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Governor here Wednesday morning (01/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Governor. Pete Ricketts will visit McCook Wednesday morning as part of his State of the State Fly Around. Gov. Ricketts is scheduled to discuss the state of the state and highlight his legislative priorities at 8 a.m. in the pilots lounge at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport...
Color Day royalty (01/17/17)
McCook Senior High student body selects Faith Hansen and Eric Langan (center) as Color Day 2017 queen and king following the MHS basketball victory over Minden Saturday evening. Faith is the daughter of Jamey Hansen and Eric is the son of Michael and Angela Langan. ...
Early starts help keep roads safe (01/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Streets and highways of solid ice and the very real possibility of slippin' and slidin' convinced many drivers to stay home during the worst of the ice storm that gripped Southwest Nebraska Sunday and Monday. Spokesmen for the City of McCook and the Nebraska Department of Roads echoed each other this morning, saying they appreciated drivers staying off the streets and highways when they were so slippery and unsafe...
Benefit set for Stamford family that lost home to fire (01/17/17)
STAMFORD, Neb. -- Friends in the Stamford and Orleans areas plan a benefit to help a Stamford couple who lost their home and possessions in a house fire Dec. 26. To help Dale and Janet Laizure rebuild their lives, the Orleans Lions and Stamford Trinity Lutheran Church will host a fund-raising lunch and auction Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ag Center in Orleans...
Twilight skateboarding gets boost from donation (01/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Twilight skateboarding and biking at the Bolles Canyon Skatepark took another step closer to becoming a reality earlier this week. The McCook City Council accepted a $1,500 donation from the McCook Community Foundation Fund that put the skatepark lighting project at $10,000 of its $14,500 goal...
Merle Jane Harpst awards presented (01/13/17)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- The prestigious annual Merle Jane Harpst Awards were presented to one licensed and one non-licensed Tri Valley Health System employee at the annual recognition event on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Heritage Plaza. The award was established in 1998 to honor the late Merle Jane Harpst, and her 20-plus years as employee and administrator at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Tri Valley Health System...
$1,500 donation will help light city skatepark (01/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders will receive a $1,500 donation from the McCook Community Foundation next week to assist with the installation of street lights at the Bolles Canyon Skatepark. "The goal is to provide lighting at the skatepark to allow its users the opportunity to skate/bike after dark. Special thanks are in order for Al Gunther and Kirk Dixon, who have spearheaded the lighting effort," according to city staff...
Arapahoe man makes tiny commitment to 'next big thing' in housing (01/13/17)
ARAPAHOE, Neb. -- He's really close to talking himself out of selling. So, if you're interested in trying out the newest trend in the housing industry -- condensing life into a "tiny house" -- you'd better not procrastinate very much longer. Scott Breinig of rural Arapahoe has two homes on wheels that are tiny and for sale. "If we were closer to retirement ... " Scott muses, wondering if he and his wife, Pam, ought to keep one of the two little houses he has for sale...
MCC adds aviation course starting Jan. 31 (01/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new class for aviation enthusiasts is being offered at McCook Community College this spring. This course was added after the spring schedule of classes was published. This fundamentals of aviation class ("Basic Ground Training" AVIA 1210) is offered Tuesday nights starting Jan. 17. The instructor is Barry Turner an FAA (Federal Aviation) Certified Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor...
MCC enrollment down, student retention rates up (01/12/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College begins the spring semester with mixed student enrollment news. The number of new students is down but the percentage of those who come back for a second year have improved significantly over the past four years...
MHS Color Day royalty candidates (01/12/17)
McCook Senior High Color Day royalty candidates for 2017 include: front row, from left, Jadyn Reynolds, daughter of Greg Reynolds and Laura Bain, and Bryceton Trew, son of Brad and Diane Trew, in a new process this year, nominated by and representing the MHS Senior Class. ...
17th annual Dick Driml Chili Cook-off set for MCC Feb. 25 (01/12/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- It's Chili Time! The MCC Indians Boosters 17th Annual Dick Driml Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Peter & Dolores Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. We are looking for Chili Chefs to compete for the bragging rights of the best chili...
Emergency responders make record number of calls (01/12/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Fire Department experienced record call volume this past year, exceeding 1,000 emergency calls for the first time in its history. Emergency call volume increased by 19 percent from a year prior, according to city reports. In 2016 the City of McCook responded to 1,127 emergency calls for service; after responding to 946 in 2015; and 964 in 2014...
