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Voters renew sales tax, decline economic development (05/12/15)
McCOOK, Neb. - Unofficial results from the Red Willow County Clerk's Office indicate the majority of voters approved renewal of the city's 1.5 percent local options sales tax, while declining to approve the continuation of the McCook Economic Development Program...
Broken water main (02/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook Water Department is making repairs to a broken water main near the intersection of East 14th Street and East C Street this morning. Water on East C Street is anticipated to be turned off from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., from East 11th Street to Airport Road, as well as along East 14th Street, from East C Street to East D Street...
Weedin, Gonzales, McDowell for City Council (11/04/14)
McCOOK, Neb. - Challenger Gene Weedin received the most votes of the four candidates vying for three seats on the McCook City Council, according to unofficial results from the Red Willow County Clerk's office. Weedin received 1,616 votes. Incumbent Mike Gonzales received 1,463 and incumbent Bruce McDowell solidified the third seat with 1,372...
Voters look to new faces for school board (11/04/14)
McCOOK, Neb. - Unofficial results indicate the McCook School Board will see some turnover as a result of tonight's election. Newcomers Brian Esch and Bob Elder led the popular vote for the three seats available on the board, collecting 1,753 and 1,745 Red Willow County votes respectively...
Upcoming Salvation Army backpack giveaway needs immediate help (07/17/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Christian Church is looking for immediate donations of money and school supplies for the annual Salvation Army backpack giveaway. Rev. Clark Bates, the church's pastor, asks that those who wish to provide financial donations or school supplies to bring them to the office of the McCook Christian Church, 507 West B Street, by Friday, July 18...
Friday night's races at fairgrounds cancelled (05/23/14)
The races scheduled for tonight (May 23, 2014) at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds have been cancelled.
It's unofficial, Alan Kotschwar for sheriff (05/13/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska - Unofficial results released by the Red Willow County Clerk's office indicate Alan Kotschwar will likely be named the next Red Willow County Sheriff. Kotschwar received 754 votes, Kevin Darling received 593 votes, Shannon Brown received 492 and Steve Kotschwar received 319...
Schneider chosen as city manager (05/08/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council announced today the hiring of Nate Schneider as city manager. Schneider will transition from his position as city attorney in the coming weeks and his hiring will be effective June 23.
Airport reopened after bomb neutralized (04/19/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport was reopened at 2:30 p.m. Thursday after the Nebraska State Patrol neutralized an explosive device containing a live shotgun shell and metal objects. A person of interest has been identified in connection with the incident and more information will be released when it becomes available, according to McCook Police Chief Ike Brown...
East 11th and H accident (11/21/12)
City of McCook, Nebraska, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision of a car and a semi-tractor pulling an empty trailer at the corner of East 11th and H streets about 3:35 p.m., Wednesday. Ambulance personnel transported the driver of the car to Community Hospital of McCook. More information will be made available when McCook police officers complete an investigation of the accident...
Missing Man's Body Found in Haigler (09/21/12)
The Dowd family is saddened to share the news that the body of Charlie Dowd was found Friday, Sept. 21, in Haigler, Nebraska, an area between Fort Morgan, Colorado, and McCook, Nebraska. The body was spotted by a BNSF railway worker and immediately reported to the authorities...
Standoff ends peacefully after 7 1/2 hours (10/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook, Nebraska, man described by neighbors as "a very kind gentleman," and "a quiet ol' guy," held off law enforcement officers for 71⁄2 hours Thursday, finally leaving his home unharmed with heavily-armed and armored SWAT team members at about 5:45 p.m...
Standoff ends peacefully (10/13/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A standoff with police and a SWAT team ended peacefully at about 6 p.m. when a man was removed from the house without injury. The incident began at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, when police, sent to check on the welfare of the man, were greeted with a single gunshot, which did not hit anyone...
