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  • 96-year- old court bailiff retires; retired banker takes her place

    Jun 20, 2024

    Jim Farmer, a rural Deweese resident, has been named as the Nuckolls County court bailiff. He replaced Donna Boeka, who had served as bailiff since 1999 and had retired. Farmer retired from a 43 year career in banking at Red Cloud 10 years ago. Farmer graduated from Broken Bow High School. He earned a degree in business from Kearney State College. He became interested in how the law works in its practical application and began attending county court sessions in Clay Center. Judge Michael Burns,...

  • Monday was an interesting day in county court

    Jun 20, 2024

    It was county court day, Monday at the county courthouse in Nelson. There were the usual no-shows, one of whom had a legitimate excuse: no one had arranged his transport from jail to court. Another messaged in sick (supposedly) from Kansas City. Another called in late and earned the displeasure of the judge. The docket was unusual in one respect. A trial for a speeding ticket which covered 90 minutes. Jason Miller, a deputy with the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Department, was on patrol duty February 9, 2024. He was traveling north on Highway 1...

  • Web site improvement nullifies instructions

    Jun 20, 2024

    With the mail service holiday on Wednesday delaying the delivery of this week’s newspaper to many of our subscribers, we published a story last week encouraging subscribers to sign-up for the electronic edition, a free bonus provided all paid subscribers. However, in some respects, the timing of the story was bad. Unknown to us, the company which hosts our electronic edition (often called the e-edition) updated the web site framework Wednesday afternoon with the result that some of our instructions may be a bit confusing. Last week we told o...

  • Village of Ruskin upgrading park's playground equipment

    Jun 20, 2024

    There isn't a shortage of playground equipment for the youngsters in the east central Nuckolls County community of Ruskin but one site gets the most use. Perhaps that is because it is located across the street from the village's community hall and close to the Broken Spoke, the town's combination cafe and bar. While the adults in their group are engaged in conversation, the youngsters like to go to the nearby village park. And that park is being improved. This year the village board used...

  • Work begins Tuesday to remove dying courthouse tree

    Jun 20, 2024

    The Nuckolls County Board of Commissioners met at the county courthouse in Nelson Monday. The board approved claims. Jim Bolte, county road department foreman, reported work was completed on the installation of three culverts located west of CR 3300. The state will be shipping new stop signs and poles, at no cost to the county, soon. The department is putting together the one and six year highway plan. There will be no tire recycling event this year. The road department was unable to secure a...

  • Jewell County Notice of Election in today's paper

    Jun 20, 2024

    As directed by state law Carla Waugh, Jewell County election officer, has asked that we publish in this issue the secretary of state’s certified list of offices to be voted upon in the August primary election along with the names of the candidates that will appear on the official ballots. Only a few of the races are contested and for many of the township positions no one filed. The notice will be published in the June 20 and 27 issues and the July 4 issue. As July 4 will be another postal holiday with no mail delivery, we expect that issue t...

  • Jewell County Museum receives new chairlifts

    Jun 20, 2024

    The beginning of June brought new chairlifts to the Jewell County Historical Museum. The chairlifts were donated by Mindy Ost, the Curt Rafferty Family, and Trela Howard. There is one chairlift on the southside of the museum that is a Brooks, and two on the northside that are Savaria. Each chairlift has a remote so they can be brought back to the floor they are needed at so if more than one patron needs to utilize the chairlift, they don't have to wait for it. With the installation of the...

  • Company raises price for website

    Jun 20, 2024

    The regular monthly meeting for the Mankato Chamber of Commerce took place last Wednesday at the Buffalo Roam with six members present. The Chamber discussed the Community Garden. Phyllis Christie reported she has a small community u-pick strawberry patch. Haley Nelson gave an update on the Community Birthday Calendars. The invoices for those who ordered last year are done and members present at the meeting will help hand them out. The chamber decided there wouldn’t be a price increase for the ads for the businesses. Nelson will contact the b...

