The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:
Q: I see the old phone booth that was on the corner by the courthouse has been removed. Where has it been taken? It would be nice to have it on display at the museum or somewhere where the public can see it.
A: We asked the York County Commissioners this week and they said “the old phone booth was removed by Windstream a long time ago.”
Q: I was excited to see there were so many people voting on Tuesday. I was also told that there were a lot of people voting early, at the courthouse, before election day even came around. Can you tell us how many people voted early, at our courthouse? I think it’s interesting that there are more and more people all the time who use that worthwhile opportunity to cast their ballots when they have time.
A: There were 908 early ballots cast in York County.
Q: How many people voted from each precinct in York County?
A: There were 908 ballots cast early – those are not designated by precinct.
In Ward 4A in York, 537 people voted.
In Ward 2B in York, 339 people voted.
In the Brown-Henderson precinct, 615 people voted.
A total of 287 people voted in the Hays-McFadden precinct.
In the Morton-Arborville-Bradshaw-Lockridge precinct, 379 people voted.
A total of 188 people voted in the LeRoy-Baker precinct.
A total of 215 people voted in the Stewart-Thayer precinct.
In the New York-Waco-Beaver-West Blue precinct, 361 people voted.
In Ward 1 in York, 343 people voted.
In Ward 2A in York, 316 people voted.
In Ward 3 in York, 245 people voted.
And in Ward 4B in York, 419 people voted.
Q: A week or so ago, there were questions about a person parking in handicapped spots one day and then not using the handicapped spots the next day. There were suggestions that this person may or may not have been actually handicapped. Do you have any more information about this situation?
A: We received comments this week from someone who said they might be the person being referred to in that question.
The person said: “I may very well be the person referred to. I have Parkinson’s disease. Yes, somedays my symptoms don’t show, though rarely do I not FEEL the muscle tremors and spasms. In fact my symptoms vary from day to day, and from hour to hour, depending on where I am in my medication cycle. I have to force myself to leave home because it is such an effort to go out. When I arrive at my destination I first look for an unmarked parking space close to the door. If there is none I might use my handicapped parking tag – except when there is only one spot left. As much as I sometimes struggle, there is always someone worse off than I am who might need it more. Even if I’m doing well as I enter an establishment, I know I may be worn out and unsteady by the time I leave. I’ve never thought that taking a regular parking spot was a bad thing, since I’ve parked in ‘regular’ spots for 50 years. I’ve considered it more as leaving a handicapped spot for someone less able that I am. Yes, there may be a lot of inconsistencies concerning where I park, and if you ever feel that I don’t LOOK handicapped – why, I’d just want to hug you, because I feel like Quasimodo.”
Q: I have a beautiful expensive doll that fell apart. Is there anyone who fixes dolls in the area?
A: If anyone does this type of service, call the Wonderline and leave a message and we will pass along the information to this reader.
Q: Someone I know is going to graduate from Drug Court soon. Can you explain what Drug Court is?
A: According to Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts Chair, Judge Jim Doyle of Lexington, “Nebraska’s Drug and Problem-Solving Courts have saved thousands of tax dollars, and the individuals served in the courts who have followed the programs have changed their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better.” Doyle continued, “The previous philosophy of incarceration for all offenders has been replaced by community-based treatment programs that cause people to change the way they think and that requires people to be accountable for their actions without imprisonment.”
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, community supervision officer, law enforcement, and treatment provider work together to design an individualized program. Compliance with treatment and court orders is verified by frequent alcohol and drug testing, close community supervision, and interaction with a judge during non-adversarial court review hearings. Problem-Solving Courts enhance close monitoring of participants using home and field visits.
For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge James Stecker will host the ceremony and will deliver the keynote address. Drug Court is a minimum 18-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol.
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York County will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on Nov. 13, at 2:15 p.m. in the York County District Courtroom.