Swat team arrives at McCook house surrounded since mid-morning (10/13/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A SWAT team arrived at a McCook home about 1:30 p.m. to reinforce local officers involved in a standoff since mid morning. According to reports, officers were called to the home to check the welfare of a man living there, and after they entered the home, a single shot was fired. Officers have had the house surrounded since then, and McCook schools have been on a lockdown since before lunch. Parents were being asked to pick up their children from school...
UPDATE: Palisade credit union robbed (04/18/11)
PALISADE, Nebraska -- Hitchcock County and Southwest Nebraska law enforcement officials are looking for a dark green or black car used as the get-away vehicle in an armed robbery this morning at the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in downtown Palisade about 9:50 a.m., today...
No sign recession is ending, says Food Bank official (12/15/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Hunger is often invisible, and it's likely to get worse, even here in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, according to an official with the Food Bank for the Heartland. "If the recession is over, we aren't seeing it," said Brian Barks, director of development and public relations for the organization, which serves 16 counties in Iowa and 77 in Nebraska, including Red Willow County and Southwest Nebraska...
Were you affected by the storm? (04/28/11)
Do you have someone who lives in areas struck by storms Wednesday night? Do you live there yourself? Share your story with here, e-mail editor@mccookgazette.com or call (308) 345-4500.
Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska sign Cooperative Water Agreement (11/19/14)
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact Administration. Representatives of the states have signed a resolution, approving operational adjustments in 2014 and 2015 under the Republican River Compact that will benefit water users throughout the Basin and set the Administration on a course to find long-term solutions to persistent problems...
NRD votes 9-2 to buy, retire farmland (10/24/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Middle Republican Natural Resources District board of directors voted 9-2 Tuesday morning to participate with three other NRD's in the purchase of a 19,500-acre southern Lincoln County farm so that the water used now to irrigate its crops can be piped to the Republican and South Platte rivers...
Missing girl found (07/14/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The missing 15-year-old McCook girl, Katie Brawdy, has been located north of Stratton, Nebraska. According to information released Saturday afternoon by the McCook Police Department she has been returned to McCook safely and is unharmed...
Ribbon cuttings today (08/05/11)
LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Nebraska National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve officials will join Gov. Dave Heineman, state and local community leaders today when they dedicate two new Armed Forces Reserve Centers in Columbus and McCook. The new $9.5 million Columbus Armed Forces Center grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. at 2018 Armory Drive, Columbus...
Events center progress online (05/25/11)
Mid-Plains Community College has set up webcams so viewers can watch progress on the new Events Center in McCook (here) and the Health Complex in North Platte {http://healthcomplex.mpcc.edu/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=1768(here)}...
Aircraft collision (07/22/10)
McCook firefighters work the scene of an aircraft collision at McCook's Ben Nelson Regional Airport this morning after a sprayplane taxied into a parked, unoccupied Piper Super Cub. The collision resulted in an explosion and fire that destroyed both aircraft, and the spray plane pilot was taken to Community Hospital with burns to his face, hands and chest. ...
School Board Rescinds Appointment (11/24/08)
On a 3-2 vote, the McCook Public Schools board of education Monday evening rescinded its vote on Nov. 10 that appointed Gary Power to complete the two years remaining in the term of Greg Larson, who resigned in September. Voting to cancel Power's appointment were Mike Gonzales, Tom Bredvick and Larry Shields. Voting "no" were Diane Lyons and Shane Messersmith...
The Amazing McCook Cam (10/24/06)
City assured of meeting 2006 water deadline (11/08/05)
City Manager John Bingham said at Monday's council meeting that engineers working on the water treatment plant have kept the city "out of the loop" concerning the deep injection well process, but W Design/JHC assured him and council members that they are on schedule and will meet the required compliance dates...
Dairy plans to expand by 750 cows (12/22/04)
With its approval from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Three Star Dairy northeast of McCook plans to expand from 2,000 to 2,750 head of dairy cows. Red Willow County commissioners reviewed paperwork from the DEQ during their regular meeting Monday morning. They'll pass the approval on to county zoning administrator Darcy Eckhardt for her files...
