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For the past 40 years, automobile owners in Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas have been turning to Terry's Auto Repair in McCook for their repair and service needs.

And, for most of that time, Terry Hilker has operated the business at 17 South Street.

Manteno auto body specialist Mike Dumas knows what he's doing around yesterday's muscle cars. He lovingly restores them, with incredible attention to every detail. He's done that for 12 years at Platinum Custom Cars.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Top Coat!

Kishwaukee College students in the Collision Repair Technology (CRT) Program displayed their expertise in painting and refinishing on December 11, in a friendly competition to determine whose work was the “top coat.”  Students in the CRT 114 Introduction to Coating and Painting class displayed finished automotive projects for evaluation by Kishwaukee College staff.

For full, original story and photos, click HERE.

Zara’s Collision Center gave a restored car to a single mother going through hard times on December 10 as part of their Benevolence program. Zara’s reached out to Contact Ministries, who recommended Chevelle Thomas, according to The Benevolence program has been actively helping those in need for 16 years. In that time, Zara’s Collision Center has given away 27 physically attractive and road-safe vehicles.

Oxmoor Auto Group in Louisville, Kentucky has been fixing up cars and donating them to local families in need as part of a nationwide program called Recycled Rides, sponsored by the NABC and Progressive, according to

The auto group selected The Cabbage Patch Settlement House as their recipient because of their Patch Parents program. This special program aims to break the cycle of poverty through commitment to intensive, long-term case management services. This is the second year that a Cabbage Patch client has been the recipient of a Recycled Rides automobile, according to The refurbished 2013 Toyota Corolla was revealed to Feona Hayes at Oxmoor Collision Center on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.

Hayes was selected to receive the donation because of her active participation in Patch Parent programs and her dedication to her children’s education and development through The Cabbage Patch’s youth programs, according to Hayes is a single mother who previously relied on a borrowed car to get to and from her job at Jefferson County Public School, run errands, and drive her 12 and 17 year old to the Cabbage Patch programs.

The Corrolla is a much safer form of transportation, compared to the older model she had been driving, and the excellent gas mileage will make it possible for Hayes to save more money toward her goal of buying her own house and sending her children to college. Over the course of two months, employees at Oxmoor Collision Center donated hours of their time on weekends to make the once-damaged Corolla look new.

According to, many other sponsors contributed to the giveaway, including Enterprise Car Rental, Five Star Wheels, Gipe Automotive, Grade A, PPG Paint, Toyota Corporate and Acudent.

For more information about The Cabbage Patch, visit

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Staff Changes at Town & Country Sales in MI

Town & Country Sales in Quinnesec, MI has recently announced some changes in its staff with a new service manager, service adviser, collision center manager, and an internet manager/marketing coordinator, according to

Kyle Pirlot, a 2005 graduate of Iron Mountain High School, is taking over as service manager. He has been with the dealership for four years and is also a certified Ford master mechanic.Travis Gedvick, 2009 graduate of Iron Mountain High School and 2011 graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, will be promoted to the position of collision center manager. He received his Associates degree in collision repair and refinishing.

Gedvick is certified in several areas including I-CAR Platinum, I-CAR F150 aluminum repair, state of Michigan certified in collision repair, and CCRM certified. He has been with Town & Country for two years, reports

The duties of Internet manager and marketing coordinator will be taken care of by Shannon Nichelson. She has worked in the customer service and hospitality industries for more than 16 years.

Kathy Cunningham is the new service adviser at Town & Country. She has been in customer service for more than 10 years, said