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'Annie Get Your Gun' on stage next week (03/05/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- "Annie Get Your Gun" is a musical that opens March 14 with a story that has roots in pioneer days of Southwest Nebraska, carried forward from the day that a group of area people formed Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association 30 years ago...
Pot calling kettle black on electoral college partisanship? (03/05/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Democratic legislators in Nebraska, who oppose a new bill which would change how the state's electoral votes are divided, claim the legislation is nothing more than partisan politics and at least one Republican legislator is taking exception to the argument...
Not guilty plea entered in officer assault case (03/05/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man pleaded not guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer with a vehicle, among other charges, Monday in Red Willow County District Court. The accused, 55-year-old Timothy S. O'Neil of 1103 W. First Street, is facing a felony charge stemming from a traffic stop in December...
Official: Water accounting worth $1 billion over 50 years (03/04/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- If changes in the accounting procedures of the Republican River Compact were "monetized," they could be worth up to $1 billion over the next 50 years. Jesse Bradley, department head of the Integrated Water Management Division of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources in Lincoln, told those gathered for the annual Middle Republican Natural Resources District water conference in McCook Tuesday that the U.S. ...
Council OKs Prairie Gold Homes lease (03/04/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook approved a one-year lease with Prairie Gold Homes Monday evening, setting the stage for the non-profit to expand Department of Corrections inmate training options available locally. The lease agreement provides a rent-free facility for the non-profit at the now-vacant Public Safety Center on West B Street and is anticipated to strengthen the Work Ethic Camp, as well as assist McCook in addressing a local housing shortage...
Buckle Up Baby! event set March 21 (03/03/15)
McCook, Neb. -- Community Hospital in conjunction with Safe Kids Platte Valley will host a Buckle up Baby! Car seat event Saturday, March 21 in the McCook fire station, 505 West C Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Hospital has certified car seat technicians who will conduct the event...
College to serve 'A Shot of Reality' about binge drinking (03/03/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- "A Shot of Reality" is coming to Mid-Plains Community College. Binge drinking, alcoholism, drunk driving, health risks and social mistakes are some of the many topics that will be covered in the presentation designed to educate students about encountering alcohol in a college environment...
'Court Fore' golf simulator accepting reservations (03/03/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Looking down through the windows into the first racquetball court at the YMCA, the steel beams and black tarps don't give away what is now in place. The computer along the wall doesn't provide any clues. Not even the barstools shed any light on what fills the room...
McCook gets high marks on annual audit (03/03/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook received another glowing evaluation during its annual audit report presented to City Council last night. "Overall, [city departments] continue to have improvements in most all areas," said Terry Galloway of Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, Certified Public Accountants...
City rallying support for sales tax (03/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders coordinated the third and final town hall meeting this weekend and will continue efforts in the coming weeks to solicit support for renewal of McCook's local option sales tax. The meetings have provided an opportunity for city department heads to recap sales tax expenditures in recent years, as well as for citizens to provide input on the approximate $2.6 million revenue stream...
Lenten services continue through March 27 (03/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Friday Lenten gatherings, sponsored by the Red Willow County and McCook Area Ministerial Association will continue each Friday though Lent at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 509 West 1st Street in McCook at 12:05 p.m., just after noon...
Mid-Plains to begin offering Sunday College (02/27/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College is offering a new option for people who want to obtain an associate degree, but have little time to do so. Classes for Sunday College start in August. The idea is for students to be in a classroom on Sunday afternoons and evenings, then complete coursework online the rest of the week...
Rail stories on tap for First Tuesday (02/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- All aboard! The Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival planning committee invites the public to attend their First Tuesday event at the Bieroc Café from 7 to 8 p.m. on March 3. The theme this time is passenger train and bus stories. Featured speakers will be Jerry Beideck and Ralph Goltl, the last of the many conductors who once serviced McCook...
