Melodrama Saturday, Sunday
BARTLEY, Neb. -- "The Pony Expresso or... The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt," is shaping up to be another great Southwest Public Schools Foundation melodrama, with plenty of opportunities to boo and hiss. It's set for 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Southwest High School auditorium in Bartley...
YMCA's new locker rooms make family swimming more convenient
McCOOK, Neb. -- While it isn't obvious when you walk through the front door, the McCook YMCA recently completed a major renovation project which will benefit pool users and exercisers alike, families with small children as well as those members with special needs...
City Council compiling budget priorities
McCOOK, Neb. -- If you think the city swimming pool could use a heater, perhaps a street sign on your block needs refreshing or maybe your ride home is just bumpier than it ought to be, whatever the focus, now is the time to speak up and let the McCook City Council know what is important to you...
Flora Lundberg, first woman mayor, dies at 90
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook's first woman mayor, Flora Lundberg, was remembered for a lifetime of service following her passing Friday at the age of 90. Mrs. Lundberg, who served three terms as a McCook City Council member and four different stints as major, passed away at her home in McCook surrounded by her family and her long-term caregiver...
Neighbors file suit over kennel's alleged expansion
McCOOK, Neb. -- Neighbors of a dog kennel located on the southern edge of McCook filed a lawsuit recently claiming damages by the business and asking for compensation and an end to the operation. The civil complaint was filed May 19, 2015, in Red Willow County District Court by Joe and Ranae Williams of 71370 County Road 385 in McCook. ...
The Flood of 1935 -- Many books tell stories of courage, destruction
In her book, "Swept Away," Mary Magorian Sherk wrote, "Water has often harassed the folks who live in Southwest Nebraska. Usually it was the lack of it they complained about ... " However, the last week of May 1935, in the middle of a drought, it was too much water that would terrify those who lived along the Republican River. ...
Play auditions Monday
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association will have auditions Monday, June 1, for the Neil Simon play, "Lost in Yonkers." Auditions will be at the residence of director Don Harpst, at 1526 Centennial Drive, from 7 to 8 p.m. The SWNCTA production is scheduled to be presented Oct. 17-18 at the Fox Theatre. Rehearsals will start the last week in August...
Peddlers new and old seeking city permits
McCOOK, Neb. -- Three local business entities have filed applications for one-year permits to operate as peddlers on public property within city limits. The trio includes new business startup "This and That Food Truck and Catering" owned by Brian Wiemers, long-time snack truck operator Bill Donze, also known as "Mr. Bill," and the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce...
The Flood of 1935 -- Victims more than just a list of names
OXFORD, Neb. -- Nancy Knuth of Oxford, Nebraska, has a list of names ... the names of people who lost their lives 80 years ago May 30 and 31, and into June in the 1935 Republican River Flood. But this is more than a list of up to 120 or so names. "This is not just a list of dead people," Nancy said. "They are real people who lived, whose families loved them and missed them when they were gone."...
The Flood of 2015?
Wednesday night's downpour in Southwest Nebraska washed out roads and ravines near Max, left, and pushed the Republican River, above, near Stratton out of its banks as well as doing extensive damage in Benkelman. "It's just amazing the power of water," said Angie Martus, who provided several pictures to the Gazette. The storm also left drifts of hail. The Benkelman Post's Facebook page includes a number of photos and videos about the storm: http://on.fb.me/1LO1sft...
Smith to cities: Look into options for air service
McCOOK, Neb. -- Commercial air service at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport has shrunk to a fraction of what it was in recent years and it may be time for city leaders to take another look at airline options. During a visit with the Gazette Thursday Congressman Adrian Smith voiced frustration with the federal government's role in a recent pilot shortage but indicated a proactive approach on the part of local airports may be the best response...
Hughes expects death penalty to go to voters
McCOOK, Neb. -- State legislators repealed the death penalty Wednesday after a lengthy debate but some are already speculating the contentious topic will return as a ballot measure next session. Nebraska's death penalty was repealed on a narrow margin with no votes to spare on the successful override of Governor Pete Ricketts' veto...
