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On the Record (Other Records ~ 07/26/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Activity log These items are taken from reports filed by the McCook Police Department. The locations refer to block numbers, not specific addresses. If you have information about any of these reports, call the police department at (308) 345-3450...
Part II -- The Hubbard Glacier and humpback whales (Column ~ 07/25/16)
Despite the Republican Party's selection of a sometimes belligerent nominee and Cleveland residents open-carrying assault-type weapons -- or perhaps because they were -- the GOP convention came off relatively smoothly. This week's Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia is shaping up to be entirely different...
Election year shapes up as strangest since '68 (Editorial ~ 07/25/16)
Despite the Republican Party's selection of a sometimes belligerent nominee and Cleveland residents open-carrying assault-type weapons -- or perhaps because they were -- the GOP convention came off relatively smoothly. This week's Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia is shaping up to be entirely different...
Local troopers deserve credit for traffic safety (Editorial ~ 07/22/16)
Troopers would be the first to say they didn't deserve all the credit, but local troopers certainly deserve their share for helping prevent needless traffic fatalities last year. The McCook Sergeant Area was the only Nebraska State Patrol work area in the state to record zero fatality accidents during the 2015 calendar year...
Man gets 180 days for threatening officers (Local News ~ 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. ...
County, city play 'catch up' on dispatching fees (Local News ~ 07/20/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County commissioners conceded Monday morning that the county can't afford to develop and operate its own dispatch system, so they'll pay what the City of McCook is requesting for the use of its dispatching service. Commissioners agreed to pay $52,439 for dispatching sheriff's officers during 2016-17, and then a committee of city and county officials will determine how the county can "catch up" to the city's actual costs of dispatching for the sheriff's department...
Guard mission to remain relatively the same (Letter to the Editor ~ 07/19/16)
I read the recent commentary by Dick Trail ("Helping our neighbor," July 12, 2016) with interest and offer the following in response: First, he is correct that our Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve volunteers play an extremely important role in helping us educate our National Guard and Reserve members' employers and helping address any issues or concerns when they arise. ...
Police urge caution in playing smartphone app (Local News ~ 07/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department has joined other law enforcement agencies in urging caution when playing Pokemon Go. As the smartphone app becomes more common, so do reports of injuries and violations of law resulting from unscrupulous gameplay, according to an MPD release...
Two major projects set for local highways (Local News ~ 07/15/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Roads plans two major highway improvement projects out of McCook starting this fall. NDOR District 7 engineer Kurt Vosburg said that the 10.9-mile McCook-Indianola project on Highway 6&34 involves resurfacing, a new bridge over Coon Creek (at the west edge of Indianola, at mile marker 97.61) and a new quintuple box culvert in place of the bridge over River Canyon at mile marker 92.05...
Hearing set for paving, walkway (Local News ~ 07/15/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders will coordinate a public hearing Monday evening to receive progress updates on a pair of local improvement projects. The projects include an investment of more than $450,000 in downtown McCook and more than $220,000 to pave the roadway into the city's industrial park...
The west will have to admit it's at war (Editorial ~ 07/15/16)
Internet wags were quick to call on authorities to ban trucks following Thursday's terrorism in France, but the truck attack shows just how difficult it is to fight an enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who disagrees with their religion and are only too happy to kill themselves in the process...
On the record (Other Records ~ 07/15/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Police activity Activity log...
Pay it forward (Local News ~ 07/12/16)
One of the customers to the Stanton sisters' lemonade stand in McCook last week handed them a $5 bill and asked them to "pay it forward." When the girls (from the left) Mirabelle, 3, Imogen, 5 1/2, and Juniper, 2, looked puzzled, their grandma (Karen Nix) explained that their next four customers would get their lemonade and crispy treat free because that customer had already paid for them, that "pay it forward" means that when someone does a good deed for you, you "pay it forward" by doing a good deed for someone else. ...
