Two trucks, one car strike, kill cow; one driver injured
McCOOK, Neb. -- Two cows are dead following a three-vehicle accident at 7:15 a.m., Monday on Highway 83 about nine miles north of McCook. All four people involved reported wearing their seatbelts. Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Robert Golden indicates that the first vehicle, a semi-tractor and trailer driven by Jarod Priest, 36, of Trenton, was northbound when he moved into the southbound lane to avoid cattle on the highway. ...
Supporting the Pantry
Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Blaser of rural Duncan, Nebraska, and "Whiz Be Quick" -- Liz and Quincey, for short -- will compete in the Great Plains Futurity of the Central Plains Reining Horse Association Oct. 3-5 at the Kiplinger Arena in McCook, Nebraska. ...
Community Hospital opens portal for patients to access their own records
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Patients at Community Hospital now have the ability to instantly access their health information online through a secure patient health portal. The RelayHealth portal allows patients to more conveniently view, manage, transmit and download certain medical records such as lab test results, immunizations, procedures and allergies at any hour and wherever internet access is available...
Candidate hopes to shift tax burden away from property
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraskans should pay less in property taxes and more in sales taxes for online purchases, Democratic candidate for governor Chuck Hassebrook said Friday. Hassebrook shared his priority and vision for leadership with local residents during a stop at the Bieroc Cafe in downtown McCook...
Bad checks bring probation, restitution
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook woman was convicted Thursday on a Class III felony offense for issuing bad checks to several local retailers. The felon, 21-year-old Hollie M. Quitt of 1112 Missouri Avenue, was subsequently sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to pay $1,907 in restitution...
Plea agreement reached in sexual assault case
McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached Thursday in Red Willow County District Court with a former McCook man which admited guilt to attempted sexual assault. The offender, 38-year-old Gregory A. Cole of Palisade, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing on a Class III felony offense at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2014...
Walsh School reunion set Sunday near Herndon
HERNDON, Kan. -- Anyone who attended the "Walsh School" northwest of Herndon, Kansas, and everyone interested in the history of education on the plains of America is invited to an open house for the restored school Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m...
Candidate: More free speech, less government
McCook, Neb. -- It's time for our government to make room for faith and end the assault on expressions of free speech, at least according to one candidate. "We have to open up space for God to work and end these attacks on expressions of free speech, in essence attacks on religion," said Independent candidate for U.S. Senate Todd Watson during a visit to McCook, Friday afternoon...
Emergency responders coordinate fire school
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Frenchman Valley Mutual Aid Fire School drew approximately 50 emergency responders to McCook this weekend, eager for the opportunity to participate in several coordinated training exercises. Participants hailed from Bartley, Benkelman, Cambridge, Culbertson, Grant, Indianola, Maywood, Trenton, Wauneta, McCook and Red Willow Western Rural Fire. ...
Early morning start
The rising sun this morning silhouettes the excavator and truck of Leising Inc. of Arapahoe, Nebraska, as Phillip and Frank Leising demolish and haul away the debris (recycling what they can) of the Lewis Motor Sports building on North Highway 83 in McCook, Nebraska. ...
Hayes Center man killed in truck wreck Friday
WAUNETA, Neb. -- A 24-year-old Hayes Center, Nebraska, man was killed in a one-vehicle truck accident north of Wauneta, Nebraska, Friday morning. Joshua C. Annen died at Chase County Hospital in Imperial after being freed from the wreckage of his truck that rolled 3.8 miles north of Wauneta on Chase County Road Avenue 347...
Fellow pilots and friends of the late Lynn Weskamp performed a "missing man" flyover for a gathering of Lynn's family and friends at his private airstrip south of McCook Saturday afternoon. Taking part were Dick Trail of McCook, Nebraska, Eric Allen of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Mike May of Axtell, Nebraska, who left a trail of smoke in honor of the missing pilot...
City online payment system going live
McCOOK, Neb. -- Citizens can now pay their water and trash bill online, as well as view payment and consumption history. The City of McCook announced this morning its new online payment and account management system is up and running and encouraged residents to register for the service on the city website: www.cityofmccook.com...
City budget, third semi tractor OK'd
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council approved another $65,000 to be used to purchase a third trash hauling semi-tractor, bringing the city's investment in trash hauling equipment to more than $279,000 since taking over the service from private contractors...
Area spaces: from trash to treasure
Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society McCOOK, Neb. -- I just returned from Dalton, Nebraska, where I joined my cousin, Ernie Davison, as he buried his parents' ashes next to our grandparents, on what would have been the 100th birthday of his father, John Davison. We really took a trip down memory lane and luck was with us when we were able to visit both the Dalton Museum and the farmstead where our grandparents' home stood...
New nurse joins Red Willow Health Department
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Health Department is increasing their part-time nursing staff by one, after working through a staffing reduction in recent years that replaced two full time positions with part-time positions. The health department was excited to introduce registered nurse Kristen Puckett as their newest team member earlier this week. Puckett brings the number of part-time nurses employed by the health department up to three, joining RNs Pam Klug and Peggy Everitt...
Into the fog
A dense ground fog crept into McCook in the early daylight hours of Wednesday morning and crept in again today, significantly reducing visibility for drivers, as well as cloaking buildings and signage along North Highway 83.
Heritage Days royalty candidate names released
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce has announced candidates for 2014 Heritage Days Royalty: Candidates (in alphabetical order) Elizabeth Broadfoot is the daughter of Greg and Nancy Broadfoot and is a senior at McCook High School. Elizabeth has been a resident of Red Willow County for 17 years. ...
City hopes for voice in state water talks
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook has applied for representation on the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission, which will be tasked with establishing rules and regulations based on recommendations from the Water Funding Task Force. The commission should play an integral role in shaping the future of statewide irrigation and compact compliance practices, prompting a pair of local irrigators to appear before City Council Monday evening in support of the effort...
'The Guys' donations approaching $5K and climbing
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Fire Chief Marc Harpham said donations were still coming in from last weeks McCook Community College performance of "The Guys," starring Matt Sehnert and Linsey Dugan. Admission to the play was on a free-will donation basis to assist the fire department with equipment needs...
Dew beads on a spider web strung on a pasture fence near McCook, Nebraska, this morning. A dense fog enshrouded the area until mid-morning, and with temperatures in the mid-80s this afternoon, it's liable to be warm and muggy. Forecasters call for a slight chance of rain tonight, and again Friday...
Dog Day in the Park
The McCook, Nebraska, Humane Society plans its second annual "Dog Day in the Park," Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the shelter house near the swimming pool in Kelley Park, across the street north of the McCook Community College campus. ...
Sexual assaults result in probation, registration
McCOOK, Neb. -- A Hayes Center man convicted in July of attempted sexual assault of a child was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to register as a sex offender last week in Red Willow County District Court. The offender, 20-year-old Cody D. Vancura, was charged in connection with a April 2014 incident during which he allegedly made sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting...
McCook man sentenced for assaults
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man received jail time last week stemming from a string of recent assaults, which ranged from biting his brother, assaulting a law enforcement officer with bodily fluid and threatening to kill his grandmother, according to court documents...
New dentist joins local dental center
McCOOK, Neb. -- As a new associate dentist at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, Dr. Stacey Borowski believes in the power of educating her patients about their oral health and helping patients understand the connection between oral health and whole body health...