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Down the rabbit hole (12/06/16)
Ashton Pedersen center, is all smiles while getting his picture taken with Alice in Wonderland (Janelle Metcalf) and the Mad Hatter (Bill Longnecker), at the McCook City Library Monday. The portraits were part of the "Wonderland" activities scheduled for kids, with more than 40 children attending. ...
Newly-elected board member attend November Community Hospital meeting (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Newly-elected board members attended the Community Hospital board of directors regularly scheduled board meeting on November 16 as guests. Robert C. Hinze, DMP and Lena Koebel were elected to the board and Todd Thieszen was reelected. Hinze and Koebel will begin their three-year terms at the Dec. 21 board meeting. The directors were asked to consider who they would consider to serve as officers. Elections will be held at the Dec. 21 board meeting...
Seven years later, dog park still on hold (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook residents hoping for a leash-free dog park may be in for a wait. Finding property for the park isn't the problem, allocating city revenue is, at least according to one official. The Burns family donated property to the City of McCook in 2009 with initial discussions indicating it would be used to develop a leash-free dog park. The property is located at East 11th and C Street...
'Publisher's Clearing House' scam reported (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Several local residents have reported receiving calls claiming they had won millions of dollars and should prepare for the arrival of the "prize patrol" with the money. The scam becomes apparent, however, after the caller, reportedly from Jamaica, asks for banking information so the "winner" can pay necessary "insurance" to receive the prize...
Council incumbents sworn in; mayor, vice president retained (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A pair of incumbent members of the McCook City Council were sworn in for another four years Monday evening and elections for Mayor and Vice President were conducted without changes. Councilman Jerry Calvin and Councilwoman Janet Hepp both ran unopposed during this year's General Election. ...
Commissioners won't act as debt collectors for state (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County got out of the banking and loan business in 2012. Four and a half years later, on Monday morning, county commissioners made it clear they don't want to be in the debt collection business either. During their weekly meeting Monday, commissioners revealed that two of the businesses that borrowed money from the county's former revolving loan program are now behind on their payments. ...
County struggles with retaining jail staff (12/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County's jailers and jail administrators are getting raises mid-stream only because one jailer has quit and jail supervisor Gerry Hunter and Sheriff Alan Kotschwar have decided not to fill the vacancy. The county's jail staff members will each get raises of about 82 cents an hour, or about $150 a month, as Hunter addresses the need to keep good staff members and attract good candidates by paying competitive wages...
Advertising works (12/05/16)
Three-year-old Gage Lytle of McCook shows Santa Claus the advertisement from which he can shop for Gage's Christmas presents. Gage and his little brother, 6 1/2-month-old Easton, and other good little boys and girls visited with Santa at the McCook airport after McCook pilot Griff Malleck fetched him from the North Pole Saturday morning. Gage and Easton are the sons of Jody and Brian Lytle of McCook...
Baby, it's cold outside (12/05/16)
Josh Crocker's courage to brave cold temperatures dressed in nothing more than swim trunks and a barbecue apron may have impressed the judges of McCook's annual "Christmas Lights" parade on a cold Saturday evening. VK Electronics' float, with its barbecue grills, won first place, followed by First Central Bank in second place and Macfee's Paw Spa in third. The winners won advertising packages from High Plains Radio, which co-sponsors the parade with the Chamber of Commerce...
Construction expands Willow Creek Meats (12/05/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A growing business is a good thing to have, but it presents challenges -- and offers opportunities -- when it doesn't fit inside the building. Scott and Shona Carlin, owners of Willow Creek Meats south of McCook, are pleased that business is good, that the customer base for their custom-cut meat processing is growing in number and in area...
Tasty Treats (12/05/16)
Before seeing Santa and his reindeer up the street, Brooklynn Felzien, 4, grabs a brownie and her sister, Trinity, 7, gets something hot to drink, at New Life Christian Bookstore. The bookstore was one of about a dozen McCook Area Chamber of Commerce businesses who participated in the "Tasting on the Bricks" Saturday, offering shoppers tasty treats for their holiday shopping...
