Hormel Entrepreneurship winner
Out of seven finalists making presentations Friday at the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition at McCook Community College, Jason VanPelt was named the grand prize winner. VanPelt won with his business plan for VP Percussion, his company that will manufacture the one-of-a-kind percussion instrument Van Pelt created, the patent-pending VBox. ...
American Ag Labs receives grant
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has just announced approval of a grant for the expansion of American Agricultural Laboratory, Inc. The grant to McCook Economic Development Corporation from the Site and Building Fund in the amount of $297,060 is intended to assist in the purchase and renovation of the former Alco building in McCook. ...
College board in process of replacing member of board of governors
McCOOK, Neb. -- At Wednesday night's Mid Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, Louie Stithem announced that Elizabeth Benjamin, one of two Board members that represent District One, had submitted her resignation from the Board. The Board accepted her resignation at that time. In the event a vacancy occurs on the Board, Nebraska Statutes 32- 560 and 85-1514, together with Board Policy set forth the process to fill the vacancy. Specifically Board Policy 1400 provides:...
Folding party Tuesday
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 46th issue of the Bison Alumni Newsletter is ready to be folded for mailing. Alumni & friends are needed at 6 pm Tuesday, April 28th at the McCook Junior High Cafeteria. Join in the fun!
Last weekend for Go for the Goal ticket sales
McCOOK, Neb. -- This will be the last weekend that "Go for the Goal" raffle tickets will be available to buy at the Barnett Park soccer fields. Raffle tickets will be sold during the YMCA soccer games Saturday morning at Barnett Park. The money from the raffle will go toward purchasing soccer goals at the McCook High School. ...
Property taxes likely to increase, sales tax or no
McCOOK, Neb. -- Registered voters mulling which way to vote in the coming days on McCook's local option sales tax have a variety of factors to consider, chief among them is how it will affect the city property tax levy. City leaders have communicated failing to adopt the sales tax would likely result in the city raising the property tax levy to the maximum, although, they have also communicated the levy will most likely be raised this coming year, regardless...
Man gets five years for possessing, enticing child porn
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man was convicted of possessing and enticing child pornography and sentenced to a maximum of five years in state prison earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court. According to court documents the offender, 25-year-old Keith Priddy, used the web application Snapchat to send explicit pictures to several underage girls while requesting they send nude pictures and videos in return...
Grandparents can help fight whooping cough
McCOOK, Neb. -- In observance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), set for April 18-April 25, 2015, Red Willow Co. Health Dept., located at the fairgrounds in McCook, will join hundreds of communities across the United States to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities and public health...
Award-winning 'Proof' opens today at MCC
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College production of David Auburn's award-winning "Proof" comes to the MCC stage this weekend. The play, directed by MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle, opens with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m...
On Arbor Day in McCook
McCook, Nebraska, Public School and St. Patrick's Elementary third and fourth graders plant two Princeton elms, one Kentucky coffee tree and one Shademaster locust tree Wednesday afternoon at Felling Field. Nebraska Public Power District hosted the tree-planting, its only such ceremony in the state this Arbor Day. ...
Sales tax ballots in the mail
McCOOK, Neb, -- Election officials are mailing out ballots for the upcoming special election today, asking for renewal and increased spending flexibility pertaining to the city's local option sales tax. Residents should begin receiving them early next week, according to Red Willow County Clerk's Office, and will have until 5 p.m. on May 12 to return them to the clerk's office...
Uphill battle -- Death penalty repeal may be difficult
McCOOK, Neb. -- State senators advanced legislation Tuesday to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska and at least one official thinks the bill faces an uphill battle before becoming law. The bill, LB 268, advanced out of select file with 30 votes in favor, 13 against and six either abstaining or absent. District 44 Sen. Dan Hughes was among the 13 opponents to the legislation and said this morning Gov. Pete Ricketts had indicated he would veto the legislation...
