Sheriff race most-contested in three decades
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The office of Red Willow County Sheriff has seen only one contested election in the last 28 years and will break that trend in dramatic fashion this year, as four candidates have filed for the office. Sheriff Gene Mahon ran primarily unopposed during his 27 year stretch, facing only one challenger during his time, when he defeated David McConnell in the 2010 election...
Food for thought
Joel Linin, a golfer at McCook Community College, reads "Too Many Leprechauns" to second graders at McCook Elementary during lunch time Thursday. Linin joined other MCC golfers, Nick Wiemers and Clint Schneringer, who read to students on Thursday. MCC student athletes have been reading to students twice a week since September, with athletes from volleyball, softball and basketball participating...
'Many homes, one community'
Class members of the Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute stand beside personal toiletries that were donated for the Institute's class project, "Many Homes, One Community." Donations were given by community members at several businesses in McCook. ...
Time for change
A grandfather clock, which has stood the test of time since 1911, will have to have its hands set forward one hour to keep up with Daylight Saving Time Sunday morning.
Mineral lease, jail contracts on county agenda
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Roger Gouldner of R. Gouldner Co. LLC will meet with Red Willow County Commissioners to discuss an oil and gas lease on land in the county. Gouldner is on the agenda at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the commissioners room at the courthouse...
Bruning touts experience in campaign swing
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Candidate for Governor Jon Bruning touted his experience and made a similarly familiar claim that a vote for him was a vote for rural Nebraska, as he visited with area residents during a campaign stop at the Bieroc Cafe Thursday afternoon...
School board to consider iPads for every high school student
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Board of Education will be asked to approve $244,000 to purchase touch screen iPads for high school students, at the regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room. The board will also be asked to approve three resignations, two teaching contracts and the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year...
Genealogy on the go
By Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society McCOOK, Nebraska -- A thousand miles in three days, researching museums, cemeteries, courthouses and libraries in Southeast Kansas, specifically, the towns of Hutchinson and Iola, and I must say, you just haven't experienced life unless you have spent an hour in 13 below wind chill temperatures walking up and down rows of headstones searching for that special relative's grave!...
Donation for bus
McCook Community Foundation Fund members present Hillcrest Nursing Home and the Hillcrest Foundation Board with a $3,000 check that will help meet the 20 percent match required for new bus. Grant funds to purchase the bus came from the Nebraska Transportation Department. ...
On the record
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Police activity Activity log...
Fish Fry Fridays tradition continues
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook council of the Knights of Columbus is proud to announce that this year marks the 25th anniversary of their annual Fish Fry Fridays. The organization will be offering a wide variety of dinner options for the next six Friday evenings at the KC Hall, located at 309 East Ninth in McCook, starting March 7 at 5:30 p.m. The "all-you-can-eat" meal costs $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12, and is open to the public...
More water funds, other spending in budget adjustments
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Adjustments to the 2013-15 state budget advanced out of committee Wednesday and will be presented to legislators for approval and debate next week. The adjustments would result in additional spending that Sen. Mark Christensen says is too much, however, those same increases include additional water funding which, the Senator from agricultural heavy District 44, indicated was enough to pull in his support...
Defendants plead not guilty in district court
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Several defendants pleaded not guilty in a variety of unrelated criminal cases, Monday, in Red Willow County District Court. Among those, 61-year-old Sharon R, Morris of 1404 West 15th Street pleaded not guilty to a Class 3A felony for abuse of a vulnerable adult. Morris was subsequently scheduled for a motions hearing at 9:30 a.m. on April 7, 2014...
Students get checks for 'making the grade'
CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- First- and second-quarter winners of Pinpoint Education Incentive checks for "making the grade" are: Cambridge Public Schools: Dillon Sayer, ninth grade, and Brandon Andrews, 11th grade; Southwest Public Schools: Ashley Kragelund, eighth grade, and Lance Kelley, ninth grade, McCook Junior High: Kori Uerling, 6th grade and Deanne Crocker, seventh grade; McCook Senior High: Andersen Gillespie and Hannah Kohl, ninth grade...
Six-ton linear accelerator delivered to hospital
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A 12,000-pound Varian linear accelerator has been delivered for Community Hospital's Radiation Oncology Center, and installation has begun. Hospital CEO Jim Ulrich told directors at this month's meeting that the center should be completed in mid- to late-April. Interior painting is almost complete, with ceiling tiles and light fixture installation to follow...
MPPD updating hazard plan; public input welcome
McCook, Nebraska -- McCook Public Power District, located in McCook, Nebraska is in the process of updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan from January 2011, in conjunction with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. MPPD has utilized the existing plan to obtain 75 percent cost-share from FEMA for numerous mitigation projects since 2011...
"Peeking in my bathroom window last week was this robin," said Sue Helms of Holbrook, who submitted this photo through our website, mccookgazette.com. It was the first one she has seen this year, she said.
Elvis tunes return to the Fox
McCOOK, Nebraska - The cast and crew of Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association are embracing their tradition of excellence and pushing community talent to a whole new level with their production of "All Shook Up." The musical, featuring songs made popular in the '50s and '60s by Elvis Presley, will be performed at the Fox Theatre in McCook Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ...
MCC art instructor's work in MONA auction benefit
MCCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook artist and teacher Rick Johnson is one of 55 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured in a benefit for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. "Spirit: A Celebration Of Art In The Heartland" is set for the weekend of April 4-6. It includes patron package festivities, a gala dinner and art auction, and closes with Good Morning MONA...
ACE makes payment to McCook
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- ACE, the Public Alliance for Community Energy is distributing $4,776.90 to the City of McCook as its share of $100,000 being distributed to the 72 Nebraska member communities of the not-for-profit, community-owned natural gas supplier...
Back to the '50s
To showcase the "new" 1950s-vintage commons area at McCook, Nebraska, Senior High and to bring attention to an upcoming theater presentation of Elvis Presley music, MHS Math Club and National Honor Society members plan a dance for those 55 and over Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. ...
Field set for May primary
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Monday marked the filing deadline for state and local offices to appear on the Primary Election Ballot in May. Although several county candidates will run unopposed for office, voters still have plenty to decide between now and then...
Grandmother places sixth in barrel racing finals
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 70-year-old grandmother who holds the barrel racing record at the Kiplinger Arena in McCook, Nebraska, placed sixth in the final standings of RFD-TV's "The American" rodeo, the single-largest cash prize rodeo in the history of rodeo...
No local city manager candidates, yet; council OKs wireless lease, new car for detective
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Fifteen people have turned in applications for city manager, none of them from McCook, interim city manager Kyle Potthoff said Monday night. While no deadline has been set, city officials will make the first review of applicants on Friday, March 21...