Morris, who operate Superior Industries was a 2016 Superior High School graduate. He was an outstanding academic student. Morris also participated in several sports as well as school clubs. He has two siblings, Ezra, an electrician with South Central Electric and Clayton, a member of the United States Marine Corps. Trent was awarded a full scholarship to atten...

  • Superior resident makes quilts for Nebraska Foster Care program

    Karyn Christy|May 2, 2024

    According to Foster Care, a Program of Nebraska Children's Home Society, or NCHS, there were 6,640 children in foster care in Nebraska during their fiscal year 2020 to 2021. Esther Martin, a Superior resident, was just as shocked when she heard the news. "I had no idea that there could be that many children in foster care. I didn't have the foggiest idea. You don't hear or read about it that much," said Esther. Often children are abruptly removed from their households and enter foster homes with...

  • 2024 Nebraska Passport tour includes 4 area stops

    May 2, 2024

    Nebraska Tourism has announced the stops included in the 2024 Nebraska Passport program, which includes four stops in our area: Superior Estates Winery, Willa Cather Center, Spring Ranch Campground and Sugar Shack Home Decor. The Passport goal is to inspire Nebraskans and tourists to travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations and local businesses. The Nebraska Passport program is entering its 15th year. “Reaching 15 years of helping travelers discover some of Neb...

  • Superior FBLA holds annual honors night

    May 2, 2024

    The Superior FBLA Chapter held their tenth annual banquet last Thursday. Sophia Fullerton welcomed the crowd and invited the attendees to a potluck supper. Once everyone was fed, the 2023-24 officers reviewed the fundraising and community events the chapter helped with this year. This included March of Dimes, Backpack Program, Candy Cane Lane and a blood drive. Last fall, members sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Jordan Duncan, the outstanding seller of the year, sold 42 dozen doughnuts. The chapter...

  • All Roads Lead Home

    May 2, 2024

    The Superior Chamber of Commerce recently announced the theme of this year's festival. The theme is "All Roads Lead Home" The festival is annual event planned for Memorial weekend. Plan now to be sure your organization, business and family are represented in the parade....

  • Commissioners discuss insurance for employees

    May 2, 2024

    Jewell County Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duskie, and Brent Beck met April 22. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting. Brenda Eakins, treasurer, discussed personnel. Steve Melnick, Colonial Insurance, discussed coverage for part-time employees. The commissioners said the policy for payroll deductions is for full-time employees only as part-time employees are not guaranteed hours. Keith Roe was appointed as the non-lawyer member of the 12th District Judicial Nominating Commission for a term of March 4, 2024, to March 6, 2028....

  • Weather forecast causes tense moments

    May 2, 2024

    With North Central Kansas being in a Stage 3 severe weather alert area on Wednesday, schedule changes were announced Tuesday for the St. John’s junior high track meet. The Rock Hills students planned to attend the event on Wednesday. Field events were to begin at 9 a.m. Plans were to run two long jump and two triple jump pits. Running events were to start at 10 a.m. The National Weather Service was predicting two to three rounds of storms on Wednesday with an enhanced risk near the Kansas-Nebraska border. The area has been starved for p...

  • Lemonade stand

    May 2, 2024

    Lemonade stand was set up by students and teachers at Rock Hills Elementary School one morning last week....

  • Lawrence-Nelson Class of 2024

    May 2, 2024

    This Saturday 17 students of Lawrence-Nelson High School will walk the stage at the school in Nelson to receive their diploma at 4 p.m. This year’s graduates are Bayln Bargen, Sydney Biltoft Maddison Bissell-Elwess, Bailey Ceder, Danyelle Church, Roy Davidson, Nathan Elledge, Riley Funk, Claire Himmelberg, Connor Janda, Jacob Kathman, Andrew Koehler, Rocky Miller, Nolan Ostdiek, Jessica Sole, Emily Watts, and Clay Williams. The Class of 2024 salutatorian is Connor Janda and valedictorian, Clay Williams. Jacob Kathman plans to attend Central C...

  • L-N FFA Banquet was held April 19

    May 2, 2024

    Lawrence-Nelson FFA celebrated 2023-2024 with their annual FFA Banquet on Friday, April 19, at the high school in Nelson. Nearly 200 members, parents and guests gathered to eat a meal catered by the FFA members. FFA members in food science and the officers smoked pork loin, cooked four roasters of cheesy potatoes, and used the L-N FFA chapter chickens' eggs to bake 20 cakes. After the meal, students were recognized for earning Discovery, Greenhand, Chapter and State degrees. The nine seniors...

