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Voters renew sales tax, decline economic development (05/12/15)
McCOOK, Neb. - Unofficial results from the Red Willow County Clerk's Office indicate the majority of voters approved renewal of the city's 1.5 percent local options sales tax, while declining to approve the continuation of the McCook Economic Development Program...
Broken water main (02/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook Water Department is making repairs to a broken water main near the intersection of East 14th Street and East C Street this morning. Water on East C Street is anticipated to be turned off from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., from East 11th Street to Airport Road, as well as along East 14th Street, from East C Street to East D Street...
Weedin, Gonzales, McDowell for City Council (11/04/14)
McCOOK, Neb. - Challenger Gene Weedin received the most votes of the four candidates vying for three seats on the McCook City Council, according to unofficial results from the Red Willow County Clerk's office. Weedin received 1,616 votes. Incumbent Mike Gonzales received 1,463 and incumbent Bruce McDowell solidified the third seat with 1,372...
Voters look to new faces for school board (11/04/14)
McCOOK, Neb. - Unofficial results indicate the McCook School Board will see some turnover as a result of tonight's election. Newcomers Brian Esch and Bob Elder led the popular vote for the three seats available on the board, collecting 1,753 and 1,745 Red Willow County votes respectively...
Upcoming Salvation Army backpack giveaway needs immediate help (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Christian Church is looking for immediate donations of money and school supplies for the annual Salvation Army backpack giveaway. Rev. Clark Bates, the church's pastor, asks that those who wish to provide financial donations or school supplies to bring them to the office of the McCook Christian Church, 507 West B Street, by Friday, July 18...
Friday night's races at fairgrounds cancelled (05/23/14)
The races scheduled for tonight (May 23, 2014) at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds have been cancelled.
It's unofficial, Alan Kotschwar for sheriff (05/13/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska - Unofficial results released by the Red Willow County Clerk's office indicate Alan Kotschwar will likely be named the next Red Willow County Sheriff. Kotschwar received 754 votes, Kevin Darling received 593 votes, Shannon Brown received 492 and Steve Kotschwar received 319...
Schneider chosen as city manager (05/08/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council announced today the hiring of Nate Schneider as city manager. Schneider will transition from his position as city attorney in the coming weeks and his hiring will be effective June 23.
Airport reopened after bomb neutralized (04/19/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport was reopened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after the Nebraska State Patrol neutralized an explosive device containing a live shotgun shell and metal objects. A person of interest has been identified in connection with the incident and more information will be released when it becomes available, according to McCook Police Chief Ike Brown...
East 11th and H accident (11/21/12)
City of McCook, Nebraska, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision of a car and a semi-tractor pulling an empty trailer at the corner of East 11th and H streets about 3:35 p.m., Wednesday. Ambulance personnel transported the driver of the car to Community Hospital of McCook. More information will be made available when McCook police officers complete an investigation of the accident...
Missing Man's Body Found in Haigler (09/21/12)
The Dowd family is saddened to share the news that the body of Charlie Dowd was found Friday, Sept. 21, in Haigler, Nebraska, an area between Fort Morgan, Colorado, and McCook, Nebraska. The body was spotted by a BNSF railway worker and immediately reported to the authorities...
Standoff ends peacefully after 7 1/2 hours (10/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook, Nebraska, man described by neighbors as "a very kind gentleman," and "a quiet ol' guy," held off law enforcement officers for 71⁄2 hours Thursday, finally leaving his home unharmed with heavily-armed and armored SWAT team members at about 5:45 p.m...
Standoff ends peacefully (10/13/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A standoff with police and a SWAT team ended peacefully at about 6 p.m. when a man was removed from the house without injury. The incident began at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, when police, sent to check on the welfare of the man, were greeted with a single gunshot, which did not hit anyone...
