Head Start artists plan 2-day show in support of Coat Closet Give-Away and Big Give Day
McCOOK, Neb. -- In support of "Big Give McCook," McCook Head Start student-artists plan a two-day showing of their artwork during the community's annual "Coat Closet and Winter Clothing Give-Away" next week. The students' work will be displayed in McCook's Memorial City Auditorium, at the corner of West Fifth and C streets, Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m...
Water line work
Nate Young of Municipal Pipe Services of Hastings, right, and Pat Fawver, top left, and Seth Province of McCook's water department install a "line stop" on the 16-inch water pipeline in the 300 block of West Fifth late Tuesday afternoon. Fawver said the line stop has a big rubber plunger that will be inserted into the water line to temporarily shut off water in the pipe so that they can then replace a leaking water valve that serves the city's Memorial Auditorium half-a-block south. ...
Fishing club proposed for MPCC
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new fishing club may be in the works at Mid-Plains Community College. MPCC Board of Governors will consider adding the club at its regular meeting today in McCook, 6:30 p.m. in McMillen Hall at McCook Community College campus. The board will also take up changing the college's mission statement. ...
Assessor, other candidates appear at forum
CULBERTSON, Neb. -- Facing a recall election, Hitchcock County Assessor Marlene Bedore said much of the controversy surrounding her performance in office stemmed from her efforts to reduce expenses. That included switching from an expensive computer system that required expensive training to a lower-cost system used by 51 other counties in Nebraska, lowering her training budget, and bringing appraisals into compliance based on market value and deterioration of buildings...
'A good harvest'
Corn piles up on the ground in Trenton Thursday afternoon, after bins at Farmers Coop Grain and Supply shave been filled. "It's been a good harvest," said elevator employee Roger Lewis. "They're getting about 140 bushels (an acre) on dryland corn."
Future of death penalty on ballot for Nov. 8
RED WILLOW COUNTY, Neb. -- Nebraska voters will be asked to decide the future of the death penalty in the state during next week's General Election, in addition to casting their vote for President and Vice President. Tuesday's ballot includes a "Retain" or "Repeal" referendum which targets Nebraska legislation passed in 2015 changing the maximum penalty for the crime of murder in the first degree to life imprisonment. ...
17 school board candidates vie for 12 area seats
RED WILLOW COUNTY, Neb. -- Contested races for several seats on the Cambridge and Hitchcock County school boards, as well as candidates vying for two seats on the Village of Bartley Board of Trustees, will likely provide the majority of the local intrigue for Red Willow County voters next week...
Coat Closet collection, shopping days next week
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook's annual "Coat Closet and Winter Clothing Giveaway" starts with donation days Monday, Oct. 31, Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2. Donated items can be taken to the roll-up door on the north side of the McCook City Auditorium at the corner of West Fifth and C between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m each day...
A foggy Tuesday
Visibility is limited throughout most of McCook Tuesday morning thanks to a late morning fog. Forecasters are predicting mostly clear skies and mid-to-high 70s through this weekend.
Congressional caseworker to visit Southwest Nebraska this week
Washington, D.C. -- Constituents of 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events on Tuesday, November 1, in Imperial, Hayes Center and McCook...
Blood drive set this week
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community Blood Drive will be 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building on the Red Willow County Courthouse. For an appointment, call Cathy Carman at (308) 345-4473, visit redcrossblood.org or download the blood donor app...
Folding party Tuesday
McCOOK, Neb. -- A folding party for the 49th issue of the McCook Bison Alumni Newsletter will be 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Junior High Cafeteria. All alumni and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.
No tricks, just 'Treating for the Pantry'
McCOOK, Neb. -- Area youth groups are hitting the streets this week seeking non-perishable food item donations to support the McCook Pantry. "Treating for the Pantry" will take place now through Sunday. The project is part of a collective effort from churches within the Red Willow County Ministerial Association to collect non-perishable food items for the community pantry and to assist those in need...