Water rates pass on first reading (11/02/04)
New water rates given initial approval Monday night will raise an extra half-million dollars a year for the next two years. After that, McCook will know exactly what its new water project will cost -- and $1 million in sales tax funding will be available. The project is estimated at $13.2 million...
City water, sewer bill near $17 million (10/15/04)
With the development of the city's new water treatment plant and renovations at the wastewater treatment facility, McCook residents should expect to begin paying higher water bills in January. Discussions on that issue will begin at the regular city council meeting, Monday at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at the McCook Auditorium...
Reward doubled in rural assault (09/29/04)
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an assault suspect wanted in Red Willow County has been doubled. Sheriff Gene Mahon said this morning the reward is now $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 24-year-old Jose Cruz Cepeda-Lopez...
Armed robber strikes convenience store (09/24/04)
McCook Police are looking for an armed robber who struck the West Gas -n- Shop early this morning. According to a report from the Nebraska State Patrol, a man entered the West Gas-n-Shop at about 5:50 a.m. armed with what appeared to be a shot gun or paintball gun. He reportedly stole $135 from the store...
City questions NRD plans (09/15/04)
A new integrated management plan for the Middle Republican Natural Re-sources District has left McCook City Manager John Bingham with a few reservations. Bingham met with the MRNRD Board of Directors Tuesday night to voice his concerns over the presentation of the final draft of he Ground Water Management Area and Integrated Management Plan for the Middle Republican Natural Re-sources District...
Reward offered in assault (09/15/04)
Anonymous donors are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man charged with the assault and sexual assault of a teenage girl at her home northeast of McCook on Aug. 31. Officers of the Red Willow County sheriff's department, Nebraska State Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are looking for 24-year-old Jose Cruz Cepeda-Lopez, who faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment, burglary and theft...
Journey of Hope rolls through area (07/12/04)
BENKELMAN -- The young men who rode their bicycles through Southwest Nebraska Saturday and Sunday blow the myths about beer-guzzling, up-all-night partying frat guys right out of the water. "These guys are doing something spectacular," said Sam Farber of George Washington University, a crew member for the "Journey of Hope" bicyclists who crossed into Nebraska west of Haigler Saturday morning. ...
World War II veterans honored (06/01/04)
By GLORIA MASONER City Editor Fifty Red Willow County World War II veterans were honored for the sacrifices they made more than five decades ago in a ceremony hosted by the American Legion, Saturday. The honor breakfast coincided with the dedication of the World War II Veteran's Memorial in Washington...
School project informational meeting (04/07/04)
Representatives of Sampson Construction Co., McCook Public Schools' construction manager, will present a progress report on the renovation and addition concept plan for the North Ward Elementary site, which will be before the voters on Tuesday, May 11...
'Technicolor Dreamcoat' goes on stage this Friday (03/23/04)
It's one of the most extravagant shows ever produced by the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association and it starts Friday at the Fox Theatre in McCook. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs three days and showcases an elaborate pool of local singers, actors, musicians, artists, costume designers and set builders -- all under the directorship of Charles Coleman...
Osborne: Drought relief will cut farm bill (03/19/04)
If area farmers are hoping for any drought relief this year, they better plan on the federal government using money from the farm bill. "Two years ago farmers got some money because a few of us hammered the White House," said U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. "But this year the stance is you can have drought relief, but it's going to come out of the farm bill."...
Mrs. Morrison passes away, family at her side (03/19/04)
With her husband and two of her children at her bedside, former Nebraska First Lady Maxine Morrison passed away Thursday evening at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. Mrs. Morrison, 88, suffered with heart disease during the final years of her life. "Mother exemplified grit," said her oldest son, Frank B. Morrison Jr. "I never knew her to fail in a task if it was humanly possible to move the rock. I drew great inspiration from her commitment and determination."...
Baker: Waste site deserves look (03/18/04)
With three weeks left in the Nebraska Legislative session, low-level radioactive waste disposal and a property tax levy limit increase are the chief concerns for State Sen. Tom Baker. In his regular Thursday morning conference call, Baker said waste disposal is not as dangerous as many people think, but people are not educated the way they should be about it...
