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NCTA Ranch Horse Team competes at regionals (12/08/16)
Loveland, Colo. -- Horses and riders of the NCTA Ranch Horse Team ended their fall season over the weekend with eight competitive riders in the American Stock Horse Association Region 5 Championships for Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska at Loveland, Colo...
MHS grad rallying support for Miss Nebraska Teen run (12/08/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Class of 2016 McCook graduate Josie Dominguez is hoping to raise enough donations in the coming weeks to take a second run at the upcoming Miss Nebraska Teen USA Pageant in January. Dominguez is the daughter of Carlos and Josiane Dominguez of McCook and competed in the pageant earlier this year. She ended up finishing in the top 10 despite it being her first pageant experience. The upcoming competition represents Dominguez last opportunity to compete in the teen division...
Santa's visit (12/08/16)
At Christmas time 2012, cousins Cooper Roth, right, and Brody Lytle had varied reactions to Santa Claus, who made a quick stop at the Museum of the High Plains in McCook. Santa plans two more stops at the museum, located at 413 Norris, on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Parents -- like Cooper's, Heather and Mike Roth of North Platte, and Brody's, Jeff Lytle and Nikki Haas of McCook -- are encouraged to bring their own cameras and phones...
Funding awarded for program on political traditions (12/08/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook's political tradition will be examined in depth Feb. 23-24 during a special presentation at the Keystone Business Center. Inspired by the Norris Institute, the program called "McCook's Political Tradition -- Telling the Story," was made possible by funding from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment fund...
CASA celebrating 20th anniversary Sunday (12/08/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Twenty years goes by quickly and Court Appointed Special Advocates is ready to celebrate. Get your boots and jeans on for Kickin' it Up for CASA from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the City Auditorium in McCook. "We are excited to host this fundraiser and acknowledge the accomplishments of the CASA program," shares Cathy McDowell, CASA Executive Director. "This is an opportunity to bring together people from the seven counties that we cover."...
Bell Ringing Campaign (12/07/16)
Helping organize the Salvation Army's annual Bell Ringing campaign are, from left, Robert Putz, Cornerstone Fellowship; Brad Brauer, Our Savior Lutheran Church and St Alban's Episcopal Church; Steve Bales, First Congregational Church; Bruce Lester, Evangelical Free Church; Wayne Vogel, McCook Church of Christ; and Jason VanPelt, McCook Christian Church. ...
General's visit (12/07/16)
Nebraska National Guard Staff Sgt. Derek Harris, foreground, greets Major General Daryl Bohac, Nebraska Adjutant General, upon the general's arrival from Lincoln in a Blackhawk helicopter at McCook's airport Saturday morning. Accompanying the general was Sgt. ...
A decorating party (12/07/16)
McCook Elementary's and St. Patrick's kindergartners, first and second graders and special education students and Hillcrest Nursing Home residents continue the tradition of creating ornaments for and decorating the "Community Christmas Tree" in the lobby of the McCook Municipal Center. ...
Communication key to successful annexation - City (12/07/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders plan to meet with property owners of land being considered for annexation prior to announcing publicly what areas are being looked at. They hope by placing an emphasis on communication, as well as downsizing the targeted areas, will improve results when compared to a similar effort that failed more than a decade ago...
Tri Valley Health Systems Holiday Home Tour Sunday (12/07/16)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Tri Valley Health System is sponsoring a Holiday Tour of Homes from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Cambridge. This year's tour includes six stops: Trevor and Genny Kubik's home, 72232 Rd 408 Dave and Karen Custer's home, 72181 Cross Creek Road...
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. ...

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