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Hot ticket items sold in the 1800s (12/19/14)
Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society Who was selling what in 1884? According to an ad in the McCook Tribune, the B & M Pharmacy had wine and liquors which "will be sold only in cases of sickness, and then only on Physician's Prescription." Included in their ad was: "Doctor's Choice, America's Finest Five Cent Cigar!"...
First Central Bank letter campaign nets $2,270 for Pantry (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- First Central Bank McCook's goal as the McCook Pantry's sponsor is to communicate to as many people as possible that the Pantry needs the support of everyone in order to be there for those who really need the help. The McCook Pantry serves a large area -- from Benkelman to Edison and Curtis to Danbury -- 20 communities in all...
'For unto us a child is born' (12/19/14)
The Holy Family sits serenely on a Norris Avenue island in McCook, Nebraska. The new double-sided display added to the community's Santa Claus Lane was envisioned and created by members of the Altar Society of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with Anne Kennedy as artist and Roger Siebrandt as carpenter. ...
Council OKs Keystone bond recall (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council will refinance some of the debt for the Keystone building to save about $25,000. The council authorized the early redemption and reissuances of several hundred thousand dollars in revenue bonds, Monday evening...
Coffee with a cop and a few firemen (12/19/14)
Two of McCook's newest firefighters joined Fire Chief Marc Harpham for Coffee with a Cop at McDonald's Tuesday morning. The group fielded questions from area residents such as why they became a firefighter and what their long-term goals were, while offering additional insight into some of the challenges today's emergency responders face on a regular basis. From left, firefighters Steve Yager, Tyler Neff and Harpham visit with Duane Tappe of McCook and other locals during the meeting...
Hospital wins excellence award (12/19/14)
DENVER -- Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence announced that four organizations were selected by its panel of judges as the 2014 recipients of the RMPEx Awards for Excellence, with one earning the Peak Award, the highest RMPEx honor for performance excellence...
Health Department director on agenda for commssioners (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County Commissioners will receive and consider a recommendation from the Red Willow County Health Board for a new director of the department Monday. Meeting at 9 a.m., commissioners will also consider the 2015 Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid grant application and the six-county memorandum of understanding with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska...
Police warn drivers to lock vehicle doors (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department issued a reminder Friday asking citizens to avoid leaving holiday gifts, or other items of value, in unlocked vehicles. Chief of Police Isaac Brown said reports of purses and Christmas presents stolen from parked vehicles tend to increase during the holiday season. The thieves often target parking lots as well as vehicles parked overnight in residential areas...
Humane Society puzzled over missing Yellow Labradors (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A number of yellow Labrador retrievers or yellow Lab-mix dogs have come up missing recently, and their disappearance is a concern to officials at the McCook, Nebraska, Humane Society Animal Shelter. With a call that shelter director Lorie Prestes received Wednesday morning, there are seven dogs missing. Communities affected are Indianola, Danbury, McCook, Trenton and Benkelman...
Quality, Selection, Value, Service are hallmarks of family business (12/19/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska - Looking back over 34 years of doing business in the Tri-State Region, the Samway family and the staff at Samway Floor Covering & Furniture is joining in a great big "Thank You!" to customers. "Larry and I couldn't have picked a better place to settle than McCook, Nebraska, in the heart of the Golden Plains Region of Southwest Nebraska, Northwest Kansas and Eastern Colorado," said Carol Samway, who remains in daily contact with the business that she and her late husband, Larry, established in 1981.. ...
College pays for Brooks Hall equipment (12/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College governors approved payment of $215,117 for kitchen equipment in the Brooks Hall Cafeteria. The action was taken at Wednesday night's regular board meeting in North Platte. The equipment was provided by Institution Services Inc., and will be funded out of student room and board charges...
Christmas memories -- Friends recall favorite gifts of Yuletides past (12/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- For Lorri at the Gazette, it's a bike with a banana seat, an electric typewriter, a dog named "Poochie." And, of course, the birth of her oldest daughter, Naomi, her Christmas Eve baby. For Nita, it was a portable dishwasher. "I loved it, and the kids loved playing in the box!" For Debbie, it was a pair of petite diamond earrings from her mother...
Decorate your door (12/17/14)
McCook, Nebraska, Junior High students Isabelle Paz, top, and Skyla Henning peek around the Christmas-tree decorated door of Colleen Olson's eighth grade math room. Junior high teachers -- assisted by some students after an early-dismissal Wednesday recently-- participated in a "Decorate Your Door" contest, won by Deb Florke's "Santa stuck in the chimney" into her sixth grade science classroom. ...
'Shekels, Shillings' coin shop now open in downtown McCook (12/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook, Nebraska, attorney has transformed his hobby and passion into a business, opening a coin shop called "Shekels and Shillings" on the bricks in downtown McCook. Ryan Wilcox has collected coins since he was a kid, beginning with buffalo nickels and Franklin and Kennedy half-dollars. Although he says that there are still many people who collect, the focus of many collectors is turning to buying and selling gold, silver and precious metals...
Gift ideas for budding astronomers (12/17/14)
Here are a couple more gift ideas for that astronomically minded husband, child, sibling or relative. Every astronomer likes to have maps of the sky, but who want's to pay for -- or lug around in the field -- an enormous star atlas? Instead there is a small device called a planisphere that serves the same function...
Toy Box in desperate need of baby doll clothes (12/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook's "Christmas Toy Box" is in desperate need of doll clothes, from Barbie size to baby dolls. "We have a lot of naked babies here," Barb Ostrum, "head elf" of the Toy Box effort, chuckled Monday. Outdoor drop-off locations are still located this week at Alco, Dollar General/Schmick's, McCook Christian Church and WalMart. Inside locations are McCook National Bank, First Central Bank, Eakes Office Supply and Advanced Services...
Businessman starts 'Community Christmas Tree' (12/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The owner of a McCook tree service has decorated what he has dubbed "The Community Christmas Tree" in a McCook, Nebraska, city park. Ryan Davis, owner of Davis Tree Service, spread his arms at the base of the 50-foot evergreen tree in Kelley Park Tuesday afternoon and said, "This is the blank canvas. Now, it's ready for some bling."...
Council finalizes lot sale (12/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council granted final approval to city staff Monday evening to sell a partial city lot, approximately 3500 square feet, to Mayor Mike Gonzales and his wife for $1,540. The property is just north of the recently completed parking lot at the McCook Public Library and directly south of the Gonzales home on Norris Avenue...
Chili feed, Santa at fire department Sunday (12/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Fire Department is coordinating a free-will donation chili feed Sunday, Dec. 21, from 12-3 p.m. at the fire station. Funds raised during the event will go towards the purchase of a new piece of exercise equipment, known as a Jacob's Ladder, for the fire station fitness room...
Plans for new subdivision advance (12/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new subdivision located southeast of the Pearsons Country Terrace Subdivision received City Council approval last night. Councilors unanimously approved the final plat and subdivision agreement authorizing Dwight Gallatin of McCook to proceed with the creation of the Gallatin Subdivision...
New wheels for Hillcrest (12/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The residents of Hillcrest Nursing Home will soon be cruising around on a brand new set of wheels, thanks to a collaborative effort from several organizations. The 2014 Ford Supreme Bus was delivered last week, after an effort that has spanned more than a year and a half...
Tickets still available for Bellamy Brothers (12/16/14)
McCook, Nebraska--Tickets are still available for the Bellamy Brothers Christmas concert in McCook on December 21. Only $30 each, the tickets can be purchased at McCook National Bank, Cowboy Up Tack, Hershberger's Music and Community Hospital Health Foundation located at 711 East 11th Street, Suite B. Tickets at the door will be $35 each...
Red Willow, Furnas counties sign pact for veteran services (12/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County,'s veterans service officer will provide services to veterans living in Furnas County from Jan. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015. Red Willow County's commissioners Monday morning signed an interlocal agreement with Furnas County in which Red Willow County's VSO Tom Stritt is appointed Furnas County VSO, and the Red Willow County (through its county treasurer) will be paid $6,762.81, which is the unused half of the $13,525.62 that Furnas County commissioners budgeted for the Furnas County's veterans service office for 2014-2015.. ...
Wesson is well (12/16/14)
Wesson is all healed up, and made a visit to Santa Claus during "Pet Night" Thursday. Wesson came to the McCook Humane Society animal shelter as a stray in August, but he desperately needed ear surgery before he could be adopted. Pleas for help with the $400 surgery raised nearly $6,000 for the shelter. ...
New home for CASA broadens program's services (12/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Court ordered supervised visitation between parents and their children is as sorrowful an experience as it is necessary, and when coupled with an inadequate locale it can work against the parenting process, prompting one local official to take action...
State News
  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice
    CORSICA, S.D. (AP) -- By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys....
  • After 10 years, Heineman prepares for a new chapter
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- With only a couple weeks left in his tenure as Nebraska's top executive, Gov. Dave Heineman said he's confident the state is in better shape now than when he took office nearly 10 years ago....
  • Omaha police seek to eradicate profiling
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Omaha Police leaders say they're making a renewed push to eradicate profiling among the department's ranks....
  • Lincoln power utility adds wind, solar farms
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lincoln's power utility has announced plans to use enough power from wind farms and a solar energy project to increase its renewable energy generation portfolio to 48 percent by 2016....
  • Nebraska auditor slams NU travel reimbursement
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska State Auditor's office is taking the University of Nebraska to task for some travel reimbursements it says include first-class flights, overpayments for meals and expensive oceanfront hotel rooms....