Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning doesn't end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition.
Scottsbluff –United Way of Western Nebraska is pleased to announce their 2018-19 grant recipients. Representatives from United Way Pacesetter businesses and community volunteers review each application and interview each agency to determine which agencies will receive United Way funding and at what level. Fifteen programs were chosen to receive United Way funding based on the funding areas focusing on Better Health, Education and Financial Stability.
23 Baseball Club, Boy Scouts (Longs Peak Council), Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House Transitional Age Program, DOVES, Family Stabilization Program (CAPWN), Guadalupe Center, Plains West CASA, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Summer Program for Handicapped Children (Camp Scott), Team Mates of Scotts Bluff County and Western NE Child Development Center (CAPWN) will be the partner agencies receiving United Way funds this year.
Scottsbluff – United Way of Western Nebraska is currently seeking additional sponsors for their annual Day of Caring Food Packaging Event which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on October 2, 2018 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center. Meals of Hope will be the United Way partner vendor for the event. Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support 15 partner agencies. Sponsors for the Food Packaging Event thus far are Arby’s Foundation, Scottsbluff-Gering Rotary Club, NEXT Young Professional Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE., Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club & Foundation, Target, TEAM Auto Center, NPPD, Marianne Rushall, Pepsi Cola of Western NE. and UPS.
At this event approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified Mac-n-Cheese and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal food products in assembly line fashion. It’s a great way for teams from a business, service organization, class, congregation or neighborhood to be visible and get involved in making a difference. The meals that are packaged will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families. These programs include local food pantries, soup kitchens, school backpack programs (Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Morrill and Bayard schools), disaster relief programs, Diaper Depot, Firefighters Ministry, Panhandle Love in Action, and SB Volunteer Center’s Snow Angel program just to mention a few.
For more information on sponsoring this event or volunteering at the event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361.
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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
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.
LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 17, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $392 millionto help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. Nebraska is the recipient of nearly $7 million.
“Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to rural people and the places they call home.”
USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. In many cases, states, other federal partners and nonprofits are working with USDA to also provide funding for these projects.
Hazlett announced the awards here today during the Water Pro Conference hosted by the National Rural Water Association. Below are the Nebraska investments USDA is making to improve infrastructure in rural communities:
· The city of Ainsworth, Neb. will use a $1.27 million loan and $453,000 grant to reconstruct sewage lift stations and provide backup power to lift stations by installing generators. New radio read meters will be installed. Also, pipe linings will be upgraded, providing better service to more than 880 users.
· The village of Alexandria, Neb. will use a $332,000 loan and a $357,000 grant to add an additional well to the water system and increase the size of water distribution main lines. The improvements will add both safety and efficiency to the water system for the village's 76 residents. The project was funded after completion of a report paid for with a $30,000 Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant.
· The village of Wauneta, Neb. will use a $1.48 million loan and a $1.55 million grant to construct two wells with well houses to provide safe drinking water to 356 users. These new wells will replace two older wells. A 50,000-gallon ground storage tank will be constructed and a emergency backup generator will also be installed. Radio read meters will replace the existing meters.
· The village of Western, Neb. will use a $1.03 million loan and a $463,000 grant to replace a sewage treatment facility with a land application lagoon system. Additional funding includes a $24,000 Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households grant awarded in FY 2016.
The City of McCook Water Department is placing a restriction on lawn watering from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 8th through 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9th. The 24 hour restriction is the result of a mechanical malfunction at the Parker Hannifin plant that caused higher than normal water usage. This along with the early season lawn watering has seen the City's storage tanks drop to low levels. The one day restriction will give the Water Department the opportunity to restore the water levels to normal in the City's 3 storage tanks. We will continue to keep citizens updated should there be a need to extend the restriction. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. City of McCook Utility Director, Jesse Dutcher
Two more human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) nine county health district. The first case was reported approximately two weeks ago. Additionally, two more mosquito testing pools in Chase County have tested positive for WNV.
Your best protection is to not get bit by a mosquito. Some of the ways that you can prevent getting mosquito bites are:
- Wear your insect repellent with DEET. Remember sunscreen first then insect repellent.
- Check around your home for any standing water, including your gutters
- Repair any holes in screens and doors
- Wear your long sleeves and pants during the hours of dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Always read the directions for any insect or sunscreen product to be sure it is being used correctly
The incubation time or the development of symptoms for West Nile Virus takes about 3-14 days. Approximately 80% of all people who become infected with West Nile Virus will not experience any symptoms. Symptoms people may experience are fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, rash, vomiting, and diarrhea.
There is no treatment for West Nile Virus. The best way to avoid becoming sick is prevention.
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter or view our website at www.swhealth.ne.gov.
Western Nebraska Airport Authority Board member Lou Kleager announces his retirement from the Board effective August 16, 2018.
