Fireworks set for Indianola
INDIANOLA, Neb. -- Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue will present a fireworks display Sunday, July 3, at the Indianola Ball Park Arena on the west edge of Indianola at 10 p.m. Free will donations are being accepted to help with next year's show. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box "M" in Indianola...
Farmers Market coupons available at Senior Center
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Senior Farmers market Coupons will be available at the McCook heritage Senior Center, 1312 W. Fifth on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Recipients must attend one of these informational meetings in order to receive coupons...
Frank Van Apeldoorn hands a Gospel tract to a passerby on B Street in McCook, Neb., this morning. A retired teacher, from Batavia, N.Y. he said he worked on college campuses before they became too restricted, and has since taken his sign to all 48 lower states three times each over the last five years...
Relatives celebrate pro football coach's achievement
McCOOK, Neb. -- The next time you run into a member of the Koetter family of McCook, don't be surprised if they are bursting with pride about their cousin and nephew, Dirk Koetter, who is the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' professional football team...
Students from Southwest Nebraska graduate from Fort Hays State University
HAYS, Kan. -- Students from Southwest Nebraska were among the 2,111 who completed associate,
bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.,
in the spring 2016 semester.
Degrees are listed with majors and in parentheses, areas of
CCC spring graduates include area students
COLBY, Kan. --Colby Community College conferred 264 degrees and certificates on May 13 during the 51st annual commencement ceremonies at the Colby Community Building. Local and area graduates are: Associate of Arts Oberlin: Jason Berry, Grace Randel...
Former Eustis man sentenced for child porn
OMAHA, Neb. -- United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Gregory J. Rhoadarmer, 46, formerly of Eustis, Nebraska., was sentenced in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 63 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Rhoadarmer will serve a period of five years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender...
Wheat test plot tour participants forced inside by Friday night storm
McCOOK, Neb. -- While the thunder cracked, the lightning flashed, and the hail pounded, close to 50 area farmers clustered inside Randy Peters' spacious seed production building last Friday evening, hearing a pre-harvest update from plant breeders and seed company representatives...
Prices temper great wheat outlook
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- For the wheatgrowers of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas, there is some really good news ... and there is some really bad news heading into the final few days before the Harvest of 2016. First, the good news. ...
MNB announces Hot Summer Nights lineup
McCOOK, Neb. -- MNB's 18th Annual Hot Summer Nights concert series returns to Norris Park in McCook this summer with an impressive lineup featuring The Innocence and island rock sensations Soca Jukebox. The concert series will kick off on July 28 with McCook musicians Oscar and Stephanie Montes opening the show followed by The Innocence who return after their last appearance at Hot Summer Nights was cut short due to rain. ...
Airport passenger counts climbing
McCOOK, Neb. -- The number of commercial passengers flying out of the McCook airport is increasing weekly, according to airline officials. Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson said his airline boarded 25 to 35 passengers the first week of operations, followed by 45 the second week and 60 during week three...
College board advances ID policy, OKs bids for Valentine campus
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- Meeting in Imperial Wednesday, the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved second reading of an identity theft prevention policy and a number of bids related to the Valentine Extended Campus. The identity theft prevention requires procedures to be put in place to prevent such theft...
State officials help celebrate business expansion
McCOOK, Neb. -- Lt. Governor Mike Foley joined Christine and Kevin Grooms from American Agriculture Laboratory Inc., and officials with the City of McCook and State of Nebraska, for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday evening in honor of the newly-expanded business that now occupies the former ALCO building...
Time to prepare for Red Willow Fair
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Fair is just around the corner, starting July 20 through July 24. The annual event is jam-packed with five days of fun and entertainment at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. Check out the insert in today's newspaper for a schedule of events, as well as information on entering items into the open class competition at the fair...
