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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...
Hormel Entrepreneurship winner (04/24/15)
Out of seven finalists making presentations Friday at the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition at McCook Community College, Jason VanPelt was named the grand prize winner. VanPelt won with his business plan for VP Percussion, his company that will manufacture the one-of-a-kind percussion instrument Van Pelt created, the patent-pending VBox. ...
American Ag Labs receives grant (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has just announced approval of a grant for the expansion of American Agricultural Laboratory, Inc. The grant to McCook Economic Development Corporation from the Site and Building Fund in the amount of $297,060 is intended to assist in the purchase and renovation of the former Alco building in McCook. ...
College board in process of replacing member of board of governors (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- At Wednesday night's Mid Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, Louie Stithem announced that Elizabeth Benjamin, one of two Board members that represent District One, had submitted her resignation from the Board. The Board accepted her resignation at that time. In the event a vacancy occurs on the Board, Nebraska Statutes 32- 560 and 85-1514, together with Board Policy set forth the process to fill the vacancy. Specifically Board Policy 1400 provides:...
Folding party Tuesday (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 46th issue of the Bison Alumni Newsletter is ready to be folded for mailing. Alumni & friends are needed at 6 pm Tuesday, April 28th at the McCook Junior High Cafeteria. Join in the fun!
Last weekend for Go for the Goal ticket sales (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- This will be the last weekend that "Go for the Goal" raffle tickets will be available to buy at the Barnett Park soccer fields. Raffle tickets will be sold during the YMCA soccer games Saturday morning at Barnett Park. The money from the raffle will go toward purchasing soccer goals at the McCook High School. ...
Property taxes likely to increase, sales tax or no (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Registered voters mulling which way to vote in the coming days on McCook's local option sales tax have a variety of factors to consider, chief among them is how it will affect the city property tax levy. City leaders have communicated failing to adopt the sales tax would likely result in the city raising the property tax levy to the maximum, although, they have also communicated the levy will most likely be raised this coming year, regardless...
Man gets five years for possessing, enticing child porn (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man was convicted of possessing and enticing child pornography and sentenced to a maximum of five years in state prison earlier this month in Red Willow County District Court. According to court documents the offender, 25-year-old Keith Priddy, used the web application Snapchat to send explicit pictures to several underage girls while requesting they send nude pictures and videos in return...
Grandparents can help fight whooping cough (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- In observance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), set for April 18-April 25, 2015, Red Willow Co. Health Dept., located at the fairgrounds in McCook, will join hundreds of communities across the United States to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities and public health...
Award-winning 'Proof' opens today at MCC (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College production of David Auburn's award-winning "Proof" comes to the MCC stage this weekend. The play, directed by MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle, opens with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m...
On Arbor Day in McCook (04/23/15)
McCook, Nebraska, Public School and St. Patrick's Elementary third and fourth graders plant two Princeton elms, one Kentucky coffee tree and one Shademaster locust tree Wednesday afternoon at Felling Field. Nebraska Public Power District hosted the tree-planting, its only such ceremony in the state this Arbor Day. ...
Sales tax ballots in the mail (04/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb, -- Election officials are mailing out ballots for the upcoming special election today, asking for renewal and increased spending flexibility pertaining to the city's local option sales tax. Residents should begin receiving them early next week, according to Red Willow County Clerk's Office, and will have until 5 p.m. on May 12 to return them to the clerk's office...
Uphill battle -- Death penalty repeal may be difficult (04/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- State senators advanced legislation Tuesday to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska and at least one official thinks the bill faces an uphill battle before becoming law. The bill, LB 268, advanced out of select file with 30 votes in favor, 13 against and six either abstaining or absent. District 44 Sen. Dan Hughes was among the 13 opponents to the legislation and said this morning Gov. Pete Ricketts had indicated he would veto the legislation...
Rehab, trainer position created; college board position open (04/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College governors approved a rehab sciences / athletic trainer position Wednesday in a meeting in McCook. Officials hoped creation of the position now would give time to advertise and find a quality candidate in time for the fall 2015 term...
2015 Spring Rendezvous (04/22/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Muzzleloading and primitive camping enthusiasts gathered this weekend for two days of competitive ranges, campfire conversation and delicious outdoor dining during the Pawnee Free Trappers 2015 Spring Rendezvous. The semiannual events include pistol, rifle, tomahawk, throwing knife and archery range competitions, just a few miles west of McCook...
