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Sections No. 16 Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper . Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association ISSN 0740-0969 2002 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved I Superior, Nebraska 68978 Price 50 National Edition 20 Pages in Three Sections Thursday, April 18, 2002 to repair Nelson school; board recalls 3 teachers of the Unified School board received good news met Monday evening in the School cafeteria. has awarded in federal funds for the the Lawrence-Nelson High The building, located in tenswe roof re- a number of years but finding of budget deficits t nearly impossible. one of 39 approved ogram. A total of was awarded. Grants 707 to $485,963. across the state submitted more than $18 =g drawn will soon seek bidders project. ierthis used to pay for the pur- a 2001 Chevrolet 3500 van Monday the the $21,600 bid. The used to transport three students each day to center at Hastings. Two i the Superior area same grant the district $21,000 which will be "p. action Monday, the board s of $954,444.14. $1,239 to costs associ- Lawrence-Nelson wrestling program in the auditorium. it cost the dis- to hold the reduction in requested by several to refinish six gym Creek and Superior have two and the Nelson districts have were received from bid of $7,127 was tom Monte Malouf, wo coats of finish will be 1 floor. one coat considered and sched- the following year. ty resignations were ac- years as an elementary Eugenia Wright is to Kansas. uperior English be leaving the Years. Next year she and drama at Falls a Sandy Creek and coach, is J. Meyer, Creek junior for four years a Principal's position at are now being ac- It is hoped can begin April board mem- will inter- submit a rec- unified board. Studies teacher. A graduate he will as- issued recalls to several teachers who had received re- duction in force notices. Victoria Price was moved from half- time to full-time. Jeff Kenton was re- called for a halftime position and An- drea Marker was recalled for a .625 position. Neither Kenton or Marker had previously been scheduled to work during the next session. Miller indi- cated he expected a fourth recall would be made for an elementary position. The positions to be filled will not be finalized until after the teachers return contracts on April 19. The district plans to have 1 l0 teachers for the next term, down from the current 123. The board approved a transfer re- quest from Gary and Susan Rohrer. The Rohrers live near the north junc- tion of Highways 14 and 4 and both work in the Clay Center area. They requested and received permission to move their son from the Nelson to Sandy Creek district. Matthew is sched- uled to enroll next term in kindergar- ten. An option request from Tammy Meyer for her son to attend the Red Cloud kindergarten was denied. The application was submitted after the deadline and it was noted the family may but has not yet moved from Hastings to Guide Rock. The denial was in keeping with current board policy but some mem- bers indicated that policy may need to be modified to allow more options for those moving after the deadline. Board members Elwyn Fitzke, Francis Schroe'r, Janice Tordrup, Ron Meyer and Tim Kinnaman were ap- pointed to represent the school board in contract negotiations with the teach- ers' union for the next school year. Local school boards are currently developing summer work proposals. The unified board's buildings and grounds committee composed of Lester Montgomery, Sue VanSkiver and Steve Renz will be meeting to set priorities. As the local districts exhaust theirbuild- ing maintenance funds, the costs will be paid with unified funds. The finance committee will be meet- ing t,pse.t lunch and admission prices for tl exx "e"dfmbers are Steve Renz, Darrel Springer and Tim Kinnaman. Supt. Miller reported state aid for next year is to be certified May I. At this time it appears legislative action will reduce the amount of aid received by the unified district by $130 to $135 thousand. Much uncertainty still surrounds the impact of a student finance bill adopted by the legislature. The bill