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(Untitled) (02/20/17)
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Kelsey Placke's senior finale did not arrive soon enough for McCook Bison fans or players Friday night. The senior scored 27 points in her final Grand Island Northwest home game -- and those Vikings beat McCook by 25, 62-37, in their regular-season finale...
Don't trust caller ID (02/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new telephone scam could fool people into providing banking information to crooks through the use of fake caller IDs. A McCook man said he received a recorded call purporting to offer a credit restoration service, and his caller ID showed an internal number from a local bank...
Valentine's Day concert (02/17/17)
Central Elementary's Central Starz performed at Hillcrest Nursing Home for Valentine's Day. They ended their performance with their traditional song "Viva Valentine!" Hillcrest Nursing Home Valentine Royalty was Willard Roedel and Glenna Downey. Valentine Cookies were made by Hillcrest Dietary Department and enjoyed by all. ...
A warm winter (02/17/17)
Thursday's sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures attracted two little girls and their moms to the city park in Arapahoe. When 2-year-old Ivory Ellis discovered the swimming pool wasn't open -- she seemed so sure it should be -- she played with 18-month old Kamryn Raile on the playground equipment instead. ...
Council hearing TIF request Monday (02/17/17)
BRUCE BAKER City Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- City Council will coordinate a public hearing Monday evening to review the latest commercial development hoping to utilize Tax Increment Financing as part of a construction project within city limits. The developer, Next Generation, is contemplating construction of a $9 million, rail served, ag chemical handling and distribution facility in the McCook Industrial Park, just east of Valmont, according to Monday's meeting packet. ...
Husker Insider at McCook on Monday (02/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- One final reminder that a Nebraska Cornhusker "insider" plans to give local Nebraska football fans an in-depth look at the NU program and the 2017 Husker recruiting class during a special presentation in McCook on Monday.Sean Callahan will speak to fans at the The Coppermill Steakhouse...
New map shows water level changes (02/16/17)
CURTIS, Neb. -- Water-level changes from 2002 to 2015 were examined in wells screened in the High Plains aquifer within the Republican River Basin and the results are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map. Changes ranged from a rise of 9.4 feet to a decline of 43.2 feet. ...
NCTA Livestock Team competes in Iowa Expo (02/16/17)
Runnells, Iowa -- A college sophomore with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture earned two fifth-place awards in livestock judging last week at the Iowa Beef Expo. Emilye Vales, an agricultural education major from DeWitt, Neb., placed fifth overall individual and also was fifth in oral reasons among 126 students from 2-year colleges...
NCTA Crops Team sweeps Iowa contest (02/16/17)
AMES, Iowa -- Agronomy students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture captured team and the top four individual rankings in collegiate crops judging this weekend. A foursome of NCTA sophomores won the Iowa State University Crops Judging Contest on Saturday, topping four other schools from 2-year colleges. The Aggies are repeat champions, also taking first place team in 2016...
Donors help stock Pantry (02/16/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Pantry started the new year with well-stocked cupboards, a fuller bank account and a heart full of thanks for the generosity of donors who responded to requests for help at the end of the year. Pantry officials said Thursday they are very appreciative of the outpouring of monetary and food donations that help them help the people who rely on the Pantry in their struggle against food insecurities and food deficiency...
McDonald Ryan Post memorabilia (02/16/17)
Dorothy Henton, vice president of the High Plains Historical Society and Museum in McCook, left, accepts the donation of framed historical memorabilia and a walnut memorial plaque from Liana and Harry Rich, representing American Legion McDonald Ryan Post 276 and its Auxiliary in Danbury. ...
McCook grad presents research into energy efficiency of buildings (02/16/17)
SINGAPORE -- A 2002 graduate of McCook Senior High and the son of a rural Culbertson couple presented his PhD research results at a "Future Cities Laboratory" conference in Singapore on Jan. 25. Dr. Clayton Miller, the son of Jerry and Mel Miller, explained his four-year research into the energy efficiency of 1,238 buildings equipped with computers that measure energy usage and efficiency. ...