He wishes to thank the voters of Scotts Bluff County for their support as well as his fellow Board members and the Airport Staff.
He has enjoyed being a small part of the team which has continued to develop an extraordinary airport. He notes that the physical facilities are in excellent shape, the budget is well managed, the safety program is strong and that we now have an outstanding, reliable airline service at an affordable price.
He is retiring for personal reasons and is looking forward to other pursuits.
A woman has been given one to three years in prison for her role in a pasture rental scam in the northern Nebraska Panhandle.
Sioux County District Court records say 52-year-old Kelley Heller, of Crawford, was sentenced June 12.
Heller and her daughter, Calinda Barthel Vantine, were arrested in February 2017. Prosecutors say the scheme was orchestrated by Vantine and resulted in more than $44,000 in losses to the five victims. The two didn't own the pasture they'd rented to the five people from Nov. 1, 2015 through Feb. 15, 2017.
The 28-year-old Vantine was sentenced to prison last October. She also is known as Calinda Barthel.
Five McCook Community College softball players have been named to the Omaha World-Herald’s all Nebraska junior college team including sophomore Alexis Moeaki, who was named the team’s honorary captain. Also named to the team were sophomore Taya Thorpe and freshmen Emily Charchuk, Jerusha Miner and Chanel Siebenthal. McCook had a strong offense this spring as it hit .366 as a team and averaged 7.9 runs per game and dominated the all World-Herald team with five of the 14 players. Western Nebraska and Central Community College each had three players, Northeast Junior College had two and Southeast Community College had one. Moeaki, a sophomore from Las Vegas, set a school record with 76 RBIs this spring and hit.468, scored 61 runs, hit 22 doubles and 11 home runs. She finished as McCook’s career leader in batting average (.464), hits (176) and RBIs (142). Joining her in the infield was freshman Emily Charchuk, second base, from Victoria, British Columbia, who hit .439, scored 66 runs and drove in 34 RBIs. Two MCC freshman were named as out-fielders on the World-Herald team. Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah, batted .373 for the Lady Indians, scored 53 runs and led Region IX with 39 stolen bases. Chanel Siebenthal, outfielder from Lakewook, Colo., hit.406, scored 57 runs and stole 17 bases. Sophomore pitcher Taya Thorpe, Malad, Idaho, was one of three pitchers named to the team. She led MCC with a 21-20 record this past season, struck out 200 hitters and had a 5.43 earned-run average.
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD TWO-YEAR COLLEGE TEAM
C: Danica Schaefer, so., Central CC, .488, 39 R, 33 RBIs
1B: Savannah Robertson, so., Northeast CC, .471, 40 RBI, 50 R
2B: Emily Charchuk, fr., McCook CC, .439, 66 R, 34 RBIs
*SS: Alexis Moeaki, so., McCook CC, .468, 11 HRs, 76 RBIs
3B: Michaela Kelly, fr., Western Nebraska, .383, 14 HRs, 53 RBIs
OF: Madi Jackson, so., Western Nebraska, .421, 58 R, 39 RBIs
OF: Jerusha Miner, fr., McCook CC, .373, 53 R, 39 SBs
OF: Chanel Siebenthal, fr., McCook CC, .406, 57 R, 17 SBs
EP: Jessica Lusk, so., Southeast CC, .429, 16 HRs, 56 RBIs
U: Jenna Robinson, so., Central CC, .381, 13 HRs, 55 RBIs
P: Alayna Allen, fr., Northeast CC, 3.64 ERA, .404, 59 RBIs
P: Katelyn Keene, so., Central CC, 12-6, 3.21 ERA
P: Emma McMillan, fr., Western Nebraska, 14-19, 6.10 ERA
P: Taya Thorpe, so., McCook CC, 21-20, 200 Ks, 5.43 ERA
*— denotes honorary captain
Central CC - Shelby Behnk, Mackenzie Eller, Ashten Gibson.
North Platte CC - Emily Marsden, Hallei Morales, Erin Renwick, Ana Talaroc-Kaniho, Kenlee Wanlass.
Northeast - Jade Long, Emily Sherstone.
Southeast - Brooke Brestel, Cassidy Burkhardt, Jasmine Davis, Jenny Eacker, Kelsey Markey.
Western Nebraska - Brooke Doumer, Alyssa Guymon, Gabby Loya, Reagan Solomon.
The 2017 Southwest Conference Volleyball Tournament begins on Saturday, October 21st for the McCook Bison as they travel to Valentine. McCook is seeded 3rd and will take on 6th seed Broken Bow. View the link to see the full bracket.
Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2017-2018
The 2017-18 RPAC All-Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Teams have been announced for the East and West divisions.
