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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.
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...
Speaker offers fresh look at Malcolm X (07/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Malcolm X is remembered by many for his fiery and divisive speeches while a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, an American sect of Islam. A broader look at his life and ideology, provided by the president of the Malcolm X Foundation during a presentation in McCook last week, revealed a familiar narrative featuring an ahead-of-his-time human rights leader, struggling to share his message with the world around him...
What the judge thinks (07/23/14)
Red Willow County 4-H'ers Olivia Hughes and Cadde Beeby study the reaction of floriculture judge Roma Sensel and baking judge Dian Trail as they enter their 4-H projects in the Red Willow County fair in McCook Tuesday morning. 4-H competition continues through Sunday, starting today with market swine, breeding beef, rabbits and rockets. ...
Strummin' up sales (07/23/14)
Despite the sweltering heat Tuesday afternoon and the lack of shade, Jacque Murdoch of Orleans, Neb., smiles at passersby and strums her ukulele as she and friend Tom Hoxmeier sell sweet corn on B Street in McCook.
Board listens to protests, limited in power to change (07/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Red Willow County commissioners listened intently to tax payers' concerns about the tax valuation of their real estate, but for some, there was nothing commissioners could do to make any changes. Nebraska statutes require that agricultural land be valued at 69 to 75 percent of market value, and the market prices of ag land continue to climb...
Church offers to trade parking for county services (07/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Rather than complain to county commissioners about wear-and-tear to his church's parking lot because of the construction of the county's new jail, one McCook man and his church Vestry are suggesting working together on a solution that would benefit both parties involved...
Ticket sales strong for Granger Smith concert Friday night (07/23/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Excitement is building for Friday night's Granger Smith concert at the Red Willow County Fair, according to fair manager Deb Lafferty. "Ticket sales have been very good," she said, admitting that the demand has exceeded her expectations. And the sales for Smith's concert, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. inside the Kiplinger Arena, have been to a wide range of ages -- from 14-year-olds to folks in their mid-60s, Lafferty said...
Frontier County fair (07/22/14)
Ten-year-old Mycala Jones of Maywood, Nebraska, helps "socialize" her niece Raelene Lannings' calf before the beef show at the Frontier County Fair Friday morning in Stockville. During the Clover Kids' beef show, 6-year-old Taren Sailor shyly visited with judge Justin Taubenheim of Amherst. ...
Ticket sales brisk for Friday night fair concert (07/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Excitement is building for Friday night's Granger Smith concert at the Red Willow County Fair, according to fair manager Deb Lafferty. "Ticket sales have been very good," she said, admitting that the demand has exceeded her expectations.
City to spray for mosquitoes sundown today (07/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will spray for mosquitoes tonight beginning around sundown. The chemical used is not harmful to people or pets, but city staff recommends citizens with any concerns to please stay indoors. To eliminate prime mosquito habitat, also remove any standing water or unwanted vegetation on or around properties...
Housing development gets go-ahead (07/22/14)
BRUCE BAKER City Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- A housing development north of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds received approval on several key items Monday evening and can now begin construction activity. City Manager Nate Schneider said changes to the subdivision plat unanimously approved by the McCook City Council last night would make the project more manageable and grant the developer, North Pointe Properties, authority to start selling lots or building on the property...
Three injured in two-vehicle accident Monday evening (07/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Two McCook men have been hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident about 5:50 p.m., Monday, two miles west of McCook on Highway 6&34. David Schwing is listed in stable condition at Community Hospital of McCook; Jonathan Schwing's condition and location was not immediately available....
Group to plan sales tax ballot language (07/22/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A committee tasked with forming ballot language to request renewal of the city's local option sales tax during the upcoming General Election will meet for the first time Thursday, July 24. The meeting is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the McCook Municipal Center...
US Cellular will expand 4G LTE service further into Southwest Nebraska (07/22/14)
CHICAGO -- Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with its partner King Street Wireless, has announced that more of its customers in Nebraska, primarily those in rural areas, will have 4G LTE services later this year.
Bike & Builders (07/21/14)
Bicycle riders on their way to the West Coast pose for a picture before starting off on the next leg of their trip, comprising miles of hard riding broken up by days of hard work helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity and other housing charities. ...
Cruisin' in, boppin' along (07/21/14)
Phyllis Daugherty, left, and Kayla Anderson bop along to the late 1950s and early 1960s music provided Friday evening by Full Throttle DJ Service during the second "cruise-in" evening sponsored by the new "Southwest Cruisers" car club. Organizers Shawn Paulson and Jim Gruhn, both of McCook, Nebraska, were very pleased with the turn-out for the casual cruise-in -- no entry fees, no winners/no losers, just a lot of people who like their drives. ...