Chamber residence probe advancing (02/16/17)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- An investigation into whether Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers doesn't live in the district he represents is advancing. The special committee looking into the election challenge filed an order to show cause Wednesday with the Clerk of the Legislature. The order gives both parties until the end of the month to file written responses...
$8.5 million industrial park development planned (02/15/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Industrial Park behind Valmont sat patiently for more than a decade before welcoming its second tenant in 2014, Booe Machinery and Salvage. The 20-acre development appears to be building on recent momentum and has since paved its main access road and is set to welcome a third tenant in the near future...
MPCC passing 'gainful employment' test (02/15/17)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- A recent report from the Department of Education indicates that when it comes to one key financial metric -- the ability to repay college debt -- community colleges are a better option for students. While 800 college programs are failing in these standards, Mid-Plains Community College gets passing grades...
NRD balks at paying $131K N-CORPE bill (02/15/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Middle Republican Natural Resources District board of directors voted 11-2 Tuesday afternoon not to pay a $131,500 bill submitted to it by N-CORPE. Jack Russell, director of the MRNRD, told his board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday in McCook that he has "no justification" to bring the bill for operating expenses to his board. Board member Rick McConville of Indianola said he wants more information before paying the bill...
MPCC takes tutoring into new dimensions (02/14/17)
When a Mid-Plains Community College student -- either traditional or non- traditional -- needs help in a particular class, it's nice to have unlimited access to tutoring. Thanks to an expanded tutoring schedule and 24-hour access to Mid-Plains Community College's online tutoring partner, Brainfuse, immediate help is as simple as a click away...
Calendar, part-time school psychologist offered contract (02/14/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A request to move a second parent teachers conference to earlier in the school year was a no-go. At January's board meeting, the McCook Board of Education reviewed the first draft of the school calendar for next year and asked that the second-semester parent teachers conference be moved from March up to February, to reduce the amount of time from the first conference in September...
Kids on waiting list still hoping for mentor (02/14/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- More than 75 students are still waiting for a mentor in the TeamMates mentoring program in McCook. That's why mentors are still needed, Janae Solomon, McCook TeamMates director, told the Board of Education Monday at the regular meeting. She encouraged board members to reach out to community members in finding mentors for the program...
Gross gets new principal title, teacher pay OK'd (02/14/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Jeff Gross's title has been switched from "interim" to permanent McCook High School principal. Superintendent Grant Norgaard made the announcement Monday night at the regular McCook Board of Education meeting. Norgaard said Gross, who is also the head high school football coach, was first appointed as an interim to "see how things went." Since that time, Gross has done a great job, Norgaard continued, and Gross will now be looking for a vice principal...
Teacher salaries on agenda (02/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The base salary for teachers at the McCook School District will increase by $450, under a the negotiated agreement up for approval tonight at the regular McCook Board of Education meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room...
'Project Empty Bowl' helps fill plates of needy (02/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Project Empty Bowl has become an annual signature fundraising event for the Saint Patrick School Art Program. The premise of the Empty Bowls Project is simple, the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students at Saint Patrick's work together to create a variety of handcrafted pottery bowls or glass art pieces...
Subtle sky show on tap for U.S. this weekend (02/10/17)
It won't be anything spectacular, but sky-watchers are in for a treat as today's spring-like weather is followed up with a chance for some astronomical observations. Tonight's full moon will rise under a "penumbral eclipse," when it passes through a partial shadow from the earth...
Farm Credit Services provides grant to Pantry (02/10/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Pantry received a $2,000 Working Here Fund grant for food for the hungry. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America's (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. McCook Pantry, an all-volunteer organization, will use funds to purchase food staples for the pantry such as peanut butter, canned fruit, oatmeal, bread and macaroni & cheese. The pantry provides the food insecure in Southwest Nebraska with supplemental food...
Ethanol videos fuel student creativity (02/10/17)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Nebraska high school students from Cambridge, Gibbon and Wayne pocketed $2,000 in awards from Nebraska Ethanol Board's Field to Fuel video contest. The Field to Fuel video contest encouraged Nebraska high school students to explore the importance and value of American Ethanol. With a focus on informing the public about renewable fuels, students were asked to research, film and edit a two-minute video...

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