Meals-on-Wheels volunteers needed (02/27/15)
Director Beth Siegfried delivers the daily announcements to diners at the Heritage Senior Center Tuesday morning. The center is in need of volunteers to assist with its home delivered meal program. The program provides meals to homebound residents, 60 years of age or older, on a $3.25 suggested donation basis. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, typically between 11 a.m. and noon. For more information on becoming a volunteer contact Siegfried at 308-345-1760...
New acoustic instrument makes world debut in McCook (02/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Stomping never sounded so good. Take an African drum, a snare drum, a pair of hands or a foot, and you have the VBox Acoustic Stompbox, the brainchild of Jason Van Pelt of McCook. A percussion instrument that can be plugged into an amplifier or played acoustically, guitarists can tap out a snare or kick drum sound underfoot, or use it with their hands like a drum. It's designed for solo guitarists, a small group of musicians or for a drummer in a small venue...
City mulls convention center idea (02/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook is considering a future in the convention business. City staffers have scheduled a discussion item with McCook City Council during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting, "to determine whether there is an interest or not with constructing a convention center utilizing city funds."...
Using historical novels in genealogy research (02/27/15)
Susan Doak Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Society My husband has gotten used to the fact that I cannot pass by anyone selling books, be it a store, auction, garage sale or swap meet, if there is a book-seller, there he will find me, browsing the contents of their wares...
Hospital directors updated on second quarter results (02/26/15)
McCook, Neb. -- The Community Hospital Board of Directors was updated at the February 18 meeting on the second quarter balanced scorecard results as well as other director education and reports. Under board education, the directors reviewed the board member job description and the Elements of Governance Board Roles and Responsibilities. Several healthcare magazine news articles were also included in their packets as well as information on two upcoming conferences...
College increases tuition, room and board (02/26/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- It's going to cost students an extra $2 per credit hour to take "for credit" classes through Mid-Plains Community College next year. On Wednesday, the MPCC Board of Governors approved a 2.13 percent increase in resident tuition - raising the per credit hour rate from $79 to $81...
Committee pondering TIF oversight (02/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The use of Tax Increment Financing for economic development in Nebraska may have additional oversight requirements implemented, but is unlikely to see major changes this session, according to one legislator. District 44 State Sen. Dan Hughes said the Urban Affairs Committee received more testimony in support of TIF projects this week than was presented in opposition...
Officials have high hopes for WEC-construction partnership (02/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The warden of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Work Ethic Camp in McCook sees a new vocational construction program for work camp inmates at the work camp as "a win-win situation" for all involved. Warden Pam Morello told those gathered for the Work Ethic Camp's Community Involvement Committee meeting Tuesday morning that the WEC's partnership with Prairie Gold Homes will be good for inmates who will learn marketable skills they can use upon their release, and that the creation of affordable housing "will be huge for McCook.". ...
Hitchcock County Elementary recognized (02/26/15)
CULBERTSON, Neb. -- Hitchcock County Elementary in Culbertson was one of two schools that were recognized earlier this month as Nebraska's 2014 Title I Distinguished Schools. The other school is DC West Elementary School in Valley, Nebraska. The schools were recognized during a national Title I conference in Salt Lake City, Utah...
Hometown Talent Showcase Sunday at Fox (02/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The wide range of musical talent in the Golden Plains will be in the spotlight Sunday afternoon when the Fox Theatre presents the Eighth Annual Hometown Talent Showcase. More than 40 singers, drummers, pianists and string-players will share the stage during the performance, which will begin at 2 p.m...
Message in a bottle sheds light on history of home (02/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- If time could be saved in a bottle, then a home do-it-your-selfer has recently found 82-years' worth. Shad Dewey and his 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, were ripping up the wooden porch planks of their home six miles northeast of McCook when Nicole spied a clear bottle laying behind the cement steps...
Questions raised over committee (02/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook is coordinating a second town hall meeting Thursday evening to continue discussions about renewal of the local option sales tax. A review of commitments made during the previous renewal process indicates the city may have fallen short in holding up its end of the bargain...
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