McCook Gazette News News headlines from the McCook Gazette newspaper in McCook, Nebraska en-us Water birds A flock of yellow-headed blackbirds enjoy the water in a cattle tank near Max, Neb. Wildlife has to endure a few days of winter-like weather this weekend while they wait for more seasonable spring... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:51:04 -0500 Connecting Resources McCook Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jamie Mockry, Board President Matt Sehnert, chamber members, the McCook Cordials, friends and family welcome Carrie Galloway of Connecting Resources... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:43:39 -0500 FFA awards Collin Swedberg, left, of Wallace, the 2016-17 Nebraska State FFA vice president, asks McCook Senior High FFA members to examine the difference between “recognition” and “appreciation.” “If you’re... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:38:43 -0500 Trees memorialize two favorite teachers McCOOK, Neb. — Two popular McCook teachers were memorialized with his favorite tree, when their children planted a “Shademaster” honey locust Tuesday afternoon at the McCook Heritage Senior Center.... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:37:51 -0500 City eyes road improvements, rail spur for industrial park McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook City Council will coordinate a public discussion Monday evening on whether to use sales tax revenue to help make roadway improvements and create a rail spur for the city’s... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:07 -0500 Hughes optimistic on property tax relief McCOOK, Neb. — Things may be looking up for Nebraskans hoping for property tax relief this session. District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes said Thursday he is “cautiously optimistic” legislation will... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:33:48 -0500 Honor business Taking part in the quarterly McCook Area Chamber of Commerce honor business award, from left, are Chamber Executive Director Jamie Mockry, and McPherron Skiles and Loop staff, Carma Earl, Doug... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:21:41 -0500 Bicycle safety McCook Police Sgt. Kevin Darling and bike safety classes coordinator Brittany Klotz of Linda Maiden State Farm teach proper left turns on bicycles to third graders at McCook Elementary School... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:18:52 -0500 ice rescue fundraiser hits goal McCOOK, Neb. — McCook emergency responders are a little better equipped to handle ice rescue and other water emergencies, thanks to a local fundraising effort stemming from a recent tragedy. Lucas... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:17:04 -0500 Ricketts, NSEA at odds over proclamation McCOOK, Neb. — The state teachers’ union is receiving push back from the governor’s office for attempts to assert its influence on what has been described as Nebraska’s largest freshman class of... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:16:00 -0500 First Tuesday featuring Peter, Chuck and Job at Bieroc McCOOK, Neb. — The Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival planning committee will wrap up its First Tuesday series in a big way, bringing Peter, Chuck and Job to the Bieroc Café May 2.... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14:54 -0500 Interim hospital CEO Troy Bruntz named to top post McCook, Neb. —Community Hospital Board of Directors has announced Troy Bruntz as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 26. Bruntz has been part of the... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:38:28 -0500 Parenting agenda for teenage girls So as a mother of teenage girls, long car rides alone with them are almost always a guarantee that important life conversations will take place. I don’t force anything, but I certainly open the gates... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:20:16 -0500 Probation sentence for sexual assault of child McCOOK, Neb. — A McCook man was sentenced to probation time earlier this month for sexually assaulting a child last spring. The man, 28-year-old Steven M. Vigneur of 901 East B Street, accepted a... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:14:30 -0500 Good-bye reception Vesta Dack of rural McCook, Red Willow County’s Third District commissioner, cuts cake at a surprise reception after fellow commissioners officially accepted her letter of resignation at their weekly... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:12:05 -0500 Memorial planting McCook arborist Bruce Hoffman prepares a Shademaster honeylocust for planting at the Heritage Senior Center Tuesday afternoon. The Augustyn children, including, from the right, sisters Kathy Robles... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:07:54 -0500 Cast selected for The Frog Prince; shows Saturday McCOOK, Neb. — Deep in the royal swamp, a selfish Princess makes a promise to befriend a lonely Frog after he retrieves her golden ball from a well. But what happens when the Princess tries every... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:07:23 -0500 Costs force Hillcrest to drop VA McCOOK, Neb. — Hillcrest Nursing Home will no longer be a contracted Veteran’s Administration facility. The Hillcrest Board of Trustees voted Tuesday at its regular meeting not to renew the contract... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:06:38 -0500 Laser engraver inspires creativity at local gift shop McCOOK, Neb. — The new laser engraver at New Life in downtown McCook enhances what the inspirational shop offers its customers, it fills a niche in McCook’s shopping environment, and besides, it’s... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30:59 -0500 Intercity bus, transportation open house Wednesday at McCook Library LINCOLN, Neb. — A public information open house to gather input about the needs for intercity bus and public transit services will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McCook Public Library Klingner... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:27:55 -0500 Local landmark draws visitors CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Neb. — The Nebraska Life Magazine hosted sell-out tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in McCook on April 21. Home owner Jan Korell told visitors... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:24:07 -0500 County 'public defender' signed to 4-year contract McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook attorney who serves as a public defender for Red Willow County will get a raise to $72,000 annually in a new four-year contract approved by county commissioners Monday... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:22:28 -0500 Broadway comes to MHS today MCCOOK, Neb. — Omaha Performing Arts is bringing Broadway to McCook. Education staff from Omaha Performing Arts are coming to McCook High School today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., part of a statewide... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:52:01 -0500 Man arrested in connection with stabbing McCOOK, Neb. — A McCook man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a reported stabbing the day prior. Area law enforcement officers arrested Jacob Cash at the McCook Walmart Friday at... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:46 -0500 Man held on $150K bond after high-speed pursuit BEAVER CITY, Neb. — A Cortland, Neb., man is held on $150,000 bond following a pursuit by Furnas County sheriff’s officers on Saturday. Chad M. Kohout of Cortland, 37 years old, led officers on a... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:57:34 -0500 Police track three-wheeled pickup, find stolen equipment, make meth arrest McCOOK, Neb. — A plea agreement was reached with a McCook man earlier this month arrested on felony burglary, theft and drug charges following reports of a three-wheeled pickup truck traveling on... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:56:07 -0500 Tractor show expected to be annual event HAIGLER, Neb. — Haigler’s first Tractor Show, Parade, Rodeo and Drive certainly won’t be the last, according to organizers. La Neata Carlock said it will become an annual spring event hosted by the... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:52:47 -0500