requires the district define charges and develop waiver plans For example, it may be necessary to divide the music program into classroom instruction and extracurricular activities. It may be that all taking classroom instruction may not participate in the concerts. Another question concerned courses where the students furnish project materials. If the district is req aired to furnish material, it may be necessary to set limits on what can be built. The following list of tentative teacher assignments was distributed. The list was compiled at 4 p.m. Mon- day and is still subject to chane. Tamara Albers, elementary, Sandy Creek; Peggy Aldrup, elementary, Su- perior; Galen Arbogast, elementary and secondary music, Lawrence-Nelson; David Barnard, agriculture, Superior; Beverly Beavers, elementary, Supe- nor; Matt Bertrand. instrumental music, Sandy Creek: Cathy Biltoft, elementary physical ed-Title I, Lawrence-Nelson; Tom Blackburn, industrial tech., Superior; Stacey Bohlke, speech pathology, Sandy Creek; Kathleen Brennfoerder, Sec. SPED, Sandy Creek; Yvonne Campbell, FCS, Superior; Mary Carriker, elementary, Sandy Creek; Doyle Christensen, physical ed, Supe- rior; Teresa Christensen, elem. &sec. music, Lawrence-Nelson and Supe- rior; Marilyn Coon, elementary, Sandy Creek; Laura Corman, elementary, Superior; Lynne Crowe, speech pa- thology, Lawrence-Nelson; Gary Deboer, science, Lawrence-Nelson; Kathy DeBoer, business, Lawrence- Nelson; Jodi Dickson, elementary, Sandy Creek; Betty Eggers, elem. vo- cal, Sandy Creek; Scott Engberg, sec. counselor, Sandy Creek; Jeane Epley, FCS, Lawrence-Nelson; Arnold Essink, science, Lawrence-Nelson; Judy Fuerhoff, elem. SPED, Superior; Randy Fuerhoff, sec. counselor, Supe- rior; Anne Giger, elementary, Guide Rock; Bonnie Grams, math, Sandy Creek; Lanny Greenhalgh, math, Su- perior; Wayne Gumaer, social studies, Lawrence-Nelson; Enid Hansen, En- glish, Sandy Creek; Pauline Harms, kindergarten, Superior; Teresa Harrison, sec. SPED, Superior; Ron Hershberger, science, Superior; Glenda Herz, kindergarten, Lawrence-Nelson; Patrice Hoffman, elem. SPED, Sandy Creek; Pamela Hollingshead, elemen- tary, Superior; Susan Janda, elemen- tary, Sandy Creek; DeAnna Johnson, English-vocal music, Sandy Creek; Jeff Kenton, elementary, Sandy Creek; Diane Kile, elementary, Superior; Jannean Kinder, Sec. SPED, Lawrence- Nelson; Kary Klahn, math, Lawrence- Nelson; Suzanne Kluver, elementary, Sandy Creek; Deborah Koehler, elem. physical ed., Sandy Creek; Susan Kohls, elementary, Sandy Creek; Timothy Laughlin, agriculture, Lawrence-Nelson and Sandy Creek; Minnie Lindvali, Sec. SPED, Sandy Creek; Andrea Marker, English, Sandy Creek; Harriet Man', tech coordinator, all schools: Sheila McCartney, el- ementary, Lawrence-Nelson; Carol Mellott, kindergarten, Superior; Fred Meyers, science, Superior; Nancy Meyers, elementary, Superior; Dayna Miller, math, Superior; Elaine Miller, gifted ed-librarian, Superior; Jim Mitchell, sec. art, Superior; Susan Mousel, SPED, Guide Rock and Supe- rior; Kelly Mumm, English, Superior; Ted Murray, business, Superior; Thomas Murray, physical ed-soc. St. Lawrence-Nelson; Rhonda Myers, physical education, Lawrence-Nelson, and Superior; CarmaNelsen, elemen- tary, Lawrence-Nelson; Sandra Nienkamp, kindergarten, Sandy Creek; Russell Ninemire, sec. physical ed., Sandy Creek; Traci Parr, Spanish, Lawrence-Nelson and Sandy Creek; Patricia Paxton. elementary, Supen.'or; Christine Penne, elementary, Guide Rock; Darrell Pernicek, science, Sandy Creek; Marsha Pohlmeier, elem. SPED-Title, Sandy Creek; Connie Por- ter, sec. counselor, Lawrence-Nelson; Victoria Price, elementary, Sandy Creek; Terry Priefert, physical educa- tion, Superior; Mandi Reiter, elemen- tary, Lawrence-Nelson; Melody Rempe, elem. art-title, Superior; Ran- dall Rippen, industrial tech, Lawrence- Nelson, Sandy Creek; Robert Rose, math, Sandy Creek; Sue Rose, elemen- tary, Superior; Alisa Sandahl, elem. counselor, all schools; Raelene Schliep, sec. art, Sandy Creek; Janet Schmidt, FCS, Sandy Creek; Tanya Schnitker, SPED, Superior; Marcia Schultz, el- four-wheel drive pickup truck arrived in Hardy this week. It belongs to the Hardy Rural