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/- i i 102nd Year, No. 50 annual Lighted Christmas Pa- downtown Superior is for 7 p.m. Monday. The will form north of the United Church and move down enhance the parade's impact, district street lights will be off during the parade. The lights will remain on. new feature will be a Superior ;ponsored chili rving in the Farmers & Mer- ..gin at 6:30 forms are available at Chamber of Commerce located in the Carnegie Build- will be accepted until pa- time. placed on the The chief requirement is that be lighted. In past years, area have decorated a large as- of items, even horses and plans to return to Supe- , to visit with area young- gift list. Last Satur- sters talked with Santa treats. expect that large of turn 125 bags of candy. local sponsors that have replenished his candy before Saturday. will be in the lobby of the from 2 to 4 p.m. Satur- to 6:30 p.m. Mon- tng. Superior Nazarene plans to again their live nativity scene from 6 ,.m. Dec. 21 and 22. This will be the nativity scene. The congre- ill a Christmas pro- at 10:30 this Sunday morning. Monday Superior stores g their evening shop- hours. Monday through Friday stores will remain open until 8 The stores will close at 4 p.m. .24. continues for the Su- r Bucks drawings. this week included Doyle Donald Tyler, Becky Gay Rempe each receiving 50 won ! O0 bucks which may be used like participating Superior stores. Co. lake not keeping evaporation the gates were closed and the outflow from Harlan Reservoir during November the biggest lake on the Re- River system lost 835 acre water during the month. The inflow of 22 cubic was not sufficient to up With the evaporation loss. i month's end the reservoir level to 1,932.24 feet above This is approximately 13 feet of the conservation pool feet above the inactive Reservoir did much bet- November the lake near average inflow feet per second. Evapora- acre feet of water but gain was 4,272 acre feet. end of the lake had filled to sea level. It is now feet-below conservation level above the inactive level. Feet of water. contains 161,662 acre ! the first 11 months of the year lan County was 75 of normal. It was 79 percent of at Lovewell. For the 17 reser- Nebraska and Colo- ureau of Reclama- atains statistics, precipitation low of 50 percent of at Keith Sebelius to a high of at Sherman. Other per- included Bonny, 54; Enders, Butler, 61; Harry Strunk, 65;Webster, Bluff, 64; Waconda, 81; -=, 55; Merritt, 77; Calamus, Creek, 64. Ed Groves, Observer ............................. 55 Week .............................. 14 1.02 0.02 ... .................... 0.02 !n 2002 ............... ....... 27.74 2001 ...................... 36.57 Dec ......................... 0.80 Jan. 1 ..................... 27.20 qhe Superior Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association ISSN 0740-0969 2002 Supenor Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Superior, Nebraska 68978 Price 50 National Edition 16 Pages in Two Sections Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 This week Nuckolls County commissioners continued to discuss courthouse roof repairs. The past two weeks workers have powered washed the clock tower and explored the roof. Arnold Brown said, 'l'he clock tower tin work is full of pin holes. The courthouse has lots of water damage. We think water has been coming in the clock tower, running out on adjacent boards and down the walls into several office" Monday, the commissioners expectad to rdcoive an estimate from C&F Roofing, Fairbury, to also repair the four flat roof areas surround the clock tower. Above, one worker power washes the Nuckolls County courthouse clock tower from the basket of a 120 foot lift while another explored the clock tower railing. It is expected wooden parts of the railing will be replaced with steel. Christiancy retains position on Superior City Council Though he had announced he was maticallyadvancedtrthemayor'spost. not running for re-election and had his Couucii members Hubert name removed from the ballot, David  Simonsen, Jerry Grove and Aden Christiancy was one of three Superior City Council members taking the oath of office Monday for another term. A sufficient number of voters in the city's third ward wrote in Christiancy' s name to win him the right for a second term. The Superiorbusinessman agreed to accept the post and was sworn in along with Ron Springer, second ward representative, and Mel Menke, first ward representative. They along with Billy Maxey, mayor, were re-elected in the November general election. Members of the council unani- mously retained Christiancy as coun- cil president. As council president he will act as mayor in the absence of the mayor. Should the mayor vacate the office, the council president is auto- Mickelsen were carried over for an- other two years. Most of Monday's meeting was devoted to reorganization of the coun- cil. Maxey said because of the uncer- tainty surrounding the third ward coun- cil position, she had not finalized com- mittee assignments. She promised to have the committee assignments ready for the council meeting Jan. 6. Without dissent members of the council confirmed her appointment of Jan Diehl as city clerk, Diane Way as city treasurer; Wayne Garrison as county attorney, Dr. T.D. Blecha as city physician, Robert Allgood, police chief, Jim Rust, Gary D. Keeling, Tom Johnson, Perry Freeman, Gary Blevins and A" Gary Keeling as police officers. Agencies extend deadline for Giving Tree donations Four service agencies have