Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”
The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.
This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.
NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.
The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.
“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”
During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).
Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.
The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.
30th Annual Spooktacular
October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th
$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra
Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for
the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at
Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner
October 20th and 27th
$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60
A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from
5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is
included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into
Spooktacular before the general public.
Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.
Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.
Access will be as follows:
Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B
Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive
Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.
Thank you for your cooperation during this project.
AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.
The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail
The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade! The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School. Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.
The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release. Program fees will be $10 per day per child.
Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff. The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th. Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.
DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.
A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.
The businesses which failed the inspections are:
Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe
Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City
Anew Travel Center - Cambridge
Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge
Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.
AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.
This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.
In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.
The businesses which failed the inspections were:
Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)
Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)
Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)
The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.
The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
Lincoln – A minimum of 28 Husker basketball games will be televised nationally during the 2018-19 season, as the Big Ten announced television information and start times Thursday afternoon.
All 20 of NU’s Big Ten Conference games will be televised nationally, as the Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU), four appearances on FS1 and 13 appearances on Big Ten Network.
Nebraska’s games against Penn State (Jan. 12), at Michigan (Feb. 28) and at Michigan State (March 5) will be carried on the ESPN family of networks. NU will make at four non-conference appearances on ESPN networks, including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Clemson on Nov. 26, the two games in Kansas City as part of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and a non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 11)
The Huskers will make at least four national appearances on FS1 in 2018-19, as NU’s Big Ten games at Indiana (Jan. 14), Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and at Penn State (Feb. 19) will be carried on the network.
In all, the Huskers will make at least 16 appearances on BTN in 2018-19, including 13 conference games and non-conference matchups against Creighton (Dec. 8), Oklahoma State (Dec. 16) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22.)
In addition, BTN will also air the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament from the United Center in Chicago with CBS broadcasting the semifinals and finals.
Four games will be streamed on BTN Plus, beginning with the exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1. Other games on BTN Plus include matchups against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 6), Western Illinois (Nov. 24) and Southwest Minnesota State (Dec. 29).
The Start times and TV information for NU’s Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup against Seton Hall will be announced at a later date.
The Huskers return their top four scorers, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., from team that finished 22-11 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. A very limited number of season tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including the conference opener against Illinois, highlight Nebraska’s 2018-19 men’s basketball conference schedule released Tuesday afternoon. The five home games include a trio of Saturday matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the Huskers will host conference games against Ohio State (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 23). Nebraska’s two Sunday games bookend the Big Ten slate with a tilt against Illinois on Sunday, December 2, and a Senior Day matchup against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups the first week of December, the game against Illinois and a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday Dec. 5.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2019 on the road, traveling to Maryland (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Jan. 6) before returning home to host Penn State on Jan. 10. The rest of the January slate features home matchups against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Wisconsin (Jan. 29) along with road trips to both Indiana (Jan. 14) and Rutgers (Jan. 21). The second half of the Big Ten schedule opens with a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 2 before returning home for three of their next four contests, including games with Maryland (Feb. 6), Minnesota (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 16). The only road game in that run is a matchup at Purdue on Feb. 9, the first of two matchups with the Boilermakers in a 15-day span. The homestretch features four straight games against postseason qualifiers, including road trips to NIT champion Penn State (Feb. 19), NCAA runner-up Michigan (Feb. 28) and a rematch with Michigan State (March 5) along with hosting Purdue on Feb. 23. NU’s game with Iowa on March 10 is on the final day of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN. Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, if any remain after the seat yourself process currently underway, will go on sale next Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The 18-game home slate includes 10 Big Ten games, as well as non-conference matchups with Seton Hall and Creighton.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Community College, the fifth-ranked woman’s team in NJCCA Division 2, rolled to a 98-72 win over McCook Saturday.
The Lady Indians stayed with the Blue Devils early on and trailed by a point after the first period 21-20, but the Kansas City defense clamped down during the second quarter, to fuel a 28-10 advantage on the way to a 49-30 halftime lead.
“They really guarded us very well today and because of that defense we were out of sorts,” McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We turned the ball over more than normal and it forced us into some tough plays.”
MCC turned the ball over 24 times.
The Lady Indians came back in the third period to compete on nearly-even terms, 27-26, but were not able to overcome the second-quarter defensive stand by the Blue Devils.
“They limited our threes and made us shoot tough twos,” Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians shot 43.1 percent from the field, but just four of 18 (22 percent) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the line on 28 free throws. MCC had 42 rebounds and 15 assists.