Swat team arrives at McCook house surrounded since mid-morning (10/13/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A SWAT team arrived at a McCook home about 1:30 p.m. to reinforce local officers involved in a standoff since mid morning. According to reports, officers were called to the home to check the welfare of a man living there, and after they entered the home, a single shot was fired. Officers have had the house surrounded since then, and McCook schools have been on a lockdown since before lunch. Parents were being asked to pick up their children from school...
UPDATE: Palisade credit union robbed (04/18/11)
PALISADE, Nebraska -- Hitchcock County and Southwest Nebraska law enforcement officials are looking for a dark green or black car used as the get-away vehicle in an armed robbery this morning at the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in downtown Palisade about 9:50 a.m., today...
No sign recession is ending, says Food Bank official (12/15/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hunger is often invisible, and it's likely to get worse, even here in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, according to an official with the Food Bank for the Heartland. "If the recession is over, we aren't seeing it," said Brian Barks, director of development and public relations for the organization, which serves 16 counties in Iowa and 77 in Nebraska, including Red Willow County and Southwest Nebraska...
Were you affected by the storm? (04/28/11)
Do you have someone who lives in areas struck by storms Wednesday night? Do you live there yourself? Share your story with here, e-mail editor@mccookgazette.com or call (308) 345-4500.
Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska sign Cooperative Water Agreement (11/19/14)
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration. Representatives of the states have signed a resolution, approving operational adjustments in 2014 and 2015 under the Republican River Compact that will benefit water users throughout the Basin and set the Administration on a course to find long-term solutions to persistent problems...
NRD votes 9-2 to buy, retire farmland (10/24/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Middle Republican Natural Resources District board of directors voted 9-2 Tuesday morning to participate with three other NRD's in the purchase of a 19,500-acre southern Lincoln County farm so that the water used now to irrigate its crops can be piped to the Republican and South Platte rivers...
Missing girl found (07/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The missing 15-year-old McCook girl, Katie Brawdy, has been located north of Stratton, Nebraska. According to information released Saturday afternoon by the McCook Police Department she has been returned to McCook safely and is unharmed...
Ribbon cuttings today (08/05/11)
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Nebraska National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve officials will join Gov. Dave Heineman, state and local community leaders today when they dedicate two new Armed Forces Reserve Centers in Columbus and McCook. The new $9.5 million Columbus Armed Forces Center grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. at 2018 Armory Drive, Columbus...
Events center progress online (05/25/11)
Mid-Plains Community College has set up webcams so viewers can watch progress on the new Events Center in McCook (here) and the Health Complex in North Platte {http://healthcomplex.mpcc.edu/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=1768(here)}...
Aircraft collision (07/22/10)
McCook firefighters work the scene of an aircraft collision at McCook's Ben Nelson Regional Airport this morning after a sprayplane taxied into a parked, unoccupied Piper Super Cub. The collision resulted in an explosion and fire that destroyed both aircraft, and the spray plane pilot was taken to Community Hospital with burns to his face, hands and chest. ...
School Board Rescinds Appointment (11/24/08)
On a 3-2 vote, the McCook Public Schools board of education Monday evening rescinded its vote on Nov. 10 that appointed Gary Power to complete the two years remaining in the term of Greg Larson, who resigned in September. Voting to cancel Power's appointment were Mike Gonzales, Tom Bredvick and Larry Shields. Voting "no" were Diane Lyons and Shane Messersmith...
The Amazing McCook Cam (10/24/06)
City assured of meeting 2006 water deadline (11/08/05)
City Manager John Bingham said at Monday's council meeting that engineers working on the water treatment plant have kept the city "out of the loop" concerning the deep injection well process, but W Design/JHC assured him and council members that they are on schedule and will meet the required compliance dates...
Dairy plans to expand by 750 cows (12/22/04)
With its approval from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Three Star Dairy northeast of McCook plans to expand from 2,000 to 2,750 head of dairy cows. Red Willow County commissioners reviewed paperwork from the DEQ during their regular meeting Monday morning. They'll pass the approval on to county zoning administrator Darcy Eckhardt for her files...
