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State reports child's death from flu, 33 of all ages in state this year (02/24/17)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A child flu-related death in eastern Nebraska was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. State health officials said that it's not unusual for there to be some child deaths during a normal flu season but they have been rare in Nebraska. Nationally, 34 children have died from flu this season according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
NCTA hosts Science Engineering Fair this Monday (02/24/17)
Curtis, Neb. -- Science and engineering students of middle and high school ages from central Nebraska will converge Feb. 27 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The 2017 Central Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair will attract about 65 students from area schools, said Dan Widick, NCTA science and biology instructor...
Presidential Award (02/24/17)
Nebraska Weed Control Association president Todd Boller, left, presents Ted Bethell of Van Diest Supply Co. of McCook the Presidential award for 2016. The award was given for Ted's outstanding contribution to the N.W.C.A., his assistance in continuing education classes and for ongoing support of the association. The award was presented at the 70th annual N.W.C.A...
Highway work under way on bridges (02/24/17)
McCook, Neb. -- Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin Monday on the US-6 bridge across Red Willow Creek, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads. The bridge will be reduced to one-lane traffic with temporary traffic signals while joint repair and sealing the bridge rails is completed, which will take approximately four weeks. The bridge will be overlaid with asphaltic concrete at a later date...
'Political tradition' (02/24/17)
In a wet, sticky falling snow, McCook Community College vice president Andy Long walks past a statue of Nebraska Gov. and U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson as a teenager receiving his Eagle Scout pin from his mother, during tours Thursday of the Nelson House and the house of fellow Nebraska senator, George W. ...
North Platte firm wins bid for new Brooks Hall doors (02/24/17)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Midwest Door & Hardware of North Platte won the bid to install 111 new doors and electronic locks in Brooks Hall on the McCook Community College campus. The bid is not to exceed $169,400, with half the cost paid from this year's budget and half from next...
Winter's return brings mishaps (02/24/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The weather's sudden plunge back into winter Thursday meant cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and gusty winds throughout the day and evening, and two emergency incidents blamed on slick roads. The condition of streets and highways deteriorated with heavier snow and strong winds after sunset...
Auditor: Good things happening in city (02/24/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook received high marks on its annual audit from Terry Galloway of Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, CPAs, earlier this week. "What you're gonna see throughout the whole financial statement is there've been some very good, positive things that are happening here in McCook. ...
Growing McCook Christian Church enlarging sanctuary, updating lobby (02/24/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Almost three years ago, McCook Christian Church was feeling the squeeze. Now, with services at 80 percent capacity, it's time to expand, said Kyle Dellevoet, lead associate minister. "People will come in and leave, it feels full. There's not a line of comfort in space," he said...
New fertilizer plant vote of confidence in area economy (02/23/17)
EDISON, Neb. -- The new $9 million dry fertilizer plant at Ag Valley Co-op in Edison means enhanced service to crop producers, the creation of jobs and an investment in the future of Furnas County. Furnas County commissioner Bill Lewis said recently that, aside from the taxes that the plant will generate for the county, he's thrilled that Ag Valley continues to believe in the county. ...
College hikes tuition, room and board fees (02/23/17)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- It's going to cost students an extra $5 per credit hour to take "for credit" classes through Mid-Plains Community College next year. On Wednesday, the MPCC Board of Governors approved a 5.05 percent increase in resident tuition - raising the per credit hour rate from $84 to $89...
Piecemakers Quilt Guild providing comfort for children, others in need (02/22/17)
McCOOK, Neb. --There's something about a quilt. It's stitched with love. And, with love, it's draped around the shoulders of a friend, or tucked under the arms and legs of a sleepy child. Nestled under a quilt, it's easy to let the day's woes slip away...
