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Santa, Mrs. Claus to visit MCC (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit the McCook Community College Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Adult supervision is required. Admission is one canned good item to be donated to McCook Pantry...
Visit with Santa Claus (12/02/16)
A photograph taken from Santa Claus' 2012 scrapbook shows his conversation with then-4-year-old Lexi Steinbeck of McCook. Santa Claus plans a pre-holiday visit in McCook again, to listen to little ones' wishes before his world-wide trip on Christmas Eve. ...
Lighting the tree (12/02/16)
Hundreds witness the lighting of "The Community Christmas Tree" Thursday evening in McCook's Kelley Park. The tree, and especially the new 4-foot-tall, 600-bulb Moravian star tree topper, was dedicated to the memory of Phil Rouse, the father of Ryan Davis, who, with his wife Janelle, originated the Community Christmas Tree two years ago. Santa Claus rode in on "Prancer," and McCook National Bank and Sparky's Kids Club offered a hot cocoa bar, with whipped cream, marshmallows and candy sprinkles...
Big banners only part of big birthday celebration (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- B Street Banners and a Big Birthday Bash are among the possibilities as the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce gets ready to roll out plans for the celebration of McCook's 135th and Nebraska's 150th anniversaries, both of which will take place in 2017...
McCook College Foundation honors founding member (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Lloyd Benjamin, a founding member of the McCook College Foundation, was recently honored by Foundation members for his 42-years of service, leadership, and dedication to the college where he first played football and took engineering classes...
Annexation discussion on Monday agenda (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council will review overlay and future land use maps pertaining to potential annexation targets during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting. The information is part of a City Council update pertaining to an ongoing effort between city staff and hired planning personnel with Miller and Associates...
Grabbing the Grinch (12/01/16)
Caitlin Fox and son Beckett, 4, hang on to their inflatable Grinch Christmas decoration on East B in McCook. Residents were wise to stake down outdoor ornaments securely in the face of strong winds in recent days.
Texan's concert to benefit NCTA teams (12/01/16)
CURTIS, Neb. -- Texas country musician Josh Ward is performing in Curtis next week to support Aggie college students. Josh Ward's performance Dec. 10 at "The Barn" of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus is a concert to raise funds for NCTA student teams. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. with limited seating at the back of the student union. Tickets are for standing room on the dance floor...
The next Mobile Pantry ... (12/01/16)
Tim Hare of Culbertson, left, and Jeff Donelan of McCook manhandle a pallet of potatoes during a "Mobile Pantry" in McCook in November. The "Food Bank for the Heartland" plans its next Mobile Pantry Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. until noon., at the fire barn at 415 Taylor in downtown Culbertson. ...
Beauty and the Beast auditions set (12/01/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Auditions for the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association of Beauty and the Beast are set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at McCook High School band room. Performances will be March 11, 12, 14, 17, 18 and 19 at the Fox Theater. Call Gene Weedin at (308) 340-5746 or Christy Stevens at (308) 340-3355 or (308) 345-5331 for more information about specific songs to download and rehearse...
MCC Music Christmas Concert Dec. 11 (12/01/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College Music Department's Christmas Concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at McCook Memorial United Methodist Church, Norris and E. The free performance will feature vocal and instrumental solos and refreshments will follow in the Friendship Room...
Suspected intruder reportedly shot (12/01/16)
ST. FRANCIS, Kan. --Cheyenne County, Kansas, Sheriff Cody Beeson reports that his officers and those of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism responded Wednesday to a report of a suspected intruder being shot by a property owner in rural Cheyenne County...
Festival of Wreaths (12/01/16)
The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas party Wednesday at the McCook Auditorium, with the theme, "Live, Work, Play." The festivities included a silent auction on specially-decorated wreaths, with proceeds benefitting local non-profit agencies, live music by Mike Milbauer, an ugly Christmas sweater contest and photos taken with a Christmas backdrop. ...