Water rates pass on first reading (11/02/04)
New water rates given initial approval Monday night will raise an extra half-million dollars a year for the next two years. After that, McCook will know exactly what its new water project will cost -- and $1 million in sales tax funding will be available. The project is estimated at $13.2 million...
City water, sewer bill near $17 million (10/15/04)
With the development of the city's new water treatment plant and renovations at the wastewater treatment facility, McCook residents should expect to begin paying higher water bills in January. Discussions on that issue will begin at the regular city council meeting, Monday at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at the McCook Auditorium...
Reward doubled in rural assault (09/29/04)
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an assault suspect wanted in Red Willow County has been doubled. Sheriff Gene Mahon said this morning the reward is now $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 24-year-old Jose Cruz Cepeda-Lopez...
Armed robber strikes convenience store (09/24/04)
McCook Police are looking for an armed robber who struck the West Gas -n- Shop early this morning. According to a report from the Nebraska State Patrol, a man entered the West Gas-n-Shop at about 5:50 a.m. armed with what appeared to be a shot gun or paintball gun. He reportedly stole $135 from the store...
City questions NRD plans (09/15/04)
A new integrated management plan for the Middle Republican Natural Re-sources District has left McCook City Manager John Bingham with a few reservations. Bingham met with the MRNRD Board of Directors Tuesday night to voice his concerns over the presentation of the final draft of he Ground Water Management Area and Integrated Management Plan for the Middle Republican Natural Re-sources District...
Reward offered in assault (09/15/04)
Anonymous donors are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man charged with the assault and sexual assault of a teenage girl at her home northeast of McCook on Aug. 31. Officers of the Red Willow County sheriff's department, Nebraska State Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are looking for 24-year-old Jose Cruz Cepeda-Lopez, who faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment, burglary and theft...
Journey of Hope rolls through area (07/12/04)
BENKELMAN -- The young men who rode their bicycles through Southwest Nebraska Saturday and Sunday blow the myths about beer-guzzling, up-all-night partying frat guys right out of the water. "These guys are doing something spectacular," said Sam Farber of George Washington University, a crew member for the "Journey of Hope" bicyclists who crossed into Nebraska west of Haigler Saturday morning. ...
World War II veterans honored (06/01/04)
By GLORIA MASONER City Editor Fifty Red Willow County World War II veterans were honored for the sacrifices they made more than five decades ago in a ceremony hosted by the American Legion, Saturday. The honor breakfast coincided with the dedication of the World War II Veteran's Memorial in Washington...
School project informational meeting (04/07/04)
Representatives of Sampson Construction Co., McCook Public Schools' construction manager, will present a progress report on the renovation and addition concept plan for the North Ward Elementary site, which will be before the voters on Tuesday, May 11...
'Technicolor Dreamcoat' goes on stage this Friday (03/23/04)
It's one of the most extravagant shows ever produced by the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association and it starts Friday at the Fox Theatre in McCook. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs three days and showcases an elaborate pool of local singers, actors, musicians, artists, costume designers and set builders -- all under the directorship of Charles Coleman...
Osborne: Drought relief will cut farm bill (03/19/04)
If area farmers are hoping for any drought relief this year, they better plan on the federal government using money from the farm bill. "Two years ago farmers got some money because a few of us hammered the White House," said U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. "But this year the stance is you can have drought relief, but it's going to come out of the farm bill."...
Mrs. Morrison passes away, family at her side (03/19/04)
With her husband and two of her children at her bedside, former Nebraska First Lady Maxine Morrison passed away Thursday evening at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. Mrs. Morrison, 88, suffered with heart disease during the final years of her life. "Mother exemplified grit," said her oldest son, Frank B. Morrison Jr. "I never knew her to fail in a task if it was humanly possible to move the rock. I drew great inspiration from her commitment and determination."...
