Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|Jul 4, 2024

    Happy 248th Birthday, America! Lately it seems this “sweet land of liberty” has become more chaotic than patriotic. America is still considered to be the best country in the world and the best place to live and raise a family, but we all need to work to make it remain that way. After all “Freedom Isn’t Free.” Thinking back to when the first American Patriots decided that they didn’t want to live under the rules of England and its king, they began to rebel and stood up for what they believed. Those patriots were few in number and were willin...

  • Editorʼs Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|Jul 4, 2024

    Over the years unidentified flying objects have made for a number of interesting newspaper stories. A number of those stories stem from the 1950s and 60s prior to the launch of the first astronauts. I remember being filled with fear listening to news bulletins related to the Russians’ launch of their first Sputnik space satellite on Oct. 4, 1957. The little thing was about the size of a beach ball. In the 1970s, I met and visited with the American who was the first to intercept radio transmissions between the satellite and the Russian scientist...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    Jul 4, 2024

    Q: If a person can’t tithe (i.e. give 10 percent of their income as an offering), does God look down on them? A: It’s easy for believers to slip into a perspective of merit or obligation in regards to charitable gifts. This is because just about everything in our world (religious or otherwise) is based on some kind of merit system. The merit system tells us we have to do things for God-gods-the universe in order to get good things from them. Everything is “paid for” by our good works. While Christians (and sometimes pastors and entire churche...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|Jul 4, 2024

    Singing at Sunday church services varies greatly. If familiar songs are used, the volume is usually greater. If the song is not familiar, people either don’t sing, or do so timidly. Often on national holidays, our church uses patriotic songs. This last Sunday, close to the 4th of July, the ending song was “America the Beautiful” and the response was great. The volume was great as it seemed almost everyone in church was singing. And . . . that song is one of my favorites. A O I try to do my best to sing that song to the best of my abili...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa Bruce|Jul 4, 2024

    I have four new tires on my car. It’s so nice not having to air them up every day. It even drives a little smoother now that it has the correct size tire. Knowing that the tires were rubbing on the shock, or strut (still can’t tell you which it is) was making me very nervous about driving it too far. I got the cheapest tires I could get, so I have 50,000 miles before I need to replace them. I’ll need new ones by November. LOL! The fresh paint in the pool has become quite troublesome. The floor of the pool is slippery, and when the youngsters pl...

  • Superior retail sales decrease 10.3%

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Nebraska Department of Revenue has compiled a comparison of net taxable sales for all Nebraska counties for March 2024 and March 2023. For Superior, retail sales declined 10.3 percent to just less than $2.2 million. In the same time period, Nuckolls County retail sales declined 2.8 percent to about $3.895 million. March Thayer County’s net retail sales fell 21.3 percent to $2.695 million. Webster County sales grew 7.2 percent to about $1.728 million. Adams County sales were almost flat, growing 0.4 percent. Clay County sales declined 1...

  • Internet provider denied county radio tower lease

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Nuckolls County Board of Commissioners met at the county courthouse in Nelson, Monday. The board approved a utility permit for the Bostwick Irrigation District. The board continued its ongoing review for the upcoming fiscal year budget. The board approved seeking bids for remediation of the courthouse basement issues. The board declined to approve a lease with Superior iNet for its use of the 911 tower near Nelson. The company currently pays a flat fee and that will continue. The courthouse is closed today (Thursday) to observe...

  • 2025 road plan unveiled Monday

    Jul 4, 2024

    Last year the Nebraska Department of Transportation had projects scheduled on the east, north and south approaches to Superior. We have gotten a reprieve this year and it appears the same will be true in 2025. The roads department this week released plans for Fiscal Year 2025 which began Monday. Nuckolls County is in the state’s District 4 and it appears nothing is planned in or close to Nuckolls County in 2025 but work is planned for the five years following. Those projects include resurfacing of the Oak and Deweese spurs, resurfacing of H...

