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i,lhhil,lmi,i,,li,,i-ll,d,iqqlq,ll,q,,l,n,l,l,vldqi!, SM **C005"*0174""D*'17 ..... CORRESPOND SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA STREET SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Residents of Nuckolls County on lected on Friday, but reaching the 120 track and reported approximately 165 Friday were given the opportunity to ton limit doesn't necessarily mean the individual loads of tires were dropped disposeofwomofittiresinawaythat's tires will not be properly recycled, off. The grant money from the NDEQ easy on their pocketbooks as well as According to Dan Corman, Nuckolls comes from the $1 per tire disposal fee theenvironment.Atirerecyclingevent Countycommissioner, therewasacon- charged in Nebraska for all new tires. was held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the stunt line of trucks dropping off tires in All three Nuckolls County Board countyroaddepartmentshopinNelson, the morning, then it slowed down a members were on hand to help Friday In the past, tire recycling was held little in the afternoon, in Nelson -- Dan Corman, Tim annually at the county shop in Nelson, "If the NDEQ has had other tire Zikraund andDoyleChristensen.There cosponsored by the county and the recycling days and not reached the were also two road department era- Trailblazer RC&D and made possible grant limit, they will allow other ones ployees, who volunteered for the task through grant funds by the Nebraska to go over by the same amount, to and received comp time in return. The DepartmeutofEnvironmentalQuality makesurethetiresaredealtwithprop- county road department provided all (NDEQ). With the RC&D losing its erly," Corman said. "They're pretty the necessary equipment. federal funding and vacating its head- easy to get along with. And as a last Champlin Tire Recycling trans- quarters in Red Cloud, tire recycling resort, the county will simply pay a set forms the discarded tires into play- was not held last year. RC&D officials price per ton for the overage. We've ground and landscape mulch, as well always wrote the grant in previous done that in the past; it's worth'it to as park benches and picnic tables. As years, keep the tires from being discarded testimonial for their loose fill play- Cindy Buescher, secretary for the where they shouldn't be." ground mulch, Champlin reports Nuckolls County Road Department, Cormanalsosaidthetiresarepicked 200,000 children are injured annually wrote the NDEQ grant for this year's through and those that still have some on playgrounds in the United States, event. As in the past, the grant allowed miles left in them are sold to imple- with 79 percent being caused by falls for up to 120 tons to be collected and ment companies or other tire dealers, on hard surfaces. The U.S. Consumer picked up by the contractor, Champlin Also, tires that have been"turned" are Product Safety Commission substanti- Tire Recycling, Inc., ofConcordia. By offered for sale to producers to be used ates the claim and recommends the press time this week, it was not known as feeders. Those manning the recy- product for its"superior shock absorb- how much weight in tires was col- clingeventinNelsonattemptedtokeep ing capability." A mountain of tires and probably not a swing or pair of sandals anywhere in the pile. Back yard crafters are able to recycle the once popular bias-ply tires into a number of useful products including swings and sandals but the more modern steel belted tires have to sent to a recycling firm for reclamation and that will be the fate of this pile collected Saturday at the Nuckolls County Road Department shop. 16 Pages Price 50 National Edition in Two Sections Official Nuckolls County Midlands Edition 16 Pages Two Sections Plus Supplements Our 117th Year, No. Newspaper 32 Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association All ISSN 0740-0969 2016. Superior Publishing Company, Inc. Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 Thursday, August 11, 2016 Monday evening, members of the birth through five program, so even The abutments are Ok, but the bridge Superior Board of Education met in though there is some savings, costs of needs replaced and the concrete ap- regular session at the high school li- the programs will still be paid by the proaches. He hopestoopenbidsThurs- brary. All members were present ex- district, day, Aug. II, at 2 p.m. and invited cept for Matt Bargen. July claims from Two foreign exchange students are members of the board to attend. the general fund of $490,744 were scheduled to attend Superior High Thrasherhasinspectedtheconcrete approved. However, Supt. Isom said a School. Axel Schinkoreit, Germany, is bleachers at the football field and sug- late run of bills would include driver's a senior and will be hosted by Jonnie gested a polyurethane foam as a good education expense and a year's worth Andersen. Astrid Neira is from Den- option of filling the void under the PALLS snacks to get them on the 2015- mark. She is a sophomore and will be bleachers. Projected cost is $52,000. 