Baker: Waste site deserves look (03/18/04)
With three weeks left in the Nebraska Legislative session, low-level radioactive waste disposal and a property tax levy limit increase are the chief concerns for State Sen. Tom Baker. In his regular Thursday morning conference call, Baker said waste disposal is not as dangerous as many people think, but people are not educated the way they should be about it...
Baker supports waste site in state (03/12/04)
LINCOLN -- Low-level nuclear waste dump: Not in my back yard? Not so fast, said Sen. Tom Baker; let's think about it again. Rushing between a reception put on by the Nebraska Medical Association and a final reading on the legislative floor, Sen. Tom Baker took time for his weekly teleconference call to the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning...
Baker expects casino issue to go to the voters (02/06/04)
By the end of Nebraska's 2004 legislative session, State Sen. Tom Baker of Trenton expects Nebraska lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment which would put the question of casino gambling on the ballot. According to Baker, the Legislature will probably pass a proposed amendment which would permit up to eight casinos in the state. And, unlike, previous proposals, this plan does not specify where in the state the casinos would be located...
Northern plans dropped (01/20/04)
One McCook City Council member expressed his disappointment and another his anger after a three of their companions voted to abandon the city's northern well field plan. Speakers were set up in the hallway for the overflow crowd of nearly 100 McCook and Frontier County residents who gathered to listen and participate in the debate...
Tax survey in error (01/13/04)
McCook taxes are actually 12th in state.
Wauneta man dies attempting rescue (01/02/04)
ENDERS -- A Wauneta man died attempting to rescue another hunter who fell through the ice on Enders Lake on New Year's Day. Bill Dehart, 55, Wauneta, died after falling through the ice when he attempted to rescue Art Stapleton of Aurora, Colo., who fell through the ice attempting to retrieve a goose...
First 2004 traffic fatalities are in Southwest Nebraska (01/02/04)
An Arizona woman is Nebraska's first traffic fatality of the new year. The Furnas County sheriff's office said Janel Arnold, 46, of Mesa, Ariz., was killed at 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a sport utility vehicle in which she was a passenger went out of control on a county road, struck a tree and rolled...
Preliminary jail plans unveiled (12/23/03)
Preliminary drawings of a jail proposed for Red Willow County impressed Red Willow County commissioners and sheriff during the commissioners' meeting Monday morning. Architect Douglas Boyd ACI/Boland Inc., Leawood, Kan., told commissioners and Sheriff Gene Mahon construction of the jail, designed as a 40-bed facility, would cost just a little less than $4 million...
Landing system funding advances (12/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- Funding for an instrument landing system at McCook Municipal Airport has been included in the fiscal year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations conference report, Sen. Ben Nelson announced Tuesday. The Omnibus Appropriations conference committee approved $910,000 for an Instrument Landing System - a highly accurate and dependable means of navigating to the runway, which improves the ability of pilots to safely guide and land aircraft...
Grass fire may have been deliberately set (12/01/03)
Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said Monday morning four car accidents investigated recently by his officers have been alcohol-related. Two weekend accidents, a fire believed to have been set deliberately and any number of other calls kept Red Willow County sheriff's officers busy over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend...
Local charity lauded (11/19/03)
Lincoln -- McCook and five other communities were honored for their work with the Nebraska Community Foundation at its annual banquet in Lincoln on Thursday. Grassroots, community-based, and from the bottom-up are fitting phrases for the work of the McCook Community Foundation Fund, according to Nebraska Community Foundation President and CEO, Jeff Yost, who presented the endowment-building award to the McCook fund...
Bond issue to voters in May election (11/18/03)
The McCook school board will ask taxpayers to approve a new $5.3 million single-site elementary facility during the May 2004 primary election. In action during a regular meeting Monday evening, board of education members began the process of disposing of the West Ward facility and agreed to be part of an appeal of property valuations set by the state of Nebraska...
Software project is funded (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- A $401.3 billion defense bill being sent to President Bush includes $1 million for a software package to be developed in Southwest Nebraska. 21st Century Systems Inc. is working closely with the University of Omaha and Mid-Plains Community College to develop and test EXLOG21, which uses computer-based "intelligent agents" as a decision-support planning tool to process timely and accurate information on the operational status of tactical equipment and weapons systems on the battlefield.. ...
