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McCook, Nebraska—Brenda Kincaid was named as the 2018 Anne Morse Volunteer for her exemplary volunteerism and dedication to Community Hospital at the hospital’s volunteer luncheon held April 16.


It has always been the American way of life for citizens to help one another. Community Hospital has been blessed through the years with thousands of volunteer hours from generous citizens from McCook and the surrounding area. One who has set records in hours of volunteerism is Anne Morse, a former Community Hospital auxiliary member.


In 2004 an anonymous donor recognized Anne’s tremendous contribution and wanted to do something special that would commemorate her years of service. With a financial gift, Sondra Johnson was commissioned to create a bust of Anne.


In addition, the benefactor requested that a committee be formed to select someone who best exemplified Anne Morse’s dedication as a volunteer. That person would be the recipient of the Anne Morse Volunteer Award. Their name would be permanently displayed on a plaque near the sculpture of Anne which is displayed in the hallway leading to the patient wing.


While a recipient for the award is not necessarily chosen annually, this year Brenda Kincaid has been chosen as an exemplary volunteer. Her nomination reads:


“Brenda Kincaid has been a volunteer at Community Hospital for nearly ten years. Throughout this time she has served individuals, from employees to patients to community members, with her giving attitude and love for others. She serves in various capacities, sitting on committees for the hospital’s community outreach efforts including Sterling Connection, Girl’s Night Out and Breast Cancer Awareness. While taking part in these various committees she gives of her time, talent for creativity and compassion through friendship and socialization. Brenda also assists with the American Red Cross Blood Mobile throughout the year along with the Community Health Fairs hosted by the hospital. In between these committees and events she also volunteers her time to deliver magazines throughout the hospital and volunteers for a variety of other projects.


On top of her dedication to Community Hospital she volunteers her time with Meals on Wheels, the McCook Humane Society and the United Methodist Church. Brenda also takes extra time to visit with residents at Brookdale and Hillcrest Nursing Home. She gives selflessly of her time talent and passion, hoping to fill the needs of our hospital and the community. Even in times of personal struggle she is always thinking of others and how she can further provide for them. Brenda is a pillar of strength for her friends and loved ones, leaning heavily on her faith in God and belief in a strong community.”


The Anne Morse Volunteer Award comes with a $500 gift, also given by the anonymous donor to the Community Hospital Health Foundation. The recipient of the volunteer award has the opportunity to designate an area of healthcare in which to direct the gift.


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested after deputies found marijuana in his car after stopping it along Interstate 80 near Lincoln.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over the car around 11 a.m. Friday after seeing the driver fail to signal a lane change near the U.S. Highway 77 exit. The deputy reported smelling marijuana in the car, and a subsequent search turned up 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of pot and some cannabis edibles.

The man, who lives in Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale and suspicion of other crimes. Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.


LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration to allow state funds to be used for the response to the blizzard which has affected Nebraskans statewideFriday and continuing into this morning.


“Hundreds of motorists have been stranded and power outages are reported in many communities,” Governor Ricketts said. “This declaration allows state funds from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help our communities in their response.”


Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is working to get a temporary communications tower to Region 26 after its dispatch tower was toppled due to 60 mph winds. Blaine, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, and Wheeler counties make up Region 26 and are affected by the loss.


Road closures, including Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 30 and 20, have affected travelers and sent them to shelters. Big Springs and Sidney report that they have opened shelters.


“Road conditions are still not safe across the state and travel is not recommended,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “Stay home and be safe.”


Road conditions remain poor to impassible in many parts of central to western Nebraska. At this time, Interstate 80 is closed to westbound traffic from Grand Island to the Wyoming state line. Eastbound I-80 is closed from the Wyoming state line to Ogallala. Keep up-to-date on other road closures by calling 511, visiting, or by downloading the 511 smartphone app.


NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — One man has been arrested following the discovery of an improvised explosive device in a residence in Stratton.

Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from NSP Troop D Field Services, the NSP Police Service Dog Division, NSP Hazardous Device Technicians, and the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office, made the discovery while executing a search warrant on a residence at 105 Howard St. in Stratton.