Baker supports waste site in state (03/12/04)
LINCOLN -- Low-level nuclear waste dump: Not in my back yard? Not so fast, said Sen. Tom Baker; let's think about it again. Rushing between a reception put on by the Nebraska Medical Association and a final reading on the legislative floor, Sen. Tom Baker took time for his weekly teleconference call to the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning...
Baker expects casino issue to go to the voters (02/06/04)
By the end of Nebraska's 2004 legislative session, State Sen. Tom Baker of Trenton expects Nebraska lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment which would put the question of casino gambling on the ballot. According to Baker, the Legislature will probably pass a proposed amendment which would permit up to eight casinos in the state. And, unlike, previous proposals, this plan does not specify where in the state the casinos would be located...
Northern plans dropped (01/20/04)
One McCook City Council member expressed his disappointment and another his anger after a three of their companions voted to abandon the city's northern well field plan. Speakers were set up in the hallway for the overflow crowd of nearly 100 McCook and Frontier County residents who gathered to listen and participate in the debate...
Tax survey in error (01/13/04)
McCook taxes are actually 12th in state.
Wauneta man dies attempting rescue (01/02/04)
ENDERS -- A Wauneta man died attempting to rescue another hunter who fell through the ice on Enders Lake on New Year's Day. Bill Dehart, 55, Wauneta, died after falling through the ice when he attempted to rescue Art Stapleton of Aurora, Colo., who fell through the ice attempting to retrieve a goose...
First 2004 traffic fatalities are in Southwest Nebraska (01/02/04)
An Arizona woman is Nebraska's first traffic fatality of the new year. The Furnas County sheriff's office said Janel Arnold, 46, of Mesa, Ariz., was killed at 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a sport utility vehicle in which she was a passenger went out of control on a county road, struck a tree and rolled...
Preliminary jail plans unveiled (12/23/03)
Preliminary drawings of a jail proposed for Red Willow County impressed Red Willow County commissioners and sheriff during the commissioners' meeting Monday morning. Architect Douglas Boyd ACI/Boland Inc., Leawood, Kan., told commissioners and Sheriff Gene Mahon construction of the jail, designed as a 40-bed facility, would cost just a little less than $4 million...
Landing system funding advances (12/03/03)
WASHINGTON -- Funding for an instrument landing system at McCook Municipal Airport has been included in the fiscal year 2004 Omnibus Appropriations conference report, Sen. Ben Nelson announced Tuesday. The Omnibus Appropriations conference committee approved $910,000 for an Instrument Landing System - a highly accurate and dependable means of navigating to the runway, which improves the ability of pilots to safely guide and land aircraft...
Grass fire may have been deliberately set (12/01/03)
Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said Monday morning four car accidents investigated recently by his officers have been alcohol-related. Two weekend accidents, a fire believed to have been set deliberately and any number of other calls kept Red Willow County sheriff's officers busy over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend...
Local charity lauded (11/19/03)
Lincoln -- McCook and five other communities were honored for their work with the Nebraska Community Foundation at its annual banquet in Lincoln on Thursday. Grassroots, community-based, and from the bottom-up are fitting phrases for the work of the McCook Community Foundation Fund, according to Nebraska Community Foundation President and CEO, Jeff Yost, who presented the endowment-building award to the McCook fund...
Bond issue to voters in May election (11/18/03)
The McCook school board will ask taxpayers to approve a new $5.3 million single-site elementary facility during the May 2004 primary election. In action during a regular meeting Monday evening, board of education members began the process of disposing of the West Ward facility and agreed to be part of an appeal of property valuations set by the state of Nebraska...
Software project is funded (11/13/03)
WASHINGTON -- A $401.3 billion defense bill being sent to President Bush includes $1 million for a software package to be developed in Southwest Nebraska. 21st Century Systems Inc. is working closely with the University of Omaha and Mid-Plains Community College to develop and test EXLOG21, which uses computer-based "intelligent agents" as a decision-support planning tool to process timely and accurate information on the operational status of tactical equipment and weapons systems on the battlefield.. ...