Memorial Day 2015 ceremonies
Check out a video of McCook 2015 Memorial Day ceremonies here: https://youtu.be/zGHfisnGxYE
The Flood of 1935 -- Landmark water tank found new life after waters receded
McCOOK, Neb. -- It nestles among trees and shrubs, tucked into a corner of a wire fence. Hundreds, even thousands, of people drive by it every day. Many of those are McCook people, but very, very few of them -- if any -- know the history of the steel-gray water tank that sits in a feed yard east of McCook, on the south side of Highway 6-34 and north of the Republican River...
Recycling project Thursday
Elise and Harper Stevens, left, create a poster to be hung at McCook Christian Church for a Project Pals 4-H Club electronics recycling project, while James Neel, Sam Hoyt and Breyer Lampe, above, load up some old computers for the event, set for 1 to 4 p.m. ...
'Old Glory Days'
Bob Furrow, a charter member of the Maywood, Nebraska, Lions Club, and his wife, Eileen, open Maywood's 25th annual "Old Glory Days" parade Saturday morning. Despite the cold breeze and a constant drip and drizzle, parade participants and parade-goers still celebrated the weekend celebration's theme, "Old School Cool." Cool, for sure on Saturday. ...
McCook city surplus auction set for Friday
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook is coordinating its annual city surplus and police auction Friday afternoon at the police impound yard. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. and includes a significant number of surplus items and equipment, including 15 vehicles impounded by the police department and two former U.S. Government vehicles...
Balance sheets force Hillcrest room rate hike
McCOOK, Neb. -- Citing nearly a half million in past-due balances, along with rising vendor costs and payments due to Medicare, Hillcrest Nursing Home will raise room costs in July. The Hillcrest Board of Trustees unanimously voted recently to increase room rates by $12 per day at the beginning of the fiscal year that starts in July, with the potential of another $12 increase in six months. Hillcrest is owned by the county but operates on its own revenue...
Free swimming Monday as McCook pool opens
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook swimming pool opens Monday, June 1, kicking off the 2015 season with an annual free swim day. The pool will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission prices remain the same as prior years with daily and season pass options. Daily admission for adults age 13 and older is $2.50; children age 12 and younger, including the baby pool, is priced at $1 daily...
The Flood of 1935 -- When Southwest Nebraska felt Mother Nature's wrath
McCOOK, Neb. -- What more could go wrong? It was summer 1935 in Nebraska. It was dry, and dirty. There was nothing to stop the wind but the barbed wire. Grasshoppers, descending in swarms of biblical proportions, ate everything in sight. A five-year drought continued its strangle-hold on the Midwest. The heat, even at the end of May, even before summer started, was already just about unbearable...
Animal rights group targets Beaver City dog breeder
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska is again drawing attention as being home to one of the worst dog breeding facilities in the nation, at least according to the Humane Society of the United States annual "Horrible Hundred" report. The 2015 report was released earlier this month and indicates a dog breeder in Beaver City, Nebraska, Saints4Life owned by Jamie Bailey, is among the 100 problem puppy mills in the nation. ...
POW tour seats filling up
McCOOK, Neb. -- Already more than half of the available seats are booked to enjoy one of the area's great "mysteries" to be uncovered as part of the Buffalo Commons Storytelling tradition this year. The Friday June 12 "History's Mystery" tour will explore the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp...
Two World War II fighter aces are helped from a private jet on their way back to California after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington on Wednesday. Dean S. "Diz" Laird, left, 94, is the only Navy ace to down both German and Japanese aircraft, sharing credit for two German planes while patrolling off Norway in 1943 and destroying four Japanese planes between 1944 and 1945. ...
Board members blame erosion on NRDs' project
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two directors of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District addressed recent erosion problems along the Medicine Creek during the monthly meeting of the directors of the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project (NCORPE project) in McCook, Nebraska, Wednesday morning...
Three new members for Review Committee
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Citizens Advisory Review Committee is adding three members in the coming weeks. Former Mayor Dennis Berry was appointed to fill a vacancy on the committee left by the departure of former-Mayor Flora Lundberg and it was announced Monday he had asked to be replaced...