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Doak Construction Inc serves widespread and diverse needs (10/22/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Large cities are not the only place with skyscrapers. We have them in small towns, too. Here, they're called grain elevators. This fact -- which is apparent when you travel through the Tri-State Region -- is a major reason for the success of Doak Construction, a millwright, construction, sales and service company which has been serving the grain storage and handling needs of a wide region of Southwest Nebraska, Northwest Kansas and Northeast Colorado for 54 years...
Drivers urged to use seat belts (10/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook police officers are giving extra attention to seat belts after noticing a trend primarily involving high school aged drivers. Senior Sgt. Kevin Darling said officers were keeping an eye out for unbuckled drivers during their regular school patrols and issuing friendly reminders when applicable...
Intersections closed (10/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook Public Works Department announced Tuesday a pair of intersections will be closed for at least a few days, as part of the East Seventh Street and Seminole street repair project. The intersections of North Cherokee and Seminole, as well as East Seventh Street and East I Street, will be closed while concrete valley drains are installed...
City manager fields questions at Gazette's monthly coffee (10/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City Manager Nate Schneider joined McCook police officers during a casual visit with citizens Tuesday morning. Schneider offered updates on several local housing developments, efforts to expand the Work Ethic Camp and his hope to find ways to make building and plumbing code less cumbersome...
'Junktoberfest' II (10/22/14)
The second annual "Junktoberfest: A Vintage and Artisan Market," a celebration of all that is old and unusual, is scheduled on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook, Nebraska, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. ...
Injury accident (10/22/14)
City of McCook, Nebraska, police, fire and rescue personnel respond to a two-vehicle accident about 4 p.m., Monday, at the north end of West Third adjacent to the Henton Addition. The driver of a pickup was transported to Community Hospital of McCook; EMT's and paramedics helped a handicapped man get out of his van. More information will be available after McCook police officers complete their investigation of the accident...
Tales from the trail (10/22/14)
Chuckwagon driver David Pabst, Colby, Kansas, will recount his journey along the Great Western Cattle Trail when the Great Western Cattle Trail Association of Nebraska meets Wednesday, Oct. 29 at North Shore between Stratton and Trenton. David and his sidekick, Ken, have a long-range plan to drive their chuckwagon and team along the entire Great Western Trail. ...
For thanks giving (10/22/14)
In a private and personal ceremony of closure, a soldier has left his desert-sand combat boots on the steps of the historic Stone Church on Highway 17 south of Culbertson, Nebraska. This is the second pair of boots that the soldier has left on the church steps. ...
Candidate: Time to step in, make changes is now (10/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Democratic candidate for Congress Mark Sullivan believes it's time for some of our politicians in D.C. to return to their state of origin and make way for others more capable of getting the job done. "When a farmer and a cattlemen realizes that nothings gonna get done, sometimes they have to step in," said Sullivan during the High Plains Radio Candidate's Forum at the Bieroc Cafe last week...
Medical partnership announced for Rawlins County Health Center (10/22/14)
ATWOOD, Kan. -- Citizens Medical Center and Rawlins County Health Center will soon be collaborating in order to meet the needs of their communities. On Oct. 17, Kevan Trenkle, CEO, Citizens Medical Center Inc. of Colby, Kansas, and Sharon K. Cox, CEO, Rawlins County Health Center signed an agreement to partner together and to provide RCHC some physician services including medical leadership for their hospital & clinic. ...
Decade of growth for High Plains Podiatry (10/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Upon his arrival in McCook in July of 2004, Dr. Rob Hinze already had 12 appointments booked at the brand new High Plains Podiatry clinic. "My wife, Jennifer, did all the preparation. She researched the need for podiatry services in the McCook area. And, after determining the need was great, she arranged the financing, organized the office and did the advertising."...
Halloween Parade Oct. 25 (10/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce and McCook Gazette will sponsor a Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25 for "trick-or-treaters" of all ages. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Keystone Business Center where the parade will begin at 10 a.m. First Central Bank, Wal-Mart Super Center, Pepsi Beverage Co., McCook Gazette and the Chamber of Commerce will furnish bags to put treats in...
