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Spanish classes start Wednesday (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Spanish classes will be offered at 512 Park Ave., 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through July, starting this week. Cost is $100. Registration and payment in full before the classes are required. Call instructor Patty Keene at (308) 345-2862; or Linda Hedges at (308) 340-1000...
Council to consider grant for convention center study (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders appear to be moving forward with at least exploring the idea of constructing a convention center in McCook. The McCook City Council will be presented with a grant acceptance form Monday evening which would allocate $4,500 from the McCook Community Foundation Fund for feasibility studies of Memorial Auditorium and construction of a new convention/meeting facility. ...
'Nunsense' proceeds to help upgrade Fox Theatre lighting (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Even back when McCook's historic Fox Theatre was in its infancy, locals looked for ways to bring the most up-to-date entertainment to town -- whether it was vaudeville, talking pictures, or full-blown musical performances. And while much of the stage itself has changed over the years, one basic element has changed very little -- lighting...
Optimists promise to paint the sky (07/02/15)
"We're going to paint the sky with fireworks!" With that promise, the McCook Optimists' long-time fireworks display chairman, Jim O'Dea, invited people from throughout the McCook area to view the spectacular fireworks show Saturday night, July 4th, in the skies about the Red Willow Fairgrounds...
Addiction, redemption theme of new book by best-selling local author (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --A book that didn't quite fit the mold for Christian publishers has already climbed to the top five in several inspirational categories on Amazon Kindle downloads. "Blue Columbine," by Jennifer Rodewald of McCook, has been listed No. 1 on Amazon Kindle eBook store for women's religious and inspirational fiction, No. ...
Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen contest Sunday (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Chessney Friehe of Culbertson, Nebraska, and Taytum Dickman of Elwood, Nebraska, will pass on their titles of 2014 Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen to new 2015 royalty after a day of competition Sunday in McCook. Both girls will attend activities Sunday...
K9 benefit July 11 (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Though Deputy Luna will get none of them -- no people food for Luna -- pancakes for breakfast on Saturday, July 11, will help raise money to purchase a torso-fitting harness and a bullet-proof and stab-resistant "ballistic protection" vest for the K9 officer of the Red Willow County Sheriff's Department...
Remembering Dustin Wall (07/01/15)
Duane Wall of Cheyenne, Wyoming, right, and his great-nephew Logan Klein of Yuma, Colorado, flash a smile just prior to installing a memorial sign on a reconstructed circa 1918 Pipe Raymond Windmill on Friday. The windmill was erected by Wall and several others earlier this summer on the Country Schoolhouse Museum grounds in Haigler, Nebraska. ...
Alexa Kriss CD release concert Aug. 7 (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nashville recording artist Alexa Kriss, AKA Alexa Whipple will perform live in concert Aug. 7 at The Fox Theatre in McCook. The event is free-will donation with all proceeds back to the preservation of the Fox Theatre. Doors open at 6:30, cash bar and concessions available all evening. The Lincoln, Nebraska, based group, Alli and I, is opening the show at 7:30. Meet and greet immediately follows the concert. Thanks to Premier AK Sponsor ATC Communications of Arapahoe...
Fundraiser July 11 for Decatur County Emergency Medical (07/01/15)
OBERLIN, Kan. -- The recently-completed renovation of a century-old church building in Oberlin, Kansas, will be the focus of a fund-raiser on Saturday, July 11, to benefit the Decatur County Emergency Medical Services. The day-long event will include refreshments and the opportunity to examine an emergency medical vehicle on site, in addition to touring the house -- all for a free-will offering...
Free swimming (07/01/15)
Watched closely by a life guard, swimmers at the Beaver City, Nebraska, public swimming pool test the cool waters on a hot summer day. For the third summer now, swimmers at the pool in the Furnas County seat are not charged to use the pool. City Clerk Angie Woodring said the village board voted to eliminate admission charges as a way to "give back" to residents of the community and area, and to attract visitors to their town. ...
After board's OK, teens hit the ground running (06/30/15)
TRENTON, Neb. -- Two girls at Hitchcock County High School are blazing a new trail for runners at their school. Amanda Mote, who will be a sophomore this year and Sami Carfield, a freshmen, received the OK from the Hitchcock County School Board in June to start a cross county team...
