Movin' to the music
Lead vocalist Dave Lerbakken, above left, and guitarist Greg Sales, left, energize the crowd for The Innocence performance at McCook National Bank's "Hot Summer Nights" concert Thursday evening. Rock, country, blues, jazz -- that's how the band rocked the crowd gathered at the auditorium for the concert (moved from Norris Park because of the weather) and for a McCook Community Chest fund-raising barbecue. ...
Rick Johnson and his grandson, 2-year-old Beckett, inspect the hackberry tree that fell from Beckett's front yard onto neighbor Connie Padgett's roof in Thursday afternoon's freaky storm. Beckett's dad, Spencer, said although he regrets the damage to Connie's house, the tree spared his own home, McCook's only "Lustron" house, at 1303 Norris, above. ...
New community brand website unveiled
McCOOK, Neb. -- It's not exactly the same, but -- to give you an idea of what I'm talking about -- picture a grizzled old cowboy in the Kiplinger Arena, holding a branding iron in his hands, just about ready to slab it smack dab on the hind side of a wiggling steer...
Purple ribbon bread
Mattie Windholz of Benkelman wins a purple ribbon on her wheat/white/rye braided bread from foods judge Kathy Barent during 4-H judging Tuesday at the Dundy County Fair in Benkelman. Also on Tuesday, Mattie won the grand champion senior photography award with her picture of the March lunar eclipse. Dundy County's 4-H schedule continued with a horse show Wednesday, llama and livestock judging contest Thursday, hog show and beef show Friday and livestock sale Saturday...
Racine-Baker-Miller Scholarship Fund
McCook College Foundation President Paul Wood, third from right, receives a check for nearly $395,000 from Tom Baker for the establishment of a new Racine-Baker-Miller Scholarship Fund. Accepting the check on behalf of the foundation, from left, are Ken Foster, Stan Goodwin, (Baker, executor of the will), Wood, Chad Meyer and Janet Werkmeister, executive director. ...
Farm accidents hit home for MCC safety instructor
McCOOK, Neb. -- Whenever he hears about farm-related fatalities -- like death of a 72-year old man who suffocated in a grain bin in Polk County Tuesday -- it reinforces an important aspect to living in farm country, "It always hits home when there are farm-related injuries and fatalities," said Tim Zehnder, Director of Fire Science, Mid-Plains Community College. ...
Hot Summer Nights concert moved to Memorial Auditorium
McCOOK, Neb. -- MNB's Hot Summer Nights Concert tonight has been moved to the city auditorium because of predicted rain. Doors open for the free concert at 6 p.m.. Balcony and floor seating will be available. McCook musicians Oscar and Stephanie Montes open the show at 6:30 followed by The Innocence at 7 p.m....
Drive-In returning for Heritage Days
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Reached at his apartment in Lincoln -- where he is attending summer classes at the University of Nebraska -- Gavin Harsh shared the good news for the fourth straight year: "Once again," he said, "the McCook Optimists are joining with me to bring another drive-in movie to McCook."...
College students arriving early for fall semester
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new batch of students arrive on the McCook Community College campus Aug. 2 this year to get an early start to the Fall 2016 semester -- which officially begins for most students Aug. 21. MCC's all-college prep days are Aug. 15-19 with Brooks Hall check-in set for Aug. 18, new student orientation Aug. 19 and fall classes begin Aug. 21...
Arapahoe ready to roll out plans for school bond issue
ARAPAHOE, Neb. -- With less than a month to go before students in the Golden Plains head back to school, the Arapahoe-Holbrook school system is capturing the biggest headlines as the board of education there prepares to roll out plans for a more than $10 million school building bond issue...
Three schools welcoming new superintendents
Connie jo discoe Regional Editor Three Southwest Nebraska public schools will have new superintendents this fall, each one bringing years of experience to the position. MAYWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Frontier County Enterprise reports that Cindy Huff is the new superintendent at Maywood Public Schools. ...
MHS grad earns masters at Fort Hays State
HAYS, Kan. -- Samantha June Shepherd, a 2008 McCook High School graduate who now lives in Colby, Kan., graduated from Fort Hays State University in the spring 2016 semester with a Master of Professional Studies (criminal justice). Shepherd also earned her bachelor's degree from FHSU, a Bachelor of Science in justice studies, in the spring 2012 semester...
