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4A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, August 8, 2002 , I i i ' forces and formed WAHOO r to help Jeep and missing" " pmr" found Development News promotethersfindwrk'at'hmeemplyment'work-at-homebusinesses, and GPS or. locate overall business resources. Nitz, may be 111 Corn lied by the Sla rior Economic Develo ment Council mother of two, is a consultant with submerged in feedlot lagoon Mary KayCosmetics, Starkel, mother for Nue Successfuleconomicdevelopment opened The Potato Hut on April 12, of two, is a designer for Home and programs are not the result of the ef- 2002. She and husband, Dustin, Garden Party. Rowley, motheroffour. (Continu i : forts of one person or one committee, planned this dream more than two does online affiliate marketing, using he GPS in The search is over. The nearly new Jeep Wrangler and the bodies of Bill Rundle and Traci Kenley have been found. However, many questions re- main. Soon after they disappeared on a summer's night in 2000, some had suspected foul play or that the two had run off together. They hadn't. The two Hastings residents were found not far from home in the vehicle they were last seen tiding in. We can speculate about why the Jeep was in a livestock waste collection pit but we will never know for sure what all hap- pened two years ago on that August night. The two friends had been to Edgar to vi sit Traci's parents, Bill and Sharon Kenley. They made a purchase at a ClayCenterconvenience store and used Traci's cell phone to call her Iongtime boyfriend. During that conversation, plans were made to meet the boyfriend after midnight at a Hastings tavern. And during that conversation Traci indicated they had the Jeep pegged (traveling at a high rate of speed) west of Clay Center with plans to return to Hastings via Glenvil. Last Wednesday afternoon an em- ployee of the Kissinger R Lazy K feed lot observed in a reuse pit what ap- peared to the roof of a vehicle. Law enforcement officers began to quickly converge on the lagoon. Pumping operations began to slowly lower the lagoon. In keeping with en- vironmental regulations, the liquid contents had to be transferred to an- other pit. The work continued through- out the night as officers kept the curi- ous away and said little about what was happening. Near mid-day Thursday, a crane lifted a muddy Jeep from the pit. The vehicle with Rundle's license plate attached was partially covered with a tarp and hauled to the Glenvil fire II]1 I station. Officers said they had observed human remains inside the vehicle. The vehicle looked surprisingly in- tact. The driver's window was down about two inches, the passenger win- dow was down about six inches. The passenger side and right fender showed slight damage. A hole had been cut in the canvas top to attach the crane's cable to the Jeep's roll bar. Daily newspapers devoted full pages to reportmg on the discovery and a rehash of the two-year long, multi-state search which had gained national attention. As family and area residents eager for answers waited, law enforcement officers continued their careful probe of the vehicle and the area where it was found. Autopsies were conducted. Saturday it was confirmed the Jeep held the remains of Rundle, a 25-year- old Hastings bartender, and Kenley, a 29-year-old medical technician when they disappeared Aug. 17, 2000. Monday officers delivered their last report. The passage of time and the murky, stinky waters in Which they wer found combined to make it impossible to answer many of the questions. We don't know the cause of death. An accident reconstructionist could not tell whether Rundle and Kenley had a chance to escape. Nor could it be deter- mined if alcohol played a role. We do know the pair had been drinking beer their last right andtwo brown bottles were found in the Jeep. A 3-inch rain a day after the pair disappeared is thought to have hidden evidence of the Jeep having unged into the 25-foot deep lagoon, fficers said they had visually looked at the lagoon twice as part of section by sec- tion search. Two years ago rain waters had raised the level of the lagoon above its current level. The cloudy water was thought to have been at least 10 feet III I "A" Masterpiece Design Inc. Landscape Designer fi Horticulurist Mike Tlpton Cell for free mtimatml 402-891-0217 = Tree= = Shrubs = Seeding = $lMding Waterfalls = Retaining walls qnd MI other landsmplng needs Call for an gPlInlmumt.. Gtt sigmM up fm fall lemhtlplng. Will be in the unto far fall planting III I I IIII IIII I I | I I SUMMER TIME IS RUHHIHII OUT!i! Eniny sunnv savings wllb Ihese back-ln-schnnl sueclalsl Let the sun shine in through the sunroof of one of these sporty, beck to school models: Ponti affira SE, 2-door, red, sunroof. 60,000 miles 2000 Chewolet Monte Carlo LS, 2-door, red, sunroof, 35)00 miles 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS, 2-door, silver, sunroof, 63,000 miles 2000 Pontiac Sunflm (;IT, 2-door, silver, sunroof, 43,000 miles 2000 Pontiac Grand Pdx GT, 2-door, red, sunroof, 37,000 miles 2000 Pontiac Grand Pdx, 2-door, silver, sunroof, 40,000 miles 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE, 2-door, white, V-6, sunroof, 61,000 miles 1998 And these really cool models tool 2001 Pontiac Sunflra, 2-door, white, 16,000 miles 2001 Chavrokd Pdam LSI, 4.door silver, 13,000 miles 2000 Oldsmobile Aiero QL, 4-door, white, 27,000 miles 2000 Saturn 81.1 Sport, 4.door, green, 26,000 miles 1999 Pontlac Grand Am $E, 4-door, red, V-6, 50,000 miles (Note: M#ny u v#hlal am 0. ;/ffM)  . /JLEXaNDER 302 N Commercial, Superior, Neb. 402-879-3204 1-800-821-4588 I IIIU l " Serving our communities state and nation! 