  • Lutheran churches sponsor 'Old time Radio Music' concert in Superior park

    Karyn Christy|Jul 4, 2024

    Off in the distance, the popping of fireworks could be heard as the beginnings of the July 4 celebrations. It was Sunday, the last day of June this year, a relatively cool, overcast day for the "Old Time Radio Musicians" reenactment concert held at the bandshell in Superior City Park. The concert began at 5:30 p.m. and continued for about an hour. The band members and singers are all from area Lutheran churches. The St. Paul location in Hardy, that came up with the idea to have the concert in...

  • 2024 EdgarFest parade

    Jul 4, 2024

    Spectators at the 2024 EdgarFest parade scrambled to pick up candy tossed from an Edgar Volunteer Fire Department vehicle Saturday. The parade route was changed this year because of a water main break. Edgar, The Good Life, was the theme for this year's celebration....

  • Area residents celebrating USAʼs 248th birthday

    Jul 4, 2024

    For the benefit of our e-edition readers and the print subscribers who received the paper on Wednesday, we will recap the July 4th activities we have learned about that are happening today in Superior. Unfortunately, most of our mail only subscribers will not receive this paper until sometime after July 4. It has been difficult for us to keep up on the holiday plans as there is no longer a central coordinating agency. The Superior July 4th celebrations have long been the product of many volunteer groups and that is still true. However, for...

  • Jaelyn Himmelberg wins 2024 Miss Teen Rodeo title

    Caitlyn Thomas, North Platte Telegraph|Jul 4, 2024

    From the June 13, 2024 North Platte Telegraph A new reign has commenced for Miss Teen Rodeo. Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2023 Macie Cox passed her title onto Jaelyn Himmelberg at McDonald-Belton Theater. "This has been my dream ever since I was a little girl," Himmelberg said. "It's just a great moment to be crowned after putting in so much and work throughout the years leading up to this." Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2023 Rebel Sjeklocha, the announcer of the winners, and Himmelberg will be touring...

  • Registration deadline for voter registration

    Jul 4, 2024

    Tuesday, July 16, is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration information to participate in the Kansas primary election. If you are 18 or older, and have changed your name or address since last registering, you must register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary election. Go to the Jewell County Clerk’s office at the Jewell County Courthouse to get registered by Tuesday, July 16, 2024. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution defines citizenship and gives citizens the right to vote. The 15th Amendment prohibits the denial of t...

  • J.C. Commissioners hear reports from department heads

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners met Monday, June 24. Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duskie and Brent Beck along with Carla Waugh, county clerk, and Myka Zadina, were present for the meeting. The following were present for the office head meeting and provided an update for their department: Chris Petet, custodian; Don Jacobs, sheriff; Cindy Becker, health administrator; Amanda Davis, register of deeds; Anna Porter, county appraiser; James A. Vaughan IV, solid waste director; Shannon Meier, ambulance director; Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, Brenda...

  • Computer upgrades approved

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners met Monday, June 17. Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duskie and Brent Beck were present, along with Carla Waugh, county clerk, and Myka Zadina. Amanda Davis reported the death of former register of deeds, Anna Morgan. It was decided the county would send a memorial in her honor. The commissioners discussed the voucher submitted for the conference in Montana with Cindy Becker, health administrator. Anna Porter, county appraiser, discussed adding a temporary part-time person. Mechelle Caprez, DCCCA, telephoned to...

  • Commissioners discuss road maintenance

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duski, and Brent Beck met Monday, June 10. Carla Waugh, county clerk, and Myka Zadina were present for the meeting. The commissioners went into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel with Carla Waugh and Myka Zadina present. Regular session resumed with no action taken. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed road maintenance. Brent Beck discussed the road concern of Brad Purcell’s on 240 Road. Ed Duskie requested repairs to the approach on the bridge located on t...

