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Bradbury education fund established (03/31/15)
STRATTON, Neb. -- A memorial account has been established at McCook National Bank to benefit the Braxton Charlie Bradbury Education Fund. Braxton is the infant son of Stratton native and former Southwest Nebraska Physician's Assistant Katie R. Watt Bradbury who passed away on March 28, 2015. Donations may be made at any MNB location or mailed to MNB-Stratton, P.O. Box 367, Stratton NE 69043. http://www.ymlfuneralhome.com/obituary/5......
Prairie Gold Homes promises to ease housing shortage (03/31/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community leaders working to resolve what has been dubbed a critical housing shortage in McCook are beginning to see progress on a couple of fronts. City Council approved an essentially rent-free lease in recent weeks for non-profit Prairie Gold Homes, which specializes in new home construction, coupled with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Clary Village Senior Housing development last week...
S.C.O.R.E. science fun (03/31/15)
The deadline to register for S.C.O.R.E. (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) Camps at Chase County Public Schools in Imperial, Nebraska, is Monday, June 1. Camp activities are geared for first/second, third/fourth and fifth/sixth graders, and each age division meets for three days throughout the week of June 8. ...
Compost collection begins Wednesday (03/31/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will begin picking up compost cans Wednesday, April 1. City staff issued a reminder Tuesday asking residents to have compost cans out at the curb for pickup by 7 a.m. The cans will be picked up every Wednesday continuing through November...
Shelter from the storm (03/31/15)
STRATTON, Neb. -- A deadly tornado in Pilger, Nebraska, last summer made a Stratton man realize the full destructive power of nature, and Joel Richardson decided to add storm shelters to the services he offers through his business. Geri Downing has lived at the top of the hill on Stratton's main street since 1978, without a basement. "I decided 'I'm not living in fear anymore'," she said, explaining her research last year into storm shelters...
$1 million bond set for ex McCook attorney (03/31/15)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A former McCook attorney who served time for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars here faces felony theft and embezzlement charges in El Paso County, Colorado, after being accused of stealing more than $1 million from two water districts over the past 10 years...
Benjamin resigns from MPCC board of governors (03/30/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Ryan Purdy, president of Mid-Plains Community College, received notice that Elizabeth Benjamin is resigning from the Mid-Plains Board of Governors effective immediately. No reason was given for the resignation. In her message to the rest of the MPCC Board, she said, "Louie, Ted, Mike, Garry, Kent and Ernie -- it was my honor to serve with you these last 10 years. And to Ben, Jo, Cindy and Karen, I hope that you enjoy your tenure on the Board as I did."...
'Soul of Silas' actor has local roots (03/30/15)
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- The Sand Creek Massacre in Kiowa County, Colorado, in 1864 is the subject of a summer movie called "Soul of Silas," whose cast includes a 1967 graduate of Chase County High School in Imperial, Nebraska. According to the Imperial Republican newspaper, Jim Kimberling of Evergreen, Colorado, a former Imperial resident, plays the part of the Army officer who ordered the attack on an encampment of about 700 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians...
When it's nice outside (03/30/15)
When it's nice outside on a Saturday in the spring on the Golden Plains, many people go to farm auctions. While the adults were bidding on farm implements and equipment at the Bob Eisenach sale between McCook and Culbertson, Nebraska, neighborhood kids played in the sunshine and dirt. "Building roads" in the driveway were (front) Aaron Spencer, and back, from left, Derick Spencer, Ethan Spencer, Ryan Unger and Tucker Gillespie...
Home & Leisure Show (03/30/15)
Visitors check out the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce's Home & Leisure Show Friday afternoon. About 1,000 people visited 47 vendors for this year's show. Vendor awards went to: Best Decorated -- Painting Plus, McCook; Most Informative -- Thrasher Basements, LaVista, Nebraska, and Best Overall -- Keystone Floral, McCook. Nancy Corey of McCook and Marie Heapy of Curtis were winners of drawings for two $250 gift certificates to be used at any of the 2014 home show vendors...
Police: IRS scam still going strong (03/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A current IRS scam was first reported last October, but people are still receiving calls as the tax deadline approaches, according to the McCook Police Department. It's still a scam, but the deadline can make it more confusing and alarmings, according to MPD Senior Sgt. Kevin Darling...
Kids compete at culinary contest (03/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --Six elementary school finalists had no trouble putting their culinary chops to the test, at the "Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge" Thursday. Declared as top chef was Central Elementary fifth grader Matthew Pochop, with his recipe for "Matthew's Famous Crunchy Peach Smoothie with Baked Chips."...