16 expenses, hosted by the Brad and Sharon Biltoft However, Matt Sullivan questioned Members of the board approved the family, the wisdom of spending $52,000 to put 2016-17 special education contract SuperintendIsomreportedtermites a bandaid on 1940s concrete. It was withESU9intheamountof$258,813, have once again been found in the suggested Supt. Isomsearchforcom- The figure represents expenditures of junior high gymnasium floor and have munity groups interested in the base- $158,364 for school age and $61,921 been treated. In addition the band room ball complex and develop a commu- for birth to age five. This is a decrease was treated for termites before the pit nity based plan for the area. of $355,813. However, several items wasleveled.Therewasevidenceofold DA Davidson and Company has which were part of last year' s ESU 9 termite damage in the band room but invited the board to consider refinanc- contract are.either under the jurisdic- no current activity, ing the school building bond in Janu- tion of the Superior district or con- The board entered into a 35 minute ary.Thedistrictcanrefinancethebond tracted elsewhere. For example, Life executive session to discuss the job once every five years. If rates remain Skills will go through Hastings Public performance of an employee, constant it appears the district could Schools. Superior has hired a speech During reports, Supt. Isom reported save $681,000 if the bond payment is languagepathologist(JodiGrabast)and Wildcatbridgebetweentheschooland shortened three years and refinanced. Superior now oversees much of the the football field has been condemned. Superintendent Isom asked the board to consider a $45,000 expendi- ture for new bleachers including en- closed steps and handrails for the stage area. "To me it is a safety issue," he said. It is expected to be an action item on the September agenda. E-meetings are expected to start in September. A training session was ten- tatively scheduled for 4 p.m Wednes- day, Sept. 24. Projected 2016-17 school enrollment Grade Boys Girls Total Kindergarten 13 15 28 First grade 12 I l 23 Second grade l0 12 22 Third grade 20 I8 38 Fourth grade 15 13 28 Fifth grade 18 16 34 Sixth grade 24 15 39 Seventh grade 22 16 38 Eighth grade 16 16 32 Ninth grade 17 24 4 l Tenth grade 13 12 25 Eleventh grade 21 I l 32 Twelfth grade 22 17 39 Total 223 196 419 S .t The Nuckolls County Board atfrom the inheritance tax fund to bal- In other business: Monday's regular meeting finalized mace the budget and keep the levy at Gary Warren, county highway the proposed budget for the upcoming about 0.19, compared to more than superintendent, reported he is prepar- fiscal year with members of the county $900,000 before last week's budget ing to hire an additional full-time road budget-making authority --- Susan cuts. State statute requires the new department employee. He said he Rogers and Vicki Ensign. budget to be adopted by Sept. 15. A would like to do it as soon as possible, Last week, the commissioners and public hearing for the new budget has so the new person could be trained by department heads worked together to been scheduled for 11 a.m. during the winter. The additional employee has find more than $600,000 in cuts to the board meeting on Sept. 6. In a related been budgeted for, Warren said. proposed budget in order to keep the matter, the commissioners also up- The commissioners approved a levy flat and avoid depleting the inher- proved the one percent emergency in- request of $1,313 for burial assistance itance tax fund by "buying down" the crease in restricted~unds for the2016- for-a r~t of the county. levy with it, which has been done in the 17 budget, a procedural measure that Monthly reports were received past. allows the county to extend the maxi- and reviewed from the county clerk, Rogers and Ensign reported that mum restricted fund budget increase county treasurer, sheriff and noxious only about $190,000 would be needed from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, weed authority. Race car driver dies in crash on Belleville High Banks track The Belleville High Banks Race- way was the setting for a tragic acci- dent, Saturday, when four-time and defending United States Auto Club midget National champion Bryan Clauson, 27, died when his midget race car was hit and rolled several times. He was airlifted to Bryan-LGH Hospital, Lincoln, hospital where he died, Sunday, surrounded by his fam- ily. Clauson was leading the race when he passed lap traffic. His car collided with another race car, climbed a guard rail between turns three and four, flipped and rolled. His race car was then struck by another racer. Clauson was an up and coming driver who competed on several dif- ferent racing circuits. He was the youngest winner in USAC history when he won his first race at 16. He then signed a contract with Chip Ganassi to a NASCAR developmental contract He returned to short track racing and won his first national midget champi- onship when he was 21. He added a second midget championship at 22. He won a USAC sprint car championship when he was 23. He raced in the India- napolis 500 in 2012. In 2015, he raced in the Indianapolis 500 once again. He led three laps at this year's Indianapo- lis 500. He had won 27 races this season on different circuits. He was on track to compete in 200 races this season. Clauson wasa four- time USAC national champion who was a three-time winner at Belleville and was the defending champion. 