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McCook boy earning Eagle Scout rank through sand volleyball project (09/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- It took about eight hours of work on a sweltering Sunday, but a sand volleyball court at Kelley Park is now ready for action. Isaiah Petty, 16, of McCook, significantly upgraded the sand volleyball court as an Eagle Scout project. He and his family, friends and Boy Scout Troop 1147 spent the day revamping the court that included extending the boundaries and installing professional boundary lines, moving dirt to level out the court and prevent sand washout, adding new railroad ties for boundaries, installing a snow fence to keep the ball out of the creek, filling the court with sand and putting up a new net.. ...
Emerald ash borer -- more deadly than Dutch elm disease? (09/30/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of three installments about the jewel-toned beetle called emerald ash borer whose target is the billions of ash trees across North America. McCook arborist Bruce Hoffman and Dr. Mark Harrell hope that lessons learned from the devastation caused by emerald ash borer and the fungus of Dutch elm disease can be applied to always-emerging new threats to trees...
Skate park hopes to add lights (09/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Supporters of the Bolles Canyon Skatepark in McCook are coordinating an effort to install lighting at the popular venue. Alan Gunther and Kirk Dixon will present a request to the McCook City Council Monday evening seeking permission to proceed with the project...
Alzheimer's Memory Walk Saturday (09/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 14th annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk is set for Norris Park Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m. Cinnamon rolls and coffee will be served. For more information, call (308) 340-0323.
Semi-tractor chase through town nets disturbing the peace conviction (09/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A Southwest Nebraska man who led area law enforcement officers on a pursuit through town earlier this year, before culminating with his arrest while attempting to make his way into city offices, was sentenced to jail time recently in Red Willow County Court...
Breast Cancer Research Awareness (09/30/16)
City letter carrier Chris Smith decorates a table in the McCook Post Office lobby in preparation for October Breast Cancer Research Awareness Month. Special 60-cent stamps, which have raised more than $80.9 million for the cause, will be for sale, with more than 70 percent of the net amount raised going to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. ...
Imperial man killed in Interstate crash (09/29/16)
GIBBON, Neb. -- An Imperial man was among three people killed in a fiery multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 80 last Friday, Sept. 23, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. Tanner Allen, 20, Imperial, Chistopher W. Bieber, 22, Holyoke, Colo., and Donald S. Cox, 73, Columbia, Tenn., were killed when a tire blew on an eastbound semi, forcing it and an eastbound pickup truck which was attempting to pass, across the median into westbound traffic...
Traveling military display in McCook until Sunday (09/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A traveling display with personal mementoes from Nebraskan military who have lost their lives is making a stop in McCook. "Remembering our Fallen" will be at Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel, 607 Norris, until Sunday, Oct. 2. It contains pictures and personal mementoes of military members from Nebraska who died in combat or combat-related duties while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan...
Driving on tap for First Tuesday (09/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival planning committee will celebrate driving stories at their First Tuesday event on Oct. 4. Long-time educator and driver's education instructor Warren Everts has taught many in McCook the art of operating a motor vehicle...
Late summer bash (09/29/16)
Promoter Sam Jaeger plans his annual end-of-the-season "Clean-Up" demolition derby Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook. The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m.; the entry fee is $40 per car. ...
Meth possession brings probation (09/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man arrested on a felony drug charge, following a Chase County search of his residence last fall hoping to find several thousand dollars worth of stolen race gear, was sentenced to probation earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court...
MCCF application deadline Saturday (09/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Applications for the 2016 fall grants from the McCook Community Foundation Fund are due Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Grant applicants must align with MCFF's mission to improve the quality of life for the people of southwest Nebraska. More than $30,000 will be available for public charities, government entities or other community groups performing charitable activities...
Culbertson artist accepted into Nebraska By Heart project (09/29/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Culbertson artist Lucas Kotschwar has been accepted to participate in a public art project called "Nebraska by Heart" in celebration of Nebraska's 150th birthday in 2017. Artists from across the state submitted 224 proposals, and judges selected 170 proposals to be considered for six-foot-tall fiberglass heart sculptures displayed across Lincoln starting March 1, which is Nebraska's birthday...