4 BILLION $ FUND for FEH-Pt4EH REDUX USERS DEADLINE APPROACHING Miohelle Byrnes Attorney at Law 619 North 90th Street. Omaha; NE 68114 (402) 390-9339 or Toll Free (877) 223-0525 l above the top of the Jeep. The lagoon is about 200 yards off a i blacktop road which leads to Hastings. !Access to the lagoon is via a farm trail. Among the possible scenarios of- i feted to explain what happened that inight is one that says they turned off hoce main road in search of a secluded ation for a bathroom break, The narrow lane leading into the feed lot led past two large waste la- goons and toward a third. In the dark- ness they may not have seen the black waters of the lagoon in time to stop. Another possibility proposes they were attempting to turn around, got close to the lagoon's steep sides which were hidden by sunflowers and the vehicle rolled in. Damage to the vehicle's right side indicates it may have rolled. It was found on its wheels with the headlight switch still on. The floor mounted gear shifter was in park. The driver may have purposely placed it in park, the occupants may have kicked it there in an attempt to get out or the lever may have been moved while the vehicle was being removed. At the time of their death, the occu- pants were not wearing seat belts. It is not known if they tried to escape the vehicle. Memorial services were scheduled for later this week. Rundle will be remembered at a Hastings service to- day (Thursday). A graveside service at the Edgar Cemetery Friday will re- member Kenley. Burglars hit Superior-Deshler, Davenport twice Early morning, Thursday, July 25, employees at Superior-Deshler, Dav- enport, discovered they had been bur- glarized for the second time in July. "What irks a guy off is how much damage they cause," said Lloyd Holtzen, manager. "They can't get away with cash or anything because there isn't any here, but they do cause a lot of damage and it costs money to make the repairs." The thief or thieves also broke through the front doors of the Daven- )ort Building Supply store. They are the result of a collective effort involving many people. In the coming weeks this space will be utilized to share development in- formation and ideas. For Superior suc- cessful economic development will not be attraction of a large industry needing several hundred workers on start up. We once had companies em- ploying more than 100 workers each but if those companies were to return today we would be stressed to imme- diately fill their need for workers. Instead we need smaller compa- nies that will grow. Experts advise homegrown businesses that start small and then expand are the best. We know something about that. Our two historically largest employ- ers, the cement and dairy processing plants were started by people and in- vestors who knew Superior. Their ideas took root and grew and the resulting plants provided good jobs for genera- tions of local residents. Deshler's Reinke Manufacturing is an example of a successful business developed in the last half century. While looking for new business ideas, we may need to think outside the box. Perhaps we need to consider rais- ing goats or insects. Nebraska exten- sion specialists have been promoting the establishment of goat herds. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported the insect business is expanding at the rate of 19 percent per year. Center for Rural Affairs The Center for Rural Affairs has added a comprehensive web presence for support of small businesses. You can access the website at www.cfra.org and click on the REAP link, or you can go directly to the REAP section at www.cfra.org/reap. The website was designed exclu- sively for startup and existing small businesses in rural Nebraska. The new website is a designed to be a resource for entrepreneurs will fur- ther help achieve the centers mission of strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. Business Success Jacki Williams of Valentine, Neb., Seed Cleaning Make Your Appointment Now! Call Jesse Jensen early morning or late evening 40H79-4373 Superior, Neb. years. It is patterned on a similar busi- ness that Jacki owned and managed when they lived in Phoenix, Ariz. Originally the couple planned to remodel an older bus and use it as a kitchen and mobile sales unit, but they decided that they could better run their business from their new home. Daughters, Maria, age 14, and TomiLeci, age 11, are home schooled and work in the family business. Dustin is in the heating and air conditioning business and helps with remodeling, catering, and keeping the equipment running. The' Potato Hut's menu revolves around specialty baked potato toppings and potato ingredients. Jacki makes potato bread about twice a week and freezes it for use later. She uses the bread in dell sandwiches. Her"Hardy Dell Club" is a favorite and her family often refers to it as their "Canoers Sandwich," popular with the canoers coming through the area. Her Philly Steak & Cheese and her south- western Taco Potato are the most popu- lar baked potato menu items. The Potato Hut also features regu- lar and sugar free ice cream with Jacki' s special ingredients to top it off. The favorite, "TimberTwister" served with homemade brownies, hot fudge, cara- mel, and walnut; hungry anybody? Jacki also caters to groups of 30 to 50 people each week for weddings, fam- ily, and school reunions. Home-Based Business According to NeWsweek magazine, it is anticipated that by the year 2005, 50 percent of all households in the United States will be involved ih home businesses. An event addressing such busi- nesses wilt be held in Columbus, Sat- urday, Aug. 17, noon to 4 p.m., at the Family Life Center, 1470 23rd Ave. It is sponsored by WAHOO (Work at Home Opportunity Organization). The free event, which happens to coincide with "Home Business Month," will provide information and resources for establishing and operat- ing home businesses. Chris Nitz, Tracy Starkel and Kim Rowley, three home business entre- )reneurs from Pierce, Neb., formed ....... c- For more information visit the WAHOO website -- http:// www.wahooevent, org Current information for commu- nity leaders and others interested in building and maintaining a healthy economy has been posted on a website by David Darling, a community devel- opment economist at Kansas State University has posted the Website at the site, http://www.agecon.ksu.edu/ ddarling includes Darling's Commu- nity Development Study Reports and the accompanying time series, as well as newsletters, programs, bulletins and other resources available through K- State Research and Extension. Daring said a "critical" concept in community development is that eco- nomic progress should be gqided by * local citizens, not just by government and business interests that may "disre- gard what is best for community resi- dents," he said. "To improve our lives citizens will have to be more responsible and more involved in self-determination," he added. "Community economic devel- opment is a civic process." For example, Darling cites five resources key to building a healthy community and improving local resi- dents' quality of life: Human capital, the knowledge and skills used in production of goods and services; Financial capital, a set of assets to pay for the cost of producing prodffcts; Engineered capital, products used and consumed in the production pro- cess, such as energy, vehicles, roads, building and computer hardware and software; Natural and environmental re- sources; Social capital the trust, working relationships and institutions that make it possible to function as a community and a society. All five of these resources can and do come from within the community," Darling said. "The challenge is to iden- tify, use and leverage these to improve the community's economy so that resi- dents can afford to invest strategically in projects that improve their quality of life. Air Conditioning sales and service Scoff, W & Appliance 341 N. Central Superior 402-879-3501 Arnold Browri, ported he had vation personnc! and Farm Service Agencl GPS. Brown GIS mapping , hich to both the road county assessor was could be obtained from t cies. fire protection Byron and Nuckolls Count $20,884.50 we were as follows: tection - $4,084.50 $16,800 sinking site protection -$5,565 sinking fund; Ruskin $13,500 general fund, ! mg fund. SelmaFer "The levy requests are mality. There are so many the county does not money to fund each under the mandated 50 Since the levy nied, the fire districts are town meeting or to plaCe the ballot." Court house staff missioners to review a ceramic courthouse hope to sell at least cas as a money A bid from the state a range of $10,800 to $1 clerk, ran paid by the hour and incurred. No decision was related to the audit. Commissioners paid I tinued to study ALLTEL Quality Telecommunications Services at Reasonable Rates ALLTEL is a quality telecommunications service provider that provides basic and enhanced services at reasonable rates within its service territories. Basic services are offered at the following rates: Single Party Residence Service (includes Federal Subscriber Line Charge) Single Party Business Service (includes Federal Subscriber Line Charge) Assistance Monthly Rate -$22.46 $3a6 $o.85 Toll blocking is available at no charge to low-income customers who qualify. Surcharges for emergency 9-1-1 services are assessed according to government guidelines. Low-income individuals eligible for Lifeline and Link-Up telephone assistance programs may beeligible for discounts from these basic local service charges through state-specified telephone assistance plans. Basic services are Offered to all customers in the ALLTEL service territories at the rates, terms and conditions specified in tariffs. If you have any questions regarding residential customers should call ALLTEL at business customers suld call 1-888-284-7135. .00iLLT00L Are you connected?. III III I II I I I I DougHoins (left) and President Superior, stand in new basketball National Bank pur padding tO help' Mothers Club furnished the basketball hoops. Clean/ [ .II 75% College Tuition Paid [ AI[ Montgomery GI Bill worth $9,792 [ Enlistment Bonus I f NF, BRA,(A [  and much more. '[mz.... [ DIET DRUGS (402) 476-7474 FEN-PHEN OR REDUX? Yeu may have phydcal damp you don't even knew about whi(=h qualifies you to make a claim. Important deadlines are quickly approaching! Missinl the deadlines will bar you from recovering of your injuries. today for a no cost evaluation of your case, Sanford Pogack, Attorney at Law John ilafl, Attonloy at Law Pollack & Bali, LLC 65o 'T' street .,su 4or Uncgln , Nebraska 68508 You must act now! I II I III 30' X 50' X 42' X 54' X  60'X81'X' F/nan.(rig 8/" wUrea! Toll Free So)'bem Bo,d in Nu