New Parker manager at the helm (11/11/03)
The new manager of Parker Industrial Hose Division - McCook is at the helm and ready to help an industry that has been a vital part of Southwest Nebraska's economy for 32 years grow even stronger. Dan Tangeman officially took over the manager position at Parker on Nov. 5 and plans to move ahead full throttle...
Public reviews school concept (11/07/03)
A new proposal addresses safety, efficiency issues.
Firefighters awarded federal grant (11/06/03)
WASHINGTON -- The McCook Fire Department will receive $19,936 for training material, thanks to a federal grant announced Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration will distribute the twenty-first round of the 2003 grants approved by the Department of Homeland Security to Nebraska fire departments...
Single-site school plan unveiled (10/29/03)
At last, members of the McCook Board of Education believe they have come up with a building plan that the district can afford and the voters will accept. The plan -- which was discussed in detail with members of the McCook media Tuesday evening -- calls for a single-site McCook Elementary School to be constructed at the current North Ward site...
Senate funds airport equipment (10/24/03)
Washington -- Funding for an instrument landing system for the McCook Municipal Airport is included in the Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2004 passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The bill includes $910,000 to install an instrument landing system at the McCook airport. The bill will now be considered by a joint House-Senate conference committee...
Judge rules in favor of bond issue (10/10/03)
Red Willow County District Court Judge John Battershell ruled Thursday that the bond issue and the petition to merge the Republican Valley and Twin Valley school districts are lawful and constitutional. Battershell said in his decision the merger plan and bond issue approved March 25 by patrons of the two schools districts "do not result in an unequal burden of taxation" on plaintiff Frances Louise "Frankie Lou" Nicholson of Lebanon...
Annexation up before city planners (10/11/03)
Public comment is sought for Monday's meeting of the McCook Planning Commission.
Eight escape house fire (10/06/03)
A fire in the early morning hours Saturday caused an estimated $30,000 in damages early Saturday morning. McCook Fire Chief Marc Harpham said the fire was apparently caused by a short in electrical heating tape in a crawl space under a bathroom on the main floor...
Sunset on summer (09/30/03)
The view from near Trenton on Monday is actually a sunrise, so perhaps it was a harbinger of the arrival of fall. Tuesday's projected high of 55 makes it clear that fall is arriving in time for the calendar to change to October. Pleasant weather in the 70s is expected to return to the Golden Plains later in the week...
Happy birthday, America! (07/06/15)
Sprites of light dance across the skies during the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration hosted by the firefighters of Indianola, Nebraska.
All things red-white-and-blue (07/06/15)
Nebraska National Guard member David Seybold of Trenton and his step-daughter Savannah Beagle pass out American flags during the Fourth of July parade in Culbertson, Nebraska, Saturday morning. On the "Veterans USA" float was Dave's dad, U.S. Navy veteran Nathan Seybold, also of Trenton, who served in the Korean War from 1952 until 1954. ...
We're walkin' here (07/06/15)
Walking across the Red Willow County fairgrounds in McCook, Nebraska, Sunday morning before the horsemanship competition in the Kiplinger Arena were the five cowgirl candidates for the 2015 Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen titles. ...
Whatever floats your boat (07/06/15)
Competitors in the cardboard boat contest on the Fourth of July in Arapahoe, Nebraska, discover what floats their boats -- or doesn't -- in the Arapahoe public pool Saturday afternoon. Cord Frink (above) learned that his and Reilley Einspahr's "Patriot" boat was hard to handle in the water, while the "Red-White-and-Blue" boat of Danielle and Rylee Eidson puttered along quite easily and won the "Chuck Norris Championship." The "Titanic" award for the most spectacular sinking went to "The Duct Boat" of Jadan Schulz and Hannah Whitson. ...