joined together this holiday season to sponsor giving trees located throughout Nuckolls County. Nuckolls County Early Interven- tion, Early Head Start, Good Begin- nings and Mid-Nebraska Community Action have joined together under'the name of Nuckolis County Human In- In an effort to avoid duplication, HIS will also coordinate with Toys for Tots, a gift program organized by the Superior Lions Club, and the Nuckolls County Food Pantry which will pro- vide 25 boxes containing all the fix- ings for Christmas dinner. "We are still hoping for more food donations," said (Continued to Page 7A) Joe Jensen will continue as utilities superintendent, Jim Peterson as build- ing inspector, Richard Elliott as zon- ing officer, and Tim Schmidt as city prosecutor. Linda Cox was appointed to hous- ing authority and Karen Happ to the park and cemetery board. Economic development council members reap- pointed included Bob Trapp, Gary Ward, John Price Jr., Marlene McGowan and Shannon McCord. A proposal to begin charging when a police escort is furnished for funeral processions was tabled. MayorMaxey said the charge had been suggested as a way for the police department to generate additional revenue.However , the wisdom of the charge. Members of the council debated at length a proposed change in the city's health insurance plan. It was decided to forgo most of a planned employee wage increase and maintain the cur- rent insurance coverage. It appears the insurance premium will be going up 26 percent. [I I I II ' I i L Markets .... Superior Market Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002 Corn ......................... : ..... 2.34 2.14 Milo ............................. ;..2.56 2.14 Wheat ............................ 3.91 3.18 Soybeans ....................... 5.38 4.70 teragency Services (HIS) to spon'sor the trees. The Lincoln Diocese Catho- lic Social Services and the altar societ- ies in Nelson, Lawrence and Superior are also helping with the project. Giving trees have been located at Menke Drug Store, Superior, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Lawrence, and Commercial Bank, Nelson. Each tree is decorated with cards giving sex, age and suggested gift for a needy resident of Nuekolls County. More than 120 needy persons have been identified by the four agencies. Many are from families now being served by the agencies. Others have been suggested by the county ministe- rial association and the schools. Residents who want to help brighten someone's Christmas are asked to take a tag from one of trees, purchase the gift, wrap it, and bring the gift to the place the tag was obtained. The tags specify gender, age of the child or adult, and a gift they would like to receive. The identity of the person to received the gift is not revealed. Local Red Cross chapter faces financial emergency Because to an anticipated shortfall of operating reserves, the Mid-Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross may be forced to reduce and possibly eliminate some services. The Mid-Riv- ers Chapter serves Adams, Clay, Nuck- oils and Webster Counties. Dec. 30 the executive board will determine the future of local Red Cross services. The Mid-Rivers Chapter has provided assistance to victims of fires and natural disasters in the area since 1917. With a volunteer base of approxi- mately 325 individuals, the Mid-Riv- ers Chapter has provided many ser- vices including. Armed Forces Emergency Service, forty-six messages were sent in the last fiscal year. Blood S,'vices spon.;ors 70 or more bloodmobile assists in the four coun- ties. Community Services, sponsor two youth peer educator s groups who reached 1,939 individuals with HIV/ Aids education in fiscal 2002. Health and Safety Services, taught 1,719 individuals CPR, First Aid and AED in fiscal year 2002; issued 558 swimming lesson certificates, trained 28 new instructors and certified 44 lifeguards who served in area pools. Disaster Services responded to 23 fires and other disasters in fiscal 2002, helping 261 individuals by providing emergency food, clothing and shelter. Provided canteen services to emer- gency workers on extended events. Providel disaster education and mate- rials to ihe general public. Board votes to close elementary school Members of the Guide Rock Board of Education met Monday evening in Guide Rock at 6:30 p.m. All members were present. The board unanimously voted to not offer K-6 instruction at the Guide Rock facility for the 2003-04 school year. Only 10 to 12 students were expected to attend the facility next year. In otherbusiness, LesterMontgom- cry was reappointed to serve the dis- ttict for a four year term on the Unified District Five Board of Education. Tim Kinnaman will continue to also serve the Guide Rock district as a member of the Unified Five District Board. His term. expires in 2004. The first reading of a policy related to procedures for removing a represen- tative serving the Guide Rock school district from the Unified District Five Board of Education was approved. An item on the January agenda is continued discussion related to the fu- ture of the Guide Rock school build- ings. Superior The Superior Board of Education also met Monday evening in the high school library. The meeting started ap- proximately 10 minutes late as they waited on administrators to arrive from attending the Guide Rock meeting. All members were present, it was the last local monthly meeting Steve Renz, president and Ann Tuma will attend during their term of office. They will be replaced by Don Robb