Kelsey Messinger, her 9 1⁄2-month-old son Paxton and Annette Eisenhart stretch during the women's aerobics class at the city pool in Culbertson. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., and is open to swimmers and non-swimmers of all ages; the organizer is Annie Kehler of Culbertson. ...
Craig Berg, right, of Outstate Data, Elbow Lake, Minn., trains Red Willow Western and Trenton firefighters in the use of the new grain rescue tube system and accessories donated to RWW by Farm Credit Services of America. Utilizing the Frenchman Valley Farmers Co-Op grain handling facility west of Culbertson, Berg led the hands-on training by burying Trenton firefighter Zach Hodges waist-deep in corn and teaching firefighters, including Billie Cole of RWW, how to build a "retaining wall" around a victim with the system's adaptable, pivoting panels. ...
College board meets today at Imperial extended campus
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors plan a work session and regular meeting at the Imperial Extended Campus, 1324 Broadway in Imperial today. The work session begins at 4:30 p.m. MDT and the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m...
Long-time MHS English teacher retiring after 33 years
McCOOK, Neb. -- The last thing Pam Wolford wanted to be was a teacher. But after taking repeated job aptitude tests during her senior year in high school, with all of them pointing toward education, she finally gave in. It must have been the right choice, because Wolford is ending her 33-year English-teaching career exactly where it started: at the McCook School District...
Tri Valley Medical Foundation awards scholarships to local medical students
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Tri Valley Medical Foundation celebrated Medicine Creek Days by presenting 32 scholarships in the amount of $17,250 to area students who are pursuing careers in nursing and other medical fields. The award presentation was Friday, June 17 at the Heritage Plaza where members of Tri Valley Medical Foundation recognized the 2016 scholarship recipients. ...
Four UNL students from McCook receive stipends for research projects
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four undergraduate students from McCook, Neb. and attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be receiving stipends to participate in research with a faculty mentor during the 2016-17 school year. UNL has awarded stipends to 325 undergraduates to participate in research...
Community Hospital wins top honors
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital representatives traveled to Denver recently to receive the Peak award, the highest honor for performance excellence awarded by the Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) to organizations in Colorado and some surrounding states. The hospital learned in December it had been selected by a panel of judges as a 2015 recipient. Community Hospital was among three recipients, and the only hospital, to receive the Peak award...
MHS grad puts Afghan experience to work by forming aircraft company
McCOOK, Neb. -- After doing classified aircraft surveillance and reconnaissance maintenance in Afghanistan, Justin Ward returned to Southwest Nebraska in September of 2015 to start his own aviation construction and consulting company. Known as Juggernaut Aviation, Justin's emerging corporation has already built a reputation for superb quality, with Justin's first aircraft construction project -- A SuperSTOL -- being hailed for both its appearance and functionality...
Lt. Governor, state, local officials to tour American Ag Labs expansion
McCOOK, Neb. -- Lt. Governor Mike Foley will join state and local government officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony in McCook later this week. American Ag Labs is celebrating its new home with a VIP tour of the facility, ribbon cutting ceremony and business mixer for McCook Area Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday at the West D Street business...
McCook woman wins $20,000 in Nebraska Lottery
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Virginia King of McCook won $20,000 playing the $2 Scratch game 20X the Cash from the Nebraska Lottery. King purchased her winning 20X the Cash ticket at The Spirit Shop, 503 West B Street in McCook. Scratching the ticket, she revealed ten "20X" winning symbols with corresponding prizes of $100. Because of the "20X" multiplier, her $1,000 prize was multiplied 20 times for a total of $20,000...
Bat in the box
Six-year-old Jaqi Clapper looks up into the Hamburger Helper box that conceals "Luna," the little brown bat that her mother, Angie Karr, rescued after a cold, driving rain pelted McCook in November 2015. The very young bat, named "Luna" after the character in the children's book, "Stellaluna," warmed up on hand warmer packets and ate chicken baby food, and then spent the winter at a bat rehabilitation sanctuary in Denver. ...