has a 300 gallon polyplastic water tank, 150 feet of quick knock down hose. A D-10 eng!ne powers the pickup. The unit cost approximately $45,000. Above Martin Vader, Haroy tire It was used for the first time this week to fight a planned bum which got out of control near ementary, Superior; Melissa Schuster, English, Superior; Delilab Sell, elemen- tary, Sandy Creek; Avis Shaw, elemen- tary, Lawrence-Nelson; Jeanette Shaw, elementary, Sandy Creek; Linda Simonsen, social studies, Superior; James Spirk, English, Lawrence-Nel- son; Jaynie Spirk, math, Lawrence- Nelson; Melodi Spurling, elementary, Sandy Creek; Mary Steele, library, Lawrence-Nelson and Sandy Creek; Julene Sullivan, science, Superior; Vicki Sweet, elem. SPED, Superior; Michael Taylor, science, Sandy Creek; Jessica Thompson, mathematics, Sandy Creek; Margaret Tolle, elemen- tary, Sandy Creek; Dorthy Uhrmacher, art, Lawrence-Nelson; Vicki Valen- tine, business, Sandy Creek; David Van Patten, elem. SPED, Sandy Creek; Ginny Ware, elementary, Sandy Creek; Carol Warneking, elementary, Supe- fi.or; Don Wassom, elementary, Supe- rior; Ann Watts, elem. SPED, Lawrence-Nelson; Martha Young, el- ementary, Superior; Terry Zuelow, in- strumental, Guide Rock and Superior; Matt Swatzendruber, social studies, Sandy Creek. Before the meeting adjourned, Mike Schlick, moderator for the Unified District 5 Patrons Organization, ad- dressed the board. On behalf of the patrons' group he thanked the board for recognizing the need to plan and asking for the facilita- tors to help guide the process. He indicated the patrons agreed the more people who are part of the plan the more patrons will accept the plan. He said the patrons were reaching out to the board and offering support and encouragement. The mission of the organization is to be informed and involved in the planning process of the unified district and to open the lines of communication to insure the highest quality of education. The top three priorities are quality of education, plan- ning and communication. Meetings are being rotated through the unified district on the first Sunday evening of each month. Schlick said the organization was not a lynch mob out to get Kent Miller. Instead he compared it to a parent- teacher association working to i reprove education. Membership is open to all taxpayers in the unified district. The organization has formed three teams and is seeking additional mem- ber's for each. Current members of the quality of education team included Chris Fox, Fairfield, Pam Maynard, Edgar, Lynette Bono, Fairfield, and Royce Schott, Nelson. The planning team includes Jim Fox, Fairfield, Max VanSkiver, Nelson, Randy Harms, Glenvil, Dave VanBoening, Sandy Creek, Kelly Kahman, Fairfield, Brian Miller, Su- perior, and Dave Murman. Glenvil. Members of the communications team are Sandra Schendt, Nelson, and Victoria Lipovsky, Deweese. Biologist switching to landscape work Though trained as a biologist, Kim Ely, a Guide Rock rest- dent, is attempting to turn prior job experi- ence and an interest in plants into a new business. This week she placed an advertisement in this news- paper advertising her skills in land- scape design and maintenance. Ask to describe her business, she explained she did not plan to compete with those compames who specialize in lawn care. Instead she will focus on landscape design and planting. For those interested in doing their own planting, she will help obtain the needed materials. She will also assist with pruning and trimming. While obtaining a degree in biol- ogy at Wayne State College, she uti- lized her interest in plants and the out- doors by working three summers for a landscaping company. Aftermarrying andmoving toGuide Rock, she utilized her biology degree in a lab at the Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center. It was during this time she realized how much she prefers working outside. And so the decision was made to enroll in the landscape design and hor- ticulture program at Central Commu- nity College. In addition to her work at CCC,she has also completed the University of Nebraska Extension Service sponsored master gardener program Among her current projects is