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Third in a series -- What do you hope to accomplish as sheriff? (04/23/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- As the May 13 primary election approaches and voters mull which of the four Red Willow County Sheriff candidates they will choose, candidates provided some helpful insight. Sheriff candidates Shannon Brown, Kevin Darling, Alan Kotschwar and Steve Kotschwar were each asked what they hoped to accomplish as sheriff, as well as to summarize the personal and professional qualities they possess that would help them fulfill the responsibilities of the position...
Family, friends remember Austin Wright, 18 (04/23/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Friends of 18-year-old Austin J. Wright, who went missing March 9 and was found dead southwest of Palisade, Nebraska, on April 16, gathered in Norris Park in McCook Tuesday evening to show, several said, that Austin was very important to them and that he will be missed...
Courthouse closed Friday; voter registration deadline nearing (04/23/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Red Willow County courthouse will be closed for Arbor Day Friday, April 25 as the deadline for voter registration approaches. Mail-in voter registrations must be postmarked by April 25 and the in-person voter registration deadline is 6 p.m. on May 6...
Injury accident (04/23/14)
The stress of a car accident shows on the faces of the mother and her young son involved in an two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening in the intersection of East Seventh and H, in McCook, Nebraska. EMT Brian Payton was among emergency personnel who responded to the accident. ...
Oncology center serving patients (04/23/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Community Hospital directors learned at the April 17 meeting the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology is open for patients and the project will come in under budget. Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President & CEO reported that the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology received a certificate of occupancy on April 14. ...
Preparing for 'Shakespeare' (04/23/14)
McCook Community College freshman Chris Swasta projects the titles of William Shakespeare plays and sonnets onto a flat which he traces and will turn into the backdrop for this weekend's production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged." The MCC production is set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ...
Roll-over accident (04/22/14)
Red Willow Western firefighters work to disconnect the battery in an SUV involved in a one-vehicle roll-over accident at noon, Monday, at the junction of Red Willow County roads 719 and 385, 21⁄2 miles north of the north end of McCook's West Third Street. The driver was checked on-scene by City of McCook ambulance personnel. More information will be released as sheriff's officers complete their investigation...
City takes second stab at state grant (04/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Upgrades to a city owned parking lot on East First Street could provide covered parking for downtown shoppers, as well as a landscaped walkway to Norris Avenue, if they receive approval from state officials this time around. The improvements are part of a revised $350,000 downtown revitalization grant application unanimously approved by the McCook City Council Monday evening. ...
Old 'Flame' bar destroyed by ... you guessed it (04/22/14)
STRATTON, Nebraska -- A sneaky fire hiding between layers of bricks destroyed the front of a business building in downtown Stratton, Nebraska, Monday evening. Stratton fire chief Earl Denio said this morning that the former "Flame" bar and grill, located on the west side of Bailey Street and south of the post office, hadn't been used for many years and had fallen into disrepair...
Tractor Ride here June 6 (04/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook will host the Tractor Ride Across Nebraska on the afternoon of June 6 in Norris Park, with proceeds to the Operation Comfort Warriors Project of the American Legion, which provides extras for veterans in hospitals and homes...
Second in a series: What challenges face the Sheriff's Office? (04/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The four Red Willow County Sheriff candidates may all claim the same political party affiliation, but each has a very different outlook on the challenges facing the office. Sheriff candidates Shannon Brown, Kevin Darling, Alan Kotschwar and Steve Kotschwar were each asked to summarize what they believe will be the most significant short-term and long-term challenges facing the Red Willow County Sheriff's Department...
MCC students claim top honors PBL conference (04/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College students involved in Phi Beta Lambda competed with 12 other state chapters recently at the state leadership conference in Kearney with three students qualifying to compete in the national competition. First and second place winners are eligible to compete in the national Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas. ...
Central Community College at Hastings award scholarships (04/22/14)
HASTINGS, Nebraska -- About 160 individuals planning to attend Central Community College-Hastings have received scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. They include: BENKELMAN: Julie Nelms; CAMBRIDGE: Krayton Banzhaf; CURTIS: Kylee Heinzle; HOLBROOK: Anthony Fischer; IMPERIAL: Leslie Acosta; MCCOOK: Branden Kofler and Devin Rambai...