Texas oilman to MHS Wall of Fame (12/01/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Wallis Marsh, a McCook High School graduate in 1985, is the latest inductee onto the high school's "Wall of Fame." Wallis attended the University of Oklahoma from 1985 - 1990 and majored in petroleum engineering. At OU, Wallis and his twin brother, Edward, were awarded "Distinguished Scholar" scholarships...
Cambridge Telephone Co. in temporary location (12/01/16)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Cambridge Telephone is in operation at 304 Nelson in Cambridge, according to company officials. An incorrect location was listed in an earlier story. Spontaneous combustion from oily rags used in a floor refinishing project caused a fire that consumed First Central Bank in Cambridge and destroyed or damaged Cambridge Telephone Co. locations according to the state fire marshal's office...
Photographers selected for webzine's online art gallery (11/30/16)
HOLDREGE, Neb. -- Three Nebraska photographers has been selected to join Nebraska Rural Living's online art gallery after this quarter's jury process. Photographers Shawn Erickson of Bertrand, Bill Coe of Max and Marlene Barnett-Meitl of McCook are now showcased in the "Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000" online art gallery at http://nebraskaruralliving.com/art-galle......
Helping Hands shoppers can save money, support missions (11/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- 'Twas 26 days before Christmas, and all through the shop, Volunteers were stirring, filling the shelves to the top. Stockings were hung by the front door with care, In hopes that shoppers soon would be there... "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" ... by shopping at the 10th annual "Christmas Store" inside the Helping Hand Thrift Shop in downtown McCook...
'A Chirstmas Carol ... more or less' set Friday, Saturday (11/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College theater will present the backstage story of "A Christmas Carol ... more or less" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on the McCook Community College campus.
St. Andrew's Soup Supper Thursday (11/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew affiliated with St. Alban's Episcopal Church plans its annual St. Andrews Day Soup Supper, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Brotherhood will be serving vegetable beef and chili soups with homemade desserts. The soup supper will be in the Parish Hall of St. Alban's Church, 108 West F in McCook. A free will offering will be accepted. Everyone is welcome to attend...
Toy Stories on tap for First Tuesday (11/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Wish list letters have been sent to Santa. Fisher-Price little people, the swing, and Dungeons and Dragons have been added to the Toy Hall of Fame. Now the Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival planning committee will be sharing favorite toy and game stories at their First Tuesday event Dec. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bieroc Café...
Oberlin Area Concert band performance here Sunday (11/30/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Oberlin Area Concert Band will help to kick-off the Christmas season in McCook with a concert at the Fox Theatre at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. The concert will open with selections from their fall concert in Oberlin including excerpts from Dvorak's Symphony No. 5, trumpet and tuba solos with band accompaniment, and a Dixieland combo...
UNK 'all clear' at 6:30 p.m. (11/30/16)
KEARNEY, Neb. -- A suspicious bag that led to Tuesday's evacuation of three buildings at the University of Nebraska at Kearney was not a threat. At approximately 3 p.m., UNK evacuated the Fine Arts Building, Health and Sports Center and Cushing Coliseum after a faculty member reported a suspicious bag located outside the Fine Arts Building...
UNK evacuating 3 buildings as precaution (11/29/16)
KEARNEY, Neb. -- The University of Nebraska at Kearney is evacuating three buildings on campus due to a report of a suspicious bag near the Fine Arts Building, according to a media release. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are being asked to evacuate the following UNK Buildings: Fine Arts Building, Health and Sports Center and Cushing Coliseum...
Jail time for man who threatened mom (11/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- One of two local brothers arrested in July on felony drug charges and allegations they threatened to kill their mother was sentenced to jail time earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court. The offender, 26-year-old Christopher J. ...
Santa's elf (11/29/16)
Kaden Klumpe, a second grader from Cambridge, helps Toy Box Head Elf Barb Ostrum retrieve small parts from a Toy Box collection site at Walmart Monday afternoon. Other specially-decorated outside collection dumpsters are at Orscheln Farm & Home, Dollar General and McCook Christian Church. ...

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