Sunshine and a snowman (02/22/17)
Three-year-old Canon Crawford and his mother, Karissa, enjoy the sunshine on the swing set in McCook's Elks Park early Tuesday afternoon. Unseasonably warm temperatures won't last much longer, as a storm front is expected to bring rain turning to snow late Thursday and into Friday. The forecast doesn't phase Canon: he giggled, "I want to build a snowman!" McCook had a record high of 80 degrees Tuesday, but seasonal weather should return with a chance of rain Thursday and snow Friday...
Board will meet for yearly work session (02/22/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Patrons who are interested in what the McCook Board of Education is looking at down the road will be able to do so on Monday, Feb. 27. The board will meet for their annual work session at 6:30 p.m at the junior high conference room. No action will be taken at this meeting and it is open to the public...
Broncos blast Pirates to tip playoff run (02/22/17)
R.B. Headley CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Nothing like a 54-point first half to get the state tournament quest started Tuesday night. The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos were ready and firing threes all over Cambridge High's gymnasium during their 88-54 semifinal win over Elwood...
Raiders' OT win earns title shot (02/22/17)
BARTLEY, Neb. -- The Medicine Valley Raiders will play for a subdistrict title after beating Bertrand, 54-52, in overtime Tuesday night. No other details were obtained about this D1-11 subdistrict semifinal. The Raiders (10-9) record will meet Dundy County-Stratton to determine who moves within one win of a state tournament spot...
'Beauty & The Beast' preview part of Hometown Talent Showcase Sunday (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- As is tradition, the Hometown Talent Showcase at the Fox Theatre will feature a preview performance from the cast and chorus of the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association's annual musical, which this year is "Beauty & The Beast."...
Officer's pistol discharges by accident, damaging walls, television (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- No one was injured when an off-duty Red Willow County sheriff's deputy accidentally discharged his service revolver in his McCook apartment about 4 a.m., today. Sheriff Alan Kotschwar said the deputy was cleaning his .40-caliber handgun when it discharged. The incident requires an investigation by outside law enforcement, and a McCook police officer was dispatched to the deputy's apartment...
Estate planning workshop Wednesday (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Estate planning may not be an easy topic to discuss, but it is something that everyone should consider whether their estate is large or small. To get the conversation going, McCook Community College, the McCook Community Foundation Fund and the Nebraska Community Foundation have joined together for a free estate planning workshop Wednesday...
New breath testers for MPD (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department has received six hand-held alcoholw breath testing units through a traffic safety grant award. Valued at $285 each, the units were provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads, Highway Safety Office as part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities...
Forum to focus on local political legacy (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska historians and storytellers will join community representatives this week to examine McCook's political tradition and explore ways to give it wider exposure. Speakers will include Ronald C. Naugle, a Nebraska historian; Brian Croft, a history instructor at Western Nebraska Community College; and Mike Smith, the retired director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The program will be facilitated by Andy Long, the vice president of McCook Community College...
New ag business, TIF project approved (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Industrial Park is set to welcome its third tenant, and second addition in two years, after more than a decade with one tenant occupying the 20-acre development. A redevelopment plan from Next Generation Inc. was unanimously approved by the McCook City Council Monday evening advancing the $9 million project...
Citizenship Washington Focus vendor show Saturday (02/21/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus group is hosting a vendor show fundraiser 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the 4-H Building on the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. Proceeds will help the group fund travel to Washington D.C. for a two-week citizenship and leadership experience in June...
Hometown Talent Showcase fundraiser Sunday at Fox (02/20/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Talented singers from Cambridge and Benkelman will join performing stars from McCook Sunday, Feb. 26, for the Fox Theatre's 10th annual Hometown Talent Showcase. Free-will donations are the cost of admission for the show, which will begin at 2 p.m...
Mrs. Claus, late Santa win Community Service Award (02/20/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- With tears of gratitude, Cathy Shannon thanked the crowd gathered at the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet for honoring her family with the 2016 Community Service Award. Cathy's husband, Dennis, who passed away Jan. 2, 2017, has played Santa Claus for area children for many years, with Cathy by his side as Mrs. Claus...

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