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Three Sections No. 17 qhe Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association i i ISSN 0740-0969 2002 Supedor Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved I Superior, Nebraska 68978 ii Price 50 ,National Edition 20 Pages in Three Sections i Thursday, April 25, 2002 i F building plan advances; completion in 6 months 'Construct a shell building evening when y Council the plan fol- rOposal received tenta- m the Nebraska De- Development. will finance half of will turn the y is sold to Lfiin three years. of the construction cost locally. A portion of development funds gen- city's sales tax will be ffficials are en- Communities to construct are designed to be to a number of uses, shing and can be ex- officials report once a the decision to ex- given with existing build- the owners of one talking with local are bidding on a Should they be will need to have a within six months. If not received, expan- be delayed. square foot building Uperior will face Hartley a 10-acre lot Sixth and Hartley Iding will be expand- were previously ex- ; Park g is constructed, will be to pave the is granted by the ; build- projected time- COmpletion within six the building, design is buyers. tg asked to make LCtion at the Monday meet- , Council, mem- bers discussed the possible sale or clo- sure of a water well drilled in 1967. The well located on land then owned by Esther Hunter was part of a pro- posed well field the community's board of public works was considering as a replacement for the wells located on the river bottom south of Superior. NuckoHs County board will not meet next week With no items on next Monday's agenda and two scheduled meetings next week, the Nuckolls County com- missions decided not to meet Monday morning. Several Nuckolls County employees expressed surprise. Little action was taken this Mon- day. The commissioners reviewed a proposal from Price Funeral Homes with several marker possibilities. Prices for a marker ranged from $650 for limestone to $1,500 for a granite marker. A proposal from Dale Sail, Nuckolls County surveyor, was also reviewed. The proposal included marking sec- tion comers on a two mile grid for a Ground Positioning System (GPS). For an estimated cost of $65,000 Sail pro- jected the following work could be completed: research of the records for infer- . mation on every comer actual locating of the comer by hand or if machine digging was re- quired help from the county tying out of each comer along with GPS occupation processing the data to determine state plan coordinates of each comer. The proposal had been requested for budgeting purposes. It would mark 169 comers vithfn the county. If cor- ner markers are missing, costs of an additional $t,000 per comer replace- ment were projected. Arnold Brown said, "We want bud- get requests earlier this year so we can be pro-active and not rush to get it done near the deadline." In a comment related to county employee salaries, Joe Sullivan, com- missioner said, "We've got to give some kind of raise this year." As the river bottom field neared the end of its useful life, test wells were drilled in several areas. Many failed to find suitable water for the community' s use but some of the water located has been used for irrigation. Water located northeast of Webber has been used by the City of Mankato and a rural water district. With a rated capacity of 600 gallons per minute, the well near Bostwick was registered with the state but the proposed well field and pipeline which was to follow the Burlington railroad line into Superior was never devel- oped. Consequently, the well in Sec- tion 30 of Township 2 has never been used. The well was 72 feet deep, 18 inches in diameter and had a static water level 49 feet below the surface. It has not been tested since 1967. After it was drilled, the exploration effort located a less costly to develop source of water east of Superior. That field was developed and is currently supplying the commumty s water needs. Approval was given the Superior Chamber of Commerce and the Elks Lodge to block several streets during the Lady Vestey Festival. The Elks Lodge will be holding a street dance and the chamber has a number of ac- tivities planned for Central, Commer- cial hnd Fourth streets. Central Av- enue will be closed from Fifth to Third. Fourth Street will be closed from Com- mercial toJhe alley west of Farmers and Merchants Bank. Commercial Street will be closed from the alley south of the Downing Law Office north to Fifth Street. The parade will start at the high school parking lot and travel east on Eighth, south on Central to Second Street, then west to Park Street and back to the high school. Markets Superior Market Wednesday, April 24, 2002 New Crop Corn ............................... 1.84 1.88 Mile ................................ 1,85 1.88 Wheat ............. ; .............. 2.82 2.69 Soybeans ........................ 