The resident, Fredrick A. Hamilton, 51, is involved in a legal dispute with the village of Stratton. It was reported to NSP that Hamilton has made threats to inflict physical harm or death toward one of the village officials. Investigators had also received information that one of the threats included mention of an improvised explosive device.

Upon executing the search warrant, NSP discovered an improvised explosive device that was consistent with the information given to investigators. The NSP Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.

Hamilton was arrested for possession of a destructive device and threatening to use explosives. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail.


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A measure aiming to curb cyberbullying was signed into law by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The bill approved Wednesday makes harassment or intimidation by electronic message a crime. Previous Nebraska law only applied to threatening phone calls. The misdemeanor offense is punishable by a maximum of three months in jail and a $500 fine.

Lawmakers say most intimidation now happens through digital technology, like text messages, email or online messages.

The bill will also make it illegal to own or use a card-scanning device to gain unauthorized credit or debit card information.

The measure received strong support and passed 48-0 on its final-round vote.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.

The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.

The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.

The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.


On March 28, 2018 at approximately 10:58 pm the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a noise complaint and a possible MIP party. The report was that this was occurring in the apartments on 10th Street Beaver City, Nebraska.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the report and made contact with the individuals in the apartment. Upon arrival deputies observed minors drinking inside the apartment. Upon completion of an investigation several citations were issued. The citations issued included a 15 year old Beaver City male juvenile and Tyesha S. Johnson, 20, of Oxford, Nebraska for minor in possession of alcohol. Also cited was Tyeler B. Anderson, 21, of Beaver City, Nebraska for procuring alcohol to minors.
All parties cited were released. The juvenile was released to his mother.



On March 26, 2018 at approximately 11:27am the Furnas County Sheriff’s Officereceived a report of criminal mischief that occurred at the Furnas County Fairgrounds in Beaver City, Nebraska.


The Sheriff’s Office responded to the report and began an investigation. Upon arrival multiple tire track marks and acceleration marks were observed on the fairgrounds. A pickup had spun cookies by the north entrance as well as several places in the pit area of
the arena.
Information was received that an employee of Kauffman Trailers had done the damage and that it had been done by a red Chevy pickup. The pickup was located at Kauffman’s and examined. There was mud and grass on the pick and the tires that was consistent with the grass at the fairgrounds. The owner of the vehicle, Jonathon C. Speth, 21 of Beaver City, was contacted and interviewed. He admitted to tearing around at the
fairgrounds on Saturday night.
Speth was cited for criminal mischief, careless driving, driving under suspension and no proof of insurance. He is currently schedule to appear in Furnas County Court for arraignment on April 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm.


On March 28, 2018 at approximately 7:44 pm a deputy with the Furnas County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a blue Alero with no plates in the Tri Valley Clinic parking lot, Arapahoe, Nebraska.

The driver, a 16 year old juvenile of Edison, Nebraska, was the only occupant of the vehicle. An odor of marijuana was smelt coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. A baggie containing less than one ounce of marijuana and a marijuana pipe was located in the vehicle.
The juvenile was cited for possession of marijuana less than one ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was released to his guardian.


The City of McCook will begin crack sealing various streets in the community on Monday, April 2nd. It should take two to three days to complete, weather permitting. The contractor will be B and H Paving. We ask that citizens remove any vehicles that are parked on the following streets beginning Monday. 


West “ E” Street from West 2nd Street to West 3rd Street
West “G” Street from West 1st Street to West 5th Street
West “N” Street from west “J” Street to North Highway 83
West “O” Street from Norris Ave. to West 5th Street
West “Q” Street from West 2nd Street to North Highway 83
Georgia Court Sunset Road from West 5th Street to West 10th Street Missouri Avenue from West “F” Street to West “J” Street
West 2nd Street from West “D” Stree to West “E” Street
West 3rd Street from West “D” Street to West “E” Street
West 7th Street from West “J” Street to Sunset Road
West 13th Street from West “H” Street to West “I” Street and West “J” Street to West “K” Street
West 14th Street from West “J” Street to West “O” Street

Pawnee Drive from Courtney Lane to North Cherokee
Cheyenne Road from Park Avenue to Seminole Drive
South Highway 83 from South side of overpass to Barnett Park


Once the crack sealing has been completed on a street, the street will be open for normal use. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and apologize for any inconveniences.