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Community Hospital receives Governor's Wellness Award (10/31/14)
McCook, Nebraska--Community Hospital was one of 50 Nebraska employers receiving the 2014 Governor's Wellness Award last week. Sarah Wolford, Community Hospital Wellness Coordinator and Karen Kliment Thompson, Vice President of Ancillary Services received the Grower Award from Gov. Dave Heineman in September...
Burglar sentenced after string of break-ins (10/31/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A former McCook man who was initially facing 30 felony offenses, by far the most filed against any single offender in Red Willow County in at least recent history, was sentenced to prison time Wednesday in Red Willow County District Court and will likely serve less than two years...
Burglar released after four months in prison (10/31/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A local burglar sentenced to 18-36 months in state prison in June was released from custody Thursday after serving a little more than four months. The offender, 26-year-old Jesse L. Morrison, was given credit at sentencing for 128 days already served, approximately four-and-a-half months. ...
MRNRD candidates talk water (10/31/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Water has long been a contentious topic for Southwest Nebraskans and voters will likely have their work cutout for them Tuesday when they choose from a field of 11 candidates, vying for six seats, on the Middle Republican Natural Resource District Board of Directors. Seven of the candidates attended the High Plains Radio Candidate's Forum at the Bieroc Cafe last week and provided some insight into who they were and what they hoped to accomplish...
Taking out Turn Two (10/31/14)
Charlie Collins wipes out Turn Two of the stock car race track on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in McCook, Nebraska, performing early dirt work for the new "Alice Kiplinger Building," a warm-up arena and multi-purpose building that will complete a triangle of horse arenas given to the county by McCook-area rancher Tom Kiplinger. ...
City may increase tax on liquor license holders (10/31/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook is looking to raise revenue by way of increasing the annual occupation tax on liquor licenses. According to city staff each community may collect an amount equal to double the state fees and McCook is currently a mixture ranging from none at all, to one-and-a-half times the state fees. City staff is proposing the fees be increased on all categories to one-and-a-half times the state liquor license fees...
City Council candidates talk about why they ran (10/31/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Three of the four McCook City Council candidates attended the High Plains Radio Candidate's Forum at the Bieroc Cafe recently, offering their reasons for running for office and areas they would focus on if elected. Incumbent Mike Gonzales said he was born in McCook and graduated from both McCook High School and McCook Community College. Gonzales has been a City Councilman since 2009 and employed by the Ed Thomas YMCA since 1975, serving as executive director since 1982...
Facts about McCook Junior State Normal School (10/31/14)
Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society McCOOK, Neb. -- In the McCook Tribune's Friday Evening edition, May 11, 1906, the headline proclaims: "McCook Junior State Normal -- Fourth Annual Summer Session to Open June 11- Teachers Will Be Here Until August 17 -- Prospect Excellent for Greatly Increased Attendance Over Former Years...
Titan Machinery continues tradition of Curly Olney's Inc. (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska - When the Curly Olney dealership in McCook became a part of Titan Machinery in 2012, farm, home and construction equipment customers throughout Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas benefitted in two significant ways. Maintaining an extended record of service, the purchase of Curly Olney's Inc. ...
Veterans invited to McCook Elementary Nov. 11 (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Elementary is extending an invitation to area veterans to join them on Tuesday, Nov. 11 as the school celebrates Veterans Day. If you are a veteran, or have a veteran in your family that would be interested in coming to school to share, call the school at 345-5681 or send an email to Linda Wood at lwood@mccookbison.org. ...
Stratton man bound over on sexual assault, other charges (10/30/14)
TRENTON, Neb. -- Hitchcock County, Nebraska, Judge Anne Paine bound over to district court and continued the $1.5 million bond for a 45-year-old Stratton man facing eight sexual assault, weapon, terroristic threat and drug charges. Anthony J. "A.J." Horton told Judge Paine that he waived his right to the preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday afternoon in county court in the courthouse in Trenton. Horton's first appearance in district court will be Thursday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m...
Former McCook offender released after 10 months (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man sentenced to 20 months in state prison in January, stemming from drug and theft charges, was paroled Wednesday after serving approximately 10 months. The offender, James Bonacci III, was convicted earlier this year of a Class IV felony offense for possession of methamphetamine...