Child sexual assaults reduced to misdemeanors (07/06/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --A plea agreement was reached recently with a McCook man facing multiple felonies and allegations he sexually assaulted two children. The plea agreement, offered by special prosecutor Charles Byrd Jr. with the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, admitted guilt to a pair of misdemeanor offenses...
Radio station seeks nominations (07/06/15)
GOODLAND, Kan. -- This Summer KGCR Radio is hoping to focus attention on the gems found in the tri-state area. "We will be encouraging people to take day trips to tourist destinations right here in our own back yard through our Seven Wonders of the Tri-State Area competition," says Station Manager James Claassen...
Collision (07/06/15)
City of McCook, Nebraska, emergency personnel transport at least one person involved in the collision of a red car and a red van in the intersection of West J and Fifth late Thursday morning. Witnesses reported that the car was eastbound and the van northbound; the car came to rest facing west, and the van struck the front porch of a house on the northeast corner of the intersection and rolled backward toward the stop sign on the south side of J Street. ...
FSA seeks County Committee nominations (07/06/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow-Frontier County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kenneth Carriker, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Red Willow-Frontier County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015...
After board's OK, teens hit the ground running (06/30/15)
TRENTON, Neb. -- Two girls at Hitchcock County High School are blazing a new trail for runners at their school. Amanda Mote, who will be a sophomore this year and Sami Carfield, a freshmen, received the OK from the Hitchcock County School Board in June to start a cross county team...
Addiction, redemption theme of new book by best-selling local author (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --A book that didn't quite fit the mold for Christian publishers has already climbed to the top five in several inspirational categories on Amazon Kindle downloads. "Blue Columbine," by Jennifer Rodewald of McCook, has been listed No. 1 on Amazon Kindle eBook store for women's religious and inspirational fiction, No. ...
Spanish classes start Wednesday (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Spanish classes will be offered at 512 Park Ave., 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through July, starting this week. Cost is $100. Registration and payment in full before the classes are required. Call instructor Patty Keene at (308) 345-2862; or Linda Hedges at (308) 340-1000...
Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen contest Sunday (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Chessney Friehe of Culbertson, Nebraska, and Taytum Dickman of Elwood, Nebraska, will pass on their titles of 2014 Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen to new 2015 royalty after a day of competition Sunday in McCook. Both girls will attend activities Sunday...
Council to consider grant for convention center study (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders appear to be moving forward with at least exploring the idea of constructing a convention center in McCook. The McCook City Council will be presented with a grant acceptance form Monday evening which would allocate $4,500 from the McCook Community Foundation Fund for feasibility studies of Memorial Auditorium and construction of a new convention/meeting facility. ...
'Nunsense' proceeds to help upgrade Fox Theatre lighting (07/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Even back when McCook's historic Fox Theatre was in its infancy, locals looked for ways to bring the most up-to-date entertainment to town -- whether it was vaudeville, talking pictures, or full-blown musical performances. And while much of the stage itself has changed over the years, one basic element has changed very little -- lighting...
Optimists promise to paint the sky (07/02/15)
"We're going to paint the sky with fireworks!" With that promise, the McCook Optimists' long-time fireworks display chairman, Jim O'Dea, invited people from throughout the McCook area to view the spectacular fireworks show Saturday night, July 4th, in the skies about the Red Willow Fairgrounds...
K9 benefit July 11 (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Though Deputy Luna will get none of them -- no people food for Luna -- pancakes for breakfast on Saturday, July 11, will help raise money to purchase a torso-fitting harness and a bullet-proof and stab-resistant "ballistic protection" vest for the K9 officer of the Red Willow County Sheriff's Department...
Remembering Dustin Wall (07/01/15)
Duane Wall of Cheyenne, Wyoming, right, and his great-nephew Logan Klein of Yuma, Colorado, flash a smile just prior to installing a memorial sign on a reconstructed circa 1918 Pipe Raymond Windmill on Friday. The windmill was erected by Wall and several others earlier this summer on the Country Schoolhouse Museum grounds in Haigler, Nebraska. ...