  • Congressman Tracey Mann talked about achievements

    Jul 4, 2024

    Congressman Tracey Mann was in Mankato on Monday morning. Mann serves the First District of Kansas and gained many legislative accomplishments in 2023, including ending Washington's spending addiction, cutting red-tape and burdensome regulations for agricultural producers, business owners and all Americans and restoring the people's voice. Mann grew up on his family's farm and preconditioning feedlot, and said he is humbled to represent Big First farmers, ranchers, feedlot managers,...

  • Jewell Library hosts rocket launch

    Kerma Crouse|Jul 4, 2024

    It was rocket science at the Jewell Public Library on Friday morning. Steve Arthur, director of the Ellis County Library, presented information about rockets and space during a two-hour workshop. Arthur's hobby and passions are rockets, rocketry and Big Creek Rocketry. The seven attendees were eight to 12-year old boys and girls. They were learning "applied science" as they used chemistry and physics plus some math to build their rockets. "It is STEM." said Marsha Ericson, director of the...

  • New water tower in Cawker City

    Jul 4, 2024

    A new water tower is under construction in Cawker City (left). It is round and painted to resemble a ball of twine. The largest ball of twine in the world is on display in downtown Cawker City....

  • Fred Eilert donated wheat to Jewell County Historical Society

    Jul 4, 2024

    Fred Eilert generously donated the wheat that the Jewell County Historical Society bound on Saturday. Pictured is Fred Eilert's combine....

  • Controlled burns eliminate two homes in Lawrence

    Jul 4, 2024

    Saturday, July 29, 2024, was a day the village of Lawrence lost a couple of dwellings to fire. Not “bad” fires, but these are called “controlled burns.” (That is they were intentional burns, controlled by the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department.) A little bit of Lawrence history was lost with one of the burns. The first fire of the day was located just a block southeast of Main Street. The house was the former home of John Buescher whose estate sold the house to Gene Schendt several years a...

  • Shirley Uhrmacher

    Jul 4, 2024

    Shirley Uhrmacher, the daughter of Harold and Armilda (Hohl) Uhrmacher, was born on April 12, 1940, in Superior, Nebraska. She died on June 19, 2024, at the Superior Good Samaritan Society at Superior, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, 2 months, 7 days. Shirley attended Cadams grade school. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church being a lifetime member. She also was a member of Senior Citizen Center in Nelson. She enjoyed playing different card games which included rummy, uno...

  • Clarice Hastings

    Jul 4, 2024

    Clarice Lue (Bottorf) Hastings was born May 31, 1936, fourth child of five children to Vernon and Irene Bottorf in Jewell, Kansas. She died on June 24, 2024, at the age of 88 years at her home in Jewell. Clarice grew up on a farm southwest of Jewell and attended country schools, graduating from Jewell Rural High School with the Class of 1954. Clarice married Emery L. Hastings on Feb. 22, 1955, making their home in Jewell. Born to this union were five children: David, Keith, Deanna, Delores and... Full story

  • James Jensen

    Jul 4, 2024

    James Haldane Jensen, the son of Herbert and Mildred (Schlamann) Jensen, was born on Nov. 30, 1950 in Superior, Nebraska. He died on May 16, 2024, at Brodstone Healthcare at Superior, Nebraska at the age of 73 years, 5 months, 16 days. Jim donated his body to medical research. James was born at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, baptized at Salem Lutheran Church, confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran in Hardy, and a faithful member at Salem Lutheran. He served on the church council for a...

  • Bruce Burkhart

    Jul 4, 2024

    Bruce Allen Burkhart, 60, from Mankato died peacefully June 23, 2024, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born in Wichita Jan. 6, 1964, to Shirley Folsom Burkhart and Herbet Allen Burkhart Jr. His parents divorced and his mother married Richard Minear. Richard Minear had four children he brought into the family, Sherri, Gilbert, Mike and Dick. Bruce liked them and considered them as siblings. He was preceeded in death by a younger sister, Lisa Burkhart Burns; mother, Shirley Minear;...

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