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Heritage Days planning underway (07/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Heritage Days is just around the corner and planning is in full swing! We are excited to bring back Fifth Quarter Family Fun Night for the second year. Stay tuned for more details. Other events being planned are the Saturday Night Outdoor Movie, the Car and Tractor Show, our Heritage Days Parade and of course, the Arts and Crafts in the Park...
She said 'yes!' (07/25/16)
Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2015 Jenna Langer carries a flag asking "Eva, Will You Marry Me?" around the arena during the Red Willow County Fair Rodeo in McCook Saturday evening. At the west end of the arena, a very surprised Eva -- Eva Liakos of Curtis -- told Andrew Ruggles of McCook, "Yes!"...
A rowdy time (07/25/16)
Rowdy Moon of Sargent scores a 77 on a Phillips & Boots bareback during the Red Willow County Fair rodeo in front of the fairgrounds grandstand in McCook Saturday evening. Rowdy's was the only qualifying ride Saturday night. Moon is a member of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper in June. He'll be a a sophomore at the college in North Platte this fall...
Suicide awareness runner arriving Tuesday (07/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A cross-country runner bringing awareness to suicide and suicide prevention will come through McCook Tuesday, probably late morning. Phil King is a 32-year-old avid long distance runner who left Delaware on March 28 and expects to reach the Pacific Coast on Oct. 16...
Southern Valley FFA member finalist for national recognition (07/25/16)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2016 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience...
Search is on for legendary 'Blue Goose' (07/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- It was long and blue and legendary and its "disappearance" is almost as legendary as the stories former students and instructors tell about McCook Community College's "Blue Goose." The blue extended-length Checker airport limousine was a fixture at MCC in the 1970s and 1980s...
Music, barbecue at Norris Park on Thursday night (07/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community Chest is hosting a free-will donation barbecue at Norris Park Thursday evening in conjunction with McCook National Bank's Hot Summer Nights Concert. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to support Community Chest served organizations and governmental entities throughout Southwest Nebraska. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, chips, cookie and bottled water...
Kiplinger Arena filled with hymns for Cowboy Church (07/25/16)
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette KIPLINGER ARENA -- People of many faiths congregated in the Kiplinger Arena Sunday morning, joining their 500 voices together to sing praises to the Lord. The simple but touching service was inspired by Psalm 150, which exhorts us earthly inhabitants to "Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!"...
New manager for Orscheln's (07/25/16)
GENE O. MORRIS McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- Progressing rapidly within the company, James Thompson has advanced from the Orscheln's store in Maryville, Mo. to managerial roles in Gothenburg and McCook in a three-year time period. Thompson, who was born in Texas and raised in Missouri, is finding Western Nebraska to his liking. ...
Kids and their toys (07/22/16)
Four-year-old Brody Campbell pedals hard in the "Lil Red Draggin" pedal tractor contest Thursday evening during the Red Willow County fair in McCook. Across the fairgrounds, pretty, petite Jaz Lussetto -- just 14 years older than Brody -- does more than pedal, as she's strapped into "Turbulence," a "tractor" powered by a Huey helicopter engine to compete in the "Modified" division of the Heartland Pullers tractor and truck pull. ...
Seniors in action (07/22/16)
Kaden Sitzman hits a triple during the MNB Seniors final game of the regular season last week. The No. 1-seeded Seniors faced No. 6 Gothenburg in the B6 state opener in Broken Bow at 1 p.m. today and if they win they'll face Broken Bow or O'Neill at 4 p.m. Saturday. No. 2 Holdrege plays No. 5 Hershland at 4 p.m. today and No. 3 Broken Bow plays No. 4 O'Neill at 7 p.m. today...
MFL action (07/22/16)
A player struggles for more yardage during a McCook Football League game last year. The MFL opener is at Weiland field tonight with games Tuesday and Wednesday next week, 8:30 p.m.