Rehab, trainer position created; college board position open
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College governors approved a rehab sciences / athletic trainer position Wednesday in a meeting in McCook. Officials hoped creation of the position now would give time to advertise and find a quality candidate in time for the fall 2015 term...
2015 Spring Rendezvous
McCOOK, Neb. -- Muzzleloading and primitive camping enthusiasts gathered this weekend for two days of competitive ranges, campfire conversation and delicious outdoor dining during the Pawnee Free Trappers 2015 Spring Rendezvous. The semiannual events include pistol, rifle, tomahawk, throwing knife and archery range competitions, just a few miles west of McCook...
American drivers not completely sold on Earth Day
Sorry Sen. Gaylord Nelson, we're not completely sold. After seeing a giant oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, the senator proposed the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as an environmental "teach-in" to raise awareness of the dangers. Forty-five years later, we're far from weaned from crude oil -- remember the BP Oil Spill? Where do you stand on the Keystone XL pipeline?...
'May I take your order?'
New menu boards have replaced 58-year-old signs in the car-hop area of Mac's Drive-In at 809 West B Street in McCook, Nebraska. While the signs and the menus are new, the logo -- a cartoon couple in a convertible -- is as old as the drive-in's 809 West B location, which was built in 1957, say owners Dave and Angela McCarty. ...
'Hit like a man ...'
Steadying the punching bag, Renee Samuelson flinches as Cailee Zwickle throws a punch, and then Cailee and Jadyn Reynolds, right, react as City of McCook, Nebraska, Police Sr. Sgt. Kevin Darling teaches Jayda Zuck a wrist hold in a self protection and defense class for McCook High School sophomore girls Tuesday morning. ...
Changing times for City Council
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council advanced an ordinance Monday which would change the start time of their regularly scheduled meetings to 6:30 p.m. The change was unanimously approved on its first of three required readings, although, councilors indicated the third reading could be bypassed if the item garnered no opposition prior to the second reading...
U.S. Army veteran Desiree Wineland of rural Cambridge, Nebraska, encouraged McCook Senior High FFA members to "look for more similarities than differences in people," and they will be better able to deal with the challenges of life as it becomes, for them, more global than local. ...
Hormel finalists announced
McCOOK, Neb. -- Seven finalists in the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition are set to make their final pitches this Friday for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money to develop or expand their business. Presentations are open to the public from 1-5 p.m. in McMillen Hall on the MCC campus, room 213...
Second annual Funky Junk Market looks to attract 10 times population of Funk, Neb.
FUNK, Neb. -- Forty-one junk, vintage and artisan vendors from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska will sell their goods at a one-day shopping experience -- Funky Junk Market -- on Sat., May 2 , from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Funk, Neb. Indoor and outdoor vendors will be on the grounds of the Funk School Community Center, 301 Main Street...
Love them, protect them, immunize them!
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 18th to April 25th, 2015. With the support of the CDC, health care professionals and others, NIIW was originated in 1994 with the goal of promoting the importance of immunizations which protect everyone from preventable diseases...
Swanson Sign Co. workers put up the lettering on Lewis Motor Sports' new building on North U.S. 83 in McCook. The business is in temporary quarters on B Street until the new structure is ready.
Kiplinger hosting high school rodeo
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 2015 Nebraska High School Rodeo competition will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Kiplinger Arena on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook, Nebraska. A couple of hundred contestants are expected to compete in roping and cutting, barebacks and saddle broncs, pole pending and barrel racing, and bull riding...
Provider: Courthouse phones are state-of-the-art; Internet band width is the problem
McCOOK, Neb. -- The telecommunications/computer technician who installed telephones in the Red Willow County courthouse in McCook, Nebraska, says the phones he sold the county are not outdated and obsolete. Rob Henry of Commercial Engineering Services --CES -- in downtown McCook said Monday afternoon that he sold the county Cisco Model SPA525G2 phones, phones that have no end-of-life. "This model is top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art equipment," Henry said...