Mosquito spraying set for Wednesday morning (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will spray for mosquitoes Wednesday morning beginning around 5 o'clock and with weather permitting. City staff indicated the morning spray is part of an effort to avoid disrupting outdoor fireworks activities. Although the chemical used is not considered harmful to people or pets, residents with any concerns should stay indoors, according to a press release issued Tuesday. ...
Taking care of Trenton (06/30/15)
Project "ramrod" Sandy Scott and 2-year-old Alivia Vrbas of Trenton, Nebraska, compare their paint splatters during a volunteer day in Trenton Saturday. Sandy is coordinating the effort to create a "village square," with flower beds, landscaping, seating area and a farmers' market. ...
Officials ready for 'Party' (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Local officials are ready to fill in new state forms issued in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to recognize same sex marriages. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services marriage worksheet, license and certificate of marriage forms now offer applicants the choices of "Groom/Party A" and "Bride/Party B"...
Peace, love and river rats (06/29/15)
Brooklyn Holtze of Wilsonville, Nebraska -- riding the float of Cunningham Feed Bakery, Grill & Bar of Arapahoe -- giggles and blows a "raspberry" at someone along the route of the annual "Holbrook Days" parade Saturday evening. On the Republican River south of Holbrook Sunday afternoon -- in water described as "shin-deep on a short girl" -- Dalcee Brush of Cambridge competed in the 31st annual "River Rat Volleyball" tournament...
Pole bending (06/29/15)
Eight-year-old Madison Gestenslager of Trenton, Nebraska, and "Skidmark" weave their way around six poles in 22.688 seconds during Little Britches Rodeo competition Saturday morning in Trenton. Madison, the daughter of Jessi and Justin Gestenslager of Trenton, and young riders competed in poles, barrels, flag races, roping and bullriding in the Trenton Riverside Arena Saturday and Sunday...
Fireworks for sale; follow safety tips (06/29/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The sale of fireworks in celebration of Independence Day began last week and will continue within city limits through July 4. The discharge of fireworks is legal in McCook from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 23 through July 3. Fireworks may be discharged until 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5...
'Turkey Days' Parade (06/26/15)
Oxford, Nebraska, fire department cadets, above, Jarred Bennett, left, and Lucas Taylor walk a fallen Humpty Dumpty down the "Oxford Turkey Days" parade route Friday evening, with the message, "Working to Put Humpty Together Again." A radio-controlled car sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts of Oxford and Holdrege surprised parade goers, below, including Gissel Chavez, right, and Cailey Bassett. ...
Gazette web page among busiest (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska, like most rural communities, hopes to capitalize on the vast audience available via the Internet and increase tourism to the region. A review of one website's traffic rankings indicates the most effective local path for reaching potential visitors may not have changed all that much in the last 90 years...
Books available (06/26/15)
I would like to express my sincere disappointment with the members of the Herndon Museum. Permission was asked to have a place in Herndon during the Ox Roast of 2015 to display and sell the History of Rawlins County history books, but it was denied...
Zoning board to consider setback variance for Highland Subdivision (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Property owners of several vacant lots in a subdivision adjacent to the Heritage Hills Gold Course hope to loosen-up setback requirements, making the lots easier to build on in the future. The McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider a request for a front-yard setback requirement variance Monday evening during their regularly scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m., at the McCook Municipal Center...
Paving, asphalt repair scam (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department forwarded a warning Friday from the Kansas Attorney General's Office pertaining to two potential scam businesses to be on the lookout for. Gillis Construction Hot Rubber Seal/Coating and Harrison Asphalt have been reported for going door to door offering to do asphalt and paving repairs. Authorities advise not to allow these businesses to do work for you and contact Chief of Police Isaac Brown at 308-345-3450 for more information...
Housing development ready for construction (06/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- As construction on a senior housing development on West Q Street garners much of the attention a nearby residential development has quietly made progress of its own. North Pointe Properties representatives confirmed Wednesday six residential lots are ready for construction along R Street and workers are expected to begin building a spec home on the property in the near future...
Expanded floor plan (06/25/15)
Don Hageman, manager of Crawford Supply Co. in McCook, Nebraska, stands in the new 30x70-foot addition to the shop at 1709 West O Street in McCook. The addition, completed this spring by Custom Solutions, houses an expanded work area for down-hole pumps for the oilfield and provides more room for Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, for which Crawford is the authorized midwest distributor. ...

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