Congressional caseworker to visit Southwest Nebraska this week
Washington, D.C. -- Constituents of 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events on Tuesday, November 1, in Imperial, Hayes Center and McCook...
Blood drive set this week
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community Blood Drive will be 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building on the Red Willow County Courthouse. For an appointment, call Cathy Carman at (308) 345-4473, visit redcrossblood.org or download the blood donor app...
Folding party Tuesday
McCOOK, Neb. -- A folding party for the 49th issue of the McCook Bison Alumni Newsletter will be 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Junior High Cafeteria. All alumni and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.
No tricks, just 'Treating for the Pantry'
McCOOK, Neb. -- Area youth groups are hitting the streets this week seeking non-perishable food item donations to support the McCook Pantry. "Treating for the Pantry" will take place now through Sunday. The project is part of a collective effort from churches within the Red Willow County Ministerial Association to collect non-perishable food items for the community pantry and to assist those in need...
Dog Day in the Park
Faith Macfee, right, and Rachel Witt, left, run Rachel's Maltese dogs "Joey" and "Ace" through the obstacle course set up in McCook's Kelley Park for "Dog Day in the Park" hosted by the McCook Humane Society and animal shelter Saturday. Shelter director Lorie Prestes was pleased with the turnout of pets and pet-owners. "It was a perfect day, the weather was great, and everyone was having fun," she said. The annual event raised almost $700 for shelter operations...
ReTree Nebraska grant provides 10 trees for Trenton
TRENTON, Neb. -- Trenton's city park and ball park will be shaded in the future by 10 new trees planted Oct. 20, 2016. Amy Seiler and Jessica Kelling of the Nebraska Forest Service helped a Trenton crew of John Rundel, Aaron Leggott and Jared Vrbas plant bur-live oaks and chinkopin oaks, with an eye on low maintenance and natural settings...
YMCA plans full slate of activities for 90th anniversary
McCOOK, Neb. -- Dedicated on Sunday, Jan. 10, 1926 in what is now the Landmark Apartments at 424 Norris, and moved to its current location, 901 West E on Sunday, June 14, 1981, the McCook YMCA has a full slate of activities planned to celebrate next week...
No tricks, 'Treating for the pantry'
McCOOK, Neb. -- Area youth groups will be hitting the streets next week seeking non-perishable food item donations to support the McCook Pantry. "Treating for the Pantry" will take place from Sunday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 30. The project is part of a collective effort from churches within the Red Willow County Ministerial Association to collect non-perishable food items for the community pantry and to assist those in need...
Glory in the morning
A "skipper" butterfly lights on a morning glory, before burrowing inside in search of pollen. Hundreds of the quarter-size butterflies fluttered around a morning glory fence row in McCook in the early-fall sunshine recently.
Clouds over the pasture
Storm clouds build on the horizon north of McCook late Wednesday afternoon, but the horses seemed unfazed. A few rain drops fell in McCook, out of dark clouds that moved in from the west.
Give your diet a veggie boost
FAMILY FEATURES -- It's little secret that eating more nutritious veggies is an essential element of healthier eating. Fortunately, finding ways to boost the veggie content of your favorite dishes may be easier than you think. Put a creative twist on your meals from breakfast through dinner with these tasty tips:...
YMCA Spooktacular Saturday
McCOOK, Neb. -- The YMCA's Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday, 5-10 p.m., for second through fifth graders. The registration deadline is today at 10 p.m. Evening starts with costume contest and also includes swimming, dancing and games. Register online at www.mccookymca.org or at YMCA service desk. Cost is $10 and is open to members and non-members...
The nose knows
Gus Daffer is a black-and-tan bloodhound who tracks and recovers wounded deer. He and Shawn Daffer of rural Indianola offer their services to hunters who have shot their "trophy deer" and lost its trail. To learn more about certified blood tracking dogs and Shawn and Chareese Daffer's bloodhounds named Gus-Gus and Annie, see the hunter's guide in today's edition...
Open house set for visiting Joy Curtis, former Oz Tex owner
McCOOK, Neb. -- Joy Curtis of Bunbury, Australia, formerly of McCook, will make a vacation stop in McCook next week, and friends plan an open house to allow everyone to stop by and visit. Joy and her husband, Clive, operated the "Oz Tex" doughnut and lunch shop in McCook for 121⁄2 years, until they returned to Australia in May 2012. Clive died earlier this year, in March...
Community Hospital Health Foundation gearing up for Hospice banquet
McCOOK, Neb. -- With a continuing showing of support, residents of the McCook area will gather at the KC Hall Sunday evening, Nov. 13, for the 19th "An Evening for Hospice" hosted by Community Hospital Health Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the special care that is provided to families by the team of nurses, physicians, social workers and members of the clergy...
McCook Beauty Academy student Korin Jackson models "Tiger's Eye" make-up designed by fellow student Raquel Garcia during the school's theatrical make-up class. Judged on their creativity and execution, "Tiger's Eye" won first place, followed in second place by "Galaxy Skull" created by Cheyenne Beegle and modeled, also, by Korin, and in third place by "Triangular Sparkle" created by Caitlin Hiatt and modeled by Dani Johnson. Judges were Tayler Brown, Kendra Weintz and Jill McCorkle...
Who smokes best?
Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department firefighter Bill Patras serves Bob Logan of rural McCook his and his wife Barb's doubled-stuffed and twice-baked potato during the RWW fire department's first-ever "smoke-off" among firefighters Sunday afternoon. ...
Honor roll students at St. Patrick School
McCOOK, Neb. -- Honor roll students at St. Patrick School for the first quarter are: St. Patrick Scholars (Must have "A" in 6 core subjects and no core grade below 95%. Students cannot have any grade in any subject C- or below) 5th grade-Evan Mai 6th grade-Natalie Roberts...
Local artist completes monument in Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, 2016, on a prominent corner of historic downtown Savannah, Ga., a bronze monument by Cambridge artist Sondra L. Jonson, was dedicated. The monument, called, "God's Mercy Endures Forever," is a life-size portrait of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy teaching a teenage girl. The sculpture, just shy of 6 ft. tall, weighing 440 pounds, is a variation of a sculpture Jonson first created for Mercy High in Omaha, Neb...
Coat Closet giveaway slated
McCOOK, Neb. -- Just a week or so left before McCook's annual "Coat Closet and Winter Clothing Giveaway." The weather's changing, and with the cold comes the need for warm winter clothes. Collection dates for the Coat Closet at the city's Memorial Auditorium will be Monday, Oct 31, Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m...
Stumping for Trump
Kathy Smith waves at a passing motorist who has honked in response to her homemade sign in support of the Republican presidential ticket. Smith, who says she's lived here four years and cleans houses for a living, sometimes feels like she's the only Trump supporter around. ...
That's a big truck
The flag person at bridge construction east of Trenton seems to rear back at the big truck coming through her traffic stop recently. Construction on Highway 34 near Trenton continues through the fall, with flaggers and pilot cars guiding traffic.
Sewer rate hike approved
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council unanimously approved a $1 increase to monthly sewer rates for residential and commercial customers earlier this week. The higher sewer rate will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2016, along with similar increases to city trash collection fees...
Election forum planned Sunday in Culbertson
CULBERTSON, Neb. -- The Culbertson Women's Club plans an election forum Sunday with Hitchcock County assessor Marlene Bedore and with candidates for the Hitchcock County Schools Board of Education and the Village of Culbertson Board of Trustees. The public is invited to meet the candidates and ask questions at the forum scheduled at 2 p.m., at the Ambulance Barn in Culbertson...