'This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60 year history of the USAC," Kevin Miller, USAC CEO said, "Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC drivers, we've lost a true ambassador for all of motor sports." Clauson was born in Sacramento, Calif., and resided in Noblesville, Ind. Clauson is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, a sister, Taylor, and fian- cee Lauren Stewart. Roads leading to Superior are ex- pected to be busier than usual on Satur- day morning as thrifty shoppers who enjoy visiting garage sales will be head- ing this way. Superior's second and last commu- nity-wide garage sale of 2016 will be held on Saturday. The sale locations and a map of Superior are printed in the classified section of this week's paper. Sellers registered with this newspa- per have been given a small sign printed on pink paper to mark their location as Members of the Superior City Coun- cil met for a few minutes Monday night. Other than housekeeping functions like paying bills and dealing with grant related business, the council addressed two nuisance violators and held an executive session to discuss the pur- chase of wholesale electrical power. After being told by the property owner that the violations had been cor- rected, the council voted to schedule the property at 139 West Eighth Street for abatement. It will be at least 30 days, perhaps longer before the city can take action to clear the problems. At the request of Cameron Grabast, Superior Pharmacy sponsoring next 'Crazy Woman' Concert Crazy Woman Concert Series will presents its next concert -- Mare Wakefield and Nomad from Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the Superior City Park bandshell. The concert is sponsored by Superior Phar- macy (Lane and Anna Hawley). "You'll be astounded," said Mav- erick Magazine about this Nashville- based Americana duo. Featuring award-winning Southeast Texas songwriter Mare Wakefield on guitar and Turkish-born, classically-trained Nomad on piano and accordion, the husband-and-wife team has been called "Cozy brilliance, the merger of Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Patton," by the Louisville Observer, and "A little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk" by the New York Times. Mare and Nomad were 2016 and 2015 Kerrville NewFolk finalists and 2015 Falcon Ridge Emerging Art- isls. Local society offers free C02 detectors The Good Samaritan Society of Superior is offering to install for free carbon monoxide detectors in the homes of 25 senior citizens living in Nuckolls County. All applicants must be 65 years of age or older. The dectors will have a 10-year lithium ion battery which will reduce the need to change the battery. an official garage sale participant. Shoppers are advised to read the ads and determine hours of operation for the sales that most interest them. In some instances the sales are starting early, in others the sellers plan to close early because of other conflicts or will be opening later. In addition to the garage sales, some downtown businesses will also offer special prices on selected items. The Farmers' Market will open at 5 p.m. Friday in City Park. the council agreed to another deadline extension with regard to a partially constructed building near the intersec- tion of Second and Kansas streets. At a previous meeting, the council started the process to find a contractor to bring down the partially constructed build- ing and rid the lot of trash. After start- ing last year, work on a partially as- sembled building has been stalled for months. Grabast told the council he obtained ownership of the property in June of 2015. Since then he started to construct a building that will be used by his self- storage business. However, an injury last March has kept him from continu- ing construction. He anticipates his doctor will allow him to return to work later this year. Because of the delay, he does not ex- pect to have the building completed before June, 2017. When working alone, he said progress was slow. How- ever, he said the material to complete the building had been purchased and was stored in Superior. He agreed to have the trash gone within two weeks. And while a delay was granted, the council wants the buidling enclosed before June. Weather Rains in early August have given the area a spring-like appearance. Superior Observations By Rick Disney, NOAA Observer Precipitation This week ................................... 