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i,,,ii||,Ii|IiliIil,,.IiIIlhI!l!l'1I'"iIIi"I'lllII SM ** C005"* 0215 * D*" 17 ..... u]-. - sMALL TOWN pAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Midlands Edition 24 Pages in Three Sections Plus Supplements Our 114th Year, No. 41 lhe Superior Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Available on the web at Price 50 Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association I I ISSN 0740-0969 2013 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved E-mail address: Superior, Nebraska 68978 National Edition 24 Pages in Three.Sections Thursday, October 10, 2013 County board adopts 2013 levies The Nuckolls County Board at Monday's regular meeting approved the list of adopted levies provided by Vicki Ensign, county treasurer. Among the highlights from the list of adopted levies (per $100 of valua- tion): *, The county general levy decreased from 0.276370 last year to 0.259807 this year. The City of Superior's levy in- creased from 0.4t 8639 to 0.439546. The City of Nelson's levy re- mained unchanged at 0.500000. The Village of Lawrence's levy decreased from 0,425497 to 0.390864. The Village of Hardy's levy in- creased from 0.370523 to 0.383272. The Village of Ruskin's levy in- creased from 0.423798 to 0.496327. The Village of Oak's levy in- creased from 0.448987 to 0.449453. The Village of Nora's levy de- creased from 0.333672 to 0.325688. Superior Public Schools' general levy increased from 1.016803 to 1.022550. The South Central Unified School District No. 5 general levy decreased from 0.907449 to 0.800074. Gary Warren, county highway su- perintendent, and Jeff Wagner, the county's engineering consultant, were present for a bid-letting for construc- tion of a double 12 by 12 concrete box culvert and relaLt , dirt 'k located one mile north All four miles west of Nelson. . Gus Construction Company of Casey, Iowa, bid $251,739.30 for the culvert construction and $113,477 for the dirt work, totaling $365,216.3.0. VanKirk Brothers Construction in Sutton bid $137,952.50 for culvert construction and $56,475.55 for the dirt work, totaling $194,428.05. There was apparently a misunder- standing about the desired completion date for the project because Warren said both bidders failed to meet his expectation in that regard. The board tabled any ac.tion on the bids until Warren has an opportunity to discuss it with the low bidder, VanKirk Broth- ers. Sandra Schendt, Nelson' s city clerk, met with the board regarding the law enforcement contract between the sheriff's department and the City of Nelson. No one from the sheriff's de- partment was present, so a discussion was not held. Schendt said she believed the city wanted to renew the contract un- changed for one more year and have it expire at the end of Sheriff Jim Mart' s current term in office. The matter was tabled until Marc meets with city offi- cials and the county board. Discussion of the contract was also on the agenda of the Nelson City Council for Mon- day evening. In other business: Tim Stutzman, emergency man- ager and noxious weed superintendent, reported the current stream bed remediation project underway on the Little Blue River was delayed by re- cent heavy rains. Royce Gonzales, clerk of the dis- trict court, announced county govern- ment day is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 25. One change he said is planned for this year is the seniors from both high schools in the county will attend. In the past, seniors from Superior and juniors from Lawrence-Nelson have attended. Jackie Kassebaum, county clerk, reported receipt of a dividend check in the amount of $14,143 from the Ne- braska Intergovernmental Risk Man- agement Association (NIRMA), which handles worker's compensation and liability insurance for the county. Kassebaum said the amount is nearly double what it was last year. The board reviewed September monthly reports from the county clerk, county treasurer, clerk of the district court and county court clerk-magis- trate; and the July monthly report from the county sheriff. The board will not meet next week because of the Columbus Day holiday. Dr. Tim Blecha (left) visits with Tom Carlson, late Thursday afternoon at the Vestey Center. Carlson was in Superior as part of his campaign to be elected as the next governor of Nebraska. Carlson currently serves as this distric state senator. Jim Miller (right) listens to the conversation. Candidate visits Superior Senator Tom Carlson brought his campaign to become the Republican Party's nominee for the office of gov- ernor to Superior Thursday afternoon. He talked with voters for about 90 minutes during a reception at the Vestey Center. Carlson, a current state senator an- nounced in July his plan to seek the governorship in 2014. The Holdrege resident is a 1959 graduate of Holdrege High School. He is among a crowded field of Republicans seeking the office but the only one from the Third Con- gressional District and the one with the strongest ag community credentials. While serving two terms in the Uni- cameral he has championed farm com- munity interests, particularly irriga- tion issues. Tom and his wife, Margo, have celebrated more than 50 years of mar- riage. He works out three times a week at the YMCA in either Lincoln or Holdrege and said he was ready for a statewide campaign. 