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Prairie Land Food orders due June 14 (05/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Prairie Land Food orders for June food packages are due by Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The pick-up date in McCook is Friday, June 24, from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Family Resource Center at 1010 E. Sixth, McCook. Prairie Land Food is a food buying group that provides quality foods at prices up to 50 percent off retail prices. The program is open to everyone...
Driver faces DUI, speeding 120 in a 60 mph zone (05/27/16)
OXFORD, Neb. -- Traveling two times faster than the posted speed limit landeds a Furnas County man in jail for Driving While Intoxicated. 
Just after 9 p.m., Thursday, May 26, a trooper made a traffic stop of a black 1980 Corvette for speeding 120 mph in a 60 mph zone on Highway 136 just west of Oxford in Furnas County.
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Minimal damage reported around McCook (05/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A severe storm which threatened golfball size hail, extreme wind and prime tornado conditions Thursday evening ended up causing very little damage within McCook city limits, according to city officials. City workers cleaned up a pair of mature hackberry trees late Thursday evening but received no other reports of damage within city limits...
Walkway progress (05/27/16)
Retaining walls and cement work for a new walkway between downtown McCook and a city parking lot on East First Street begin to take shape earlier this week. BSB Construction representatives hope to have the project completed within the next couple weeks...
Hangar construction to begin soon (05/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Contractors and engineers involved in building a new aircraft hangar at the McCook airport will coordinate a pre-construction meeting with the city next week. McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport officials anticipate the 6-hangar project will be completed this year and help reduce a waiting list of approximately 10 aircraft owners interested in space at the airport...
Storm dumps rain, hail; funnel clouds stay in sky (05/27/16)
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- Law enforcement officers and weather spotters witnessed "lots of severe rotation" but no actual tornadoes in a storm system that swept across Red Willow County in the early evening hours Thursday. Red Willow County Sheriff and Emergency Manager Alan Kotschwar said this morning that his officers and spotters watched funnels that reached toward the ground, dissipated, formed again and dissipated again. ...
Focus groups explore ideas for local growth (05/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- United in their desire to see their community grow, more than 60 McCook citizens spread across the floor of the Graff Event Center Thursday night to launch a landmark program called "Marketing Hometown America." The purpose -- through a series of study group discussions in the next six weeks -- will be to find the best ways to attract new residents to McCook...
New hospital official in post (05/27/16)
McCook, Neb. -- Community Hospital directors heard strategic updates on Decatur Health Systems and the hospital's Balanced Scorecard, as well as approving policies during their regular May meeting. Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President and CEO told the board that Kris Mathews will begin his job as Chief Operating Officer of Decatur Health Systems at Oberlin, Kansas around Memorial Day...
MEDC sees quality people, bright future for McCook (05/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Kirk Dixon met with an impressive number of area residents over the last few weeks, and he's enjoying every minute of it. "We have such quality people here in southwest Nebraska. I get more excited with each meeting I attend and with each resident I visit with. It's impressive how committed and excellent our people are," said Dixon earlier this week...
State champs (05/26/16)
The McCook Bison claimed the 2016 Nebraska Class B State High School Boys Golf Championship in competition Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-25, at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln. The Bison had a two-day, 36-hole total of 619 strokes. Elkhorn Mt. Michael finished second at 627. ...
'Rockin' on the Medicine' moves to Holbrook (05/26/16)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Friday, is the night of the Tri Valley Medical Foundation's fundraising concert, "Rockin' on the Medicine." Due to the inclement weather forecast, the venue is changing to the old school house, 416 Center St. in Holbrook on Highway 6-34.. Pre-party starts at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment by MajorMinor3. Whiskey Bent takes the stage at 8 p.m. Food vendors, raffle and auction items available throughout the night...
Golf cart business under new ownership (05/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- After 47 years, McCook's golf car dealership is changing hands. Bob and Dee Propes, who have operated Propes Golf Carts Sales and Service since 1969, have sold the business to Terry and Shelley Hoffmaster.

 The Hoffmasters -- who assumed ownership May 10 -- have changed the name of the business to Master Carts.

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Weed eaters (05/26/16)
Donkeys owned by John O'Dea and his sons are death on musk thistles in their pasture south of the old Republican Valley school between Indianola and McCook. John's wife, Michelle, said they have problems with musk thistles growing in the river bottom pasture, but they hate to spray for them because of cattle grazing on the grass. ...
