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6 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA STREET SHELTON WA 98584-2263 M 16 Pages Two Sections Plus Supplements '''''',''"'''' Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Our 116th Year, No. 33 Available on the web at I'SSN 0740-0969 Member of Nebraska Press Association 2015 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 and Price National Newspaper Association E-mail address: 50 Nalional Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, August 13, 2015 I I Jordan Martin Shellie Mueller Returning Superior Junior and Se- nior High School students will find two new instructors for the upcoming school year. Jordan Martin and Shellie Mueller have joined the staff, replac- ing Laurie Corman and Linda Simonsen, both of whom retired. Martin is a graduate of Orchard, Neb., High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and social studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. This is his first teaching posi- tion. He will be teaching social studies and be the drama coach. He resides in Superior and is single. Shellie Mueller is new to the Supe- rior school staff but is no stranger to the Superior school system. She is a 1991 Superior High School graduate. She earned bachelor and masters of arts degrees in History and English litera- ture from Hastings College. She taught at Guide Rock High School for one year. When Guide Rock closed she accepted at position at Centura High School, Cairo, where she taught for four years. She accepted a position at Sandy Creek High School and in- structed there for nine years. She took four years off to help raise her two children. Shellie is married to Nathan Mueller and the couple are the parents ofTrev, a Superior Elementary School fifth grader and Ashton, four. She con- tinues a family tradition of service with the Superior school system. Her fa- ther, Donn Mellott, retired as the trans- portation director and her mother Carol, retired as an elementary school teacher. Her sister, Cindy Mellott, serves as a paraprofessional at Superior Elemen- tary School. Mueller noted that the classroom she was assigned was the same room she took her first government class when she entered junior high school 30 years ago. Mueller is teaching American gov- ernment and English classes. She will coach the girls junior high school vol- leyball team. e Members of the Superior Board of Education approved $540,266 of July claims from the general fund Monday evening in regular session at the Supe- rior High School library. All board members were present. July claims include expenditures for a Cornhusker International 2016 IC bus ($82,670) with delivery expected this week. Supt. Isom reported, "Cameras have been installed in eight busses." Elec- tronic data from the cameras can be reviewed by administrators and stored on computerS.Board members approved allowing Giacomo De Pauli to attend school. De Pauli is from Germany and will be hosted by the Parrish and Teresa Frahm family. De Pauli will be part of the senior class. He has played club foot- ball in Germany. Most of the meeting focused on policies. All were approved on first reading. Supt. Isom read aloud an I l page policy addressing special educa- tion. The policy was recommended from adoption by legal council and replaces a similar policy. A policy related to the procurement of bids were changed. The district may now award contracts for up to $100,000 for construction, remodeling or repair With school resuming in Superior this morning (Thursday) families have been filling recent days with the last of their summer activities. This weekend several families participated in a campout alon g the Republican River. In this picture, Isaac Meyer has hung his hat on a tree and is utilizing a tire swing as the conveyance for a planned cooling drop into the Republican River. Josie Hajny is pictured at the left waiting her turn. photo by Slacey Shroyer without soliciting bids. Since 1979, nated skeleion bones, $250 play money, bids have been solicited for projects of pacer and physical education music $40,000 or more. A licensed architect compact disk and a core curriculum or engineer must be retained for any book. new construction in excess of$100,000. Stipulations for the grant include The previous limit was $80,000. Bids submitting pre and post tests of 75 must be published in the legal newspa- students to Project Fitness America for per when the contemplated new con- two years. In addition teacher evalua- struction project exceeds $100,000. tions must be submitted and all el- Previously the limit was $40,000. ementarv faculty must be trained on Doug Hoins, elementary principal, safety and use of the equipment. said elementary school enrollment as Bob Cook reported the projected of Monday stood at 218. By class en- enrollment for the junior-senior high rollment projections were 24 kinder- school stands at 190. Class sizes are 30 garten, 20 in first grade, 37 in second in seventh grade, 39 in eighth grade, 24 grade, 31 in third grade, 34 in fourth freshmen, 32 sophomores, 35 juniors grade, 39 in fifth grade and 33 in sixth and29seniors.Enrollmentwhenschool grade, ended in the spring was 183. He also reported the elementary Various other policies were dis- school had received a "Project Fit cussed as part of the ongoing policy America" grant from Blue Cross