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Cemetery Christmas Decoration Pick Up

The Public Works Cemetery Department is asking that all Christmas decorations at the cemeteries be removed by Thursday, March 1, 2018. After said date, the Public Works Cemetery Department will remove and dispose of any remaining Christmas decorations. 

Thank you for your cooperation!

Learn future of Nebraska fisheries management at public informational meetings

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn about the future of fisheries management in Nebraska at a series of public informational meetings with winter. The meetings will begin with an overview of the 2018 fishing forecast, an update on special projects, and a report of potential regulation changes. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff then will receive feedback and answer questions. All meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. The meeting schedule is:

Jan. 29 – Kearney, Public Library, 2020 First Ave.
Jan. 30 – Alliance, Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.
Feb. 5 – Norfolk, Northeast Community College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave.
Feb. 12 – Ord, Cobblestone Inn, 127 Trotter Ave.
Feb. 20 – McCook, Community Building, Red Willow County Fairgrounds, W. 5th Street
Feb. 20 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., 6 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 22 – Omaha, Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District, 8901 S. 154th St.


Pampered Chef Teams Up with McCook Humane Society

Pampered Chef is teaming up with the McCook Humane Society.  Hometown Family Radio talks with Steph who is with Pampered Chef as she tells us more about the month-long event.  Visit the website to order to help benefit the McCook Humane Society.





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Hitchcock County School Bus Involved in Accident

Hitchcock County- On Friday, January 26, 2018, at 7:30 A.M., the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call, reporting a two-vehicle accident located 1.1 miles west of Culbertson, Nebraska, on US Highways 6 & 34. The Sheriff’s Office investigation, indicates that a westbound 2013 Hitchcock County school bus driven by 42-year- old Daniel A. O’Byrne of Culbertson, Nebraska, had slowed for a vehicle that was turning into the Frenchman Valley Cooperative grain transfer station and the school bus was rear ended by a westbound 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Two juvenile passengers of the school bus of were transported to the Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska, as a result of their injuries. Other emergency service units assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were; Culbertson Fire and Ambulance.

Community Hospital Health Foundation Director Announces Retirement

McCook, Neb.—Terri Shipshock, Executive Director of Community Hospital Health Foundation announced her retirement at the foundation board meeting on Tuesday. She plans to end her 13-year career at the foundation’s helm in early June following the 30th John Mullen Pro-Am golf tournament.


Both Bill Burton, Foundation Chair and Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital President & CEO as well as a foundation board member, said they will be working with Terri in the next five months to smooth the transition to the next executive director. Following Terri’s announcement at the meeting, the board set up a search committee to begin the process for her replacement.


They expressed their gratefulness for Terri’s years of service and all she has accomplished as director. “In the time Terri has been here, Community Hospital Health Foundation has raised more than $6 million,” Burton said. This includes raising $1.8 million for the Rehabilitation Center, a half million for the Healing Garden and nearly $4 million for the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology; as well as multiple gifts that provided grants over the years to Community Hospital for medical equipment and services.


“In addition, the foundation has funded and awarded thousands of dollars for healthcare scholarships” he said.


“Terri’s fundraising events have been of the highest caliber and excellence. We are fortunate to have responsible, hard-working individuals like Terri associated with the Community Hospital Health Foundation and Community Hospital,” he added.


“We are happy for Terri and her family, and that she has the opportunity to move into this phase of her life,” Bruntz said. “We wish her only the best.”


Terri says she has very mixed feelings about retiring. “I have enjoyed my years in McCook and am grateful to Community Hospital and the community for the professional and personal fulfillment I have enjoyed in my role as executive director.”

Gov. Ricketts Announces Red Willow Co. As a Livestock Friendly County

LINCOLN –Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he would visit McCook on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to deliver his State of the State address. The Governor invites the public to attend.

“Nebraskans are invited to join Governor Ricketts on the Governor’s annual State of the State fly around,” said Taylor Gage, the Governor’s Director of Strategic Communications. “This is a great opportunity to hear an update on how Nebraska is growing, and how the Governor is working with the Legislature on key priorities like balancing the budget and tax reform this legislative session.”


Following the State of the State address, there will be a Livestock Friendly County designation ceremony for Red Willow County, held in the same space.


67 Taken Off Nebraska Roadways

67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  

State Fire Marshal's Office Concluded Their Investigation on Indianola House Fire

 State Fire Marshal investigators have determined the cause of the December 28, 2017, house fire, which claimed the lives of an Indianola couple, was accidental in nature, believed to have originated by an unattended candle. 

 The remains of Douglas Swanson and Debra Swanson, husband and wife, both 61 years of age, where identified during an autopsy. Preliminary results indicate the cause of death was related to the fire.

 The Swanson’s daughter, Laura Swanson, 34, of Denver, escaped from the home unharmed and placed the 911 call. At the time the 911 call was placed, she believed her parents and younger sister, Faith Swanson, 24, were believed to still be inside the residence. During the course of the investigation, Faith was later found alive in Furnas County and was re-united with her sister at the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday afternoon.
 Responding agencies were Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue, McCook Fire and Rescue, Red Willow Western Fire, Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office, Red Willow County Attorney, Nebraska State Fire Marshal, and Nebraska State Patrol.
 The Fire Marshal’s office has concluded their investigation. The house was deemed a total loss.

Update on Structure Fire in Indianola

     On the 28th of December, 2017 at approximately 12:01 a.m. the McCook Police Department dispatch received a 911 call advising there was a house fire southeast of Indianola, Nebraska.

     Paul Wood confirmed 2 people died as a result of the house fire.  The remains are believed to be those of Douglas Swanson and Debra Swanson, husband and wife, both 61 years of age of Indianola Nebraska.  Both have been transported to Omaha for an autopsy scheduled for today.

     The Swanson's daughter, Laura Swanson, is 34 years of age from Denver Colorado escaped from the home unharmed and placed the 911 call to report the fire.  She was in the home visiting her parents for the holidays.  At the time of the report, she believed her parents and her younger sister, Faith Swanson, 24 years of age, who was also living in the residence with her parents were all unable to escape from the residence.

     Faith was later found alive in Furnas County Nebraska and was brought back to McCook where she was reunited with her sister at the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office late in the afternoon.  The sisters were interviewed and left the Sheriff's Office at the conclusion of the interviews.

     The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation by the State Fire Marshall's Office.  Due to the house being a total loss, the results of the investigation will not be able to be released for some time.

     Responding agencies were Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue, McCook Fire and Rescue, Red Willow Western Fire, Red Willow County Sheriff Office, Nebraska State Fire Marshall, and Nebraska State Patrol. 


Structure Fire in Rural Indianola

On December 28, 2017, at approximately 0000 am the Indianola Fire Department was dispatched to rural Indianola, Red Willow County, Nebraska, for a structure fire with parties still inside the residence. Fire departments from Indianola, McCook, Red Willow Western Rural, in addition to the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office responded, and arrived on scene to find a single story residence involved in fire. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to conduct a fire investigation. Multiple Nebraska State Fire Marshal Investigators responded immediately and are currently onsite at the time of this release conducting an investigation. The onsite investigation is still currently underway. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal confirms there are multiple fire fatalities at the residence. During the course of investigation autopsies will be performed for proper identification. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is working in conjunction with the Red Willow County Sheriff and the Red Willow County Attorney. Further information will be released as information becomes available.

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