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ff Edition in Two Sections Supplements 102nd Year, No. 48 3he Supedor Express Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association ISSN 0740-0969 2002 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 Price 50 National Edition 18 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002 Friday " tpermr evening 00nta Claus is coming to Superior may start 7th Street paving work in summer of 2003 in the participating stores. Santa Claus plans to be downtown from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is continuing for the Christmas Bucks drawings which are being held every Monday. This week' s winners of 50 bucks include Vic Bargen, Max Darling, Nellie Kohl, all of Superior, and Diane Gebers, Nora. Helen Iliff, Superior, received 100 Superior bucks. In December some stores will be open Sunday afternoons. Extended evening hours are planned Dec. 16 will mark the 6fhcial start of n as Holiday Shopping Sea- Superior merchants have number of special activities. stores will be offering spe- erchandise values that day to and late suppers. Early shop- are advertised at 7 to 9 a.m will be 6 to 8 p.m. The will be donating prizes for a to held at 8 p.m. in front of the store in downtown Superior. particulars will be available t nlnnununuul|luauinu tmNmIRIMltBRmm NaNailillaNINlil through 20. Four homes are included on this year's Christmas tour of homes which is planned for Sunday evening, Dec. 8. Between then and now The Express plans to publish stories about the houses. The first is included this week. The lighted Christmas Parade will be held Monday, Dec. 16. Free movies and visits with Santa Claus are also planned throughout December. E Ove, the 124-year-old home that has been in the Hunter family for 53 years stands as sturday as it did in 1881. s in the front and side lawn are now gone, victims of a vicious wind storm. But the structure remained by nature's wrath. The home now spbrts a second turret on its west side. 00tnter home will be open ,' Christmas tours Dec. 8 By Kathie Jensen old Victorian-style home on the comer lot at 340 E. 7th in tor but it didn't start out that h )me, now owned by Lewis and Pamela Hunter, has under- ty changes since it was origi- t. it will be one of four homes the public during this year's Homes. "Lu" and Cora Beal pur- 2,3,4,5 and 6 in Block 2 ,1: AsherBealin 1881 e for their family. The structure was an ordinary frame, two-story farm-style deplete of any unusual adorn- Save the widow's walk (a railed more usual to m rather than those in the st) surrounding the second 1906 the Beals' remodeled t )le the Queen Anne t it is today. At that iti the north and west .' t the  d porch and the southeast : t ;eals lived there until 1920, property and moved Beal and son, Wendell, re- Ownership of the house at,a sale foilowingherhusband s tn 1930. In 1936, an under- ri akler system was installed in order to care for the property's expansive lawn and a masonry, double garage with a green-tinted concrete driveway was constructed north of the home. After Cora Beal's death in 1941, the home stayed in the Beal family until 1946 when it was again sold. It was during this five-year period, the brick garage was remodeled into a rental home. The house changed hands four times between 1946 and 1949 when Ray and Esther Hunter, took over its ownership. Since 1901 Esther Hunter had loved and admired the house, walking past it on her way to North Ward Grade School and referring to it as her fairy- tale, dream house. In 1949, because of her husband's health challenges, it be- came necessary for her to move the family from their farm in the Guide Rock area to Superior, to be closer to medical facilities. "My mother was able to buy her fairy-tale, dream house for $8,500. That was a lot of money back then. I was 12 years old when we moved in." said Lew about moving to Superior. Lew and his wife Pam now make this house their home. Since their return in 1999, the home has under- gone major remodeling changes. The kitchen area has been enlarged. The addition is housed beneath a second turret on the west side of the home. A small sleeping area on the main floor beneath the stairwell was converted into a utility room with bathroom fa- cilities and an indoor spa. The Hunters also reacquired the rental home north of the property (the structure origi- nally built as a garage in 1936) and have remodeled it for use as a guest home for the many visitors they host each year. Mother Nature has had her hand in remodeling the property as well. Dur- ing a high wind storm a few years ago several 65-year-old pine and fir trees were lost, forever changing the land- scape of the property. Each remodeling project over the past 124 years has been in keeping with the Victorian flavor of this house. The Hunters have spent many hours searching for the style of furniture and decor this fine old home deserves. The interior is in keeping with the Victo- rian era, from its elegant wallpapering to the high-polished hardwood floor- ing and early 1900s bathroom fixtures. Much of what the Hunters have deco- rated their home with was found in their own attic. This is a home that has withstood the test of time. It was built as an ordinary wood-frame house and has evolved into a Victorian masterpiece. It is charming and stands as a testa- ment of why Superior is known as the Victorian Capital of