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  • Youngsters told "Reading begins an adventure of magic"

    Jul 18, 2024

    R Giggles and squeals of delight filled the conference room of the Superior Public Library last Wednesday during the Adventure Begins at Your Library summer program. Adam White, a magician who has practiced for 30 years, amazed the crowd of 34 adults and children in attendance. White started his adventure in magic tricks when he picked up a book, "Now You See It, Now You Don't," at his local library when he was 9 years old. From then on he was hooked at reading other books and learning how to...

  • Senior citizen rides along

    Marty Pohlman|Jul 18, 2024

    Mother Nature provided the heat Saturday as the tempereature hovered above the 100 degree mark. This reporter was pleased to be able to transition from his air conditioned vehicle through the convection-oven heat, climb what seemed to be a 30 feet tall ladder into the cab of an air conditioned combine. That first step took a bit of time as the woefully out of condition writer climbed up what seemed an endless series of steps. Dave Mussman, a Ruskin area farmer and Nuckolls County commissioner,... Full story

  • Superior Dance Studio buys building, will relocate soon

    Karyn Christy|Jul 11, 2024

    "Dance the night away!" That's what the children do at their dance recitals held at the Superior Auditorium lead by instructor Erin Menke. Classes in preparation for recitals have been held at the auditorium for the past few years, but will be relocating to a building around the corner. Erin and her husband, Brent, recently purchased the old Sisco store on 4th Street and plan to operate the Superior Dance Studio from there. They are in process of remodeling it. Walls are set up to create a...

  • 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... Full story

  • Daughter carries on family iris tradition

    Jun 20, 2024

    Iris are in bloom. One backyard in Superior is bordered by an array of colors of this flower. Janice Smidt is continuing the tradition of raising these colorful flowers. When Janice's grandparents moved to Superior, they brought some iris bulbs with them to mark the property lines of their place. On the family farm, Janice's aunt, Irma Grummert, started thinning the over abundance of the lavender and white iris. She brought iris to Mildred Black, Janice's mother, who planted them in her yard....

  • All the same cemetery, just a different name, Montana, Rubens, Tibbett's

    Kerma Crouse|Jun 13, 2024

    "It's old," said Arden Russell. Russell, with Doug Paige as sexton, plus John Price Sr, Ed VanMeter and Brett Behrends are the five board members who care for Montana Cemetery located along the northern edge of Lovewell Lake. Or officially, Jewell County Cemetery District No. 12. The cemetery is located on Jewell County's Y Road ("the Lake Road') just a half mile east of Highway 14. Montana Cemetery is the most commonly used name but the cemetery has also been referred to as the Tibbetts...

  • Retired Superior resident's hobby: making, selling wooden toys

    Karyn Christy|Jun 6, 2024

    A farmer friend's combine broke down and he desperately needed a new one, willing to help out a long-time buddy, Jamie Thornberry, said he could get one for him, but he didn't say what kind. Jamie, excited at the prospect, couldn't wait to hear back from him. Randy was on a mission. Later, as promised, Randy met up with Jamie and delivered a John Deere green and yellow, combine look alike. The combine was approximately 12-inches long by 12-inches wide by 10-inches high carved from maple and oak...

  • Edgar Cemetery gate rebuilt

    Karyn Christy|May 30, 2024

    "The pearly gates are what some people believe that after they die, they go through them and enter heaven," said Chris Shuck, clerk-treasurer at the Edgar City Office. The pearly gate she speaks of is the white archway located at Edgar Cemetery entrance. The gate, that has welcomed many for more than a century, was in peril, needing a resurrection of its own. The gateway had endured slight bumps by incoming cars and the furies of Nebraska storms for the past 115 years. In April 2023, a...

  • Why do we remember Lady Vestey?

    May 23, 2024

    In conjunction with the traditional activities associated with Memorial Day, members of the Superior community each year remember the legacy of a stenographer from their community. Though she traveled the world looking after the interests of her employer, she never forgot her home town. When Evelene Brodstone arrived in Superior in 1878, the town contained about 10 buildings and 50 inhabitants. The newcomers were welcomed by a community ambitious to grow, but the three-year-old Brodstone girl was no cause for special attention. There was no...

  • 2024 Nebraska Passport selects stops

    May 9, 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...

  • 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...

  • Jewell County named after civil war veteran Lewis R. Jewell

    Gloria Schlaefli|Apr 25, 2024

    Last week found my hubby and me on a trip to Kentucky, a state that we had not traveled in before. We saw lots of sites but with both of us being history buffs, we had to tour at least one Civil War battlefield. The one we toured was the biggest Civil War battle that occurred in that state, Perryville Battlefield. A hilly area, it was pictured with the U.S. troops all on one hill. Directly across a small valley was where the Confederate troops were stationed, firing cannons from one hill to the...

  • Jewell Trinity Methodist Church Celebrates 150 Years

    Linda Woerner|Apr 18, 2024

    The history of Methodism in Jewell is almost simultaneous with the founding of Jewell City when the townsite was filed May 6, 1870. Services were held by local preachers, often outdoors under a shade tree or in an arbor of boughs. The first Methodist preacher, assigned by the Kansas Conference, was the Rev. H.G. Breed, who arrived in Jewell April 1,1872. During those early years, the pioneers were caught up in the work of building homes and businesses. It took some time before the first...