... it is always autumn (10/21/14)
A massive cottonwood near the Driftwood Creek in southwest Red Willow County displays its brilliant fall colors. The dry, sunny days of this year's Indian summer followed by cool, dry nights create the best season for a red, yellow and orange leaf show. "In Heaven, it is always Autumn." ― English poet John Donne (1572--1631)...
Fresh, new paint (10/21/14)
Members of the congregation of Danbury, Nebraska, Presbyterian Church stand in front of the church that sports new and/or repaired windows and, after this summer, fresh bright-white paint. Parishioners believed, and were rewarded for their faith, that donations would come to help purchase badly-needed paint for the 118-year-old church and to pay the painter. ...
International Food Fair set Nov. 1 (10/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Women's Fellowship of the Congregational Church in McCook, Nebraska, plans its 27th annual "International Food Fair and Bake Sale" on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the church at 212 East E. Coordinators plan the bake sale from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and the food fair from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m...
New city subdivision gets go-ahead (10/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City Council approved the final plat for a new subdivision near the intersection of County Road 383 and what would be an extension of West J Street, County Road 716. The Bishop Acres Subdivision will consist of four three-acre lots and representatives for the project said they intended to include covenants preventing mobile homes on the property...
Enterovirus confirmed in SWNPHD district (10/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) received confirmation on two cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in our health district. Several neighboring states to Nebraska are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services...
Community Hospital, McCook Clinic prepare for possibility of Ebola (10/21/14)
McCook, Neb. -- Although it is extremely unlikely the region would ever encounter a patient who is infected with Ebola, Community Hospital and McCook Clinic are readying themselves with proper training, equipment and protocols to remain safe while caring for patients...
Business plan competition simplified, relaunched (10/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A popular business development contest which helped start up a number of successful McCook ventures is back with major changes that officials believe will make it better and even more enticing. Through a partnership with McCook Community College and area business sponsors the "new and improved" Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition is accepting applications through Dec. 1...
McCook High School celebrating digital citizenship (10/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook High School is celebrating Digital Citizenship this week with a guest speaker and other activities. Digital Citizenship is usually defined as the "norms of behavior with regard to technology use," encompassing digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, online safety, norms, rights, culture and more. ...
Bison homecoming royalty (10/20/14)
A highlight of McCook High School's 2014 Homecoming festivities last week was the King and Queen coronation at Weiland Field Friday night following McCook's 43-14 football win over Hastings. The Homecoming royalty included, left to right, front row: crown bearers Abby Sedlacek and Darin Neben; back row: first attendants London Scott and Luke Lichty, Queen Alaini Priebe, King Isaac Langan, second attendants Hayley Werkmeister and Sam Backer...
McCook woman among NSP recruits (10/20/14)
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Sarah Calvin of McCook is a member of the 56th recruit class of the Nebraska State Patrol, which began instruction today. The class consists of 42 members identified through interviews and testing conducted over the past several months...
North Platte burglars accept plea agreement (10/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A pair of North Platte men with a history of theft and drug arrests visited McCook recently and were picked up on drug charges following a string of local thefts. The men, 41-year-old Gregory S. Murdie and 20-year-old Payton Zambito, each accepted his own plea agreement last week in Red Willow County District Court admitting guilt to a Class IV felony attempted burglary offense and a Class II misdemeanor offense for theft by unlawful taking...
'Adopt A Chaplain' tradition continues (10/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Many years ago, Annie Trail of McCook, Nebraska, "adopted" a chaplain to whom she sent ribbon cross bookmarks for distribution among the soldiers in his unit. Annie had discovered -- and personally checked out -- "Adopt a Chaplain" in San Diego, California. "They sent boxes to chaplains. They were all volunteers and they met in a garage," Annie remembered recently. She decided then and there, "I want my own chaplain."...
Senate hopefuls headline forum (10/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The High Plains Radio Candidate's Forum at the Bieroc Cafe in McCook earlier this week proved to be a popular venue for political hopefuls looking to communicate their message, with less than three weeks remaining until the Nebraska General Election. More than 20 candidates attended the event, Tuesday evening, marking one of the best turnouts in recent years according to organizers...
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