New Parker manager at the helm (11/11/03)
The new manager of Parker Industrial Hose Division - McCook is at the helm and ready to help an industry that has been a vital part of Southwest Nebraska's economy for 32 years grow even stronger. Dan Tangeman officially took over the manager position at Parker on Nov. 5 and plans to move ahead full throttle...
Public reviews school concept (11/07/03)
A new proposal addresses safety, efficiency issues.
Firefighters awarded federal grant (11/06/03)
WASHINGTON -- The McCook Fire Department will receive $19,936 for training material, thanks to a federal grant announced Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration will distribute the twenty-first round of the 2003 grants approved by the Department of Homeland Security to Nebraska fire departments...
Single-site school plan unveiled (10/29/03)
At last, members of the McCook Board of Education believe they have come up with a building plan that the district can afford and the voters will accept. The plan -- which was discussed in detail with members of the McCook media Tuesday evening -- calls for a single-site McCook Elementary School to be constructed at the current North Ward site...
Senate funds airport equipment (10/24/03)
Washington -- Funding for an instrument landing system for the McCook Municipal Airport is included in the Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2004 passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The bill includes $910,000 to install an instrument landing system at the McCook airport. The bill will now be considered by a joint House-Senate conference committee...
Judge rules in favor of bond issue (10/10/03)
Red Willow County District Court Judge John Battershell ruled Thursday that the bond issue and the petition to merge the Republican Valley and Twin Valley school districts are lawful and constitutional. Battershell said in his decision the merger plan and bond issue approved March 25 by patrons of the two schools districts "do not result in an unequal burden of taxation" on plaintiff Frances Louise "Frankie Lou" Nicholson of Lebanon...
Annexation up before city planners (10/11/03)
Public comment is sought for Monday's meeting of the McCook Planning Commission.
Eight escape house fire (10/06/03)
A fire in the early morning hours Saturday caused an estimated $30,000 in damages early Saturday morning. McCook Fire Chief Marc Harpham said the fire was apparently caused by a short in electrical heating tape in a crawl space under a bathroom on the main floor...
Sunset on summer (09/30/03)
The view from near Trenton on Monday is actually a sunrise, so perhaps it was a harbinger of the arrival of fall. Tuesday's projected high of 55 makes it clear that fall is arriving in time for the calendar to change to October. Pleasant weather in the 70s is expected to return to the Golden Plains later in the week...
Benefit ride (08/31/15)
More motorcycles roll into Casey's on Saturday for a benefit poker run Saturday sponsored by the Sinners Sanctified Motorcycle Ministry for Dennis and Cathy Shannon. Forty-eight motorcycles and two cars took part in the event, which ran from McCook to Curtis, Stockville, Bartley and McCook. Proceeds will go to medical expenses for Dennis, who is being treated for a rare type of skin cancer...
Chaplain visit (08/31/15)
Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs speaks to supporters of Ann Trail's "Adopt-A-Chaplain" program, which sent nearly 90 "care packages" for him to distribute to service members in Camp Integrity in Afghanistan. As the war dragged on, the packages cheered service members with the assurance folks back home "didn't forget us." Riggs will be stationed in Germany for two years. ...
Neil Diamond tribute opens McCook Concert Association season (08/31/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Ticket sales for the upcoming McCook Concert Association season begin this week. The 2015-16 season consists of four McCook performances at the Fox Theater, beginning with a tribute to Neil Diamond in October and culminating with a comedic percussion performance in May of 2016...
SPUCC quarterly meeting Sept. 8 in Curtis (08/31/15)
CURTIS, Neb. -- On Sept. 8, South Platte United Chambers of Commerce will present good news and areas of need in the region. Information was gathered in a president's tour conducted this summer. The gathering will be the group's quarterly meeting hosted this time by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis...
California couple visits McCook for college class, stays for lifestyle (08/31/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- When Mackenzie and James Slaten first came to McCook from California, they had no intention of staying more than six months. Two years later, they've bought a house, added two dogs and another cat and have no intention of leaving anytime soon...