2.15 Year todate ............................... 17.79 Average through August .......... 20.21 Average for August ................... 3.24 Temperature High last 7 days ............................ 96 Low last 7 days ............................. 63 corralled. Some were growing on top Volunteers working under the di- rection of Floyd Rothfuss are giving of others and the condition of some Superior's City Park a face lift. flowers had deteriorated to where they This isn't the first time many of the were beyond saving. With each pass- volunteers have volunteeredtimemain- ing day the flowers were looking more taining the park. like weeds. Floyd' s wife, Karen, has been work- Early in the process it became obvi- ing diligently with Carol Watters, ous to the women that the railroad ties Julene Sullivan, Gayle Sullivan, Karen which formed a retaining wall for the Fox, Dennis and Barb Smith to get the Seventh Street flower bed were rotted. park' s flower beds weeded and the soil It was the consensus of the group that reworked. Jeff Guilkey loaned a trailer a new wall needed to be put in place of and pickup which were used to taking the railroad ties. two loads of dirt out so the mulch What was supposed to be a simple would not over flow the-retaining wall. job of weeding and cleaning the flower Initial plans were to lay a soaker hose bed up was growing morecomplicated. and then cover with mulch. Phyllis Dethloff was one of the first But first the flowers which had volunteers with a vision for develop- been growing out of control and to be ing the flower beds. Laura Corman, Roy and Juanita Myaskai and count- less others have given many volunteer hours to maintaining the park flowers. Once upon a time members of a garden club cared for the park flowers. Mem- bers of the Mother's Club also took a turn at caring for the flower beds. Friday a Hardy resident, Jason Gillilan, saw the volunteers beginning to work on the wall and stopped to help. Early Saturday morning Floyd Rothfuss, Richard, Frank and John Sullivan, Steve Fox, Jim Butler and CliffWhite added the top layer of brick to the new retaining wall. Rothfuss brought his concrete saw which was Butler brought a tractor to help trans- port the bricks from the shipping pallet to the wall area. With the exception of Gillilan, most the volunteers are age 70 or older. While the work has been hard, they said they enjoy giving back to their community without thought of recog- nition. This week installing a drip irriga- tion system for the north flower bed was near the top of the must do list. It is hoped the work being done this year will make the flower beds easier to care for next year. used to cut and trim the blocks to Materials being used for the reno- custom fit the tight places. Tim Crowl vation have either been donated or donated the mulch for this project. Jim purchased with donations. Floyd Rothfuss mans the tractor while Frank, Joseph and Richard Sullivan fill the bucket with excess soil. They were renovation project at the north side of Superior's City Park. A stone retaining wall replaced rotted railroad ties. The crew the plants and distributed mulch across the newly cleaned area. part of the crew at work on a major removed weeds and debris around Mayor Schmidt will 'drive' walking school school bus on start-up day, Aug. 24 Superior Mayor, Sonia Schmidt, are welcome to walk along. No wheels will "drive" the first Walking School on the bus. (Bikes, skateboards and Bus on Wednesday morning Aug. 24. scooters will not be allowed.) Volunteers and "riders" should meet at A Superior volunteer firefighter will the city park band shelter a 7:35 a.m., "drive" the bus on Oct. 12, during fire to go over safety rules and so that prevention week. To volunteer as a young riders can be paired with a par- guest bus driver or adult volunteer, ent, volunteer or older rider. The bus severalwillbeneededforeachWednes- will leave promptly at 7:40 a.m., in day, contact Julie Simonsen at Central order to arrive at the school between National Bank 7:55 and 8 a.m. The bus will travel along the new walk and bike lane on Markets the south side of Sixth Street to Park Tuesday Close August Delivery Street. From there it will continue along c~nt Pnc~ Last Week the new Safe Routes to School side- Corn ................................. 2.97 2.99 walk and end at the Superior Elemen- Milo ................................. 2.32 2.34 tary School. Children may join the bus Wheat ............................... 3.18 3.14 at any point along the route and parents Soybeans .......................... 8.88 8.53 The City Park in Superior has a new retaining wall with decorated bricks around the flower garden. The idea came from Karen Rothfuss, Karen Fox, Julene Sullivan, Gayle Sullivan and Carol Watters because the rail road ties were rotten. Above, the area is pictured before the new retaining wall was constructed.