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Village board lifts restrictions on shooting turkeys in city limits (01/20/17)
WAUNETA, Neb. -- Until Jan. 31, hunters can shoot troublesome turkeys within the village limits of Wauneta. After the village board lifted a restriction on the use of shotguns within the village earlier this month, the Wauneta Breeze newspaper reported that wild turkeys can now be hunted on village-owned and private property...
'Soup-R-Bowl' (01/20/17)
Nancy Collins of Keystone Floral stirs her broccoli-cheese chowder in preparation of the McCook Rotary Club's second annual "Soup-R Bowl" competition in downtown McCook today. Thirteen businesses offered their favorite soups to the public in a taste-testing sampler and fund-raiser for the McCook Pantry. ...
Former McCook brothers attend Trump swearing-in (01/20/17)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Chancellor brothers of McCook, Teddy and Derek, attended the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th American president at noon today in Washington, D.C. The brothers are the sons of Rose Chancellor of Sioux City, Iowa, and the late Ken Chancellor. Both are graduates of McCook Senior High, Teddy in 2005 and Derek in 2011...
Drug company agrees to pay $150 million fine (01/19/17)
St. LOUIS -- McKesson Corporation (McKesson), one of the nation's largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs, agreed to pay a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Deborah R. Gilg, United States Attorney, and James Shroba, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, St. Louis Division, announced today...
Local Head Start taking applications for 2017-18 (01/19/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Head Start, a program of Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska (Mid), provides comprehensive services to children and families. McCook Head Start is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 year. The objective of the Head Start program is to enhance the cognitive, social and emotional development of income eligible children through the provision of comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services and to involve parents in their children's learning and to help parents make progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.. ...
'Blue ribbon' dance (01/19/17)
The entire student body of McCook Elementary Wednesday afternoon was dancing up and down, with principal Tim Garcia "getting down" as well, when the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce presented the school with the first quarter Honor Business award. The award was in recognition of McCook Elementary earning the status of a "Blue Ribbon" school by the U.S. ...
Lawmaker says budget ideas well-received, for most part (01/19/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- State budget amendments proposed earlier this month by the Governor appear to have been well received by legislators, at least according to District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes. Sen. Hughes said this morning he didn't anticipate the proposal to be a slam dunk but the general feeling was positive towards it...
Heat cord causes fire in mobile home (01/19/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The utilities to the home at 1113 West 13th in McCook had to be shut off Wednesday afternoon after a heat cord caused a fire near the water heater. The American Red Cross arrived to offer assistance to the owner, Randy Mockry, after firefighters responded to the fire call at 1:41 p.m. and found smoke coming from the side of the mobile home...
Landmark McCook home featured on NET series next week (01/19/17)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The landmark "Frank Lloyd Wright" house in McCook is the subject of a segment of NET television's "Nebraska Stories," next week. Airing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and repeating Monday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m., the local segment will be on "The Sutton House" in McCook...
Pantry donation (01/18/17)
McCook Pantry representatives, from left, Dennis Allacher, Dorothy Henton, and Fran Allacher, receive a donation from Memorial United Methodist Church representatives, Patty Keene and Alice Harpst. The church donated proceeds from its Christmas Eve services offerings to the Pantry. The church has three services on Christmas Eve, a 5 p.m. children's service, a 7 p.m. candlelight service, and an 11 p.m. communion service. Offerings at the three services totaled $4,459.28...
Wall of Fame (01/18/17)
Wallis Marsh's family joins him as he is inducted into the McCook High School Wall of Fame during half-time of the boys game with Minden Friday night. Taking part in the presentation, from left, are MHS Principal Jeff Gross, Jack Marsh, Deedee Marsh, Julia Marsh, Wallis Marsh and MHS Alumni official Steve Clapp. ...
Soup contest Friday (01/18/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- MNB Insurance will defend the title of the People's Choice in the second annual McCook Rotary Club Soup-R-Bowl competition to be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout downtown McCook. They will be competing with twelve other organizations for the most delicious bowl of soup, all to raise funds and food for the McCook Pantry...
Ricketts: Local spending restraint vital (01/18/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts looks to be continuing his fight for property tax relief this legislative session and hinted this morning he was going to need support on a local level to avoid offsetting taxation shifts. Declining tax revenues are causing a ripple effect for the state's budget, leading to Gov. ...
