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No. 26 Superior lExprcss OfficiaI.Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association ISSN 0740-0969 O 2002 Supedor Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved I Superior, Nebraska 68978 Price 50 Nalional Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, June 27, 2002 ripens wheat quality excellent started Monday in one of the earliest t .years. Producers credit d winter and Quality of the crop excellent. ay morning, Mark grain "We ' ve yields appear than expected. run- 64 pounds per dry, commonly the fields have they are spotty." rallied recently. Tuesday was $3.10 Yields in Jewell County appear to be slightly below average. Randy Rhoads, Agrex grain mer- chandiser said, "It is the first time in the last five years we've had harvest delivery cash price above three dol- lars. The price is a testimony of how poor the crop is this year." "On the worldwide scale, the U.S. is a small player in the wheat export market. Twelve to 20 percent of the world market is supplied by the U.S. The number drops a bit each year." Rhoads continued. "In contrast, the U.S. supplies 65 to 70 percent of the world's corn. "Wheat is a versatile, hearty crop. It is grown in virtually every part of the world. Many of the smaller countries which once imported wheat, now ex- port at least a small amount. For ex- ample, the Russian Republic once im- ported U.S. wheat, now exports to Europe and the Mid-East." Rhoads attributes at least part oftbe current price rally to aggressive bid- ding by U.S. flour mills. He does not see a world-wide wheat shortage and does not expect the current drought will have a major impact on price. Jorgensen encouraged producers to take advantage of the current price rally on at least a portion of their crop. "The market price is above loan rate, something we've not seen for awhile. If the price should continue to rally, selling another portion of the crop later ould bring up their average." Because of the dry conditions in Western Kansas, Western Nebraska and Colorado, the U.S. wheat crop is expected to be down. If the hot dry weather holds, wheat harvest will complete by July 4 in the Superior area. Grandson drowns in neighbor's swimming pool The three-year-old grandson of a Superior couple, Charles and Eleanor Stiles, "drowned Thursday in his neighbor's swimming pool Tanner L. Phillips was the son of Lee and Brenda Phillips. Sheriff Tim Dunning said Tanner and his 1 l-year-old brother had swim- ming plans and were carrying pool toys between their home and their neighbor's. Their mother had been helping but went inside the family home to answer the telephone. Brenda looked out and found the boys were not playing where she had last seen them. She went next door and found her son had drowned. Dunning said, "It was a very short time he was out of his mother' s reach." Services were held Monday evening at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Burial was in the church cemetery. He is survived by his parents, broth- ers, Eric and Braedon; sisters Lisa and Lara; grandparents Art and Shirley Phillips and Charles and Eleanor Stiles. At the time of the accident, Mr. and Mrs. Stiles were participating in an Alaskan tour. They cut short their trip and returned to Omaha. pick a single head of wheat prior to harvest. They will count rub it in their hands to thresh the individual kemels and moisture content, shriveling and color. Thus far the has been surprisingly good. control calls for measures failure of the con- a booster pump from a reservoir the city's water residents of the asked to conserve Superior Volun- were called out help the emergency. booster water from distribution / to the water used by the the reset- With the current drought, the smaller pump has been unable to keep up with demand. City officials reported the smaller pump provides adequate water for nor- mal domestic and commercial use but is not adequate to handle the increased demand for lawn watering caused by the current drought. As the sprinklers were shut off throughout the city Tuesday it wasn't until about 9:30 p.m. that the supply caught up with the demand. Wednesday morning representa- tives of the company which supplied the equipment came to Superior from Iowa to inspect the system. They found the controls which regulated the vari- able drive system to maintain the water supply while the tower was down for repair had failed. They were able to bypass the controls and the system was back in operation by mid-morning. Child support contract renewed By Anita Stone Nuckolls County Commissioners unanimously approved the renewal of the county' s contract with the Nebraska Health and Human Services Depart- ment Monday for Child Support En- forcement services. Several years ago the state assumed responsibility for collection and distri- bution of child support payments from the counties. Since then the state has provided incentive payments to the counties to provide enforcement ser- vices. "Occasionally someone will pay their child support directly to the Clerk of the District Court," said Tim Schmidt, Nuckolls County Attorney, "but most payments now go directly to the state office. Payments Known as 'targeted payments' are collected by the county and dispersed directly to the person designated to receive the child support. In some of these cases pay- ment is in arrears, and the situation has come to the attention of the court. "The contract provides incentive payments from the state to the county to offset the costs of these kinds of enforcement activities and for the time spent transmitting information about support court orders to the state, and for answering questions about child support for the public," Schmidt said. Fair Fair will be county ongoing for day will be style is scheduled for the horse by the at2 at 6:30 The system is now operating much - needed as it did last summer. Early copy Brad Erickson, water department superintendent, said it is fortunate the system didn't fail while the water tower was down for repair. Throughout the tower repair the system worked as de- signed. Current plans are to repair the system. The use of private wells was not restricted and sprinkler systems served by those wells continued to operate. Brad Erickson, water department superintendnet, said he was pleased by the willingness of the community to assist with the water conservation re- qst and the fire department's assis- tance. HII ii I i the hog Markets will be held will be Superior Market s. Wednesday, June 26, 2002 ' show sew c t. Corn ............................... 