  • Jewell County FSA seeking county committee nominees

    Jun 20, 2024

    The nomination period for the Jewell County Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee began on Monday, June 17, for Local Administrative Area 3 (LAA3). This area includes the east two tiers of townships excluding Washington. The current representative for LAA3 is Matt Becker, who has served the maximum of three consecutive terms. His term expires on Dec. 31, 2024; therefore, the FSA is seeking candidates for his replacement. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women...

  • Resurfacing on K-14 and K-284 to begins today

    Jun 20, 2024

    Beginning today (Thursday), the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to begin a mill and overlay project on about 26 miles of K-14 and K-284 in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. Work on K-284 will occur from the west city limits of Barnard and continue west to the K-14/K-284 junction. Work on K-14 will occur from the K-14/I-70 junction and continue north to the Lincoln/Mitchell County line. During construction, flaggers and a pilot car will be used to direct one lane of traffic through the work zone at a reduced speed. Drivers should be...

  • Five generations of the Woerner family

    Jun 20, 2024

    Five generations of the Woerner family gathered for a generation picture: (back row,from left) Ethan Woerner, father; Rhylee Marie, baby; Buck Woerner, grandfather, (front) Arnold Woerner, great-grandfather and Mitch Woerner, great-great-grandfather. Rhylee was born July 23, 2023 on her grandfather, Arnold Woerner's birthday....

  • L-N receives grant from American Welding Society Foundation

    Jun 20, 2024

    By Kylie Kinley Lawrence-Nelson Community Schools has been selected to receive an American Welding Society Foundation Welding Workforce Grant in the amount of $25,000.00. This grant will allow Lawrence-Nelson to update their wooden welding booths to industry-standard booths with proper lighting, equipment and ventilation. "The American Welding Society Foundation is proud to support the improvements to the welding lab at Lawrence-Nelson Community Schools. We look forward to seeing how the new...

  • Wayne State College releases Spring Dean's List

    Jun 20, 2024

    Wayne State College included 1,154 students on the dean’s list for exemplary academic achievement during the Spring 2024 semester. Students listed on the dean’s list are full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for the semester. Students on the dean’s list from the area are Rachel Hafer and Victoria Schwab, both from Blue Hill....

  • Legion Family meets; Plans events, elect officers

    DeAnna Tuttle|Jun 20, 2024

    The regular monthly meeting of the Nelson American Legion was held at 7 p.m., on Thursday in the Post 187 meeting room. During the joint meeting, the group reviewed the Memorial Day activities and planned for the upcoming flag disposal ceremony which will be held during the community 4th of July celebration. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., on July 5, on the south side of the legion building. A reminder that the state convention will be held in Kearney June 21 through 23 and all are invited to attend. Legion and Auxiliary members will also...

  • Superior School Board adding to security system

    Jun 13, 2024

    Monday evening, members of the Superior Board of Education met in regular session at the Superior High School library. The primary focus of the agenda was policy approval. Policies were divided into three categories: new policies, change polices and policies to review. Five new polices were approved, 22 policies changed and four were reviewed as part of an ongoing three year cycle. None of the policies were read aloud and there was no significant discussion. Most were recommended by legal council or required by state statue. Supt. John Whetzal...

  • Superior Council vgives $50,000 to NC3 childcare start-up

    Jun 13, 2024

    Members of the Superior Council voted Monday evening to add $50,000 to the city’s NC3 investment in an attempt to improve child care services within the community. The city is one of three investors in the NC3 Childcare organization that is attempting to reopen the closed Lighthouse Daycare Center located in a former church on East Seventh Street. The Superior Schools and Brodstone Healthcare are the other two organizations affiliated in the effort. The current goal is to have the service open by Aug. 1. The opening will be in stages to a...