4.39 4.28 stands by the framework of his S-12 XL Airaile experimental plane during the construction He frequently flies the aircraft and delights in viewing the area from the air. " Airport will host fly-in, house Sunday morning "'The temperature gauges indicate numbered and licensed with the FAA. to greet Ultra-li like to attend see this paper. and airport, so "Pearce , Pearce has built his kit. The t!res a is 20.5 feet long. pounds and of 920 inches wide. eat generally the will service a fuel per by a two- sys- lubricant the cockpit head and ex- if the engine is operating as it should and gives one time to get on the ground before the engine self-destructs if prob- lems are detected," Pearce said. The kit came with an open cockpit, but Pearce chose to enclose the cockpit with tinted Lexan. Even though the Lexan is tinted, Pearce regularly wears sunglasses and a cap when flying. "Lexan is tough, yet soft and is easily scratched," Pearce said. "When at a fly-in, I generally post a 'NoTouch- ing' sign." Brightly colored four ounce Dacron skin covers the wing fibs. Pearce used a hot knife to make appropriate cuts in the canvas for installation, then sprayed it with a clear coat. Much of the construction was done in his home shop near his Superior residence. "The instructions indicated I could put the kit together in 175 hours, but I'm sure it took me longer, probably 400 to 500 hours, My goal was to see how few mistakes I could make, not how fast I could put the kit together," Pearce continued. To prove the plane, Pearce was required to fly within a 75 mile radius of the Superior airport with no passen- gers and log 40 hours, i ne p=ane is On Sept. 28, 2000 he received his FFA airworthiness certificate for the plane. Now Pearce can fly anywhere ex- cept restricted air space and into air- ports with control towers. To fly into airports with control towers the plane would need a transponder which tells the tower where the plane is located. To know his location, Pearce used a Ground Positioning System (GPS) connected to the Jeppeson data base. Using the system, Pearceecan know the location of the nearest airport, get directions to the airport, the length of the airport's run way and how many minutes till arrival. Pearce likes to fly around 1,000 feet above ground level so he can see ground action. "My favorite time to fly is,in winter when the ground is totally covered with snow. There aren't down drafts then and it is common to see wildlife like herds of deer or large flocks of turkeys," he continued. Pearce's plane is listed in the ex- perimental category by the FFA, not as an ultra-light. Because of the classifi- cation and Pearce's certification as an experimental aircraft mechanic, he can do all reouired maintenance 53 garage sales here Saturday Saturday will be community-wide garage sale day for the residents of Superior. Fifty-three sale locations have been registered with this newspa- per and many of those will be multi- family sales, In addition several Supe- rior merchants have planned special sales for their stores. The community-wide garage sale event is sponsored each year on the fourth Saturday of April and the sec- ond Saturday of August by The Supe- rior Express. Those who register as participants receive a sign to mark their sale loca- tion and a listing published in the clas- sified section of The Express and the Jewell County Record. In addition, the sale date is promoted in other nwspa- pers serving this area and the sale de- scriptions were placed Tuesdajon the community and newspaper intemet site at The community garage sales have become a tourist draw. In December the newspaper received the first in- quiring asking the dates of this year's sales. The caller explained family mem- bers would be gathering for Christmas and preparing their calendar for the new year. ,Of course, they wanted to include the dates of the community- wide garage sale. For those coming to Superior to attend the sale early Saturday morn- ing, extracopies of this newspaper will be stocked in the vendor outside the newspaper office. Copies of the news- paper will also be available at a nmn- ber of locations in the community in- cluding the Velvet Rose, Dave' s Place, Get-A-Bite Cafe, Country Store, Gas N Shop, Jack & Jill and Ideal Market. This week workmen are scrambling about on top of the Superior water tower as part of a repair project scheduled last year. When bids were taken local officials said they wanted the work done before the summer's peak water use season. Last year equipment at the well field was modified to insure pressure in the city mains would be maintained while the tower was drained for repair. The painting and repair is part of a maintenance schedule designed to maintain the tower built about 75 years ago. Both the interior and exterior will be painted and seams repaired and associated equipment updated to comply with current water tower standards. The work is expected to take several weeks. Head Start installing pJ lyground mats made in Nev] aska from recycled tires Monday afternoon, Nebraska Rub- ber Innovations, Inc. (NRI) workers unloaded a truck load of four by five foot rectangular rubber mats at the Nuckolls County Learning Center for Children playground, Superior. NRI specializes in a playground safety system. It is primarily a family owned and operated business which incorporated two years ago. L_arry Schmitz and his brother-in- law, I.nnis Havranek, have worked together with their wives the past 12 years in O'Neill, Neb. Don Schmitz, another brother operates a branch of- rice in Norfolk and operates an insur- ance business. The O'Neill plant receives used rub- ber tires. Each tire is mechanically cut into fourths, run through a