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Auto group offering rides home (12/26/14)
Janssen Auto Group of McCook, North Platte and Holdrege have announced they will be offering free rides home again this New Years Eve to any one needing a safe ride home. "This is our sixth year of offering this service and are pleased to be able to offer it again this year" said Dave Janssen of Janssen Auto group. "While we don't want to encourage any one to over indulge this New Years Eve we do want to make sure that everyone makes it home safely" continued Janssen...
Group offers support for friends, family of alcoholics (12/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Alcoholism can be difficult for friends and family members of those afflicted, especially during the holiday season. Al-Anon Family Groups representatives are spreading the word that local help is available. Al-Anon Family Groups host twice weekly meetings at 709 W. Second Street in McCook. The meetings are coordinated at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings...
Optimist Club chips in for youth activities, New Year's celebration (12/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Optimist Club is continually looking for ways to support the youth of McCook. After hearing about the "Oh What a Night" New Year's Eve celebration presented by Andy Long, local volunteer and Mid-Plains Community College Vice President, the club decided to support both projects...
Merry Christmas this year, and next ... (12/26/14)
Ryan Davis of McCook, Nebraska, envisions adding over-sized decorations each year to the evergreen tree in Kelley Park that he christened this year as McCook's "Community Christmas Tree." Anyone wishing to help with the purchase of more decorations for Christmas 2015 can call Ryan and his wife, Janelle, at (308) 340-9198, or contact the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce, (308) 345-3200. ...
'Oh What a Night' promises to be a great evening (12/26/14)
KERRI LONG McCOOK, Neb. -- Oh, What A Night! is just around the corner and everything has come together for what is sure to be a wonderful evening of entertainment for all ages. Those who wish to participate in the cooking or Cocoa & Canvas class are reminded to RSVP as soon as possible as participants are limited. ...
Grant L. Callander (12/26/14)
Grant L. Callander June 16, 1951 - Dec. 24, 2014 HAYES CENTER, Neb. -- Grant L. Callander, 63, died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 2014), at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. Services are Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, 10 a.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Johnny Walker officiating...
Ribbon cutting (12/24/14)
Staff, board members and friends joined for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the chamber's new office, 203 West 2nd, or West 2nd and B Street (Highway 6-34).
Grand prize drawing (12/24/14)
Karmon Coleman and Tacie Fawver draw the name of the grand prize winner, Carlyn Wehrheim of McCook, who won a two-night stay at the Lodge Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado, in the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce's Countdown to Christmas contest.
Feliz Navidad (12/24/14)
Central Elementary fourth grade teacher Audrey Feeney, right, leads fellow teachers, students, Principal Kate Repass, left, and counselor Debbie Arp in the singing of "Feliz Navidad" Tuesday morning.
In honor of all animals (12/24/14)
Santa and Mrs. Claus present a check for $227 to Joyce Peterson, a member of the board of directors of the McCook, Nebraska, Humane Society Animal Shelter, and her grandchildren, 8-year-old Halie and 2-year-old Ayden. The check represents proceeds from Santa's annual "Pet Night with Santa," during which Santa accepts freewill donations that he in turn donates to the animal shelter in honor of his own animals -- the reindeer...
Pool Tournament raises $2,149 for Humane Society (12/24/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The ninth annual "Shoot for the Shelter" Pool Tournament Dec. 13 was a huge success! It was awesome even. During the event, looking around you saw folks having a good time visiting with friends, playing pool and telling pet stories. With 64 entrants (32 teams) competing, we raised $2,149 for the shelter! What a day! It could not and would not have happened without a LOT of folks helping out and donating time, services or items. A huge thank you goes out to them all!...
'Twas the Night a Kit Rescued Christmas (12/24/14)
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Sarah Dixon's eighth-grade English assignment at McCook, Nebraska, Junior High was to write and read outloud in class a poem on any topic, but the poem had to mirror the famous Christmas poem, "Twas the Night before Christmas." Using the cadence and structure of the Clement C. Moore poem about Santa Claus and quiet little mice, Sarah wrote about the kitten that her mother picked up on a country road near Willow Ridge on East 11th -- the newest member of the Dixon family...
Skatepark donations on track for Phase 1 (12/24/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Skateboard and bicycle enthusiasts had raised more than $30,000 in cash and commitments in support of building a local skatepark, as of Monday afternoon. The contributions put the "Build McCook a Skatepark" group right on target with initial cost estimates for the first phase of the project...