McCook Elementary wins Blue Ribbon status (09/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard was notified Wednesday that McCook Elementary has been designated as a Blue Ribbon School. McCook Elementary is one of 329 schools nationwide who received the blue ribbon award and one of four schools in Nebraska that were designated with the award...
Woodpeckers warn of ash borer infestation (09/29/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE -- This is the second installment of three about EAB -- Emerald Ash Borer -- the beetle from eastern Asia that is devastating ash trees in North America. McCook arborist Bruce Hoffman and Dr. Mark Harrell of the Nebraska Forest Service recently discussed decisions regarding ash trees...
Berry to replace Ulrich on MEDC board (09/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Former Mayor Dennis Berry was voted in Monday evening to replace Jim Ulrich as the President of the McCook Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors. Berry was previously one of eight elected directors for the MEDC Board. Ulrich announced earlier this month he was relocating to York, Nebraska...
BMS ribbon cutting (09/28/16)
Owner Dan Booe and office manager Monica Conroy cut the ribbon as McCook Area Chamber of Commerce members and Cordials welcome the Booe Machinery & Salvage scrap metal recycling business to the chamber this morning. Booe and his father, Ross, own the business's two facilities, in Atlanta, Neb., and McCook. The company exports and imports obsolete farm machinery that still has value, as well as preparing iron and nonferrous metals to send to mills for recycling...
Norris Government Day Oct. 19 at MCC (09/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- More than 40 high school juniors from McCook and Southwest public schools will take part in George W. Norris Government Day activities scheduled Oct. 19 at McCook Community College. Jointly sponsored by the American Legion, McCook Community College and the George W. Norris Foundation, the event is designed to inspire youth to take an active role in government throughout their lives...
Pickup winner (09/28/16)
Sheila Werkmeister of McCook was the winner of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck given away by KRVN Radio of Lexington, which delivered it to her rural home Tuesday. She registered for the "Keep On Trucking" pickup at the Frontier County Fair in Stockville. She says she has never won a major prize before...
Red Willow Western Smoke-Off set for Oct. 16 (09/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- If firefighters know smoke, and barbecuers know smoke, then a barbecuing firefighter just might produce the absolute best smoked food on the planet. Come find out for sure, when Red Willow Western rural firefighters challenge each other to their first-ever "Smoke-Off" on Sunday, Oct 16, at the fire station south of McCook on Federal Avenue and a quarter-mile west on River Road...
Dennis Berry to replace Jim Ulrich on MEDC board (09/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital President Jim Ulrich leaves some big shoes to fill with a recent announcement he will be relocating with his family to York, Nebraska. The McCook Economic Development Board of Directors is looking to the city's longest serving Mayor to continue Ulrich's work as the MEDC board president...
Troubling times ahead for Nebraska's ash trees (09/28/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE -- This is the first installment of three detailing the destruction and death caused by the emerald ash borer to billions of ash trees across North America. In McCook in early September, Dr. Mark Harrell of the Nebraska Forest Service visited with arborist Bruce Hoffman...
Three injured in accident near Arapahoe (09/28/16)
BEAVER CITY, Neb. -- A McCook man was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney and then transferred to a Lincoln hospital after his car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Highway 6&34 east of Arapahoe about 7:30 a.m., Tuesday. Claude Cappel, 78 years old, of McCook was treated at the Kearney hospital and then moved to the Lincoln hospital. His wife, Delores, 75, was in stable condition at Cambridge Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon...
Voters reject Hillcrest funding (09/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County commission chairman Earl McNutt said this morning he thinks that the rejection of the Hillcrest Nursing Home ballot question is more a vote against more taxes than against the home. The 1,296-1,136 failure of the request to raise $254,480 for roof repairs at the county-owned nursing home surprised McNutt, but it also didn't, he said. ...
Voters reject county Hillcrest ballot question (09/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Voters have rejected a ballot question to allow Red Willow County Commissioners to raise additional tax funds to aid Hillcrest Nursing Home. Through a mail-in ballot counted today, voters turned down the plan 1,296-1,136. Hillcrest officials said they would have used the $254,480 raised to repair the roof. ...

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