  • Salem Women host supper and informational program

    DeAnna Tuttle|May 2, 2024

    In a departure from normal quarterly meetings held by the women of Salem Lutheran Church, gentlemen were included as well as both ladies and gentlemen from other area churches. The group was treated to a light supper after which a short devotion focused on scriptures related to being prepared was given. John Price, Jr. was introduced as speaker for the evening. John’s program on Preparedness and Preplanning related the importance of family members being made aware of preferences and outlined the many types of preplanning services and types o...

  • Rubies get ready for spring

    DeAnna Tuttle|May 2, 2024

    The Nelson Rubies planning team of Jodene Clabaugh, Carla Jeardoe, Sue Burge, Marcia Buresh, Mickey Vork and Karen Thayer picked Wednesday, April 17, for an outing which turned out to be a day of perfect Nebraska weather. The group traveled to Deshler for lunch and then on to a local nursery to select plants to beautify their homes and gardens. While everyone was excited about the prospect of digging in the dirt the following day, alas, a cold and dreary Nebraska day followed the sunshine and made everyone lay down their trowels for a few...

  • Della Schiermeyer

    May 2, 2024

    Della Rose (Sykes) Schiermeyer was born to the late George A. and Lulu (Wortman) Sykes Nov. 23, 1925, near Oak Nebraska. She died April 25, 2024. On Dec. 1, 1946, she married Harvey E. Schiermeyer. To this union was born Leon, Lindell and Marilyn. She was a homemaker and teacher. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of St. Joseph, Missouri, where she was active in Faith Circle. Hobbies she enjoyed were china painting, square dancing, flower arranging and baking. In addition to her parents, Della was preceded in death by her husband; four...

  • Carol Lowery

    May 2, 2024

    Carol M. (Schreiber) Lowery of Davenport, Nebraska, died on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 7 days. Carol was born to Fred A. and Virginia H. (Bumgarner) Schreiber on July 18, 1929, at Geneva, Nebraska. Carol was married to Wendell Lowery on Oct. 29, 1950. Carol and Wendell were married for 73 years, 5 months and 27 days. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary L. (Schreiber) Hutchison and husband, Calvin; and grandson, Cody Lowery. She is survived by her husband, Wendell of Davenport, Nebraska;...

  • Raider Track Team competes in Conference Meet

    May 2, 2024

    Seeing Conference Track Meet results across the state means one thing. That means the end of the school is slowly creeping up on us. The Twin Valley Conference Track Meet was held last Saturday in Kenesaw. The Raiders were not able to fill all events at the meet, but did have several very good results. On the girls’ side, Sydney Biltoft continues a very good year as she won both Hurdle events at the meet. Jessica Sole posted her best of the season in the distance runs coming in 2nd in the 3200 Meter Run and 5th in the 1600 Meter Run. I...

  • Raider Golfers win at Blue Hill Meet

    May 2, 2024

    April 23 was a good day for the L-N Raider Golf team as they won the Cyndi Peil Scramble Golf Meet held on the Red Cloud course. Ten teams were invited to the event and the Raider team came in with the low score. The team standings were: L-N 228; Deshler 238, Heartland 239, followed by EMF, Red Cloud, Blue Hill, BDS, Silver Lake, Heartland Lutheran and Superior. The ‘Scramble’ format of the meet pitted two man teams against each other. For L-N the scoring was: Conner Janda and Bayln Bargen 73; Jacob Kathman and Clay Williams 77 and Carson Vau...

  • RHHS golf

    May 2, 2024

    The Rock Hills High School golf team hosted the Rock Hills Invitational last Tuesday. the match was played over the Mankato Golf Course. Eight teams competed at the event. The Grizzlies varsity squad finished in second place with a score of 335 for the 18-hole event. Ethan Wirth finished in the top individual scorers. Two Rock Hills junior varsity golfers medaled in their nine-hole match. Ty Vance was in fourth place while Noah eakins was in eighth place. The team competes at the Riley County Invitational at Leonardville today (Thursday). They...

  • Rock Hills HS track teams divide up for Tescott an Beloit meets

    May 2, 2024

    The Rock Hills High School boys and girls track and field teams divided their members between two meets. Several athletes competed at the Tescott Junior Varsity Invitational last Tuesday while others competed at the Beloit Relays Friday. Eli Whelchel and Kaden Wurm competed in the boys 100 meter dash at Tescott. Spencer Lindberg had a third place finish in the 400 meter dash. He finished in sixth place in the 300 meter hurdles. Wurm competed in the discus throw. Whelchel took third place in the...

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