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Senators hold ceremony
to remember Schellpeper
Late senator’s dedication to agriculture honored
By Jessica Fargen
Senior staff writer
Some remember the late Sen.
Stan Schellpeper as the man who
used to ride around the county fair on
a gun can anu
hand out free fair
tickets to chil
as the man who
ruled the General
Schellpeper an even hand or
argued tough issues on the
Legislature’s floor such as legalizing
concealed weapons and stiffening
“He was a good farmer who
worked all day on civic projects and
all night on the tractor,” Speaker
Doug Kristensen of Minden said.
The habitually clamorous floor of
Nebraska’s Legislature stood silent
Friday afternoon as about 25 family
members of the late Schellpeper were
escorted into the chambers for a trib
ute to the senator.
With three knocks of the gavel,
Kristensen opened the tribute to
Schellpeper, who died of a heart
attack April 4 on the farm which he
grew up on 11 miles north of Stanton.
During the afternoon ceremony,
senators praised Schellpeper for the
12 years he spent as a senator and for
his commitment to his family and
Schellpeper, who was a farmer
and a livestock feeder, left behind his
wife, Faye, three children and eight
Bellevue Sen. Paul Hartnett
shared his memories of years spent
sitting next to Schellpeper on the
Revenue Committee. Many after
noons were spent sharing views on
the law, as well as life in Nebraska.
“Stan always used to remind me
that the No. 1 industry in the state is
agriculture,” Hartnett said.
In his 65 years, Schellpeper gave
back to his rural community holding
posts such as secretary-manager of
the Stanton County Fair Board, presi
dent of the State Fair Board and pres
ident of the Nebraska Rural Electric
As General Affairs Committee
Chairman, Schellpeper was diplo
matic and attempted to include all
members in decision making,
Schellpeper’s kind, fair and caring
character was behind his success as
chairman for the last eight years, Sen.
Cap Dierks of Ewing said.
' “He was a gentleman,” Dierks
said. “He was also a very gentle
Dierks also reminded senators of
Schellpeper’s pride of the unicameral
system, and belief in the effectiveness
He was a good
farmer who worked
all day on civic
projects and all night
on the tractor”
of a nonpartisan legislature.
Hebron Sen. George Coordsen,
who joined the Legislature the same
year as Schellpeper, read a resolution
that senators passed Friday, which
extended condolences to
Schellpeper’s family and praised the
senator for his work and dedication.
Schellpeper represented District
18, which includes Stanton, Pierce
and Cedar counties, as well as parts
of Wayne, Dixon and Knox counties.
The Legislature recessed
Thursday to allow senators to attend
Schellpeper’s funeral at the Stanton
High School gymnasium.
Whether it was senators, his fam
ily or the citizens of Nebraska, those
present Friday will remember
Schellpeper as a man to look up to
and a man to be honored.
Said Hartnett: “He always took
care of people.”
Lincoln man suspected of murder
■ Kenneth Choma, 20, is
expected to be charged
with the death of a man
whom he shot in the groin.
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
A Lincoln man is expected to be
charged with murder today after the
man he shot during a dispute died last
David Higgins, 42, died in the
hospital Thursday morning with
injuries from a gunshot wound to the
groin. Higgins had been in critical
condition all week following the
Monday afternoon incident.
The gunshot hit Higgins’ femoral
artery, which contributed to the com
plications that caused his death.
Kenneth Choma, 20, was charged
Wednesday with first-degree assault
and the use of a firearm to commit a
felony for the shooting, but prosecu
tors are expected to upgrade the
Choma’s bond was initially set at
10 percent of $750,000, though it
could be modified.
Police were called to Choma’s
apartment on the 300 block of South
25th Street at 2:10 p.m. on Monday
because of reports of gunshots,
according to court documents.
On arrival, police found Higgins
on the front porch covered with blood
from the shot.
Higgins was taken to BryanLGH
Medical Center West, and police
arrested Choma inside his apartment.
When Choma was arrested, police
said he had blood on his hands, shirt,
pants and left shoe.
