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Stories from Friday, April 13, 2012

United Methodists plan a 'Change the World' event (04/13/12)
'Imagine no more malaria' walkathon set for May 19 at Norris Park
Tootsie roll drive (04/13/12)
SWATS employees Kimberly Miracle, residential director, (left) and Chelsea Haarberg, vocational direct support staff, help Patrick Lubbers, and Grand Knight Andy Weber (center) and Tony Spilinek of Father Trayer Council 1126 Knights of Columbus of McCook, Nebraska, plan the 2012 "Tootsie Roll" fund-raiser. ...
Artist, screenwriter supports art auction (04/13/12)
MONTE VISTA, Colo. -- While Rita Doyle Roberts will be unable to attend the Fox Theatre Benefit Art Show & Auction Saturday night, she said Thursday in a phone interview that she is doing all she can from afar to support the Fox event. The Fox is very important to me as as artist, she said. "It was in...
Life preserver (04/13/12)
The Rev. Angel Carrillo of McCook Harvest Church speaks to anxious Easter egg gatherers at Norris Park Saturday morning, waving a blue life jacket, saying that the Lord is your life jacket during your journey through life.
A Titanic Centennial (04/13/12)
Sunday, April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of Titanic's loss. The supposedly unsinkable flagship of the White Star line went down at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. Some 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives. Interestingly, several Nebraskans or future Nebraskans had connections to this famous disaster...
Heritage Hills gears up for modern golfer, equipment (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Within the next six months, highly skilled heavy equipment operators will spread across Heritage Hills on McCook's western edge, surgically shaving and shaping the championship golf course to better accommodate the golfers of the new millennium...
Stormy weather (04/13/12)
A summertime storm makes an early appearance, rolling through Southwest Nebraska Thursday evening. A tornado was spotted briefly three miles northwest of Trenton, and hail up to 21⁄2 inches in diameter fell elsewhere around Hitchcock County. Two inches or more of precipitation were reported in the area of the storm; McCook received .78 of an inch of rain by midnight from the midnight before...
City begins plans for moving out (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Police and Fire departments are anticipated to be relocated into the new voter-approved Municipal Facility before the end of the year, prompting the McCook City Council to begin discussions about the future of current facilities...
Burgler enters not guilty plea (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook man accused of burglarizing a West H Street residence pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges, April 2, in Red Willow County District Court. The man, 39-year-old Steven A. Durham, was a resident of the McCook Day's Inn when he allegedly burglarized the home of Raymond Miley. ...
County to plan town hall meetings on jail (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County Commissioners will compile a list of dates and times for town hall meetings regarding the new law enforcement center. Also on the agenda for Monday's regular meeting is to appoint members to the construction manager selection committee for the new building...
How the loop falls (04/13/12)
Ropers succeed -- or fail, depending on how the loop falls -- at the 2011 Southwest Nebraska High School Rodeo. This year's rodeo will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27, 28 and 29 in the Kiplinger Arena on the Red Willow County fairgrounds in the 1500 block of West Fifth in McCook, Nebraska. ...
Community Hospital plans end-of-life seminar (04/13/12)
McCook, Nebraska--Community Hospital's Home Health and Hospice department, Community HealthCare and Hospice, will be showing a DVD focused on End-of-Life Ethics on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the hospital meeting rooms. Topics include: Lunch will be provided at approximately 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by April 16 by calling Community HealthCare and Hospice at 308-344-8356. There is no cost to attend...
On the Record (04/13/12)
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...
Games, door prizes at Family Fun Night (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Families are invited to take part in the Family Fun Night on Monday, April 23, at the Community Building, Fairgrounds, West 5th and O Streets, McCook. Families can stop anytime from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and enjoy an evening together at the free event...
I'm going in (04/13/12)
Donovan Inman of Oberlin, Kansas, dives in for an early season swim at a residential Oberlin pool during unusually warm weather on March 30.
A unique service ... (04/13/12)
At the request of Jim McConnell's son, pastor and auctioneer Johnny Walker "sells" a feed bunk at Jim McConnell's graveside services Saturday, April 7. "It was a unique touch, for a very unique person," Walker said of the request made by Harold "Hal" McConnell, who wanted a service personalized for his extraordinary father. ...
October Baby opens tonight at Cinema III (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Cinema III in the Westview Shopping center at the junction of U.S. Highways 83, 6 and 34, is one of only a handful of Nebraska theaters showing the award winning story that follows the dramatic, humorous, romantic story of 19-year-old Hannah, who goes on a road trip to find answers after learning she is adopted and the survivor of an attempted abortion. The show opens tonight in McCook at 7 and 9:10 p.m...