Helping our neighbor (Opinion Column ~ 07/12/16)
Anyone who has been in the military knows about change. Most times it seems to be arbitrary change. "The only thing constant is change" so says the wag. Of course change takes place for well thought out reasons. It is just that the military is not very good about explaining change to the troops down the line...
Latest electronic game gets players off Mom's couch (Editorial ~ 07/11/16)
On one hand, the newest video game craze encourages exercise. On the other, it can have dangerous consequences. If you see someone staring at their screen and walking down the street, they may be playing a new "augmented reality" game. The game, Pokemon Go, has exploded in popularity since it was released Wednesday, sending players out into the real world to find online "pocket monsters" -- Pokemon. ...
Officers deserve support, even after honest mistakes (Editorial ~ 07/08/16)
Many have dangerous jobs, and we're wise not to take our loved ones for granted when they head off to work. Even so, it's shocking and outrageous to hear that five police officers lost their lives Thursday night as they were working to protect the rights and lives of peaceful protesters only a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963...
On the record (Other Records ~ 07/08/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Police activity Activity log...
Police: Fewer fireworks calls this year (Local News ~ 07/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department received fewer firework related complaints over the 4th of July weekend than it had in several years, thanks to responsible revelers and understanding residents. Chief of Police Isaac Brown praised residents for generally staying within the permitted discharge timeframe, as well as for being more tolerant of their neighbors...
Independence and the EPA (Opinion Column ~ 07/05/16)
Independence Day and a good one it was. So 240 years and counting. Grannie Annie and I drove our 1925 Model T through the parade and enjoyed lunch and activities after. Culbertson knows how to celebrate the 4th. Culbertson, at least a major manufacturing company located there, received some unwanted attention lately in the form of a $101,808 fine. ...
Darrel W. Messersmith (Obituaries ~ 07/05/16)
Darrel W. Messersmith Oct. 22, 1938 - July 2, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Darrel W. Messersmith, age 77, of McCook, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Community Hospital in McCook. Darrel was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Hayes Center, Neb., to parents, Lewis Ivan and Annabella (Kugler) Messersmith. He was one of five children who grew up in Hayes Center, graduating from Hayes Center High School in 1957...
Barnett Park closed (Local News ~ 07/03/16)
McCOOK, Neb. --McCook Police and Nebraska Game and Parks closed McCook's Barnett Park about 1 p.m., Sunday, July 3, until a Game and Parks biologist can determine what's causing a fish kill. One goose has also died. Officers want to be "safe than sorry" and keep people and pets fro m getting sick on the water...
Pieces of McCook (Column ~ 06/24/16)
I truly love being a grandparent and wish that all my brood lived close by. Since they don't, this grandma gets to do things like travel to watch softball games in 100 degree weather in the pollen and humidity capital of Nebraska. Softball games that started as late as midnight because of rain. ...
On the record (Other Records ~ 06/22/16)
This information is gathered at the McCook Public Safety Center, the McCook office of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Red Willow County Courthouse, the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office and the McCook Humane Society. Police activity Activity log...
Uncle Charlie (Opinion Column ~ 06/21/16)
The year was 1955 and your columnist was about to depart to a new life in the Air Force. Dad took me on a special trip to St. Joseph, Missouri to meet and visit with his Uncle Charlie Trail. Now understand that the Trail clan hadn't been close as I grew up and to that time I had only met one of my father's aunts. My father's father had died from the infection of an abscessed tooth when dad was six years old...
Big cats not unheard of in Southwest Nebraska (Editorial ~ 06/20/16)
Many dads were recognized on Sunday's Fathers Day for all they do, but we have to pay tribute as well to the Colorado mom who saved her 5-year-old son's life by pulling his head from the jaws of a mountain lion. The Pitkin County police said the child was playing outside Friday with his brother when the mother heard the sound of screaming...
Fireworks safety: Keep up the good work (Local News ~ 06/20/16)

