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New Endocrinologist Sees Patients at Community Hospital Medical Specialists Center (06/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital began a new Endocrinology outreach clinic in May at the Medical Specialists Center with Vinay Singh, M.D. Dr. Singh is from Central Nebraska Endocrinology which is associated with Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska. He sees patients in McCook every fourth Thursday of the month...
Cosmetic, wound care, reconstructive surgeon to begin seeing patients at Community Hospital (06/29/16)
McCook, Neb. -- A cosmetic, reconstructive and wound surgeon will begin an outreach clinic at Community Hospital's Medical Specialists Center in July. Shaw Tang, DO FACOS, who is associated with Midwest Cosmetic & Wound Surgery in Hastings, Nebraska, will begin seeing patients in McCook on Tuesday, July 19. ...
Samway Budget Bedding & Furniture opens (06/29/16)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Going back to its business roots, the Samway family this month returned "to the bricks," opening the Samway Budget Bedding & Furniture Store at 113 Norris Ave. The building -- owned by the Samway family for many years -- is one store south of the floor covering business Larry and Carol Samway purchased in 1981 from Dick and Jean Linnemeyer...
Marketing Hometown America Action Forum Thursday (06/29/16)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Are there things McCook can do to recruit new residents? Once they are here, what can be done to persuade them to stay? These questions and others have been the focus of in-depth discussions led by McCook area residents as part of the "Marketing Hometown America" program which will culminate in a public meeting -- called an Action Forum -- on Thursday in the Weeth Theater at McCook Community College...
Mobile Pantry serves 751 people, 270 families (06/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The need for help with the cost of living appeared very evident to those who coordinated the one-day two-hour Mobile Pantry in McCook Saturday, June 25. "We served 270 families -- 751 people," said coordinator JoLyn Hare. JoLyn is a board member of the Hitchcock County Pantry which has helped plan Food Bank for the Heartland Mobile Pantry events in Hitchcock and Hayes counties and now in Red Willow County, since late 2015...
3-cent Hillcrest levy may go to voters (06/29/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Ballot language is being drafted for a 3-cent levy that may be added onto the Red Willow County property tax levy. Vesta Dack, Red Willow County Commissioner, told the Hillcrest Nursing Home Board of Trustees Tuesday morning at its regular meeting that Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood is coming up with the ballot language for a 3-cent tax that would go to Hillcrest Nursing Home...
Gazette sports editor Steve Kodad dies at 60 (06/28/16)
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas athletes lost one their greatest fans with the death of Gazette Sports Editor Steve Kodad. Kodad, 61, died Monday night in Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney following a stroke. Jeff Gross, McCook High School principal and football coach, had lunch with Kodad every Wednesday to discuss all things sports-related, particularly their beloved Bison...
Voting deadline (06/28/16)
Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. CT is the deadline to vote for "cover critter" dog and cat and to include photographs of pets in the 2017 "Dogs and Cats of McCook" calendar to be printed by the Cat Pack, fund-raisers and supporters of the McCook Humane Society and animal shelter. ...
Family urges pet owners to use flea, tick treatment (06/28/16)
STRATTON, Neb. -- Joel Richardson of Stratton has lost his best friend, and he and his wife, Ronnie Ann, are hoping that a warning will help others prevent the same type of devastating loss. "Use a flea and tick treatment on your pets," Ronnie said...
Long-time volunteer to lead chamber (06/28/16)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A hard-working community volunteer -- who has been honored as the Chamber Volunteer of the Year -- today was selected as the new executive director of the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce. Jamie Mockry, who is currently serving as Director of Food Services for Mid-Plains Community College, will leave the college post Aug. 1, 2016, to become the McCook Chamber's executive in charge...
What's burning? (06/27/16)
The smokey haze that drifted over McCook and central Southwest Nebraska starting mid-morning Saturday came from grassfires near Douglas, Wyo. A cold front that shifted across the country's midsection Saturday shoved the smoke south and southeast. The Wyoming wildfires started Tuesday, June 21, with lightning storms...
Stocking the shelves (06/27/16)
Volunteers, from the left, Dennis Chambers, Seth Hare, Sarah Kinne, Bethany McKillip and Glen Weaver help unload pallets of food for a "Mobile Pantry" in McCook Saturday morning. The Hitchcock County Pantry coordinated the one-day pantry event for the "Food Bank of Heartland," which provides food where there is a high need but limited resources. Early estimates show that 273 families received food from the 15,000 pounds delivered from the Food Bank warehouse in Omaha...
