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Steve Willhelm, Fish Production Manager at the Grove Trout Rearing Station near Royal, releases a net full of 10-inch rainbow trout into West Point’s Neligh Park Lake. Two weeks ago, Nebraska Game & Parks released 900 trout into the lake and yesterday another 750 trout were released there.

The City of West Point will begin flushing the city’s water system on Monday, April 6. Flushing likely will take place each day through April 10. City Administrator Tom Goulette said not all the fire hydrants will be opened this time, but enough will to help clean out most of the water lines.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital recently took another step to improve its use of antibiotics to improve patient outcomes. It did so by joining MDstewardship, a team of infectious disease physicians and clinical pharmacists who provide infectious disease support for healthcare facilities.

It’s no longer “if” the coronavirus pandemic will reach Cuming County. It’s here. As noted in another story on this page, the county’s first positive case of COVID-19 was reported last night.

Governor Pete Rickkets and Secretary of State Bob Evnen said Thursday that the statewide primary election will take place on May 12. Ricketts said there is no reason to move it, and it will not be moved under any circumstances.

West Point’s American Red Cross blood drive will go on as scheduled Monday, April 6, from noon until 6 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 West Point-Beemer High School Alumni Banquet has been postponed to Friday, May 28, 2021.

With West Point’s annual Easter egg hunt not being held this spring, the community is hoping to provide an alternative way for kids to safely hunt for eggs.


It’s been a few years since hams were smoked at a food processing plant in West Point. But they are once more, thanks to Quality Pork International, which came to West Point two years ago.

West Point Public School Superintendent Bill McAllister told the WPPS Board of Education Tuesday that WPPS is not saying at this time that it is closing for the rest of the year. McAllister said the school will weigh its options in hopes that the coronavirus situation lessens and the school …

In order to control potential exposure to COVID-19, Cuming County announced Friday afternoon that it will follow the federal and state guidelines for conducting business at the Courthouse.

Anna Wooldrik, a senior at Guardian Angels Central Catholic High School, has been named a National Merit Finalist. She learned of her status in February as one of 15,000 students be chosen.

The University of Nebraska Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) celebrated its 103rd Pink Rose banquet. Chancellor Ronnie Green, keynote speaker, spoke on “What AGR Means to Me.” He challenged the current active members to live up to and beyond the rich history of the Kappa Chapter in the …

Adhering to the most recent recommendation from Three Rivers Health Department, all three of West Points schools have closed for at least two weeks in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point began to prepare for potential cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even before news hit Saturday that some from West Point and the surrounding area were at the Fremont Family YMCA on the same day a 36-year-old Omaha woman who had tested pos…


Tyler Toline said his goal 16 years ago was to become a doctor. So much so that after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska, he returned to school and completed 40 hours of pre-med classes and was accepted to medical school.

Relay For Life of the Cuming County Area will hold a Team Captain & Committee meeting Monday, March 16, at 5:45 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in West Point. This year’s theme is: “Through the Looking Glass - Very “Cure”ious.”

West Point’s City Council agreed last night (Tuesday) that it is time to begin seeking requests for qualifications from firms to work with the Park Board, City Council, and possibly a steering committee to determine the design and amenities for a new swimming pool and possible recreation center.


Audiences were treated to three performances of the Beemer Community Theater’s “Lady Pirates of the Caribbean” over the weekend. Cast members (from left) Beth Schultz, Heather Little, Sherri Harrington, Tessa Recker, Rachel Eichelberger and Jill Russman portrayed the Lawless Ladies.

David Branch on Tuesday was named Cuming County’s Economic Development’s Executive Director. He will begin his new job April 1. County supervisor Judy Mutzenberger told the board during its monthly meeting that Branch scored the highest of the three final candidates that were interviewed.

Unless there is a flurry of filing activity in the next few days, this year’s primary election in Cuming County won’t give voters many ballots for local offices.

The West Point Food Pantry has had a strong few months, with support coming from many different corners of town. Michelle Gerths, who runs the food pantry as a volunteer with her mother and sister, took over the food pantry a year and a half ago and has continued to manage it since.

Now that the City of West Point has awarded contracts for its water treatment plant upgrade, the question becomes: how to pay for the estimated $2.75 million project.

Cuming County’s Planning Commission (PC) heard from a handful of citizens at last night’s (Tuesday) public hearing on the county’s updated rural zoning regulations before voting 6-0 to send them to the Board of Supervisors with a favorable recommendation.

After several meetings, the Cuming County Planning Commission (PC) is ready to hold a public hearing to review and possibly recommend the adoption of the county’s updated rural zoning regulations.