Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census. Grand Island is the principal city of the Grand Island metropolitan area, which consists of Hall, Merrick and Hamilton counties; the Grand Island metropolitan area has an official population of 83,472 residents. Grand Island has been given the All-America City Award three times by the National Civic League. Grand Island is home to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, the sole agency responsible for training law enforcement officers throughout the state, as well as the home of the Southern Power District serving southern Nebraska. In 1857, 35 German settlers left Davenport and headed west to Nebraska to start a new settlement on an island known by French traders as La Grande Isle, formed by the Wood River and the Platte River; the settlers reached their destination on July 4, 1857, by September had built housing using local timber. Over the next nine years, the settlers had to overcome many hardships, including blizzards and conflicts with Native Americans.

They set up farms but had no market to sell their goods until a market opened at Fort Kearny. When the Pike's Peak Gold Rush began, Grand Island was the last place travelers could obtain supplies before they crossed the plains. Surveyors from the Union Pacific Railroad laid out a town called Grand Island Station and many settlers living on Grand Island moved to the new town, located inland from the island. In 1868 the railroad reached the area, bringing increased business. Grand Island became the end of the east division of the railroad and UP built service facilities for their locomotives in the town as well as an elegant hotel for passengers providing a boost for the local economy; the cost of the railroad coming into town was the denudement of most of the hardwood trees on the island for use as ties for the railroad. By 1870, 1,057 people lived in the town and in 1872 the town was incorporated as Grand Island. In about 1890, sugar beets were introduced as a crop in Nebraska; the first sugar beet processing factory in the United States was built in the southwest part of Grand Island.

On June 3, 1980, Grand Island was hit by a massive supercell storm. Through the course of the evening, the city was ravaged by seven tornadoes, the worst of, rated F4 on the Fujita Scale; the hardest hit area of town was the South Locust business district. There were five deaths as a result of the tornadoes. Tornado Hill is a local landmark created as a direct result of the tornadoes. Debris that could not be recycled was burned near Fonner Park and what remained was buried within Ryder Park, on the west end of town; the base of the hill was a hole 6–8 feet deep and nearly 200 feet across, the hill is 40 feet high. It is used for sledding in this otherwise flat area. A book, Night of the Twisters, by Ivy Ruckman, movie were based on this event. Grand Island is located in Nebraska. 40°55′20″N 98°21′29″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.55 square miles, of which, 28.41 square miles is land and 0.14 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 48,520 people, 18,326 households, 11,846 families living in the city.

The population density was 1,707.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 19,426 housing units at an average density of 683.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 80.0% White, 2.1% African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 13.1% from other races, 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 26.7% of the population. There were 18,326 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 35.4% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.20. The median age in the city was 34.7 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 42,940 people, 16,426 households, 11,038 families living in the city.

The population density was 2,000.2 people per square mile. There were 17,421 housing units at an average density of 811.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.72% White, 0.42% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 9.64% from other races, 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 15.94% of the population. There were 16,426 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years.

For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,044, the median income for a f

Kentucky Route 92

Kentucky Route 92 is a 112.485-mile-long state highway Kentucky. The route is split into two segments by Lake Cumberland, one of a few state routes in Kentucky with two discontinued segments on both sides of a body of water; the western segment, 17.221-mile-long, runs from Kentucky Route 55 west of Joppa to a dead end on Lake Cumberland south of Jamestown via Joppa, Montpelier and Jamestown. The eastern segment, 95.264-mile-long, runs from a boat ramp on Lake Cumberland northwest of Monticello to U. S. Route 25E west of Fourmile via Monticello, Stearns, Carpenter and Ingram; the building of Wolf Creek Dam and the subsequent creation of Lake Cumberland divided the two portions of the road, as it did several other state highways in this portion of the state. In Adair County, KY 92 begins at a junction with KY 55 just southeast of Columbia. KY 92 goes into an east-southeasterly path into Russell County, enters the city of Jamestown, it crosses US 127 outside of town, runs concurrently with US 127 Business within city limits up to the Russell County Courthouse.

KY 92 continues southeastward to a boat ramp on the shore of Lake Cumberland. This segment runs for a total of 17.221 miles. KY 92 resumes at a dead end on the Beaver Creek shore of Lake Cumberland in western Wayne County, it goes through the city of Monticello, goes further southeast into McCreary County and into the Daniel Boone National Forest. The route provides road access to portions of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area before reaching Stearns, it runs concurrently with US 27 for a few miles. KY 92 turns eastward to go into Whitley County, where it provides access to Interstate 75 and U. S. Route 25W at Williamsburg. KY 92 goes further east running into Knox County, but instead crosses into Bell County and meets its eastern terminus at U. S. Route 25E just northwest of Pineville; this segment runs for 95.264 miles. Route 92 follows an old railroad bed on its eastern approach to Williamsburg; the communities of Siler, Gausdale and Gatliff all are along the route between the Bell County line and Williamsburg.