Nebraska. .... i o, at Chr stmas (from left) Ray and Esther Hunter and son, Lewis Ray, pose in front of their new home time, 71 h in Supenor. The Hunters purchased the property in 1949..It has remained in the Hunter family since that As planning for next summer's street improvement work begins, it appears the Superior Street Depart- ment will begin a multi-year project to extend the concrete pavement of Sev- enth Street from Marvin east to Hartley Street. In the next construction season it is anticipated the street will be paved from Marvin to just east of the Louden Street intersection. ' At the Superior City Council meet- ing Tuesday members of the council voted to retain Tom Krueger as the city street superintendent and the JEO en- gineering firm as the city's street engi- neer. Krueger is now preparing the city' s one and six-year street improve- ment plan. The annual plan is required to qualify the city for state funding. The city has been receiving from the state approximately $125,000 each year for street improvement and main- tenance. While many state aid pro- grams are being cut, Krueger indicated he expected the street budget would remain intact. The assistance comes from the state tax collected on motor vehicle fuels. The amount is deter- mined by a formula which considered community size, number of miles of streets and width of the streets. The money can only be used for streets and must be matched by at least a 25 pet- cent local contributiori. municipal water supply passed the most recent copper and lead test and it will not be necessary to prepare a treatment plan. The test will continue to be ad- ministered annually. It was noted the city has received a nearly $1 ! 7,000 refund from the natu- ral gas pipeline company serving the city. The refund related to a dispute the company had with Kansas with regard to ad valorem tax. The council is considering using the refund to retire the last of the bonds issued to purchase the natural gas dis- tribution system from Kansas Power and Light. Sam Clark reported the re- fund should cover the outstanding bonds and accrued interest and leave a small balance. The possibility of refunding the money to the utility's customers was also discussed. However, it was noted the utility had taken $125,1300 from reserves two years ago and subsidized the customers by reducing the price of natural gas. The early retirement of the bonds will save the utility several thousand dollars. It was said this saving would either reduce utility rates to delay arate increase. Members of the council referred a zoning, question to the city planning commission. Beth Lo.vegrove was among those She plans to close her Time & Again used furniture and antique store at Fourth and Commercial and convert the space into a daycare center. How- ever, city zoning regulations do not permit the location ofa daycare center in the central business district. Jan Diehl reviewed the types of businesses and services the ordinance allows in the central business district. It was noted daycare centers were less common when the ordinance was drafted in the late in 1960s. The city is currently preparing a new comprehen- sive plan and expects to make major revisions to the ordinances governing city zoning. However, that work will not be completed in the near future. Mrs. Lovegrove said she hoped to open her new business in early Janu- ary. From information presented Mon- day evening it appears changing the ordinance will require planning com- mission and at least one public hear- ing. Mrs. Lovegrove reported she had taken the training required to operate a daycare center and the location had been approved by the state fire marshall, It will be necessary to install a fire alarm system and make some minor modifications to the building. It was suggested she would also want to consult with the state electrical met the state standard. Before adjourning members of the council discussed plans to extend the city sales tax. When the issue was last before the voters, permission was given to collect the tax for 10 years. The one percent tax has been used to fund construction of a new library and swimming pool bath house, various economic devel- opment project and for property tax relief. Since it was authorized, retail sales have not kept pace with projections. Some are now advocating asking the voters to approve a 1.5 percent sales tax. Suggested projects include prop- erty tax relief, swimming pool and city auditorium renovations and economic development. The one percent sales tax is cur- rently returning the city approximately $210,000 per year. Requests for fund- ing from the tax extension currently exceed the annual receipts. It is expected the quesEon Will con- tinue to be discussed for several months before a decisicn is reached and the question taken to the voters. Mayor Billy Maxey "reported the New Beginnings program had received a grant and would be purchasing 275 car seats suitable for children. A place is needed to store the seats and hold In other action it was reported the attending Monday's council meeting, inspector tomake sure the building monthly training classes. South Central board approves multi-county case lease of computer equipment Members of the South Central Unified District 5 board of education met at Sandy Creek last Monday. All members were present except Sue VanSkiver, Nelson. The board approved November claims of $793,549.08. Kent