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Alice Brand of Wisner never expected a trip to the doctor to turn into a two-week hospital stay to battle COVID-19. Fortunately, her ordeal ended with her safe return home.


This large tree at 318 East Weiler Street was damaged to the extent that it had to be cut down. The same fate befell a tree in the neighboring yard.

Senior Master Sgt. James Daberkow, first sergeant for the Nebraska Air National Guard’s Lincoln-based 155th Logistics Readiness Squadron was presented with a Bronze Star Medal for the service he provided during a deployment to Iraq from April 4 to Oct. 7, 2019.

As was the case a week ago, West Point Public School administrators, staff and students are doing what they can to make sure the school doesn’t have to move to remote learning because of COVID-19.

It may not be safe to say that Cuming County voters went to the polls in record numbers last Tuesday. But it may be safe to say that Cuming County voters voted in record numbers in this year’s general election.


Smoke and steam filled the air after these West Point Volunteer Firemen hit a burning house with water. The fire department held a training Sunday morning when it burned down a house at the far west end of Park Street.

The record-high hospitalizations being experienced by health care systems in the metro area isn’t being seen locally, but the surge in COVID-19 cases is a concern, health care and school officials said this week.

Because the West Point News’ print deadline for this week’s edition was 8 p.m. Tuesday, results of yesterday’s General Election will be printed in next week’s edition.

Because post offices will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, next week’s issues of the West Point News and Elkhorn Valley Shopper will likely arrive in the mail a day later than normal.

One week ahead of the November General Election, all systems are go in Cuming County and Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen said Tuesday that election officials across Nebraska are ready to conduct a safe, sensible and secure election.

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With less than two weeks until the Nov. 3 General Election, some key deadlines are nearing for Cuming County and Nebraska voters to be aware of.

The West Point Chamber, in partnership with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Northeast Community College, will host a social this Friday, Oct. 23 at the Nielsen Community Center. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. and last about one hour.

Businesses and organizations are invited to join the spook-tacular fun on Thursday, Oct. 29 for Trick or Treat on Main Street in West Point, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

West Point voters will be asked to approve a change to the city’s economic development program (LB 840 program) when they head to the polls for November’s general election. West Point’s City Council approved the ballot question during a special meeting in August.


A field fire Sunday northeast of West Point kept fire departments and EMT personnel from West Point, Beemer and Bancroft busy for close to four hours. Corn stubble, soybean stubble and some standing corn provided fuel for the fire which was hard to contain because of the winds from the south.

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Beemer’s Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department and Fireman’s Auxiliary held an open house last Wednesday evening. Fireman Matt Smeal assisted youths in trying out the fire hose.

With COVID-19 disrupting our lives in a number of ways this year, it has also affected areas of our health. For some, it has increased worry or anxiety.

Franciscan Healthcare is holding four more drive-thru flu shot clinics this month. They will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 14 & 15, and Oct. 21 & 22, from 4-6 p.m. at Franciscan Healthcare’s ER driveway. For consent and insurance forms, visit their website at franhealth.org.

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department’s risk dial shows Cuming County has climbed from the “moderate” into the “elevated” range based on COVID-19 positive tests.

This school year, the first ever truancy diversion position was created for Cuming County and the job proved to be the perfect career move for Ally Russman.

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