and Kim Williams, newly elected board mem- bers at the January meeting. As parting remarks, Renz said, "Serving on the school board is the most memorable thing I have ever done." Renz said he had enjoyed serving on the board and would miss it, but had other things he wanted to do and must relinquish his school board responsi- bilities to do them. Tuma said, "I've learned lots and enjoyed working with everyone." The board accepted the resignation of Katrina Hansen, cheerleadec spon- sor, effective last November and ap- pointed Teresa Scott as sponsor and Diane Kile as her assistant. Several cheerleaders and some of their parents were present to request transportation to all school sporting events, Bob Tipton, superintendent, discouraged parents from providing transportation in the event school transportation was not available. He said signed liability release slips had not proven reliable and most individual' s insurance would not cover transportation to a school sanctioned event. The board elected Janice Tordup to a four year term on the unified board., Kerry Corman and Dave Healey were both nominated to serve a three year term on the unified board. After two tie votes, Corman was selected to serve by the flip of a coin. He will serve a two year term, which was open when Renz ws not re-elected to serve on the Su- perior board. November receipts for the Superior hot lunch program were $7,618.38 from the junior-senior high and $4,419.23 for the elementary. Supt. Tipton reported revenue from the Unified District Five school sur- plus auction was $8,700. After ex- penses, Tipton estimated the auction would net the school district approxi- mately $6,500. Partially as the result of the auction, the "band building", a building used by the Superior district for storage which is located near North Ward, is nearly empty. Supt. Tipton said the Superior building and grounds committee would be recommending to the unified dis- trict that the band building be razed. Tipton also said the cooperative fund account had been closed and the money moved to a certificate of de- posit. The money would earn approxi- mately 1.66 percent more interest. More than $350,000 was in the account. Doug Hoins, elementary principal, review the Educational Service Unit (ESU) Nine regional writing assess- ment procedures. Superior third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders partici- pated in the event during the week of Nov. 11. Fifth and sixth grade students wrote a descriptive essay to the follow- ing prompt: "Pretend you are going to camp. The camp director will match you with a roommate after reading about you. Write a description of your- self that is so clear and complete that camp director will have no problem assigning you the perfect roommate." Third and fourth graders wrote a narrative essay with the following prompt, "Think of a friend inr out of school. Tell one story that comes to mind when you think of this friend." On the first day of the assessment, students have 30 minutes to write their rough draft. The next day students proof their rough draft and submit their final essay in another 30 minute timed pe- riod. Marcia Schultz, Carol Wameking, Nate Roberts and Beverly Beavers, Superior elementary teachers joined other ESU 9 instructors and scored the papers. "This is great practice for the state wide writing assessment which will be Local program receives grant for safety seats According to Fred Zwonechek, ad- ministrator of the Nebraska office of Highway Safety, a just completed state observation survey of vehicles revealed that child safety restraint use of chil- dren under age 6 has reached 70 per- cent up from 56 percent in 199. The scientific survey conducted in August and September, in both rural and urban locations, was only able to determine whether safety seats were being used or not. It was not able to determine if the safety seats were be- ing used correctly. It was able to deter- mine that 95 percent of the children in these safety seats were riding in the rear seat, the safest seating position. "The increase in use is the result of the dedicated work of law enforce- ment and the more than 200 trained child passenger safety technicians in Nebraska, Zwonechek said. "We are encouraged by the increase, but realize that 30 percent of these young children still remain at risk." In October the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety awarded 12 Perma- nent Fitting Station grants to organiza- tions located across the state. The fit- ting stations are locations where par- ents and caregivet's can routinely go or .call for appo_imments to have their child's safety.seat inspected. Staff will inspect the safety seat and then deter- mine if it is the right size for the child and if it has been properly installed in the vehicle. The six new grant award recipients are: Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; Faith Regional Health Ser- vices, Norfolk; Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege, Central Ne- braska Community Services, Loup City, North Central Community Care Partnership, O'Neill, and the York County Health Department, York. Second-year grants for Permanent Fitting Stations were awarded to the Alliance Fire Department, Bellevue Police Department, Western Commu- nity Health Resources in Chadron, the Nebraska Safety Council in Lincoln, Southeast Coalition for Child Restraint Education of Nebraska in Auburn, and MCH Health System memorial Com- munity Hospital in Blair. Those fitting stations were established last