River Rats (06/27/16)
Jade Krutsinger of Cambridge stretches across a stream through the Republican River Sunday afternoon during the 32nd annual Holbrook Days "River Rat Volleyball." She and "Worst Team Here" teammates Rhiley Fiene and Garrett Huxoll joined 40-some other teams in the yearly tournament in the water, sun and sand...
43rd Army Band here Wednesday (06/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. The Nebraska National Guard's 43rd Army Band will perform in Norris Park on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend and citizens are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and bug spray. As the only musical unit of the Nebraska National Guard, the 43rd Army Band represents the National Guard at a variety of civilian and official military functions throughout the State of Nebraska. ...
College opens London theater trip to public (06/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College is inviting anybody interested in theater to join them on the May 2017 theater trip to London to be led by a Stratton native. While dates and times are not finalized, MCC's "Not Your Average Theater Group" is tentatively planning to arrive in London around May 14, 2017...
Retirement (06/27/16)
Members of the City of McCook Fire Department gathered recently to celebrate Robert (Bob) Allen's retirement from the department. Allen spent 24 years with the City of McCook Fire Department, with the last 20 being full-time. He served the community of McCook and surrounding area exceptionally well, said McCook Fire Department Chief, Marc Harpham. ...
Fireworks set for Indianola (06/24/16)
INDIANOLA, Neb. -- Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue will present a fireworks display Sunday, July 3, at the Indianola Ball Park Arena on the west edge of Indianola at 10 p.m. Free will donations are being accepted to help with next year's show. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box "M" in Indianola...
Farmers Market coupons available at Senior Center (06/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Senior Farmers market Coupons will be available at the McCook heritage Senior Center, 1312 W. Fifth on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Recipients must attend one of these informational meetings in order to receive coupons...
Very soon? (06/24/16)
Frank Van Apeldoorn hands a Gospel tract to a passerby on B Street in McCook, Neb., this morning. A retired teacher, from Batavia, N.Y. he said he worked on college campuses before they became too restricted, and has since taken his sign to all 48 lower states three times each over the last five years...
Relatives celebrate pro football coach's achievement (06/24/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The next time you run into a member of the Koetter family of McCook, don't be surprised if they are bursting with pride about their cousin and nephew, Dirk Koetter, who is the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' professional football team...
Students from Southwest Nebraska graduate from Fort Hays State University (06/24/16)
HAYS, Kan. -- Students from Southwest Nebraska were among the 2,111 who completed associate,
bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.,
in the spring 2016 semester.
 
Degrees are listed with majors and in parentheses, areas of
concentration. ...
CCC spring graduates include area students (06/24/16)
COLBY, Kan. --Colby Community College conferred 264 degrees and certificates on May 13 during the 51st annual commencement ceremonies at the Colby Community Building. Local and area graduates are: Associate of Arts Oberlin: Jason Berry, Grace Randel...
Former Eustis man sentenced for child porn (06/23/16)
OMAHA, Neb. -- United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Gregory J. Rhoadarmer, 46, formerly of Eustis, Nebraska., was sentenced in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 63 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Rhoadarmer will serve a period of five years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender...
Wheat test plot tour participants forced inside by Friday night storm (06/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- While the thunder cracked, the lightning flashed, and the hail pounded, close to 50 area farmers clustered inside Randy Peters' spacious seed production building last Friday evening, hearing a pre-harvest update from plant breeders and seed company representatives...
Prices temper great wheat outlook (06/23/16)
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- For the wheatgrowers of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas, there is some really good news ... and there is some really bad news heading into the final few days before the Harvest of 2016. First, the good news. ...
State News
  • Director: Nebraska didn't correct 15 miscalculated sentences
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska's corrections director says state officials failed to correct the prison terms of 15 inmates after discovering in 2014 that hundreds of sentences had been miscalculated....
  • Nebraska judge overturns fracking water disposal decision
    SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) -- A judge has overturned a Nebraska commission's decision to let a Colorado company use a well in the Nebraska Panhandle to dispose of salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil and gas exploration and production....
  • Birthing center in Bellevue to remain open
    BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) -- A free-standing birth center in Bellevue that was expected to close next month will now remain open....
  • ConAgra 4Q profit falls as it overhauls company
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 44 percent as it continued to overall its food production business, but the results met Wall Street expectations....
  • 2nd Beatrice Six lawsuit trial wrapping up
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Closing arguments are expected to be given Thursday in the second trial of a lawsuit filed against Gage County by people wrongfully convicted in a 1985 rape and slaying....