cracker milled designed to repeatedly grind and sieve the rubber while magneti- Accident totals Powell pickup Friday, April 12, Morgan Powell, Guide Rock, was north bound in a 1973 pickup five north and eight miles west of Superior. At an intersection of a county road and Highway 136 he did not see a 1987 Mustang coming from the east driven by Jason Ruskamp, Orleans. As Powell pulled onto the highway, the Mustang slammed into the fight front wheel of the Powell vehicle. The impact knocked off the wheel and axle totalling the Powell pickup and severely damaging the Ru.skamp car, Neither driver sustained senous injury. Press Problem Cuts Page Count We are sorry but a problem encoun-. tered late Tuesday with the press used to print this newspaper, reduced the number of pages available for this is- sue. Consequently some stories planned for this issued have been held for a later issue. We expect to have the problem repaired soon. blinisters .plan planting season service at memorial A Service of Blessing for the plant- ing season is scheduled at the Superior WWH Memorial on Wednesday, May 8, at noon. The Nuckolls County Ministerial Association is hosting the event, which draws on the ancient Christian ritual of rogation, or asking God to bless and sustain all those who work on the land and depend upon its crops. Everyone is invited to attend this service of Word and Prayer to lift up our farming industry and all those whose livelihood depends upon suc- cessful planting arid harvest. cally removing the steel. When the product leaves the cracker mill it is known as crumb rubber. There are several uses for crumb rubber. Some is shipped to southern states where it is used in asphalt pav- ing. Some is shipped to Canada and some is made into rubber mats at the O'Neill plant. To make a rubber matt the crumb rubberis thoroughly mixed with a pc2_ly- mer glue, then poured into four by five foot stack molds and pressed. When finished the interlocked mats weigh approximately 200 pounds each, are one and a half inches thick and can be one of five earth tone colors depending upon the die. "Federally funded playgrounds are required to meet a fall height criteria set up by the government," Don said. "Generally, that means a child could fall from 12 to 15 feet and not be seriously injured." Teeter totters, swings and balance beams are the most dangerous equip- ment on the playground because of the fall factor. Rubber mats provide a re- silient base. A layer of sand was placed Tuesday and Wednesday to provide a level sur- face for the rubber matting at the play- ground in Superior. Workmen ex- pected to have the rubber matting in- stalled by Friday. "The rubber mat is water perme- able and will provide a clean area for the children to play." Don sai& Weather iii i ii i iiii Ed Groves, Observer Temperatu re High for week ............................. 89 Low for week .............................. 32 Precipitation Snowfall total for year ............. 20.2 Total this week ......................... 0.74 Total this month ....................... 1.27 To date in 2002 ........................ 3.11 To date in 2001 ........................ 5.78 Normal for Apr ........................ 2.19 Normal to May I ....................... 5. I 0 Merlin Luben, Observer Oak ........................................... 0.90 Kenneth Hansen, Observer Ruskin ...................................... 0.85 Larry Gillett, Observer Burr Oak .................................. 0.57 Ralph Her-z, Observer Lawrence .................................. 0.30 Don Sehierrneyer, Observer Guide Rock .............................. 0.50 Closed for Arbor Day The Nuckolls County Courthouse will be among Nebraska state officies closed Friday for Arbor Day. The da'v is a state but not a federal holiday and most other offices and business throughout the area will be open. Mickey Vork and Linda Tucker wait for their funerals at the Price Funeral Home during dress rehearsal for the Nelson Community Club's variety show. The show is scheduled for this weekend. See related advertising in this newspaper. N 00]son Cc,rmlatmity Club members will prem at tm,,ir 20th manual show An Evening to Die Foris the name selected for the Nelson Community Club's 20th annual steak dinner and theatre presentation scheduled for Fri- day, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Program o?ganizers, stress the title is not be taken seriously. However, they are confident those attendi.qg the show will have an evening filled with fun and laughter. This year's cast has been meeting three times a week for more than two months to prepare the program. As always, much of the material has been written specifically for the show and incorporates local places, people and activities. The show will feature a number of regulars plus first-time performers Jill Dugan, Jim and Joann Koontz, Laveryl Kleen, Losan Schnitker, Amie Andersen, Anthony Gerard and as an actor John Price Jr. The Bunkhouse Boys will be among the popular fea- tures returning from previous years. Proceeds from the show will go to the Nelson Community Club which will use the t'rands for community projects. Play time i 8 p.m. each evening. General admission and reserved seat tickets are still available and may be purchased in advance. Please read the advertisement on Page 2 of this section lor more infor- mation.