  • Federal holiday may slow next weekʼs newspapers

    Jun 13, 2024

    Until reminded we suspect most of our customers have forgotten that the newest federal holiday will be observed on Wednesday, June 19, While we expect it will be business as usual for most folks, the holiday is upsetting many delivery schedules for the printed version of this newspaper. The paper will be printed as usual but we will not be able to enter it into the U.S. Mail system until Thursday. Depending upon how the mail is moved and where we are permitted to enter the papers into the mail system will impact when it is delivered. But there...

  • Glenwood agrees to buy wireless internet provider

    Jun 13, 2024

    Superior iNet customers are receiving letters this week informing them of the sale of the internet service provider Glenwood Telecommunications of Blue Hill. Superior iNet was started in Superior by Daren Blackstone to provide wireless internet services after he became unhappy with the quality of service provided by other companies serving this area. The business grew and was sold to Dennis Shuck and his ERC Communications of Edgar. Under Shuck’s ownership the business continued to expand. On July 8, Glenwood will officially assume ownership o...

  • Pony Express will pass through area Tuesday

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Pony Express will pass through Oak going westward on Tuesday, June 18. Go to Pony Express Re-Ride 2024 and find a complete schedule of dates and times. A tracker is placed in the mailbags, so it’s easy to locate the rider and estimate how long before it might go by. Oak can expect the rider at approximately 8:30 in the evening on Tuesday. Thayer County should expect the rider at Highway 53 near Alexandria at 4:45 p.m. Rock Creek at 1:45 p.m. Of course, the weather can change the best-laid plans....

  • Contractor sought to remove courthouse mold

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Nuckolls County Board of Commissioners met at the county courthouse in Nelson Monday. All three commissioners were present. The board approved the contract with the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA). The not-for profit, member owned organization provides risk management and self-insurance for member entities. The board, in a procedural move, denied the Lawrence Rural Fire District levy request. The board received a request from Casey Muzic for the annual funding request for Midland Area on Aging. The board...

  • Lovewell Lake Church

    Jun 13, 2024

    Cathy Chase, Republic, rings the Lovewell Lake Church bell as Jan Miller, Superior, looks on. The church meets at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day....

  • Whether to upgrades computer program or install new ones

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners met June 3. Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duskie and Brent Beck were present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, attended the meeting. Paul Wilson discussed options for disorganizing or transferring the powers and responsibilities of Holmwood Township Board to the county. The commissioners referenced K.S.A. 80-120. Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed repairs to the 2021 Dodge Ram patrol vehicle. He said one taser gun is no longer working so he needs to order a new one. Dwight Frost discussed needing a tube placed on 70 Road....

  • Jewell City Council approves concrete work for city park

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Jewell City Council met Monday at City Hall. Those in attendance were Mayor, Darrell Bohnert, council members Don Delzeit, Josh Burks, Gaye Daniels, Derek Birdsell, Bob Freeman and Kristie Anderson, city clerk. Don Jacobs, Jewell County sheriff, was present and discussed the activities going on in the city. James Reed, code enforcement officer, was absent and presented a written report. Reed mentioned the properties he is working with to get up to code. Jerod McMillan provided the monthly maintenance report. McMillan is going to start...

  • Jewell County Community Foundation awards more than $46,000 in grants 

    Jun 13, 2024

    During its spring grant cycle, the Jewell County Community Foundation awarded more than $46,000 to 14 projects throughout the Jewell County area. The following organizations received funding: • Esbon Rural Fire District No. 3 - $4,000 to purchase safety gear improvements. • USD 107 - $1,376 to complete the purchase of adaptive items, Rainbow Chimes and tether ball, for the school playground. • Mankato Chamber of Commerce - $1,350 to purchase supplies and miscellaneous items for Making Magic Christmas Memories. • Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Departm...

  • Budget request information has been sent out

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Jewell County Commissioners met May 28, 2024. Commissioners Keith Roe, Ed Duskie and Brent Beck were present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, attended 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; and Carla J. Waugh, county clerk. Those absent: Amanda Davis, register of deeds; Anna Porter, county appraiser; James A. Vaughan IV, solid waste director; Shannon Meier, ambulance director; Scott...

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