American drivers not completely sold on Earth Day (04/22/15)
Sorry Sen. Gaylord Nelson, we're not completely sold. After seeing a giant oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, the senator proposed the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as an environmental "teach-in" to raise awareness of the dangers. Forty-five years later, we're far from weaned from crude oil -- remember the BP Oil Spill? Where do you stand on the Keystone XL pipeline?...
'May I take your order?' (04/22/15)
New menu boards have replaced 58-year-old signs in the car-hop area of Mac's Drive-In at 809 West B Street in McCook, Nebraska. While the signs and the menus are new, the logo -- a cartoon couple in a convertible -- is as old as the drive-in's 809 West B location, which was built in 1957, say owners Dave and Angela McCarty. ...
'Hit like a man ...' (04/22/15)
Steadying the punching bag, Renee Samuelson flinches as Cailee Zwickle throws a punch, and then Cailee and Jadyn Reynolds, right, react as City of McCook, Nebraska, Police Sr. Sgt. Kevin Darling teaches Jayda Zuck a wrist hold in a self protection and defense class for McCook High School sophomore girls Tuesday morning. ...
Changing times for City Council (04/22/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook City Council advanced an ordinance Monday which would change the start time of their regularly scheduled meetings to 6:30 p.m. The change was unanimously approved on its first of three required readings, although, councilors indicated the third reading could be bypassed if the item garnered no opposition prior to the second reading...
FFA banquet (04/22/15)
U.S. Army veteran Desiree Wineland of rural Cambridge, Nebraska, encouraged McCook Senior High FFA members to "look for more similarities than differences in people," and they will be better able to deal with the challenges of life as it becomes, for them, more global than local. ...
Hormel finalists announced (04/22/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Seven finalists in the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition are set to make their final pitches this Friday for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money to develop or expand their business. Presentations are open to the public from 1-5 p.m. in McMillen Hall on the MCC campus, room 213...
Love them, protect them, immunize them! (04/21/15)
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 18th to April 25th, 2015. With the support of the CDC, health care professionals and others, NIIW was originated in 1994 with the goal of promoting the importance of immunizations which protect everyone from preventable diseases...
Making progress (04/21/15)
Swanson Sign Co. workers put up the lettering on Lewis Motor Sports' new building on North U.S. 83 in McCook. The business is in temporary quarters on B Street until the new structure is ready.
Kiplinger hosting high school rodeo (04/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 2015 Nebraska High School Rodeo competition will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Kiplinger Arena on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook, Nebraska. A couple of hundred contestants are expected to compete in roping and cutting, barebacks and saddle broncs, pole pending and barrel racing, and bull riding...
Provider: Courthouse phones are state-of-the-art; Internet band width is the problem (04/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The telecommunications/computer technician who installed telephones in the Red Willow County courthouse in McCook, Nebraska, says the phones he sold the county are not outdated and obsolete. Rob Henry of Commercial Engineering Services --CES -- in downtown McCook said Monday afternoon that he sold the county Cisco Model SPA525G2 phones, phones that have no end-of-life. "This model is top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art equipment," Henry said...
Eight years into kennel dispute, city leaders want parties to chat (04/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- After two court rulings and multiple City Council and McCook Planning Commission meetings about a local dog kennel, the McCook City Council decided Monday neighbors involved in the dispute should try to sit down and talk it out. Councilors were scheduled to vote on implementing a limitation on the special exception, granted to Daniel and Lizann Miller in 2008, which would have required they limit the business to the size originally specified in their application. ...
Man tried to strangle sister, ruled as insane (04/16/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook man facing three felony charges for attempting to strangle to death his then 15-year-old younger sister, before stuffing her in a duffle bag and carrying her to his apartment, was found not responsible by reason of insanity last week in Red Willow County District Court...
Tree care workshop April 30 (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- UNL Extension and the Nebraska Forest Service plan a tree care workshop in McCook, Nebraska, Thursday, April 30. To register for the class, call the Red Willow County Extension office at (308) 345-3390. Extension educator Robert Tigner of McCook says the past years of drought have hurt many trees in Southwest Nebraska. This workshop will answer some questions about tree problems and care...