Culbertson native among those saved by new medical device (05/26/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- During National EMS Week, Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley recognized Nebraska City EMS crews for saving the life of an Otoe County deputy and former resident of Culbertson. In Lincoln, on May 18, Foley said that at least 16 lives have been saved in the year since Nebraska emergency medical services and hospitals started receiving and using the newest technology in chest compression systems, the LUCASŪ 2. ...
Swimming free again in Oberlin (05/26/16)
OBERLIN, Kan. -- The City of Oberlin's new swimming pool will offer free admission again this summer, thanks to a local fundraising initiative. The Oberlin pool opens for the summer season this Saturday, May 28, from 1-6 p.m. The $1.9 million pool was built last spring and came in under budget by approximately $600,000. ...
Salaries, bids OK'd (05/26/16)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- New salaries and bids for the Valentine extended campus were approved by the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors Wednesday night. President Ryan Purdy's contract was extended for a third year, and his base salary set at $220,000, increasing to $226,600 in fiscal 2017-18. There was no guarantee in base salary for the third year...
McCook Rotary awards scholarships (05/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Rotary Club recently granted three scholarships to McCook High School graduates. Dustin Bredvick, son of Tom and Janie Bredvick, plans to attend the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln as a full time student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering...
Junior Bison Award students named at MJH (05/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Fourth quarter Junior Bison Award students at McCook Junior High are: 6th Grade Lillian Allen Ruth Bond Paige Bopp Riley Bortner Ethan Cacy Brenna Carner Makynna Cunningham Mia Decker Daniel Eaton Caden Edwards McKenzie Farr Joslyn Hammond...
Medical student takes the road less traveled (05/26/16)
McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- Thomas McHale is the first to admit that studying infectious diseases in tropical countries is not exactly commonplace in Nebraska. But taking the road less traveled has never been a problem for McHale, a 2008 graduate of Cambridge High School and now, a third year medical student doing a family medicine rotation at McCook Clinic...
Rod run highlights (05/25/16)
Jake Faber of Oberlin shoots pictures of the 1965 GTO painted "dark candy root beer" and "custom tan pearl," owned by Dennis Wellbrock of Hudson, Colo., and exhibited at the 34th annual Atwood, Kan., early rod run Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Faber said he loved the "new car smell" of the interior; "it's an outstanding build," he said. ...
Children's Museum idea gains traction (05/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook has a lot to offer Southwest Nebraska residents as the retail hub for the region and boasting premiere recreational activity with a solid selection of restaurants. Private and public efforts to expand or improve upon those options, whether it's for the benefit of residents or to capitalize on visitors, are seemingly ongoing, however, economic development officials indicated recently they were particularly encouraged by one intending to establish a children's museum...
Coash: Don't revive broken death penalty (05/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska's death penalty is broken and should not be revived, State Sen. Colby Coash said on a stop in McCook on Tuesday. Nebraska hasn't executed anyone in almost 20 years, can't get the drugs it needs to carry out the sentence and doesn't need capital punishment to keep killers locked away, said Coash, who will leave the Nebraska Legislature this year because of term limits...
Memorial Day services planned (05/25/16)
In observance of Memorial Day, the Danbury Depot Museum will be open Sunday and Monday, from 2 p.m until 4 p.m. each day. In Atwood on Monday, Sam Hubbard American Legion Post No. 46 will host its annual Memorial Day Program at Fairview Cemetery at 10 a.m...
Couple's cleaning business offers free service for cancer patients (05/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Upon reflection and study, Steve and Rachelle Kotschwar of McCook have realized that one of their "spiritual gifts" is their desire and ability to reach out and help others. "Our pastor got us to thinking, 'What are our spiritual gifts?'," Steve said recently. "And it's pretty clear -- our gift is helping others." Rachelle is a caregiver; Steve is a deputy sheriff. Both careers demonstrate the couple's heart for helping...
Housing Success Stories subject of upcoming meetins (05/25/16)
HOLDREGE, Neb. -- "Creating Housing Success Stories" is the program for the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce quarterly meeting June 14 in McCook. Cities across the state continue to struggle with not having enough housing for their workforces. Several experts with hands-on experience in Broken Bow and Imperial will talk about how these communities created new housing...
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