Slick bricks (01/18/17)
Amos Moses trots across bricks that wear a cold, ghostly image of ice after freezing rain fell in McCook Sunday and Monday. The City of McCook spread salt on the downtown area's brick streets starting mid-morning Sunday, and Nebraska Department of Roads trucks sprayed deicer the state highways. ...
Color Day royalty (01/17/17)
McCook Senior High student body selects Faith Hansen and Eric Langan (center) as Color Day 2017 queen and king following the MHS basketball victory over Minden Saturday evening. Faith is the daughter of Jamey Hansen and Eric is the son of Michael and Angela Langan. ...
Early starts help keep roads safe (01/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Streets and highways of solid ice and the very real possibility of slippin' and slidin' convinced many drivers to stay home during the worst of the ice storm that gripped Southwest Nebraska Sunday and Monday. Spokesmen for the City of McCook and the Nebraska Department of Roads echoed each other this morning, saying they appreciated drivers staying off the streets and highways when they were so slippery and unsafe...
Benefit set for Stamford family that lost home to fire (01/17/17)
STAMFORD, Neb. -- Friends in the Stamford and Orleans areas plan a benefit to help a Stamford couple who lost their home and possessions in a house fire Dec. 26. To help Dale and Janet Laizure rebuild their lives, the Orleans Lions and Stamford Trinity Lutheran Church will host a fund-raising lunch and auction Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ag Center in Orleans...
Twilight skateboarding gets boost from donation (01/17/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Twilight skateboarding and biking at the Bolles Canyon Skatepark took another step closer to becoming a reality earlier this week. The McCook City Council accepted a $1,500 donation from the McCook Community Foundation Fund that put the skatepark lighting project at $10,000 of its $14,500 goal...
Tennessee fugitive captured in Arapahoe (01/13/17)
BEAVER CITY, Neb. -- Law enforcement officers tracked a Tennessee fugitive and his cell phone to the airport north of Arapahoe on Thursday, arresting the man after finding him inside a locked airport office. Furnas County Sheriff Kurt Kapperman said this morning that 55-year-old Michael Parsons of Tipton County, Tn., was wanted on charges of failure to appear and possession of a weapon by a felon. ...
Merle Jane Harpst awards presented (01/13/17)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- The prestigious annual Merle Jane Harpst Awards were presented to one licensed and one non-licensed Tri Valley Health System employee at the annual recognition event on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Heritage Plaza. The award was established in 1998 to honor the late Merle Jane Harpst, and her 20-plus years as employee and administrator at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Tri Valley Health System...
$1,500 donation will help light city skatepark (01/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders will receive a $1,500 donation from the McCook Community Foundation next week to assist with the installation of street lights at the Bolles Canyon Skatepark. "The goal is to provide lighting at the skatepark to allow its users the opportunity to skate/bike after dark. Special thanks are in order for Al Gunther and Kirk Dixon, who have spearheaded the lighting effort," according to city staff...
Arapahoe man makes tiny commitment to 'next big thing' in housing (01/13/17)
ARAPAHOE, Neb. -- He's really close to talking himself out of selling. So, if you're interested in trying out the newest trend in the housing industry -- condensing life into a "tiny house" -- you'd better not procrastinate very much longer. Scott Breinig of rural Arapahoe has two homes on wheels that are tiny and for sale. "If we were closer to retirement ... " Scott muses, wondering if he and his wife, Pam, ought to keep one of the two little houses he has for sale...
MCC adds aviation course starting Jan. 31 (01/13/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new class for aviation enthusiasts is being offered at McCook Community College this spring. This course was added after the spring schedule of classes was published. This fundamentals of aviation class ("Basic Ground Training" AVIA 1210) is offered Tuesday nights starting Jan. 17. The instructor is Barry Turner an FAA (Federal Aviation) Certified Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor...
MCC enrollment down, student retention rates up (01/12/17)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College begins the spring semester with mixed student enrollment news. The number of new students is down but the percentage of those who come back for a second year have improved significantly over the past four years...
MHS Color Day royalty candidates (01/12/17)
McCook Senior High Color Day royalty candidates for 2017 include: front row, from left, Jadyn Reynolds, daughter of Greg Reynolds and Laura Bain, and Bryceton Trew, son of Brad and Diane Trew, in a new process this year, nominated by and representing the MHS Senior Class. ...

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