Miller, superintendent re- viewed preliminary figures related to a lease purchase agreement for technol- ogy updates throughout the district. Supt. Miller said an advantage of the agreement was that it would let the district get caught up in high need areas and spread the cost out over three years. The projected expenditure would be $120,000. Miller said, the Guide Rock elemen- tary school has the best equipment for the connectivity available in Guide Rock, but it does not have a burnable CD. The lease agreement proposal sug- gest one internal CD-Rw at $199.96. Lawrence-Nelson has the newest computer laboratory in the unified sys- tem. The proposal suggests two laptop athletics and the technology coordina- tor and six iMacs and printers for teach- ers and classrooms. Sandy Creek has one of the older computer laboratorys in the district, but dire need of computers at teacher stations. The lease proposal suggests 32 classroom eMac computers and HP inkjet printers, one Dell computer for the guidance office, a laptop each for the band director and the athletic direc- tor, two oMac digital movie for teacher workstations, two iMac computers each for the elementary and high school laboratory, three iMac computers for the seniorhigh library, one laser printer, a Proxima projector 6150 and 30 Microsoft office licenses. Superior's laboratory is the oldest in the district. It was estimated the laboratory computers are 10 to 12 years old. The proposal suggests 16 Dell workstation 340 lab computers, Dell Dimension for drafting room, 15 Dell Optiplex 260 for a classroom, 15 HP injet printers, one laser printer for win- Dell computers which will be used by dows lab and one JMC system. ISO board improves fire protection rating Superior property owners received good news this week when it was an- nounced the ISO rating bureau had given the community and improved fire rating. Earlier this year the bureau con- ducted a public protection classifica- tion survey. The survey classification is used by the property and casualty insurance industry to develop ratings and classifications used for underwrit- ing and calculating premiums for resi- dential, commercial and industrial properties. After completing its analysis of the structure fire suppression delivery sys- tem provided in Superior the bureau issued a Cla,ss 4/9 classification. This is an improvement over the former classification of 8/9. While the fire suppression rating has improved the improvement may not translate into lower insurance pre- miums. Many things in addition to fire losses are considered when calculating pre- miums. In this area losses attributed to storm damage are a larger factor in the premium calculation. In recent years this nation has been reporting an in- crease in storm damage. In addition declining interest rates and the stock market drop have re- duced the returns insunmce companies collect on investments. Thus the rate payer is being expected to contribute a larger share. Justin Thompson, an insurance agent with the Gary Thompson Agency said Superior has, for premium calcu- lations traditionally been rated in Pro- tection Class 6. When the new ISO classification is included in the rating, he doubts it will move the community to a lower protection class. However, Thompson said it is good for the city to achieve a lower ISO rating. Representatives ofth community's fire and water departments invested considerable time in gathering the in- formation needed for the report. Information requested included hydrant flow data, procedures for pro- cessing fire alarms, fire department equipment, staffing and training, County board approves dock tower repairs Nuckolls County Commissioners expect the work to continue through worked from a limited routine agenda the winter into spring. Monday morning, reviewing county road work and approving a grant appli- cation. Jim Watts, Connie Porter, Peggy Cassell and Pat Frahm were each ap- pointed for a three year terms to the Nuckolls County Extension Council. C&F Roofing, Fairbury, showed samples of a rubberized imitation slate shingles. The product is constructed from recycled tires, comes in multiple colors and has a 50 year limited war- ranty. C&F employees were begin- ning roofing work in the clock tower area of the courthouse. A 120 foot lift will be used to assist with the work. The roofing crew plans to only work when wind velocity is low and the weather appropriate. Commissioners During the last significant rain, plas- ter fell above a false ceiling in the county attorney's, office because of water coming through the rood. Early this year the water came through the roof, damaged a portion of the ceiling and west wall of the court room, ran down through a window well and left some water damage in the county clerk's office. Workers reported the wooden rail- ing around the clock tower is rotten as well as most of tin: work in the area. Selma Ferguson, Nuekolls county clerk, expected the wooden railing to be replaced with an iron railing with a similar design. Inheritance tax money will, be used, to fund the major portion of the roof repair costs. Projected expenditures are $55,000 each at both Sandy Creek and Supe- rior, $I0,000 at Lawrence-Nelson and $200 at Guide Rock. Board members questioned the costs per unit of different models. It was explained that existing programs at the various school required different equip- ment. Brief reports were given by each local board. The parking lot at the Lawrence-Nelson High School has been rocked and the boys" and girls' locker rooms completed. The building's roof continues to have mis- cellaneous problems which are being investigated by the roof contractor and the manufacturer of the roofing mate- rials. Sandy Creek reported they were exploring renegotiating bonds for the elementary school. They expect to save $64,000 with a lower interest rate. A new water system is ready for opera- tion as soon as final approval is re- ceived from the state. The water from the new well tests 2.9 ppm nitrate. The former wells test 14 to 15 ppm million. Guide Rock reported their constitu- ency had asked the board to make a decision and stick to it regarding the future of the elementary school. An audit report submitted by Mar- lan Watson, certified public accoun- tant was approved. Underinsured de- posits at multiple sites are in the pro- cess of being addressed by the admin- istration and various banks. The gen- eral fund will be insured up to $3 million. The auditor's report indicated peak deposits were underinsured six times during the year. An abatement project at Guide Rock (Continued to Page 7A) Heartland of America opens on the web To further the economic and social welfare of the communities south of the Platte River in Western and Central Nebraska has been the goal of the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce (SPUCC) since 1934. In 2002, the SPUCC has engaged the internet to help further those endeavors. The SPUCC site went live on the web in Law enforcement officers from two states and several agencies have been working together in recent days on a case which, while centered in Supe- rior, apparently extends to other com- munities. Though no charges had been filed, on Monday it was expected a Superior man would be arraigned in Nuckolls County Court Tuesday. The suspect had earlier been taken into custody. It was thought he would be charged with several felony counts related incidents involving stolen property and child abuse. New owner for natural gas line Southern Star Central Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG Highstar Capital, L.P., has purchased the Williams Gas Piplelines Central, Inc., from the Williams Companies. The company is now operating the natural gas pipeline serving Superior. The line was extended to Superior from the Hughoton natural gas fields in the 1920s by Cities Service Gas Company. In the last 20 years the line has been operated by a number of com- panies, the most recent being Wil liams. Christopher Lee, president of the Souther nStar Central Corporation said, "We are excited to have acquired the Central pipeline. It has an attractive record of excellent reliability and cus- tomer service, both of which we will continue to emphasize: To make this happen, we have assembled an organi- zation to manage the business that we believe is second to none in the natural gas industry. "We employ approximately 460 people in operating offices in Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Missouri and our headquarters office in Owensboro, Ky." I I Weather Ed Groves, Observer Temperature High for week ............................. 65 Low for week .............................. 17 Precipitation Snowfall for year ..................... 1.02 October at Total this week ........................ 0.02 "We are the Heartland of America, Total this month ....................... 0,36 open skies, beautiful sunsets,, and a To date in 2002 ...................... 24.74 uiet way of life," said SPUCC Presi- To date in 2001 ...................... 36.56 ent Don Woodburn. 'l'he communi- Normal for Nov ......................... 0.97 ties represented by our group offer a Normal to Dec. 1 .................... 26.40 broad spectrum of museums, histori- Last Week cal sites and recreation for tourists and Larry Gillett, Observer the economic development tools for Burr Oak .................................. 0.51 business and industry." The South Platte United Chambers of Commerce Web site incluJe doz- ens of area attractions and events in Alma, Arapahoe, Aurora, Axtell, Bea- ver City, Benkelman, Bertrand, Blue Hill, Cambridge; Campbell, Clay Cen- ter, Curtis Eiwood, Eustis, Franklin, Grand Island, Grant, Guide Rock, Hast- ings, Hayes Center, Hildreth, Hoid- rege, Imperial, Indianola, Lawrence, Lexington, Loomis, Madrid, McCook, Minden, Nelson, North Platte, Ogallala, Orleans, Oxford, Palisade, Red Cloud, Roseland, Stratton, Stamford, Supe- rior, Wallace, Wauneta and Wilcox. Deb Duval took the lead on the web site.until she moved from the area," said Woodburn, Don Reynolds helped on the site and Don Brockmeier pro- vided many photos. The Nebraska 7ablic Power Dis- trict web team designed the site. I Markets i Superior Market Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 New Crop Corn ................................ 2.43 2.43 Mile ................................ 2.68 2.63 Wheat ............................ 4.34 4.31 Soybeans ....................... 5.44 5.48 Hunters report deer kill for 2002 season At 11:10 a.m. Monday morning, the following deer tags has been turned into the Nuckolls County Sheriff's of- flee: 305 white tail, 8 mule deer. Of those totals 250 were male and 63 female. Seven fawns were reported and 296 adults. The deadline for re- porting deer harvested during the flre- a:'rns season was at noon.