All of these communities were mining and or timber camps. In the timber years logs were floated down the Cumberland River which runs along the route to Williamsburg where they were picked up and sawed into lumber in mills; when the timber companies converted to coal production in the 1900s, railroads replaced the river in getting the product to market and as the truck began to invade the train's territory Route 92 took shape. A curvy section of Route 92 was replaced by a new road in November 2009. Milepoints 4 to 11 in western Whitley County were superseded by the new road, designated Route 92. Portions of the old road that remain in service have been re-designated Route 2792, although maintenance is neglected and portions of the road are a danger to the general public; the project, begun in 2003, was completed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with the aid of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project will replace the road all the way to U. S. Route 27 in McCreary County.

In 2012, the second phase was completed that relocated a new portion from U. S. Route 27 to Kentucky 592 on the western end of the project area; the final middle section is expected to be completed by 2015. "State Secondary Road System in Bell County". Archived from the original on 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-09-23. "State Secondary Road System in McCreary County". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-23. "State Secondary Road System in Wayne County". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-23. "State Secondary Road System in Whitley County". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. KY 92 Images along KY 92

Moto Racer Advance

Moto Racer Advance is a motocross racing game developed by Adeline Software International, produced by Delphine Software International and published by Ubisoft for the Game Boy Advance. It was released in PAL regions on October 4, 2002 and in North America on December 4, 2002, it is part of the Moto Racer series and was the last game to be developed by Adeline Software and the last with any involvement from Delphine Software. Moto Racer Advance features several different modes, but much of it centers on a "Progression" mode, which requires the player to compete in races in a variety of environments. Multiplayer is supported through the link cable. Moto Racer Advance garnered positive reception from critics, noting its graphical quality and overall presentation as two of the main reasons for its success. IGN's Craig Harris called it one of the top racing games from 2002; as of 2009, Moto Racer Advance has received compilation scores of 86/100 and 83% on Metacritic and GameRankings respectively.

The player must try to win races on various terrain and settings. Each motorcycle in the game handles differently with some performing better on paved roads and others working better on rougher terrain. There are a number of different modes: Grand Prix and Traffic. GP takes place at a number of different locations across the world on paved tracks in places such as San Francisco and Russia; the paved tracks require the player to learn how to use their brakes around corners. The GP courses contain small differences between them, giving more variety to the courses in the game. Motocross requires the player to drive on off-road terrain and to master the act of "powersliding" on corners; the courses found in Motocross races are less hospitable and take place in arid and unkept locales and with obstacles. Traffic mixes both GP and Motocross, having mixed pavement courses and traffic on roads that serve as obstacles. There are three different methods of gameplay: Championship and Single Race; the single race mode must be earned through playing the progression mode.

Progression is the game's "main mode" and places the player in a number of different tournaments and races in all three racing styles. It allows the player to earn hidden content, including new bikes; the game contains link cable support for up to four players, provided that all four people own a copy of the game. Moto Racer Advance was first displayed at the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo. IGN gave the game two awards for portable games after its E3 2002 coverage: "Best Graphics" and "Best Racing Game". IGN praised the early version of the game for smooth frame rate; the game was built from the ground up to be a racing game for the Game Boy Advance and to take advantage of the hardware offered by the system. IGN previewed the game six months before it was made available for retail and called the graphics the game's highlight, while noting that tune-ups in the physics engine were needed before release; the game manipulated 2D backgrounds to give the impression of 3D to the player. By keeping the core graphics engine simple, the game was able to contain elongated draw distances and a smooth frame rate.

It was released on October 4, 2002 in PAL regions, on December 4, 2002 in North America. Moto Racer Advance was the last game to be developed by Adeline Software. Moto Racer Advance garnered positive reaction from critics for its graphics and gameplay. IGN's Craig Harris praised the smooth graphics engine of the game, noting that the designers had succeeded in creating a satisfying racing game for the Game Boy Advance, he called it one of the top racing games from 2002. The Sydney Morning Herald's Dan Toose praised the game's "smooth, minimalist graphics", while GameSpy's Steve Steinberg noted that the physics of the game felt "dead-on" and enjoyed the overall presentation of the game. GamePro's Vicious Sid was surprised by the game's long draw distance, calling it a technical feat on the Game Boy Advance; the sound design from the game received a mixed response from critics. GameZone's Code Cowboy stated that the Motocross bikes sounded "like gravel in a blender-- being chopped up". IGN noted otherwise, saying that the sound stayed to the background and was pleasant, while The Sydney Morning Herald praised the realistic sound the bikes created.

The game received Editors' Choice Awards from GameSpy, GamePro, IGN. In a retrospective article, Moto Racer Advance was listed as the 6th-most "Forgotten Game Boy Advance classic" by PC Magazine's Benj Edwards. Moto Racer Advance at MobyGames