Las Vegas, then and now (Opinion Column ~ 06/17/16)

Accidents happen (Column ~ 06/16/16)

Vacation no time to let down your guard (Editorial ~ 06/16/16)

Repeat drug offender sentenced to prison (Local News ~ 06/15/16)

Man serves 180 days for assault that broke officer's nose (Local News ~ 06/10/16)

Impacting on crime (Opinion Column ~ 05/27/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/27/16)

Culbertson native among those saved by new medical device (Local News ~ 05/26/16)

Recycled sewer gas to power buses (Editorial ~ 05/24/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/23/16)

Councilman: City not paying huge pensions (Local News ~ 05/20/16)

Officer's nose fractured, plea reduced to attempted assault (Local News ~ 05/19/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/19/16)

Section offers thanks to officers during National Police Week (Local News ~ 05/18/16)

Police step up camper parking enforcement (Local News ~ 05/16/16)

Neighbor grateful for teen's timely CPR training (Local News ~ 05/16/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/16/16)

late McCook police officer inducted into Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial (Local News ~ 05/13/16)

Watt birthday (Birthdays ~ 05/13/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/13/16)

Teacher injured in mishap at school (Local News ~ 05/12/16)

Police seek calls on sidewalk issues (Local News ~ 05/10/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/10/16)

Playground now officially 'A Street Park' (Local News ~ 05/06/16)

Police Week, City Clerks Week proclaimed (Local News ~ 05/06/16)

Project advances (Local News ~ 05/03/16)

Starve the beast (Letter to the Editor ~ 05/02/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 05/02/16)

City asking to change ordinance, snow removal obligation (Local News ~ 04/29/16)

Left, then right, and repeat (Local News ~ 04/27/16)

Firearm education needed (Editorial ~ 04/26/16)

Accident with injuries (Local News ~ 04/26/16)

Former cop finds true calling as teacher (Local News ~ 04/25/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/25/16)

On the Record (Other Records ~ 04/22/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/21/16)

City raises idea of county-wide animal enforcement (Local News ~ 04/20/16)

Hundreds attend DARE graduation (Local News ~ 04/20/16)

Crimes decline for 2015 (Local News ~ 04/19/16)

Water, water everywhere (Local News ~ 04/18/16)

City equipment purchase below budget (Local News ~ 04/15/16)

Coffee with a Cop (Local News ~ 04/13/16)

Teddy Roosevelt Part I: The early years (Column ~ 04/11/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 04/11/16)

The Police Olympics (Opinion Column ~ 04/08/16)

Safety first (Local News ~ 04/06/16)

Scam callers target Dish Network customers (Local News ~ 04/05/16)

Balthazor promoted to command Troop E (Local News ~ 04/04/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/30/16)

Hospital activates controlled access (Local News ~ 03/28/16)

Cops may get tuition break (Local News ~ 03/28/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/28/16)

New felonies draw prison time (Local News ~ 03/25/16)

Troublesome stoplight, U-turn discussed (Local News ~ 03/24/16)

Honk if you're happy (Column ~ 03/24/16)

New officer (Local News ~ 03/21/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/21/16)

Hometown shopping loyalty has long history (Local News ~ 03/16/16)

Calves stolen in Hayes Center recovered at Beatrice sale barn (Local News ~ 03/15/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/15/16)

Intersection collision (Local News ~ 03/09/16)

Police: Lock cars, keep pets secure, rabies shots up to date (Local News ~ 03/09/16)

Learning lessons of history from surprising sources (Editorial ~ 03/07/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 03/07/16)

Balanced budget amendment back on floor of Legislature (Local News ~ 03/03/16)

Candidates file by deadline; districts new for NRD (Local News ~ 03/02/16)

Two arrested in murder for hire investigation (Local News ~ 03/01/16)

Another busy week in Lincoln (Opinion Column ~ 02/29/16)

Assistant attorney general: Officers deserve more positive recognition (Local News ~ 02/29/16)

Latest drug bust suspect arrested in McCook (Local News ~ 02/29/16)

Semi leads cops on slow-speed chase (Local News ~ 02/25/16)

Law Enforcement Tribute set Feb. 27 (Local News ~ 02/17/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 02/17/16)

On the record (Other Records ~ 02/12/16)