Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition


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  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli|Aug 24, 2023

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt|Aug 24, 2023

    After the last heat wave broke and we had several days of pleasant weather, I was certain the hot summer days were behind us for this year. I was wrong. The last few days have been even hotter. Manhattan, Kansas, had the nation’s high, 114 degrees on Saturday. Had I been attending school there, I would have wanted to visit the state park located below the dam, When I was a KSU student we called it Tuttle Puddle and it was high on the students lists of favorite summertime places. However, this year the park is closed because of blue-green a...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    Aug 24, 2023

    Q: What does Jesus mean in Matthew 8:18-22 when He tells his disciple to follow Him and let the dead bury their own dead? A: Great job finding and listing the context surrounding the verse you’re asking about! Jesus’ words to a would-be disciple to “let the dead bury their own dead” are included in a set of responses to those who expressed a willingness to follow Him (Luke lists a third interaction in his account; Luke 9:57-62). Taken together, these conversations present information to the reader about where Christ expects to be placed upon ou...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek|Aug 24, 2023

    I’ve heard over the years that trying to tell the future of anything can be an inexact science. For this year of 2023, when talking about the weather, trying to forecast the weather is almost impossible. For some time now, we in southcentral Nebraska have come to know that most all “rain forecasts” are anything but true. How many of you are now familiar with the National Weather Service’s radar, and take the time to watch it? I have, at times, watched and followed it. The forecast is for rain to come to Nuckolls and Webster counties and the...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa L Bruce|Aug 24, 2023

    I had to wear a dress yesterday. I never wear dresses, I buy them and they hang in the closet. I needed to get the wash done, and it was a last resort. Not going to lie, it was comfortable. So comfortable that I may just wear one more often. I typically avoid wearing them because I am not the most ladylike. Jacob is home. We haven’t done much but I think that is all right by him. He’s been lying in bed late into the morning and going to see Jess in the evening. I think the slower pace is a welcome change. He is even enjoying the heat wave, he...

  • Concrete being poured on 4th Street project

    Aug 24, 2023

    For Superior area residents the summer of 2023 has been a summer of road construction and it is not over yet. A weekend drive-by inspection of the work underway on the Highway 14 bridge over the Republican River, indicated it was about time for the last concrete pour. On Sunday construction workers were preparing a section of the banister for replacement. Traffic over the bridge has been maintained but restricted to one 11-foot lane. Because of the lane restriction, trucks hauling some wide...

  • CarQuest store opening Tuesday

    Aug 24, 2023

    On Tuesday, the Superior Implement store on East Third Street will hold a grand opening of a new department. In addition to the lines of farm, home and industrial equipment, the store is adding a Car Quest auto parts franchise. An advertisement in this issue gives more information about the grand opening. Car Quest has stores in a number of nearby communities including Red Cloud, Deshler, Smith Center, Belleville and Geneva. Carquest was founded in 1974 and 40 years later was supplying 5,305 stores. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., the company...

  • Trail of Treasurers coming in October

    Aug 24, 2023

    Judy Coe, president of the Heritage Highway group, called The Superior Express editor Monday asking for help in promoting the Highway 136 Trail of Treasurers which is planned for October 6 through 8. This will be the 12th year for the event that is popular in some areas but has never generated the expected level of support in Thayer and Nuckolls counties. Trail of Treasures is a flea market and garage sale extravaganza across Southern Nebraska that was patterned after the popular Junk Jaunt in northern Nebraska and the Highway 36 Treasure Hunt...

  • 42 county clash in store for Friday

    Aug 24, 2023

    Friday night’s football game to be played on Superior’s Brodstone Memorial Field is being advertised by Brodstone Healthcare as the Brodstone Fandemonium 42 County Clash. It will pit the Superior High School Wildcats against the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders. Before the game Brodstone will sponsor a booster meal starting at 6 p.m. The Nuckolls County Knights, the county’s newest midget football team which includes players from both schools will take the field at halftime as they make their first public appearance as the Knights. The Brodstone tent wi...