Drunk driver back in court on drug rap (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A drunk driver responsible for the 2008 accident that sheared a power pole, caused a natural gas leak and sent him and a passenger to the Kearney hospital via emergency response helicopter was back in court last week facing a laundry list of recent drug charges...
College board plans meeting, work session (07/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Board of Governors of Mid-Plains Community College will meet for a work session and regular meeting Wednesday in McCook Community College's McMillen Hall. The work session begins at 4:30 p.m., and the regular meeting is 6:30 p.m...
Book captures memories of Pearl Harbor (07/18/14)
DANBURY, Nebraska -- The memoirs of the only Red Willow County, Nebraska, servicemen stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, are captured in a new book sponsored by McDonald Ryan, Danbury American Legion Auxiliary No. 276. Patsy Lee Redfern of Bartley, Nebraska, co-authored the book with her son, Jim, who was named for his great-uncle, Navy Seaman James Martin Gammill of Bartley/Indianola, who was serving aboard the U.S.S. ...
Chamber plans fall events (07/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Going forward into the final months of 2014, the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for more and better ways to serve its members and the people of the McCook area. This was the central theme Wednesday when the Chamber's Board of Directors gathered for their July meeting at McMillen Hall on the McCook Community College campus...
Swimming pool tops priorities on survey (07/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A recent survey indicates the majority of McCook residents prioritize improvements to the city swimming pool as a recreational item they would like to see happen. Of the 152 surveys returned to city staff last month, 107 listed pool improvements in their top three priority recreational items to be built or improved upon...
Doggie directions (07/18/14)
Bransen Schaffert and "Pebbles," right, and Paige Witt and "Rex," above, work for dog show judge Pam Gaston at the Hitchcock County fair in Culbertson, Nebraska, Thursday morning. "Your first priority is getting your dog set up," then keeping an eye on the judge, Gaston told the youngest showmen. ...
First fair (07/18/14)
Four-year-old Rowen Hamilton of Culbertson gets a word of encouragement from his mom, Pam, before the 4-H Clover Kids poultry show during the Hitchcock County fair in Culbertson Thursday morning. It was Rowen's first time showing at the fair, and he and his Delaware chicken earned a rainbow participant ribbon. ...
Sexual assault defendant stands mute (07/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man facing multiple felonies in two counties alleging sexual assault of a child stood mute Monday during his hearing in Red Willow County District Court. District Court Judge David Urbom entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the man, 65-year-old Benito Garcia, after Garcia chose not to respond to a request for a plea...
Huddled masses (07/17/14)
Words from "The New Colossus," a poem written by Emma Lazarus, are inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free" is a famous quote from it. What would Emma Lazarus advise us to do about the little children, teenagers and adults who are illegal immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala? Overwhelming numbers of them have placed a huge financial burden on our country...
Make your home less tempting for thieves (07/17/14)
McCook police put two-and-two together and now hope to add a third. The two and two resulted from coordination between day and night shifts, which led to the arrest of two burglars and recovery of a number of items. The third is a list of owners from whom the items were stolen...
Raking hay (07/17/14)
A farmer rakes hays while the sun shines in a field northwest of Beaver City Tuesday morning.
Hotel groundbreaking (07/17/14)
The Cambridge, Nebraska, Investment Group and Cobblestone Hotel plan a groundbreaking for the new Cobblestone Hotel in Cambridge Thursday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will present the opening remarks at the Anew Travel Center, on the eastern edge of Cambridge on Highway 6-34, followed by the groundbreaking at the hotel site. Organizers plan a reception at the travel center...
'Color Me Crazy' (07/17/14)
Having fun during McCook's annual Crazy Days celebration, employees from several businesses around town dressed up in crazy costumes this morning. After a tour of the town, judges from the McCook Gazette chose Bill Longnecker and Janelle Williams, above, of Longnecker Jewelry as the winner of the first place contest prize, which is a free quarter page ad in the Gazette. ...
Hospital to implement 'Point of Service' system (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Beginning Aug. 1, most outpatients will be asked to make a $75 "Point of Service" deposit upon arrival for an outpatient test, procedure or surgery. In the emergency department, patients will be asked for the deposit after their visit is completed...
Governor to dedicate pivot at 'Celebrate Irrigation 2014' event (07/17/14)
CURTIS, Neb. -- College students learning irrigation technology skills will get a chance to show off a new teaching tool at their Curtis campus on Sept. 12. Agricultural partners and educators joined forces for the new Irrigation Technician concentration at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. They will dedicate a new center pivot system with a ribbon cutting and program, "NCTA Celebrates Irrigation 2014."...