and manual review. One policy limits ex- Blue Shield for $16,500 for the next penditure without board approval to two years. The grant provides fitness $2,000. Board members seemed to equipment for elementary students, agree the amountneeds to be increased. Outdoorequipmenthasbeenpositioned Some seemed to suggest the policy easrof the elementary school building could be abolished. Supt. Isom said, "I and includes the following stations: a spent $18,000 this month on chrome pole climb, vault bar, pull up, sit up, books with out your approval. I knew horizontal ladder, parallel bars, and you would not tell me 'no.' Later, he step up. Indoor equipment includes said, "Setting of the budget pretty much 1,000 fitness cups, five - three pound controls expenditures." weighted sports hoops, six sets of lami- Most of the discussion of the policy @ . again Commissioner Doyle Christensen deputy," Baker said. fourth deputy is still being budgeted at Monday's regular meeting of the Baker__ said it's nearly impossible for.Thecountybudgethearingissched- Nuckolls County Board said he has for anyone in the department to take a uled for 11 a.m. on Aug. 24, during the received "a lot of complaints" about vacation or any other kind of time off regular Monday board meeting. Sheriff Brad Baker's plan to add a with the size of the-current staff. He In other business: fourthdeputy.HeagainaskedBakerto also said he believes an additional " The commissioners approved hir- justify a fourth deputy, citing constitu- deputywouldenhancethedepartment's ing Nick Elledge as the county's part- ents' reports of seeing all the ability ];o provide services to the com- time noxious weed superintendent. department's vehicles parked at munities that have law enforcement An executive session was held to Casey's in Superior. contracts with the coullty, discuss a personnel issue. Included in Baker reiterated his difficulty in Carrie Miller, county clerk, told the the private session were the three com- scheduling round-the-clock coverage commissioners that labor laws have missioners, county clerk, Gary War- in a four-persondepartment, while still changed in recent years, and the de- ren, county highway superintendent, having someone "on call" to help out partment will be unable to continue to and Cindy Buescher, road department the on-duty officer if needed, function as it has in the past without secretary. "You just can't leave one guy cov- violating those labor standards. Monthly reports were accepted ering the entire county, without some- Theboarddidnotamendthebudget and reviewed from the county trea- oneoncall,especiallYaneworyounger proposal submitted by Baker, so the surer and county sheriff. manual focused on questions from Peggy Meyer, board member, on imple- mentation and wording. However, Matt Sullivan, board president, asked the board to explore awarding two diplo- mas: a vocational diploma and a col- lege preparatory diploma with classes weighted so students who took more advance math, science, English and foreign language course would be awarded for academic excellence. Supt. Isom will research the idea and report to the board. Matt Sullivan, president, adjourned the meeting at 9:20. The budget and finance committee met after the meet- ing. There were no committe reports from board members. Weather After several days of hot, muggy weather, lower humidity and cooler temperatures have made for a pleasant change since Sunday. Warmer, more humid conditionswill return by the weekend. Chances for precipitation will be nill until the weekend. Superior Observations Rick Disney, NOAA Observer Precipitation Precipitation this week .............. 2.06 Precipitation this month ............. 2.07 Precipitation this year .............. 30.19 Average for August ................... 3.24 Average to Sept. 1 ................... 23.99 Temperature High for the week ......................... 96 Low for the week .......................... 53 Daily Highs and Lows Aug, 5 ................................... 83 64 Aug. 6 ................................... 82 64 Aug. 7 ................................... 80 62 Aug. 8 ................................... 91 62 Aug. 9 ................................... 88 66 Aug. 10 ................................. 91 66 Aug. 11 ................................. 84 58 Markets Superior Grain Market Tuesday Close Prices are up slightly this week. Current Price Last Week Com ................................ 3.57 3.49 Milo ................................. 3.57 3.49 Wheat ............................. 4.46 4.43 Soybeans ..... i ................... 