  • 2 earthquakes shake area Tuesday morn

    Aug 24, 2023

    Folks are shaking this month in southern Nebraska. Two quakes exceeding 2.0 magnitude were reported Tuesday morning. The epicenters of the two quakes were about 3 miles apart. The stronger and first of the two measured 2.9. A second quake coming about12 minutes later at 6:15 a.m. measured 2.5 magnitude and was located about 7 miles east, northeast of Cowles. The first quake and strongest came at 6.02 Tuesday morning and was near the Webster-Nuckolls County line located 16 miles northwest of Superior. The energy released by the quake was...

  • Fire marshal allows Superior schools to open Monday

    Aug 24, 2023

    Superior isn't the only area school district to have the start of school delayed by a construction project but it may have had the longest delay. Uncompleted construction also delayed the start of the Pike Valley Schools but delay was for two days, not two weeks like it was for Superior. Though work is continuing on the front entrance and office area the Superior Schools were allowed to open on Monday....

  • Brodstone planning September Opening

    Aug 24, 2023

    Work was slowed by the COVID pandemic but finally the latest addition to the Brodstone Healthcare hospital is near enough to completion that a date has been set for an open house. An advertisement in this issue advises the public will have an opportunity to inspect the 41,900 square foot addition from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. The addition features a new emergency room, patient wing, infusion suites and a healing garden. Entrance will be through the new emergency room entrance near...

  • Judge sends 2 to state penitentiary

    Aug 24, 2023

    Morgan Fahrquar presided over two Nuckolls County district court sentencings at the county courthouse in Nelson last Wednesday. Myron Gray, was convicted on two felony counts. Count one was criminal attempt of distribution of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. He was convicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. The judge cited Gray’s lengthy criminal history in deeming him an unsuitable candidate for probation. Gray was sentenced to 24 months in state prison on the first count as well as 18 months o...

  • Juveniles accused of garage burglaries being held for court

    Aug 24, 2023

    Two juveniles were detained after a rash of garage burglaries in Superior Friday night. At least six, and possibly up to nine structures were burglarized before they were apprehended. They were transferred to the Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Center, Madison. The two appeared via a Zoom hearing from the detention facility at the county courthouse in Nelson Monday. Michael Burns, Nuckolls County judge, conducted the hearing. After hearing from John Hodge, county attorney, defense attorneys for the two as well as state probation officers, Burns...

  • Nuckolls Co. road department adds used paddle wagon

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Nuckolls County Board of Commissioners met at the county courthouse in Nelson, Monday. David Mussman was an excused absence. Jim Bolte, county road foreman, reported the department had taken possession of a used paddle wagon. Two road maintainers were being repaired but no impact was expected on road maintenace because of the abnormally dry conditions. The board approved special designated liquor licenses for Elk Creek Country Club. Routine claims were approved as were pledged securities from the treasurer’s office. The board will meet a...

  • Jewell County has at least 58 named creeks

    Kerma Crouse|Aug 24, 2023

    Jewell County has at least 58 named creeks. The 1884, 1908 and 1921 Jewell County Atlases were used to locate and identify named creeks. However, flowing water in Jewell County isn't confined to creeks. There is also the Republican River which moves through and along the northern borders of Montana and Jackson Townships in the northeastern part of Jewell County. Some remember major flooding on the Republican River in 1935 and 1947. Another Jewell County River is noted on the 1921 Jewell County...

  • Educational afternoon planned in Jewell County

    Aug 24, 2023

    Agriculture producers are encouraged to reserve their spot on the charter bus that will tour Jewell County on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Soil Health – Conservation Tour will leave 218 Delaware Street (Jewell Community Center) at 1 p.m. First stop will be at the Robin and Deb Griffeth homestead; 1848 J Road, north of Jewell. There will be information about bee keeping and honey production. Then on to view brush management and the progress made by using a late summer burn! This is located near the intersection of 10 and U Road along...