Wall of Fame presentation Saturday (01/12/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Wallis Marsh, the 2016 McCook High School Wall of Fame inductee, will be in McCook Saturday for an awards presentation during half-time of the McCook vs. Minden boy's basketball game at the high school gymnasium. Marsh is a 1985 MHS graduate who went on to found his own oil and gas companies, Extex Production and Extex Operating Co, which has grown to include over 700 oil wells in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Michigan...
Passenger numbers continue to soar (01/11/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council hoped a new airline would turnaround what had been a disastrous two-year stretch for commercial air service at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport and, so far, they appear to be right. The airport posted a 388 percent annual increase in boarded passengers and finished 2016 with the best fourth quarter stretch in nearly a decade, according to city enplanement reports...
Above-average precipitation for 2016 in McCook (01/11/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook area has received only trace amounts of precipitation through the first nine days of the year, although it probably isn't much of an indicator of things to come. A dry month of January last year, with only .02 inches of precipitation, was ultimately followed by an above average year and the most precipitation since a record low was posted in 2012...
Breakfast rates jump with new 'grab-and-goes' (01/11/17)
Lorri Sughroue McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- The "grab-and-go" breakfast has been a huge success at the McCook elementary schools. Easy-to-eat items, such as yogurt parfaits and breakfast wraps, are being offered to children to eat in classrooms at McCook Elementary and Central Elementary. Initiated after Christmas break, it replaces the standard breakfast that used to be offered before school began each morning...
Sheriff seeks return of stolen tools scattered on road (01/11/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County sheriff's officers are asking the public's assistance in recovering tools stolen in a burglary at Ag Valley Co-Op in Bartley Tuesday morning. Sheriff Alan Kotschwar said this morning that a suspect is in custody and the investigation continues into the incident...
'Grab-and-go' breakfasts popular with kids (01/11/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The "grab and go" breakfast has been a huge success at the McCook elementary schools. Easy to eat items, such as yogurt parfaits and breakfast wraps, are being offered to children to eat in classrooms at McCook Elementary and Central Elementary. Initiated after Christmas break, it replaces the standard breakfast that used to be offered before school began each morning...
Women's Winter Retreat Jan. 28 (01/10/17)
McCook, Nebraska--This year's Women's Winter Retreat features three speakers who will share how God is using them to reach the Muslim community in Lincoln, Nebraska. The retreat will encourage attendees to seek to grow their compassion for God's people of all nations and follow His calling in Matthew 28:19, "Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples."...
Commissioners open three spots for new officials (01/10/17)
McCook, Neb. -- Some things stayed the same and others -- not so much -- during the Red Willow County commissioners' first meeting of the new year at the courthouse Monday morning. Earl McNutt will remain chairman of the board of commissioners, Gary Dicenta will continue as the county's road supervisor and Carol Schlegel will still be the county's tourism director. ...
Teachers seek less time between parent-teacher conferences (01/10/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A preliminary draft of the school calendar for next year will be going back to the drawing board for some tweaking. The preliminary calendar, presented by Superintendent Grant Norgaard, prompted McCook School Board members Loretta Hauxwell and Teresa Thomas to request less of a gap between parent-teacher conferences, the first scheduled the last week in September and the second, six months later in mid-March. ...
New school board member sworn in (01/10/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new face on the McCook School Board will bring the perspective of healthcare to the district. Brad Hays was sworn in as the newest member of the McCook Board of Education Monday night at the regular meeting. He was elected in November 2016 when former member Diane Lyons declined to run again for her seat. Retaining their seats on the board by re-election and also sworn-in with Hays were Tom Bredvick and Teresa Thomas...
Counties receiving bridge funding (01/10/17)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hitchcock, Hayes and Furnas counties in Southwest Nebraska will receive funding to help replace and/or repair bridges through Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' 2016 Transportation Innovation Act signed in April 2016. Monday, the Nebraska Department of Roads announced proposals it selected for the first round of the "County Bridge Match Program" created in Ricketts' transportation act...
Late doctor's clinic being repurposed as library (01/09/17)
BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Timing is everything. While members of the Dundy County Library Foundation and Library Board of Trustees were discussing a new library in Benkelman, an existing building dropped -- totally unexpected -- in their laps. Anita Kitt, a member of the foundation, and Florence Parker, a member of the trustees board, said they had heard rumors that the will of the late Benkelman doctor Kenneth Stout included a sum of money for the Dundy County Library, but they were astounded when the library foundation received Dr. ...

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