Local players among winners at Paxton
PAXTON, Neb. -- Three local poolplayers were among the winners at the APA Pool League 8-Ball Fun & Cash Singles tournament recently at Swede's, Ole's and Windy Gap in Paxton. The tournament hosted a full field of 32 shooters and paid cash prizes to the top eight finishers...
Oh, the smell of fresh-cut hay
Brad Wiese runs a windrower through alfalfa near Max Tuesday afternoon, diffusing that earthy, grassy aroma on a gentle breeze. There are companies that sell "Fresh-Cut Alfalfa," "Baling Hay" and "Alfalfa and Sweet Clover" scented candles.
Attempted possession charge nets jail time
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man previously convicted in Red Willow County for attempting to distribute a controlled substance received jail time last week for attempting to possess methamphetamine. The offender, 25-year-old George Blankenship of 1407 West 16th Street, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor offense and given credit at sentencing for 12 days already served. His court costs were also waived by Red Willow County District Çourt Judge David Urbom...
Dale Johnson of Campbell drives "Bess" and "Belle" through the obstacle course during the draft horse show and competition at the Red Willow County Fair in McCook Sunday afternoon. Over the blue tarp "water" and across the wood plank bridge, stop by the mail box, step over and around the poles and back into the dock, all for a possible 100 points. The judge was Darrel Eberspacher of Eberspacher Belgians of Seward...
Halee Kohmetscher of Lawrence, left, is the new Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2016, crowned before the Red Willow County Fair rodeo in McCook Saturday evening. Halee is the 16-year-old daughter of Duane and the late Laurie Kohmetscher. Danielle Forster of Smithfield, right, is the new Junior Rodeo Queen; she is the daughter of Kevin and Kim Forster and the little sister of Lynn Forster, a vet tech at Red Willow Animal Clinic in McCook...
'Big Give' day set for Nov. 3
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook is a community with a big heart. That generous nature will shine during the McCook Community Chest's first-ever "Big Give Day" on Nov. 3. Kicking off the effort to acquaint everyone with this brand-new "one day of giving" concept, the Community Chest will host a free-will barbecue preceding McCook National Bank's "Hot Summer Nights" concert Thursday, July 28, in Norris Park...
Main Street revival in the offing?
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Main Street's executive director, Elizabeth Chase, told a dozen McCookites Tuesday night that it might be wise for McCook to re-enter the Nebraska Main Street program through "consortium" sponsorship, meaning that she believes the community would be better served if several leadership groups -- instead of just one -- joined to sponsor the Main Street effort...
The cloud cover was so patchy that drivers -- and especially one biker -- had to wonder where all the rain, and even some hail, came from just after noon Wednesday. B Street in McCook flooded in the deluge. There was half-an-inch of rain -- and one dead beetle -- in a mid-town rain gauge when the rain stopped and the sun came out again. (Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Gazette)...
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors will conduct a public hearing today at 6:30 p.m., in McMillen Hall Room 213 on the McCook Community College campus to discuss the purchase of four houses in McCook, in the 900 block of East D and sandwiched between the Knights of Columbus Hall and Felling Field. ...
Impromptu college reunion renews old friendships
McCOOK, Neb. -- Fifty two years ago, when she was a senior at McCook High School, Sharon Kuhlmann was scared witless when one of those 'beautiful bad boys' from the college, Tony Vino, took her on a thrilling motorcycle ride, swerving in and out of traffic and driving more than a little too fast. ...
MIA bracelet finds its way back to McCook
McCOOK, Neb. --Cheryl Wild of Bellevue likes to go "hunting" at thrift stores. This January, Wild walked into a thrift store in Papillion and immediately spotted something in the display case she had to have. "The first thing I noticed was the MIA bracelet. ...
Heritage Days planning underway
McCOOK, Neb. -- Heritage Days is just around the corner and planning is in full swing! We are excited to bring back Fifth Quarter Family Fun Night for the second year. Stay tuned for more details. Other events being planned are the Saturday Night Outdoor Movie, the Car and Tractor Show, our Heritage Days Parade and of course, the Arts and Crafts in the Park...
She said 'yes!'
Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2015 Jenna Langer carries a flag asking "Eva, Will You Marry Me?" around the arena during the Red Willow County Fair Rodeo in McCook Saturday evening. At the west end of the arena, a very surprised Eva -- Eva Liakos of Curtis -- told Andrew Ruggles of McCook, "Yes!"...