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Huskers roll past FAU 55-7 (09/01/14)
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) slashes past FAU defensive back D'Joun Smith. The Huskers beat FAU 55-7 Saturday in Lincoln.
McCook man wants to put "heritage" back in Heritage Days (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man wants to put "heritage" back in McCook's "Heritage Days" celebration. The community's annual celebration started 44 years ago as "German Heritage Days." Somewhere along the time, organizers dropped the "German" in favor of celebrating every heritage that helped build McCook and Southwest Nebraska...
Applications accepted for Heritage Days royalty (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Applications are now available for Heritage Days Royalty. This prestigious honor is open to all male and female high school seniors in Red Willow County. Two outstanding seniors will be selected to serve as Heritage Days Royalty. The King/Queen will receive a $1000 scholarship, and the Princess/Prince will receive a $500 scholarship, both donated by McCook Community College. ...
Tribute to firefighters set Sept. 11 in Fox (08/29/14)
Gene O. Morris McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- On the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, a special tribute show -- called "The Guys" -- will be presented on the Fox Theatre stage in McCook as a fund-raiser for the McCook Fire Department. Everyone is invited to the presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but following the program firemen with boots will be accepting free will donations...
Six hundred daylilies not too many for McCook gardener (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- There's never too much of a good thing, Janet Haag believes. That's because she collects daylilies and at last count, has about 600 of them. But that's just a drop in the bucket, Haag maintained, with her collection pretty meager compared to others...
College lowers tax levy (08/29/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College's budget will be up about a million dollars, but its levy will be down a third of a cent per $100 valuation, thanks to property tax valuation increases. Meeting in North Platte Wednesday, the proposed budget will be forwarded to local newspapers for publication and a public hearing on Sept. 10...
Mid-Plains gets distance learning funding (08/29/14)
North Platte, Neb. -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul visited Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte today to present the college leadership with a plaque to commemorate their award of $118,700 to further their distance learning capabilities...
City levy steady while college, county decline (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Unlike their counterparts at McCook Community College and Red Willow County, the City of McCook plans to maintain its property tax levy despite the recent jump in property tax valuations. Red Willow County Commissioners announced last week they would drop the county's tax levy from 41 cents to 31 cents per $100 of tax valuation in their 2014-15 budget after citing a "huge, huge" increase in the county's valuation...
Game & Parks closing trails again at Hayes Center Wildlife Area (08/29/14)
HAYES CENTER, Neb. -- In efforts to improve habitat for wildlife and increase opportunities for wildlife management area users, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will re-establish trail closures to vehicle traffic at Hayes Center Wildlife Management Area effective Sept. 1...
Grand champion (08/29/14)
A hog raised by Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs of Indianola, Nebraska, earned grand champion light weight division market hog honors and "Supreme Grand Champion Market Hog" at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 21 through Labor Day in St. Paul. The barrow was shown by the Strobel Family of Pemberton, Minnesota...
Texas barrel racer sets record at Kiplinger Arena (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The massive job of moving inventory and equipment will be the first step as Lewis Motor Sports makes a temporary move to clear the way for construction of a new building. Lewis Motor Sports owners Jim and Shari Lewis announced that the move will begin this weekend to temporary quarters in the old Automotive Building, located at 414 West B Street. ...
Highway 161 designated 'Ancient Indian Traders Trail' (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The massive job of moving inventory and equipment will be the first step as Lewis Motor Sports makes a temporary move to clear the way for construction of a new building. Lewis Motor Sports owners Jim and Shari Lewis announced that the move will begin this weekend to temporary quarters in the old Automotive Building, located at 414 West B Street. ...
Dealership move begins this weekend, demolition begins after move complete (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The massive job of moving inventory and equipment will be the first step as Lewis Motor Sports makes a temporary move to clear the way for construction of a new building. Lewis Motor Sports owners Jim and Shari Lewis announced that the move will begin this weekend to temporary quarters in the old Automotive Building, located at 414 West B Street. ...
