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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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Milwaukee-based REV Group Inc., a manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands, on Monday announced that it has acquired the emergency response vehicle business of Spartan Motors, which owns Smeal Manufacturing facilities in Snyder and Neligh.

The National Weather Service has scheduled a meeting in Fremont to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday, Feb. 3 in West Point. It takes place from noon until 6 p.m. at the Nielsen Community Center.

The City of West Point last week received approval from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the plans and specifications for the city’s water filter system, piping and backwash discharge at the water treatment plant.

If all goes as planned, construction of the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s $119.6 million US-275 West Point to Scribner expressway project could begin in the spring of 2021, about two years later than NDOT officials promised in 2018.

A public meeting and open house will be held Wednesday,  Jan. 15, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium in Scribner to update area residents on the U.S. highway 275 expressway project.

Even though it wasn’t on the agenda, West Point’s ongoing issue with high manganese levels in the city water was the main topic of discussion at last night’s (Tuesday) City Council meeting.


Todd Hugo stands on a platform several feet off the stage at West Point Community Theatre as a steel beam is raised into place. Beams were recently put in place to help shore up the back stage, curtains and motorized riggings that are replacing the counterweight riggings.

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Starting next fall, Cuming County may have a truancy officer to help address truancy and absenteeism by students that attend schools in the county. The Board of Supervisors on Friday took no action, but generally agreed to the position provided it is funded by a grant.


West Point-Beemer Jr.-Sr. High School held a spirit week the last week of the first semester, which ended Friday. During the week students could bring food items or money that they could exchange for baked goods provided by staff and others. The money and food items brought to school will be…

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Omaha District, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the proposed US-275) West Point to Scribner Expressway Project proposed by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT).