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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...
MCC's 'A Christmas Carol' play a family stage tradition (11/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nothing like a bit of 19th century "Merry ol' England" to lend a little perspective to the frantic modern-day pace of the holidays. For some families, a McCook Community College tradition has become a family holiday tradition. For the past month or so, some McCook dinner table conversations go something like this:...
Concert for Cancer Care to feature Bellamy Brothers (11/21/14)
McCook, Neb. -- Community Hospital's third annual Concert for Cancer Care will feature the pop/country group, the Bellamy Brothers performing a Christmas concert. As presenting sponsor, Community Hospital is excited to bring the Bellamy Brothers to the McCook historic Fox Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21...
Alco announces going-out-of-business sale (11/21/14)
COPPELL, Texas -- After 113 years, Alco Stores (OTC-Pink: ALCSQ), a discount retailer focused on serving consumers in smaller communities with limited access to other regional or national retail chains, is closing its doors forever. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved an order yesterday authorizing Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC to conduct "Going Out Of Business" sales in each of Alco's 198 locations in 23 states, including 13 in Nebraska. ...
On the record (11/21/14)
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...
Ready for winter (11/20/14)
Five-year-old Tucker of McCook, Nebraska, is all bundled up to handle more than the ghost of snow that fell on Stacey and Matt Matson's car in McCook over the weekend. Tucker's winter-weather apparel includes his favorite crash helmet and, in his left hand, his pop gun. The forecast calls for much warmer temperatures and doesn't mention snow for at least a week or so...
Brooks Hall addition planned (11/20/14)
An architect's rendition of a planned addition to Brooks Hall on the McCook Community College campus shows the view from the west. Mid Plains governors accepted a bid from Cheever Construction of Lincoln, Nebraska, for $2.082 million for the project, which includes an elevator and addition to the cafeteria. ...
MHS play 'Piece of My Heart' on stage (11/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook High School drama department will present "A Piece of My Heart" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the MHS Auditorium, 700 W. Seventh in McCook. The story centers around six nurses who served in Vietnam, and the soldiers they cared for. A special invitation goes out to all active military and veterans to be guests for the special tribute to those who served...
Man listed in critical after car-train wreck (11/20/14)
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- A 37-year-old Fort Collins, Colorado, man is listed in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, following an pickup-train accident on the railroad tracks west of Cambridge, Nebraska, in Red Willow County, Wednesday morning...
Local group concerned about state attitude toward Work Ethic camp (11/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A group of several McCook community leaders travelled to Lincoln, Nebraska, last week to promote expansion of the McCook Work Ethic Camp, as well as to gather information pertaining to what can be done locally in support of such a project. The trip was coordinated after an Omaha World Herald report indicated the Dept. of Corrections was pushing for a massive expansion in the Lincoln-Omaha area and stated nearly every available alternative has already been deployed...
Farm, ranch expo (11/19/14)
Lindy Elson of Old West Realty and Auction of Curtis, Nebraska, right, visits with Tom Kiplinger of McCook, and shoppers browse through farm/ranch supplies during the opening minutes today of the seventh annual McCook Farm & Ranch Expo at the Kiplinger Arena on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in McCook. ...
Economic outlook event set for Curtis (11/19/14)
CURTIS, Neb. -- Agricultural outlook and management decisions for farmers and ranchers will be featured at the NCTA campus in Curtis from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The 10th annual Cornhusker Economics Outlook coordinated by the University of Nebraska is being held at five locations across the state this month, said Paul Clark, NCTA assistant professor of agricultural business management...
Serbia player hopes basketball will open doors (11/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- If it takes strategy and determination to play basketball, then Sofija Pejcic, 19, of Serbia, is one step ahead of the game. That's because the freshman point guard on the McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team has used her basketball skills as a way to forge a new life for herself in the United States, with dreams of bringing her family over someday as well...
Brooks Hall project on agenda for governors (11/19/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- A bid for an addition and remodeling of Brooks Hall on the McCook Community College campus is among the action items on the agenda for today's meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors. It is set for 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 at the W.W. Wood building on the North Platte Community College campus...
Unlocked vehicles still popular target of thieves (11/19/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Local law enforcement agencies have been dealing with a rash of recent thefts involving criminals targeting unlocked vehicles parked both at area homes and at local businesses. McCook Police Department Sr. Sgt. Kevin Darling asked citizens during the monthly Coffee with a Cop meeting, Tuesday morning at McDonald's, to please emphasize locking their vehicles...