Central Elementary's 'Destination Imagination' teams compete in regional, state tournaments (04/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A team of six fourth graders from Central Elementary in McCook, Nebraska, qualified for and competed in the state-level "Destination Imagination" tournament in Kearney on April 5. All DI teams from Central Elementary competed in a regional tournament in Axtell on March 1. Paula Davis' fourth graders qualified to advance to the state tournament April 5 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney...
Math winners (04/22/14)
McCook Junior High students Kylee Hauxwell, from left, Shayne Coleman, Zach Schlager, Ethan Casper and sponsor, Mr. Josh Kershaw, competed in the regional MathCounts competition on Feb. 14 in Kearney, Nebraska. They placed third out of 23 teams, earning them a berth in the state competition. The state competition was in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 22. The students also competed as individuals, with Zach Schlager placing sixth among 175 participants at the regional competition...
Beacons for travelers (04/21/14)
Jerry Petersen, below left, and his wife, Anastasia, family and friends await the raising of the new 50-foot-tall, 9-ton cross on the "Jesus Saves" hill west of Cambridge, Nebraska, Good Friday evening. Jerry told those gathered at the base of the hill for the cross's dedication that he originally thought he'd put a bull up there, then he thought maybe a big red "N." Evidently, however, something told him to put those straight lines in a different direction, and he envisioned the cross. ...
Lots of help (04/21/14)
McCook Police and ambulance personnel and Red Willow Western firefighters respond to a one-vehicle accident about 2:20 p.m., Easter Sunday, at the intersection of county roads 719 and 386, 21⁄2 miles north of the north end of McCook's East 11th Street. One occupant was taken to Community Hospital. More information will be released when the Nebraska State Patrol completes its investigation of the accident...
Lot 'O Shakespeare on stage tonight (04/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- MCC is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook's historic Fox Theater tonight at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Timothy Mooney presents "Lot O' Shakespeare" -- a one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It's part "Lotto" part Shakespeare. Audience members will even have the chance to win prizes...
Voters changing parties to vote for sheriff (04/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Approximately 35-40 Red Willow County voters have changed their party affiliation to Republican in recent weeks, according to the Red Willow County Clerk's Office, a shift likely related to the Republican only race for county sheriff. Four candidates are vying for the office of Red Willow County Sheriff and, since all are registered as a Republican, the race will be decided during May's Primary Election by a tally of Republican votes...
First of a series: Why I'm running for sheriff (04/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A four-way race for the Red Willow County Sheriff's office, to be settled in less than a month, has left many voters still looking for differences between the seasoned law enforcement officers that have put their name in the election hat...
'Children of the World' (04/21/14)
High ability learners at McCook, Nebraska, Elementary School host their families and friends at their annual "Children of the World" presentation. Carsyn Craig, right, who portrayed "Ituko, Child of Greenland," explained a child's life in Greenland to Teresa Richards. Joylyn Rippen, bottom, and Madison Smith each presented "Asha, Child of the Himalayas."...
Governor seeks nominees for Natural Resources commission (04/18/14)
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking qualified candidates to the newly-expanded Natural Resources Commission. Applicants are encouraged to apply with the Governor's Office. Today, Gov. Heineman signed LB 1098 into law which aims to address water management, water quality and flood control issues. ...
Really affordable care? (04/18/14)
Is the Affordable Care Act or ACA really the right medical care for everyone? One thing for sure, it is a law with real penalties. Those without it are fined. We are all affected by it. The original goal was to make health care available to everybody. Millions of Americans have explored health care coverage options as a result if it becoming a law in 2010. They're frustrated and upset...
Dad's McCook memories create daughter's love for his hometown (04/18/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Growing up in Chicago and Denver, Melissa Davis fell in love with her dad's hometown back in Nebraska, through his eyes and his memories. She cherishes the stories that her dad told her about growing up in McCook -- his family, his friends ... all their adventures...
Council eyes lot sales (04/18/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will consider giving final approval to sell four city lots to citizens relocating mobile homes out of the West Q Village. Two of the lots received first reading approval from council earlier this month and a request from a second mobile home owner was received afterwards...
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