Special election provides early look at sales tax renewal, additional cost minimal (03/27/15)
BRUCE BAKER City Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- An upcoming special election asking McCook citizens for renewal of the local options sales tax may not be as much about a shrinking renewal window, as it is about gauging public opinion as early as possible...
Lawsuit dismissed but irrigators can amend (03/27/15)
BEAVER CITY, Neb. -- A lawsuit filed against the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources by a group of Republican River irrigators has been dismissed, but the ruling gives the plaintiffs the opportunity to amend their complaint. Irrigators Greg Hill of Furnas County, Brent Coffey of Harlan County, James Uerling of Red Willow County and Warren Schaffert of Hitchcock County had charged that they lost money and crop production when the DNR took their and Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District's surface water appropriation rights in late 2012 and early 2013 to satisfy Kansas in the settlements of lawsuits over Nebraska's compliance with the 1943 Republican River Compact.. ...
Ground-breaking (03/27/15)
Thursday morning, spades dig into the buffalo grass and dusty ground in the 900 block of West Q Street that will be the location of the eight senior housing duplex units of the new $2.6 million Clary Village Project in McCook, Nebraska. Rex Nelson of the McCook Economic Development Corp., the managing agent for Clary Village, said this is the first residential subdivision within the city limits in more than 20 years. ...
College board OKs computer contracts, logos (03/26/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College governors approved new sports logos for North Platte Community College, and signed contacts for computer services Wednesday night. The board approved an annual maintence agreement for Jenzabar, 21 computer modules for college operations, for $167,186...
Lawmakers eye Internet sales tax (03/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nebraska legislators hope Internet sales will serve as a future revenue source, providing $40 million to $60 million to state coffers. District 44 State Senator Dan Hughes said legislation introduced this session would direct Nebraska sales tax receipts from Internet transactions towards property tax relief, should the U.S. Congress successfully change federal law expanding taxation of online purchases...
The drags are on (03/26/15)
Reversing its earlier decision, the FAA has approved the closing of the Atwood, Kansas, airport to allow drag races during the Atwood Ambassadors' annual "Early Rod Run," the Rawlins County Square Deal newspaper announced today. Shane Carlson, Ambassadors' president, told the Square Deal, "A lot of friends of the rod run worked behind the scenes to get our application re-reviewed, including our U.S. ...
S.C.O.R.E. camps set for June (03/25/15)
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- Parents are encouraged to register their grade school kids as soon as possible for 2015 S.C.O.R.E. (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) Camps sponsored by the Chase County Schools Education Foundation. The registration deadline is Monday, June 1...
Rotary plans 'Fifth Tuesday' meeting at Museum (03/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook, Nebraska, Rotary Club will convene a "fifth Tuesday" meeting at the Museum of the High Plains in downtown McCook, Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. Club members will not meet for their regular noon meeting. Rotarians are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the McCook Pantry, as are museum visitors during the museum's regular hours, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m...
Subway owners say move was good for them (03/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Jonasen family doesn't regret leaving South Dakota for Southwest Nebraska 23 years ago. At a gathering Wednesday to celebrate the recent remodeling of her family's 22-year-old Subway Sandwiches and Salads shop in McCook, Nebraska, a smiling Jane Jonasen told McCook Area Chamber of Commerce members and McCook Cordials, "We are SO happy we moved here 23 years ago from Mitchell, South Dakota, where we were going nowhere."...
'Route 83' author to speak here (03/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Stew Magnuson, the author of the new book, "The Last American Highway: A Journey through Time down U.S. Route 83," will stop at the Museum of the High Plains in downtown McCook, on Sunday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to come visit with Magnuson...
New city attorney brings high court experience, ag background to job (03/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Recently named City Attorney Nate Mustion brings an impressive resume, as well as what is a familiar background for many area residents, humble beginnings on a rural Nebraska farm. Although only in his mid-30s, the 1997 Culbertson High School graduate has already been involved in two cases argued before the Nebraska Supreme Court, one of them pitting him against one of the more respected attorneys practicing in the state today...
Major tract sells to Curtis couple (03/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Auctioneer Johnny Walker told those gathered Tuesday for the sale of 5,776 acres of Frontier and Hayes county farm land that opportunities like this don't come along very often. McCook, Nebraska, banker and farmer / rancher Pete Graff had put together over many years what was offered for sale in seven contiguous tracts of pasture, dryland and irrigated farm land, Walker said. "Pete and his family worked hard and held the land together," Walker said...
MCFF grant, Nelson scholarship deadline April 1 (03/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The deadline for grant requests from the McCook Community Foundation Fund and the annual Nelson Hometown Scholarship program is quickly approaching. Applications are due Wednesday, April 1st, for both the MCFF spring grants and the Nelson Hometown Scholarship...
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