'The Good Lord has given both me and Margo good health and energy," said Tom BNSF replacing welded rail serving Superior since 1986 Beginning more than a year ago the Kansas Division of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad (the old Santa Fe) has been replacing worn rail from Abilene north on curves and in a few straight sections. The welded rail being replaced was used rail when laid in the fall of 1986 between Courtland and Superior. Thursday afternoon a 27-car rail train dumped rail south of Superior iri several places including right south of the First and Hartley Street intersec- tion. The train was parked for a time in the Superior yards. Also this week the railroad recorded a deed for land purchased for a new wye that will service the Superior East business development site. He attend a one-room rural north of Holdrege. Since the Carlson family lived 15 miles north of Holdrege he lived with his grandparents in Holdrege while attending high school there. After high school he earned a foot- ball scholarship to play at what is now the University of Northern Colorado. He Was a starting quarter back for the college team in his junior hear and played that spring in e College World Series held at Omaha s Rosenblatt Sta- dium. He received a bachelor of sci- ence degree in math and physical edu- cation in 1963 and a master' s degree in physical education in 1964. Following college, he and Margo moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where Tom taught, coached baseball and earned a PhD in physical education from the University of Iowa. The next 10 years he taught and coached football and baseball, first at the University of Wis- consin and then at Taylor University in Indiana. The Carlsons and their three chil- dren returned to Holdrege in where he became an agent for Bankers Life of Iowa, which later Icame the Principal Financial Group. He had a 30-year career in the insurance business and was inducted into the company's hall of fame. He has been an active member of the Holdrege community including terms as president of the Optimist Club, school board, Rotary Club, chamberof commerce, state board of the Fellow- ship of Christian Athletes and his church board. In 2006 Sen. Ed Schrock, urged Carlson to consider replacing him as a state senator. Carlson accept the invitation and said running the 38th district cam- paign was an eye-opening experience. He said his coaching experience taught him to roll with the punches and get back up a/her being knocked down. He won the election by 1,100 votes and is now finishing his second term in the Unicameral. Because of term limits, he can not run for re-election. In the legislature he has served as chairman of the agriculture committee for four years and is now serving as chairman of the natural resources com- mittee. He has described water as "life- blood of agriculture." He said there are five main areas which qualify him to be governor. They are 1. Experience, 2. Leadership, 3. Common Sense, 4. Integrity and 5. Faith. "I don't shy away from telling people I believe in the Bible and the God who made it." said the candidate. Drawing on his years working in the financial industry he said "When government adds one person to the payroll it takes on average 10 private sector jobs to pay for that one addi- tion." Between now and the primary elec- tion, the Carlsons plan to visit all 93 Nebraska Counties. Superior fire practice was the real thing Monday night Fifteen minutes before their weekly practice was to start Monday evening, members of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department, answered a real fire call. The firemen were summoned to a field along North Shore Read.near Lovewell Lake where acombineowned by Neil Becker, Mankato, was on fire. A number of firemen were already at the fire barn when the call came in and they soon had the trucks under- way. While damaged, reports indicate the combine was not destroyed. Members of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department were called to a ditch fire at 4;15 Tuesday afternoon. The fire was said to be across the road from 4929 Road D. Virginia Barone, 68, was found dead in her home at 335 Center Street in Guide Rock Saturday morning by Webster County sheriff's deputies. Her death is being invest gated as a homicide. A mother and her son living in another home in Guide Rock owned by Barone, Shelley and Andrew Casterline, were being sought in connect on to the alleged murder when they were apprehended in Iowa later Saturday for an unrelated armed robbery. Barone's red tabby cat, visible sitting in the driveway, did not move as newspaper reporte!s and television crews came and went. Guide Rock murder suspects nabbed in Iowa At around 8 a.m. Saturday, the Webster County Sheriff's Department responded to a request to check on the welfare of Guide Rock resident Vir- ginia (Ginger) Barone, 68. When sheriff" s deputies entered her home, located at 335 Center Street, they found Barone deceased. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. Suspected of killing Barone are Shelley Lynn Casterline, 41, and her son, Andrew James Casterline, 23, both of Guide Rock. The Casterlines were reportedly living in a house in Guide Rock also owned by Barone. She re- portedly moved intoher current home because she had problems with her knees and everyahin]g ik on one fl6or, compared to her otherhbme, in which she was unable to access the upstairs. She was apparently allowing the Casterlines to live there, however it is unclear whether or not they were pay- ing rent. Shelley Casterline is reportedly the ex-wife of Barone's son, Ron, who also lives in Guide Rock. Both homes owned by Barone and her son's house are located in close proximity in the eastern part of Guide Rock. Shelley Casterline and her son, Andrew, suspected of Killing a 68-year-old Guide Rockwoman in her home, were arrested Saturday afternoon in Newton, Iowa, for an unrelated armed robbery. Motive has not y& been established, however court records indicate Vir- ginia Baronehad posted bail for Shelley Casterline at some time in the past. One Guide Rock resident who wishes to remain anonymous said she heard there was a dispute regarding a welfare check. Both Casterlines are also report- edly wanted in Webster County in a case involving theft by unlawful tak- ing. Shelley Castedine appeared in this newspaper's Nuckolls County Court- house News last week for issuing abad check of more than $500 but less than $1,500. That case had been bound over to District Court. At least one Superior business owner said the Casterlines have an unpaid bill at his establish- ment. Late Saturday afternoon, the Casterlines were taken into custody after allegedly mugging a woman in a Newton, Iowa, Wal-Mart parking lot. As of this newspaper's printing, they were beiog held in the Jasper County Jail on charges of first-degree rob- bery. Police in Newton responded to an armed robbery complaint in the New- ton Wal-Mart parking lot at 5:37 p.m. Saturday. Andrew Casterline allegedly grabbed a woman's purse and took off running. A group of Newton residents started chasing Andrew Casterline in the parking lot. Shelley Casterline then reportedly jumped out of a vehicle with a knife. They eventually got back into their car and drove away. No one was injured in the incident. An Iowa State Patrol trooper spot- ted the Casterlines' vehicle at 5:42 p.m. The trooper waited for backup before stoPlfiiig the vehicle o n l-O and ..... taking the two individuals into custody at 5:46 p.m. The vehicle they were driving was reportedly stolen in Plattsmouth. No information is available at this time about the cause ofBarone' s deatia, what the deputies found when they entered her home or how the Caterlines got from Guide Rock to Plattsmouth. Another unnamed Guide Rock resi- dent said the Casterlines initially flcd in Barone's vehicle. Sewer project will disrupt tl lffic Thus far the storm sewer installa- tion project has been progressing while causing little inconvenince to Superior motorists. That is about to change. The new sewer in virtually com- plete between Second and Third streets and new inlets at Third Street are in place and ready to receive runoffshould it rain this week. The work is now concentrated be- tween Third and Fourth Streets. Next week it is expected to proceed onto Fourth Street between National and Central avenues.That work is expected to much more of an inconvience. It will benecessary to loweraFourth Street water main and replace cus- tomer taps serving meters on the north side of Fourth Street including the Ideal Market. Water to those businesses will be off when some of the work is being compled. The Fourth and National intersec- tion will be closed while the new storm sewer line crosses Fourth Street. After the intesection is reopened parking will not be permitted on Fourth Street as the north half of the street will taken up by the construction operation and both east and westbound traffic will travel on the South half of the street. As new sidewalks are being in- stalled in front of Ideal Market, at times it will be necessary to close lhc front entrance to the store. Customers will be able to park on the west side of the store and in the parking lot north of the store. Tlic store' s north entrance will remain open during the co||structdion phase Depending upon the weather and unforseen problems, portions of die street may be closed for three weeks or longer. Local Christians opposed to the legall,zation of abortion in the United States joined with fellow believers across the land in staging a peaceful protest Sunday afternoon. The annual protest is known as the Life Chain. For one hour they quietly held signs as they lined both sides of Bloom Street between Sixth and Seventh. Some prayed, other quietly sang hymns as they publicly showed their dislike for the willful taking of human life.,