Hospital visit (08/27/15)
To promote the sport of rodeo, Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo Queen 2014 Chesney Friehe, left, and Miss Wilsonville Rodeo Junior Queen 2015 Chayse Friehe visit with Bonnie Stevens during the queens' visits recently to Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Cambridge Manor in Cambridge and to Community Hospital and Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. The girls autographed their photos for patients and residents. They are the daughters of Jennifer and Brad Friehe of Culbertson...
Keeping Orphan Train stories alive (08/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Charlotte Endorf of Hadar, Nebraska, holds a picture of a little boy adopted from an "Orphan Train," one of hundreds that ran from New York City to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929, carrying a quarter-million orphaned and abandoned children in need of homes...
Gymnastics Academy gets more than $50K for new gym (08/27/15)
OBERLIN, Kan. -- Robyn Rouse said it was a bit overwhelming when she opened a check for over $50,000. "My hands were shaking and I was crying," she admitted when she first saw the $50,950 check from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. That grant, along with another for $5,000 from the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation, were awarded to Rouse's gymnastic club in Oberlin, the Northwest Kansas Gymnastics Academy in Oberlin (formerly Creative Movements Gymnastics of Oberlin/Atwood)...
Fischer: Keep pot illegal (08/27/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The legalization of marijuana is a contentious topic in Nebraska and one state legislators will likely resume discussions around in the coming session. One of Nebraska's two representatives in the U.S. Senate made her position clear on the topic earlier this week during a local visit...
Valuation increases enable college to reduce tax levy (08/27/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Valuation increases have enabled Mid-Plains Community College to reduce its tax levy from 8.2 cents per $100 valuation to 7.8 cents while increasing its general fund budget by about a million dollars. MPCC's overall valuation for the 18-county service area went up 16.55 percent. ...
Buffalo Commons 'First Tuesday' series begins this week (08/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- In preparation for their 20th year, the Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival Committee members have announced a new season of "First Tuesday" events for local storytelling. The year kicks off September 1 from 7 -- 8 p.m. at the Bieroc Café with stories about the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp...
Motorcycle sidecar ride only latest adventure for Hillcrest resident (08/26/15)
CONNIE JO DISCOE Regional Editor McCOOK, Neb. -- "Why not?" Phoebe Bullis exclaimed , a mischievous grin spreading across her face, when someone asked her Tuesday why a 90-year-old woman wants to ride in a motorcycle sidecar. Phoebe, a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska, crawled into the sidecar of Jim Howard's Honda motorcycle Tuesday afternoon for a quick spin around town. ...
Fischer: Senate is working (08/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- U.S. Senator Deb Fischer visited McCook Tuesday and brought with her a seldom-heard positive message, at least in recent years, "The U.S. Senate is working." "Sometimes we don't hear that," said Sen. Fischer, adding the mainstream media liked to focus on the legislative gridlock rather than accomplishments. She said the U.S. Senate has voted on 100 amendments so far this year, compared to only 15 last year...
Early morning accident (08/26/15)
A car sits high-centered early this morning on a drive-way retaining wall between homes at 913 and 915 West J in McCook. The driver, the lone occupant, was taken to Community Hospital of McCook. Ginger Cash, the homeowner of 913 West J, said, "The tree saved us and our house." Ginger's neighbor said she glanced out her front window just after midnight to see the eastbound car go airborne after striking a shorter driveway retaining wall between 915 and 917 West J. ...
Students score high in reading (08/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Public School students reached all-time highs in the area of reading, according to results from the Nebraska State Accountability -- NeSA -- test scores. The yearly tests measure Nebraska student proficiency on reading, math, science and writing. Tests were given in spring 2015...
State probing Hitchcock County valuations (08/25/15)
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Blowin' through town (08/25/15)
A truck hauling a blade for a wind turbine maneuvers from South Highway 83 through the Highways 6/34 and 83 intersection at East Sixth Street in McCook Thursday afternoon, and turns to the east. The truck and the escort pickup have Quebec license plates. The headquarters for Transport Bellemare is in Trois-Rivières (Québec), Canada...