Alexa Kriss CD release concert Aug. 7 (07/01/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nashville recording artist Alexa Kriss, AKA Alexa Whipple will perform live in concert Aug. 7 at The Fox Theatre in McCook. The event is free-will donation with all proceeds back to the preservation of the Fox Theatre. Doors open at 6:30, cash bar and concessions available all evening. The Lincoln, Nebraska, based group, Alli and I, is opening the show at 7:30. Meet and greet immediately follows the concert. Thanks to Premier AK Sponsor ATC Communications of Arapahoe...
Fundraiser July 11 for Decatur County Emergency Medical (07/01/15)
OBERLIN, Kan. -- The recently-completed renovation of a century-old church building in Oberlin, Kansas, will be the focus of a fund-raiser on Saturday, July 11, to benefit the Decatur County Emergency Medical Services. The day-long event will include refreshments and the opportunity to examine an emergency medical vehicle on site, in addition to touring the house -- all for a free-will offering...
Free swimming (07/01/15)
Watched closely by a life guard, swimmers at the Beaver City, Nebraska, public swimming pool test the cool waters on a hot summer day. For the third summer now, swimmers at the pool in the Furnas County seat are not charged to use the pool. City Clerk Angie Woodring said the village board voted to eliminate admission charges as a way to "give back" to residents of the community and area, and to attract visitors to their town. ...
Mosquito spraying set for Wednesday morning (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will spray for mosquitoes Wednesday morning beginning around 5 o'clock and with weather permitting. City staff indicated the morning spray is part of an effort to avoid disrupting outdoor fireworks activities. Although the chemical used is not considered harmful to people or pets, residents with any concerns should stay indoors, according to a press release issued Tuesday. ...
Taking care of Trenton (06/30/15)
Project "ramrod" Sandy Scott and 2-year-old Alivia Vrbas of Trenton, Nebraska, compare their paint splatters during a volunteer day in Trenton Saturday. Sandy is coordinating the effort to create a "village square," with flower beds, landscaping, seating area and a farmers' market. ...
Officials ready for 'Party' (06/30/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Local officials are ready to fill in new state forms issued in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to recognize same sex marriages. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services marriage worksheet, license and certificate of marriage forms now offer applicants the choices of "Groom/Party A" and "Bride/Party B"...
Peace, love and river rats (06/29/15)
Brooklyn Holtze of Wilsonville, Nebraska -- riding the float of Cunningham Feed Bakery, Grill & Bar of Arapahoe -- giggles and blows a "raspberry" at someone along the route of the annual "Holbrook Days" parade Saturday evening. On the Republican River south of Holbrook Sunday afternoon -- in water described as "shin-deep on a short girl" -- Dalcee Brush of Cambridge competed in the 31st annual "River Rat Volleyball" tournament...
Pole bending (06/29/15)
Eight-year-old Madison Gestenslager of Trenton, Nebraska, and "Skidmark" weave their way around six poles in 22.688 seconds during Little Britches Rodeo competition Saturday morning in Trenton. Madison, the daughter of Jessi and Justin Gestenslager of Trenton, and young riders competed in poles, barrels, flag races, roping and bullriding in the Trenton Riverside Arena Saturday and Sunday...
Fireworks for sale; follow safety tips (06/29/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The sale of fireworks in celebration of Independence Day began last week and will continue within city limits through July 4. The discharge of fireworks is legal in McCook from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 23 through July 3. Fireworks may be discharged until 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5...
'Turkey Days' Parade (06/26/15)
Oxford, Nebraska, fire department cadets, above, Jarred Bennett, left, and Lucas Taylor walk a fallen Humpty Dumpty down the "Oxford Turkey Days" parade route Friday evening, with the message, "Working to Put Humpty Together Again." A radio-controlled car sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts of Oxford and Holdrege surprised parade goers, below, including Gissel Chavez, right, and Cailey Bassett. ...