Facing felony for leaving scene of an accident, woman cited for leaving scene again (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A local woman awaiting sentencing in less than two weeks on a felony offense for leaving the scene of an accident was cited Friday for leaving the scene of yet another accident. The driver, 61-year-old Darla G. Wilson of 1111 W. Third Street, is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m., on Dec. 1, 2014, in Red Willow County District Court on a Class 3A felony for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident...
Local man admits to assault of officer (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man pleaded no contest recently to a felony offense for assault of a police officer stemming from an incident at Community Hospital in February. The offender, 33-year-old Wesley E. Nichols of 209 E. Second Street, will face sentencing on the Class 3A felony for third degree assault of an officer at 9:15 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2014, in Red Willow County District Court...
College ready for high school events (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College is hosting three pre-Thanksgiving events aimed at high school students, with two this week and one next week. On Wednesday, MCC Family and Consumer Sciences Department hosts the District 11 Fall Leadership Conference of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). ...
Haigler gun show this weekend (11/18/14)
HAIGLER, Neb. -- The Cornerstone Center for Community Service in Haigler, Nebraska, plans a gun show and craft show Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 251 E. Norman Street in downtown Haigler. Vendors will offer guns, ammo, hunting and fishing supplies, and handmade gifts, jewelry, candles and canned and baked goods...
Sale of city lot advances (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council approved the second of three required readings authorizing the sale of approximately half a city lot to City Councilman Mike Gonzales and his wife, Monday evening. The Gonzales family is looking to purchase 3500 sq. ft. of Norris Avenue property directly south of their residence and north of the recently completed McCook Public Library parking lot. The sales received second round approval at a price of $1,540...
'A Christmas Carol' MCC play opens Friday at Fox Theatre (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Cast members enter the final week of preparations for this year's production of McCook Community College's "A Christmas Carol.'" MCC officials, actors and support personnel moved the production into the historic Fox Theater over the weekend in preparation for opening night Friday...
'Cricket County' dinner theater set (11/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting two dinner theater and one dessert theater performance this weekend, promising a hilarious time in a unique theatrical setting. Director Tami Pochop of McCook and 23 cast members have been working diligently in recent weeks on "A Cricket County Old Folks' Christmas," written by Eddie McPherson. The play brings an all new story to the familiar Cricket County setting of previous dinner theater performances at the church...
Help for veterans (11/17/14)
U.S. Army Reserve veteran Tim Monzon of McCook, Nebraska, braves frigid temperatures and a bitter north wind during his portrayal Tuesday -- Veterans Day -- of a homeless veteran. Donations, such as this one made by Paul Schneider, will be put into a fund to help McCook-area veterans struggling to find the money for expenses such as travel to VA hospitals, medical needs, utilities, groceries and/or rent. ...
Water issues (11/17/14)
Leaders need to make a conscious decision to find a long-term solution to Nebraska's Republican River conflict with Kansas, Aaron Thompson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation tells a meeting of the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce Thursday at the Bieroc Cafe. ...
County seeks new health department director (11/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The health department of Red Willow County, Nebraska, is looking for a new director who will take over with the retirement effective Jan. 30, 2015, of director Patricia Powers. Powers told county commissioners this morning that she is looking forward to retirement, but that her last day in January hinges on whether the department "has found a suitable replacement."...
Plea reached in drug cases (11/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Plea agreements were reached recently in three criminal cases filed against a McCook man, originally combining for 16 felony and lesser offenses, reducing the number of charges he will face at sentencing to five. The offender, 39-year-old Ryan R, Stecker of 604 W. Fourth Street, was subsequently scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2015...
Probation sentences result of raid of former Republican Valley school (11/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A former McCook man received prison time last week on a felony offense for attempted sexual assault, stemming from the 2013 rape of a 15-year-old girl. The offender, 38-year-old Gregory A. Cole of Palisade, was sentenced to 6-8 years in state prison during a hearing in Red Willow County District Court. ...
America's naval heritage (11/14/14)
A uniformed officer/mannequin at the High Plains Museum in downtown McCook, Nebraska, stands beside a framed lithograph of the USS Constitution -- the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. According to the brass plaque, the lithograph is framed with material taken from the original hull of the U.S. ...