Col. Sanders makes ice bucket challenge (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Count the Colonel in for the ice bucket challenge. This weekend, KFC will donate $100 to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association, for any member of the public who take the ALS ice bucket challenge, using a KFC bucket. Kevin Cox, manager of Pizza Hut/KFC/Taco Bell in McCook, said 25 of his staff will be taking the ice bucket challenge 8 a.m. ...
McCook football history (08/29/14)
Susan Doak SW Nebraska Genealogy Society McCOOK, Neb. -- I am sure everyone around my age remembers when school started after Labor Day and ended before Memorial Day. We started earlier in the mornings and, if we carried a large load of classes, we stayed later in the afternoon. Christmas break was long enough that we were eager to get back to class and our teachers were probably wishing for more time away...
Street repairs begin Sept. 2 (08/29/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Road work will begin at the intersection of East 7th and East H Street on Tuesday, Sept. 2, stretching to the intersection of Seminole Drive and Park Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, according to city staff...
'First Tuesday' kicks off with travel stories (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival planning committee announces that their "First Tuesday" series returns September 2 with a new look. The public is invited to attend the event from 7 -- 8 p.m. at the Bieroc Café. The agenda includes Travel and Vacation Stories with Anna Graff as the featured speaker. ...
Calabria residents, developer, officials walk through area (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The developer wants no ditches. Residents want passable roads. The county road superintendent doesn't want a "half-assed" restoration road project. Red Willow County, Nebraska, roads superintendent Gary Dicenta walked, in the rain, with residents through the Calabria Subdivision northeast of McCook Wednesday evening, telling them what may happen if the county goes ahead with a road project okayed by two of three county commissioners...
Rural fire department budgets benefit from increasing valuations (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Rural fire departments in Red Willow County, Nebraska, are making out like bandits with the county's large increase in valuation and a tax levy that does not change from year to year. The county's valuation jumps from $931,795,554 in 2013-14 to $1,128,594,832 in 2014-15, mainly because of increases in the tax valuation of agricultural land...
Author plans book signings (08/28/14)
BARTLEY, Neb. -- Local author Claudia Schmidt Liess has published her sixth novel, "The Ghost of Sandy Creek," and will be signing copies at a number of book signings throughout the area starting Thursday. Liess said the 96-page book is an modern-set adventure-mystery for teens to adults, revolving around a young girl from New York who has come to rural Nebraska to visit her father. ...
Alzheimer's Walk set Sept. 27, in Norris Park (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Alzheimer's Association Southwest Nebraska Memory Walk is Saturday, Sept. 27, at Norris Park in conjunction with Heritage Days. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with the walk starting at 5:30 p.m. Those who want to show support can give a donation, donate items for a raffle package or door prizes and/or attend the walk...
Local music group raising funds for album, working with Grammy-winning engineer, Australian illustrator (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- My Starving Lion, a local Pop Music group, hailing from the brick streets and rolling hills of McCook, Nebraska are gearing up for a Kickstarter to raise funds for the release of their sophomore album. "A Kickstarter is a way that bands, filmmakers and businesspeople raise funds from the people that support what they do. ...
Dealership announces construction plans (08/28/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Lewis Motor Sports owners Jim and Shary Lewis today announced plans to construct a new 14,000 square foot sales and service facility. The building will arise at the company's current location alongside U.S. Highway 83 on the western side of McCook...
Community Choir practice begins Sept. 7 (08/27/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Area Community Choir will begin rehearsing on Sun. Sept 7th at 1:30 pm in the McCook Methodist Church for their annual Christmas Concert. Anyone who likes to sing is encouraged to be a part of this group. There will be a wide range of music, from old favorites to lovely new arrangements. The concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Methodist Church...
Hospital directors hear mid-year report (08/27/14)
McCook, Nebraska--Community Hospital board of directors heard quarterly reports and a mid-year market assessment report during their regularly scheduled board meeting recently. Quarterly Reports Joleen Bradley, Performance Improvement and Risk Management Director, presented the quarterly report for quality, patient safety and risk management to the board of directors. ...
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