2.05 2.13 Mile ................................ 2.05 2.09 Wheat ............................ 3.08 3.08 evenings. Soybeans ........................ 4.77 4.44 for next newspaper As mail will not be delivered July 4, the next issue of this newspaper will be printed and entered into the mail on Tuesday, a day earlier than normal. The early printing and mailing schedule means deadlines for receiv- ing news and advertising will also be advanced. Plans are to have the newspaper delivered in the'local trade area prior to the July 4th holiday. i i i Weather Ed Groves, Observer Temperature High for week ............................. 96 Low for week .............................. 67 Precipitation Total this week ......................... 0.02 Total this month ....................... 1.35 To date in 2002 ........................ 8.72 To date in 2001 ..................... 20.47 Normal for June ....................... 4.92 Normal to July 1 .................... 13.54 This Case IH combine, owned by Flying B Farms, started wheat harvest Monday everling just south of the Republican River near the Frerichs Fireworks stand along the Webber Road. Wheat harvest was in full swing in Jewell County, but just beginning in Nuckolls County. If the hot, dry weather continues, area elevator personnel expect harvest in the area to be completed by July 4. OTEC raises nearly I million The Board of Directors of Oregon Trail Ethanol Coalition, L.L.C. ("OTEC") announced Tuesday the completion of its private placement offering. Via the private placement offering, OTEC raised a total of $976,000 from 87 investors. The funds allow the company to proceed with the design for a 40-million-gallon per year ethanol plant and to pay the related fees to prepare for a public offering of membehip units in the company. OTEC board members anticipated the Phi.Ublic membership offering will occur s fall. The OTEC Board selected a 60- acre site located one and a half miles east of Davenport just north of High- way 4 and south of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. They have obtained options to purchase the land. Details regarding the public offer- ing cannot be disclosed at this time due to state and federal securities laws and regulations. OTEC was organized on Aug. 16, 2001 to formalize a local community group. OTEC's board of directors are Mark L. Jagels, Michael Schardt, Kent D. Hummel, Pamela Maynard, Todd Fangmeier, Brian Nedrow, Daniel J. Miller, Gene Thomas and Darrel D. Dageforde. Summer festival time is at hand. Sunday members of the Guide Rock community sponsored a tractor pull and horse show. Next on the list is Edgar Fest. Events begin with a community-wide garage sale and continue throughout the day. Activities will include a farmer's market, tractor pull, bicycle road rally, car and motorcycle show, water games, barbecue, parade, 4-H program and fireworks. The day concludes with a midnight swim. Nelson and Superior plan Indepen- dence Day celebrations. Both are billed as "Fun Day" and designed to provide many activities for local residents. The Nelson celebxation begins with breakfast in the park and includes such activities as a fun run and walk, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, free swimming, golf tournament, children's games and demonstrations, sand volleyball, com- munity hamburger fry and coed soft- ball game. All events will begin in Harbine Park and are sponsored by the Nelson Community Club. Superior 20th annual Independence Day Celebration includes a number of schedule changes. Location may be the biggest. After centering in Lincoln Park, this year the activity returns to City Park where it Nuckolls County , tax appeals heard started 20 years ago. The day begins in City Park with the Superior Joggers sponsored runs. The runs include a 10K for the serious competitors anff fun runs and predicts for those less serious. Registration opens at 6:45. The United States Flag will be raised over the Anderson War Memorial at 7:40 and the runs begin at 7:45. The swimming pool opens for free swimming at 10 a.m. The Firemen's Auxiliary, Lions Club and Volunteer Rescue Squad will be sponsored a num- ber of games from 10 to 2 p.m. The rescue squad will also serve lunch from 11:30 to I p.m. The proceeds will go to toward the purchase of a new defibrillator. The Lions Club will serve concessions throughout the day. At 1:30 the Nuckolls County Mu- seum opens. At 2 p.m. activities move to Lincoln Park. The FFA sponsored Water Balloon Wars will be held on the football prac- tice field and a coed softball tourna- ment begin at 2 p.m. Other activities The evening meal features a ham- burger feed at the Eagles Lodge. Plans are to conclude the day with a fireworks show. Members of the Supe- rior Volunteer Fire Department have Missing woman By Anita Stone Nuckolls County Commissioners met Monday afternoon to hear prop- erty tax protests on five cases. The board's newest commissioner, Dan Corman, was designated to chair the equalization board this year. Taxpayers have until close of busi- ness Monday, July I, to submit paper- work to protest their property tax bill. July 8 has been set as the next date to hear protests. "There have been fewer protests this year than in the recent past," said Jan Murray, county tax assessor. 