Dog Day in the Park
Faith Macfee, right, and Rachel Witt, left, run Rachel's Maltese dogs "Joey" and "Ace" through the obstacle course set up in McCook's Kelley Park for "Dog Day in the Park" hosted by the McCook Humane Society and animal shelter Saturday. Shelter director Lorie Prestes was pleased with the turnout of pets and pet-owners. "It was a perfect day, the weather was great, and everyone was having fun," she said. The annual event raised almost $700 for shelter operations...
ReTree Nebraska grant provides 10 trees for Trenton
TRENTON, Neb. -- Trenton's city park and ball park will be shaded in the future by 10 new trees planted Oct. 20, 2016. Amy Seiler and Jessica Kelling of the Nebraska Forest Service helped a Trenton crew of John Rundel, Aaron Leggott and Jared Vrbas plant bur-live oaks and chinkopin oaks, with an eye on low maintenance and natural settings...
YMCA plans full slate of activities for 90th anniversary
McCOOK, Neb. -- Dedicated on Sunday, Jan. 10, 1926 in what is now the Landmark Apartments at 424 Norris, and moved to its current location, 901 West E on Sunday, June 14, 1981, the McCook YMCA has a full slate of activities planned to celebrate next week...
No tricks, 'Treating for the pantry'
McCOOK, Neb. -- Area youth groups will be hitting the streets next week seeking non-perishable food item donations to support the McCook Pantry. "Treating for the Pantry" will take place from Sunday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 30. The project is part of a collective effort from churches within the Red Willow County Ministerial Association to collect non-perishable food items for the community pantry and to assist those in need...
Glory in the morning
A "skipper" butterfly lights on a morning glory, before burrowing inside in search of pollen. Hundreds of the quarter-size butterflies fluttered around a morning glory fence row in McCook in the early-fall sunshine recently.
Clouds over the pasture
Storm clouds build on the horizon north of McCook late Wednesday afternoon, but the horses seemed unfazed. A few rain drops fell in McCook, out of dark clouds that moved in from the west.
Give your diet a veggie boost
FAMILY FEATURES -- It's little secret that eating more nutritious veggies is an essential element of healthier eating. Fortunately, finding ways to boost the veggie content of your favorite dishes may be easier than you think. Put a creative twist on your meals from breakfast through dinner with these tasty tips:...
YMCA Spooktacular Saturday
McCOOK, Neb. -- The YMCA's Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday, 5-10 p.m., for second through fifth graders. The registration deadline is today at 10 p.m. Evening starts with costume contest and also includes swimming, dancing and games. Register online at www.mccookymca.org or at YMCA service desk. Cost is $10 and is open to members and non-members...
The nose knows
Gus Daffer is a black-and-tan bloodhound who tracks and recovers wounded deer. He and Shawn Daffer of rural Indianola offer their services to hunters who have shot their "trophy deer" and lost its trail. To learn more about certified blood tracking dogs and Shawn and Chareese Daffer's bloodhounds named Gus-Gus and Annie, see the hunter's guide in today's edition...
Open house set for visiting Joy Curtis, former Oz Tex owner
McCOOK, Neb. -- Joy Curtis of Bunbury, Australia, formerly of McCook, will make a vacation stop in McCook next week, and friends plan an open house to allow everyone to stop by and visit. Joy and her husband, Clive, operated the "Oz Tex" doughnut and lunch shop in McCook for 121⁄2 years, until they returned to Australia in May 2012. Clive died earlier this year, in March...
Community Hospital Health Foundation gearing up for Hospice banquet
McCOOK, Neb. -- With a continuing showing of support, residents of the McCook area will gather at the KC Hall Sunday evening, Nov. 13, for the 19th "An Evening for Hospice" hosted by Community Hospital Health Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the special care that is provided to families by the team of nurses, physicians, social workers and members of the clergy...