Padyn Borders Sr Broken Bow
Hunter Pothoff Sr McCook
Tristian Siemering Sr Cozad
Dillon Geiser Jr Cozad
Elijah Lovin Jr Minden
Kevin Linn Sr Broken Bow
Gage Delimont Jr Ainsworth
Cameron Raffaeli Jr Ogallala
Bennett Folkers Sr Gothenburg
Nate Neil Jr Cozad
Josh Harvey Jr Broken Bow
Clayton Stevens Sr McCook
Kooper Reece Sr Valentine
Josh Denney Jr Minden
AJ Whiting Sr Gothenburg
Adam Kroeger So Ogallala
Gracie Stienike Sr Gothenburg
Janessa Madsen Sr Minden
Sadie Rush Sr Cozad
Kali Staples Fr Broken Bow
Diana Reed Sr Ogallala
Bailey Honn Sr McCook
Jory Lowe Sr Broken Bow
Rylee Rice So Ainsworth
Alex Bauer Jr Minden
MacKenzie Smith Jr McCook
Jaden Bryant Sr McCook
Kennedy Berreckman Sr Cozad
Taylor Williams Jr Ogallala
Chiara Richeson Fr Gothenburg
Liviya Wier Fr McCook
Sheridan Bancroft- Valentine, Claire Steinhauser- Ainsworth, Tory Dehning Ogallala, Emily Arp-McCook, Arleigh Costello-Gothenburg, Hanna Wright-Cozad, Trinity Olson- Minden, Jaden Bryant-McCook, Kennedy Berreckman-Cozad, Bailey Honn-McCook, Jory Lowe Broken Bow, Kate Fox Broken Bow, Sadie Rush-Cozad, Janessa Madsen-Minden, Gracie Stienike-Gothenburg
Franklin wins the Alma Golf Invitational with a team score 366, Southern Valley comes in second with a 368, Loomis third with a 400, Cambridge in fourth place with a 428, Alma finishes fifth with a 432, finishing in sixth place was Bertrand 447, in seventh place was Elm Creek 458, and finishing eighth place was Arapahoe 512. View all the individual scores below.
The McCook Community College baseball team opens the 2018 season Saturday with a roster full of returning position players but a very young pitching staff.
MCC opens play Saturday in Liberal, Kan. against Seward County and Coach Jon Olsen will rely on his team’s experience and solid batting order to lead the team while the pitching staff develops.
The Indians return 10 guys who started games last year. “Technically we can start a player at every position who started at some point last year,” Olsen said.
On the mound, MCC’s 2018 roster has three pitchers with 40 innings of experience between them. The Indians must reload a pitching staff that set a school record for strikeouts in a season, 410. The trio of returners had 32.
“On the mound, we are going to be counting on guys to step up and do well for us as freshmen,” Olsen said. “We have 14 arms, only one who pitched more than 10 innings last year.” The Indians will have six true freshman among the pitchers and with five transfers.
“We have some talented arms in this program but some of them don’t have a ton of experience,” Olsen said.
MCC is coming off a 29-27 season and a 20-16 conference mark, which was fourth best in what has become a highly-competitive Empire Conference that includes Western Nebraska, Northeastern JC, Trinidad State, Lamar, Otero, and Miles. 2017 marked MCC’s first back-to-back playoff appearances since the post-season format changed in 2008. The top four teams in the standings advance to the post-season playoffs.
The coach doesn’t look for falloff from any conference foes.
“I have a ton of respect for the coaches in this conference, they all get things done in different ways but if you don’t show up ready to play in any conference game, you’re going to get beat,” Olsen said.
He pointed out the top five teams in the conference were separated by three games in the standings.
Olsen said in looking at all the teams it’s difficult to say that one team is a clear-cut favorite.
“Every team is a little like us, really strong in one area and some questions in other areas. There isn’t one team with a ton of experience in both pitching and offense. This conference is going to be a wide-open dogfight,” Olsen said.
Sophomore bats will be the key for the Indians to make it a third straight playoff appearance. Last year MCC dropped its first six conference games before the playoff run.
First baseman/outfield Jacob Sanford, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, earned first team Region IX honors last year and catcher Dylan White, Las Vegas, was a second-team all-region selection as a freshman.
The Indian offense has players who produced well as freshmen. Of the eight position players with at least 18 games played, they collectively had 1,030 plate appearances while hitting .297 with 31 homeruns, 150 RBIs, a .386 on-base average and a .469 slugging percentage.
Olsen is expecting even better production from this core-group of sophomores and key offensive contributions from his newcomers but he said with inexperienced pitchers, it will be imperative MCC step up its defense.
“Last year we were bad defensively, but we had high strikeout guys on the mound that shielded our defense.”
The first of 25 scheduled home games is set for Feb. 21 when the Indians take on Colby in a nine-inning 3 p.m. Game. MCC has home doubleheaders scheduled with Hastings JV Feb. 22 and against Northeast CC Feb. 28.
