2013 National County Government Month - "Fact of the Day"
** Check back each day in April for the new "FACT" of the Day!
April 30 - As of October 26, 2012, Lancaster County had 182,152 registered voters. The breakdown is as follows: 75,773 Republicans, 66,902 Democrats, 38,887 Nonpartisans, 579 Libertarians and 11 Americans Elect.
April 29 - On April 1, 2013, sericea lespedeza was designated the 12th noxious weed in Nebraska. All landowners are required to control noxious weeds on their property. Other noxious weeds include musk thistle, plumeless thistle, Canada thistle, leafy spurge, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, purple loosestrife, phragmites, saltcedar, Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed.
April 28 - In 2012, the Lancaster County Records & Information Management Department converted 945,736 paper documents to electronic images.
April 27 - In 2012, the Lancaster County General Assistance Office received 1,311 applications for assistance (more than 100 per month). The Office also provided a total of $1,163,048 worth of unreimbursed financial assistance in the form of medical care, housing, utilities, transportation and burial/cremation assistance from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
April 26 - According to the 2011 5-year American Community Survey, 10.8% of Lancaster County residents are over age 65.
April 25 - According to data on the Department of Veterans Affairs web page, Lancaster County is home to 18,255 of the 141,102 veterans living in Nebraska. In 2011 these veterans received $64,309,000 in compensation and pension benefit payments; $9,404,000 in educational and vocational rehabilitation services; $1,988,000 in insurance payments and $38,860,000 in medical care services.
April 24 - In 2010, 17,499 childhood immunizations were provided by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
April 23 - According to the 2007 US Census of Agriculture, Lancaster County has the most farms in the State with 1,698.
April 22 - Lancaster County invests about $1.6 million annually into local human services programs dealing with such issues as hunger, homelessness, immigration, substance abuse, mental health and transitional services for young adults; and another $1.4 million into Juvenile Justice prevention.
April 21 - Lancaster County has 226 trained volunteer storm spotters.
April 20 - Due to the kindness and generosity of our community, the Youth Services Center is able to present each detained youth with a gift on their birthday, as well as for the holidays.
April 19 - In 2010, pharmaceutical companies provided $3,000,000 in free sample medications for over 2,000 clients of the Lancaster County Community Mental Health Center.
April 18 - As many as 3,000 legal documents cross the Clerk of the District Court's conter on any given day.
April 17 - In 2010, the Lancaster County Department of Corrections booked in/out one person every 27 minutes.
April 16 - In its 151 year history, Lancaster County Sheriff Merle Karnopp has been the longest serving Sheriff with 28 years (1951-1979). Current Sheriff Terry Wagner is the second longest serving with 17+ years in office. With 76 commissioned officers, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is the seventh largest law enforcement agency in the State of Nebraska.
April 15 - On December 15, 1970, the Lancaster County Board passed a resolution establishing the Lancaster County Public Defender's Office. On January 12, 1971, the Board appointed T. Clement Gaughan as Public Defender. The office budget was set at $29,771. Shortly thereafter, the County Board approved the hiring of the office's first law clerk, Dennis R. Keefe, who has served as Lancaster County Public Defender since 1979.
April 14 - The Lancaster County Treasurer's Office licenses approximately 250,000 vehicles each year.
April 13 - The Lancaster County Engineer's Office oversees the maintenance of 1,390 miles of roads and 313 bridges.
April 12 - The Lancaster County Department of Community Corrections, in partnership with the Lancaster County Attorney and Veterans Services, began the Veterans Diversion Program in April, 2012. April 12, 2013 will mark the date of the first veteran to successfully complete the program. Two additional veterans will complete the program in April, as well. (For more information about Lancaster County's Veterans Diversion Program, please contract Kim Etherton at 402-441-3600.)
April 11 - The Lancaster County Clerk's Office has issued 57,619 marriage licenses since taking over this responsibility in 1986.
April 10 - Lancaster County's adopted budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $159,829,415. The largest share of the budget, 37.7%, is allocated for public safety. Additionally, 13.07% is budgeted for public works (highways/roads/other) and 11.53% for public health/social services.
April 9 - As of January 4, 2013, Lancaster County had 869 employees.
April 8 - According to the Census Bureau Estimates program, the July 1, 2012 population estimate for Lancaster County is 293,407. In 1910, the County's population was 73,793.
April 7 - In 1983, a contest was held to design the Lancaster County flag and Doug Daharsh's design was selected. The green flag includes the former County-City Building, now the Hall of Justice, and two horse-drawn plows at the center. It is displayed daily at the east entrance of the Hall of Justice.
April 6 - Lancaster County consists of three (3) cities: Lincoln, Hickman and Waverly; ten (10) incorporated villages: Bennet, Davey, Denton, Firth, Hallam, Malcolm, Panama, Raymond, Roca and Sprague; and ten (10) unincorporated villages: Agnew, Cheney, Emerald, Holland, Kramer, Martell, Prairie Home, Princeton, Rokeby and Walton.
April 5 - In 1888, the County Commissioners accepted a bid of $164,976 for the construction of Lancaster County's first courthouse located on the corner of 10th & K Streets. In 1969, the first County-City Building was completed at a cost of $5 million. It was built adjacent to the original courthouse which was subsequently razed. In 1997, a new County-City Building opened on the site of the original courthouse. The cost of this building was approximately $12 million. The old County-City Building was then converted into the Hall of Justice and Law Enforcement Center.
April 4 - On October 10, 1859, the first county officers were elected: Commissioners W.T. Donavan, J.J. Forest and A.J. Wallingford; Treasurer, Richard Wallingford; Clerk, L.J. Loder; and Recorder, J.P. Loder. Today, voters elect an assessor/register of deeds, attorney, clerk, clerk of the district court, engineer, public defender, sheriff, treasurer and five (5) commissioners.
April 3 - In the fall of 1859, three local pioneers met to select a site for the county seat and to lay out a town. They chose the present site of Lincoln and called it Lancaster. In 1867 the city was replatted and renamed Lincoln by the Capitol commissioners. Shortly thereafter, Lincoln was declared Nebraska's capital.
April 2 - In 1856 a number of pioneers crossed the Missouri and reached as far as the banks of Salt Creek. The first permanent settlers were supposedly situated near Olathe on Salt Creek 15 miles south of Lincoln.
April 1 - On March 6, 1855, the Territorial Legislature passed an act establishing the name and the first boundaries of Lancaster County. Today, the County consists of approximately 864 square miles.