  • Store observing anniversary

    Karyn Christy|Mar 28, 2024

    A local market is turning 75 and still looks so young! The owners of Ideal Market will soon celebrate their store's 75th anniversary. Three generations, grandfather Russell McCord, father Larry McCord, son, Shannon McCord, have kept Ideal going. Through competition from other stores, closures of grocery stores and factories, reduction in area population, wars, market crashes and recessions, Ideal has withstood the test of times and is still going. Russell, or Russ, moved from Fairbury to Superio...

  • Creative juices flow from Formoso

    Mar 21, 2024

    Thirty-nine year old Bret Williams, from Formoso, refurbishes copper, horseshoes, wood and other natural resources into functional pieces. "What I do is make functional things, or just things that I want," Williams said. One year, Williams wanted a hunting knife, so he used a rasp and a horn he found that fit his hand, and he made a knife. Williams is from Jewell originally. After shoeing horses for 14 years, he decided to move to Formoso when he took a job with Jewell County as a road grader...

  • For Christians, Holy Week services climax on Easter

    Karyn Christy|Mar 21, 2024

    Holy Week commemorates events from more than 2,000 years ago, which still herald the good news today. It is the reason behind the sacrifice of Jesus’ life that makes it good. The Easter holiday is how it is observed. Several churches will be celebrating the joyful tidings. Pastor Bonnie Brock from First United Methodist Church in Superior, presents an open invitation to everyone in the community to attend one or all of the services during Holy Week, Sunday, March 24 to Sunday, March 31. Pastor Bonnie would like to make it clear the i...

  • Ministers bring Todd Becker Story to Superior Wednesday evening

    Karyn Christy|Mar 11, 2024

    Todd Becker, was a senior at Kearney High School, playing football with dreams of being a professional player, yet the partying side got the best of him. Tragically, an alcohol-related automobile accident claimed his life in February 2005. Keith, Todd’s older brother, was Todd’s party influencer. After the funeral, a Baptist pastor approached Keith to impart God’s love and forgiveness. Because of Todd’s death and Keith making a commitment to God, the course of Keith’s life and thousands of young people since then have changed direction...

  • Chickens - a learning experience for L-N students

    Mar 11, 2024

    Forty-six-month old laying hens for sale. The statement represents far more than a gold star for two Lawrence-Nelson ag instructors, Lawrence-Nelson FFA and a large percentage of the Lawrence-Nelson High School students (75 percent of whom are FFA members.) The Lawrence-Nelson High School chicken project started at the Nebraska State FFA Convention last year when Adam Theer and Kylie Kinley, ag instructors, said to one another, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had our own eggs for an FFA bre...

  • Scammers striking local residents

    Karyn Christy|Mar 7, 2024

    It can be fun to dress up and pretend to be someone else for Halloween, a costume party or for Vestey days. However, being taken by a person cloaking themselves behind a mask of impostership is anything but amusing, it is offensive and criminal. Imposters hide behind their veils of phones, emails, falsified documents and revolving bank accounts. They pose as an authority, an acquaintance and even use the voice of someone familiar. They can be friendly, commanding and down-right nasty. To seem credible to their victim, persuasion is their plot...

  • Tucker's 30 years of crock collecting

    Gloria Schlaefli|Mar 7, 2024

    John Tucker, Burr Oak, has collected crocks for almost 30 years. His collection now totals 70 and more are expected to be added. John has all of his treasured finds displayed on shelving he constructed in the basement of his and wife Sue's home. As for why he decided to collect this crock-stoneware, he said, "because I became interested in them and like the sight of them." Among his collection are big and little crocks, jugs of all sizes, poultry waterers and even butter churns. The items in his...

  • The Nelson Library highlights two books

    Mar 7, 2024

    A Cup of Dust, by Susie Finkbeiner, is an adult fiction novel of the Dust Bowl, found at Nelson Library. Here is a brief summary. Where you come from does not define you…Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in 1935 during Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff’s family, they have more than most in this dry, desolate place. the town turns to them when there’s a crisis or a need—and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the...

  • Readers share their February stories

    Feb 29, 2024

    With this being a leap year and this newspaper being published on the 29th day of February for only the second time in the past 54 years, we asked our readers if they had stories to share about leap year. Mary Ann Kibbe was the first to call. She said her husband, Bob, would celebrate his 21st birthday today (Feb. 29) however, will have been married for more than 50 years on his 21st birthday. For many years the State of Kansas did not recognize his Feb. 29 birthday. As a result his driver’s license expired on March 1. That has now been c...

  • The Bell of Sacred Heart Parish

    Feb 22, 2024

    That's correct . . . bell . . . (singular) Yes, the Sacred Heart parish church has two bell towers but only one tower has been used over these past 100 years. Little attention has been given to the bell and little information is available to its history. However, the following information has been gleaned through various sources. The birth of Sacred Heart parish was 1893, and that year also saw the first parish church built. The building was "bare bones" according to several written sources. The...

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