Horsemanship counts (07/22/16)
The new 2016 Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen royalty will be crowned at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, July 23, just before the Red Willow County Fair rodeo which starts at 8 p.m. in front of the fairgrounds grandstands in McCook. Contestants competing in the horsemanship division Saturday, July 16 were queen contestants, from left, Chyanne Friehe, daughter of Brad and Jennifer Friehe of Culbertson; and Halee Kohmetscher, daughter of Duane Kohmetscher of Lawrence and the late Laurie Kohmetscher. ...
Frontier County Head Start taking applications (07/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Frontier County Head Start is now taking applications for the 2016-17 year. The home-based model is parent-focused and works with the adults in each household to work with their child as the child's first and primary teacher. Head Start, a program of Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska (Mid), provides comprehensive services to 10 families in Frontier and Hitchcock Counties. ...
Long-time Benkelman Doctor Kenneth C. Stout dies at 97 (07/22/16)
BENKELMAN, Neb. -- One of this region's -- if not this nation's -- last true 'country docs,' Kenneth C. Stout, M.D., passed from this earthly existence Thursday afternoon, expiring peacefully at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, the place that had been his home for the final years of his life...
Grand, reserve (07/22/16)
Jake O'Dea, left, shows the 2016 Red Willow County 4-H overall grand champion market beef, and big brother G shows the reserve champion, in brutal heat late Friday morning (already in the mid-90s) on the fairgrounds in McCook. Jake's steer, "Mr. Big," is a 1,418-pound Charolais cross; G's, "Hairy," is a 1,294-pound Simmental/Angus. The boys are the 12- and 15-year-old sons of Michelle and John O'Dea of rural Indianola...
A Hooker and a hot-rod (07/22/16)
Dirk Bauerle of Imperial on "High Dollar Hooker" and Andrew Uerling of McCook, in his old International rat rod, wow the crowd at the second annual Red Willow County Fair and Heartland Pulling truck and tractor pull in McCook Thursday evening. Bauerle and his "Hooker" won third in the 8,500-pound "Hot Farm Tractor" division, pulling 303.85 feet. ...
PSC denies Black Hills proposal (07/22/16)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected an application for a Cost of Service Gas Hedge Agreement from Black Hills Energy earlier this week. Commissioners unanimously denied the application in an order handed down Tuesday morning...
Man gets 180 days for threatening officers (07/21/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man responsible for a lock down at Community Hospital earlier this year received jail time last week on a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident. The man, 25-year-old Anthony S. Heflin, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and received credit for 102 days already served during a July 11 hearing in Red Willow County District Court. ...
Country showdown (07/21/16)
Pretty-in-pink Stella Klingelhoefer of Amherst rocks the stands with her version of Carrie Underwood's "He's No Good, Girl," on her way to winning the "Comet" division (12 and under) of the 105.3 Coyote Country/Longnecker Jewelry Country Music Showdown during the Red Willow County fair in McCook Wednesday evening. ...
Ribbon cutting July 28 for Pristine Clean (07/21/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Pristine Clean Commercial Cleaning as a new member with a ribbon cutting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at 508 West 10th in McCook.
Featured artist (07/21/16)
McCook farmer and historian Neal Corey sets up the farm and construction equipment that he has handcrafted and will display in the Open Class building of the Red Willow County Fair which runs through Sunday in McCook. Corey said he uses oak, walnut, cherry, purple heart and osage orange in his models. ...
Champion and reserve (07/21/16)
Rawlins County Fair livestock judge Adam Jones of Crooked Creek Angus at St. Francis selects Natalie Hawkins, above, as the senior beef showman champion during competition on the fairgrounds in Atwood Wednesday morning. Jones' reserve champ was CJ Antholz, below. ...
Midway fun (07/21/16)
Four-year-old Jarrod Elliott of McCook gets a "high five" from Tank of Moore's Greater Shows, at the kids' fishing pond at the carnival of the Red Willow County Fair Wednesday evening. Also at the tamer end of the midway, 7-year-old Brionna Hart, from McCook as well, spun around-and-around in a tea-cup. ...
Fire department draws praise (07/21/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook emergency responders received praise from city leaders earlier this month for achieving what is believed to be the highest insurance rating in the history of the city fire department. The accomplishment may be even more impressive considering it occurred during the busiest year on record and while the department was short staff due to military service obligations...

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