Gas smell evacuates Central Elementary
McCOOK, Neb. -- Central Elementary students were relocated as a precautionary measure Thursday afternoon after a gas smell was noticed in the school building. Students were transported to the McCook Learning Center south of the High School and will be dismissed from that location...
Suspicious bicycle ride ends in jail time
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man with a history of assault and weapons charges received jail time last week in Red Willow County District Court on a pair of felony drug and weapons charges. The offender, 29-year-old David M. Griffitt, was arrested in November after he caught the attention of local law enforcement officers while taking a midnight bicycle ride dressed in all black. ...
Love and Respect seminar Feb. 20
McCOOK, Neb. -- A "Love and Respect " seminar for couples will be offered in McCook on Saturday, Feb. 20. The day-long seminar is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Community Hospital of McCook. Taught by Ed Putnam, MA, LMHP, of Christian Counseling Services in McCook and sponsored by the McCook Ministerial Association, the seminar is open to married couples ($50 per couple) or individuals ($25 per person). Light breakfast and lunch is included...
Sidewalk snow enforcement set to begin Friday
McCOOK, Neb. -- City police officers backed-off enforcement of sidewalk snow removal following last week's unprecedented snowfall. The police department sent notice earlier this week indicating it was time to ensure walkways are cleared again. The McCook Police Department issued a reminder Wednesday afternoon and said it continues to receive complaints of residents who have not scooped the snow from their sidewalks and will begin enforcement actions at 8 a.m., Friday morning. ...
Hazing bill likely to be combined with others
McCOOK, Neb. -- Legislation introduced at the state level in response to a hazing incident involving a Cambridge High School student could find success as part of a package deal. District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes said this morning LB 710 will likely be bundled with several other juvenile justice bills and receive committee priority to advance to a floor debate...
Family in court on felony charges
McCOOK, Neb. -- A former McCook resident received prison time last week in Red Willow County District Court on the same day his father accepted a plea agreement in a felony criminal mischief case and just a few months after his mother faced felony drug charges in the same courthouse...
Dr. JAWS -- Artist shares new love, energy through his work
MAYWOOD, Neb. -- Until three years ago, Jared Wilson was a heavy drinker and smoker, a self-proclaimed "wild one." He was angry, confused. "I questioned everything," he remembers. Then he met a girl, and he thought the world was going to end. He couldn't explain it...
Assessments improve, despite negative trends
McCOOK, Neb. -- There's a slight dip in student population from last year at McCook Public Schools and a small increase in poverty, but student assessments have continued to improve. Those statistics, as well as other information, were presented in a report given to the McCook School Board Monday night by Superintendent Grant Norgaard...
Wayne State College releases dean's list
WAYNE, Neb. -- More than 1,000 students at Wayne State College were named to the Dean's List for exemplary academic achievement during the past semester. Students listed on the dean's list are full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for the semester. An denotes a 4.0 GPA for the term...
Theft of auditing firm's computer affects local patients
McCOOK, Neb. -- Some Community Hospital patients are being offered free identity protection monitoring for one year after receiving a letter from the hospital's auditing company, Seim Johnson, this week. The letter informed patients that a Seim Johnson laptop computer was stolen and that their personal information about services they received at Community Hospital may be affected. ...
Area students named to UNL dean's list
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly 4,500 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have been named to the Deans' List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students for the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. Qualification for the Deans' List/List of Distinguished Students varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Explore Center. ...
Beating a drumstick
Some local wag took a tongue-in-cheek poke at local law enforcement after McCook officers were forced to shoot a pair of turkeys who made pests of themselves around town last month, intimidating pets and people and damaging property.
Veggies key component for Driml Memorial Chili Cookoff
McCOOK, Neb. -- One judge wrote, "Wicked chili!" Another wrote, "Needs more spice." A third scribbled, "My favorite. Ummm, bacon!" One judge said this was the most celery he'd eaten in years. Within the first four or five entries of chili, the five men judging the annual "Dick Driml Memorial Chili Cook-Off" at McCook Community College Saturday were developing red faces and the sniffles. ...
Resignation, calendar items on school board agenda
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School Board got its first look at the school calendar for next year and approved three resignations and one retirement, at the regular meeting Monday night. The board will have a month to contemplate the draft of the 2016-17 school calendar presented Monday night by Superintendent Grant Norgaard, with discussion and a vote on it scheduled for the March meeting...
The young and the brave
Four-year-old Tenley Anderson glides down a small hill in McCook's Kelley Park, while a more adventurous Asher Long sails off the ramp near the bottom of the big hill. Deep snow from last week's blizzard hangs around in many areas, even though the temperatures this week are forecast in the upper 40's and lower 50's...
Meth charge nets jail time
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook woman received jail time last week in Red Willow County District Court on a felony drug charge. The woman, 28-year-old Shanda N. Blake of 1411 West 15th Street, was ordered to serve 300 days in jail with credit given for 63 days already served. Blake accepted a plea agreement in November admitting guilt to a Class IV felony for possession of methamphetamine and dismissing lesser offenses for not having insurance or a driver's license on her person...
Democrats set caucus area sites
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska Democratic Party announced an unprecedented number of site locations for the 2016 Presidential Caucus in all 93 counties across the state of Nebraska. The 2016 Presidential Caucuses will take place in Nebraska on Saturday, March 5th 2016 at various times between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. MST...
New Zika virus reinforces need for mosquito control
There have been two cases of a new mosquito-borne illness reported in Nebraska, compared to more than 4,000 cases of an older disease, but there are important differences as well as similarities. The new Zika virus was confirmed in two females in their 20s in Nebraska who had recently traveled to countries with the virus...
Cambridge man wins $1,000 in H&R Block promo
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Cambridge man who won a $1,000 check from H&R Block plans to use his winnings to buy materials to build backyard playground equipment for his daughter. Justin Cobb of Cambridge said Saturday during the check presentation that he will also buy four-year-old Anne a new bed and some play equipment for her bedroom. Anne said she wants "a sand castle." Her mom, Catherine, translated, "a sand box."...
City officials speak out against valuation limits
McCOOK, Neb. -- Legislation attempting to slow down increases in ag land valuations, as well as the growth of Nebraska property taxes, is receiving kickback from city and school officials. The bills, LB958 and companion bill LB959, intend to limit statewide valuation increases on agricultural land to 3 percent annually, as well as remove exclusions to the levy limit and place limitations on the budget of restricted funds...
Fire destroys garage, damages home
McCOOK, Neb. -- Fire officials say the fire that destroyed the attached garage and damaged the home at 505 E. First in McCook Friday evening started in the area of a space heater in the garage. Renters Nicki Brown and Adam Hajek and their children were not home at the time, and their dog and cat escaped unharmed...
Hotel to planning commission
McCOOK, Neb. -- Holiday Inn and Suites is eyeing construction of a three-story 80 room hotel in McCook at the corner of U.S. Highway 83 and West H Street. The McCook Planning Commission will consider approving a redevelopment plan for the project Monday evening, 5:15 p.m. at the Municipal Center...
Volleyball tournament brings couple together
McCOOK, Neb. -- Love is in the air, dancing capriciously into the lives of young McCook couples ... fulfilling them with the thrill of meeting, dating and deciding- in a magical moment - that they want to spend the rest of their livestogether. For Hanah Swanhorst and Nick Nothnagel, the first encounter took place at a volleyball tournament where both of their teams were vying for the first place prize. "We're competitors ... we both like to win," Hanah said...
No shortage of villains in the news
The Groundhog Day blizzard generated a lot of stories of kindness, from neighbors scooping walks to the disabled Omaha veteran who converted his power wheelchair to a snowplow and Val Fuller, who opened his restaurant to truckers stranded at McCook's Walmart...
Chefs putting best pot forward for 16th annual Dick Driml Chili Cookoff
McCOOK, Neb. -- Fifteen chefs will compete Saturday for bragging rights and the title of McCook Community College's Chili Winner 2016.The MCC Indians Boosters' 16th annual "Dick Driml Chili Cook-off" starts at 1 p.m., in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus...