College students arriving early for fall semester
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new batch of students arrive on the McCook Community College campus Aug. 2 this year to get an early start to the Fall 2016 semester -- which officially begins for most students Aug. 21. MCC's all-college prep days are Aug. 15-19 with Brooks Hall check-in set for Aug. 18, new student orientation Aug. 19 and fall classes begin Aug. 21...
Arapahoe ready to roll out plans for school bond issue
ARAPAHOE, Neb. -- With less than a month to go before students in the Golden Plains head back to school, the Arapahoe-Holbrook school system is capturing the biggest headlines as the board of education there prepares to roll out plans for a more than $10 million school building bond issue...
Three schools welcoming new superintendents
Connie jo discoe Regional Editor Three Southwest Nebraska public schools will have new superintendents this fall, each one bringing years of experience to the position. MAYWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Frontier County Enterprise reports that Cindy Huff is the new superintendent at Maywood Public Schools. ...
MHS grad earns masters at Fort Hays State
HAYS, Kan. -- Samantha June Shepherd, a 2008 McCook High School graduate who now lives in Colby, Kan., graduated from Fort Hays State University in the spring 2016 semester with a Master of Professional Studies (criminal justice). Shepherd also earned her bachelor's degree from FHSU, a Bachelor of Science in justice studies, in the spring 2012 semester...
Local players among winners at Paxton
PAXTON, Neb. -- Three local poolplayers were among the winners at the APA Pool League 8-Ball Fun & Cash Singles tournament recently at Swede's, Ole's and Windy Gap in Paxton. The tournament hosted a full field of 32 shooters and paid cash prizes to the top eight finishers...
Oh, the smell of fresh-cut hay
Brad Wiese runs a windrower through alfalfa near Max Tuesday afternoon, diffusing that earthy, grassy aroma on a gentle breeze. There are companies that sell "Fresh-Cut Alfalfa," "Baling Hay" and "Alfalfa and Sweet Clover" scented candles.
Attempted possession charge nets jail time
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man previously convicted in Red Willow County for attempting to distribute a controlled substance received jail time last week for attempting to possess methamphetamine. The offender, 25-year-old George Blankenship of 1407 West 16th Street, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor offense and given credit at sentencing for 12 days already served. His court costs were also waived by Red Willow County District Çourt Judge David Urbom...
Dale Johnson of Campbell drives "Bess" and "Belle" through the obstacle course during the draft horse show and competition at the Red Willow County Fair in McCook Sunday afternoon. Over the blue tarp "water" and across the wood plank bridge, stop by the mail box, step over and around the poles and back into the dock, all for a possible 100 points. The judge was Darrel Eberspacher of Eberspacher Belgians of Seward...
Halee Kohmetscher of Lawrence, left, is the new Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2016, crowned before the Red Willow County Fair rodeo in McCook Saturday evening. Halee is the 16-year-old daughter of Duane and the late Laurie Kohmetscher. Danielle Forster of Smithfield, right, is the new Junior Rodeo Queen; she is the daughter of Kevin and Kim Forster and the little sister of Lynn Forster, a vet tech at Red Willow Animal Clinic in McCook...
'Big Give' day set for Nov. 3
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook is a community with a big heart. That generous nature will shine during the McCook Community Chest's first-ever "Big Give Day" on Nov. 3. Kicking off the effort to acquaint everyone with this brand-new "one day of giving" concept, the Community Chest will host a free-will barbecue preceding McCook National Bank's "Hot Summer Nights" concert Thursday, July 28, in Norris Park...
Main Street revival in the offing?
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Main Street's executive director, Elizabeth Chase, told a dozen McCookites Tuesday night that it might be wise for McCook to re-enter the Nebraska Main Street program through "consortium" sponsorship, meaning that she believes the community would be better served if several leadership groups -- instead of just one -- joined to sponsor the Main Street effort...
The cloud cover was so patchy that drivers -- and especially one biker -- had to wonder where all the rain, and even some hail, came from just after noon Wednesday. B Street in McCook flooded in the deluge. There was half-an-inch of rain -- and one dead beetle -- in a mid-town rain gauge when the rain stopped and the sun came out again. (Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Gazette)...
