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  • Police: Worker hid $1,200 worth of meat in pants
    CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants....
  • Correction: Buffalo Silos-Beer Ad story
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- In a story Sept. 30 about a beer advertisement being installed on grain silos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company that paid for the ad. The ad was paid for by Buffalo-based Labatt USA, not Toronto-based Labatt Breweries....
  • New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding
    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding....
  • Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
    BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks....
  • Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember
    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York boy and his cat, a principal and her dog - and lasers....
  • FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back....
  • Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors....
  • Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn't be found....
  • Police nab suspect after he's invited into home
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal....
  • Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest....
McCook Clinic focuses on triple aim - better health, better care, lower healthcare costs (10/01/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- When Dr. Fred Shank arrived in McCook in 1944, he brought with him a belief in the value of a clinic approach, teaming up with other doctors to provide health care services. With World War II drawing to a close, the idea quickly caught on and other well-known McCook doctors -- including Dr. Karrer, Dr. Batty and Dr. James -- joined Dr. Shank in the 1950s to establish McCook Clinic on West Seventh Street, across from where Hillcrest Nursing Home now stands...
Sprouting signs (10/01/14)
Campaign signs have begun sprouting along Norris Avenue as election day draws near. The Gazette will participate in a KICX/KBRL candidate forum Oct. 14 at the Bieroc Cafe in McCook.
'Bow to your partner' (10/01/14)
Family Frolics Square Dance Club members -- from the right, Mary Duffield, Phil Goodenberger and Larry Tidyman -- share their excitement for the western style of dance with a young girl from Cambridge during a demonstration recently at the Cambridge Manor. ...
'Luna' is here (10/01/14)
Luna, the newest officer of the Red Willow County, Nebraska, Sheriff's Department, poses for a "mugshot" this morning at the Red Willow County Law Enforcement Center in McCook. Luna follows in the paw prints of R.C., a chocolate Lab, who worked for the sheriff's department for five years before succumbing to cancer on August 29. ...
City's annual sales tax revenue rebounds (10/01/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- City of McCook one and a half percent local option sales tax receipts ended the 2013-14 fiscal year with a total haul of slightly more than $2.6 million. The amount represents an increase of $15,455 compared to prior year and recovers a portion of the previous year's $25,000 annual decrease...
Couple's photo website brings families back together (10/01/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Family ties are very important to Vickie Ortiz. She's passionate about the photographs that tie together the generations of her family. As precious as her own family pictures are to her, she's saddened by photographs that have no family. "These are all someone's mothers and dads, and brothers and sisters. These babies are so adorable. They deserve to be identified," Vickie believes...
VFW Auxiliary fund-raising auction Oct. 11 (10/01/14)
PALISADE, Neb. -- The sale bill for the Palisade, Neb., VFW Auxiliary fund-raising auction is very impressive -- offering everything from Dale Earnhardt Sr. collectibles, to Tri-City Storm hockey tickets and gambling and vacation trips. The fund-raising live auction, silent auction and meal will be Saturday, Oct. ...
Changes in store for this year's 'A Christmas Carol' (10/01/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A long-time Christmas tradition is returning to the Fox Theater stage again this year, but longtime loyalists of "A Christmas Carol" will see a new treatment of the holiday favorite. Auditions for McCook Community College's presentation of the Charles Dickens classic are set for Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. at the Weeth Theater on the MCC campus...
Stenberg touts fiscal record (10/01/14)
BRUCE CROSBY Editor Finances are a key part of a college education, State Treasurer Don Stenberg told the Gazette Tuesday, whether it's saving for it, choosing a major or graduating with a minimum of debt. Campaigning for re-election, Stenberg indicated his management of the state treasurer's office could be used as a good example...
Expert: 2012 summer could become typical (09/30/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraskans who wonder what climate change could portend for the state have a recent reference point: the summer of 2012. The worst drought in the region's recorded history, it could be just a typical summer by century's end, University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists warn...
East Ward Village wins award for innovative design, use of space (09/30/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Housing Agency was honored recently for innovative design and use of space at East Ward Village, the former school building converted to senior housing on East 5th Street. The award for Best Project Design was announced by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Redevelopment Officials during its annual fall conference in Norfolk, Nebraska, on Sept. 16-18...
'Reining In Hunger' (09/30/14)
Liz Blaser and "Quincey" of rural Duncan, Nebraska, and other youth members of the Central Plains Reining Horse Association will accept non-perishable foods (and monetary donations) as admission to the Great Plains Futurity Saturday at the Kiplinger Arena in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook, Nebraska. ...
Fed official to speak here (09/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George will speak in McCook on October 10 at an Economic Forum hosted by the Bank's Omaha Branch. Ms. George, a member of the Federal Open Market Committee (which has authority over U.S. monetary policy) will provide an economic update and discuss monetary policy...
'Come Grow With Us' (09/29/14)
Jacci Stagemeyer of the Arapahoe, Nebraska, High School Marching Warrior Band celebrates McCook's annual "Heritage Days" in the grand parade Saturday morning. "Almost perfect weather ... excellent comments on the parade, happy vendors and entertained attendees. ...
UNL study: Climate change debate is over (09/26/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The scientific debate over whether human activities are the principal cause of climate change is over, a new report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says. The only debate to be had now is "precisely how these changes will play out and what actions we will need to take to adapt to and mitigate the effects of these changes."...
Early voting to start next week in Nebraska (09/26/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ballots for the general election will be in the hands of some Nebraska voters as early as next week. Secretary of State John Gale says county election officials will begin mailing ballots to early voters starting on Monday, Sept. 29...
Celebration of 40 years (09/26/14)
Eleven-year-old Kaylie Puckett and her 5-year-old brother T.J. of McCook, Nebraska, celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Red Willow County Health Department with the cookies and pastries offered during an open house Wednesday. Kaylie's and T.J.'s mother, Kristen, is the newest registered nurse on staff at the health department, which started after a overwhelming vote of county residents in November 1974. ...
Charges dismissed in accident that injured three (09/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Charges against a local man who caused a three-car accident on Independence Day, at the intersection in front of the McCook Walmart, were dismissed recently in Red Willow County Court. The driver, 92-year-old Harold W. Yohe of 1003 West 14th Street, originally was cited with reckless driving and driving on a canceled driver's license following the accident, which sent three to Community Hospital for treatment of injuries...
Bartley man flees scene, ordered to pay costs (09/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A charge for leaving the scene of an accident, filed against a Bartley man who fled after causing an estimated $3,000 in damage when he hit a parked vehicle at Walmart in May, was dismissed recently in Red Willow County Court. The man, 80-year-old Douglas L. Gill, struck a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Slaina K. Farr of Curtis, Nebraska, while backing from a parking space at 10:30 a.m. on May 16, 2014...
Masons to offer child ID service Saturday (09/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The numbers from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have the power to frighten. 800,000 children under the age of 18 are reported missing each year in the U.S. -- or more than 2,000 a day. Approximately 200,000 of those children are abducted by family members, while 58,000 are taken by strangers. The overwhelming majority of children abducted by strangers -- 81 percent -- are age 12 and up...
CRB Band album release party tonight ... Singing PA practices music and medicine (09/26/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- During the day, Brett Schmitz diagnoses aches and pains as a physician assistant in McCook. And at night, the guitar comes out and he sings modern country tunes with the CRB (country, rock and blues) Band. Although his first album has just been released, Schmitz isn't quitting his day job anytime soon...
Speaker: Norris legacy lives on (09/26/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Seventy years after his earthly life ended, the contributions of U.S. Sen George W. Norris are still paying dividends for the people of Nebraska. That was the message of Kendall Curry, the vice president of customer relations for the Nebraska Public Power District, who spoke this morning at the Norris Foundation Prayer Breakfast at the Heritage Senior Center...
Ministry offers help to single moms (09/26/14)
McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- Raising kids is hard enough for two parents, let alone one. But single moms don't have to do it alone, said Kim Tietz, who has started a Single Moms Ministry Bible-study group at the McCook Christian Church. "We want these women to know that they are loved and are not alone, that they can find strength in God and in each other," Tietz said of the weekly group that meets Wednesday nights at the church."Even if only one woman shows up, we'll be there for her."...
Inaccurate 'brag books' (09/26/14)
Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society McCOOK, Neb. -- We have all seen them, and most of us, myself included, have purchased the books especially if our family name is included in the index. I'm talking about the "county" or "city" history books that are developed from both records and "historical" reminiscence of family members...
City tax growth dwarfed by that of county, school (09/25/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A recent comparison of property taxes levied by the City of McCook, Red Willow County and McCook Public Schools indicates the city is leading the way when it comes to conservative budget practices, a broader look strengthens the claim...
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