Gazette web page among busiest (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska, like most rural communities, hopes to capitalize on the vast audience available via the Internet and increase tourism to the region. A review of one website's traffic rankings indicates the most effective local path for reaching potential visitors may not have changed all that much in the last 90 years...
Books available (06/26/15)
I would like to express my sincere disappointment with the members of the Herndon Museum. Permission was asked to have a place in Herndon during the Ox Roast of 2015 to display and sell the History of Rawlins County history books, but it was denied...
Zoning board to consider setback variance for Highland Subdivision (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Property owners of several vacant lots in a subdivision adjacent to the Heritage Hills Gold Course hope to loosen-up setback requirements, making the lots easier to build on in the future. The McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider a request for a front-yard setback requirement variance Monday evening during their regularly scheduled meeting, 5:30 p.m., at the McCook Municipal Center...
Paving, asphalt repair scam (06/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department forwarded a warning Friday from the Kansas Attorney General's Office pertaining to two potential scam businesses to be on the lookout for. Gillis Construction Hot Rubber Seal/Coating and Harrison Asphalt have been reported for going door to door offering to do asphalt and paving repairs. Authorities advise not to allow these businesses to do work for you and contact Chief of Police Isaac Brown at 308-345-3450 for more information...
Housing development ready for construction (06/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- As construction on a senior housing development on West Q Street garners much of the attention a nearby residential development has quietly made progress of its own. North Pointe Properties representatives confirmed Wednesday six residential lots are ready for construction along R Street and workers are expected to begin building a spec home on the property in the near future...
Expanded floor plan (06/25/15)
Don Hageman, manager of Crawford Supply Co. in McCook, Nebraska, stands in the new 30x70-foot addition to the shop at 1709 West O Street in McCook. The addition, completed this spring by Custom Solutions, houses an expanded work area for down-hole pumps for the oilfield and provides more room for Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, for which Crawford is the authorized midwest distributor. ...
Clary Village accepting applications (06/24/15)
McCOOK, NEB. --A senior housing development north of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds is progressing and anticipates to have its first two units completed by the end of August. The $2.6 million Clary Village development began construction in March on eight senior housing duplex units located on the 900 block of West Q Street...
'Don't worry. We got it.' (06/24/15)
Oxford, Nebraska, fire department grass rigs rumble down Ogden Avenue during the 59th annual "Oxford Turkey Days" parade Friday evening. Fire Chief Bill Grossnicklaus said the two rigs are painted with texturized, non-skid, non-porous spray-on black Rhino liner, making them practically impervious to scratches as they fight fires among the trees and undergrowth along the Republican River. ...
McCook Jr. High announces orientation schedule for students, parents (06/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. --McCook Junior High will have its orientation program for students who are attending the junior high for the first time this fall. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., all sixth grade students with last names A through F; 10:30 a.m., all sixth grade students with last names G through O...
President appoints daughter of McCook couple to committee (06/24/15)
HOUSTON, Texas -- Rebecca Richards Kortum, the daughter of Larry and Linda Richards of McCook, Nebraska, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the 12-member National Medal of Science committee. Established in 1959, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 487 scientists and engineers...
Welcome Brookdale (06/24/15)
McCook area community leaders, political figures and good-old-fashioned barbecue fans attended a ribbon cutting at "Brookdale McCook" Tuesday afternoon. Willow Ridge Senior Living Community was purchased and renamed by the nation-wide company Brookdale in recent months, prompting the ceremony and free public barbecue. ...
What a ride! (06/22/15)
Twelve-year-olds Makayla Schoen of Oxford, Nebraska, and Lainey Schmeits of Kearney hang on tight to a spinning and twisting carnival ride Friday night during the 59th annual multi-day "Oxford Turkey Days." Riding with the dragon was 4-year-old Ava Burkey of Holdrege. The yearly summer celebration started with a medallion hunt and ended with a Father's Day golf tournament...

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