Red Willow health fair set (08/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Red Willow County Health Department, on the fairgrounds, plans a health fair Thursday and Friday as well as Sept. 1, 3, 4 and 9. The Health Department is offering lab draws to the general public on mornings of the following dates: Aug. 27 and 28 as well as Sept. 1, 3, 4 and 9. Tests include the Complete Metabolic Panel, Lipid Profile, Uric Acid, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Prostrate Specific Antigen (PSA), Thyroid Screening (TSH), Hemoglobin A1C, and Vitamin D...
City budget: Property tax receipts up, sales tax down (08/25/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook is projecting property tax revenue to increase by more than $40,000 in the coming budget year, while sales tax revenue is budgeted for its first decrease in several years. The city plans to maintain the same property tax levy of $0.319044 and the increase in General Fund property tax revenue is predicted to come from higher valuations. ...
Commissioners delay full payments on Hillcrest bonds (08/25/15)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners decided Monday morning that although they will start a levy to pay off the $2,145,000 20-year bond approved by voters for expansion/remodeling at the county-owned Hillcrest Nursing Home, tax payers won't pay the full principal and interest payments due this coming year...
City ponders internal loan to buy equipment (08/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The 2015-16 proposed City of McCook budget includes just shy of $200,000 in equipment expenditures and city leaders are looking to double that amount and take out a loan to cover the expense. "We've got a lot of equipment thats undergone a lot of repair here recently. ...
Remodeled Brooks Hall full, enrollment up (08/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- With students back on campus this week, McCook Community College officials are excited about a couple early "key" numbers -- enrollment and residency numbers in remodeled Brooks Hall. According to the latest figures enrollment is up at MCC by almost 6 percent, every bed in Brooks Hall is filled and students are returning to campus with a new enthusiasm...
Few leftovers at Culbertson Mobile Pantry (08/24/15)
CULBERTSON, Neb. -- Coordinators of the first-ever "Mobile Pantry" in Southwest Nebraska were overwhelmed by the response to the food distribution in Culbertson Saturday morning. "This was our first Mobile Pantry in the area, and we had to 'guesstimate' the need," said Lea Childress of Omaha. agency relations manager for FoodBank for the Heartland, which provided the truck-load of food. "We guestimated low."...
Alzheimers fund raiser Tuesday at hospital (08/24/15)
A fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the form of a bake sale at the McCook Community Hospital. The bake sale will take place at Prairie View A off of the main lobby. The Alzheimer's Memory Walk will take place on October 3. Funds raised from the fundraiser event will go towards helping local, state and national Alzheimer's patients and care givers. For more information, contact Carrie Boyd-Johnson at (308)-340-0323...
Three McCook sites included in Nebraska Passport Program (08/24/15)
Lorri Sughroue McCook Gazette McCOOK, Neb. -- There's more to Nebraska than corn -- or football. Just ask Amanda Barker of the Nebraska Tourism Commission, who's been criss-crossing the state since July, checking out all 80 stops on the Nebraska Passport Program. "I get to explore professionally," she joked...
Donation to Habitat for Humanity (08/24/15)
Great Western Bank in McCook recently donated $250 to Southwest Nebraska chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The funds were raised during the month of August by Great Western Bank employees. Each month, employees wear jeans on Fridays to supprt a local cause and at the end of the month, they donate the collected funds to a charity or non-profit group. ...
Main Street improvement (08/21/15)
Doug Stewart of Stewart Construction, Indianola, Nebraska, rips down the walls of a small apartment building on Main Street in Indianola Thursday afternoon. The apartment building on the south, two Lord's Hardware warehouse/shops in the middle and a former locker plant on the north will all come down -- a building a day is Stewart's goal -- to improve the look of Main Street right away and to make way for a new warehouse and shop for Lord's some day. ...
