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After board's OK, teens hit the ground running (06/30/15)
TRENTON, Neb. -- Two high school girls at Hitchcock County High School are blazing a new trail for runners at their school. Amanda Mote, who will be a sophomore this year and Sami Carfield, a freshmen, received the OK from the Hitchcock County School Board in June to start a cross county team...
Mosquito spraying set for Wednesday morning (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will spray for mosquitoes Wednesday morning beginning around 5 o'clock and with weather permitting. City staff indicated the morning spray is part of an effort to avoid disrupting outdoor fireworks activities. Although the chemical used is not considered harmful to people or pets, residents with any concerns should stay indoors, according to a press release issued Tuesday. ...
Taking care of Trenton (06/30/15)
Project "ramrod" Sandy Scott and 2-year-old Alivia Vrbas of Trenton, Nebraska, compare their paint splatters during a volunteer day in Trenton Saturday. Sandy is coordinating the effort to create a "village square," with flower beds, landscaping, seating area and a farmers' market. ...
Officials ready for 'Party' (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Local officials are ready to fill in new state forms issued in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to recognize same sex marriages. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services marriage worksheet, license and certificate of marriage forms now offer applicants the choices of "Groom/Party A" and "Bride/Party B"...
Peace, love and river rats (06/29/15)
Brooklyn Holtze of Wilsonville, Nebraska -- riding the float of Cunningham Feed Bakery, Grill & Bar of Arapahoe -- giggles and blows a "raspberry" at someone along the route of the annual "Holbrook Days" parade Saturday evening. On the Republican River south of Holbrook Sunday afternoon -- in water described as "shin-deep on a short girl" -- Dalcee Brush of Cambridge competed in the 31st annual "River Rat Volleyball" tournament...
Pole bending (06/29/15)
Eight-year-old Madison Gestenslager of Trenton, Nebraska, and "Skidmark" weave their way around six poles in 22.688 seconds during Little Britches Rodeo competition Saturday morning in Trenton. Madison, the daughter of Jessi and Justin Gestenslager of Trenton, and young riders competed in poles, barrels, flag races, roping and bullriding in the Trenton Riverside Arena Saturday and Sunday...
Fireworks for sale; follow safety tips (06/29/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The sale of fireworks in celebration of Independence Day began last week and will continue within city limits through July 4. The discharge of fireworks is legal in McCook from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 23 through July 3. Fireworks may be discharged until 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5...
'Turkey Days' Parade (06/26/15)
Oxford, Nebraska, fire department cadets, above, Jarred Bennett, left, and Lucas Taylor walk a fallen Humpty Dumpty down the "Oxford Turkey Days" parade route Friday evening, with the message, "Working to Put Humpty Together Again." A radio-controlled car sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts of Oxford and Holdrege surprised parade goers, below, including Gissel Chavez, right, and Cailey Bassett. ...
Gazette web page among busiest (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska, like most rural communities, hopes to capitalize on the vast audience available via the Internet and increase tourism to the region. A review of one website's traffic rankings indicates the most effective local path for reaching potential visitors may not have changed all that much in the last 90 years...
Books available (06/26/15)
I would like to express my sincere disappointment with the members of the Herndon Museum. Permission was asked to have a place in Herndon during the Ox Roast of 2015 to display and sell the History of Rawlins County history books, but it was denied...
Zoning board to consider setback variance for Highland Subdivision (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Property owners of several vacant lots in a subdivision adjacent to the Heritage Hills Gold Course hope to loosen-up setback requirements, making the lots easier to build on in the future. The McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider a request for a front-yard setback requirement variance Monday evening during their regularly scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m., at the McCook Municipal Center...
Paving, asphalt repair scam (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department forwarded a warning Friday from the Kansas Attorney General's Office pertaining to two potential scam businesses to be on the lookout for. Gillis Construction Hot Rubber Seal/Coating and Harrison Asphalt have been reported for going door to door offering to do asphalt and paving repairs. Authorities advise not to allow these businesses to do work for you and contact Chief of Police Isaac Brown at 308-345-3450 for more information...
Housing development ready for construction (06/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- As construction on a senior housing development on West Q Street garners much of the attention a nearby residential development has quietly made progress of its own. North Pointe Properties representatives confirmed Wednesday six residential lots are ready for construction along R Street and workers are expected to begin building a spec home on the property in the near future...
Expanded floor plan (06/25/15)
Don Hageman, manager of Crawford Supply Co. in McCook, Nebraska, stands in the new 30x70-foot addition to the shop at 1709 West O Street in McCook. The addition, completed this spring by Custom Solutions, houses an expanded work area for down-hole pumps for the oilfield and provides more room for Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, for which Crawford is the authorized midwest distributor. ...
Clary Village accepting applications (06/24/15)
McCOOK, NEB. --A senior housing development north of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds is progressing and anticipates to have its first two units completed by the end of August. The $2.6 million Clary Village development began construction in March on eight senior housing duplex units located on the 900 block of West Q Street...
'Don't worry. We got it.' (06/24/15)
Oxford, Nebraska, fire department grass rigs rumble down Ogden Avenue during the 59th annual "Oxford Turkey Days" parade Friday evening. Fire Chief Bill Grossnicklaus said the two rigs are painted with texturized, non-skid, non-porous spray-on black Rhino liner, making them practically impervious to scratches as they fight fires among the trees and undergrowth along the Republican River. ...
McCook Jr. High announces orientation schedule for students, parents (06/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --McCook Junior High will have its orientation program for students who are attending the junior high for the first time this fall. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., all sixth grade students with last names A through F; 10:30 a.m., all sixth grade students with last names G through O...
President appoints daughter of McCook couple to committee (06/24/15)
HOUSTON, Texas -- Rebecca Richards Kortum, the daughter of Larry and Linda Richards of McCook, Nebraska, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the 12-member National Medal of Science committee. Established in 1959, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 487 scientists and engineers...
County Commissioner broadens knowledge of valuations, Nebraska Legislature and other issues (06/24/15)
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, county commissioner Earl McNutt attended two workshops, in May and June, conducted by the Nebraska Association of County Officials. On May 14, McNutt and county supervisors from across the state completed a one-day specialized training to prepare county officials for Board of Equalization hearings...
Welcome Brookdale (06/24/15)
McCook area community leaders, political figures and good-old-fashioned barbecue fans attended a ribbon cutting at "Brookdale McCook" Tuesday afternoon. Willow Ridge Senior Living Community was purchased and renamed by the nation-wide company Brookdale in recent months, prompting the ceremony and free public barbecue. ...
What a ride! (06/22/15)
Twelve-year-olds Makayla Schoen of Oxford, Nebraska, and Lainey Schmeits of Kearney hang on tight to a spinning and twisting carnival ride Friday night during the 59th annual multi-day "Oxford Turkey Days." Riding with the dragon was 4-year-old Ava Burkey of Holdrege. The yearly summer celebration started with a medallion hunt and ended with a Father's Day golf tournament...
'Grandpa started it' (06/22/15)
Grandpa Travis Fisher of Oxford, Nebraska, teased a smile and a giggle from his 5-year-old granddaughter Baylee Kipp of Bertrand, Nebraska, as she rode round-and-round on the merry-go-round during the street carnival of the 59th annual "Oxford Turkey Days" Friday evening. ...
Death penalty petition (06/22/15)
With circulator Ron Thomas of Omaha looking on, Don Klein signs a petition to put the death penalty to a vote in 2016, as well as suspend the Legislature's repeal of the law until voters could decide. Some 57,000 signature are needed to bring the issue to a vote; 115,000 to suspend the repeal. Thomas, a McCook native, is a volunteer for the Nebraskans for the Death Penalty group...
Medicine Creek Days (06/22/15)
"The Linen Sisters" of Tri Valley Health System based in Cambridge, Nebraska, hang their linens to dry in the sunshine of a Saturday morning, on a float in Cambridge's annual "Medicine Creek Days" parade. The weekend's schedule also included fireworks, a bike ride, a "lemonade relay race," kids' games, free swimming, a rubber duck river race, a golf tournament and street dance...
Blessing of the Bikes (06/22/15)
Motorcyclists gather for the annual Blessing of the Bikes Saturday morning at the New Life Christian Bookstore in downtown McCook. With the advent of summer weather, drivers are urged to keep a lookout for two-wheelers on the roads.

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