'q'his is because more people received a tax decrease this year than an increase" Nelson businesses hit by burglars Three Nelson business firms were burglarized last week. Tuesday morning while making his trash collection rounds Brent Jensen discovered the Nelson Food Mart had been entered. He said it wasn' t unusual to find the store's back door open as usually a early arriving storeemployee was there. After dumping the trash he went inside the store to wash up. However, last Wednesday morning the store seemed particularly dark. Investigation re- vealed he was the only one in the store and earlier the business had been bro- ken into. Entry was gained by breaking a window. A check of the Nelson business district found Honeycutts Beauty Sa- lon and the Nelson Gazette office had also been entered. A small window was broken to gain entrance to the beauty shop. Entrance to the newspaper office Was gained through a door. It appears the thieves were looking for money. The Nuckolls County Sheriff's Department is investigating. located in Kansas A missing Nora woman caused sev- eral anxious hours for her family mem- bers and rescue personnel searching for her. But she is no,.', home and appears to be in normal condition. Margert Williams was missing from 4 p.m. Friday until about noon Satur- day. Family members, law enforcement officers and an ailane equipped with heat sensing equipment were engaged in the search to locate the woman. It appears she may hav had car trouble and attempted to walk for help. She was found laying in a Kansas field within a mile of her car. Apparently a law enforcement of- ricer had earlier been only yards from her but did not see her body which was partially concealed by grass. The airplane's heat sensing equipment de- tected two hot spots. Officers were sent to investigate. One apparently was a deer, Fortunately the other was Mrs. Williams. Family members said she has no memory of the ordeal and can not ex- plain what happened. City Council members' attendance falls short Three members of the Superior City Council, the mayor and city staffre- ported for the board's regular meeting Monday. However, four council mem- bers are required to be present before business can be conducted. A special meeting was called for 7:30 tonight Thursday). At that meet- ing the council is expected to'pay claim and approve the contract for the insur- ance needed before the July 4th Cel- ebration can proceed. Several items of business were dis- cussed at Monday's meeting but an decision's made. Tim Schmidt, chairman of the park board reported two engineering firms had been contacted with regard pre- paring swimming.pool improvement plan. It was estimated development of the plan would cost $3,500 to $3,800. However, the money is not currently available in the park fund. Schmidt said the plan was the first step toward detmming the cost of possible pool improvements. Because of its age and date of con- struction the pool is currently exempt from standards which apply to newer pools. However, Schmidtsaid heexpected if changes are made, it may be neces- sary to bring such things as the diving area and decking into compliance. Changes may also need to be made to the water and electrical systems. Schmidt said in general it was thought the pool was in good condition and would benefit from some repair. He said the work may not mean closing the pool for a season. Hope- fully any planned work can be com- pleted after the pool closes in August. The work is now in the planning stages and will not be undertaken until the voters approve as part of a sales tax extension proposal. The last major upgrade of the pool was the construction of a new bath- house financed with voter approved sales tax funds. been collecting donations to help pay for the'fireworks and Tuesday $2,300 worth of the pyrotechnics arrived from the Sioux Falls, S.D., distributor. The FFA had planned to sponsor a duck race, however, the ducks have not yet found their way to Superior and it appears the contest will not be held. Earlier it was planned to hold an- other survivor contest but the event coordinator did not survive. Sherry Shaner, organizer of last year's popu- lar contest suffered a knee injury while attending a football game last winter and on July 4th expects to be recover- ing from knee surgery. The annual Davenport Achievement Day will be held Saturday, July 6, and continued through Sunday, July 7. Activities begin with pancake breakfast and continue with the tradi- tional morning program in the com- munity center, kids games, car show, pedal tractor pull, parade, barbecue and dance. Sunday's activities include a community worship service and road rally. Victorian heritage- interests GMA Good Morning America may be coming to Superior. Late Monday af- ternoon a program representative called this newspaper asking about the town's status as the Victorian Capital of Ne- braska and tie to the Lady Vestey Story. The national television network show had been referred to Superior by Mary Ethel Emanuel , A Nebraska Department of Economic Development tourism division official who earlier this month was in Superior four days working with Lew Hunter's Superior Screen Writing Colony, Later Monday the program staff contacted Beverly Beavers for more information on the Lady Vestey. Mrs. Beavers is a Nebraska Humanities Council approved speaker. She travels the state presenting programs about + Lady Vestey. Tuesday Mrs. Beavers and Supe- rior Chamber of Commerce staffmem- bers were preparing a packet of infor- mation to be sent to the Good Morning America office. Included in the packet were copies special issues of The Su- perior Express and the book which tells Lady Vestey's story. At the re- quest of the program, a video tape of the community's Victorian architec- ture will be made. Methodist bike riders will camp in Lincoln Park Members of the local United Meth- odist Church are preparing to host 85 bicycle riders plus support staff when the organization's annual Bikers for Hunger ride visits Superior. The bike riders are expected to be- gin arriving here at by I 1 a.m. Tues- day. They will be coming from Fairbury. The riders will camp Tuesday nigh in Lincoln Park. Members of the local congregation will serve supper at the church Tues- day and breakfast Wednesday morn- ing. The ride is an annual event de- signed to raise money for the Methodist's hunger relief program.