8.82 8.52 @ Unless something happens to force outside the city limits and the parcels ment plan to purchased 28 air bottles at a change in plans, it appears the last areownedbyatleasttwopeople,Angie an estimated cost of $30,000. The days for the former Superior Sale Barn Gardner and Jim Beard. bottles are used with the department's and assorted pens are close at hand. She said an inspection of the prop- air packs. Current bottles are nearing Though talk has surfaced from time erty earlier Monday found cattle in the end of their expected life span and to time about reopening the barn and several of the pens, deteriorating prop- because of their age will not continue the pens have continued to be used for erty and many weeds. No dead animals to pass inspection. bthoperation of a livestock sale barnhlding and .sorting livestock,within SheWeresaidViSibleshe frmdid observethe publiCnewStreetS.water theWith the scheduledutility department's backhoereplacement fin the the corporate limits of Superior is not tanks, a semi-truck parked on the prop- next fiscal year, the council directed permitted under current zoning regula- erty and paint had been applied to one city staff to investigate what was avail- tions and since the barn has not oper- of the buildings since her last inspec- able as part of the state bidding process ated for more than a year, it is the tion. as an alternative to seeking bids for a position of city officials that the facil- The property will be posted with replacement. ity is no longer permitted under the signs advising of the plan to proceed grandfather clause, with the abatement. On behalf of the park board, John Monday evening the six members While meeting with the council, Sullivan updated the council on park of the city council voted unanimously Pettit reviewed progress or the lack of plans. The board is considering the to proceed with a plan to abate the progress associated with other proper- purchase of a 22x30 storage building property. Work to clear the property ties which did not met the city stan- for Lincoln Park and the replacement could begin as soon as September. dard. of sidewalks in City Park during the Bobbi Pettit, the city's nuisance With school starting today, the coun- next fiscal year, provided sufficient abatement officer, reported research cil directed the painting of cross walks funding can be secured. Permission as the courthouse had found the prop- near the school and at Sixth and Park was given the park board to purchase erty used by sale barn is a combination and Eighth and National. an atv sprayer for $890 from Superior of parcels, at least one of which is The council approved a fire depart- Industries. Todd and Calvin Hayes regularly attend automobile auctions to supply their Superior used car business. The usual assortment of automobiles, SUV' s and pickup trucks is occasionally supplemented with a motorcycle or a specialized vehicle. They stepped out- side their usual parameters at the last auction they attended and came home with a vehicle unlike any other in Nuckolls County. Todd noticed an unusual vehicle was going to be up for auction. He consulted with the owner and learned it would not start and had a cracked head, A quick phone call to Superior resident and Model A Ford guru Gene Genung provided the information that Genung did indeed have a head tbr a 1928 Model A Ford on hand. Hayes pro- ceeded to bid and win the highly cus- tomized 1928 Model A touring car. The vehicle was trailered to the Hayes' shop and repair work got under way. The replacement head was milled at Superior's I-4-Detail and placed on the engine. The distributor cap was removed and it was discovered the ro- tor was broke. Genung happened to have a replacement part available. The repairs were made. As of press time, the vehicle had not been started as the epoxy was still drying. As to what makes the car unique? Start with shortening the frame of the four door vehicle from its original 102 inches to 69 inches. Move the rear wheels forward, which allows the rear seat to extend far behind the wheels, and mount the tires on rims from a 1932 V8 model. Add a weight welt to the front end. Then install a separate mas- ter brake cylinder to each rear wheel. Install a brake lever in the floor which moves left and right and the possibili- ties are intriguing. The car retains its original four cylinder, 24 horse power engine which Genung says gets 20 to 28 miles per gallon of gasoline.. Todd and Calvin Hayes, Superior, are the owners of this 1928 Ford.Mod9. I A touring car. The car has been modified to lift off the ground and twid~,!fi~.a tribute to the "Keystone Kops" of silent film fame. : The sun reflects off the black paint cars and cause it to lift the front wheels and the eye is drawn to white lettering off the ground, beginning the chase by at the rear of the back seat. White letters going around in circles, front wheelgin spell out "Keystone Kops." A not so the air. This is what Hayes carwi~! do. subtle hint as to what the vehicle is By placing people in the back seat and meant to do. using the brake lever, the front endof For those who are unfamiliar with the vehicle will rise off the ground. the "Keystone Kops,' they were the Judicious use of the brake !everf to creatinMack Sennett, filmed betweenf early silent film director1912 to rear wheels,either the right or left, will steer ~e the Kops, who1917.. The short comedy films featuredwere a group of incom- theH:Yl~StPlar~st; tTr~YlSa~hO~irnigt 0at.eft petent policemen, attired in 1890s po- uncertain. lice uniforms. Every film featured a If you happen to see a 1928open chase scene. The kops always moved in topped touring car on a short wheel- a zig-zag pattern with the back seat base suddenly raise the front wheels overloaded with numerous Kops. When from the ground, your eyes are not the chase began, several officers would deceiving you. It' s Todd Hayes being crowd into the back seat of the open an uplifting type of driver. Breanna Brennfoerder, Edgar, participated in her first antique tractor pull at Deweese, Saturday. She is th granddaughter of Kenny and Judy Corman, Superior. Breanna, 12, entered the 3,500 pound stock class. il I