Kansas City CC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 25.7 percent on 35 3-pointers, and 59.1 percent from the line. The Blue Devils had 44 rebounds and 17 assists.
Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC in scoring with 15 points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had 12 points.
Freshmen Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) both scored 10 points. Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with seven rebounds to go along with seven points and four assists.
“This will be a good learning experience moving forward as we prepare for a tough Region IX schedule next week,” Fernetti said. “We just have to keep our heads held high and still believe in what we are doing.
The Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the season.
MCC closes out the “pre-conference” portion of the schedule at 11-5 with only Region IX or Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games remaining on the schedule.
Region IX South Division play begins Friday as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.
You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page
Nebraska defenders Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry led a group of Husker defensive and special teams standout honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.
A sophomore cornerback, Bootle was a third-team all-conference selection by both the Coaches and the Big Ten Media. Bootle registered 15 pass breakups on the season, tying for the second-most PBU in Nebraska history and the most since 2004. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in passes defended per game.
Barry had a standout junior season at linebacker and earned third-team recognition by the Big Ten Media and honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven double-figure tackles games, becoming the fifth Husker to have seven games with 10 or more tackles in a season.
Three other Husker defensive players received honorable-mention all-conference recognition. Senior linebacker Luke Gifford was honored by both the media and coaches panel. Gifford had 62 tackles and led Nebraska with 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Gifford was also recognized on Tuesday as Nebraska’s winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Junior defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis were chosen as honorable-mention players by the coaches and media, respectively. The twins from Blue Springs, Mo., anchored the Blackshirt defensive front. Carlos Davis had 27 tackles, three TFL and a sack, while his five breakups were the most by a Nebraska defensive lineman in nine seasons. Khalil Davis finished with 41 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and three sacks.
Junior punter Isaac Armstrong was an honorable-mention choice by both the media and coaches. Armstrong took over the punting duties at mid-season and averaged 43.6 yards per punt to rank second in the Big Ten. The average ranks as the ninth-best season average in Nebraska history.
The Big Ten will announce all-conference offensive teams on Wednesday.
Nebraska All-Big Ten Defense and Special Teams Honorees
Big Ten Coaches
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB
Honorable Mention: Carlos Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Mohamed Barry, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Media
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB; Mohamed Barry, LB
Honorable Mention: Khalil Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner: Luke Gifford, Sr., LB
The McCook Softball Team will participate at the Holdrege Tournament starting August 25th. McCook will take on Minden in the first game at 10:30am. This is a double elimination format. View the bracket on the link below.
The McCook Bison Softball Team will host a Softball Tournament on Saturday September 1st at the Jaycee Sports Complex. View the bracket.
Garden City Community College downed the McCook Community College baseball team 19-7 in action Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex.
The Broncbusters opened the game up with six runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead. MCC came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 8-4. Garden City added a pair of runs in the fourth and put the game away with four in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Kaden Sitzman (McCook) started on the mound for MCC and gave up six earned runs in two innings and struck out four. Braydon Peif (Greeley, Colo.) followed with two innings of work and two earned runs surrendered. Shaun Hickey (Summersville, New Brunswick) worked 1.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) allowed five earned runs in one inning and Casey Quagilano (Colby, Kan.) pitched the final one-third of an inning.
Trailing 8-1 in the second, the Indians got a leadoff home run by Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) and a two-run single by Jacob Reid (Mississauga, Ontario) to make it an 8-4 game.
Garden City added two runs in the fourth inning to make it 10-4.
Chris Bellemare (Grande-Carriere, Quebec) led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run to make it a 10-5 game.
Garden City’s Russell Cruz smashed a two-out grand slam home run in the sixth to stretch the Broncbuster lead to 14-5 and added five in the seventh.
MCC came back with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) single.
The Indians had 11 hits on the afternoon. Kretzel had a home run and a single, Hawley a double and single with two RBIs. Reid had two singles and two RBIs, Michael Sookdeo (Brampton, Ontario) doubled and singled.
With the win Garden City improves to 19-18.
MCC falls to 10-21 and will travel to Hastings College Thursday for a pair of games against the Hastings College JVs.
MCC’s next home game will be April 11 at 1 p.m. against Western Nebraska then the Indians close out the home schedule against Northeastern Junior College April 14 and 15 and April 17against Southeast Community College.