Police said Higgins was at
Choma’s apartment that day because
of an ongoing dispute. Higgins was
shot while the two were struggling
over a gun.
Choma’s girlfriend told police
that he had admitted shooting
One day before the shooting,
police had contacted Choma for
threatening his girlfriend’s mother
with a handgun, police said.
His girlfriend told police she had
taken her 15-month-old son to a
neighbor’s house and returned home,
where her boyfriend grabbed her by
the hair, pushed her to the ground and
kicked her in the back of the head.
When the girlfriend’s mother,
who shares the same address as
Higgins, arrived and left with the 15
month-old boy, Choma threatened
her with the gun. That was part of the
reason Higgins went to Choma’s
apartment Monday afternoon.
RHA officers, senators take oath;
commissioner urges rule change
■ Jadd Stevens, the new
RHA president, hopes to
get to know the senate.
By Bernard Vogelsang
RHA President Shane Perkins
said Sunday night he won’t forget the
1998- 1999 Senate for a long time.
Perkins thanked the Residence
Hall Association senators for their
work this season, just before the
1999- 2000 executive officers and
senators were inaugurated.
After Harper Hall President Joe
Scharfbtllig hadproposed toelesetbe
29th senate, the new RHA president,
Jadd Stevens, took the oath of office.
Stevens, a junior English and
biology major, said he will focus in
the next four weeks on getting to
know the new senators. After the
meeting, he said he also wants the
new senators to get familiar with each
“That’s important because they
need to work together,” he said.
Stevens will get help on the exec
utive board from new Vice President
Liz Ormsby, a freshman piano perfor
Aja Bowling, a freshman bio
chemistry major, will serve as secre
tary. Jason Ball, a junior management
information systems major, is the
After the inauguration of the new
senators, Election Commissioner
Kristy Jacobberger showed about
5,000 ballots that were not used dur
ing the RHA election on March 30.
Jacobbeiger encouraged the new
senate to change the rule stating that
on election day one ballot must be
supplied for every student who lives
in the residence halls.
The senate approved this rule in
February after Abel and Sandoz Halls
had run out of ballots in last year’s
Jacobberger said it leads to a
waste of paper and money. She said
RHA could have saved $70 of the
$130 that was spent on paper.
“Residence halls can use this
-twoacy in abetter ^
Nationalist author wins
seat as governor of Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) - An author known
for hawkish, nationalist views emerged
as the victor of Tokyo’s closely watched
gubernatorial election Sunday, beating
out the candidate backed by Japan’s
Elections were also held Sunday for
heads of 11 other prefectural (state)
governments, including the gubernator
ial ballot for Japan’s second-largest city,
Much of the nationwide attention
on the Tokyo race focused on the winner
of the contest, Shintaro Ishihara, a vocal
opponent of the U.S. military presence
in Japan and author of the 1989 book
“The Japan That Can Say No.”
As his rivals conceded defeat,
Ishihara said Tokyo voters had chosen
him because he offered strong leader
“The people have waited for a
strong and clear message,” Ishihara told
supporters in a victory speech.
The outspoken author’s victory was
a setback for Prime Minister Keizo
Obuchi’s ruling Liberal Democratic
Party, which had strongly backed for
mer senior U.N. official Yasushi Akashi
as its official candidate.
Ishihara’s campaign was boosted by
the tremendous name recognition he
enjoys in Japan. He is a winner of the
country’s most prestigious literary prize
and is die elder brother of one of Japan’s
most beloved actors, the late Yujiro
Tokyo election officials said that
with more than 97 percent of the votes
counted, Ishihara, 66, had about double
the ballots of his nearest rival and had
secured more than 25 percent of the
vote, the minimum required to win the
Although the head of Tokyo’s
municipal government has little influ
ence over national policy, the governor’s
race has been widely viewed as an
important political barometer for the
The elections have also been seen as
a gauge of the popularity of Prime
Minister Keizo Obuchi’s ruling Liberal
Democrats, whose candidate, Akashi,
appeared to place an embarrassing
fourth in the ballot
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