Lottery funds for education next discussion (11/14/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- An Education Committee hearing on Wednesday will consider the use of lottery funds for education, the last in a series of hearings at which Nebraskans have drawn similar conclusions as to how they would like to see that money be used in schools...
Property sale up for council approval (11/14/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A long-time resident made an impassioned plea to McCook City Council members last week asking they deny a request from a fellow councilor to purchase a piece of city property. City Council members offered no response at the time and subsequently approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of 3500 sq. ft. of Norris Avenue property to fellow City Councilman Mike Gonzales and his wife at a price of $1540, or 44 cents per sq. ft...
Community Hospital earns top accreditation honor (11/14/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital today announced it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®" by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Community Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the measure set of Surgical Care. The hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction...
Ejected passenger sustains minor injuries (11/12/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A rollover accident at the intersection of West Fifth Street and J Street last Friday, which resulted in a local teen being ejected from one of the vehicles, has the McCook Police Department pleading with area residents to buckle up...
Man sentenced for rape of 15-year-old (11/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A former McCook man received prison time last week on a felony offense for attempted sexual assault, stemming from the 2013 rape of a 15-year-old girl. The offender, 38-year-old Gregory A. Cole of Palisade, was sentenced to 6-8 years in state prison during a hearing in Red Willow County District Court. ...
'Pet Night With Santa' set Dec. 11 (11/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- "Pet Night With Santa" is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Keystone Business Center in downtown McCook. Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the northeast corner of their building to have their pictures taken with Santa for a free will donation...
Hillcrest wins quality honor (11/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The American Health Care Association has announced that Hillcrest Nursing Home has earned the tier one recognition as part of the AHCA Quality Initiative Recognition Program for achieving the Quality Initiative goal of "Safely reducing hospital readmission."...
Bison contend for best USAToday football team (11/13/14)
McCook High School's football team is in the running for a USA Today contest to pick the best high school program in America. Visit http://bit.ly/1uqdXrh to vote. First prize is $1,000 for the school.
'Toy Box' preparation (11/13/14)
Pat Burns of McCook, Nebraska, wheels finished bicycles into temporary storage, building up the supply of bikes that will be given away during the community's annual "Christmas Toy Box" toy and bike and trike giveaway in December. Outside collection receptacles (holiday-decorated trash containers) have been placed at Alco Discount, McCook Christian Church, WalMart and Dollar General for donations of clean, gently-used and/or new toys, dolls, games and books. ...
Group hopes to form local roller derby teams (11/13/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Dani has seriously considered it for a long time. Sabina played it on her neighborhood streets in southern California. Kc watched a game once. Spencer can teach them how to fall. And Chuck wants to be the towel boy. Those are the very beginnings of a women's roller derby team in McCook, Nebraska...
Rural poll: Tradeoffs part of country life (11/13/14)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- There's a gap between what characteristics rural Nebraskans say are essential in a community and what currently exists in theirs, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll. The findings may reflect rural residents' acceptance of the trade-offs that are inherent in their lifestyle: Certain wants and needs can't be met there, but other qualities make the lifestyle worthwhile...
We were boys, and it showed (11/13/14)
A World War II Veteran I interviewed a few years back said adamantly the "real heroes" never came back. I have thought about his claim often since and, while I maintain Billy Loop of McCook is among the many heroes that have returned home over the years, I do recognize some of us are lucky enough to simply return home as boys who have served our country...
My grandpa, the Army Air Corps cook (11/13/14)
John Bones, my beloved maternal grandfather, was 34 years old when Uncle Sam called. He was likely destined to be what was called 'a gentleman farmer' (polite Midwestern words for a single male farmer without romantic prospects) before being drafted into the Army to serve in the Pacific during World War II...
School board accepts teacher's resignation, despite parents' protests (11/11/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Supporters of a teacher who submitted her resignation packed the room at the McCook School Board Monday night, asking the board to retain the teacher. After hearing from parents who praised the teacher and from the parents of a Down's Syndrome child, who alleged she used inappropriate techniques with their child, the board voted by 4 to 2 to accept the resignation submitted by Kay Hardin, a special education teacher at the McCook Bison PreSchool. ...

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