2015 highway work includes Furnas County projects (07/17/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Seven miles of asphalt highway and replacement of five bridges east and west of Hendley in Furnas County is one of the major projects included in the Nebraska Department of Roads 2015 Surface Transportation Program publication released this week...
A fair weather county fair (07/17/14)
The Rippe sisters -- Allison, on the left, and Michaela -- are pretty in pink as they show their market steers at the Rawlins County fair in Atwood Wednesday morning. Watching from the bleachers was Zahara Hubbard -- all bundled up in a blanket. While everyone seemed to enjoy the cooler weather, it was definitely not traditional county fair weather and temperatures in the mid-60s to low-70s sent many scrambling for coats, jackets and blankets in their cars and pickups...
Helping hands (07/17/14)
It's tough being an exhibitor some times, especially when the summer weather's cool and the cattle are full of energy in the show ring. The steers shown during the Rawlins County fair in Atwood, Kansas, Wednesday morning by the Binning girls -- Bianca and Jazzmin -- were not cooperative and outweighed each of the girls by at least 1,200 pounds. ...
Plea reached in meth, destructive device case (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A plea agreement was reached last week in Red Willow County District Court with 29-year-old Thomas R. Ortiz of 901 W. Third Street admitting guilt to a pair of felony charges stemming from the law enforcement raid of his West Third Street residence in April...
Car thief convicted of receiving stolen property, sent to county jail (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A car thief already on probation for the 2013 theft of a Bristol Windows company vehicle received jail time last week after being convicted of yet another felony auto theft. The thief, 19-year-old Jesse J. Maret of Wilsonville, was sentenced to a combined 240 days in county jail stemming from the April 2014 theft of a 1997 Nissan Sentra belonging to Dan Macaleny and related probation violations...
Crazy sales (07/17/14)
Mike and Laura Ford of Knowlen & Yates set up a display early this morning as Crazy Days kicks off in McCook. New this year are city-wide garage sales Saturday; check out a map in a special section in Wednesday's Gazette.
Utility departments welcome break from improvement projects (07/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Following several years of upgrade and new construction projects, which included installation of a new secondary water main and construction of cation waste lagoons at the waste water treatment plant, the McCook water and sewer departments are looking forward to taking at least a year off from big projects...
How tall is your horse? (07/16/14)
Judge Randy Butterfield of Ericson, Nebraska, asks 4-H'ers competing in the Furnas County fair horse show in Beaver City Tuesday morning, "How tall is your horse?" Only one of the exhibitors in the youngest age division knew, Butterfield said, revealing that a competitor at another show answered the same question with, "I don't know. ...
School OKs raises for administration (07/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook School Board approved unanimously Monday night a raise/benefit package for McCook School District administration totaling $31,912. Superintendent Grant Norgaard said at the regular meeting that evaluations are based on goals set by administration themselves and that evaluations are partially done...
Police hope to reunite items, owners (07/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Police Department is looking to reunite a substantial amount of stolen property with victims, who may very well be unaware a theft has even occurred. Multiple felony charges are pending against two individuals, one apprehended early Friday morning the other yesterday, which led to the recovery of a large number of stolen tools and other items...
Malcolm X talk Thursday (07/15/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- What did Malcolm X stand for and what significance does he have to the radical politics and movements of his time? Learn more about the life of this famous Nebraskan, the changes he underwent, and the relevance of his social, political, and even spiritual thought at a free public presentation this Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bieroc Café, 312 Norris Ave., McCook...
Elderly man faces charges after accident (07/15/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- An elderly McCook man who caused a three-car accident on Independence Day at the intersection in front of Walmart is facing a pair of criminal offenses as a result. The driver, 92-year-old Harold Yohe of 1003 West 14th Street No. A4, was cited with reckless driving and no operator's license following the incident...
Board member reveals results of complaint (07/15/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A complaint filed almost a year ago about a June 2013 hearing on a McCook teacher has been dismissed, according to a McCook school board member. Shane Messersmith, McCook School Board member, told the board Monday night that he had a copy of the results of the investigation, done by the Commissioner of Education of the State of Nebraska on a complaint...
Coffee with the water guy (07/15/14)
Utilities Director Jesse Dutcher visits with McCook police officers and citizens during a Coffee with a Cop meeting at McDonald's this morning. Dutcher said the locally celebrated rainfall received in June would actually end up making his department's budget difficult to meet, given the reduction in city water sales. Dutcher said the June rainfall of just more than 8 inches precipitation nearly equaled the 12 inches received for all of 2013...

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