McCook native publishes 'Rodeo Nebraska' (08/21/15)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- McCook, Nebraska native Mark Harris has published a large-format photography book called "Rodeo Nebraska," the culmination of eight years of shooting pictures at 82 rodeos in 62 locations. Harris is the associate director of the University of Nebraska State Museum at Morrill Hall in Lincoln. ...
Fire determination (08/21/15)
A State of Nebraska fire marshal from Hastings has determined that the fire in a hangar at the World War II U.S. Army Air Base northwest of McCook on July 16 started in a corner of the hangar where bails of hay were stacked. Damages and losses to the building and contents (tractors, a front-end loader, a sprayer, farm chemicals), owned by Hanchera Farms, are estimated at $700,000. ...
Walkway designing underway (08/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Design work is underway for a city maintained walkway between the former McCook Glass and Top Office Products buildings which could bring a vibrant new look to the Norris Avenue area. City Manager Nate Schneider said Monday he anticipated having something to present to City Council during the next couple meetings. City Council subsequently approved an easement agreement between the city and Jay and Kim Schilling during its regularly scheduled meeting...
Larry Sitzman retiring as executive director of Nebraska Pork Producers Association (08/21/15)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- With appreciation for his dedication and service to the pork industry, pork board and affiliates, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Larry Sitzman effective January 4, 2016. Sitzman announced his retirement after serving for eight years as executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA). ...
Elvis Presley tribute benefit set Sept. 19 for childhood cancer research (08/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- In the darkest days of Aliyah's battle against leukemia ... in the throes of trying to keep alive their pretty, dark-haired "girly-girl," the Siddiqui family did not know that there have been no new drugs to fight childhood cancers for 20 years...
Contractor would like project to 'shop locally' more (08/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- At least one McCook resident wishes a partially sales tax funded housing development in McCook would do a better job of prioritizing the use of local contractors. During Monday's regularly scheduled City Council meeting former Red Willow County Commissioner Wayne Michaelis indicated the Clary Village Sr. ...
Committee: MEDC on right track (08/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Economic Development Corp. is investing in the right areas and doing its part to combat the local housing shortage, at least according to the Citizens Advisory Review Committee. The committee meets on a quarterly basis with MEDC officials and is tasked with reviewing the functioning and progress of the economic development program and to advise the City Council with regard to the program. ...
Carpool available from McCook, area towns (08/20/15)
"Be Our Guest"! The Nebraska Pride Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites all women, who love to sing to be our guest to learn the music and choreography to two-three songs and perform with the chorus during our Annual Fall Shows October 17 and 18 in Arapahoe, Kearney and North Platte. ...
Wide range of topics discussed at Coffee With A Cop (08/19/15)
McCOOK -- With no agenda, the topics ranged widely at Tuesday's "Coffee with a Cop" session at McDonald's Restaurant in McCook. During the morning get-together, Chief of Police Ike Brown, Sgt. Kevin Darling and School Resource Officer Ashley Donovan fielded questions and concerns about telephone scams, the start of school, the D.A.R.E. program, and the size and experience level of the McCook Police Department...
The skies they are a chamber (08/19/15)
Well, now that we have the Perseids out of the way for another year, let's continue with business. One thing we did notice while out looking for meteors -- even if you missed the meteor shower -- the constellations are changing. The Summer Triangle of Lyra, Cygnus, and Aquila, which have been on the eastern horizon are now directly overhead at midnight, ready to take the plunge into the downhill slide into the western half of the sky...
Mosquito spraying set for tonight (08/19/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The City of McCook will be spraying for mosquitoes on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, beginning around sun down weather permitting. Although the chemical used is not harmful to people or pets, if you have any concerns please stay indoors. To eliminate prime mosquito habitat, please remove any standing water or unwanted vegetation on or around property...
Village square art (08/19/15)
Seven-year-old Jayden Loghry of Trenton, Nebraska, checks out the texture of one of the paintings in the new Trenton downtown village square. Trenton tattoo artist Ginny Anderson painted the mural with the train, flag and pumping unit, and is working on another mural. ...

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