UNK professor arrested for child pornography
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced University of Nebraska-Kearney psychology professor Joseph J. Benz, Ph. D., 52, was arrested and charged with three counts each of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. The arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Attorney General's Office cybercrimes unit and was made late yesterday by the Kearney Police Department...
Flavor of the day
The warm 70s and little wind made it an ideal day for a couple of young entrepreneurs, Ethan Hays and Emily Alberts, to set up a Kool-Aid stand on West First Wednesday. Flavor of the day -- Black Cherry.
Herndon ordinance supports Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act
HERNDON, Kansas -- City council members of a small Northwest Kansas town have adopted an ordinance -- with the power of a law -- that reaffirms their belief in their constitutional and Second Amendment right to own and bear arms. Herndon Mayor Kenny Chartier said Wednesday that Herndon's new law, Ordinance No. 510, supports the State of Kansas and the "Second Amendment Protection Act" that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law April 16...
Wauneta limits dogs to two per household
WAUNETA, Nebraska -- Wauneta, Nebraska, dog owners have until Saturday, June 1, to comply with a village ordinance limiting the number of dogs in any home. City Attorney Arlan Wine told the Wauneta Breeze and the village board members that Ordinance 2008-01, Section 4.22 states that any home may have only two adult dogs...
Water bill delayed until 2014
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Sen. Mark Christensen will likely shelve his priority bill until next session after failing to gather enough support for it to pass. The bill, LB 522, sought compensation for surface water irrigators when they were prohibited from irrigating by the Department of Natural Resources...
Walmart offering jobs to returning veterans
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Beginning Memorial Day, Walmart will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first 12 months off active duty. Most of these jobs will be in Walmart stores and clubs, and some will be in distribution centers and the Home Office...
Climate center expects hot June
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- It's 1967. Elvis gets married, Disney releases "The Jungle Book," and Julia Roberts is born. It's also the last time Nebraska had both snow and temperatures over 100 degrees within two weeks during the month of May before this year...
McCook Mayor Dennis Berry speaks to supporters Sunday night at the Coppermill Restaurant in McCook in a kickoff for his run for Legislature. Berry's campaign reported it raised more than $20,000 in the opening event from more than 40 individuals or couples and six local businesses, with about 94 people in attendance. "This is a wonderful start!" Berry said. Since the event, three individuals volunteered to host future events, he said...
Mammatus clouds often indicate a particularly strong storm or maybe even a tornadic storm, but they themselves are not dangerous but merely "messengers." These appeared over McCook, Nebraska, Saturday evening, when forecasters predicted rain, but the community got only a sprinkle or two. ...
Accident causes injuries
Emergency crews respond to a two-vehicle accident about 3 p.m., Monday, on North Highway 83 at the Sears and McDonald's turn-offs in McCook, Nebraska. Two victims were taken to Community Hospital of McCook. More information will be available when McCook police officers complete their investigation...
Culbertson, Nebraska, Public Library readers, from left, Amanda Evans and Warren and McKenzie Witt enjoy an ice cream social at the library on an unseasonably hot spring day. The library board and Village of Culbertson have accepted a challenge from the Robert and Janette Hunt Community Fund to help build a new public library. ...
Wind energy bill advances
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- A bill to aid wind energy development in Nebraska advanced in the Legislature Tuesday. LB104, introduced by Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, would give sales tax refunds to renewable energy companies that build projects in Nebraska...
Chokecherries in bloom
The county roads in Furnas County, Nebraska, are sporting more signs of spring as chokecherries blossom. Photographer Roxy Lang of Wilsonville, Nebraska, hopes the elderberries will be the next to bloom. She used these settings May 16, to capture this image: f/10; 1/200; iso320; 300mm. ...
Telecom official to kids: Keep parents in online loop, play with real friends
INDIANOLA, Nebraska -- An official of a telecommunications technology company told students at Southwest Elementary School that technology is great, but that kids have to use it wisely, and with their parents' knowledge and permission. Tom Shoemaker, vice president of Pinpoint Communications in Cambridge, McCook, Lincoln and Omaha, asked students Tuesday, "Who plans to use an Ipad or a computer this summer?" Almost every hand went up...
Community Garden grows through generosity of donors
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Community Garden is beginning its second year of operation, and thanks to an investment from the McCook Community Foundation Fund in the form of a $1,000 grant, organizer Dave Winder is looking forward to a bountiful harvest this summer and fall...
Trash contract canceled on 4-1 vote
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council canceled a trash hauling contract with Frtiz Trucking on a 4-1 vote Monday evening, ending several months of disputes. City staff members claimed the trash hauler had not been able to provide the required number of trailers and had ceased hauling operations completely on May 8...
Youth EntrepreneurShip Investigation Camp June 3-7
McCOOK, Nebraska --Youth ages 12-16 are invited to discover what it takes to start and manage a business at the 5-day EntrepreneurShip Investigation Camp, June 3-7, 2013, at the Keystone Business Center and McCook Community College campus in McCook...
McCook graduate named NCCAA Coach of the Year
OMAHA, Nebraska -- Grace University men's basketball coach, Willie Williams from McCook, was named NCCAA Central Region Coach of the Year for the second time in as many years. He was honored this season for leading the Grace University Royals to the Central Region Championship, and National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament. The Royals ended their season 17-17...
It may be time to get out the rod and reel, but as Roxy Lang of Wilsonville, Nebraska, notes this boat has been put out to pasture. She captured this image April 14, using these settings: f/5; 1/500; iso100; 161mm. The McCook Daily Gazette would love to showcase your weather photos. ...
Singing just for me
Roxy Lang of Wilsonville, Nebraska, was waiting on some folks in Bartley, Nebraska, last week and kept hearing this bird singing, "like he was singing just for me," before spotting him tucked behind spring leaves just beginning to open. Undoubtedly, he'd be even harder to spot this week as the leaves have fully opened, providing an excellent hideaway for the summer. ...
Deonne Hinz takes to the wheel of the 1969 Fiat 850 Spyder her husband, Merlin, spent the winter restoring, just in time for open-air driving weather. He plans on redoing a 1967 Austin Healy next, and then a 1953 Ford pickup truck. (Bruce Crosby/McCook Daily Gazette)...
Good hair day? Principal keeps his word on reading challenge
McCOOK, Nebraska -- It's not every day you see a school principal with rainbow-colored hair, but kids at McCook Elementary had one for the last two days of school. McCook Elementary School Principal Tim Garcia sported rainbow-colored tresses Wednesday and Thursday, in response to a challenge he made to students beginning second semester...
Uerling receives Master's from Chadron State College
CHADRON, Nebraska -- Seventy-three graduate students from nine states and three foreign countries earned degrees in Chadron State College's 8 a.m. commencement service May 4, 2013, including Sherri Clifford Uerling of McCook, Nebraska. Uerling graduated with a 4.0 GPA with a Master of Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. ...
Volunteer offers comfort to visitors
McCOOK, Nebraska -- She watches them closely ... the veterans who stand at a distance and those who cautiously or reverently approach the Vietnam War traveling memorial walls. Monica Harvey, a chaplain from Stapleton, Nebraska, sets up a "comfort zone" of lawn chairs at the entrances to the 90-plus traveling memorial walls that she has visited. ...
The Vietnam War Memorial Wall
An 80-percent traveling "Vietnam War Memorial Wall" replica stretches from end zone to end zone at Weiland Field in McCook, Nebraska. Lonnie Weyeneth of Danbury played "To the Colors" as Richard Dike and Dennis Chipman of McCook raised the American flag over the football field during an opening ceremony and "Blessing of the Wall" Thursday afternoon. ...