A truck-load of food
Wagner Ford Toyota in McCook, in conjunction with 96.1 KICX/High Plains Radio, sponsored an all-day food drive recently for the McCook Food Pantry. An estimated 600 pounds of food was donated by the community, with Wagner Ford Toyota matching that with another 600 pounds of food. ...
Osborn: Federal debt biggest threat
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn, who received international attention when the Navy plane he was piloting collided with a Chinese fighter in 2001, said he has collected intelligence on countries around the world but believes our nation's biggest threat is a domestic one -- federal debt...
County selling remains of helicopter kit company on Internet auction
McCOOK, Nebraska -- An Internet auction through Wednesday, Dec. 18, will sell helicopter parts, equipment and tools that once belonged to a helicopter kit manufacturing company that borrowed $300,000 from Red Willow County's revolving loan program in December 2004 and defaulted on the loan...
Pilot program tracks classroom performance
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School District is taking part in a pilot program that monitors student classroom performance more specifically for instructors and administration. Provided by the Nebraska Department of Education as the result of a statewide "Longitudinal Data System" grant the NDE received, the McCook school district is 1 of 12 districts in the state that is participating in the pilot program, McCook Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board Monday night at its regular meeting.. ...
Boosters help to buy new bleachers
McCOOK, Nebraska -- New bleachers at the McCook HIgh School gym will be partially funded by the Bison Boosters. A non-profit, fund-raising and fund-distribution group, the Boosters have committed about $30,000 toward the purchase of the new bleachers, McCook Business Manager Rick Haney said at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night. ...
Nabbed for DUI, Colorado man eats marijuana, pleads to reckless driving
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Arresting officers believed a Colorado man, arrested in August for driving under the influence and drug possession, attempted to conceal his offense by eating the evidence. The Sheriff's deputy conducting the stop took pictures of what he described as a green leafy material consistent with marijuana on the man's teeth, in addition to a "quite green tongue," but the charges were ultimately dismissed...
Area students receive degrees at Wayne State
WAYNE, Nebraska -- Wayne State College will hold commencement for graduate and undergraduate students Dec. 13 in Rice Auditorium on campus, with several graduates from Southwest Nebraska. A total of 231 degrees -- 200 undergraduate and 31 graduate -- will be conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye...
MCC presents concerts Dec. 12
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College vocal and instrumental musicians will perform a concert Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall. Groups performing include the MCC Concert Choir, the MCC Select Choir and the MCC Jazz Band as well as solos, a piano duet and a special guest performance by a mystery trio...
Children's immunization clinics scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday
The Red Willow County Health Department will host Children's Immunization Clinics at their McCook headquarters Tuesday afternoon, plus Wednesday morning and afternoon.
Santa's Winter Wonderland
With 2,000 lights on the ceiling alone, plus 22 trees, various tables of mechanical toys, stockings, stuffed animals and of course, Santa, Dennis and Cathy Shannon's "Santa's Winter Wonderland" opened Friday, Dec. 6, at 110 1/2 West C. Kids can visit with Santa and browse among the toys and trees every Friday and Saturday from from 5:30-8 p.m. ...
Education commissioner candidates have local ties
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Matthew Blomstedt, originally from Palisade, and Virginia Moon, Omaha, who began her career as a teacher at Maywood in the late 1960s, are two of the final four candidates named Friday morning to fill the position of Commissioner of Education for the state of Nebraska, according to a news release from the Nebraska Department of Education. ...
Rollover victim airlifted from site of accident
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A 56-year-old rural McCook, Nebraska, woman was flown by helicopter from the site of a one-vehicle roll-over accident in Frontier County early Friday afternoon. Phyllis Wallen was trapped inside her Chevy Tracker, which was discovered by passersby at 1:19 p.m. after it rolled out of a curve on a country road about one mile north of the St. Ann Catholic Church, on Road 379, and dropped down a six-foot embankment...
