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Gov. Ricketts, State Sen. Hughes here Wednesday (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraskans will have an opportunity to be face-to-face with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Wednesday, Aug. 24, when the 52-year-old, first term chief executive comes to McCook for a Town Hall meeting at the Keystone Business Center...
New student union, 90th anniversary party, new teachers greet McCook college students (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new and improved student union, a new wave of teachers, positive trends in student retention, and a 90th anniversary celebration highlight the start of the fall semester at McCook Community College. The major renovations this year to the student union -- and in the past couple years at Brooks Hall -- are all part of Mid-Plains Community College's Master Facilities Plan...
County needs nearly $1 million to balance budget (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County's budget clerk told county commissioners Monday morning to call him if they need anything before the next discussion of the budget in a week. "Ahhh," said commissioner Earl McNutt, in his deep, understated drawl, "All we need is a million dollars."...
Remember when (08/23/16)
The McCook High School marching band greets President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he stopped in McCook in 1956, one of his campaign stops on the train, the "Eisenhower Special." The picture was sent to the McCook Gazette by Matt Wilson of Hastings, Neb., formerly of McCook, who recently helped a friend pack and found this and three other pictures taken at the same event. ...
Sentencing set in illegal drug stamp, meth possession case (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court with a man facing a felony charge for not having a state-issued illegal drug stamp, among other offenses. The man, 20-year-old Jacob A. Cash, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing on a pair of Class IV felony offenses; for not having an illegal drug stamp and for possession of methamphetamine. ...
Third human West Nile case confirmed in Southwest Nebraska Health Department District (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A third human case of West Nile Virus have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) health district according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. "Receiving our third confirmed case of West Nile Virus has our staff highly concerned," states Melissa Propp,RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. ...
New breath tester for sheriff's office (08/22/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Sheriff's Office has received one hand-held alcohol breath testing unit through a traffic safety grant award. The unit, valued at $285 was provided by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety as part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities...
School spirit (08/22/16)
Junior High Principal Chad Lyons, left, and McCook High School Senior Lexi Gross install a new spirit banner in front of McCook High School. Lexi, above right, displays another of the banners, which extend from the LIFT alternative school to the Junior High, with Lexi's dad, Jeff, MHS principal and football coach, helping out as well. ...
Official sees big potential in small county (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Hayes County, the least populated county in the Golden Plains Region of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas, has embarked upon a determined effort to grow its population. The effort began in October of 2014 when the county's three major governmental entities -- the Hayes County Commission, the Hayes Center Public School District and the Village of Hayes Center -- signed an interlocal agreement to "further advance the economic development in Hayes Center and Hayes County."...
Police: Abduction claim unsubstantiated (08/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook police have determined that a report of an attempted child abduction at Walmart in McCook Friday is unfounded. Police have investigated and watched security surveillance videos and determined that no child abduction attempt occurred. The investigation continues into possible false reporting...
Volleyball weather (08/22/16)
Players enjoy blue skies and cooler temps during fall volleyball play at Sports in McCook, Sunday afternoon. An otherwise enjoyable breeze wreaked havoc on some serves, while adding a bit of english to others. Clear skies are forecasted to continue until Friday with thunderstorms likely to return Saturday...
Man arrested for drugs predicts, receives reduced sentence (08/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A man arrested by the McCook Police Department in April wasn't overly concerned with the felony drug charge he was facing, accurately predicting at the time it would ultimately be pleaded down to a misdemeanor. The man, 33-year-old Levi J. ...
New chamber member offering three free classes (08/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the opening of a new chamber member business, Train with Suz, and invites the public to attend at Sue Shaner's location, at 408 East First Street at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Along with drawings for free apparel and services, she will be offering three free classes:...
Jewelry store undergoing 'fašade lift' (08/19/16)
McCook, Neb. -- Longnecker jewelry will be "under construction" for the next few weeks as it gets a new "facelift," on McCook's historic bricks district. The store will continue to remain open during construction which is planned for three weeks thru August and Labor Day. During the improvements, the store will remain open set to normal business hours (insert)...
90th celebration merchandise (08/19/16)
MCC students model new merchandise which has arrived in time for McCook Community College's 90th anniversary celebration Sept. 3. Students, alumni and friends are invited to come get their shirts and coffee mugs in McMillen Hall as they celebrate the tradition of Nebraska's oldest community college at events Labor Day Saturday. ...
Anniversary celebration, dinner planned (08/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The public is invited to McCook Community College for its 90th anniversary celebration Saturday, Sept. 3, beginning at 8 a.m. with coffee and rolls. Campus tours will be available through the day, lunch on your own, a ladies' Indians volleyball tournament in the afternoon and an alumni dinner that evening...
McCook man named MPPD manager (08/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- After looking nationwide for a new manager, the McCook Public Power Board of Directors chose a long-time, local employee, Clint Bethell, to be the REA district's new leader. Bethell, who began his career with MPPD as an apprentice lineman in 2000, rose through the ranks in the ensuing years, becoming warehouse supervisor, purchasing and stores supervisor and Director of Engineering before being selected for the McCook REA's top management position...
Hazmat responders hone skills at national contest (08/18/16)
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- If you ever need to find five black balls among 50,000 float- ing in a foot of water, the Red Willow West- ern Rural Fire Department hazmat team of McCook has just the man for you. If you need someone to catch eggs and not break them while wearing a full-encap- sulated Level A emergency response suit and breathing apparatus, the RWW haz- mat team has just the man for you...
New car, new hose in city budget (08/18/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders finalized capital expenditure requests in the coming budget year before approving the 2016-17 fiscal year budget on first reading Monday evening. The adjustments included reducing a request from the police department for two new police vehicles, down to one vehicle, among other changes...
Ribbon cutting honors (08/18/16)
Sawyer Osborn, second grader at the new Wysong Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., was asked by the principal, Mr. Oltman, to cut the ribbon for the opening day on Aug. 15, the first day in the new building. This is an honor Sawyer will always remember. ...
Cool water (08/18/16)
On a typical summer day in Southwest Nebraska, a center pivot system west of Palisade creates a hot, humid rainforest-like microcosm in a cornfield.
Roping and Branding (08/17/16)
Tyler Thieszen of McCook ropes a steer in the Chase County Fair's ranch rodeo in Imperial late Tuesday afternoon. Alex Whipps, a member of a team from the Max area, "branded" their steer after team mates roped and wrestled him to the ground. The fair's ranch rodeo was sanctioned by the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association. ...
Gov. Ricketts, Sen. Hughes plan town hall meeting Aug. 24 (08/17/16)
Lincoln, Neb. -- Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. Dan Hughes plan a town hall in McCook on Wednesday, Aug. 24 The governor and senator invite the public to attend the town hall. "Nebraskans are invited to join Gov. Ricketts and Sen. Hughes at their upcoming town hall in McCook," said Taylor Gage, the Governor's Public Relations Director...
Getting into the swing of school (08/17/16)
Students at McCook Elementary got a surprise this morning on the first day of school: a performance by the McCook High School band, led on to the field, above right, by new instructor Nathan hudson. Students were greeted by the band (of which members don't actually start school until Thursday) playing several songs, along with a performance by the high school cheerleaders and dance team. ...
City leaders eye property tax increase (08/17/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders appear to be on the verge of increasing McCook's property tax levy for the first time in more than a decade. They indicated earlier this week they could also become the first in recent memory to successfully lower the levy in 2018, once debt for the multi-million dollar city building is retired...

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