an, ambitious one landscaping an area at the Guide Rock Country Corner con- venience store owned by her father-in- law. This year will mark the store's 10th anniversary and she expects to have an outside eating area ready for the store's anniversary. She described the proposed site as a harsh area made even more challenging because of the dust created by the nearby open grain storage area. Christopher Lovegrove gives his dog a ride in Superior this week. Both boy and dog appeared to be enjoying the summer like weather even with the strong winds. Superior residents prepare for April 27 community-wide garage sale day This week Superior area residents received at The Express office asking are sorting through their stored items about the date. For many the garage preparing for the semiannual commu- nity-wide garage sale which is planned for Saturday, April 27. The semiannual event is held each year on the fourth Saturday of April and the second Saturday of August. Many years the community has hosted more than 70 of the sales. In early January, the first calls were sale date is one of those "must do" annual days. Often times several families will go together and host a sale in one location. Others living outside Superior will bring their items in to a friend's home. Many times businesses owners have also participated and the event is now listed on the Chamber of Commerce Ministers will sponsor Day of Prayer brealffast The Nuckolls County Ministerial Association will sponsor a prayer breakfast in observance of the National Day of Prayer which is planned for Thursday, May 2. The breakfast will be held at 6:30 at the Superior Elks Lodge. Breakfast speaker will be John Kellen, Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital administrator. In- cluded in the activities will be a time of prayer for our world, country, state and local communities. The breakfast is open to the public. This year's National Dayof Prayer theme is "America Under God." The theme emphasizes the need for all Americans to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. To highlight the theme, Psalm 46:1 has been chosen as the Scripture. It says, "God is our ref- uge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Mrs. James Dobson, chairman of the National Day of PrayerTask Force, said now is the time to echo the words of Mary Washington, the mother of our first president. Mrs. Washington said, "Remember that God is our only sure trust." Sponsors seek entries for annual Lady Vestey Day parade Invitations are being extended to groups and individuals to prepare en- tries for this year's Lady Vetey Festi- val parade. This year the parade theme will be America Yesterday, Today and Forever. Utilization of the theme will be an !mlrtant part of the award judg- ing cntena. Parade organizers are encouraging all entries to follow the theme in the design of their signs, banners and other markings. All entries will be judged prior to the parade and winners will be announced during the parade. The most original float will receive a prize of $100. Floats are to be decorated to within 12 inches from the street. Tow vehicles are also to be decorated. Organized and uniformed riding groups are encouraged to enter. Rou- tines are to be restricted to the an- nouncers' areas which will again be at Fourth and Central and Sixth and Cen- tral. One-third of a block is to be main- mined between the entries. Vehicles used to transport dignitar- ies are to be antiques, convertibles or horse drawn buggies. Questions about what is suitable for entry may bedirected toward the Cham- ber of Commerce office. Registrations are encouraged to be submitted by Fri- day, May 24. The parade will form along Eighth Street at 10 a.m. and begin moving down Central at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Cash prizes of $25 will be given in five categories. Prizes will be include best decorated alumni float, children's entry, horse entry, car and truck entry and commercial or organization entry. The most original enter will receive a prize of $100. Reservoirs needing water Kansas River Basin reservoirs monitored by the Bureau of Reclama- tion began April at lower levels