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Gazette sports editor Steve Kodad dies at 61 (06/28/16)
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas athletes lost one their greatest fans with the death of Gazette Sports Editor Steve Kodad. Kodad, 61, died Monday night in Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney following a stroke. Jeff Gross, McCook High School principal and football coach, had lunch with Kodad every Wednesday to discuss all things sports-related, particularly their beloved Bison...
Voting deadline (06/28/16)
Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. CT is the deadline to vote for "cover critter" dog and cat and to include photographs of pets in the 2017 "Dogs and Cats of McCook" calendar to be printed by the Cat Pack, fund-raisers and supporters of the McCook Humane Society and animal shelter. ...
Family urges pet owners to use flea, tick treatment (06/28/16)
STRATTON, Neb. -- Joel Richardson of Stratton has lost his best friend, and he and his wife, Ronnie Ann, are hoping that a warning will help others prevent the same type of devastating loss. "Use a flea and tick treatment on your pets," Ronnie said...
Long-time volunteer to lead chamber (06/28/16)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A hard-working community volunteer -- who has been honored as the Chamber Volunteer of the Year -- today was selected as the new executive director of the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce. Jamie Mockry, who is currently serving as Director of Food Services for Mid-Plains Community College, will leave the college post Aug. 1, 2016, to become the McCook Chamber's executive in charge...
What's burning? (06/27/16)
The smokey haze that drifted over McCook and central Southwest Nebraska starting mid-morning Saturday came from grassfires near Douglas, Wyo. A cold front that shifted across the country's midsection Saturday shoved the smoke south and southeast. The Wyoming wildfires started Tuesday, June 21, with lightning storms...
Stocking the shelves (06/27/16)
Volunteers, from the left, Dennis Chambers, Seth Hare, Sarah Kinne, Bethany McKillip and Glen Weaver help unload pallets of food for a "Mobile Pantry" in McCook Saturday morning. The Hitchcock County Pantry coordinated the one-day pantry event for the "Food Bank of Heartland," which provides food where there is a high need but limited resources. Early estimates show that 273 families received food from the 15,000 pounds delivered from the Food Bank warehouse in Omaha...
River Rats (06/27/16)
Jade Krutsinger of Cambridge stretches across a stream through the Republican River Sunday afternoon during the 32nd annual Holbrook Days "River Rat Volleyball." She and "Worst Team Here" teammates Rhiley Fiene and Garrett Huxoll joined 40-some other teams in the yearly tournament in the water, sun and sand...
43rd Army Band here Wednesday (06/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. The Nebraska National Guard's 43rd Army Band will perform in Norris Park on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend and citizens are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and bug spray. As the only musical unit of the Nebraska National Guard, the 43rd Army Band represents the National Guard at a variety of civilian and official military functions throughout the State of Nebraska. ...
College opens London theater trip to public (06/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College is inviting anybody interested in theater to join them on the May 2017 theater trip to London to be led by a Stratton native. While dates and times are not finalized, MCC's "Not Your Average Theater Group" is tentatively planning to arrive in London around May 14, 2017...
Retirement (06/27/16)
Members of the City of McCook Fire Department gathered recently to celebrate Robert (Bob) Allen's retirement from the department. Allen spent 24 years with the City of McCook Fire Department, with the last 20 being full-time. He served the community of McCook and surrounding area exceptionally well, said McCook Fire Department Chief, Marc Harpham. ...
Fireworks set for Indianola (06/24/16)
INDIANOLA, Neb. -- Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue will present a fireworks display Sunday, July 3, at the Indianola Ball Park Arena on the west edge of Indianola at 10 p.m. Free will donations are being accepted to help with next year's show. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box "M" in Indianola...
Farmers Market coupons available at Senior Center (06/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Senior Farmers market Coupons will be available at the McCook heritage Senior Center, 1312 W. Fifth on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Recipients must attend one of these informational meetings in order to receive coupons...
Very soon? (06/24/16)
Frank Van Apeldoorn hands a Gospel tract to a passerby on B Street in McCook, Neb., this morning. A retired teacher, from Batavia, N.Y. he said he worked on college campuses before they became too restricted, and has since taken his sign to all 48 lower states three times each over the last five years...
Relatives celebrate pro football coach's achievement (06/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The next time you run into a member of the Koetter family of McCook, don't be surprised if they are bursting with pride about their cousin and nephew, Dirk Koetter, who is the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' professional football team...
Students from Southwest Nebraska graduate from Fort Hays State University (06/24/16)
HAYS, Kan. -- Students from Southwest Nebraska were among the 2,111 who completed associate,
bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.,
in the spring 2016 semester.
 
Degrees are listed with majors and in parentheses, areas of
concentration. ...
CCC spring graduates include area students (06/24/16)
COLBY, Kan. --Colby Community College conferred 264 degrees and certificates on May 13 during the 51st annual commencement ceremonies at the Colby Community Building. Local and area graduates are: Associate of Arts Oberlin: Jason Berry, Grace Randel...
Former Eustis man sentenced for child porn (06/23/16)
OMAHA, Neb. -- United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Gregory J. Rhoadarmer, 46, formerly of Eustis, Nebraska., was sentenced in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 63 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Rhoadarmer will serve a period of five years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender...
Wheat test plot tour participants forced inside by Friday night storm (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- While the thunder cracked, the lightning flashed, and the hail pounded, close to 50 area farmers clustered inside Randy Peters' spacious seed production building last Friday evening, hearing a pre-harvest update from plant breeders and seed company representatives...
Prices temper great wheat outlook (06/23/16)
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- For the wheatgrowers of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas, there is some really good news ... and there is some really bad news heading into the final few days before the Harvest of 2016. First, the good news. ...
MNB announces Hot Summer Nights lineup (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- MNB's 18th Annual Hot Summer Nights concert series returns to Norris Park in McCook this summer with an impressive lineup featuring The Innocence and island rock sensations Soca Jukebox. The concert series will kick off on July 28 with McCook musicians Oscar and Stephanie Montes opening the show followed by The Innocence who return after their last appearance at Hot Summer Nights was cut short due to rain. ...
Airport passenger counts climbing (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The number of commercial passengers flying out of the McCook airport is increasing weekly, according to airline officials. Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson said his airline boarded 25 to 35 passengers the first week of operations, followed by 45 the second week and 60 during week three...
College board advances ID policy, OKs bids for Valentine campus (06/23/16)
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- Meeting in Imperial Wednesday, the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved second reading of an identity theft prevention policy and a number of bids related to the Valentine Extended Campus. The identity theft prevention requires procedures to be put in place to prevent such theft...
State officials help celebrate business expansion (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Lt. Governor Mike Foley joined Christine and Kevin Grooms from American Agriculture Laboratory Inc., and officials with the City of McCook and State of Nebraska, for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday evening in honor of the newly-expanded business that now occupies the former ALCO building...
Time to prepare for Red Willow Fair (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Fair is just around the corner, starting July 20 through July 24. The annual event is jam-packed with five days of fun and entertainment at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. Check out the insert in today's newspaper for a schedule of events, as well as information on entering items into the open class competition at the fair...
Underwater aerobics (06/22/16)
Kelsey Messinger, her 9 1⁄2-month-old son Paxton and Annette Eisenhart stretch during the women's aerobics class at the city pool in Culbertson. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., and is open to swimmers and non-swimmers of all ages; the organizer is Annie Kehler of Culbertson. ...
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