Man gets jail time for assaults (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A rural McCook man was ordered to serve jail time and attend anger management classes stemming from a disturbing assault of his wife and two young daughters. The offender, 35-year-old James Conrad Geihsler of 39077 County Road 708, accepted a plea agreement in February admitting guilt to a Class 3A felony for child abuse and a Class I misdemeanor for negligent child abuse. ...
Board vacancy, purchases on college agenda (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors will accept applications to serve on the board following the resignation of Elizabeth Benjamin, who submitted her resignation effective March 26. Meeting in McCook Wednesday, the board is expected to declare a vacancy and seek applications in hopes of filling the spot with an open ballot at its May 20 board meeting...
A show and a rodeo (04/20/15)
Bob Brown of Trenton, Nebraska, on a John Deere H, rolls a barrel through the obstacle course and across the finish line in 1 minute, 34 seconds during the tractor rodeo Saturday in the Kiplinger Arena on the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. ...
Stepping out in style (04/20/15)
Students in fancy dresses and fancy vehicles converged at the McCook High School auditorium Saturday for Promenade 2015, with the dance at the near-by McCook Learning Center (formerly the armory). Arriving the old-fashioned way in horse and buggy, below, are Cailee Zwickle and Dane Larington, with "coachman" Brad Randel. ...
NPPD, city plan tree ceremony (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- This Wednesday, April 22, the City of McCook, Nebraska Public Power District, and McCook third grade students will come together to plant trees at Felling Field. The event is hosted by NPPD in celebration of Arbor Day. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. ...
Deadline extended to apply for Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute spot (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute board of directors has extended the deadline for applications to this Wednesday, April 22. If you received a letter and application in the mail, you still have time to fill it out and submit to the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce...
Board vacancy, purchases on college agenda (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors will accept applications to serve on the board following the resignation of Elizabeth Benjamin, who submitted her resignation effective March 26. Meeting in McCook Wednesday, the board is expected to declare a vacancy and seek applications in hopes of filling the spot with an open ballot at its May 20 board meeting...
University president visits NCTA greenhouse (04/17/15)
Curtis, Neb. -- Get your green thumbs ready and gardening tools out of the shed -- the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Spring Plant Sale will be May 2 and May 7 in Curtis. NCTA horticulture students were planting basil and other herbs when new University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds stopped by the greenhouse April 14 during his "Getting to Know Nebraska Tour."...
NCTA garden plots ready for 2015 (04/17/15)
CURTIS, Neb. -- Gardeners and local foods producers can again rent a garden plot for the 2015 season at the NCTA Community Garden in Curtis. Horticulture Club students sponsor the garden plots located at the west end of the old football field, said Tee Bush, horticulture professor. Plots are ready to use now...
Changing roles: Retiring teachers look back on MHS careers (04/17/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A McCook art teacher and track coach who is retiring after almost 40 years in the field is almost literally passing the baton to one of his former student athletes. Steve Clapp, a McCook High School graduate, began coaching track at the high school 39 years ago, he said, and started teaching at McCook Schools 36 years ago. He's retiring at the end of this school year and taking his place will be one of his former art students and a state qualifying runner, Tara Powell...
Electricity on tap for Kids Academy (04/17/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- It's electric! We're not talking about the slide, but what's up next for Enterprise Kids Academy! Children will learn what makes a circuit work and recognize that the transfer of electricity in an electrical circuit requires a closed loop; identify materials that act as thermal conductors or insulators; investigate how electricity is generated and delivered; and discover possible hazards that occur around electricity and how to use it safely during the April Enterprise Kids Academy class.. ...
Trenton man gets 180 days for meth possession (04/17/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A Trenton man arrested in January on drug charges, after being spotted driving through town on a tireless rim, was sentenced to jail time last week. The offender, 39-year-old Jonathan Daniels, was ordered to serve 180 days in jail with credit given for 45 days already served during a sentencing hearing in Red Willow County District Court...
Lawmakers target inheritance tax (04/17/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Some Nebraska legislators are attempting to increase the state's claim on assets passed to heirs prior to the death of an individual, in an effort to recover Medicaid and other medical expenses. District 22 State Senator Paul Schumacher introduced the bill, LB 72, and legislators debated a pair of amendments filed on it earlier this week. ...

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