Chains can't produce change (04/13/12)
Centuries ago, those who suffered mental illness were often committed to "madhouses." These so-called treatment centers were about as brutal, barbaric and inhumane inventions as could be humanly conceived. Patients were subjected to various shock therapies, exorcisms, bloodlettings, ice baths, and gyration wheels. When not directly enduring these interventions, patients were generally kept in dark dungeons, chained to walls or the floor...
AGLOW meeting Saturday (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- AGLOW will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, in the small meeting room at the Chief Restaurant. Karin Schreurs, the Nebraska Area President for Aglow will be speaking on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the importance of prayer for our nation. Contact Sally Loescher 345-6212 or Deb Dolan 364-2243 for more information...
Cowboy poet R.P. Smith coming to Beaver City (04/13/12)
BEAVER CITY, Nebraska -- Nebraska's Cowboy Poet, R.P. Smith is scheduled to speak at the S.E. Sunday School Convention in Beaver City Sunday. Surrounding churches and the public are invited to attend the services at 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Beaver City...
The Rapture; Is 2012 The Year? (04/13/12)
Dear Friend, INTRO I want you to think soberly with me. All the signs given in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 are in full bloom today and II Timothy 3 as well as many other portions of Scripture too numerous to mention. However, I want you to note Matthew 24:33, "So you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door." And then note vs. ...
Mirror, mirror (04/13/12)
Have you ever felt fat? C,mon, you know what I mean. One morning you get up and for no particular reason you feel like the Titanic. Your clothes still fit, but there's just something you cannot describe and it causes you to feel much bigger than you actually are. ...
Grilled to perfection (04/13/12)
Family Features Tender, juicy, flame-kissed and seasoned just right -- there may not be anything more satisfy­ing than a perfectly grilled steak. These recipes and grilling tips from the steak experts at Omaha Steaks will help you put the perfect steak on your plate any time you want...
Arrie Anna Bentz (04/13/12)
Arrie Anna Bentz IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- Arrie Anna Bentz, 89, died Thursday (April 12, 2012), at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home.. Survivors include her son, Rand Levy and wife, Donna, of Champion, Nebraska; daughter, Dorothy McKenzie and husband, Tom, of San Bernardino, California; son-in-law, Bob Jones of Wauneta, Nebraska; four grandchildren and fourgreat-grandchildren...
John Robert Ham (04/13/12)
John Robert Ham Oct. 5, 1944 - April 11, 2012 TRENTON, Nebraska -- John Robert Ham, 67, died Wednesday (April 11, 2012), at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Nebraska. He was born in Frontier County near Curtis, Nebraska on Oct. 5, 1944, to Robert B. and Charlotte May "Bill" (Mortimore) Ham. John graduated from Curtis High School in 1962. He participated in track...
Linda K. Dethlefsen (04/13/12)
Linda K. Dethlefsen April 23, 1956 -April 12, 2012 McCOOK, Nebraska -- Linda K. Dethlefsen, 55, died Thursday (April 12, 2012), at Community Hospital In McCook. Services will be Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating...
Blake birth (04/13/12)
Layla Rae Blake Koby and Nicole Blake of McCook,Nebraska announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Rae Blake, who was born April 5,2012, at McCook Community Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 6.2 ounces and measured 18 and 1/4 inches long. She has one brother, Delbert Allan "Dallan," 2-years-old. Grandparents are Todd and Cindee Wagner of Culbertson, Nebraska and Jerry and Donna Blake of McCook. Great-grandparents are Delbert and Neola Blake of McCook and Bernard and Sue Hall of Culbertson...
Tiller birth (04/13/12)
Gage William Tiller Matt and Daisy Tiller of McCook, Nebraska announce the birth of their son, Gage William Tiller. He was born March 8, 2012 and weighed 7 poounds and measured 21,5 inches long. He has a 4-year-old brother, Trey. Grandparents are Lee and Linda Snyder and Jim and Theresa Tiller, all of McCook. Great-grandparents are Darlene Russell of Curtis, Nebraska, Delma Teel, Bob and Vonnie Tiller and Gene and Joan Gerver, all of McCook...
Fleharty birth (04/13/12)
Loreayna Nicole Fleharty Brandon and Haley Fleharty of McCook,Nebraska announce the birth of their daughter, Loreayna Nicole Fleharty, who was born April 3, 2012, in McCook. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20 and 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jennifer and Tony Evans and Eric and Colleen Parker, all of North Platte, Nebraska, Rex Gallino of Valentine, Nebraska, Gale Hopping of Oceanside, California and the late Lorena Fleharty. ...