Here is a look at the 2018 Indians by position:
CATCHER: Sophomore Dylan White and freshman Beau Hawley, Greeley, Colo., are expected to see the majority of the action. White hit .348 last season with five homers and 19 RBI. When he was injured during the fall, Hawley was able to step in and get a lot of experience. “Dylan had a good year for us and is a good defender as well, and with the experience Beau got in the fall I’m pretty happy with where we are there,” Olsen said.
FIRST BASE: Jay Sanford will anchor the MCC lineup as the Indians’ top returning hitter batting .345 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI. The sophomore will play first base and also leftfield, which will allow Jonny Giunta, Milton, Ontario, (who started 14 games last year) time in the lineup.
MIDDLE INFIELD: Four sophomores are expected to fill the lineup this year at second base, shortstop, and third base. Jason Hill, Surrey, B.C., started 44 games last year and batted .313 with a .435 on-base percentage. Mike Sookdeo, Bramton, Ontario, played mostly at DH last year where he hit .237 with seven homeruns and 32 RBI and will likely see time at third base this year. Angel Mojica, Denver, is one of MCC’s most improved players according to Olsen having played 16 games last year with a .194 batting average. Hunter Rynders, Centennial, Colo., can play all infield spots and saw action in 18 games last year batting .300. Of his incoming freshman the coach has tabbed Julio Seperich, Las Vegas, as his best overall defender on the team both in the infield and the outfield. Olsen expects him to see starts at second base, third, shortstop and centerfield. Freshman Jacob Reid, Mississauga, Ontario, is a player who can provide very good offense and Mark Starks, Blair gives the Indians depth and offensive pop off the bench.
OUTFIELD: In addition to Sanford and Seperich, three returning sophomores look to frequent the lineup from the outfield. Tanner Zeggil, Stagner, Ontario, played in 46 games a year ago and batted .310 with a pair of home runs. Chris Bellemere, Grande-Carriere, Quebec, started 17 games and homered three times and drove in 10 with a .203 batting average and .390 slugging. Dalton Barling, Ashland, saw action in 16 games batting .212,
STARTING PITCHING: McCook High School’s Kaden Sitzman emerges as the staff’s most experienced pitcher appearing in 16 games, starting four, and compiling a 3-3 record in 29.1 innings with 25 strikeouts. Other candidates for the starting rotation include: Jacob Lombardelli, Windsor, Colo., Connor McGonigal, Omaha Burke, and high school teammates Jesse Bloom and Ryan Marstiller, Centennial, Colo.
BULLPEN: Sophomore Tyler Cox, Mississauga, emerged as the top relief pitcher during fall camp. He appeared in five games, threw 8.1 innings and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.16 earned run average last season. The other sophomore is David Perez, Las Vegas, who worked in three innings last year over four appearances. Freshmen pitchers with a chance to work their way into key roles include: Shaun Hickey, Summerville, N.B.; Connor Williams, Milton, Ontario; Casey Quagliano, Colby, Kan.; Keyshawn Royal, Tampa; and three Greeley, Colo., pitchers in Spencer Ray, Braydon Peif and Micah Dorsey.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. All four games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO., will be aired live on ESPN networks.
On Monday, November 19, Nebraska will take on Missouri State at 6 pm CT on ESPNU, followed by USC and Texas Tech at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2. On Tuesday, November 20, the consolation game will tip off at 6 pm CT on ESPN3, followed by the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker championship game at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.
Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning at 10:00am CT on August 4th by visitingwww.halloffameweekend.com,www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 13th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.
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Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, November 19 – 6:00 PM CT
Nebraska vs. Missouri State (ESPNU)
USC vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, November 20 – 6:00 PM CT
Consolation Game (ESPN3)
Championship Game (ESPN2)
Those four schools will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, with the opening round games of the tournament beginning on November 6th. Each of those teams will play two games on campus, before advancing to the championship rounds in Kansas City. Joining the four host teams in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker are Mississippi Valley State, Robert Morris, Southeastern Louisiana and Stetson. The complete list of games for the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by Shot Tracker are as follows:
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Springfield Regional Rounds
JQH Arena – Springfield, MO
Friday, November 9 – Time TBD
Robert Morris at Missouri State
Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD
Stetson at Missouri State
Lubbock Regional Rounds
United Supermarkets Arena– Lubbock, TX
Friday, November 9 – Time TBD
Mississippi Valley State at Texas Tech
Tuesday, November 13 – Time TBD
Southeastern Louisiana at Texas Tech
Lincoln Regional Rounds
Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE
Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD
Mississippi Valley State at Nebraska
Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD
Southeastern Louisiana at Nebraska
Los Angeles Regional Rounds
Galen Center – Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD
Robert Morris at USC
Wednesday, November 14 – Time TBD
Stetson at USC