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Annual plant sales underway at NCTA (04/29/16)
Curtis, Neb. -- The Annual Plant Sale at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will be April 30 and May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCTA Greenhouse in Curtis. The plant sale is conducted every year by the NCTA Horticulture Club and this year features coleus, peppers, tomatoes, irises, houseplants, and more...
Tire recycling and cleanup grants awarded (04/29/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Director Jim Macy announced today that the state is awarding $2.08 million to support 128 tire recycling and cleanup projects across the state. They include $9,987 for 25 percent reimbursement of an athletic track maintenance system at the Cambridge Public Schools; $11,902 for a 100-ton scrap tire cleanup at Chase County Imperial and $14,010 for a 125-ton scrap tire cleanup for Hitchcock County in Trenton...
Fingerprints all over them (04/29/16)
Hitchcock County Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10541 members, from left, Jill McArthur, Riley Hagan, Raegan Hagan and Calista Carney "autograph" the picnic tables they painted at the Culbertson Hillside Park for a service project. The girls scraped and sanded the tables to prepare them for paint and added a little of their own personality to the tables by customizing each with their hand prints. ...
Arbor Day donation (04/29/16)
In celebration of Arbor Day, First Central Bank McCook donated a tree to the city. The tree was planted outside of the McCook city office Thursday afternoon. Pictured from left to right are First Central Bank McCook employees Savannah Strauch, Brenda Liess, Ryan Moore, Linda Pick, Clint Bryant, Don Moore, Darryl Volquardsen, Melanie Cherry and Laura Ruggles. (Courtesy photo)...
MCC music department plans performances (04/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College Music Department's spring concert is set for Sunday 1 at 7 p.m. in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. MCC's student recital is Monday, May 2 at the Methodist Church in McCook at 7 p.m. On May 3, sophomore Taylar Hegwood, who will be the first MCC student to graduate with an Associate in Fine Arts Music Degree, will give a piano recital at the Weeth Theater at 7 p.m...
FFA banquet (04/29/16)
Logan Henry of Seibert, Colo., a Colorado State FFA Executive Committee member, asks those at the 2016 McCook Senior High FFA awards banquet Thursday evening, "Who likes apple pie?" Many want to reap the fruit, he said, but they don't want to put in the time to grow the tree. ...
City asking to change ordinance, snow removal obligation (04/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- When a local resident fails to remove snow or ice from the sidewalks adjacent to his property within 24 hours McCook city ordinance puts the duty onto the Public Works Director to remove the substance. City staff think this reference was inadvertently added to the city code book and are asking City Council to make a change...
Registration deadline Monday (04/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Primary Election is 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2. The 2016 Primary Election is on May 10 and includes two or less contested tickets on each ballot. The Republican ballot includes five presidential candidates; Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald J. Trump. The ballot includes two candidates for Public Service Commissioner District 5; Jerry Vap and Mary Ridder...
House burns in Trenton (04/29/16)
TRENTON, Neb. -- The reported home of a man involved in a murder-suicide early Wednesday morning burned down early this morning. A Nebraska state fire investigator from Gibbon was on the scene, 201 E. Second, Trenton, Neb., to determine the cause. Hitchcock County authorities have not released names, but NTV television of Kearney quoted family members as saying Bob Lawing shot and killed Jim Baxter in his home, elsewhere in Trenton, before turning the gun on himself outside...
Southwest High School ag instructor Educator of the Year (04/29/16)
BARTLEY, Neb. -- The 2016 recipient of the McCook Area Educator of the Year grew up hearing his dad preach constantly about the benefits of education. "He used to say, you can lose everything else in life, but one thing you can't lose is an education," said Les Roggenkamp Thursday night, after receiving the McCook Area Educator of Year award from Linda Wood, representing the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce...
Abundant historical information gleaned from 1925 MHS annual (04/29/16)
Gifts of annuals or city directories are always appreciated by the Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society and our library has several to choose from. Our latest gifts were given by Jean (Harmon) Hallowell -- both the 1925 and 1926 McCook High School annuals. These were from relatives, Walter and Twildi (Carpenter) Aman...
MCC's first AFA grad featured at Tuesday recital (04/29/16)
McCook Community College McCOOK, Neb. -- On Tuesday McCook Community College's first "graduate" of the newly formed Associate of Fine Arts degree will give a piano recital. Taylar Hegwood, Culbertson, who attended Victory Christian Academy, has completed the two-year degree in less than nine months and is excited for the possibilities this degree opens up for her...