yeai" uti- lizing federal highway safety funds. "While most parents believe they have their children buckled up cor- rectly, during 2001 actual checks indi- cated more than 8 out of 10 car seats checked in Nebraska were not," said Cathy Chochon, traffic safety special- ist from the Nebraska Office of High- way Safety. done at the eight grade level this year," Hoins said. Bob Cook, high school principal, reported winter sports practice began Nov. 18. There are 23 participating m high school boys basketball, 13 in high school wrestling, 20 in high school girls basketball, 20 in junior high girls basketball and 12 in junior high wres- tling. Junior high boys basketball starts in January. He also said Laura Corman, in- structor and director of the high school drama department play, would be start- ing a speech team this year. Next year Superior High School students would be eligible to participate in conference speech activities. The board then gathered in the spe- cial education classroom in the east hall. Harriet Marr, unifieddistrict tech- nology coordinator, shared plans for the distance learning center which is planned for the room. Special educa- tion instruction will move to the west room of the Junior High wing. Supt. Tipton said money is cur- rently available for distance learning equipment. The district is responsible for providing the room. Minor modifi- cation are expected. Man-has asked for equipment so the room can be used by regularinstructors as an additional tech- nology lab when distance learning classes are not in session. The monthly phone bill for the dis- tance learning center is expected to be $915. Marr expects 65 percent of the monthly phone bill to be paid by fed- eral money she called "Universal Ser- vice." It was projected the room will be ready for distance learning activities by August, 2003. It will seat 20 stu- dents. During reports, Supt. Tipton said the Tier I digging will soon begin. If contamination is found they could be used as test wells for five or six years. If no contamination is found, Tipton expected the project to be complete and the wells capped in three to four months, Early in the meeting, as part of faculty presentation, Martha Young, fifth grade instructor asked Stacia Gebers to review her one million dol- lar Chicago Math project for the board. Young said the project taught toward a seven-state standard: three in English and four in math. It uses a wide array of math skills and involves the student's family. Gebers outlined her expenses to establish "Stacia's Cattle Ranch". Included were the purchase of 80 acres of land, 1,000 head of cows, a year's supply of feed, various farming and livestock equipment, needed clothing, miscellaneous vehicles, tools, medical supplies, utilities, insurance and taxes. Edgar holds benefit for Christmas giving Once again the Christmas "elves" are busy in Edgar, as the various orga- nizations and individuals get ready for their second annual Festival of Trees and Soup Benefit to b held at the American Legion Hall beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday morning. This year a portion of the proceeds from the soup benefit will help women from Fair- field, who needs an insdin pump to help control her diabetes. The rest of the proceeds from the soup benefit and the money raised from the bake sale and raffle will go towards a new Edgar Community Center. The men of the Edgar Lion's Club will make noodles for their soup. The . women of the local extension club will make pies for the bake sale. The mer- chants and churches of Edgar are plan- ning unique decorations ft,- Ihe Festi- val of Trees. Loca! c r:, ! I ,1  d gifts are being assembled for the "Last Chance Stocking Stuffer" ,ift and craft show. Joe McReynolds, president of the Edgar Lion' s Club said, "At Christmas time, we all catch the spirit of giving. When we heard about this young woman who needed this special diabe- tes-controlling equipment, we knew we could help her with a soup benefit in conjunction with the Edgar Com- munity Club-sponsored Festival of Trees." Nelson City Council signs lease for high speed internet antenna Nelson street superintendent. Established the official deposi- tory as Commercial Bank and the offi- cial newspaper as The Nelson Gazette. Approved training meetings for 2003 for the city clerk, utility and fire department personnel and EMTs. During the business meeting the council accepted the resignation of Larry Thornberry. Thornberry had worked with compacting., Kelly Schleif rescinded his resig- natioa request and t;,e council approved raisirh h; s salary to $10 per hour. An antenna lease agreement was signed with DTN SpeedNet, Omaha. The antenna is to be mounted on the Nelson water tower. It will provide a high speed interact convection for area residents who can see the water tower and subscribe to the service. A construction permit request from George Dohlinger to baiid a car port on his garage was also approved. Dustin Drohman was appointed as a new member of the Nelson Volun- teer Fire Department at Oak. The next meeting is January 13. The Nelsem city council reorganized Monday evening for 2003, Members of the coundl are Scott Stemper, mayor, Ken Crooks, Bonnie Jensen, Pat Ehlers and Adan Drudik. Stemper, Crooks and Jensen all were re-elected this fall land took oath of office Monday evening. As part of themganization, the council took the fdlleging actions: Approved JEO" Consulting, . Hastings, to be the city engineer. Approved Dale Sole to be the if!ill !i=i i!i iiil;ii: / i