'Pete' Graff dead at 90; guided bank to modern success
McCOOK, Nebraska -- One of McCook's most influential and compassionate citizens, Peter M. Graff, died early Saturday at his home. Fittingly, his death came on the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor because that was the day--Dec. 7, 1941--when Pete expressed his patriotism by joining the United States Navy...
Irrigators ponder class action lawsuit
CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Smarting from the loss of 40,000 acre feet of water during the 2013 irrigating season, farmers from the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation District are giving consideration to a class action lawsuit to protect their interests. More than 100 F-CID irrigators gathered Friday at the Cambridge Community Building for a briefing by Dave Domina, a veteran attorney with extensive experience in the water field...
Kids Christmas set for palisade
PALISADE, Nebraska -- Santa Claus will arrive at the Palisade American Legion Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Prize tickets for the drawing will be limited to children infant to 16.
Christmas Craft Show Dec. 14
PALISADE, Nebraska -- A Christmas Craft Show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Mihm Hall 103 N. Vennum Street, Palisade. Tables are $15 each or two for $25, with only one vendor per company. Lunch will be served. Call (308) 286-3388 for more information...
Annual soup supper
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Brotherhood of St. Andrew affiliated with St. Alban's Episcopal Church plans its annual soup supper Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 108 West F, serving homemade vegetable beef and chili soup along with desserts. A free will donation is all that will be asked, and everyone is welcome...
WIC clinic at St. Alban's next week
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program will be at St. Alban's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in McCook Tuesday through Dec. 17. It provides free food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under 5 healthy and strong. To be eligible for WIC, participants must live in Nebraska, be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or child under 5 years of age and have a household income that meets specific guidelines...
Text, phone scam calls received
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Police Department has received several complaints about citizens receiving text messages or phone calls having to do with their Wells Fargo bank accounts, with a number the citizen is supposed to call. This is a scam and recipients of such messages are urged not to call the number provided. However, if you have a question, contact your bank directly and speak to an account representative there...
Local Norris Foundation delegation to Lincoln event
McCOOK, Nebraska --Representatives from the George W. Norris Foundation and the Norris Institute will travel to Lincoln Monday, January 6, for Norris Day ceremonies in the Capitol Rotunda. The McCookites will be warmly and generously received. Thanks to the efforts of Kristen Gottschalk of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, the Norris/REA Eternal Light Display campaign will receive a $10,000 contribution from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association...
Tim Treon's Trains: Atwood man's collection is child of old's dream
ATWOOD, Kansas -- When Tim and Diana Treon moved to Atwood, Kansas, 11 years ago, they brought with them at least 500 pieces of toy trains. "We've bought lots of toys since then," Diana says, with a laugh. Tim now has an extensive collection of train sets, toy firetrucks, ride-on trucks, airplanes, wind-up circus toys, railroad lanterns, bells, horses and horse-drawn wagons, pedal cars ... the list goes on...
Long-time administrator retiring
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board of Education will be asked to approve the resignation of a long-time administrator and accept a donation for the wrestling program, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior HIgh conference room...
Freda Clapp wins 'Good Neigh-bear Award'
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Freda Clapp of McCook is the latest winner of the Linda Maiden State Farm Insurance Good Neigh-bear Award. Freda was nominated by her sister Shirley Stapp of Billings, Montana. Shirley writes, "My sister is always driving friends to North Platte or Kearney for doctor's appointments. She helps at the Helping Hands. She is always there for ones that need something done. I live in Billings, Montana, but I talk to her often and she is always going and doing for others."...
Compassion, determination hallmarks of McCook Humane Society for 30 years
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Nebraska -- Puppies and kittens. Dogs and cats. There's never a shortage of 'em. And thanks to the McCook Humane Society and its shelter, there's never a shortage of compassion and determination to find homes for all of them...
Hand surgeon is killed in car crash
McCOOK, Nebraska--Community Hospital officials learned this morning that Scott Carroll, D.O., visiting hand surgeon from North Platte, died in a car accident near Denver some time last night or early this morning. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. ...