Tavern hits $1 million paid out in Keno prizes, city revenue looks to be on the rise (12/24/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City of McCook revenue from Keno funds quadrupled last year and 2014 looks as though it could be even better. Old Sarge's Bar on West First Street has already paid out more than one million dollars in Keno prizes, reaching the milestone for the first time this past weekend. 2014 represents the first full year of Keno sales for the popular tavern, since taking over operations when Overtime closed in 2013...
Thanks from Qatar (12/23/14)
Crews from the Nebraska Air National Guard stationed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar this holiday season said they would like to thank Schamel's NAPA Supply in McCook, Nebraska, for their appreciation, hats, treats and warm wishes from home. They are, from left, Capt. Sean Cappel, 
Capt. Matt Roby and Master Sgt. Mat Ellison
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Red Cross blood donations set next week (12/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Donors can ring out the old year by donating blood next week at the Community Building on the Red Willow County Fairgrounds, and free T-shirts will be given to all presenting donors while supplies last. The collection will take place 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31...
Last-minute shoppers take to the streets in search of gifts (12/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Call it procrastination, waiting for the best deal, or a little of both, but last-minute shoppers swarmed the downtown business area Monday, taking advantage of last minute promotions and retailers' extended hours. "Saturday was insane," said Amy Noe, sales associate at JC Penneys. It showed no signs of letting up on Monday, when downtown shoppers were still out in force "on the bricks."...
Prairie Land Foods ready for orders (12/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Orders for Prairie Land Food's January packages are due by Tuesday, Jan. 13. The pick-up date in McCook is Friday, Jan. 23. Prairie Land Food is a food buying group that provides best quality foods at prices up to 50 percent off retail prices. The program is open to everyone...
County losing war with Canada thistle (12/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Some people blame geese. Some say it travels with big bales. Whatever is to blame, Canada thistle "grows like a weed" with very little encouragement, and then like gangbusters when it rains. Red Willow County, Nebraska, weed control superintendent Bill Elliott told county commissioners Monday that the battle against the noxious weed Canada thistle became "a lost war at some point" after all the early last summer...
School threatened by snail mail (12/23/14)
BARTLEY, Neb. -- Attendance is lighter than normal at Southwest Junior/Senior High School in Bartley today, with some parents keeping their children home after a letter threatening students was received at the school about 8:30 a.m. Monday. "The school is in lockdown, and will remain in lockdown until further notice," Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said during a press conference this morning. ...
Ag education program targets urban gardeners (12/23/14)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Consumers are becoming more involved in food choices and urban gardening. Farmer's markets number more than 8,100 nationwide, nearly doubling over the past five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Community leaders and existing business owners in the Omaha area are seeing increased need for agricultural education opportunities which target aspiring entrepreneurs who are starting their own urban ag enterprises...
Nebraska towns, agencies accepting refugees from Syria (12/22/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- At least four Nebraska agencies have pledged to help some of the thousands of refugees expected to come to America as a result of persecution and genocide in Syria. Anne C. Richard of the U.S. State Department said the United States had resettled nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries around the world last year, is reviewing some 9,000 recent referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, and receives about a thousand new ones each month. ...
Christmas Concert for Cancer Care (12/22/14)
Howard and David Bellamy -- the Bellamy Brothers, deliver hit after hit at a Christmas Concert for Cancer Care Sunday. Doug Rogers filled in for his ailing daughter, Amber, joining her sister Erin as the Scenic Roots, left, an opening act sure to be invited back. The Community Hospital Health Foundation event sold out McCook's Fox Theatre...
Writer recalls trip through area on 'Slow Road to Brownsville' (12/22/14)
LONDON -- The "Slow Road to Brownsville," includes stops that will be very familiar to Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas readers. Subtitled "A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West," David Reynolds' book chronicles a trip the full length of U.S. Highway 83, from Swan River, Manitoba, to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas...
Shopping for Santa gifts (12/22/14)
Koy Dircksen of North Platte, Nebraska, peers through the window of McCook, Nebraska's Memorial Auditorium, sneaking a peak before the community's 34th annual "Toy Box Giveaway" opens its doors Sunday afternoon. After the countdown, hoards of shoppers poured through the doors and pored over the toys, bikes, trikes, games, dolls, puzzles and books available for Christmas gift-giving. ...
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