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors will conduct a public hearing today at 6:30 p.m., in McMillen Hall Room 213 on the McCook Community College campus to discuss the purchase of four houses in McCook, in the 900 block of East D and sandwiched between the Knights of Columbus Hall and Felling Field. ...
Impromptu college reunion renews old friendships
McCOOK, Neb. -- Fifty two years ago, when she was a senior at McCook High School, Sharon Kuhlmann was scared witless when one of those 'beautiful bad boys' from the college, Tony Vino, took her on a thrilling motorcycle ride, swerving in and out of traffic and driving more than a little too fast. ...
MIA bracelet finds its way back to McCook
McCOOK, Neb. --Cheryl Wild of Bellevue likes to go "hunting" at thrift stores. This January, Wild walked into a thrift store in Papillion and immediately spotted something in the display case she had to have. "The first thing I noticed was the MIA bracelet. ...
Heritage Days planning underway
McCOOK, Neb. -- Heritage Days is just around the corner and planning is in full swing! We are excited to bring back Fifth Quarter Family Fun Night for the second year. Stay tuned for more details. Other events being planned are the Saturday Night Outdoor Movie, the Car and Tractor Show, our Heritage Days Parade and of course, the Arts and Crafts in the Park...
She said 'yes!'
Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2015 Jenna Langer carries a flag asking "Eva, Will You Marry Me?" around the arena during the Red Willow County Fair Rodeo in McCook Saturday evening. At the west end of the arena, a very surprised Eva -- Eva Liakos of Curtis -- told Andrew Ruggles of McCook, "Yes!"...
A rowdy time
Rowdy Moon of Sargent scores a 77 on a Phillips & Boots bareback during the Red Willow County Fair rodeo in front of the fairgrounds grandstand in McCook Saturday evening. Rowdy's was the only qualifying ride Saturday night. Moon is a member of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper in June. He'll be a a sophomore at the college in North Platte this fall...
Suicide awareness runner arriving Tuesday
McCOOK, Neb. -- A cross-country runner bringing awareness to suicide and suicide prevention will come through McCook Tuesday, probably late morning. Phil King is a 32-year-old avid long distance runner who left Delaware on March 28 and expects to reach the Pacific Coast on Oct. 16...
Southern Valley FFA member finalist for national recognition
INDIANAPOLIS -- The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2016 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience...
Search is on for legendary 'Blue Goose'
McCOOK, Neb. -- It was long and blue and legendary and its "disappearance" is almost as legendary as the stories former students and instructors tell about McCook Community College's "Blue Goose." The blue extended-length Checker airport limousine was a fixture at MCC in the 1970s and 1980s...
Music, barbecue at Norris Park on Thursday night
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community Chest is hosting a free-will donation barbecue at Norris Park Thursday evening in conjunction with McCook National Bank's Hot Summer Nights Concert. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to support Community Chest served organizations and governmental entities throughout Southwest Nebraska. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, chips, cookie and bottled water...
Kiplinger Arena filled with hymns for Cowboy Church
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette KIPLINGER ARENA -- People of many faiths congregated in the Kiplinger Arena Sunday morning, joining their 500 voices together to sing praises to the Lord. The simple but touching service was inspired by Psalm 150, which exhorts us earthly inhabitants to "Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!"...
New manager for Orscheln's
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- Progressing rapidly within the company, James Thompson has advanced from the Orscheln's store in Maryville, Mo. to managerial roles in Gothenburg and McCook in a three-year time period. Thompson, who was born in Texas and raised in Missouri, is finding Western Nebraska to his liking. ...
Kids and their toys
Four-year-old Brody Campbell pedals hard in the "Lil Red Draggin" pedal tractor contest Thursday evening during the Red Willow County fair in McCook. Across the fairgrounds, pretty, petite Jaz Lussetto -- just 14 years older than Brody -- does more than pedal, as she's strapped into "Turbulence," a "tractor" powered by a Huey helicopter engine to compete in the "Modified" division of the Heartland Pullers tractor and truck pull. ...