  • FBLA attended National Leadership Conference

    Aug 24, 2023

    Members of the Rock Hills High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the National Leadership Conference this summer. The event was held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 27 to 30. The six members that qualified and advanced to this competition were Davin Coil, Savannah Coil, Hannah Simmelink, Bethany Simmelink, Allison Ost and Faith Reinert, who traveled with their advisor, Jill Griffith. They competed against more than 8,700 high school students from nearly 1,600 high schools....

  • Rock Hills welcomes new Superintendent

    Aug 24, 2023

    Rock Hills Schools has a new superintendent this year. Jeff Sells, the new superintendent, is from Belleville. He has lived in Jewell County for a little more than a month and said he moved here to take the open position. "This is home without being home," Sells said. Sells attended school at Hutchinson Community College and Wichita State University. He has been in the education field for 18 years. The first five years in this field consisted of teaching eighth grade. Sells has also taught high...

  • Conservation tour planned for Sept. 6

    Aug 24, 2023

    Agriculture producers are encouraged to reserve their spot on the charter bus that will tour Jewell County on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Soil Health – Conservation Tour will leave 218 Delaware Street (Jewell Community Center) at 1 p.m. First stop will be at the Robin and Deb Griffeth homestead; 1848 J Road, north of Jewell. There will be information about bee keeping and honey production. Then on to view brush management and the progress made by using a late summer burn! This is located near the intersection of 10 and U Road along...

  • School District opens year with 632 students

    Aug 24, 2023

    August in Nebraska is often known for two things. The first thing is that the new school year begins. The second thing is that the weather turns “hot and dry.” Quite often they accomplish both things at the same time. 2023 for sure has. In any case the 2023 – 2024 school year has started for most all schools in the state. The Fall High School Sports season is set to begin this week as well. Enrollment figures for the South Central Unified School District No. 5 were obtained this week and are shown in the accompanying table. In total, 632 stude...

  • Meet the Lost Needle Quilters

    Teraesa L Bruce|Aug 24, 2023

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting with the talented women of Nelson’s own Lost Needle Quilters. The group is so named since they believed they spent more time on the floor looking for lost needles than they did quilting. These women have all been sewing, cross-stitching and embroidering for quite some time, but for many of them, hand quilting was a new experience. Allow me to introduce you to the talent behind The Lost Needle Quilters. Gwen Johnson learned to sew from her mother and grandmother. Gwen grew up in Oak, and her g...

  • Nicole Pavelka

    Aug 24, 2023

    Nicole Lynn Pavelka, a beloved fiancé, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died tragically on Aug. 9, 2023, in a car accident. Born on Oct. 21, 1992, in Aurora, Nebraska, Nicole started her life as a fighter while enduring open heart surgery at only six weeks old. Her fight and love for life showed through her actions and how she treated those around her. Nicole accepted everyone into her heart and never judged a single person she crossed. Bryant McGill said it best, “You will be a beautiful person, as long as you see the beauty in ot...

  • Charles Bridwell

    Aug 24, 2023

    Charles (Chuck) Bridwell, 81, of Superior, Nebraska, died at Brodstone Healthcare on Aug. 15, 2023, after a lengthy illness. He was born at home in Bostwick on Jan. 9, 1942, to Ernest and Blanche Bridwell. Surviving are his wife, Sylvia of Superior; children: Bryan Gilmore (Lee) of West Valley, Utah; Taunya Feyen (Dave), Johnstown, Colorado; Shawn Bridwell, Longmont, Colorado; and Marcus, Minot, North Dakota. Stepchildren: Terri Tworek (Greg), Columbus, Nebraska; Ted, Alaska; 13 grandchildren...

  • L-N volleyball set to open season

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Lawrence-Nelson High School volleyball team will line up on the court for their season opener Saturday with the Axtell Invitational at Axtell. This is a four team affair. The roster has several returning players from last season's 15-17 team. Sydney Biltoft and Claire Himmelberg and Jessica Sole are the senior class team members. Onja Meyers, Brooklyn Combs, Valentina Koehler, Hanna Skinner, Josie Hajny represent the junior class. There are no sophomores on the team. Freshmen class members...

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