Church kids 'Treating for the Pantry' (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Ministerial Association's "Treating for the Pantry" continues until Sunday, Nov. 2. This united effort by churches within the association is designed to collect non-perishable food items for the Community Pantry, which will assist those in need. The group asks that residents please be aware that church members and their associated youth groups may come knocking and asking for donations throughout the week...
Vandalism to memorial leaves widow devastated (10/30/14)
PALISADE, Neb. -- Becki Johnson of Palisade, Nebraska, hopes that her and her family's experience with her husband's memorial sends a message to vandals about the consequences of their activities. "I want them to realize how much it has hurt my family and friends. We were in total shock," Becki said softly, explaining the vandalism that almost destroyed the memorial placed at the site of the car accident near Palisade that killed her husband, Ed, on April 20, 2013...
National American Legion commander supports Obama's ISIS response, which it would have come sooner (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The National Commander for the American Legion supports President Barrack Obama's response to ISIS, although he would have preferred it came sooner. The American Legion elected a Nebraskan as their National Commander in August, entrusting Michael D. Helm of Lebanon to be the official spokesman for the 2.4 million member veterans organization...
GOP leaders, candidates project unity (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Several Republican leaders and candidates embarked on a one-day fly-around tour of Nebraska, Tuesday, including McCook among their scheduled nine stops. Each member of the group of six spoke briefly during a reception at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport before answering questions from attendees...
Lady Indians help out at Norris Home (10/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Sen. George Norris Home on Norris Avenue received some sprucing up over the weekend. Members of the McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team spent Saturday raking and bagging up leaves, as well as painting the back fence at the historical site. In addition, members cleaned off the garage roof and the gutters on the house...
Ear problems (10/29/14)
"Wesson," a young Lab/hound who waits at the McCook Humane Society animal shelter for his forever home, needs ear surgery as soon as possible. Shelter director Lorie Prestes says Wesson is in pain, and is becoming depressed and "hangdog." The surgery will cost $400. ...
It's important to share ... (10/29/14)
Eight-year-old Abigail Gross of McCook, Nebraska, delivers her and her brother Ashley's outgrown winter clothes and coats Tuesday afternoon to the annual "Coat Closet and Winter Clothing Giveaway" in McCook. Abigail supports the Coat Closet because she said she knows it's important to share what she's outgrown. ...
Baseball team, service club clean up road (10/29/14)
McCook Community College baseball team members and coaches join eight members of the McCook Optimists Club for a cleanup of two miles of U.S.Highway 83 Monday.
GOP fly-around (10/29/14)
A contingent of Republican officers and candidates visits McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport Tuesday morning as part of a statewide campaign swing in advance of next week's General Election. McCook was among nine stops the group scheduled. From left, Nebraska State Senator and candidate for Auditor of Public Accounts Charlie Janssen, Auditor of Public Accounts and Lt. ...
New Frontier Ag markets quality equipment nationwide (10/28/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska - After years of working with the leading farmers and ranchers in the Golden Plains, Sam O'Toole saw the need for a nationwide service offering premium equipment to ag producers. As a result - after forming alliances with Tractor House and Ag Direct - O'Toole launched a new business, called New Frontier Ag, to offer top quality farm machinery to farmers throughout the nation...
Mr. Pickles (10/28/14)
Saturday evening, I found a small orange kitten inside the storm drain by Klein's. After calling the Humane Society, in the hope they would get my message, I then called the police and fire department. I was told they couldn't do anything and that "it would find its own way out."...
Warm hearts (10/28/14)
Mandy King, left, Kristen Harms and "Pollyanna" model hand-knitted stocking caps that Margaret Trail Nielsen of Lexington, Nebraska, created for the 2014 McCook, Nebraska, "Coat Closet and Winter Clothing Giveaway." Margaret, originally from McCook, has knitted, crocheted and donated 174 caps for this year's Coat Closet. ...
Veteran's Day flag folding ceremony set for Norris House (10/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- For young and old alike, a Veteran's Day flag folding ceremony will be Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Sen. George Norris Home, 706 Norris Ave. U.S. Marine veteran Dan Stramel of McCook will show the art of folding the American flag properly, the history behind each fold made, according to Civil War history and Sen. Norris' connection to the Civil War...
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