Col. Delbert Townsend scholars sworn in (04/28/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Alicia Haugen, Senior Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship at the University of Nebraska Foundation, has announced that the 2016 Col. Delbert L. Townsend Scholarship recipients are Ashlee Morosic of Southwest High School and Dustin Bredvick, Kacey Hahn and Grant Wilkinson of McCook High School...
Court-Appointed Special Advocates sworn in (04/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- During a ceremony in her courtroom Tuesday afternoon, Red Willow County Judge Anne Paine swore in the newest "Court-Appointed Special Advocates." Those taking an oath to represent the best interest of children whose futures are determined in courtrooms were Alicia Blankenship, Rosetta Judd, Linda Graff and Marilyn Hoyt of McCook, Charlotte Marks and Kathy Dernovich of Culbertson and Micheal Langley of Cambridge...
National Mammal (04/28/16)
The new herd of American bison at Hugh Butler Lake north of McCook, introduced this spring by McCook native Darrell Meister of Honolulu, Hawaii, roams the prairie grass in their 50-acre pasture. On Wednesday, the House and Senate passed the "National Bison Legacy Act," which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States...
Overdue bills whittled down (04/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Outstanding bills due Hillcrest Nursing Home are being whittled down. About 10 percent, or $40,000 of the approximate $400,000 due the facility from private-pay patients, has been recovered, said Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa. At the Hillcrest Board of Trustee meeting Tuesday, Nappa said the funds were collected, thanks in part to the attorney Hillcrest has hired, and that Medicare has paid on some old claims...
Community Hospital lends Hillcrest expertise (04/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Hillcrest Nursing Home will get another pair of eyes assessing its operations. The Hillcrest Board of Trustees, at its regular meeting Tuesday, overwhelming supported the idea of Community Hospital lending its expertise to Hillcrest in certain areas, beginning with billing and finance...
Going-away reception (04/28/16)
The Museum of the High Plains in downtown McCook will be the site of a going-away reception for Diana and Duane Tappe, community volunteers who are returning to eastern Nebraska to be closer to children and grandchildren. The Tappes have lived in McCook since 1996, when Duane became the director of Educational Service Unit No. ...
Peter, Chuck and job at First Tuesday event (04/28/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival will wrap up its First Tuesday series in a big way, bringing Peter, Chuck and Job to the Bieroc Café on Tuesday, May 3. Popular performers in their hometown of North Platte, Nebraska, Job Vigil, Peter Rogers and Chuck Salestrom focus on light rock and pop hits from the 60s and 70s and they have fun doing it. Their last McCook appearance drew a large, sing-along crowd...
Legislative wrap-up (04/28/16)
District 44 Sen. Dan Hughes met with more than two-dozen area residents during a legislative wrap-up at the Bieroc Cafe this morning. Sen. Hughes recapped legislative accomplishments this past session and said the shorter 60-day session was certainly more intense than last year's 90-day...
Hayes Center woman wins $10,000 at lottery (04/28/16)
HAYES CENTER, Neb. -- Madeena McAffee of Hayes Center won $10,000 playing the $20 Scratch game Lavish Luck Multiplier from the Nebraska Lottery. McAffee purchased her winning ticket at Scott's Grocery, 401 Tate Avenue in Hayes Center. Scratching the ticket, she revealed matching numbers with a corresponding prize of $10,000...
Bryan College announces area graduates for 2016 (04/28/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bryan College of Health Sciences announces the graduating class of May 2016. Graduation is May 6, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Area graduates include: McCook: Mary F. Kruse, nursing, bachelor of science in nursing, minor in healthcare management, social services...
UNL students recognized for academic achievements (04/28/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- More than 1,800 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were honored during individual college celebrations and the All-University Honors Convocation April 24 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. Honorees included:...
Presidential Award (04/28/16)
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy, left, presented McCook Community College sophomore Hanna Goss the Presidential Award April 21 at the college's annual Honors Convocation. Also pictured is Andy Long, MCC vice president. The ceremony honored numerous students, faculty and staff for achievements and honors for this academic career and for career achievements...
Prairie Home Gold Homes plays open house (04/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Prairie Gold Homes is coordinating an open house and NIFA special presentation Thursday afternoon at the former Public Safety Center on West Fifth Street. The open house is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. with the NIFA presentation at 2:25 p.m...
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