Morayah Cupp, right, Adam Wolford, above, and Rachel Gordine, inset, will represent Southwest Nebraska at the Galaxy of Stars competition at the Nebraska State Fair. They were among 14 singers competing at the Coyote Country Lifetime Eyecare Music Showdown talent show Wednesday night at the Kiplinger Arena. ...
Ready to rocket
Several rocketeers check out a prepped rocket as they receive some last minute instruction from 4-H judges. 20 contestants were graded on preflight preparation, the actual launch, as well as the landing and recovery of their rocket Wednesday afternoon...
Council cuts red tape for small sheds, garages
McCOOK, Neb. -- Citizens looking to construct a garage or storage shed on their property should find the process easier after the McCook City Council loosened up accessory building zoning restrictions earlier this week. The change was appreciated by at least a few citizens in attendance, including one that claimed it would significantly reduce the workload for his wife...
College taking steps to expand dorms, cafeteria
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet Monday evening to consider a request for a setback requirement from McCook Community College related to a Brooks Residence Hall expansion project. The college is requesting the setback be reduced from 20 ft. to 12 ft. along East First Street for the project...
MCC Events Center to carry name of Peter and Dolores Graff
McCOOK, Neb. -- An official dedication will occur this fall, but the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors voted Wednesday night to rename the McCook Community College Events Center to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. Dolores Graff and her late husband were presented with honorary degrees in 2013...
Ticket sales strong for Granger Smith concert Friday night
McCOOK, Neb. -- Excitement is building for Friday night's Granger Smith concert at the Red Willow County Fair, according to fair manager Deb Lafferty. "Ticket sales have been very good," she said, admitting that the demand has exceeded her expectations. And the sales for Smith's concert, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. inside the Kiplinger Arena, have been to a wide range of ages -- from 14-year-olds to folks in their mid-60s, Lafferty said...
Speaker offers fresh look at Malcolm X
McCOOK, Neb. -- Malcolm X is remembered by many for his fiery and divisive speeches while a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, an American sect of Islam. A broader look at his life and ideology, provided by the president of the Malcolm X Foundation during a presentation in McCook last week, revealed a familiar narrative featuring an ahead-of-his-time human rights leader, struggling to share his message with the world around him...
What the judge thinks
Red Willow County 4-H'ers Olivia Hughes and Cadde Beeby study the reaction of floriculture judge Roma Sensel and baking judge Dian Trail as they enter their 4-H projects in the Red Willow County fair in McCook Tuesday morning. 4-H competition continues through Sunday, starting today with market swine, breeding beef, rabbits and rockets. ...
Strummin' up sales
Despite the sweltering heat Tuesday afternoon and the lack of shade, Jacque Murdoch of Orleans, Neb., smiles at passersby and strums her ukulele as she and friend Tom Hoxmeier sell sweet corn on B Street in McCook.
Board listens to protests, limited in power to change
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County commissioners listened intently to tax payers' concerns about the tax valuation of their real estate, but for some, there was nothing commissioners could do to make any changes. Nebraska statutes require that agricultural land be valued at 69 to 75 percent of market value, and the market prices of ag land continue to climb...
Church offers to trade parking for county services
McCOOK, Neb. -- Rather than complain to county commissioners about wear-and-tear to his church's parking lot because of the construction of the county's new jail, one McCook man and his church Vestry are suggesting working together on a solution that would benefit both parties involved...
How to keep cool during sweltering temps
Peggy Everitt, RN Staff Nurse RED WILLOW COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT McCOOK, Neb. -- Heat related illness and deaths are preventable, but each year many people suffer and experience the harmful and often tragic effects of extreme heat. Drink plenty of water during hot weather. ...
'Walk to Health' winners announced
SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department's 11th annual Walk to Health walking program was completed on June 28th. The program lasted for 12 weeks and included 350 residents of all ages in the SWNPHD eight-county service area...
Frontier County fair
Ten-year-old Mycala Jones of Maywood, Nebraska, helps "socialize" her niece Raelene Lannings' calf before the beef show at the Frontier County Fair Friday morning in Stockville. During the Clover Kids' beef show, 6-year-old Taren Sailor shyly visited with judge Justin Taubenheim of Amherst. ...
Ticket sales brisk for Friday night fair concert
McCOOK, Neb. -- Excitement is building for Friday night's Granger Smith concert at the Red Willow County Fair, according to fair manager Deb Lafferty. "Ticket sales have been very good," she said, admitting that the demand has exceeded her expectations.
City to spray for mosquitoes sundown today
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will spray for mosquitoes tonight beginning around sundown. The chemical used is not harmful to people or pets, but city staff recommends citizens with any concerns to please stay indoors. To eliminate prime mosquito habitat, also remove any standing water or unwanted vegetation on or around properties...
Housing development gets go-ahead
BRUCE BAKER City Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- A housing development north of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds received approval on several key items Monday evening and can now begin construction activity. City Manager Nate Schneider said changes to the subdivision plat unanimously approved by the McCook City Council last night would make the project more manageable and grant the developer, North Pointe Properties, authority to start selling lots or building on the property...
Three injured in two-vehicle accident Monday evening
McCOOK, Neb. -- Two McCook men have been hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident about 5:50 p.m., Monday, two miles west of McCook on Highway 6&34. David Schwing is listed in stable condition at Community Hospital of McCook; Jonathan Schwing's condition and location was not immediately available....
Group to plan sales tax ballot language
McCOOK, Neb. -- A committee tasked with forming ballot language to request renewal of the city's local option sales tax during the upcoming General Election will meet for the first time Thursday, July 24. The meeting is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the McCook Municipal Center...
US Cellular will expand 4G LTE service further into Southwest Nebraska
CHICAGO -- Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with its partner King Street Wireless, has announced that more of its customers in Nebraska, primarily those in rural areas, will have 4G LTE services later this year.
Bike & Builders
Bicycle riders on their way to the West Coast pose for a picture before starting off on the next leg of their trip, comprising miles of hard riding broken up by days of hard work helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity and other housing charities. ...
Cruisin' in, boppin' along
Phyllis Daugherty, left, and Kayla Anderson bop along to the late 1950s and early 1960s music provided Friday evening by Full Throttle DJ Service during the second "cruise-in" evening sponsored by the new "Southwest Cruisers" car club. Organizers Shawn Paulson and Jim Gruhn, both of McCook, Nebraska, were very pleased with the turn-out for the casual cruise-in -- no entry fees, no winners/no losers, just a lot of people who like their drives. ...
College board plans meeting, work session
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Board of Governors of Mid-Plains Community College will meet for a work session and regular meeting Wednesday in McCook Community College's McMillen Hall. The work session begins at 4:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is 6:30 p.m...
Book captures memories of Pearl Harbor
DANBURY, Nebraska -- The memoirs of the only Red Willow County, Nebraska, servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, are captured in a new book sponsored by McDonald Ryan, Danbury American Legion Auxiliary No. 276. Patsy Lee Redfern of Bartley, Nebraska, co-authored the book with her son, Jim, who was named for his great-uncle, Navy Seaman James Martin Gammill of Bartley/Indianola, who was serving aboard the U.S.S. ...
Chamber plans fall events
McCOOK, Neb. -- Going forward into the final months of 2014, the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for more and better ways to serve its members and the people of the McCook area. This was the central theme Wednesday when the Chamber's Board of Directors gathered for their July meeting at McMillen Hall on the McCook Community College campus...