than those reported a year ago. Of particular concern to area resi- dents are the levels of Harlan County and Lovewell. Lovewell stood at 1,581.41 feet above sea level. This was I. 19 feet below the conservation pool top. Harlan County had filled to an elevation of 1,941.76 which was 3.97 feet below conservation pool Percent of conservation filled at each of the reservoirs is an indication percent; Merritt, 94 percent; Sherman, 71 percent; Calamus 87 percent; and Davis Creek, 44 percent. For the month of March inflow into the reservoirs expressed in acre feet was Bonny, 520; Swanson, 3,608; Enders, 747; Hugh Butler, 831; Harry Stmnk, 2,750; Keith Sebelius, 239; Harlan County, 8,411; Lovewell, 890; Kirwin, 1.324; Webster, 1,463; Cedar Bluff, -816; Waconda 234; Box Butte, !,697; Merritt. 837; Sherman, -919; Calamus, 373; and Davis Creek -415.. II I of this severity of the current drought. Markets Bonny is 60 percent full, Swanson 28 ' percent, Enders 33 percent, Hugh But- ler, 55 percent, Harry Strunk 92 per- cent, Keith Sebelius 62 percent, Harlan County, 84 percent, Lovewell, 90 per- cent, Kirwin 69 percent, Webster 79 percent, Cedar Bluff, 98 percent, Waconda 92 percent, Box Butte 50 Superior Market Wednesday, April 17, 2002 New Crop Corn ............................... 1.82 1.88 Milo ................................ 1.84 1.88 Wheat ............................ 2.88 2.76 Soybeans ........................ 4.28 4.23 calendar. To participate, those planning sales are asked to register at The Superior Express by noon Monday. In exchange for a $6 payment, their sale will be described in the next issue of The Ex- press and they will receive a sign mark- mg their sale location as an official participant. The sale is being adveltised in sev- eral neighboring newspapers. I lll Weather !ii i Ed Groves, Observer Temperature High for week ............................. 92 Low for week .............................. 39 Precipitation Snowfall total for year ............. 20.2 Total this week ......................... 0.01 Total this month ....................... 0.53 To date in 2002 ........................ 2.37 To date in 200l ........................ 5,63 Normal for Apr ........................ 2.19 Normal to May 1 ....................... 5.10 Merlin Luben, Observer Oak ........................................... 0.40 Kenneth Nansen, Observer Ruskin ...................................... 0.12 Larry Gillett, Observer Burr Oak .................................. 0.08 High temperature records have been broken this week but National Weather Service statistics released this week for March indicate average tempera- tures for that month were below nor- mal. For Superior the March tempera- ture extremes included 74 on March 27 and -5 on March 3. Precipitation for the month totaled only .83 of an inch which was 1.45 inches below normal. Precipitation is below normal all across the region. For the month Beloit is down 1.13, Phillipsburg 1.74, Hebron 1.63, Hastings 1.21, York 1.11 and Beaver City 1.57. 1880s rainmaker pleased Nelson area when rain arrives In the 1880s men travelling through these parts claimed to be rain makers. A long time resident of the area C. A. Eyre recalled their visits for the Dec. 11, 1930 issue of The Superior Ex: press, One or two rain making gangs oper- ated in Kansas using some kind of rain making stuff. Another man carried a large book of testimonial letters which he said showed where he did produce rain. Superior had no use for him but farmers outside of Nelson raised a purse of $500 and put it in the bank. He got use of the tower on top of the courthouse. He had a partner who car- ried his meals to him. The meals were the very best available in Nelson. The rain maker covered the tower windows and began to burn or mix something. People noticed cloudy look- ing stuff rise in the air above the tower. He slept and worked several days in the tower. Days later quite a rain storm came up from the southwest of Superior, passed by the community and went on to Nelson. The rain gave the crops of the Nelsonites a good bath. The farm- ers and town folks were so well pleased they readily turned the $500 in the bank to the fellow.