Haigler Winter Holiday Festival Dec. 17 (12/05/16)
HAIGLER, Neb. -- The third annual Haigler Winter Holiday Festival is set for Saturday, Dec. 17. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center and will conclude by 5 p.m. Admission is free and the historic gymnasium will be decorated in a winter wonderland theme. Santa will be waiting to have pictures taken with him, and lots of new and fun activities will be added this year...
McCook College Foundation honors founding member (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Lloyd Benjamin, a founding member of the McCook College Foundation, was recently honored by Foundation members for his 42-years of service, leadership, and dedication to the college where he first played football and took engineering classes...
Santa, Mrs. Claus to visit MCC (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit the McCook Community College Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Adult supervision is required. Admission is one canned good item to be donated to McCook Pantry...
Visit with Santa Claus (12/02/16)
A photograph taken from Santa Claus' 2012 scrapbook shows his conversation with then-4-year-old Lexi Steinbeck of McCook. Santa Claus plans a pre-holiday visit in McCook again, to listen to little ones' wishes before his world-wide trip on Christmas Eve. ...
Lighting the tree (12/02/16)
Hundreds witness the lighting of "The Community Christmas Tree" Thursday evening in McCook's Kelley Park. The tree, and especially the new 4-foot-tall, 600-bulb Moravian star tree topper, was dedicated to the memory of Phil Rouse, the father of Ryan Davis, who, with his wife Janelle, originated the Community Christmas Tree two years ago. Santa Claus rode in on "Prancer," and McCook National Bank and Sparky's Kids Club offered a hot cocoa bar, with whipped cream, marshmallows and candy sprinkles...
Big banners only part of big birthday celebration (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- B Street Banners and a Big Birthday Bash are among the possibilities as the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce gets ready to roll out plans for the celebration of McCook's 135th and Nebraska's 150th anniversaries, both of which will take place in 2017...
Annexation discussion on Monday agenda (12/02/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council will review overlay and future land use maps pertaining to potential annexation targets during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting. The information is part of a City Council update pertaining to an ongoing effort between city staff and hired planning personnel with Miller and Associates...
Grabbing the Grinch (12/01/16)
Caitlin Fox and son Beckett, 4, hang on to their inflatable Grinch Christmas decoration on East B in McCook. Residents were wise to stake down outdoor ornaments securely in the face of strong winds in recent days.
Texan's concert to benefit NCTA teams (12/01/16)
CURTIS, Neb. -- Texas country musician Josh Ward is performing in Curtis next week to support Aggie college students. Josh Ward's performance Dec. 10 at "The Barn" of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus is a concert to raise funds for NCTA student teams. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. with limited seating at the back of the student union. Tickets are for standing room on the dance floor...
The next Mobile Pantry ... (12/01/16)
Tim Hare of Culbertson, left, and Jeff Donelan of McCook manhandle a pallet of potatoes during a "Mobile Pantry" in McCook in November. The "Food Bank for the Heartland" plans its next Mobile Pantry Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. until noon., at the fire barn at 415 Taylor in downtown Culbertson. ...
Beauty and the Beast auditions set (12/01/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Auditions for the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association of Beauty and the Beast are set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at McCook High School band room. Performances will be March 11, 12, 14, 17, 18 and 19 at the Fox Theater. Call Gene Weedin at (308) 340-5746 or Christy Stevens at (308) 340-3355 or (308) 345-5331 for more information about specific songs to download and rehearse...
MCC Music Christmas Concert Dec. 11 (12/01/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College Music Department's Christmas Concert is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at McCook Memorial United Methodist Church, Norris and E. The free performance will feature vocal and instrumental solos and refreshments will follow in the Friendship Room...
Suspected intruder reportedly shot (12/01/16)
ST. FRANCIS, Kan. --Cheyenne County, Kansas, Sheriff Cody Beeson reports that his officers and those of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism responded Wednesday to a report of a suspected intruder being shot by a property owner in rural Cheyenne County...
Festival of Wreaths (12/01/16)
The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas party Wednesday at the McCook Auditorium, with the theme, "Live, Work, Play." The festivities included a silent auction on specially-decorated wreaths, with proceeds benefitting local non-profit agencies, live music by Mike Milbauer, an ugly Christmas sweater contest and photos taken with a Christmas backdrop. ...

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