Kitt, Spahn engagement (04/13/12)
Kitt, Spahn Ashley Kitt and David Spahn, both of Central City, Nebraska, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the couple are Keenan and Tina Kitt of Wauneta, Nebraska, Tom and Vicki Spahn of Brule, Nebraska and Becky Spahn of Casper, Wyoming. Grandparents of the couple are Joan Kitt of Wauneta, Sandra Brunkhorst of Trenton, Nebraska, Jim and Terri Stovern of Wolf Point, Montana and Euverda Plucknett of Casper....
Geier, Hinrichsen engagement (04/13/12)
Geier, Hinrichsen Jessica Christine Geier of Pawnee City, Nebraska and Vincent Luke Hinrichsen of Unadilla, Nebraska, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride-to-be are Randy and Kathryn Geier of Elm Creek, Nebraska. Grandparents are Don and Sandra Bauer of...
Eisenmenger, Yager engagement (04/13/12)
Eisenmenger, Yager Emily Elizabeth Eisenmenger of Omaha, Nebraska and Steven James Yager of Gretna, Nebraska, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Eisenmenger of McCook, Nebraska, Mr. Kurt Yager of Gretna and the late Thersa (DeGarmo) Yager...
Shirley J. (Tenopir) Lichty birthday (04/13/12)
75th birthday The family of Shirley J. (Tenopir) Lichty of McCook, Nebraska is requesting a card shower in honor of her 75th birthday. She was born April 22, 1922, in Friend, Nebraska. Her children include Kim and Terry Bauer of Culbertson, Nebraska, Tami and Kevin Custer of McCook, Kevin and Jolene Lichty of O'Neill, Nebraska, Todd and Kathy Lichty of McCook, Traci and Bob Hastings of Norfolk, Nebraska and eight grandchildren. ...
Vesta (Brown) Gilbert birthday (04/13/12)
87th birthday The family of Vesta (Brown) Gilbert of McCook, Nebraska, formerly of Oberlin, Kansas, is requesting a card shower in honor of her 87th birthday. She was born April 13, 1925, in Max, Nebraska. She has three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Cards of congratulations will reach her at 710 E. Fourth, McCook, NE 69001...
Anastasia Shannon birhday (04/13/12)
99th birthday Anastasia Shannon of McCook, Nebraska, is celebrating her 99th birthday today. She was born April 13, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska. Her husband, John (Jack) Shannon, also turned 99 this year. They have been married for 74 years and have three children, John and wife, Hannah of Sheridan, Wyoming, Kathleen Christ, also of Sheridan and Tim and wife, Barb Shannon of McCook. Cards of congratulations will reach her at Hillcrest Nursing Home, P. O. Box 1087, McCook, NE 69001...
Eugene Witt birthday (04/13/12)
80th birthday The family of Eugene Witt is hosting an open house in honor of his 80th birthday. The open house is Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m. at the Cambridge Heritage Plaza, one block north of the Cambridge Hospital. Cards of congratululations will reach him at 70339 Rd 396, Danbury, NE, 69026...
The most important job in the world (04/13/12)
There are obviously a lot of important jobs. Being President of this country is important. Being the head of ANY country is important. Being the head of any THING is important. But they're not the most important job. The most important job is being a parent because you're training the next generation, the generation that will take over for you...
Eat your cucumbers, or else (04/13/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Declan discovered water chestnuts last night. By discovered I mean he finally tried them, and as is usually the case, realized he liked them. He quickly snarfed up all of them included in his stir-fry dish and began pestering Casey and I for ours...
Pledge only important if students understand, support Constitution (04/13/12)
How do you vote against the Pledge of Allegiance? Most officials can't, hence the new procedure at McCook City Council meetings, added to a prayer, when the clergy person assigned the task remembers to make it to the meeting. Today, the State Board of Education was to decide whether to hold hearings on a proposal to require all classrooms, kindergarten through 12th grade, to recite the pledge of allegiance daily in the presence of an American flag...
Attend caucus (04/13/12)
In a free society, voting is a privilege that people in other parts of the world are fighting and dying to gain. Here, we tend to take it for granted and our voter turrnout is poor. There are 6,440 registered voters in Red Willow County (1,492 Democrats, 3,835 Republicans, 1,113 nonpartisans (or independents). In order to vote in the primary elections in Nebraska, you have to be registered with one of the two parties...
People deserve to vote (04/13/12)
To begin, I would like to express my admiration for Don Neel. While others sit on the sidelines, Don had the courage to speak out in Wednesday's Gazette with his opinions about me and the jail issue. That's the American way. Fortunately, in our nation, we have the freedom to express our opinions. ...
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